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->''"That planet has '''bugs''', Carter. Big, huge, ugly, '''honkin' bugs!'''"''
-->-- '''Jack O'Neill''', ''Series/StargateSG1'', "[[Recap/StargateSG1S2E10Bane Bane]]"

Giant bugs. They're bugs or {{muppet}}s or SerkisFolk, whichever, but all are mad creepy. They have no individuality or intelligence, except possibly a HiveMind. [[WhatMeasureIsANonhuman Nobody really worries too much about the morality of killing them.]]

Subtropes include:
* DreadfulDragonfly
* GiantEnemyCrab
* GiantSpider

See also ScaryScorpions, CreepyCentipedes, CreepyCockroach, BeeAfraid, MothMenace, and BugWar. If they're from space, they're InsectoidAliens. If they have a lust for galactic domination, they're a HordeOfAlienLocusts. A subset of AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever and DireBeast. These are especially common in prehistoric settings. Videogames (and {{Kaiju}}) seem to love combining this trope and MacabreMothMotif. Some of them are also ProportionatelyPonderousParasites. Often led by a [[InsectQueen queen]].

TruthInTelevision back in the Carboniferous Period, but only possible due to higher oxygen levels at the time -- such animals lack lungs and breathe, at best, via trachea stuck in the abdomen wrapped in carapace, so ones that get too big can't absorb enough oxygen to survive, and those that get a lot of trachea (centipedes) constantly risk dehydration. The SquareCubeLaw also holds them down. These restrictions are downplayed underwater, however.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' has several of these, most notably the building-sized woodlice known as the Ohmu. While they can be unbelievably dangerous when provoked, they're usually quite docile and even kindly, with the Ohmu being portrayed as extremely wise {{Gentle Giant}}s, akin to terrestrial whales.
* Lutecia of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' [[SummonMagic summons insects]] of varying levels of largeness. From the human-sized Garyu, to the car-sized Jiraiyo, to the {{Kaiju}}-sized Hakutenou.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'':
** Overlapping with AnimalMecha, several [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] from the first series (such as Winder A2 or Megaron P1 and its "brothers") resemble giant, vaguely-humanoid insects.
** In ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', one whole host of the Mykene Empire army is made up of bio-mechanical, massive insects. Their commander, General Scarabeth, resembles a gigantic rhinoceros beetle.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Several of Weevil Underwood's monsters, most notably Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth and Insect Queen, are textbook examples of this trope. Naturally, ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' had fun with this one.
--->'''Yami Yugi:''' Go! Summoned Skull! Destroy his cheap [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Mothra]] imitation!
** Other duelists in the franchise who specialized Insect Monsters were Ren from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' and Uryu from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. (Both were one-shot characters.)
* The Magic World jungle in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' contains dung beetles that are around the size of a human torso.
* The entire Bugrum Empire of ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' is absolutely crawling with these (Pun unintended).
* The Blue in ''Anime/BlueGender'' all resemble giant insects.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', the Demon World contains massive centipede-like monsters that dwarf trees and even some mountains. They serve as transport in Mukuro's realm.
* UpToEleven with the Chimera Ants from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' who are (in the Chimera Ant arc) human-sized ants and extremely dangerous. By eating other creatures, a Chimera Ant queen can impart the characteristics of ingested creatures onto the next generation of Chimera Ants it gives birth to. To take advantage of the genes of a particular species, Chimera Ants have been known to feed until the fodder species is driven to extinction in its ecosystem. That means, most of Chimera Ants don't look like actual ants, they look more like humanoid mixed-animals. The Chimera Ant King and his three Royal Guards are the most powerful living beings of the world. [[spoiler: And only one of them is killed in a battle, while the other three, including the King, are killed by the poison of the Miniature Rose, a genocide bomb.]]
* ''Manga/LetterBee'' not only has giant soul-devouring insects, but they also have exoskeletons made of metal that grant them NighInvulnerability.
* ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' has an episode where a grasshopper was mutated by radiation and the end product was this trope.
* ''Anime/AstroBoy'' features several insectoid robots, such as the Carabus, a beetle-like tank built by the French military; Gadem the [[CreepyCentipedes robot centipede]] and most incarnations of North Number Two from the ''Manga/{{Pluto}}'' arc.
* The Vajra from ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' range in size from large jet-fighter-sized grunts to ones larger than most capital ships. Their queen in particular is several kilometers in size.
* The bugs in ''Manga/JoujuuSenjinMushibugyou''. One bugs was big enough to have a bear in its maw.
* Tommyrod of ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' keeps eggs of giant horrible insects in his own body and uses his own nutrients to nurture them to maturity as he spits them out. He's even created unnatural hybrid insects designed for maximum slaughter.
* An early part of ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has the gang dealing with some giant alien cockroaches that have invaded their house.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}}: In an issue of ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'', Superman faces off against two rhino-sized ants. After the fight Superman notes that their size would have doomed them soon anyway.
* The Godship spawn in ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story arc ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'' are larger-than-human, insect-like, green bugs with a hard carapace, three pairs of legs and huge maws.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'', the scene where Lindsay is "cornered" replaces the canon cockroach with a large stag beetle - "harmless, but looking like something straight out of Hell." When Lindsay speaks of the incident a few days later, she [[InnocentInaccurate innocently]] makes her "rescue" sound like "a pitched battle against a thousand-kilo, armor plated killing machine".
* ''FanFic/TheWorldOfTheCreatures'' has a colony of giant talking spiders in Chapter 8. A lot more almost certainly exist elsewhere in the world.
* Encountered by the four in Gothmarik Citadel in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. Specifically, giant centipedes—a whole roomful of the nasty things, swarming around a treasure chest. (“Oh GOD, it's like a fuckin' ocean of legs! I'm gonna have crawly things in me nightmares for''ever''!”) As the four are [[ActualPacifist Actual Pacifists]] and squashing them isn't an option (thereby defying this trope), George [[VoluntaryShapeshifting turns into]] a [[ScaledUp brass dragon]] and puts them to sleep so the others can move them aside.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Creepy crawlies don't come any bigger ([[UglyCute or cuter]]) than the 350-ft. tall Insectosaurus from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens''.
--> [[RunningGag Aaaaaaaa]][[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl aaaaagh!]]
* The title character in ''WesternAnimation/AMonsterInParis'' is a flea that had been enlarged in a lab accident.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': The Cy-Bugs are pretty huge, with some being as big as Ralph (he's nine feet tall, by the way) or slightly bigger. The biggest bug of all is the BigBad's Cy-Bug form; he appears to be eighteen feet tall at the very least.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Them}}'', a classic [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear]] [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever monster movie]] about giant ants.
* ''Film/MenInBlack'': The first movie's villain is a human-sized cockroach alien seeking to conquer the Earth.
* The giant insects in the ''Film/KingKong2005'' remake qualify, though it should be noted that the sequence was inspired by a DeletedScene from [[Film/KingKong1933 the 1933 original]] which is currently a LostEpisode (though a period-faithful recreation of the sequence by Creator/PeterJackson and co. can be found). Most were bizarre spider/crab or gut parasite/bloodworm {{Mix And Match Creature}}s, but the giant wetas were jumbo-sized versions of ''actual New Zealand insects''.
* ''Film/MysteriousIsland'' has giant bees, and a giant crab.
* ''Film/SinbadAndTheEyeOfTheTiger'' has a giant wasp.
