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->''"An Amazon attack. A deadly '''bee''' weapon... [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Bees. My god.]]"''
--> -- ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack''
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[[Film/TheFly Bee afraid. Bee]] ''[[{{Pun}} very]]'' [[{{Pun}} afraid.]]

Have you ever '''bee'''n to a picnic where everyone freaks out when a bee buzzes by? Wouldn't it bee great if you could take that primal reaction and channel it for your own purposes?

As it turns out, quite a few writers have had just that thought. Enter the BeeBeeGun -- the weaponization of flying, stinging insects. Bees tend to be effective weapons of terror for a number of reasons -- they're too small to shoot or stab, they always seem to come in [[ZergRush swarms]] that can cover every inch of a person, they're difficult to outrun or outmaneuver, and they make that terrifying buzzing noise. Unlike honeybees and some others in the real world, these ones don't seem to die after the first sting. And god help you if you're allergic. ([[{{Futurama}} "Your insides will boil out of your eye sockets like a science-fair volcano!"]]) And if you're ''not,'' well, being [[DeathOfAThousandCuts stung to death by thousands of bees]] would be [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath a rather slow and unpleasant]] way to go.

In RealLife, of course, a foraging bee isn't likely to sting you unless you handle it roughly, or it perceives you as a threat to the hive. Honeybees die when they sting mammals (the workers, that is -- drones cannot sting at all) because their stingers are barbed, so when they attempt to pull it out, they wind up wrenching it out along with a portion of their intestines; as a consequence, they're not likely to do it unless they think it's really damn important. (Yellow jackets and most other wasps, on the other hand, have smooth stingers that enable them to be pulled out of whomever they sting, and they take malicious glee in reminding everyone of this fact.)

A stinging bee (or a crushed bee) releases attack pheromones that attract and rile up more bees. The pheromone sticks around and does not wash off quickly. Water is not an ideal deterrent - bees will sting whatever parts are above the water, and come after you when you get out. Bee venom is designed to make you think you've been hurt badly, and enough of it causes your throat to swell so that you asphyxiate. The sensation is not unlike that of being stung by ants or nettles, as all three use a venom cocktail that includes formic acid.

Ironically, a true swarm of bees is not particularly hostile, since they do not have a hive to defend[[note]]Except Africanized "killer" bees. Those attack anyone that gets too close.[[/note]]; some people swear by bee venom therapy for arthritis etc., and when bee workers kill their queen they do so not by stinging, but by balling up around her and vibrating their muscles until the heat kills her (Mmmm... popcorn...).

'''The BeeBeeGun comes a few varieties, such as:'''
# An actual gun that shoots bees.
# A special ability to control bees.
# [[TheWormThatWalks A character that is actually made of bees.]]
# [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Dogs with bees in their mouths so when they bark they shoot bees at you]].

A subtrope of AbnormalAmmo and LivingWeapon (possibly also AttackAnimal). Often hits SomewhereAnEntomologistIsCrying, because real bees often do not work that way.

Note that [[OverusedRunningGag beeing]] able to control all kinds of insects is a semi-common StockSuperpower, but bees, specifically, just seem to [[RuleOfThree bee]] the go-to insect for this kind of thing. Must be that whole HiveMind idea. Or maybe it's because "bees" [[InherentlyFunnyWords just sounds funny]]. Or it may [[OverlyLongGag bee]] that they're one of the more terrifying insects one may see on a regular basis.

For instances where the attacking bees are not under someone's control, see BeeAfraid.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* One of the competitors in the Hunter test arc of ''HunterXHunter'' used bees.
* The Aburame clan in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' uses insects that live in their body for fighting and tracking, but they mostly stuck to various kinds of beetles and flies. In an early filler episode, they were rivals of another ninja clan that ''did'' use bees.
* Archnemon/Arukenimon of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' could control insects with her flute. This included a swarm of Flymon, who, despite the [[NonindicativeName misnomer]], are bees. (It ''also'' included Digmon and Stingmon, two insectoid ''protagonists.'') The broader ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' canon as a whole contains numerous bee species; its exemplars for this trope are the [[http://wikimon.net/Funbeemon Funbeemon]] family - [[http://wikimon.net/Waspmon the Adult/Champion form's]] stinger takes up most of its body, [[http://wikimon.net/Cannonbeemon the Perfect/Ultimate form]] ''[[BeamSpam IS several fucking shoulder-mounted laser cannons]]'', and [[http://wikimon.net/Tiger_Vespamon the Ultimate/Mega form]] is a DualWielding cyborg knight.
* The ''GetBackers'' manga has Dokubachi, a villain whose body is made of bees.
* Although they're not ''technically'' bees, at one point in the ''InuYasha'' manga, Moryomaru shoots the bee-like Saimyosho ''from his mouth''.
* In episode 7 of the original ''Yatterman'' cartoon, the evil Dokurobei drops a beehive on his subordinate, Doronjo, and her two henchmen. Much swelling results.
* Not bees, but otherwise a perfect example of this trope in ''DarkerThanBlack''. The second season has the character Tania who has the power to summon large clouds of insects which she can control to engulf others and kill them in a particularly horrible and painful manner.
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', [[PlayingWithFire Quartum]] has the spell "Apes Ignifera", which summons dog-sized bees made of fire to swarm the target.
