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Bee Afraid

"Oh no, no, not the bees! NOT THE BEES!! AAAAAAAAARRRGH! OH, THEY'RE IN MY EYES! MYYYYY EYES! AAAAHHHHH! AAAAAGGHHH!"

Basically, the worst fate in the universe is to face a Zerg Rush of stinging insects such as bees, wasps and hornets. Nothing so small should cause so much fear amongst creatures so much larger... and yet they do. The distinctive coloration. The horrible buzzing noise. The agony of stinging. The way they move in swarms. The kamikaze mentality. And of course, if you're allergic or if there are a lot of the little bastards, they can put you in the hospital or even kill you.

Those using the trope often depict the insects as males, and often use honeybees even though that kind dies after using its sting. The swarm will also share one mind and will often form shapes in the air like an arrow pointing to its target, or a weapon.

To escape the swarm, the character will almost always jump into a body of water. Since bees can't swim, they are usually forced to give up - which isn't advised in real life, since they wait. (Your best bet is to cover your exposed skin in mud.)

Subtropes include Bee Bee Gun. If a monster or person is made of bees, then they're The Worm That Walks. Often seen in the Hornet Hole. Sometimes overlaps with Bears Are Bad News because bears like their honey. While The Swarm refers to anything tiny and dangerous in large numbers.


Examples:

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     Advertising 
  • TWO HUNDRED KILLER WASPS!!!
  • This Ballpark Franks ad.
  • A few years back, there was a commercial for the Toronto Blue Jays that started with a bunch of kids throwing rocks at a big glass living-room window. Roy Halladay, strolling along the street, notices the kids, picks up a rock and throws it in the same direction. The rock, however, knocks a nest of bees out of a tree above the kids, forcing them to flee as Halladay turns and strolls away with a tiny fist-pump of triumph.