* ''Film/TheDeadlyMantis'' has a...well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a giant Praying mantis 150ft long that flies at Supersonic speeds]].
* The prawns of ''Film/{{District 9}}'' are basically giant walking cockroaches with some resemblance to crustaceans, and are supposed to be named after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parktown_prawn Parktown prawn]], a kind of giant cricket.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'':
** ''Film/SonOfGodzilla'' introduces Kamacuras, a giant mutant mantis who shows up from time to time as the Magikarp of {{Kaiju}}.
** And of course, there's Mothra, probably the most popular insect Kaiju out there.
** And Mothra's evil twin [[Film/GodzillaAndMothraTheBattleForEarth Battra]], [[Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus Megaguirus]] the demonic dragonfly, and [[Film/GodzillaVsMegalon Megalon]] the drill-armed stag beetle.
** ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'': The "[=MUTO=]s" resemble large insects. Additionally, the Teaser Trailer Monster (a monster from a trailer but which never actually appeared in the movie) resembles a gigantic [[CreepyCentipedes centipede]] or a tardigrade.
* They're smaller than most of these examples, but the scarabs in ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'' ''are'' bigger, and more bloodthirsty, than ordinary scarabs.
* ''Film/TheBlackScorpion'' is a 1957 film about giant prehistoric scorpions released by a volcanic eruption in Mexico.
* ''Film/BeginningOfTheEnd'' is a 1957 film about giant grasshoppers attacking Chicago.
* Legion from the ''Franchise/{{Gamera}}'' series is the biggest one by far, it's also a silicon based alien.
* ''Film/{{Ticks}}'' has bigger-than-normal wood ticks due to pollution. Late in the film one giant-sized also appears.
* Both the original ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' and [[Film/ClashOfTheTitans2010 the 2010 remake]] feature a pair of giant scorpions.
* The ant and the scorpion in ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' are normal-sized, but due to our protagonists [[ShrinkRay being miniaturized]], end up having the appearance of BigCreepyCrawlies onscreen.
* ''[=ManSquito=]''.
* ''Film/BigAssSpider'' is mostly about, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin this really big spider]] running amok in LA, but TheStinger reveals that a giant cockroach is attacking the Statue of Liberty.
* DemonicPossession movies play with this fear as well. The way that a possessed person moves is often very insect-like, as are the chirping/growling noises they make.
** "Film/DeliverUsFromEvil"
* ''Film/CityOfEmber'' has some oversized insects, probably to illustrate the effects of radiation on the wildlife.
* ''Deep Star Six'' features a giant [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurypterid eurypterid.]]
* The human-sized ectoparasites that drop off the rampaging {{Kaiju}} in ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' resemble some kind of sea louse.
* Its [[NeverTrustATitle nonsensical title]] aside, the Canadian ''Film/{{Alien}}'' cash-in ''Film/BlueMonkey'' deals with giant insects running amok in an AbandonedHospital.

* The ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series by Michael Grant has the bugs from ''Plague''.
* Creator/JRRTolkien has a cartload of these, including Ungoliant (''Literature/TheSilmarillion''), Shelob (''Literature/LordOfTheRings'') and the Mirkwood spiders (''Literature/TheHobbit'')
* Creator/OrsonScottCard uses this with the bug-like species systematically killing the crew of a human starship because, aside from the queens, their own species doesn't have free will, and they just assumed we'd be the same way. Subverted in that the bugs have bones, and that they're actually quite a nice and sympathetic, even naive (if occasionally creepy) species.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein used such bugs as a [[ScaryDogmaticAliens metaphor for Communism]] in ''Literature/StarshipTroopers''. They had a Brain Caste of very smart individuals and the warriors were as smart as they needed to be to fight effectively, but the workers were relatively mindless and instinct-driven. Which actually works pretty well as a metaphor for the USSR. In [[Film/StarshipTroopers the movie]], this was extended to the whole species.
* Subverted in Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' books, in which the insectoid Thranx are the principal allies of humankind. Not that the formation of this alliance went through without some problems (of the xenophobic terrorist variety).
* The Chi, neon-yellow arthropodoids, and Knnn, hairy black arachnoids, in the ''Literature/ChanurNovels''.
* Ransom briefly encounters a giant fly and giant beetles in the caves of Venus in ''Literature/{{Perelandra}}''. He's initially quite terrified at their appearance, but they prove to be no threat, and his fear quickly subsides.
* The giant alien insect species, Hetwan, in ''Literature/{{Everworld}}''.
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* In the Brian Aldiss novel ''Hothouse'', the Earth is so old that there are only five remaining non-plant species: tree-bees, plant-ants, tiger-flies (think wasps), termights and humans. ''They are all about the same size.'' (Slightly subverted because it's made clear that humans have shrunk over time, and the insects have grown and met them halfway.)
* Most of the Vord from ''Literature/CodexAlera'', though the Vord Queen has a degree of VoluntaryShapeshifting and gradually changes from one of these to a CuteMonsterGirl (though her personality never gets any more human, putting her squarely in the UncannyValley).
* In Adrian Tchaikovsky's ''Shadows of the Apt'' series giant insects basically fill the niche in the ecosystem that mammals do in our world.
* In the abominable [[{{Gorn}} squickfest]] that is ''Literature/EatThemAlive'' by [[AwesomeMcCoolName Pierce Nace]], a mentally unbalanced ex-con exacts vengeance upon his former partners in crime with a horde of giant killer praying mantises. The entire book is nothing but page after page of giant mantises rampaging and eating people.
* In Creator/PiersAnthony's novel ''Literature/OnAPaleHorse'', Zane, the incarnation of Death, faces a gigantic demonic preying[[labelnote:sic]]It looks like a praying mantis, but is a minion of Hell that never prays; it does prey, though.[[/labelnote]] mantis.
* In ''Literature/JurassicPark'', giant dragonflies described as having a six-foot wingspan appear briefly in the aviary, without any explanation given for their presence.
* Subverted in Michael Crighton's ''Micro''. The bugs are actually normal size, it's the humans who have been shrunk down to half an inch. At one point one character is literally drawn and quartered by ants.
* The initially tiny ants in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''Awesome Ants'' gradually develop into this after a boy ignores the instruction manual for his new ant farm and starts overfeeding them. By the ending they've reached the size of mountains, and locked up all humans in town-sized ant farms.
* In the gamebook ''[[Literature/TimeMachineSeries Search for Dinosaurs]]'', you meet some impressively large dragonflies in the Triassic period.
* They are a common category of roaming monster in uncivilized areas in ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'', including the dreaded doomlock spiders, and a kind of giant carnivorous caterpillar thing.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', virtually all wildlife in the world of Roshar is insectoid or crustacean. This is because Roshar gets one of the hypercane-like highstorms every few days, so only things that can weather repeated scourings can survive. Some of them are {{Kaiju}} sized or even [[TurtleIsland big enough to be mistaken for islands.]] According to WordOfGod and [[AllThereInTheManual Arcanum Unbounded]] they dodge the SquareCubeLaw through a combination of lighter gravity, higher oxygen content, and magic.
* The main antagonists in ''Literature/GrasshopperJungle'' are giant, bulletproof praying mantises.
* One of the creatures encountered by the protagonists of ''Literature/TheTaking'' is a massive bug hiding in a church basement whose features are a mashup of insects, spiders and scorpions. It drags one guy into its lair and messily kills him in the shadows followed by spearing another guy on its stinger.