* The ugly hunchback Mushizo, one of the QuirkyMinibossSquad from ''NinjaScroll'', is a living hornets' nest. He communicates with and controls the insects, using them to gather information and as a weapon. The wasps' deadliness has some basis in reality: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_giant_hornet.
* In ''{{Toriko}}'', we have Tommyrod who has insect eggs in his stomach and he can hatch them at will and regurgitate them fully grown from his mouth to obey his every command. [[NightmareFuel It's every bit as nasty as it sounds]].
* The villainous Nubia Connection in ''{{Anime/Braiger}}'' uses bee-shaped robots as their main {{Mook}}s.
* Kariya Matou from ''FateZero'' uses this as his main form of attack when confronting someone personally.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopeGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** The artifacts [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=5173 Hornet Cannon]] (pictured above) and [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=135253 The Hive]].
** The spells [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=6633 Bee Sting]], [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=3419 Unyaro Bee Sting]] (the latter functionally identical, but with more flavor than the former), and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=205050 Hornet Sting]] (which makes for funny game wins).
** The creatures [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=2221 Killer Bees]] and [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=113579 Unyaro Bees]] (which combined Killer Bees with Unyaro Bee Sting), [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=19865 Caustic Wasps]], [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=122313 Giant Dust Wasp]], [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=142355 Hornet Harasser]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=191581 Jagwasp Swarm]].
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/Gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=153478 Belligerent Hatchling]], which ''[[ShoutOut actually matches up with description #4]]''.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Swarm.JPG Swarm]] is a MarvelComics supervillain who is a sentient HiveMind swarm of bees with Nazi sympathies, generally keeping to [[TheWormThatWalks a humanoid form]]. Sometimes the skeleton of the Nazi scientist eaten by his [[ILoveNuclearPower irradiated mutant bee colony]] is under the bees, sometimes not. Either way, he appears to be in charge. ''"Everybody hates Nazis, and everybody is scared of bees. [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Together, they're the perfect foe!]]''"
** A version of Swarm also appeared in UltimateMarvel, but because she was simply a woman with the power to control bees, was significantly less awesome.
---> [[http://www.beaucoupkevin.com/2005/05/i-dont-want-to-go-all-daves-long-box.html What good is hellfire against fascist bees, really?]]
* In the ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack'' storyline in DCComics, the Amazons deployed a secret weapon: bees. [[MemeticMutation My God.]]
** The "bees" in question were giant "stygian killer hornets" whose sting could kill a person within... hours. Being "giant" meant they were not very hard targets to hit from a safe distance (unlike regular sized insects), and since their venom took "hours" to kill someone (unless a cure was found (which it was)) they were arguably far less deadly than a weapon that killed someone instantly. For a "secret weapon" unveiled by an invading nation that was already supposedly bringing America to its knees they left something to be desired.
*** And there was only about a dozen of the things anyway.
** Parodied in ''BlueBeetle'', where Traci Thirteen uses a staff to cast "Gds Ddly Wpon" - magical Bees. (Obligatory response from Jaime's father? "My God.")
** There was also a running gag in ''WonderWoman'', post-AA, in which a special agent had to keep being reminded he wasn't recovering from an ''ordinary'' bee sting.
* 'Barnaby's Spelling Bees' in ''Viz'' ... one of their usual spoof characters whose schtick is that he has a swarm of killer bees that attack on command ... so long as their target begins with 'B'. HilarityEnsues as normal.
* The [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superhero the Red Bee's entire shtick was ''a single trained bee that he kept in his belt buckle''; being so ridiculous, he's mentioned with surprising frequency by modern writers.
** Actually he had an entire swarm, but only one bee-- the leader-- had a name; Michael
** Straight from the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]], [[http://mightygodking.com/index.php/2008/11/20/thursday-whos-who-the-red-bee/ Red Bee]]! Knowing more about him makes it much, much worse. And it took him ''how long'' to die?
** And there was even a ripoff of the Red Bee, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowjacket_(Charlton) the first Yellowjacket]].
* Recurring DC villainess The Queen Bee is an alien empress with insect-like strength and speed, projectile stingers, and mind-control pollen that can turn ordinary humans into "drones" for her hive.
* A strip appeared in a British AnthologyComic in the 1960s entitled "The Stinging Swarm". It was about a gang of thieves that used a swarm of robot bees armed with paralyzing stings. While their victims were paralyzed, the gang would rob them blind.
* The Flea from ''PS238'' can control insects -- bees included. And while all his other bug attacks are annoying, only the bees have so far made a power armoured soldier run around in a panic screaming '''"BEEES!"''' until his MissionControl could activate counter-measures.
* The [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero Captain Freedom once fought an evil hillbilly beekeeper who had the Amazons beat--he created [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot giant killer vampire bees]].

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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheWickerMan'' remake: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4MqTCIDKhU "Not the beeeeeeeees! ARGLEBLARGLE MY EYES! MY EYYYYYYYYES!"]] There was potential for horror here somewhere, but it ended up as possibly the {{Narm}}iest moment of Nicholas Cage's career. It is worth noting that there were no bees whatever in the original. There were some apples, but they never attacked anyone. ([[PuppeteerParasite They didn't need to]].)
* '''Film/LittleNicky'': "So while we wait, for your enjoyment, I bring you a dear sweet man and an international icon...Henry Winkler! '''Covered in bees!'''"