    Anime and Manga 
  • City Hunter: They featured in the supporting character's Kazue Natori introductory arc. Her late fiancee was duped into creating bees with such a toxic venom it could kill ten men with one sting, and then he was murdered. In order to avenge him, she is trying to create a cure (too bad her first test cure caused impotence and Ryo got stung by a bee).
  • From InuYasha, there's the Saimyoushou, the poisonous insects Naraku uses for spying on the heroes and weakening Miroku whenever he uses the Wind Tunnel.
  • In No. 6, the dark secret of the eponymous city is that parasitic bees/wasps are propagating and killing people
  • In Ninja Scroll, one member of the Quirky Mini Boss Squad is a living nest for Japanese Giant Hornets. He is able to control them, use them to scout out the position of the heroes, and then makes the colony swarm them. If bees are bad news, what does that make hornets, who prey on and massacre bees?
  • In Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, one of Sakura Hall's assignments involves dealing with its chronic beehive problem. In the first opening alone, we see a cautious Sorata attempting to deal with a hornet's nest on the balcony, with Mashiro and Misaki (safely behind a glass door) cheering him on; later, he's running away from an angry swarm, followed shortly by Jin and Chihiro-sensei.
  • In the second season of Da Capo, Aisia tries to force Jun'ichi to use magic by disturbing a beehive. The plan fails when he simply grabs her and runs instead.
  • In Ranma ½, Ranma's father tosses a beehive at his son as Training from Hell... with fairly mixed results.
  • Happens in Dragon Ball, when Roshi tries to toss a beehive on Goku and Krillin as part of their training. He actually goes one step further by tying them to a tree.
  • In an episode of the Viewtiful Joe cartoon, an annoying forest sprite tries to force Gaia's Vengeance on Joe and Junior by dropping a beehive on them. They actually manage to escape unharmed.
  • In episode 7 of the Yatterman anime, Doronjo gets a beehive dropped on her as part of Dokurobe's random, sadistic punishment game. Similarly, episode 33 has Doronjo succeed in escaping from Yatterman with the Dokuro stone she was looking for... which she discovers is actually a wasp's nest after bringing it onto her ship.
  • This ends up happening to Red during a bicycle race in the Pokémon Special manga. Unfortunately, since Pokemon's original equivalent to Bees is a three-foot tall bug with stingers (yes, plural) like kitchen knives, he had it worse than most examples on this list.
  • Pokémon:
    • This is a recurring event in the anime for Ash and co. If they're within a hundred kilometers of a hive, they can expect to be running from a swarm of Beedrill by the episode's end.
    • Team Rocket isn't spared either. Like in episode 4 of the first season when they get attacked by a swarm of Beedrill while they're hiding in a tree dressed as Kakuna, for some dumb reason.
    • Vespiquen's Attack Order move summons a bunch of Combee to attack the foe.
  • The Katekyo Hitman Reborn! anime has Reborn casually tossing honey on protege Tsuna before unleashing a swarm of bees on him. "The mafia always live with danger," Reborn warns Tsuna as the latter runs for his life.
  • In Zatch Bell!, Zatch helps Kiyo and his classmate during a bug hunt... by dropping a beehive on them. Running quickly ensues.
  • In the first episode of Onegai My Melody Kirara, Kuromi tells a story about an unfortunate picnic mishap that eventually led to her disturbing a beehive and getting stung.
  • In the second chapter of the Utawarerumono manga, Aruru tries to get honey from a beehive while the group is hiking in the mountains. She winds up falling from the tree, taking the hive with her, and everyone gets stung.
  • In Vector Case File, a girl and her brother try to take on a nest of Japanese giant hornets with a can of aerosol and a young beekeeper tries to keep her restless bees in their hive... by hugging it. Neither situation turns out well.
    • The worst is in chapter 38, where two kids were mysteriously stung by killer bees. Later in the chapter, the highschool girl responsible is nearly stung to death when her plan backfires.
  • Episode 50 of the Beet the Vandel Buster anime has the main cast foraging for food, but extracting honey from a giant beehive is tough even with magic.
  • One of the Detective Conan mysteries involves a woman being chased off of a balcony by hornets. The murderer knew that she was nearly stung to death as a child and used her phobia against her.
  • The filler villains in the Search For The Bikochu Beetle arc in Naruto weaponize bees, as they are a clan of bug users.
    • A semi-filler fight in Shippuden has Sakura accidentally dislodging an enormous hornet's nest from a mountain while attacking Kabuto. Oddly, the hornets ignore her and go straight for Kabuto who, despite being startled, cuts them down before they can hurt him.
  • In One Piece, the South Bird that Luffy and Chopper are chasing drops a beehive and a wasp's nest on them, one after the other.
  • In Chapter 269 of Gintama, the Yorozuya trio is hired to exterminate a gigantic beehive...which ends up being filled with alien half-man, half-bee gangsters. They manage to spare themselves a stinging by agreeing to find a replacement queen after their original died in an accident caused from Kagura kicking the hive, only to provoke the wrath of two other similar hives when Gintoki accidentally knocks them down. It ultimately ends up being subverted when it turns out that three bee colonies are sworn enemies and decide to fight with each other instead of going after the ones who wrecked their hives.
  • Just barely averted in Kemono no Souja Erin, when Erin approaches a beehive without any protective equipment, unaware of the danger. The beekeeper stops her just in time.
  • One of the villains in Hohzuki Island accidentally attacks a wasp's nest thinking that he was disarming a different kind of trap.
  • In the episode 12 of anime adaptation of Korean drama Jang Geums Dream, an old woman sends a group of her pupils to retrieve wild honey from an old mountain hermit. The hermit explains that the honey must be extracted straight from a giant beehive, a process that gets one guy and one girl from the group stung.
