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''A Bug's Life'' (1998) is the second computer-animated film from {{Pixar}}. It's something of a twist on the [[Literature/AesopsFables fable]] "TheGrasshopperAndTheAnts" meeting ''TheSevenSamurai'' with a bit of ''Film/ThreeAmigos'' thrown in for good measure.

The movie begins in a peaceful ant colony, which yearly is terrorized by a biker gang-esque group of grasshoppers (led by the intimidating Hopper), and the ants are forced to give them an offering of food. One year, an ant named Flik (considered a nuisance by the rest of the colony due to his inventions, which often cause more trouble than they're worth) accidentally [[NiceJobBreakingItHero destroys the offering]]. Hopper forces the ants to create a replacement offering, twice as large, giving them until "the last leaf falls" to comply. The ants, who need that time to store food for themselves to survive the winter, fear that Hopper's demand could ruin the colony. Flik volunteers to redeem himself by recruiting "tough bugs" to fight Hopper and his gang. Seeing nothing more than an opportunity to get Flik out of the way so he doesn't mess anything else up, the colony's ruler-to-be, Princess Atta, gives him her blessing.

Flik travels to "the city" (a bug city underneath a trailer), where he meets a bunch of recently-fired circus bugs. After seeing them perform, he mistakes them for warriors, and takes them back to the colony. The circus bugs are initially shocked when they find out why they're there, but eventually begin to love living in the colony, and agree to help Flik come up with a plan to defeat the grasshoppers. Will this be the invention which finally succeeds? Or will Flik's usual bad luck continue, leaving the colony to face the wrath of Hopper and his gang?

''A Bug's Life'', like most Pixar films, was a critical and financial success, and, with its HilariousOuttakes, also started the CreditsGag tradition in Pixar movies. It did not, however, receive the universal acclaim of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. Its Website/RottenTomatoes grade is the fifth-lowest of any of their films, at a rating of 92% (only ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', ''Cars 2'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' have lower grades). Due to this, it is not as widely remembered as their other films and is considered their most underrated.

Still, 92% eh?

This was Roddy [=McDowall=]'s last film (and HaydenPanettiere's first).

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!!''A Bug's Life'' contains examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion: This film is essentially a retelling of [[AesopsFables Aesop's]] TheGrasshopperAndTheAnts spread out to full-feature-length.
* {{Adorkable}}: Flik, in spades. Especially thanks to some really wonderful character animation.
* AlasPoorVillain: As how vile as he may have been, its hard not to feel a bit of sympathy for Hopper given [[spoiler: how gruesome his demise (being eaten alive by birds) is]]. Even Flik is visibly disturbed when [[spoiler: he is about to die.]]
* AssholeVictim: Ironically, [[spoiler:Hopper]] ends up falling victim to an actual bird in the end.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: Birds, which Flik [[SummonBiggerFish takes full advantage of]].
** Dim scaring off Thumper.
* AntWar: Naturally.
* AnyoneCanDie: Played with in the form of the junior ants. First they make a painting of the good warrior bugs and bad grasshoppers battling, and they painted one of the good guys dead because their teacher said it would be more realistic that way. Then they perform a play of the battle, in which apparently everyone dies.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: When Heimlich makes it out of his chrysalis the only feature changed is that he now has wings. Butterflies have 6 legs, 10 segment bodies, 4 eyes (2 compound, 2 simple), and a sucking tube rather than a mouth. Heimlech has 10 legs (which is also inaccurate for caterpillars which have 12), 11 segments (while caterpillars only have 10) and 2 eyes (caterpillars have 6), and a normal mouth.
** Insects have six legs. The ants have four limbs. The grasshoppers have six limbs, apparently to make them more alien and less sympathetic to human audiences.
** The ants cowered in fear of the grasshoppers instead of dismembering them and eating them. This would make for a family-unfriendly film, but the amount of spinelessness exhibited by the ants is ludicrous.
*** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Of course they're spineless; the don't have any!]]
** The existence of male workers.
** The queen ant doesn't look anything like a real queen ant. (''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' got this one right.)
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Tuck and Roll speak complete gibberish. While their nationality is left ambiguous in the film itself, some promotional material refers to them as Hungarian. The closed captions for the DVD don't clarify, saying "Speaking Foreign Language."
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [[spoiler:The finch, [[MouseWorld from the insects' perspective]]. Its snorts and squawks even sound a bit like Godzilla.]]