* Underplayed in ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', when Melodía mentions offhandedly that the fireflies from which the Imperial Palace takes its name are a metre long. It also features giant dragonflies, which seem to fill a similar ecological niche to medium-sized birds of prey-including being used for hunting.
* [[LostWorld Hender's Island]] in ''Literature/{{Fragment}}'' is populated mainly by giant killer crustaceans related to mantis shrimp. This includes tractor-sized predators on land and ''Tyrannosaurus''-sized ones in the island's lake. However, many are hardly recognizable as arthropods because hundreds of millions of years of evolution have turned many into mammal-like shapes. [[BeneathTheEarth Pandemonium]] in the titular sequel plays this more straight, with colonies of hippo-sized amphipods, centipede chains made up of interlinking arthropods, and sea spiders.
* In Lindsay Gutteridge's Cold War in a Country Garden and its two sequels, Matthew Dilke is a quarter of an inch tall and meets up with regular sized ants, etc. At one point he grabs and cooks some cockroach eggs. At his size a cockroach might seem about 30 feet long.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has Atlas, a gigantic hercules beetle created by [[BioAugmentation Panacea]] and controlled by [[PestController Skitter]] that was capable of supporting a human in flight.
* ''Literature/{{Scorpions}}'' by Mike Cook features a horde of giant prehistoric ScaryScorpions unleashed from underground after an earthquake in Nevada.
* ''Scorpion: Second Generation'', the sequel to Michael R. Linaker's ''Literature/{{Scorpion}}'', has the killer scorpions from the first book return, except this time they've been [[NuclearNasty mutated into giants]] by radiation.
* ''Maggots'' by Edward Jarvis is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; humanity is plagued by a horde of maggots. Mostly, the maggots are of ordinary size (it's just that there's just a ''lot'' of them), but a few are absolutely disgustingly gigantic.
* ''Literature/TheWorms'' by Al Sarrantonio: Giant worms (created by a witch) plague the New England town of Province, but with a twist! Anyone the worms prick with their tail stingers turn into giant worms themselves. Were-worms!
* In the German SF series ''Literature/{{Maddrax}}'' the setting is a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic world]] in which the animals have mutated into huge monsters. Especially the insects have become very big.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive''
** The first season featured occasional appearances by N'Grath, a crime-lord who looked like a giant praying mantis.
** The Shadows are basically five foot tall ''spider people'', a form also suggested by their spacecraft.
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' has several appearance of giant arthropods and worms. The spin-off, ''Series/PrimevalNewWorld'', also has a few nasty critters in it, namely the giant Jurassic beetles from "Fear of Flying".
* While made by the same company, ''Series/PrehistoricPark'' actually subverts this despite having giant bugs. Head Keeper Bob actually ''prefers'' that '' Arthropleura'' is a man sized millipede, as it's too big to actually sneak up on you and be scary. He outright calls it a proper animal.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': In "[[Recap/StargateSG1S2E10Bane Bane]]", SG-1 once encountered giant alien bugs that tried to turn Teal'c into a nest for more bugs. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Long story.]]
-->'''Hammond''' (Listening to dozens of impacts on the Stargate's iris): "What is ''that''?"
-->'''O'Neill''' (Uncharacteristically panicked) "Those are ''bugs'', sir! Really! Big! Bugs!"
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': This is the show's pride and joy. They've had giant spiders, chestbursters, and even a dinosaur.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the stories "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]", among others. The queen spider was larger than a double-decker bus, man... Eugh.
** Giant spiders are back in the revived '05 series, in series 3's [=premiere/Christmas=] special ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride The Runaway Bride]]'' in the form of the Racnoss Queen, and again in series 8's "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon Kill the Moon]]''.
* The she-mantis in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and the giant bugs in ''Series/{{Angel}}'''s "[[Recap/AngelS03E05Fredless Fredless]]".
* The ants from ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' episode "[[Recap/TheAquabatsSuperShowS1E1ManAnt Manant!]]" fall under this trope, as does the potato bug in "Pilgrim Boy!".
* The Insects from ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' are wood lice as big as a small planet. The Lexx itself is an insectoid LivingShip the size of Manhattan.
* In ''The Bush Tucker Man'' Major Les Hiddins tells how in Australia's Northern Territory they talk of a mosquito so big it landed at Alice Springs Airport and was filled with a hundred gallons of aviation fuel before they realised what it was. Les finds it all rather unlikely. "I've never seen a mosquito that big. Ninety gallons yeah, but not a hundred."
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' had insect and arachnid based [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] up the yin-yang. In the first season alone, there was Spidertron, Weaveworm, Fighting Flea, Mantis, and Grumble Bee. The ''second'' season... Well, listing all of them would take too long, but suffice to say, bug-like monsters were popular among the villains.
* Bug {{kaiju}} are quite plentiful in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''. Some notable examples include:
** Antlar, a hybrid of a stag beetle and [[AntLionMonster an ant-lion]] from the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' is one of the eponymous hero's most iconic foes. He's super tough to kill thanks to his insanely durable exoskeleton and also possesses the ability to breathe a beam of magnetic energy that can pull a plane out of the sky.
** Ultraman's final enemy was Zetton, an alien kaiju resembling a faceless humanoid beetle. Weirdly enough, it's title is "[[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Space Dinosaur]]".
** Kiyla from the original series resembled a mix of a woodlouse and a dinosaur with [[BlindedByTheLight literal]] GlowingEyesOfDoom.
** Aribunta from ''Series/UltramanAce'' is inspired by ants (''ari'' is Japanese for "ant") and has the ability to breathe acid and shoot fire from its claws.
** Series/UltramanDyna foe Sildron is a mutant insect that possesses the ability to see into the future, allowing it to instantly know its enemy's next attack and counter with its AttackReflector.
** ''Series/UltramanNexus'' liked this trope with its [[EldritchAbomination Space Beasts]], including Bugbuzun (a gross mix of a cicada, a cockroach, and a locust with an OverlyLongTongue and wings), Grantella (a scorpion-crab mix that shoots lasers from its stinger tail), and Banpira (a GiantSpider that produces fog to hide its presence and can erase memories of its existence).
** Insectas from ''Series/UltramanMebius'' resembles a a stag beetle-rhinoceros beetle hybrid. It can command swarms of normal-sized insects to swarm foes. [[PeopleInRubberSuits The suit]] possesses six legs with the actor's arms hidden in the pincers, instead of the usual FourLeggedInsect design used for ''Ultra Series'' bug kaiju.

[[folder: Music]]
* The Music/CreatureFeature song "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth", being that's it's a FilkSong of Film/{{Them}}.
* An unusually intelligent and benevolent example from the Happiness Stan cycle on Music/TheSmallFaces' psychedelia ConceptAlbum Music/OgdensNutGoneFlake. A fly offers Stan a favour in return for a share of his meat pie; Stan is able to make the fly huge in order to transport him on his quest.

[[folder: Mythology and Religion]]
* Beelzebub, the aptly named "Lord of the Flies" and [[VillainousGlutton Patron Demon of Gluttony]], is often depicted as [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bf/Beelzebub.png a gigantic flying insect]]. Of course, some writers state that Beelzebub is just a nickname for Satan.
* Greek mythology has the myrmekes, giant ants attracted to precious metals that hoard treasure in Indian deserts. Legend has it that locals take courageous hit-and-run raids of their gold stores, giving them vast wealth.