  • The erotic swimming manga Frogman has main character Michiru being stung by a bee while searching for firewood in chapter 10. The female lead, Haruka, is there to suck the poison out.
  • Brief makes his debut appearance in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt completely covered with bees.
  • Season 2, Episode 5 of Arakawa Under the Bridge has Jacqueline, a woman dressed as a bee, accidentally hitting a beehive while trying to grab a bird. Because of her outfit, nobody besides Hoshi and Rick realize she's being attacked, thinking that bees won't sting another bee.
  • In the 1975 anime Prehistoric Boy Kum Kum , the titular character knocks down a hornet's nest in the second episode, and the angered insects comically attack the whole village.
  • In chapter 141 of Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Ika hits a sunflower that happens to be housing an angry bee... which is followed by a shot of Eiko putting a band-aid on Ika's nose. It's painful ~de geso!
  • Tsugumi from the 4-Koma manga Himajin gets stung by bees while collecting honey in the forest.
  • In Amanin Shoujo Azuki it's mentioned that ninja-in-training Azuki is known for accidentally disturbing beehives when climbing trees.
  • The feudal romantic-comedy Abarenbou Shounangon has spunky protagonist Sei throwing rocks at a beehive so she can collect the honey within. Her companion warns her to stop, but a comical mishap ends with Sei being stung.
  • In Steel Ball Run, an enemy Stand User releases a swarm of bees on Johnny and Gyro. What's worse, each bee is rigged with a bomb! (This is par for the course with a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure story.)
  • An episode of Sherlock Hound has Sherlock substituting a draped cage with valuable a parrot in it with a draped cage with a hornet's nest in it, this isn't found out until the villains are high up in the air on their little airplane and can't exactly run.
  • Episode 12 of Yume No Crayon Oukoku has protagonist Silver playing dead to elude a bear. She's almost successful, but her monkey companion accidentally knocks a beehive next to her, leading to both the bees and the bear attacking her.
  • The second episode of Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth has Lee giving Sakura a bouquet of flowers... filled with bees. As he panics and tries to swat them away from her, he accidentally beats her up and gets himself stung.
  • Episode 2 of the second season of Is This a Zombie? has Haruna throwing Ayumu into a swarm of bees that was pursuing her. Surprisingly, he is unharmed when the swarm dissipates.
  • Episode 80 of Pokonyan is entirely devoted to this trope. When Poko finds a beehive in his backyard, he carries it around the town trying to find a suitable spot to hang it. After bringing it to the flower shop, beauty salon and even a wedding, swollen faces abound.
  • Episode 26 of Happy Lucky Bikkuriman has Jello being stung by angry bees while out in the woods. She seems surprisingly chipper in the scenes that follow, despite her grossly lumpy face.
  • In Chapter 90 of Tic Neesan, Nee-san is stung on the forehead by a hornet, complete with comedic giant lump. Her classmate later retaliates, with pleasure, by using his mastery of martial arts to kill every hornet with his bare fists. He even goes so far as to roundhouse kick the hive after slaughtering its occupants.
  • Season 2, episode 10 of Korean anime Nalong has catgirl antagonist Atchan being attacked and stung by a swarm of bees seemingly out of nowhere.
  • The Butterfly Queen is chased by bees while wearing a honeycomb-themed dress at a ball in Episode 28 of Tomatoman.
  • Chapter 172 of gag manga Ganso Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku deals with a variety of different species of bees and wasps. Most notably, an entire hive of Asian hornets that gets stuck on Akane's clarinet, leading to her friends very carefully trying to help her out. Spoiler: It doesn't end well for her.
  • Liz gets attacked by bees in episodes 10, 13 and 37 of Nana Moon
  • Happens to the Setouchi brothers (well, anatomically they're sisters ) in chapter 204 of Namiuchigiwa No Muromisan.
  • One chapter of Teekyuu volume 6 involves the main cast playing a board game that inexplicably releases a swarm of hornets on them. Yuri skillfully swats every angry insect that comes her way, only to turn and find Kanae and Marimo horribly stung.
  • In episode 9 of Time Bokan series Itadakiman , the trio of villains are chased by bees after hitting a beehive with a rock.
  • In Terra Formars, Shokichi Komachi's Bugs Procedure is the Asian Giant Hornet, and proves an effective fighter against the Terraformars. He is the only one of two survivors of Bugs II, and one of the Captains in the Annex I mission.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Marvel Universe, there's Swarm, a Nazi made of bees. (Or possibly a swarm of bees in the shape of a Nazi, Depending on the Writer.)
  • In Amazons Attack, a subplot involves the Amazons having their STYGIAN KILLER HORNETS attack another hero giving him only HOURS to live (a subplot so pointless, it didn't even make it into the book) prompting this hilarious quote:
    Batman: An Amazon attack.. a deadly bee weapon. Bees. My God.
  • Veteran Justice League villain Queen Bee covers this trope.
  • There's an old Golden Age superhero called the Red Bee, who used not bees, but a single trained bee, to fight crime. He is generally regarded as a joke character these days.
    • His successor, his grandniece Jenna, sort of made up for it by using battle armor and two big robotic bees that fire lasers.
  • This is how Dubbelosix and his handler Surreptitius are put to death in Astérix and the Black Gold.
  • As these boys learn. (From a story by Wilhelm Busch.)
  • In My Little Pony Micro Series Issue #3 one of the activities Rarity does in the hippie farm is helping Flax Seed to collect honey. She thinks ahead and puts a protective suit on, but the angry bees reduce it to shreds and at the end of the day, Rarity is covered in bee stings.
  • Played straight in the French graphic novel Pyrenee. The eponymous wild girl is chased into a stream by a swarm of bees when she tries to collect some honey for the bear who's raising her. She gets very badly stung since she doesn't even have clothes to protect her, but later rolls in some herbs to reduce the swelling.