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: At the end of the film, The Queen gives her crown to Atta, thus marking her as the new queen of the colony, and Dot takes Atta's former "Princess Crown" for herself.
* AxCrazy: Hopper, especially when he's pissed. Thumper in general.
* BambooTechnology: All of Flik's inventions, including some complex gear-based devices, are done with twigs and grass and whatnot.
* BatmanGambit: How Flik tricks Hopper into [[spoiler:getting himself killed]]. Also doubles as a KansasCityShuffle because Flik "looked left" and Hopper "fell right".
* BattleInTheRain: With an interesting twist--because these are tiny bugs, the raindrops are enormous and fall like bombs, complete with actual bomb stock sound effects.
* BecomingTheMask: The circus bugs go from pretending to be warriors to fighting alongside the ant colony.
* BeggarWithASignboard: in The City Flik encounters a bug holding a sign that reads "Kid pulled my wings off".
* BioluminescenceIsCool: How to light the ant's cave, and thereby show the action, without inventing some ludicrous ant tech? Plenty of glowing mushrooms.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Pixar's most prominent example, particularly because Hopper is truly evil, without a FreudianExcuse or sympathetic motivations.
* BluntYes: In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjjTb4GZh2A#t=23s outtakes.]]
-->'''Hopper:''' Are you saying I'm stupid?\\
'''Atta:''' ...''YES''! Ah hah hah...
** Immediately followed by a metaphorical FacePalm from Hopper:
--->'''Hopper:''' ''(exasperated)'' This is the ''fifteenth'' take, I ''cannot'' work like this. ''(walks off)'' I'll be in my trailer.
* BookEnds: Opens and closes with shots of the ant island from a distance.
* BreakUpMakeUpScenario
* BrickJoke: Pretend it's a seed, okay?
** Doubles as a MeaningfulEcho.
** "What's with the rock?" "Must be an ant/circus thing."
* TheBrute: Thumper. He's so vicious the other grasshoppers have to keep him on a leash much of the time.
* BurpingContest: Between Tuck and Roll in the HilariousOuttakes. It ends with a fart.
* BullyingADragon: While the grasshoppers are much bigger than the ants, the ants are far more numerous, [[spoiler: and by the end of the film they just decide they've had enough, stand up to them and force them to run away.]] Hopper was GenreSavvy about this, bullying them to make sure they stay intimidated, knowing that if the ants were to stand up to him together, then there would be nothing he could do about it.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Woody]]]] appears in one of the outtakes.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Tons. The spider and the praying mantis get along just fine with the other bugs, though all bugs are afraid of birds. The outtakes reveal that the bird is non-sentient ([[spoiler:because it's a giant mechanical prop]]). The outtakes also show Slim (unwillingly) swallowing a bug.
* CatchPhrase:
** Manny's "HOW DARE YOU!"
** Tuck and Roll's "You fired!"
** Molt's "Shutting up."
* ChekhovsBoomerang:
** A '''''three-way''''' one with Molt's line:
--->'''Molt:''' And the birds eat the grasshoppers!
** The protagonists get attacked by a bird. And then build a massive mecha-bird. [[spoiler:And ''then'' trick Hopper into getting eaten by a bird.]]
* CityOfGold: P.T. Flea sings "the streets will be paved with golden retrievers".
* DarkerAndEdgier: Somewhat, at least in comparison with the first Pixar Film ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
* DarkestHour: The colony brought it upon themselves by ostracizing Flik and P.T. Flea's entire circus when the truth about the "warriors" was revealed. They're accepted again when they become BigDamnHeroes (P.T. Flea's circus by putting on an act for the grasshoppers and rescuing the Queen from being squished by Hopper by way of Manny's magic act, and Flik by unleashing the bird he, the circus, and the rest of the colony built to scare the grasshoppers).
* DeadpanSnarker: Francis and Slim.
--> Flik: [hanging off Slim's leg] You can't go! I'm desperate!\\
Slim: Really? I couldn't tell!
* DescriptionCut:
-->'''Atta''': The caterpillar's using himself as ''LIVE BAIT!''\\
'''Ant''': How brave!\\
-->'''Heimlich:''' Ahhhhhhhh!
* DisappearedDad: Atta and Dot's father is nowhere to be seen but it's {{justified|Trope}}, because it's an ant colony.