* True to the source, the Bugs in ''Pinball/StarshipTroopers'' all easily dwarf a typical Mobile Infantry human.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The insect spirits in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' are {{Body Horror}}s that turn their host into a Big Creepy Crawly.
* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the original concept of the Tyranids was insects crossed with dinosaurs and while their look has developed more towards the latter they still retain a number of insectoid elements such as a HiveMind, swarms, Queens and their six limbs.
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' the Forest Goblins frequently use giant spiders the size of St. Bernards as cavalry, as well as some the size of moving vans for their shamans and bosses to ride to war on. They also have Arachnarok Spiders, which carry catapults on their backs and are so big Games Workshop had to come up with a custom base for the model.
** In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', Alarielle the Everqueen, Goddess of Life, rides into battle on the back of a Wardroth Beetle, a giant-sized combination of a stag beetle and a Hercules beetle.
* Several Insect creatures in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' fall under this, most commonly seen in black and green. A non-black or green example is the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=19731 Lithophage]], an insect so huge, it consumes ''mountains''.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Numerous giant insects have appeared over the years, including bees, wasps, and ticks, as well as creatures like the manscorpion (a sort of scorpionic centaur) and the formians, a race of Law-aligned Outsiders in the form of human-sized ants.
** The thri-kreen of ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' are a desert-dwelling nomadic race of mantis-men. Many of them have [[PsychicPowers psionic abilities.]]
** The Hivebrood are a version from Basic/Expert/etc D&D which doubles as TheVirus.
** Araneas are giant (4ft long, 2ft wide) spiders originally introduced in TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}. They're fully sapient, ''smarter'' than the average human, [[WitchSpecies naturally adept at magic]], and [[VoluntaryShapeshifting therianthrope-style shapeshifters, with a single inherent humanoid form as well as a natural spider form]]. Also, they're ''not'' AlwaysChaoticEvil but typically Neutral, admittedly tending towards being arrogant, manipulative {{jerkass}}es. In fact, they're an official player race in the Red Steel subsetting.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Talislanta}}'' has a ton of freakish fantastic versions, such as flying leeches, snap-jawed worms, and hive-dwelling semi-humanoid ''scorpions''.
* The [[Creator/FranzKafka Ungeziefer]] from ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Urban Magic'' is a [[TheWoobie pitiable]] version of this. Formerly humans they're now giant cockroaches suffering from chronic depression.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'':
** The Nidmuzug, or, more plainly, the Unclean. Humans who ate food contaminated by the spiritual taint that all Nidmuzugs emit and found themselves turning into were''cockroaches''. Their hybrid form is a giant, humanoid cockroach that can have a poisonous bite or claw attack. Their "beast form" is a swarm of hundreds of cockroaches, all controlled by a single mind. Interestingly, they come off as quite [[TheWoobie miserable]] rather than scary (to the point where people who know about their personalities call them [[{{Expy}} Kafkas]]). They lose absolutely none of their humanity in the whole BodyHorror process, and they can't live among humans since light hurts their eyes. The elders eventually become estranged from their human sides, but given the general misery that is their existence, it seems more like Unclean who ''[[DrivenToSuicide survive]]'' to that point used the logic of "You know what? [[JerkassWoobie Fuck you]], [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy I]] ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds am]]'' [[TragicMonster a monster]]!"
** Then there's the more conventional creepies, like the Azlu, or Spider Hosts. They're spiritual parasites who infiltrate human bodies, consume the brain, and turn the body into a puppet. They can turn into giant spiders at will, and are almost singularly dedicated to strengthening the barrier between Earth and the [[SpiritWorld Hisil]]... which [[EverythingTryingToKillYou you'd think would be a good thing]], but with less traffic between Earth and the Hisil, things start to get spiritually barren on this side of existence, leading to general turmoil.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Monsterpocalypse}}'' has the Savage Swarm, which are giant radioactive bugs the destroy anything that has bright lights.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' has the Giant Radioactive Mutant Cockroaches, at least in the goofier styles of play.
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Venus has many species of giant insects including ants, the Trip Line Spider, giant dragonflies and wasps. Some of the small ones are even worse.
* ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' has Wereroaches, which are one of the only two werbeasts that can change at will (the other being werewolves). Their beast form is a six foot tall cockroach, and it is repeatedly noted that they are likely the strongest breed of werebeast, having the ability to fly and lift hundreds of times their own weight.

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Many of the rahi qualify, such as the Nui Jaga (giant scorpion) and Nui Rama (giant wasp-like creature).
** The Visorak, an army of giant intelligent spiders.

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* ''VideoGame/FreeSpace'': The bug-like Shivans overlap with InsectoidAliens. They are intelligent and possess extremely advanced technology, and their agility and strength means they don't so much creep and crawl as leap, smash, and throw armored soldiers around like toy dolls. [[spoiler: They may also be cybernetic, and are permanent space-dwellers since their hind legs are configured in a way that only makes sense if they habitually live in free-fall.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MichiganReportFromHell'', the second report you're with can die from a big (relatively, it couldn't hide behind a beer can) scary spider if it jumps on her and bites. You can knock her out of the way, or if you see it enough it scurries off.
* Skrashers in ''VideoGame/{{Startopia}}'': They develop aboard your station inside the trash-eating [[SmallAnnoyingCreature Memaus]] before bursting out as huge insectile monsters with giant claws to smash up your station. They can also turn up through a random event as a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''.
* ''VudeoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has many examples, from [[AntlionMonster antlions]] (including the less common flying form) to [[SandWorm underground worms]] to [[BeeAfraid giant bees and hornets]], and of course [[GiantSpider terrifyingly large spiders]]. [[RandomDrops If you're lucky]], you can even get the Honeyed Goggles from the Queen Bee boss, allowing the player to summon and ride a slightly smaller giant bee.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' liked to play this by having giant snakes, tarantulas, and even a Black Tiger...a giant spider Capcom specifically redesigned from the VideoGameRemake on so it looks like a Australian funnelweb to make Chris or Jill shit themselves.
** Drain Deimos and Brain Suckers (giant fleas) in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' and [[DemonicSpiders Reapers]] (giant bipedal roaches) in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''.
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', according to the designers, all of the [[AdaptiveAbility "combat mutations"]] for the J'avo are based on this; mantis-like sickle-claws, legs being replaced by spider-legs or the body of a giant moth, armor-plating based on clumps of sea lice, CombatTentacles based on the body of a silkworm, replacing the head with a monstrous stag beetle or a cluster of three cicadas or the abdomens of two bees... Ironically, most of the "Complete Mutations" that pop out of chryssalids aren't insect-based, except for the one that turns the J'avo into [[TheWormThatWalks a sentient swarm of giant bees]].
* The antlions in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''.
* The [=ChCh=]-t from the ''VideoGame/{{Deadlock}}'' series. They have a queen, pincer claws instead of hands, a scorpion tail, and all the other usual bug characteristics. They are also a playable race.
* The entire point of ''VideoGame/DeadlyCreatures''. Well, except that the creepy crawlies are normal sized, but you're ''playing as them''.
* ''VideoGame/TheConduit'' has creepy crawlies of all sizes, but the big ones include the man-sized Drones, the eight-feet-tall Scarabs, and the tank-sized Invaders.