* In '''Film/{{Defendor}}'' the title CrazyAwesome superhero throws jars of angry bees at bad guys.
* In the ''Film/SpeedRacer'' movie, one member of the Viking-themed racer team had her car equipped with a beehive catapult. It is a testament to CrazyAwesome that this doesn't seem out-of-place ''at all''.
* RuthlessPeople: When Barbara learns of her husband's infidelity (and refusal to pay her ransom) she fantasizes about how she would punish him by covering him with honey and taking him to a bee farm.
* The backstory of the titular ''Film/{{Candyman}}'' is that he was hunted down by thugs, had his hand cut off, and stung to death by a hive of bees after having its honey spread over him. Later on [[spoiler: he's revealed to be little more than a skeleton wreathed in the many thousands of bees that killed him.]]
* '''Film/TheDeadlyBees'' (shown on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'') has a mad bee farmer who bred a special breed of bee that will attack anyone or anything that has a trigger scent on it. However, the bees manage to kill everyone ''except'' the intended targets because the villain is really inept at placing the scent.
* In ''TheStupids'', Stanley Stupid is at one point assaulted by the dreaded Drive Bee, sent by his nemesis Mr. Sender to kill him. Or at least that's what he thinks, since he's a complete {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. It does make him drive off the road though.
* ''Film/SleepawayCamp'' had a scene where the murderer kills a bully by locking him in washroom stall before cutting open the window above him and dropping a beehive on him.
* Western '''Film/RioLobo'' has a Confederate raiding party throw a hornets' nest into a train car carrying some Union soldiers and a large gold supply they were guarding. One of the Union soldiers even dies from injuries sustained by throwing himself out of the train to escape said bugs.
* In ''Film/{{Bedazzled|1967}}'', the Devil demonstrates his evil by tossing a jar full of wasps into a peaceful group of flower children. Stanley, who has sold his soul for seven wishes, criticizes the deed, but isn't willing to use one of his wishes to help them.
* In ''Jackass 3D'', the boys have a skit where two of them actually play tetherball with a beehive. This goes about as well as can be expected.
* In '''Film/TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'' a gun that shoots wasps is proposed by [[spoiler: the secret Psyops group that includes George Clooney's character's mentor and another guy who's his bitter enemy]] in between a non-lethal airbag mine and ''[[BreadEggsMilkSquick mutilating enemy corpses]]''-- "We don't do that anymore! Idiot!".
* In one of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' pictures (they were cave men), they fight off another band of cavemen by shooting a beehive at them using a giant sling shot. They also use chemical warfare by shooting a skunk at them.
* In ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'', Jaguar Paw throws a beehive at his pursuers, who are forced to run from the bees.
* In a DeletedScene from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', the witch turns the Tin Man into a beehive, and the bees attack Dorothy and the Scarecrow.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* TadWilliams' novel ''TheWarOfTheFlowers'' features a variation on this trope: the [[TheFairFolk fairies]] in the story use [[MagiTek magic guns]] that shoot METAL BEES that fly forever until they hit something.
* In Rudyard Kipling's ''Literature/TheSecondJungleBook'' story "[[http://www.junglebook-collection.nl/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main.RedDog Red Dog]]", Mowgli stirs up a hive of wild bees to attack the marauding wild dogs of the title, having smeared himself with garlic so the bees won't attack him before he can reach the comparative safety of the river.
* The Wicked Witch of the West has control over a swarm of bees in ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''.
* Elphaba retains this ability in Gregory [=McGuire's=] revisionist book ''Literature/{{Wicked}}: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West''.
* In Creator/RayBradbury's ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'', the first humans to land on Mars are killed by a native Martian's Bee Gun.
* In Creator/RobinHobb's [[RealmOfTheElderlings Farseer]] trilogy, Molly once tricked a squad of guards into thinking she could control bees. She made sure she was in shadow while the guards were brightly lit (knowing that the bees would fly towards light), opened the beehive and told the bees to kill them all.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Lords and Ladies'' has Granny Weatherwax figure out how to possess the entire HiveMind of a beehive just in time for a BigDamnHeroes moment.
* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'': BEE THROWING! [[http://www.bloggerbeware.com/2006/03/15-you-cant-scare-me.html This blog]] explains it best.
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/TheSharingKnife: Beguilement'', Dag defends himself against a group of village toughs trying to disrupt his wedding by dropping a wasp's nest on their heads. That he was able to magically convince the wasps to climb up pant legs and down shirt collars and to follow the boys all the way downriver was really just icing on the cake there.
* Something similar happens in Literature/{{Redwall}} at least twice:
** The original ''Redwall''; Jess Squirrel and Silent Sam put a hornets' nest in a barrel and drop it over the wall onto the bearers of the battering ram.
** ''Marlfox''; the Abbeydwellers see that the titular villains and their followers are knocking down an old tree to use as a battering ram. They do nothing, because they know that said tree is full of wasp and termite nests, and the attackers suffer the consequences.
** Not quite the same, but Martin and his friends in ''Martin the Warrior'' get trapped in a clearing full of angry bees.
** In the most recent novel ''Doomwyte'', some of the characters are attacked by bees apparently ruled by an elderly female hedgehog who is... a few honeycombs short of a full hive, so to speak. Unfortunately, the plot device they need is in her possession and she won't give it up so easily. [[spoiler: Eventually, however, she is killed by her own bees.]]