* DisappearingBox: A variation was used by Manny [[spoiler:to help the queen escape]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: Noticably averted with Hopper, as he is capable of flight.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Watch the first scene with Hopper and Atta. Go ahead, watch it as many times as you like. It will soon start sounding like a conversation between an [[BastardBoyfriend abusive boyfriend]] and his girlfriend.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Francis (see OneGenderRace below)
* [[spoiler:EatTheCamera: Hopper's death at the end.]]
* EurekaMoment:
** From a discussion about birds:
--->'''Atta:''' Not every bug would face a bird. I mean, even Hopper's afraid of 'em.\\
'''Flik:''' Yeah, well you know it was... ''({{beat}})'' Say that again.\\
'''Atta:''' I said, even Hopper's afraid of birds…
** Also the moment during the big confrontation when Flik realizes exactly what Hopper had been hoping the ants would never put together (namely, how badly they outnumbered the grasshoppers, rendering the latter's individual physical advantage moot).
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Apparently the only reason Hopper hasn't killed his brother Molt yet.
-->'''Hopper:''' I ''swear'', if I hadn't promised ''Mother,'' on her death bed, that I wouldn't kill you, I would ''kill you!''\\
'''Molt:''' And believe me, no-one appreciates that more than I do.\\
'''Hopper:''' Shut up! I don't want to hear another word out of you while we're on this island. Do you understand me?\\
''(Molt whimpers)''\\
'''Hopper:''' I said, '''do you understand me?!'''\\
'''Molt:''' Well, how can I answer? You said I couldn't say another word!\\
''(Hopper growls with increasing rage and raises his fist)''\\
'''Molt:''' Aah! ''Remember Ma''!\\
''(Hopper spins around and [[BlofeldPloy punches another grasshopper to the ground]])''
* EvenTheDogIsAshamed: Averted; after Flik wound up ostracized by the colony for hiring circus bugs to defend them, Dot is the only one who still believes in him - and is the one who, after hearing the Queen's life was in danger, snaps him out of his HeroicBSOD.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Atta and Princess Dot
* ExecutiveMeddling: For the confrontation in the bar, Pixar's animators had planned out a large, anime-esque sequence, not unlike the one later seen in the movie ''HortonHearsAWho''. Disney suits didn't understand the scene as it was laid out to them, and the gag was reduced to Francis saying, "Shoo, fly, don't bother me."
* ExitPursuedByABear: [[spoiler:Hopper meets his fate via this trope.]]
* ExpositionCut: Played for laughs. Slim says that Flik can explain on the way. It then cuts to Flik finishing his explanation to...Tuck and Roll, who don't speak a word of English.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath:
** Hopper [[spoiler:crushing three of his gang members under a pile of grain to make a point.]] Even the other grasshoppers are stunned.
** [[spoiler:Hopper getting fed to the goldfinch's chicks.]] The last thing he (and the audience, mercifully) sees is one of their ''gaping beaks'' rising up to meet him...
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"Are there a bunch of little girls in this one too? Hello, girls!"]]
* {{Foreshadowing}} / GenreSavvy: Hopper's speech to the other grasshoppers on why it is important that they keep the ants in their place, especially since one ant (Flik) stood up to the grasshoppers:
-->'''Hopper:''' If you let one ant stand up to us, then they ''all'' might stand up. Those ants outnumber us a hundred to one. And if they ever figure that out, there goes our way of life!
** Right before Flik and the circus bugs encounter a hungry bird, you can see that there are eggs inside the nest. Later on the film, they are shown to have hatched.
* FantasticRacism: Hopper sees the ants as little more than slaves and has worked tirelessly to instill this sense of inferiority into those he has terrorized into submission. Heck, he seems to hold this view against all other bugs he meets, as he will not hesitate to order his men to squish them if he deems them a nuisance to himself.
* FunnyForeigner: Tuck and Roll, also TheUnintelligible. [[GratuitousGerman Heimlich]], too.
* GentleGiant:
** Dim, the rhinoceros beetle.
** Molt, Hopper's dim-witted brother. He might technically be on the bad guy's side but you never see him do anything but eat and make himself look like an idiot.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** One of the Fly Brothers to Francis the Ladybug (before discovering that "she" is actually male): "Hey, cutie! Wanna pollinate with a real bug?!"
** When Flik is trying to distract Atta from his meeting with the other bugs, he uses various acronyms, like "FYI" and "BYOB". "BYOB" is a message generally given with party invitations, and usually it means "Bring Your Own Beer".