    Film 
  • In Tommy Boy, Tommy attempts to beat a drunk driving arrest by pretending he is being attacked by a swarm of vicious bees.
    • Bees! Bees in the car! Save yourselves! Your firearms are useless against them!
  • There was a swarm of bad B-movies about Killer Bees back in the 70s.
  • In Little Nicky, Adrian proves to the crowd how evil he is by bringing out Henry Winkler and covering him in bees. Later, Nicky has to do something bad so he can get back to hell, so he also covers Winkler in bees.
  • In the remake of The Wicker Man, the Island's inhabitants are honey farmers rather than the fruit farmers of the original. The main character (Nicolas Cage) is deathly afraid of bees, due to being allergic to their stings. His over-the-top fear of bees in the film is often mocked by viewers, particularly his famous utterance "NOT THE BEES!"
  • The title character in Candyman is revealed to be little more than a skeleton inhabited with the bees that stung him to death originally. With Tony Todd's head, making things scarier.
  • The title characters in Invasion Of The Bee Girls.
  • Vada and Thomas jump into a lake to escape from a swarm of bees in My Girl. Unfortunately, Thomas does not manage to escape from them later on, and dies from an allergic reaction to the stings.
  • Friar Tuck in the Ridley Scott Robin Hood (2010) is a beekeeper. He attacks the French with them.
  • Giant wasps are one problem among many in The Food of the Gods.
  • In Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, the kids are visited by a bee while climbing a flower. They wind up riding it around the yard, and are nearly killed when Wayne swings at the bee with a bat.
  • The X-Files: Fight the Future reveals that domesticated bees are being used by the Government Conspiracy to spread a deadly virus that turns living humans into breeding tanks for homicidal aliens. All it takes is a single sting from their bee to make a Grey emerge from your body Chestburster-style. Oh, and The Syndicate can remotely control their bees, too. Sleep tight tonight.
  • A bumblebee was the cause of Mistaken for Racist in National Security. It started when the black security guard who at first suspected of stealing a car gets attacked by a bumblebee, which he's allergic to. The white cop swings his nightstick around to shoo it away only to make it look like a racial beating which was caught on tape before he was convicted and sent to prison.
  • In Save the Green Planet!, the protagonist douses a man in honey and then unleashes crates full of bees. Guess what happens.
  • In Nanny McPhee, the children disrupt the wedding of their father to a woman who proves she'll be an "evil stepmother" by pretending an attack of bees, to which the minster is deathly allergic.
  • In the very-rarely-seen Song of the South, Br'er Rabbit hoodwinks Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear by having them take him to his "laughing place", which is a bush with a beehive in it. Br'er Bear, who is the first to fall for the scam, lampshades this:
    "Hey! There ain't nothin' in here 'cept bees!"
  • In The Return of Hanuman, Maruti and his friends encounter this. He later uses a staff to suck the bees and later shot the bees to another area which blocked a truck driver. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, an angry swarm of bees attacks Tucker when he accidentally cuts into their hive with a chainsaw. The sight of the screaming Tucker running around waving a chainsaw frightens one of the college kids so badly he accidentally impales himself on a branch trying to get away. While he's dying, a bee lands on his nose as if to mock him.
  • In Daddy Day Care, Phil tries to remove a hornet's nest from the porch... by poking it with a stick. The kids who were safe indoors, however, thought it was quite a hoot!
  • My Girl: Poor Tom Sennett.
  • The remake of The Wicker Man features the lead character accidentally walking into a grouping of hives before running away. Later on the bees are used as a form of torture.
  • In Bedazzled (1967) (1967) the Devil captures a bunch of wasps in a jar, and throws it into a circle of placid hippies, just for the evulz.
  • In The Emperor's New Groove, villainess Yzma suffers through an example of this, while her oblivious henchman Kronk engages in bird-spotting.