** Then there's Owch Mansions in ''Eulalia'', designed to be a paradise for wasps. Very handy when vermin come to call.
* In the novel ''The Road to Damascus'', a Literature/{{Bolo}} story written by Linda Evans and Creator/JohnRingo, at one point in an alien invasion of their world, some protagonists throw the bee hives used for making honey into a barn where several of the invader's soldiers are found, killing the soldiers. The bees were genetically designed to be more aggressive to force out native competitors on other worlds.
* In P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' book ''To Ride a Rathorn'', protagonist Jame and insect-attracting boy Gari jointly kill someone by sending a swarm of bees down their throat.
* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Chalice}}'', the heroine is a [[FisherKing Fisher Courtier]] who's also a beekeeper. Most of the book she just has magic honey, but at dramatically appropriate moments she has magic bee swarms as well.
* In ''[[OutboundFlight Survivor's Quest]]'', the [[spoiler: Vagaari]] have swarms of "schostri", yellow and black insects that can hide under their clothing or swarm in a protective spherical pattern around their handler. Their stings are quickly fatal to most life-forms. If this seems like a [[NewJediOrder Vong]] thing... who knows? Maybe it is.
* In Suzanne Collins's novel ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Katniss, the heroine, gruesomely kills two of her opponents by dropping a hive of hyper-angry, mutated wasps on them. The author describes, in full detail, one of the girls' slow, painful, seizure-filled death; and how the once "breathtakingly beautiful girl" is now unrecognizable from the stings.
** To make matters worse, a single sting from one of these critters (called tracker jackers), is enough to induce vivid, terrifying hallucinations, as Katniss discovers the hard way.
* At the end of the [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] novel ''Look to Windward'', the Culture takes a horrific revenge on the masterminds behind a terrorist attack in a way that fully supports their BewareTheNiceOnes credentials. One plotter is attacked by some kind of {{nanomachines}} which transform into insects (which he is afraid of) and invade every orifice and sting him to death.
* In undoubtedly one of the creepiest parts of ''TheGirlWhoLovedTomGordon'', by Creator/StephenKing, the titular girl, who's name completely escapes me at the moment, hallucinates a "man" made of bees, possibly with a skelaton underneath. He claims to be the herald of the monster in the woods that's hunting her. [[MindScrew It's that kind of book.]] [[spoiler: The monster itself is later revealed to be a [[BearsAreBadNews a bear that spits bees]]. [[MindScrew or just a bear.]]]]
* In ''Literature/OfBeesAndMist'' the EvilMatriarch Eva uses bees which arise from her spiteful words, to control her husband among other terrifying things.
* In ''Divine Eagle, Gallant Knight'' aka ''Return of the Condor Heroes'' by Jin Yong (Louis Cha) Xiao Long Nü controls swarms of white Jade Bees she can attack intruders with.
* From ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' one of the Blue Ajah's special [[FunctionalMagic weaves]] summons a swarm of stinging insects.
* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', the Vord used a nasty variant in the later books where swarms of wasps flying at high speed would attack intruders.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* There was a bee-based villainess in the second season of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero''.
* In the ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' episode "The Bots and the Bees", a bored Hal takes over construction of the Krelboynes' battle robot. He adds a cannon that shoots a laser-guided stream of bees at the opposing robot's controller. [[EverythingsWorseWithBees It backfires]].
* There was supposed to be a villain named Kane in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' season 2 that could control insects, with bees being his main "weapon". But he never showed up. This may be because of the Writer's Strike, or perhaps due to SpecialEffectsFailure.
** Or, more likely, given that this is ''Heroes'', they didn't have the budget to show it more than once.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': One of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Krypto-Freaks of the Week]] was a girl who could control bees with her mind, which she used to eliminate her competition for class president.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', "Zero Sum." The conspiracy decides to test the viability of killer bees as a weapon. It's actually a test, the real purpose of using the bees is revealed in the movie.
** In another episode, titled "X-Cops", Mulder and Scully wind up on the TV show "Cops" in Los Angeles chasing a monster that assumes the form of its victim's worst fear. Though the viewers don't get to see it, one of the cop's fears is a bee-man and the man is nearly stung to death.
** And TheMovie had [[spoiler:the government genetically engineering bees that could deliver TheVirus in their sting]]. X-Files ''really'' loves this trope.
* ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}'': One of the segments detailed a traffic accident that involved a driver stuck in his vehicle, which was turned on its side--and the vehicle was a truck carrying bees. The bees were released. The fact that it happened at night didn't help; the bees were even more agitated by the headlights and sirens. This resulted in several [[EmergencyServices rescue workers]] being sent to the hospital as well, and that stretch of the roadway had to be shut off for a few days. Ah, a testament to the power of bees.
* A villain in ''Series/PushingDaisies'' killed the VictimOfTheWeek by siccing trained bees on her.
* The episode "Cupid's Quiver" of ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' had the surprisingly creepy villain kill a girl by trapping her in a car with a sack containing a beehive.
** The cursed apiary that turned the bees within it into something much worse than mere killer bees: ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot vampire]] bees''!
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Time and the Rani'', the MadScientist the Rani had spheres full of killer insects in the village she had subjugated.