* The Zerg of ''VideoGame/StarCraft''.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': The franchise has a large number of {{Mons}} that are based off of insects or arachnids, and all of them are huge compared to those found in real life.
** This is quite typical of the in-game Bug-type. The absolute smallest member of this group is Joltik, a 4-inch-long tick. More common Bug mons like Caterpie tend to be around the size of small dog. The largest? Scolipede, an eight-foot tall, 442 lb., ''roaring'' centipede!
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' have UB-02 Beauty Pheromosa and UB-02 Absorption Buzzwole; the former is a StatuesqueStunner of a roach woman while the later is a massive mosquito man with a body that puts ComicBook/{{Superman}} to shame. They are not to be trifled with.
* The Gohma family of boss monsters in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. Also, some of the other boss monsters as well...
* Zingers in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', which are often invincible barriers in levels, and have boss versions in multiple games. You get to explore a giant beehive too...
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'': As a result of the setting being heavily inspired by the motifs and aesthetics of AtomPunk science fiction from the fifties, the game world is crawling with a wide variety of insects and other arthropods [[NuclearNasty turned gigantic by exposure to radiation]], including two-foot-long Radroaches, Radscorpions that grow upwards of six feet long, Giant Ants, some of which breathe fire and others of which fly, Bloodbugs, who are giant mosquitoes that suck your blood and spit it back at you, and Stingwings, scorpionflies the size of birds of prey.
** One of the worst of them is the Legendary Bloatfly, a simple [[JokeCharacter Bloatfly]] -- one of the weakest enemies in the games -- the size of Beelzebub with a SicklyGreenGlow around it that hits harder than some of the toughest enemies in the games.
** Cazadors break from the pattern somewhat: instead of being nuclear mutants, they originated as tarantula hawk wasps who were genetically engineered to grow to huge sizes by a MadScientist with nothing better to do.
** A number of {{Giant Enemy Crab}}s show up as well, such as the series-wide Mirelurks, as well as the the truck-sized Hermit Crabs and two-story-tall Fog Crawlers from the ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' expansion ''Far Harbour''. Fittingly, these tend to be the biggest creepy crawlies in the games they appear in.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a number of notable examples, in addition to various giant spiders, scorpions and the like.
** The Silithid are a hive-dwelling race with a great deal of internal variation (or possibly several sub-species) to fulfill different roles. The [[EldritchAbomination Old God C'Thun]] transformed some of them into the Aqir. The Aqir empire launched a BugWar to wipe out all non-Aqiraji life, and on their defeat split into two different races, the Qiraji and the Nerubians. The first remained servants of C'Thun, and continued to launch Bug Wars against the rest of Azeroth. The Nerubians left for [[GrimUpNorth Northrend]] where they created an underground empire, which was destroyed by the [[TheUndead Scourge]]. Although some materials describe them as being just as xenophobic and evil as the Qiraji, the entirety of player interaction with living Nerubians is friendly. They also abandoned the worship of C'Thun on the basis that it "makes as much sense as a fly caught in a web worshiping the spider who is about to devour him".
** ''Mists of Pandaria'' introduced the mantid, a sister race to the Aqir, who served another Old God, Y'Shaarj; they also have a particular breed of insect called the kunchong, house-sized bugs with scythe-like arms. One kunchong uses its bulk to bash down one of the gates in the Serpent's Spine, the game's equivalent to the Great Wall of China, while an even bigger one smashes a huge hole in the wall itself.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
** Junk Man's stage from ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' contains several nests of cockroaches called Gockroach S.
** Quite a few Mavericks from the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series are anthropomorphic, larger-than-normal robot creepy crawlies ([[VideoGame/MegaManX1 Boomer Kuwanger]], [[VideoGame/MegaManX2 Morph Moth, Magna Centipede, Crystal Snail]], [[VideoGame/MegaManX3 Blast Hornet, Gravity Beetle]], [[VideoGame/MegaManX4 Web Spider]], [[VideoGame/MegaManX5 Shining Firefly]], [[VideoGame/MegaManX6 Commander Yammark, Ground Scaravich]], [[VideoGame/MegaManX7 Splash Warfly]], [[VideoGame/MegaManX8 Dark Mantis and Gravity Antonion]]).
* Many levels in Chapter 5 of ''Super VideoGame/MeatBoy'' are filled with large maggots. Often there are piles of them. The chapter boss itself consists of 3 of the largest maggots.
* Almost every single enemy in ''VideoGame/LetsGoJungle: Lost On The Island Of Spice''. Most of which are {{Giant Spider}}s. In fact, the only three enemies that aren't creepy crawlies of some sort are the frogs, [[PiranhaProblem piranhas]], and the ManEatingPlant boss.
* The ''VideoGame/EarthDefenseForce'' series pits players against a massive army of giant ants, spiders, and wasps, supported by HumongousMecha.
* Tons of them abound in the ShootEmUp ''VideoGame/BioHazardBattle'', which takes place after a virus causes a planet's lifeforms to grow to massive proportions.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' has insectoid Mooks the same size as the titular character, but it is subverted as the player character himself is a bug. Then you see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73sZVG3o_bQ the ending]], which shows that Bug and the insectoid enemies (who are actually actors) are about half the size of a human!
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' features several variants of big arthropods, from the merely large to the truly gargantuan. One of the best-known varieties is the "devourer", basically a twin-tailed scorpion which proliferates throughout the Charr regions; these things can, especially if domesticated, grow literally as big as a house and can be used as mobile artillery platforms. (Devourer eggs, especially pickled ones, are considered quite the delicacy by Charr.) Sea scorpions (see the RealLife section below) are a common denizen of Tyria's salt-water seas. Overgrown spiders, mosquitoes, wasps and grubs are ubiquitous pests. On the other hand, rangers can tame juvenile spiders and devourers and adopt them as pets/companions.
* Leaving a house empty for too long in ''VideoGame/{{Constructor}}'' results in it being populated by an 8-foot tall cockroach that likes to walk around the neighborhood on [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter two feet]]. Needless to say, the neighbors don't like them influencing their children.
* Some of the enemies in the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series games appear to be giant insects. The most notable examples would include Buzzy Beetles, which resemble reptilian beetles that act like Koopas, but cannot be killed with fireballs; Wigglers, giant yellow caterpillars that will become angry if stomped on; Mandibugs, giant beetles that charge at either Mario/Luigi and can only be killed with a GroundPound, due to them having a large star on their backs; and Flipbugs, cowardly insects that will run away if they see Mario/Luigi, and falling over if they get too close.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioFusionRevival'' has a level (3-1: Viscuous Burrow) full of maggots about as big as Mario. Then you get farther into the level and have to avoid bigger ones...
* ''VideoGame/MushroomKingdomFusion'' also has those man-sized maggots in Corpse of the Behemoth (4-7).
* In the ''Mutant Insects'' game of ''VideoGame/CombatOfGiants'', you ''play'' as one of them. It is also a sort of exception given that the PlayerCharacter is trying to ''resist'' the HiveMind.
* The ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series isn't a stranger to this trope. In fact, the giant roach monster (Buggs in the first game, Gregor in both ''Covenant'' and ''From The New World'') hold the honor of being the only enemy to appear in every game of the trilogy. Other BigCreepyCrawlies include Zosim (a wasp pupa infected by a parasitic snake), a flesh-eating [[CreepyCentipedes centipede]], large snails that feed on human blood, Megafilaria and Gigafilaria (magic-powered leech-like creatures) and Gatorback/Scorplinus (heavily-armoured scorpions).