    Literature 
  • Stephen King's novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon features a horrible bearlike monster that follows the protagonist through the wilderness as she wanders in search of some safe haven. The creature frightens her when she first sees it, but then she realizes — horror of horrors — that it is made out of bees.
    • Same creature has an envoy that appears to the protagonist in a dream. A humanoid, robed being with clawed hands and a face made, you guessed it, of wasps.
    • It's not made of bees, it's a bear covered in bees.
  • Invoked in The Other, the fortieth book of the Animorphs series. Surprisingly enough, it's ultimately averted, with the bee morph being no worse than any other insect the kids have morphed.
  • An early example: In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the Wicked Witch of the West sends a swarm of deadly bees after Dorothy & Co., which they defeat by (no, really) disembowelling the Scarecrow and having all the "meat" characters hide under the straw, while the bees break their stings off on the Tin Woodman and die.
  • Inverted in Douglas Coupland's Generation A, where bees have supposedly gone extinct and everything's worse without them.
  • In an H. H. Munro (AKA Saki) story called "The Story of St. Vespaluus", a boy is condemned to be stung to death by bees. It doesn't work out that way.
  • Inverted in Robin McKinley's Chalice, where the title character worked as a beekeeper before assuming her new role and kept her hives afterwards. Her bees were apparently pretty strange before she gained magic powers; afterwards they approach ridiculous levels of obedience and protectiveness.
  • Xanth has Bs, larger and more magical insects, and their ruler, Princess B-nign.
  • Why I'm Afraid of Bees
  • The Hunger Games:
    • The protagonist Katniss drops a hive full of tracker jackers (mutated bees) onto a group of her enemies. Two of the targets die within a few minutes, the rest of them flee to a lake, and Katniss only makes it a short distance before her three stings make her black out for about two days.
    • The tracker jackers are everything bad about bees taken Up to Eleven. They have the tracking capability of African bees and will hunt you down for at least a mile. Their stings instantly create painful, plum-sized lumps that ooze green fluid. The venom in the stingers causes hallucinations that will drive a person insane or even kill them if not treated immediately. They were used in the war 74 years earlier — highly effective, although smoke sedates them.
  • In the Bernard Cornwell novel The Burning Land the Saxon hero Uhtred uses bees as a weapon while attacking a Danish stronghold.
  • John Saul's The Homing is all about mutant strains of mind-controlling bees.
  • In the story "Red Dog," from the second volume of The Jungle Book, Mowgli tricks the attacking dhole pack into following him to, and awakening, the Little People of the Rocks — a.k.a. Indian rock bees.
  • In Baby-Sitting Is a Dangerous Job, the babysitter protagonist and the oldest of her three charges subdue their kidnappers by dropping a wasp's nest on them.
  • In the Warrior Cats book SkyClan's Destiny, one scene involves the cats accidentally knocking down a bees' nest, and getting attacked by the resulting swarm.
  • One of the poems in Just for Fun has bees as the villians.
  • Pendragon turned this Up to Eleven in The Pilgrims of Rayne with killer quig bees.
  • Dramatic/Tear Jerker/Death by Newbery Medal example: the children's book A Taste of Blackberries is about a boy whose friend is allergic to bee stings and dies when they and some other kids get swarmed one day. The main character finds this absurd when he's told, because to him, bee stings are just a minor inconvenience, not a potentially lethal danger.
  • Happens quite a bit in Redwall, among a few instances of characters using it to their own advantage.
  • Spoiled cousin Charlie accidentally jumps on a yellow jackets' nest in Little House in the Big Woods. Though he survives, there's an illustration of him wrapped up like a mummy.
  • In the Book The probable future'' the murderer is killed by a swarm of bees.
  • Played for Laughs in one of Harry Graham's Ruthless Rhymes.
    When Mrs Gorm (Aunt Eloise)
    Was stung to death by savage bees
    Her husband (Prebendary Gorm)
    Put on his veil and took the swarm.
    He's publishing a book next May
    On How to Make Bee-keeping Pay.