* One of the early ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episodes had the team trying to figure out who the killer was in an estate by gaslighting the suspect, and there were bees everywhere in the background. And there's a new corpse. In the climax, the door locks on its own, trapping the team out and the killer insde, and the killer is killed by thousands of bees swarming into the room. The new corpse turns out to be the late beekeeper of the estate. This was the only supernatural episode in the entire history of the show.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Mellifers, who become a swarm of bees and attack.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The song "Lord of the Hornets" by Robert Calvert of Hawkwind is about a crazy guy who breeds the aforementioned insects to attack people.
* The song ''Voodoo Acid'' by Steve Vai is about a dream, in which the artist is seduced by the Queen of Bees. Vai is Known for keeping bees in his garden.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}}'', this is such a common power that it's actually its own damage type. And it's not just with bees either.
* In ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' one of the Endowments that could be afforded to hunters to put them on an equal level with supernatural beings was a Personal Defense Swarm, which was, in essence, a magical hand that shoots bees. The bees are hinted to be made from [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated a Pandoran]], and the user is advised to keep their emotions in check - one guy had found out his partner was sleeping with his wife; when he let the bees out against a bunch of monsters, they slaughtered his partner while the monsters tore the rest of the group to shreds.
* Numerous Tyranid bioweapons in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fire the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts alien equivalent]] of bees. Which then chew through the target's insides.
* [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D 4e]] has the Swarm Druid, and divine spellcasters in earlier editions often had the ''stinging swarm'' spell, which not only covered a target in a swarm of biting or stinging insects, but the swarm could spread and would distract any caster who tried to perform a spell while afflicted.
* Likewise, in Pathfinder, one of the alchemist's many... lovely abilities is called "[[http://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic/all-spells/v/vomit-swarm Vomit Swarm]]." [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Exactly What it Says on the Tin]].
* The Melissidae, a [[PrestigeClass bloodline]] of the [[DiabolicalMastermind Ventrue]] from ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', are vampiresses known as [[HiveQueen Queen Bees]] who attempt to organize themselves and those around them into complex hive-like societies. They have powers such as turning their blood tremendously addictive (more than the usual), causing pain with their kiss that's so severe you're unable to do anything other than writhe, and tearing apart your personality and memories to make you an [[EmptyShell near-mindless drone]] of her hive. And if it wasn't disturbing enough they also have the power to control bees (or wasps), store hundreds of them inside their stomachs/lungs, and release them any time they want. But one of the nastier things these bitches can do is to implant a queen bee inside your ear (or some other cavity), turning you into a living hive: The insects lay eggs and the larvae feed on you slowly, and you won't feel anything 'til they become adults and burst out of your body, ready for her to control.
** Let's put it this way: these girls so disgusting to the rest of vampire society that they tried to commit ''genocide'' on them. Too bad they missed three.
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[[folder:Theater]]
The above mentioned Swarm is in ''SpiderManTurnOffTheDark''. There he's just one of several genetic experiment that is not a nazi, and therefore not cool.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Averted in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. One of the Keyblades in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Sweet Memories, has bees floating around the head of the blade (a hive; [[ItMakesSenseInContext you get Sweet Memories from 100 Acre Wood]]). However, instead of being an angry, bastardy weapon, it's just lovely; it has low attack, releases presents when you kill enemies, and makes a lovely noise.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue's'' Arakune is undoubtedly the ultimate summation of this trope. After he curses his opponent with any of his Drive attacks, he can press the same button again to summon, yeah, BEES! But these aren't just any bees. These are bees that repeatedly hit you and keep you juggled in the air. Worse still is the fact that if you block, you remain in blockstun until they go out of range, leaving you in a very vulnerable state as Arakune rushes in to throw you. [[TierInducedScrappy No wonder he's so hated.]]
** [[{{Nerf}} However, in CS you will have to fill up the curse gauge before you can use the bees.]] However, because the original mechanic had the curse dissipate the next time Arakune was hit, the curse now ''lasts longer.''
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer 3: Tiberium Wars'', you get bee-esque buzzer swarms for the Scrin. They function as anti-infantry, but instead of stinging, they '''''rip them to shreds like buzzsaws'''''.
* The Witch Doctor from ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has an insect swarm as one of his main attacks. Well, locusts, actually, but probably close enough to this trope to count.
** The Desert Wasp enemies from the same game shoot a stream of bees at you. And they are ''very'' painful.
* A plasmid in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' turns your arm into a living beehive and shoots bees at your enemies. Aside from being [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential hilarious]], it's a decent way to distract an enemy if you're getting ganged up on.
** It gets more horrific in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}''; you can upgrade so that dead enemies become hives, releasing bees against other enemies that get close.
* The Pain, a boss from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', is a soldier whose body is also a living beehive. His powers can best be described as [[MemeticMutation being covered in bees and covering others in bees.]]
** This was mocked constantly in [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=289 The Last Days of FOXHOUND]]. "'''I'm covered in BEES!'''"
-->'''The Sorrow''': The Pain, ''how'' did you come to be covered in bees?
-->'''The Pain''': Due to my mother's constant craving for sweets during pregnancy, I was born with fragments of honey DNA.
** The official explanation for his abilities are... interesting at best. He got stung enough that the hornets thought he was a hornet too. Plus he kept a queen hornet pack at his hip. Apparently that's all you need to control hornets with your mind.