* In ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'', there are lots of maggots in various sizes and levels of threat.
* The main enemies of ''VideoGame/BodyHarvest'' are giant alien locusts - in fact, the average ones are about your character's size.
* Several of the enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', including one called the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bigant]]". Elh thinks they are horrifying and demands that Red [[EekAMouse kill them immediately]]; Red, for his part, says they are "harmless" (despite the fact that they try to kill you [[EverythingTryingToKillYou like any other enemy]]), but usually goes about killing them anyway.
* Although it probably isn't canonical (its [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs counterpart]] in ''Tiberian Dawn'' wasn't), ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' featured what the fans called 'the Secret Ant Missions', so called because it is a hidden (small) campaign about giant ants. The red ants ''shoot fire''.
* In addition to multiple varieties of giant spiders which are about knee height to a player character, ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' also has Kalrag, which is a spider much bigger than the human player character (and surrounded by the smaller giant spiders; that portion of the relevant quest is not good for arachnophobics), as well as several forms of giant cockroach, and some giant beetles called kalphite, which range from workers the size of the aforementioned giant spiders, to the building sized Kalphite Queen.
* Beetle Mania in ''VideoGame/KingOfTheMonsters''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series has Drones, who are sapient aliens that look sort of like a cross between a moth and a beetle.
* In ''VideoGame/BangaiO Spirits'' and ''Missile Fury'', one of the enemy types that you face off with are giant ants (of varying sizes). [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere For no particular reason]].
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndHisDesktopAdventures'' has {{giant spider}}s and [[ScaryScorpions scorpions]], about as big as Indy, as the [[TheGoomba weakest enemies]] in the game--at the easier difficulty levels they'll barely do any damage, and it's easier to simply ignore them.
* The largest family of [[MadeOfEvil Darkers]] in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' consists of insectoids that generally don't bear much of a resemblance to any kind of real insect in particular (Some exceptions being the Gwanada, which is an antlion, and the Dicahda and Predicahda, which are mantises.) They vary in size from the knee-high, locust-like Krahdas to the three-story tall Dark Vibrace, which looks like a cross between a TyrannosaurusRex and a rhinoceros beetle.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Rachni resemble a hybrid of a spider and a prawn, but the Rachni Queen appears the most buglike. You also run into klixen a few times, which are crab-bug monsters the size of a man that breathe fire, and the [[spoiler:Leviathan]] are shaped rather like cuttlefish but have a semi-insectoid appearance due to their thick plates and articulated, rather than muscular, tentacles.
* ''Videogame/{{Factorio}}'' has the creatively titled [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bugs]], which come in a variety of sizes, none of which are smaller than a man. The largest bugs are the size of a dump truck and can shrug off high-explosive rockets and flame attacks. Tiered walls, turret rings, and possibly [[CarFu ramming trains riding in circles around the base]] are necessary to prevent massed bug attacks from breaching into your factories and wreaking havoc with the delicate machinery. [[GaiasVengeance Bugs are made aggressive by pollution]], so creating low-pollution factories inside forests can prevent them from attacking.
* Many of the monsters in Creator/{{Epyx}}'s ''VideoGame/TempleOfApshai'' fall under this trope, including giant centipedes, giant leeches, giant ticks, giant wasps, giant fire bugs, and giant mosquitos. Possibly justified as Apshai is described as a giant Insect God.
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'':
** The recurring Bugzzy enemy is a giant stag beetle that attacks with wrestling moves. It also has a variant called Hornhead who was introduced in ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe''.
** Also coming from ''Triple Deluxe'', Queen Sectonia is an InsectQueen who is the BigBad of the main game. She soon [[FusionDance combines herself]] with the Dreamstalk so she can rule all over Popstar. Her servant Taranza somewhat qualifies as well. [[spoiler:It's implied that she wasn't always a wasp, however. In ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'', a clone of her is fought in ''Meta Knightmare Returns'' and ''The True Arena''. After she is defeated, she somewhat turns into a spider-like creature resembling her former friend.]]
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' has its fair share of insectoid monsters (known in-game as "neopterons"), from the merely large Konchus and Altaroths to the enormous Seltas.
* ''VideoGame/BugsVsTanks'' probably qualifies. All the bugs in the game are normal sized... you're just really tiny.
* The Kitins of ''VideoGame/{{Ryzom}}'' are giant insects and shellfish that are largely responsible for the two [[BugWar Great Swarmings]] that have occurred in the game--one in its backstory, one in the game proper. They include the docile (and rather UglyCute) Kipee and Kiban, the GiantFlyer Kizoar and Kipesta, the downright terrifying (and huge) Kirosta, Kincher, Kinrey, and Kipucka, and the extremely rare (and extremely ugly) Kizarak.
* Many of the native alien creatures in ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'' resemble giant bugs. Wolf Beetles are the size of Terran wolves and exhibit similar pack behaviours. Drones are wasps that are bigger than men. Raptor Bugs are even larger, the size of horses, and colonies following the [[GoingNative Harmony affinity]] can [[HorseOfADifferentColour breed and train them to use as mounts]]. The in-game encyclopaedia compares the planet's ecosystem to that of Earth during the Carboniferous period.
* The Doom Beetle boss of ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' is a monstrous beetle more than twice the size of your characters. It's also the adult stage of human-sized giant Worms that had been mutated by magic, so failing to kill these Worms before they emerge from their cocoons during the boss battle will make you fight even more Doom Beetles. However, there's one good thing about these Giant Worms: Their meat apparently makes for good eating, to the point that in the Treasure Art where you collect Worm cocoon sample for some researchers, [[spoiler:adventurers specifically mention the giant worms as a convenient source of protein [[GoneHorriblyWrong after the inevitable happens]] and the giant worms escaped into the wild and began breeding unchecked]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheNightmareBeforeChristmasThePumpkinKing'', a prequel game to ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', a good deal of the enemies and several of the bosses are giant insects or arachnids.
* Several of the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Infernal Demons]] [[SummonBiggerFish summoned]] by the titular character of the ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' series are enormous creepy crawlies. There's Phantasmaraneae, a GiantSpider that lives in the magma pools of [[{{Hell}} Inferno]], and also [[CreepyCentipedes Scolopendra]], a demonic centipede that makes it's home in a river of boiling blood and is stated to grow up to ''six miles long!'' Both of these huge creepy crawlies make a return in [[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}} the sequel]], only this time as enemies instead of as summonable allies.
* Plenty of big creepy crawlies exist in the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games. Even the metroids themselves have a few characteristics usually associated with bugs.
* ''VideoGame/SupaRoboGakuen'' features giant cockroaches in one sidequest - large enough to act as summoners, not monsters, in a {{Mons}} game!
* One of the fighters in ''VideoGame/WarOfTheMonsters'' is Preytor, a mutated preying mantis that more or less is ''Film/TheDeadlyMantis''. One of her alternate costumes is instead a winged ant.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Giant spiders are a common enemy creature in several games in the series. They are often venomous and are capable of [[AllWebbedUp trapping human-sized prey in their webs]] (and in one case, even a ''woolly mammoth'').