** "Work that ab, baby!"[[labelnote:*]]The abdomen is an insect's hindquarters.[[/labelnote]]
** Hopper '''kills''' three of his own henchmen during the bar scene. [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath Graphically]]. Entirely onscreen.
** The poster featuring Hopper had the tagline "bugs kick grass."
** The scene in the bar with the mosquito.
* GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals: Ants are good, grasshoppers are bad.
* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: The little ants make an anticipatory victory mural for the circus performers. It's...[[NightmareFuelColoringBook not as hopeful as expected]].
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Slim, being a ''stick'' insect, is often used as a prop/weapon by the other circus bugs - both in and out of the circus. He's very unhappy about it.
* {{Grimmification}}: Of "TheGrasshopperAndTheAnts". What if the ant didn't ''want'' to give up his food, but the grasshopper was big enough to just take it anyway?
* GrotesqueCute: The cute widdle fuzzy goldfinch chickies that [[spoiler:eat Hopper alive at the end.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Molt. At first it seems as though he's fleeing Ant Island with the other grasshoppers, but in the last scene he's shown to have become a part of P.T. Flea's circus as their strongman (it's been his dream ever since he first saw it perform during Hopper's failed attempt to oppress the ants).
* HeroicBSOD: Flik before the climax.
* HuddleShot
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Flik.
* InsectGenderBender
* InsectQueen: The ants are led by one. There is the Queen of the Ants, and later her daughter Princess Atta who is given the crown at the end.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Flik and Dot.
* InterspeciesRomance: Manny and Gypsy.
* IronicEcho:
** Flik, whose desperation to prove himself has [[CharacterDevelopment slowly been turning into true self-confidence]], stands up against Hopper for [[spoiler:Princess Atta]] the way he did for Dot at the beginning of the movie. And this time, despite the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he gets for it, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he stays there]]. [[spoiler:And goes on to defend/inspire the entire colony.]]
** This:
--->'''Hopper:''' Now let me tell you how things are supposed to work: The sun grows the food, the ants pick the food, the grasshoppers eat the food...\\
'''Molt:''' And the birds eat the grasshoppers!
-->''(later)''
--->'''Princess Atta:''' You see Hopper, nature has a certain order. The ants pick the food, the ants ''keep'' the food, and the grasshoppers...''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner leave]]''.
* [[JustOneMan Just One Ant]]: Sensing his fellow grasshoppers' reluctancy (due to the coming rain), Hopper initially decides to forget about the food. But recalls Flik standing up to him. The others just laugh since it was only "one ant". Using their grain storage in a visual demonstration, he shows the other grasshoppers if one "puny" ant can stand up to them, soon all of them will. He then tells them it wasn't about the food, it was about keeping the ants in place.
* KidAppealCharacter: Little princess Dot.
* LargeHam: Manny "Oh the pain!". Helps his actor got famous playing one of the most famous hams in television, [[LostInSpace Dr. Smith.]] Heimlich is quite hammy too.
* LiarRevealed: This moment happens to Flik once the colony discovers the truth about the "warrior bugs".
* LoveEpiphany: It's implied that Flik has had a crush on Atta for a long time, but soon as the Circus Bugs save Dot from the bird, Atta begins treating Flik much more respectfully, talking with him about her own personal issues, realizing that perhaps they are NotSoDifferent, and apologizing for how she'd treated him in the past. Then she gives him his EurekaMoment, and he kisses her on the cheek before running off, leaving Atta wide-eyed and caressing the spot where he kissed her.
* LovelyAssistant: Gypsy Moth is this to her praying mantis husband, Manny.
* MagnificentSeven: Spoofed and subverted - the seven "heroes" are circus performers who think the ant hill wants to entertain their grasshopper guests. Also, there's nine of them (Rosie, Heimlich, Gypsy, Manny, Tuck and Roll the pillbugs, Dim, Francis, and Slim).
* MeanCharacterNiceActor:
** In the HilariousOuttakes, Hopper is a perfectly nice guy who is reduced to tears when he can't seem to do his scene with Atta properly.
** Also in the HilariousOuttakes, Thumper is a much less intimidating guy who asks if his screaming is okay.
* TheMillstone: Flik is this for most of the film.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Molt. Ironically, his toy figure actually makes him [[http://ronsrescuedtreasures.com/DISNEY-A-BUGS-LIFE-MINI-MINIATURE-MOLT-PVC-FIGURE-1-58-TALL-HOPPERS-BROTHER-P1578890.aspx seem menacing.]]