*** And apparently all that you need to make hornets turn into a Tommy gun is a persuasive argument.
*** Considering how big they are, The Pain appears to control Japanese Giant Hornets.
** If you defeat The Pain by stamina-killing him (lowering his stamina meter as opposed to his health meter) you get the Hornet Stripe camo, which lets you control bees if you shoot down a beehive close to you. You can then make the bees ''attack enemy soldiers'' if you get close enough to them.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' had the hive hand weapon, which shot alien "thornets", which are less like bees, and more like flying, seeking armor-piercing daggers of death that can find you ''anywhere''.
** So if you're an apiphobic, just like bees.
* There's an enemy in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' named "[[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/The_Guy_Made_Of_Bees The Guy Made Of Bees]]". Guess what his gimmick is.
** And guess how effective attacking is ... or how effective ''getting'' attacked is.
*** If you do manage to defeat him, you get a Guy Made Of Bee Pollen.
** There's also a door in the Sorceress's tower that shoots bees at you if you enter the wrong code.
*** They've turned it UpToEleven. There's a mode of play now called "Bees Hate You".
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', you can catch bees and use them to attack enemies. The special "Golden Bee" returns to you afterwards.
** Normal bees return as well, but will start stinging you unless you catch them again.
*** Normal bees will also only sting the enemies a few times before flittering off the screen. Golden bees stick around forever. Given enough time they will kill entire screenfuls of enemies.
*** The Golden Bee is also one of the most useful weapons for the boss fight against Mothula.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' named Vespiquen is a queen bee who uses a swarm of its prevolution Combee to attack, defend, and heal herself. There's also Beedrill, which is a giant bee with enormous spikes on its forelegs.
* The ''VideoGame/CustomRobo'' series has a recurring Hornet Gun.
* ''VideoGame/OddworldStrangersWrath'' has Stingbee crossbow ammo, which work like machine gun bullets and home in on enemies.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 6'', some of the enemies were beehives that, when you shot them, shot bees out at you. The battlechip you got from defeating them? It shot bees that home in on enemies. And if you deployed the beehive at just the right moment, when an enemy hit you, he'd stir up the hive and summon more angry bees at himself.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'' features a robot master named Hornet Man, who attacks by summoning bees that chase Mega Man around the room. [[PowerCopying His weapon]], the Hornet Chaser, lets Mega Man do it too. The strangely adorable bugs not only attack enemies, but fetch power-ups to return to the "queen" (Mega Man). This is the only way to get some of them. Best not to think too hard about why Splash Woman is weak to them. Something about her having lighter armor than the other masters...
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX 3'' has Blast Hornet, who shoots hornets at you as a primary attack. His weapon, the Parasite Bomb, is an AwesomeYetImpractical bomb that latches onto the enemies it hits and rams them into the nearest enemy they can find, blowing both of them up... until you charge it up. Then it shoots homing bees.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'' has a boss named Queenbee, who is (surprise, surprise) a giant robotic bee... with a rather sultry tone of voice. In addition to launching smaller bees (which explode!), she can also shoot fire from her stinger, and she will sometimes fly offscreen to pick up, then drop on you, a rather large bomb which explodes with Anime Light Beams coming out of it.
* Q-Bee in ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' is a [[CuteMonsterGirl Cute Monster Bee-Girl]] who uses smaller (that is, about football-sized compared to her) bees in many of her attacks.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' has two examples: Nano Swarmers in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools Of Destruction]]'' and the Bee Mine Glove in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankSizeMatters Size Matters]]''.
* Both ''Civilization IV'' and the ''Medieval 2 : Total War'' add-on feature the Mayan Hornet Thrower. See below.
* ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'' has the Hive Blade/Swarm Edge swords and the Wasp/Windhopper/Swarm Hive guns. This is the same game with Electric Eel Launchers, so it's no surprise there. Also, the spell "Venom Armor" automatically sics bees on anyone that attacks you.
* The aerial shooter ''Snoopy Vs the Red Baron'' has one of these as a weapon for Snoopy to mount on his Sopwith Camel.
* ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore'' has the alchemy spell Sting, one of the hardest in the game to locate, which summons a swarm of bees that attack enemies.
* ''The Incredible Hulk'' had the Enclave (A Secret Society of [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]]) attacking the titular Hulk with a wide variety of weapons. Including The Swarm, which are... swarms. Of presumably bio-engineered bees. They are actually effective against the friggin' ''Hulk'', who's proven capable of shrugging off nuclear weapons. Fortunately, his signature 'hand clap' attack is effective at dispersing the little buggers...
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' features as enemies men made out of ''leeches'', who are all controlled by a scientist who was eaten by a leech and whose personality was digested into its genetic memory.
* ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'': "Imagine a swarm of deadly hornets pouring from the devil’s mouth. Now imagine they have autocannons." - Designer of the HEL drone Carrier.
* [[VideoGame/{{Everquest}} Champions: Return To Arms]] had the Iksar Shaman, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot man-sized sentient magic lizard]] who, for one spell, shot out bees. To balance that out, though, his [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway animal summoning spell was a badger.]] [[BlessedWithSuck Who will die a lot.]] [[RuleOfFunny I named him Kenny.]]
* The monstrous Devouring Earth in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' have "the Swarm", roughly spherical masses of bees that may be encountered independently or summoned by certain monsters. They're more a nuisance than a threat, except in large numbers; their stings do mild continuing damage and slow down the speed of your movement and attacks.