(Note: A 'prebendary' is a clergyman whose salary is paid by income from an endowment.)

  • Onions in the Stew has a description of the author's husband's attempt to deal with a nest of 'plaid jackets' that had taken up residence on the path between the house and the beach.
  • The Cat Who Said Cheese has an Exit, Pursued by a Bear where the murderer is stung to death by bees because the beekeeper he's coerced into being an accomplice forgot that wool attracted them.
  • In Red Seas Under Red Skies, Locke Lamora encounters some rather large wasps that are so dangerous that transporting a hive of them into Camorr is punishable by death. If the wasps themselves don't kill you first.
  • In Cherry Ames: Mountaineer Nurse by Julie Tatham, the villain is threatening Granny Smith. His shouts awaken a bee swarm, which attacks him. He jumps into a spring, saving himself, but is badly injured by the stings.

    Live Action TV 
  • Little House on the Prairie: Mrs. Oleson and Nellie want to go into the honey business but – thanks to Laura and Albert – find they have a real hornet's nest on their hands.
  • The Outer Limits TOS episode "ZZZZZ". The queen of a hive of intelligent bees takes human form in order to mate with an entomologist.
  • The "Killer Bees" on Saturday Night Live.
  • Sliders. Two words: SPIDER-WASPS.
  • The season two premiere of Pushing Daisies had a woman who claimed she was killed by a man made of bees, which caused Chuck to ruminate on the possibilities of teaching her bees to form a human shape.
  • There was an episode of Smallville called "Drone", where a girl had the power to control bees, using them to attack people she didn't like.
  • When you're deadly allergic to bees, waking up in a cabin full of them is bad!
  • One of the first episodes of LOST had Charlie standing on a beehive and eventually breaking it ("It wouldn't be an irrational fear of bees if I could just pull myself together, would it?") causing people to run and take off their shirts ("It was, um, it was full of bees." "I'd have thought C's, actually.").
  • Conan O'Brien: He's protected from three inch bees, that's right! He's protected from three inch bees tonight!
  • MythBusters:
    • Adam Savage has a fear of bees. One myth tested involved hypnosis and its effects on fear responses, which, among other things, had Adam dipping his hand into a box of bees. The hypnosis didn't help at all.
    • A later myth involving bees and a viral video where a swarm lifted a laptop into the air brought this fear up again. At the bee-ginning of the episode, he was just as scared as ever, though by the time he came back to the bee farm later, he felt much more comfortable around the bees, after having worked with them in the shop. On a side note, there may be a similar explanation for why his fear of spiders (in early seasons) is gone now.
  • In The X-Files, genetically modified bees cause all kinds of problems. They are related to alien/govenment conspiracy.
  • An episode of The Starlost has a scientist who's developed giant mutant bees who control his mind and want to take over the spaceship.
  • The Aquabats! Super Show! cartoon segments have Space Bees, the deadliest bees in space!
  • JAG: In the first season episode ”High Ground”, after breaking brig and taking to the hills Gunnery Sergeant Ray Crockett is spotting Marines approaching and instead of shooting at them, he shots at a bee’s nest above them…
  • 1000 Ways to Die gives us the American dude who went to Thailand for sexual tourism... and ended up stung to death by Giant Hornets.
  • Mr. Bean did this one too. Of course, Hilarity Ensues.
  • In season two of Desperate Housewives, Edie winds up disturbing a yellow jackets' nest and is stung pretty badly.
  • An episode in Season 6 of Little House on the Prairie has Albert selling Mrs. Oleson and Nellie a tree trunk filled with bees. They remain docile until Oleson's wagon begins to rock while they transport the hive home, causing the bees to angrily sting both the women as they lose control of their horses.
  • Bear Grylls has some trouble with this while trying to get honey from a beehive in Man vs. Wild.
  • In My Name Is Earl, when Earl falls for a sexy woman named Alex and begins to ignore his list to spend time with her, the forces of karma send bees after him and, when that fails, a whole swarm after her. Her badly swollen face is enough to make him realize that his debt is still WAY off with karma in terms of making up for his past (the last time something this good happened to him, in the pilot, he was hit by a bus and almost died), so he goes back to doing the list.
  • Gwaine reaches into a tree trunk when the patrol stops in an episode of Merlin, and as the shot cuts to Arthur and Sir Leon discussing military matters, Gwaine, in a Funny Background Event yanks his arm out of the tree, bringing with him a bee hive that is stuck to his hand and runs around shaking his hand and swearing.
  • In Malcolm in the Middle, Hal gets chased by one in "Jessica Stays Over". In another episode, he invokes this by fitting a fighting robot with a laser-guided Bee Bee Gun.