** Land Dreughs appear in several games, and are basically large, vicious, humanoid crabs. They are a temporary form of the typical aquatic Dreugh (who more closely resemble [[FishPeople humanoid octopi]]), and come onto land to breed. They possess a natural [[ShockAndAwe shock attack]] and have been known to cocoon their victims to serve as food for their young.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has the Kwama family of creatures, ranging from the grub-like Kwama Foragers to the adolescent wood louse-like Scrib, to the larger Kwama Workers, Warriors, and Queens. They lay eggs which are a staple of the Dunmeri diet. Shalks are a large black beetle with natural [[PlayingWithFire fire magic abilities]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has Chaurus, which are large, corrosive acid spitting, subterranean insects often found domesticated by the [[TheMorlocks Falmer]], who use Chaurus chitin to craft weapons and armor. Like a cicada, when a Chaurus reaches the end of its life cycle, its body gives birth to a Chaurus Hunter, which is a more dangerous winged variety.
* The PC version of ''VideoGame/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has giant mosquitoes as occasional enemies. Klaus [[LampshadeHanging comments]] that he's seen pictures of large mosquitoes in his books, but has never seen them that big. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Strangely, no one seems to pay much attention to their size]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'', there are the Swarmers which are bug-like creatures native to the planet of Ekkunar and the moon of Bliss. These indigenous enemies per their name are known for [[ZergRush swarming in large numbers]] and being a general nuisance for the Battleborn. They come in two types. There's the regular type that is relatively small in size for a giant bug and easy to kill but capable of high damage especially in large numbers. Then there's the swollen type which are larger and tougher than their smaller counterparts but aren't as aggressive, relying instead on [[WeaponizedOffspring spawning tiny Swarmers]] to attack targets.
* The first two ''VideoGame/{{Sinjid}}'' games contained giant bugs as low to mid-level enemies. ''Battle Arena'' had the [[TheGoomba weakly]] Purple Critter and its [[PaletteSwap stronger variants]], the Metal-Tailed Moth and the Spirit Bug, while ''Shadow of the Warrior'' had the [[BeeAfraid Poison Wasp]], the first enemy to be found inside the Monster Portal.
* Common enemies if ''VideoGame/FeralFury'' are gigantic, plasma-spitting flies.
* ''VideoGame/EarthDefenseForce5'': Like in previous titles a number of enemies appear to be a variety of giant mindless bugs rampaging around the area.

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* Zimmy from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' was briefly menaced by a large, insectile ''thing'' [[ImaginaryEnemy that may or may not actually exist]].
* ''Webcomic/MrSquare'': In this [[http://revfitz.com/comic/issue234/ comic]], a balloon reveals a horde of normal-sized spiders when popped... whose presence promptly summons a spider the size of a cottage to join them.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** The warrior-type slaver wasps, aggressive insect-like creatures the size of a large hound.
** The [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070105 Hoomhoffers]], one of the products of mad science the Baron has included in his army, are giant beetles around the size of tanks.
* The People-Eating Poly-Sorbate Insectoid (P.E.P.S.I.) from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''. It [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20060617.html ate the main character once.]] But he got better.
* The entire cast of ''Webcomic/DaddyLongLegs'' is made up of anthropomorphic arthropods, the smallest of which are about human-sized.
* From ''Webcomic/TwoEvilScientists'', Buzz's girlfriend [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Beedra]].
* Commander Badass from ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' is very uncomfortable around millipedes ever since his tour on the Millipede planet during Millipede season. He spent most of it literally covered in huge millipedes. The kicker was an encounter with a giant millipede that promptly vomited even more millipedes on his head. So of course his daughter got herself a pet millipede.
* The ''Webcomic/FreeSpirit2014'' comic "Bedbugs and Broomsticks" has Winnie and her friends confront some giant bedbugs, who grew after sucking Winnie's magical blood.
* In ''Webcomic/CrossedClaws'', [[spoiler: The "Tall Things" turn out to be insectile monsters that can mimic mammalian species and possess some sort of control over plants]].

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* ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry'' features the Arachnids, also known simply as The Bugs. Yes, they're [[{{Homage}} shamelessly ripped off]] from ''Literature/StarshipTroopers''. But these versions are, if anything, even scarier. The Guardian Bugs, Emperor Bugs, and Queen Bugs are enormous, easily [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever fifty feet tall]]. And those and the smaller but still deadly Warrior Bugs can use [[RealityWarper magic]].
* The beetles in ''WebAnimation/SpoilsburyToastBoy'' range from normal beetle size to human size, with one about as big as a ''house''.
* Reemus, of ''VideoGame/TheSeveralJourneysOfReemus'', tends to deal with these guys, which makes the fact that he's not quite as famous or well-respected as his dragonslayer brother just a bit nonsensical, since Reemus can and sometimes does take out entire colonies of giant beasties in his line of work, while his brother usually only gets one at a time.
* The Large Beetle from ''Machinima/WaterHuman'', at least in episode one (later on, he gets smaller, which is explained by a HandWave). He's actually friendly and intelligent, and even is the protagonist's closest friend.
* ''FanFic/TheMotleyTwo'' has a giant [[CallARabbitASmeerp beetlebeast]] with about dog-like intelligence, and a giant belligerent "mantid". Both of these are the lusii of the troll protagonists (in case you haven't read ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', basically their pets/guardians/surrogate parents) and are scheduled to train to become BRAVE AND MIGHTY STEEDS once their owners are drafted into the army.
* Half the characters of ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'' are BigCreepyCrawlies, who implant their eggs in mammals and gladly give their lives for the hive and their Overqueen... and they're (mostly) ''good guys''. The protagonist is a bug named Bug who talks and acts like he just walked out of a Disney movie, and eventually the audiences gets to see a small BugWar where both sides' POV is clearly shown: [[GreyAndGreyMorality "OMG, these things are disgusting and gross! We've gotta destroy 'em before they destroy us!"]]
* ''Roleplay/YouHaveBecomeYourAvatar'': One of things found in the Springfield between the border of New Mexico and Colorado is a gigantic termites' nest. The termites tried to attack Joshua and bRaHiAn because they were intruders, but they were easily beaten back. One of their biggest weaknesses is hot water.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-363 SCP-363 ("Not Centipedes").]] Under normal circumstances they look like the real life Amazonian giant centipede, which can grow up to a foot in length. However, if it's darker than dusk[[note]]darker than 2 lux, to be exact[[/note]] they rapidly grow in size, and can easily grow to at ''least'' 30 feet in length and 6 feet in width. And not only that, as it grows it get new body parts, like tentacles and [[EyesDoNotBelongThere eyes]].
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1575 SCP-1575 ("Venus Statue").]] When the water altered by SCP-1575 is drunk by a mammal, parasitic vermin infesting the mammal can start changing into human beings. They usually don't survive, but you can end up with half human/half flea or half human/half tapeworm abominations.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Bee is a bee about the size of a dog. He is a friendly pet store owner though.
* An image offering worthless "advice" on surviving wild animal attacks depicts a wasp in between a goose and a snake ("[[Disney/RobinHood turn it into a balloon]]") and claims that this wasp is apparently the size of a goose so you're screwed.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Ts-eh-Go from ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'', a massive {{Kaiju}}-sized scorpion [[spoiler:that [[PlayingWithSyringes turned out to be the First Wave of a secret military project]]]]. The episode that featured it also had a swarm of smaller scorpions around the size of a human torso [[spoiler:which was the Second Wave of the same project after the First Wave proved uncontrollable]]. Both were naturally disposed of by Godzilla [[spoiler:and the episode ends with the revelation that a Third Wave of monster scorpions are currently under development]].