** ''City of Villains'' has a mission where you get to make these yourself courtesy of a Jar Of Bees.
** One AprilFools joke advertised a "Bee Bark Upgrade" that would grant various Dog and Wolf based pets the [[TheSimpsons ability to shoot bees out of their mouths when they bark]].
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' {{ARG}} ''ILoveBees'', one half of a fractured combat AI is sent back in time, finding its way to a website about bees and honey. Everything about it, up until the conclusion, revolved around...well, you can guess.
* The Hornet's Nest ring from ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'' has you throw a [[CaptainObvious hornet's nest]] to the ground, releasing a swarm of angry hornets that sting enemies and make them ''run in fear''.
* One of the traps in ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'' releases a swarm of bees that attacks nearby characters.
* The Deathbellows Transgenants of ''[[UFOAfterBlank UFO: Aftermath]]'', which emit clouds of nondescript insects (likely bees, though) as a rapid-fire sustained area-effect weapon, can and WILL be your squad's number 1 cause of death until the Reticulans start bringing in bioengineered rocket launchers.
* ''[[VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand Riviera]]'' has a one-use weapon called the Hornet Vulcan. It's a killer bee nest that the player has the option of retrieving. When the player uses it, massive damage ensues. There's always the chance that the bees will go for you rather the opponent...
* In the LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'', sir Anomen is killed when he falls into a gate to the elemental plane of bees. At least, that's what the protagonist insists is what happened...
** The game itself has a druid spell that summons a swarm of bad-tempered bees that sting your enemies. This ''completely shuts down'' enemy spellcasting, as the mages are too distracted by the incessant stinging, allowing you to mug them.
* In ''VideoGame/TheConduit,'' the Hive Cannon shoots ''exploding'' bees.
** In [[VideoGame/{{Conduit 2}} the sequel]], targets can be tagged with sticky bait so the bees can home in on it.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldofWarcraft'', druids who choose Balance talents can eventually learn the Insect Swarm ability. Bees are summoned, mayhem ensues.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' has the honey spray. Using it covers an opponent in honey, who is then [[{{Combos}} chain-stung]] by a few bees.
** Bees are bad enough, but that particular item had a low chance to summon [[BearsAreBadNews another animal that craves delicious honey.]]
* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', mages get access to the Stinging Swarm spell, which engulfs enemy targets in a swarm of bees. Mages who specialize in shapeshifting can even transform themselves into a particularly large swarm.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eWTKA2ko7U This mod]] for ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' makes the Pyro's flamethrower into a bee shooter.
** Recent but already legendary is the custom map achivement_all_4. To explain: achievement servers are special servers that players set up to grind achievements instead of actually going out and getting them ingame. One player designed a map to look like an achievement server with a uh...nasty surprise that players can accidentally trigger. Yes, it's a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM1Ay85de3U&feature=player_embedded twenty-foot tall cat that shoots bees out of its mouth.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'s'' [[{{Bifauxnen}} Wriggle Nightbug]] uses bees, along with other painful (and deadly) insects and arthropods, for BulletHell. And failing that, she [[DynamicEntry kicks you in the face]].
* Ed from ''VideoGame/TonicTrouble'' can shoot bees from his blowpipe.
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic IV'' and ''V'' have a "Wasp Swarm" spell.
** ''5'' also has "Call Hive", which is Administrivia/{{The Same But|More}} MoreDakka.
* An equippable item in ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}: Galactic Adventures'' shoots a bee swarm at the enemy, causing them to take damage and lose control for a while while they run around chased by the bees.
* Pun-laden as the game is, ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' has one item called a Bee Bee Gun. No extra points for guessing what it shoots.
* In ''VideoGame/PopulousTheBeginning'', one of the first miracles the Shaman learns is Swarm, which summons a horde of insects that make enemies panic and scatter for a short time.
* VideoGame/{{Plok}} can collect hornets' nests to sic the hornets on fleas later.
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies Adventures'' has the Beeshooter, which is a peashooter that shoots bees at zombies. These deal more damage than normal peas and can down zombies fast.
* ''Fist Puncher'' has a character called the Beekeeper, whose special attacks involve her flinging bees at her enemies.
* ''Terraria'' has a weapon simply named the Bee Gun that shoots homing bees. The Wasp Gun also does the same. There's also the Honeycomb accessory that releases bees when the player is damaged, and the Queen Bee fires bees as one of its attacks.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' has the Swarmitron in the second mission of "The Trouble With Clones" DLC.
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* ''GetMedieval'' brings us the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome unforgettable]] [[http://get-medieval.livejournal.com/133974.html Bee siege]].
* One recurring character in the [[DadaComics Dada Comic]] ''[[http://www.witchsbrew.org/ Witch's Brew]]'' is Twenty Bees Man, a sort-of superhero with a beehive for a head and the ability to summon twenty bees to do his bidding.
* House assaulting Foreman with [[http://community.livejournal.com/mspaint_lolz/1128.html bees]] is a RunningGag in MSPaint TV.
* Subverted in a sidestory of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': Beeman prepares one of these, but it's not very effective because he loaded it too far in advance and all the bees died.