    Music 
  • Psychostick's song 'We Ran Out of CD Space' understates this trope with the following lines:
    What if your face was made of bumblebees?
    You would be like, 'Dude, this really sucks;
    I do not want a face made out of bumblebees.
    '

    New Media 

     Newspaper Comics 
  • In a 1960's Dick Tracy story, villain Spots and his partner are hiding in a disused army tank, set up as a memorial in a city park, but can't get out when they realize bees have started swarming around the tank. The villains get rid of them by electrifying the outside of the tank.
  • An early 1908 comic written by Margaret Hays that ran in the Boston Herald Sunday comics section, Jennie and Jack, also the Little Dog Jap, has children Jennie and Jack foolishly pushing over a beehive to see what's inside.
  • Calvin hates bees and hornets, and has been known to throw rocks at their hives. When he was stung by a bee, the incident became exaggerated in his memory:
    Calvin's Mom (applying ointment): I don't see the "harpoon" that "gored" you, but this will help the sting.
    Calvin: Call the National Guard. I'm sure they can track the bee on radar.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The 1980s WWE Tag Team the Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair and "Jumpin'" Jim Brunzell) were an aversion, since they were babyfaces. That is, unless you're watching a lumberjack match from February 1988 at the Philadelphia Spectrum, when Ted DiBiase hired two men – never identified but long suspected to be Los Conquistadors – to wear Killer Bee masks and T-shirts to try to lower Hulk Hogan's guard; DiBiase's trick failed, however.

    Stand Up Comedy 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • It has had, in several versions of its bestiary, various forms of stinging insects. Among these is the mantis-armed, mecaque-headed MONKEY BEES.
    • There's a monster that's basically an anthropomorphic bee, though that might be something of a subversion since the bee people are not in fact evil.
    • The Hellwasp Swarm from 3.5, a swarm of killer wasps from the depths of Hell itself. Like all things from the Nine Hells, the wasps are Lawful Evil.
  • Pathfinder has a goddess of lust, revenge and trickery who is likened to a wasp and has giant wasps as her sacred animals. Confusing them with bees is not recommended.
  • BattleTech features Humongous Mecha named after stinging insects, including the Wasp, Hornet, Stinger, and Firebee. The 'worse' is relative, as while they're still at least twenty tons each and rather dangerous to infantry and light vehicles, they are Light Mechs with rather little in the way of armor or offensive weaponry compared to their far larger brethren. Of the four designs named, only the Firebee proves to be much of a threat due to being nearly twice as big and twice as well armed as any of the other three.