** Zilla Jr. fought a number of other super-sized bugs throughout the series, including giant bees, spiders, cicadas, and mosquitoes.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MartinMystery'' episode "Terror from the Sky" had the protagonists deal with giant bugs [[ILoveNuclearPower mutated by a radioactive meteorite]].
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Kickback, Bombshell, and Shrapnel are all Decepticons that can turn into insects.
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' had Inferno show up in the second season for the Predacons. Beast form, giant ant. Robot form, giant ant-headed robot whose abdomen turned into a [[KillItWithFire flamethrower]]. Best known for thinking he was ''actually'' an ant, referring to their ship (and at first, just his pod) as "the colony," and referring to [[BigBad Megatron]] as "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny my queen]]". A majority of the Predacons also took on insect or arthropod modes.
** The Insecticons are back in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', and they're bigger and uglier than ever.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestVersusTheCyberInsects'': The titular mutant space-bugs, which BigBad Dr. Zin created from ordinary Earth insects (cockroaches, ants, etc.).
* The ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode "Courage in The Big Stinkin City" features Bushwik, a big, humanoid, talking cockroach. (And while he is scary, he is ''not'' the scariest thing in this episode, which is saying a lot, as it is one of the creepiest episodes in an already-creepy series.)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' episode, "Lazy Daze", the Rockhopper crew encounters giant ants while out on a picnic.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' had a recurring villain named Al Vermin, who happened to be a cartoon roach.
* Series finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' has the eponymous team fighting giant insects made like that by an ancient Egyptian insect-like god trying to TakeOverTheWorld.
* A common foe in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' as one of the recurring villain races are precisely the Bugs; a race of sentient AlwaysChaoticEvil InsectoidAliens.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' has the superheroes facing giant insects controlled by an intelligent giant Scorpion.
* Lenny from the Canadian cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/{{Freaktown}}'' is a ditzy man-sized praying mantis who happens to be the best friend and roommate of protagonist [[DemBones Ben]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Changelings]] naturally resemble insectoid equines the size of ponies, but Pharynx specifically shows a preference for adopting a massive form resembling a cross between a spider, a fly and a tank when he needs to fight or intimidate someone else.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'': In "The Lethal Lightning Bug", the eponymous creature is a gigantic lightning bug created when [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning strike a swamp]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/DexHamiltonAlienEntomologist'', most of the alien insects Dex and his crew deal with are of the giant variety.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_isopod Giant Isopod]] definitely qualifies. A similar bug serves as a surprise boss in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''.
* Giant insects/arthropods were common from the Ordovician to the Carboniferous period, with foot-long cockroaches, seagull-sized dragonflies, 8 and a half-foot long millipedes and 3-foot long scorpions. Foot-long versions of these survived into the Permian period. This was only possible because the oxygen in the atmosphere was almost ridiculously high at the time, 2-3 times today's. Since arthropods absorb oxygen through small holes in their body, their size is strictly limited by the concentration of oxygen in the air.
* For decades, the entomology department of the University of Illinois have held an annual Insect Fear Film Festival, at which movies with BigCreepyCrawlies are screened. After each film, members of the department bring out live examples of the corresponding arthropods -- large tarantulas, centipedes, and stag beetles are favorites -- and pass them among the audience while they explain the biological implausibilities of giant insects.
* The Giant Asian Hornet is the size of your thumb, can fly faster than you can run, and its sting has venom that ''dissolves flesh'' and has pheromones that call more of the damn things to attack you, and they live in and around major cities like Tokyo?
** They can sting multiple times, unlike honeybees.
** They also massacre honeybees. [[LightningBruiser 30 giant hornets]] can kill 30000 honeybees is under an hour!
** On the other hand, their larvae are delicious when fried. [[SuagarWiki/FunnyMoments They taste like crab-flavored popcorn!]]
** Also Japanese Honeybees can outwit the hornets by luring them into the hive, swarm them and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6m40W1s0Wc&feature=player_detailpage#t=121s shake and bake.]] [[CycleOfRevenge Most bees survive, the hornets are toast.]] However, the presence of the hornets has made it difficult to import more productive European honeybees to East Asia.
** Even bigger than the giant Asian hornet is the giant scarab-hunting wasp of Sumatra and Java. It's three inches long, and has a wingspan of more than four inches. Fortunately for the wasp-phobic among us, it's solitary and doesn't live in colonies. It preys on the larvae of the Atlas beetle, which also qualifies for this trope by being one of the world's largest beetles.
* The wingspan record among the butterflies is held by the [[http://eol.org/pages/559418/overview/ White Witch moth]], just under 300mm. On the second place is [[http://eol.org/pages/385381/overview Atlas Moth]] spanning up to 262 mm. Of course, other than [[http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/collections/contributors/Grzimek_insects/Lepidoptera/Attacus_atlas/ looking somewhat weird]] due to reinforced wing edges [[LovecraftLite it's a fairly typical butterfly, so it has no mouth and can't bite you, so if one]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_-Ab3LtWIW_g/TEqwD7nWx0I/AAAAAAAAAIw/0MUS8ynG470/s1600/atlas-moth.jpg lands on your hand]], [[LovecraftLite all it can really do is to sit there or take off again]].
* Normal weta, insects that look similar to katydids, crickets or grasshoppers native to New Zealand, are large enough at 4cm, but the ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin giant]]'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_weta weta]] can grow to a whooping 10cm in size, not including the legs and the antennae, and can weigh up to 35g. Largest reported cases have reached double those numbers and became the most massive insect known. [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2068547/Weta-insect-Heaviest-world-weighs-3-times-mouse.html This thing weights as much as 3 mice and can eat a small carrot all on her own]].
* ''Scolopendra gigantea'', the Amazon giant centipede. Centipedes are creepy enough, but Scolopendra gigantea is about a foot long. It occasionally can eat a toad or even [[http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Pteronotus_davyi/ a small bat]]. There's people who keep this as a pet or simply collect a few and let them hang around and feed on pests. If you're in the American Southwest, you may actually see a close and slightly smaller relative, ''Scolopendra heros''. That's "slightly" smaller, not "small."
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliathus Goliath beetles]] are the world's heaviest beetles, measuring between 2.4 to 4.3 inches long and weighing as much as an apple. They also have some of the heaviest grubs of any insect species, which can weigh in at a whopping 3 and a half ounces and measuring up to 10 inches long.
* The biggest arthropods of all time, the eurypterids (aka "sea scorpions") were marine cousins to modern arachnids, and they lived worldwide from the Ordovician to Permian. Even average-sized eurypterid species could grow 8 inches long, and the biggest exceeded 8 ''feet''.
* Australia's infamous huntsman spiders, which boast leg spans of up to one foot.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megachile_pluto Megachile pluto]]'', or Wallace's Giant Bee, is 1.5 inches long with huge mandibles which are used to build nests inside termite mounds.
* Stick insects wouldn't win any weight records, but they ''are'' among the ''longest'' insects, with some approaching or over a foot long. There's also the related giant leaf insect, which is typically between 4 and 6 inches long and around 3 or 4 wide; it [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin looks like a leaf]] until you see it moving.
* While not the size of the Paleozoic behemoths mentioned above, the Triassic [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanoptera Titanopterans]] are massive insects by anyone's standards. These carnivorous mantis-like insects could have wingspans as long as 14 inches and were probably carnivorous.
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