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: [[spoiler:After Flik's beating, the ant colony unites against the grasshoppers.]]
* MouseWorld
* TheNapoleon: P.T. Flea.
* NeverSayDie: It is never used when the good guys are referred to (Flik asked Dim to "squish" him after he found out about the truth of the circus bugs and the grasshoppers deciding to "squish" [[spoiler:the Queen]]), but the words "kill" and "die" are used in humorous contexts.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Near the climax, when Hopper lets Thumper loose on Flik, then finishes the job. It's so nasty [[EvenEvilHasStandards we even see his brother Molt flinching]].
* NoNameGiven: The Queen
* NonActionGuy: All the circus bugs put themselves to good use during the fight with the goldfinch...except Manny, who just sits on Dim's back and then takes some of the credit for fighting the bird. He is also the only circus bug who has wings he can use and doesn't actually use them. However, he is one of the first circus bugs to pretend to be dying during the attack, and he ''did'' prove himself useful earlier with the DisappearingBox trick.
* NonMammalMammaries: Atta's chest is curved in a way that resembles human breasts.
* NoodleIncident:
** Flik's Tunnel-Within-A-Tunnel Project.
** Molt telling of Hopper's encounter with a blue jay.
** "...And that's how my 12th husband died. So now I'm a widow. I mean, I've always been a ''black'' widow, but now I'm a [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment black widow widow]]."
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: The ants, in the climax, towards Hopper's gang.
* NotSoDifferent: Flik and Princess Atta.
* OddballInTheSeries: It, for the most part, lacks the [[TearJerker emotional plot lines]] signature of Pixar.
* OhCrap:
** The Grasshoppers' reaction to the Constructed Bird, [[spoiler: and Hopper's reaction to the real one]].
** The Grasshoppers' reaction as they realize that the Ants are getting pissed off at last and are about to ZergRush them.
** Flik's reaction as he helplessly watched the food offering tumble into the water after his harvester knocked it over.
** Flik's reaction after realizing that the warrior bugs he brought to the colony are actually circus folk.
** A split-second at the climax, where an injured Flik sees Hopper flying right at him in a rage.
* OneGenderRace: Subverted with Francis, a ''male'' ladybug.
-->'''First Fly:''' ''(to Francis)'' Hey cutie! [[UnusualEuphemism Wanna pollinate with a real bug?!]]\\
''(Flies laugh. Francis flies up to them, eyelids batting, then...)''\\
'''Francis:''' SO! Being a Ladybug automatically makes me a GIRL! Is that it, fly-boy? HUH?!\\
'''Second Fly:''' YIKES!!\\
'''First Fly:''' She's a guy!
* PanAndScan: Inverted with the fullscreen version of the film. The most noticeable example is the scene where they show two young ants climbing up a leaf; in the original widescreen version you couldn't see the second ant at all, but in the fullscreen version you actually do.
* PsychoForHire: Thumper is more than enough to fix this trope.
* PunchClockVillain: Molt. When the food's collected and the circus is performing, he happily claps and plays along, rather like a child.
-->'''Molt:''' The circus, the circus, I love the circus!
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
-->'''Francis:''' When your grasshopper friends get here, we are gonna KNOCK! THEM! '''DEAD!!!'''
* ReadEmAndWeep: Dot says this to Francis while playing a game with him while he was getting better from an injury.
* RightHandAttackDog: Thumper to Hopper. He is also almost dog-like.
* RightOutOfMyClothes: When the ants ZergRush the grasshoppers, Molt gets out of there so fast he leaves his "shell" behind (that is, he ''[[StealthPun molts]]'').
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* ScarecrowSolution: The fake bird.
* ScavengedPunk: It drifts into this trope during the city sequence. The city is built entirely out of discarded boxes and trash with a tipped over soup can doubling as a dive bar (the countertop inside the bar is a swiss army knife). The background of the entire sequence is scattered with numerous details like this.
* ScienceMarchesOn: Dim was supposed to be a fictional variety of generic rhinoceros beetle. Then a couple years ago they found a rhino beetle that sort of looks like him.
* ScoutOut: The Blueberry Scouts.