* While the type of insect isn't specified, in ''WecComic/DeadOfSummer'', a bad guy attacks [[spoiler: [[Music/TheProtomen Commander]]]] with this. They're biting insects as opposed to stinging ones, first eating part of his clothing before attacking. Unlike some other examples, it's played seriously and frighteningly. At one point [[spoiler:Commander]] screams that they're eating him alive, and it doesn't look like he was exaggerating.
* In ''Webcomic/SherlokHolms,'' [[spoiler:Jadusable]] has bee-inator eyebeams, which [[InvertedTrope turn people into bees]]. [[spoiler: The idiot's [[ToodumbToLive allergic to bee stings.]]]]
* Attempted in [[http://www.plasticbrickautomaton.com/?id=11 this]] ''Plastic Brick Automaton'' strip. It doesn't go well.
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* [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer The signature technique]] of [[HarryPartridge Dr. Bees]], even when the situation is already an overabundance of bees.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', [[TheBully Cardin Winchester]] attempted to have a jar of sap thrown at Pyrrha Nikos, then have a box of Rapier Wasps opened in her presence. Subverted in that Jaune Arc throws the sap at Cardin instead, and the box never gets opened.
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* ''WebVideo/CelebrityBricABracTheater'' features a swarm of bees terrorizing the Burning Man festival [[spoiler: at the behest of old man Bill Cosby!]]
* Skitter from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has the ability to control anthropods of all types, including bees. Stinging insects are one of the most common uses of her power.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in the episode "Burns' Heir", Homer guesses that Mr. Burns's home is guarded by dogs, bees, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs dogs with bees in their mouths]] [[MemeticMutation so that when they bark, they shoot bees at you]]. (He is incorrect. Burns just goes back inside and locks the door. A deleted scene reveals that he has a Robotic RichardSimmons guarding the manor.)
* In ''The Terrible Thunderlizards'', the Thunderlizards used bazookas, grenades, and guns that shot bees.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Risky Beesness" was about a wacko woman who wanted to break into the music business in the worst way -- by hypnotizing bees into doing her bee-dding: getting them to seal away Iron Goose and keep people from leaving the concert. She also used them to attack the Rangers when they attempted to stop her.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' features bees amongst its other animal references, such as when a single bumblebee took down Zim's Voot Cruiser in "Attack of the Saucer Morons". Jhonen Vasquez has admitted on the DVD commentary that he has a thing for bees.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' has a recurring villain called the Bee Keeper who uses bees as a weapon and speaks in bee puns. In his first appearance, his ''raison d'etre'' is to eliminate all the sweet foods from the town of Porkbelly with his bees... [[spoiler:so that people will eat his all-natural honey bars. Turns out he was the old guy from the adverts.]]
* The Disney movie about Tinkerbell features a scene where Tink and the other Fairies play darts with bees. Tink pulls out a slingshot/crossbow to fire hers instead.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Lucius has a button on his desk that shoots bees at people.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]] becomes a ''literal'' Bee Bee Gun in ''"Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree"'' after he eats a handful of bees when eating honey straight out of a honey tree. As he's spitting out bees, Pooh decides to have a little fun by pulling his arm back like a trigger and shooting bees out of his mouth like a gun ''bang bang''.
* ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'': Some of the Ninja's bombs have bees inside it.
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* From an Creator/EddieIzzard stand-up piece about beekeepers:
-->My father was a beekeeper, and his father was a beekeeper. And I'm going to follow in their footsteps. And their footsteps were like this: "AAAAAAAAAH! I'm covered in BEEEEEEEES!"
-->"I like my women like I like my coffee. Covered in beeeeeeeeeeeeees!"
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'', Albert the Alligator invents the B-Bomb: “With a real B-hive in it!”
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* The Mayans had soldiers specializing in throwing hornet nests at their enemies in battle. They covered themselves in thick mud to protect themselves from the obvious potential for blowback.
* According to William Gurstelle in "The Art of the Catapult," Alexander the Great had his catapults fire hornets' nests onto the decks of enemy galleys during the Siege of Tyre. [[AndThatsTerrible Which is just ghastly]].
* A cancelled US Army weapons project involved a chemical weapon that, when dropped on enemy troops, would attract and enrage any bees, wasps, or related insects in the area. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen The project was never fully realized.]]
* Bees and wasps emit an attack pheromone that attracts others to the target, usually when the hive is perceived to be threatened.
* The venom of the Asian Giant Hornet is not only one of the most painful in the world, but it also contains an enzyme that marks the unfortunate victim so that other Asian Giant Hornets in the vicinity will home in and attack the target. It also ''dissolves human skin''.
* One episode of the Discovery show ''[[Creator/BillyMays Pitchmen]]'' featured an aspiring inventor trying to sell windshield wipers that could, among other things, remove splattered bugs from a windshield. To demonstrate the product, his friend designed a gun that shot bees at a windshield at a high velocity.
* In the Middle Ages, throwing/catapulting beehives over city walls at attacking armies was an effective tactic, and fairly common, as in those days honey was the most available sweetener and almost everybody had a couple of hives around.
* Some yellow jackets and hornets, including the aforementioned Asian Giant Hornet, can spray venom.
* Bosses of the Greenfield Valley Heritage Park in northeast Wales are considering "[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-16645223 using bees to deter people from going into the protected buildings]]." Yes, that's right. To deter vandals in the park, they're considering employing ''security bees''.
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