* ShoutOut:
** The dumb, goofy GentleGiant, Dim. [[Literature/AClockworkOrange Dim being really dim...]]
** In the HilariousOuttakes: "[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory To infinity and beyond!]]"
** The (failed) attempt at intimidating the flies that attempted to harass Francis, which was the reason why Flik even mistakenly believed they were warrior bugs in the first place, was a spoof on RobinHood. Also, after they demolished the bar in their attempt to flee, Francis pulls Slim out in a parody of King Arthur pulling out Excalibur.
** Hopper's demise bears some resemblance to General Woundwort's end in ''WatershipDown''.
** This quote from Hopper.
--->'''Hopper:''' (to Atta) It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, Princess, one of those '[[Disney/TheLionKing circle of life]]' kind of things.
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: In the beginning, Dot really cannot wrap her head around the fact that Flik is pretending that the rock is a seed.
* SinsOfOurFathers: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. Flik comments that his children's children will be eternally ridiculed if the colony finds out he accidentally hired circus bugs.
* SnipeHunt: The premise. Subverted in that Flik actually finds what he was looking for... [[MistakenForBadass after a fashion]].
* SpringtimeForHitler: Letting Flik go to find help was only supposed to keep him out of the way...
* StageMagician: Manny the praying mantis.
* SummonBiggerFish: [[spoiler: Flik "enlists" the aid of the Goldfinch to deal with Hopper once and for all.]]
* SwallowedAFly: In one of the HilariousOuttakes, this happens... to ''another'', larger bug.
* TemptingFate: See the YourLittleDismissiveDiminutive section below.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Parodied and subverted with Francis, a male ladybug that has long eyelashes, full lips and a BeautyMark.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Dim.
* ToiletHumor: "Hey! Who ordered the poo-poo platter?" (a bunch of flies swarm over to it)
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: "''Yikes!'' She's a ''guy!''"
* UnusualEuphemism: When one of the ants says the following (also counts as a ShoutOut):
-->'''Thorny:''' [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy H. Cricket]]!
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: P.T. Flea does this twice: not only does he accidentally reveal the identity of the warriors, which gets them and Flik ostracized by the colony, but later he incinerates the bird, thinking it was the real deal -- however, that latter moment is subverted in that the beating Hopper dishes out on Flik in response, resulting in his RousingSpeech, actually rallies the ants into sending the grasshoppers packing for good.
* VillainousBreakdown: Hopper breaks down when [[ZergRush the ants stand up to the grasshoppers.]]
* VisualPun: Flea circus, anybody?
** Invoked by P.T. Flea with Slim the Walking Stick.
--->'''Slim:''' You [[YouAreATreeCharlieBrown always cast me as the broom]]! The pole! The stick! The ''splinter''!\\
'''P.T. Flea:''' You're a walking stick! IT'S FUNNY! Now go!!
** When the ants rebel, [[MeaningfulName Molt]] ''jumps out of his skin''.
* WelcomeToTheBigCity: Flik doesn't get mugged or attacked (it's hardly as if he had anything on him), but he does get mocked by a couple of street performers and runs into a cricket who's lost his wings; he also gets towered over by a daddy-long-legs.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Played straight with most of Hopper's minions, as nobody knows where they went into hiding; averted with Molt, who joins P.T. Flea's circus as its new strongman, Tiny.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Both played straight and averted.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: Flik.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech / TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler: Flik delivers both simultaneously to Hopper in the climax of the film.]]
--> Who's the weaker species? Ants don't serve grasshoppers! It's you who need us! We're a lot stronger than you think we are... and you know that, don't you?
* WrongGenreSavvy: Hopper when he sees the Goldfinch, not realizing that it's a real one, [[TooDumbToLive but thinks it's another one of Flik's tricks]].
* YouAreATreeCharlieBrown: Slim, the walking stick, constantly gets these roles in the circus acts, much to his annoyance.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Dim.
* YourLittleDismissiveDiminutive: Hopper uses three of these in the same conversation when he [[VillainousBreakdown breaks down]].
-->'''Hopper:''' You think it's over?! All your little stunt did was buy them time!\\
'''Flik:''' No, please! Please, Hopper!\\
'''Hopper:''' I'll get more grasshoppers and be back next season, but ''you won't''.\\
''[A bird shows up]''\\
'''Hopper:''' Well, what's this? [[TemptingFate Another one of your little bird tricks? Is there a bunch of little girls in this one, too? Hello, girls!]]
* ZergRush: Hopper fears the ants will realize their advantage in numbers and attack this way. [[spoiler:They do. [[VillainousBreakdown And he doesn't like it one bit.]]]]
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