    Video Games 
  • The Pain from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, who harnesses the power of bees and hornets to create guns and transport grenades... as well as just soaking you in bee pheromones and letting the little monsters go to work.
  • One of BioShock's plasmids includes the ability to attack enemies with bees, causing them to panic and get distracted. Also, there's a part in the game where the player has to be in contact with overgrown beehives.
  • In Mega Man X3, Blast Hornet, based on a hornet (duh), sends small homing robot bees to target you. The Charged Attack of his weapon lets X do it too.
    • In Mega Man Zero 3, a beehive sub-boss does this, throwing an oily substance to the walls and then at you for its bees to chase on it.
    • Then in Z4, a boss replicates the strategy above, throwing a substance that makes your ground movement slippery and then bees home on you; this boss is not bee-based however.
    • Mega Man ZX Advent has Queenbee, who carries a massive panzer hive that has missile launchers, small bees, and two different types of laser attacks.
    • Mega Man 9 has Hornet Man, who sics robo-hornets on you. His weapon is arguably better than Blast Hornet's, as the hornets treat Mega Man like their "queen" alternately attacking like one-use Beats and bringing items back to him. Some loose items can only be retrieved this way. And they're even cute!
  • Spore: The Galactic Adventures expansion introduced the summon swarm ability, and the Cute and Creepy expansion had the bee swarm emote.
  • There's a Guy Made of Bees in Kingdom of Loathing. An optional boss, and probably best avoided unless you can find his Weaksauce Weakness, because bees are scary.
    • An optional challenge path revolves around this: Bees Hate You. Wandering bees attack you randomly, you can't use items or familiars that have a "b" in them, equipment with a "b" will hurt you, and monsters with a "b" in their name are stronger. And the final boss is naturally The Guy Made Of Bees.
  • Arakune from BlazBlue has a curse mark. Once you are hit, bees will come from the screen and begin the assault.
  • Metroid Prime 1 and 2 have War Wasps, very annoying giant stinging insects that tend to come in large numbers and respawn untill their hives are destroyed. There's even a miniboss in the original Metroid Prime, the Incinerator Drone, which is a robot that attacks by blowing flames at you and disrupting a hive over it that sends out Barbed War Wasps that attack you. The Hive Mecha, another miniboss, is the home of several Ram War Wasps. Releasing these is its only attack, but considering that you have only one Energy tank, and your platform is in the middle of toxic water and it's hard to get back up on if a wasp rams you in, it's enough. And you have a window of time between one swarm and the next to damage the Hive Mecha.
  • Hibachi, the True Final Boss of the DonPachi series is a giant bee that seems to shoot every bullet ever fired in World War II at you while she's on fire. And Hibachi's theme song in Daioujou has extremely rapid guitar noises designed to sound like buzzing bees as the harmony.
  • Hibachi's character sheet asks "what could be worse than a mechanical bee that fires an obscene amount of bullets?" The answer, given to us by Touhou Labyrinth, is two mechanical bees that fire an obscene amount of bullets and are immune to physical and magical attacks respectively.
  • Donkey Kong Country and it's sequels have Zingers as enemies, giant bees in multiple varieties that appear all over the place in levels. Many serve as bosses too, and there's that one in the terrifying chase scene in Donkey Kong Country 2 Diddy Kongs Quest.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • Kingdom Hearts has three:
    • Kingdom Hearts II has a minigame where you must defeat the flying demons in Twilight Town.
    • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories has a minigame in the Hundred Acre Wood where you must get Pooh honey, while keeping the bees from attacking him.
    • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep has the Hundred Acre Woods Command Board, which has Pooh tripping over while carrying a pile of honey jars as a board-specific event: this causes 2 kinds of honey jars to fall on random spaces and stopping on one (or having one fall on you) with bees around it causes you to lose money, while the ones without them give you more money.
  • An official mod for Torchlight adds a Bee Swarm spell. You can either use this spell yourself or teach it to your pet; meaning you can have a dog that when it barks it shoots bees. Or a cat. Or a ferret.
  • What is worse than a giant cat that fires lasers in a Team Fortress 2 achievement farming map? A giant cat that fires lasers and BEES. Also a mod for the flamethrower that changes the fire effect into a swarm of bees, complete with the proper sound effects.
  • One of the more annoying enemies in ToeJam & Earl was a swarm of bees who would follow you everywhere. If you tried jumping into water to avoid them, they just hovered over you.
  • Kingsley's Adventure had Gustav The Grave, who was a bear who could summon bees to attack you. Bees AND bears. Strangely, this game had a lot of sharks too, though most of this is due to the game being centred on animal characters...
  • In Midway's old skateboarding game 720 Degrees, the announcer says "Skate or Die!" when the game's timer runs out. Take too long, and then a swarm of killer bees appear, and if your skater gets hit by the bees, then it's an automatic game over. The longer you run from them, the more their speed increases, until they inevitably catch up with you. They will also start to form menacing shapes as they speed up, such as a pounding hammer, a skull, a pair of scissors, and a hypodermic syringe.
  • The "Sting" spell in Secret of Evermore summons a small swarm of bees on a foe for a non-elemental attack. It's fairly average strength-wise, but it's notable for its alchemist being fairly well hidden in a desert.
  • City of Heroes has The Swarm, a minor but annoying mook enemy in the Devouring Earth. It's a cloud of bees. In one villain storyarc, you get to use a Vial of Bees as a weapon.
  • The beehives in the "Diggin' It" and "Bee-Having" levels in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. They only let out one bee in Diggin' It, but in Bee-Having, they can let out up to five. In Crash Twinsanity, it happens where you escort Cortex through obstacles as he is swarmed by bees, gets a beehive stuck on his head, and gets chased by a bear.
  • Bug! had bee enemies in Insectia and Splot. Being Airborne Mooks, they were incredibly annoying to fight- some of them even appeared out of nowhere to ambush Bug! (See here for an entire area filled with them)
  • Fallout: New Vegas has Cazadores, which are giant mutant Tarantula Hawks and one of the most terrifying Demonic Spiders of the game just under Deathclaws. While relatively fragile (compared to deathclaws), they are damn fast, making them difficult to target outside of V.A.T.S. They also happen to be poisonous so you'll be losing health like crazy if they get close. And they swarm in groups of 4-6. Certain companions like Cass and Raul are reasonably effective against them. However, other companions, like Veronica or Rex, will run right at them, get in one melee hit, and then die laughably. Then you head to Zion National Park from the Honest Hearts DLC and, like all the other wildlife there, you meet giant, even more deadly versions. In the Old World Blues DLC, you meet Dr. Borous, their creator. According to him, he made them sterile and docile. If nothing else, they're as sterile as they are docile - which is to say, they breed like rabbits and are insanely aggressive.
  • Freedom Planet has Pangu Lagoon, a stage exclusive to Lilac that is filled to the brim with green wasps and their nests. The second half of the stage takes place inside a Hornet Hole Temple of Doom with the wasps covering the entire background in spots.
  • The main area in Infocom's Trinity includes a giant hive of man-size bees. They won't bother you if you don't bother them...but unfortunately the plot requires you to steal honey from them, leading to immediate death if you're not careful.
  • In World of Warcraft there's a quest where you must steal honey from a Furbolg village. Doing this will randomly cause bees to attack you, which dispels in either 10 seconds or jumping into a nearby pond.
  • The Swarm item in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed releases, well, a swarm of giant hornets who position themselves in the way of the racer in 1st place, hoping for him or her (and potentially other racers) to crash into them. Even after the sting operation, they'll continue to bug the beewildered racers by flying around their heads. In the main Sonic games, Tag Along Kid Charmy Bee makes Everything more Annoying with Bees.
  • Resident Evil and the remake has larger than normal bees that pose almost no threat, but they attack in swarms and they do sting you, but their stings do very little damage, putting them into Goddamned Bats territory. The remake has a puzzle that makes you use a still living bee to solve it and once the puzzle is solved, the bee comes to life to attack you. The remake also has a key resting on a table underneath a beehive just like in the original game, but now you have to use insecticide on the hive to kill all the bees before you can safely grab the key.
    • Resident Evil 4 has the Novistadors, who have a hornet's nest-like hive in the Castle.
  • Animal Crossing - If you shake a tree, a bee hive could possibly fall out and the swarm will try and get you. If you don't find shelter fast (or catch it, which can bee tricky, but if you want that 100% Completion...), the bees will sting you leaving a hideous bump on your face, and all of the animal characters will insist on commenting on it.
  • In The Sims 2, sims spending time outdoors will sometimes find themselves fleeing from bees.
    • Witches and Warlocks can also summon a swarm of bees to attack someone.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Yoshi's Story uses beehives as obstacles. The bees swarm into the shape of a hand and block your progress, and they'll sting if you get too pushy.
  • WarioWare: Twisted! has this in Kat and Ana's level. Kat pokes a beehive that eventually falls, and bees start chasing them. Obviously you have to Press X to Not Die.
  • Dreamkiller has a giant beehive as a boss. To make matters worse, the game throws a giant tree monster into the area as a decoy and keeps the hive hidden behind it.
  • In Vigilante 8, Beezwax' special weapon produces a bee swarm that will home in on you and knock you into the air, even if you are driving a truck or bus. This is because they are radioactive and have apparently gained superpowers.
  • Bosses with the Hivehost power in Hellgate: London emit a swarm of bees in your direction when you attack them. This ability is somewhat bugged and sometimes kills you nearly instantly.
  • A Noodle Incident mentioned in Jak II had something to do with a "wumpbee" nest, so it likely involved something like this.
  • This happens twice in Riviera: The Promised Land, where the team disturbs a Kredna Beehive early in the story and somehow manages to forget the incident in time to anger some killer bees later in the game.
  • The One Piece: Grand Battle series of games features a beehive item that sends a swarm of bees to confuse and damage whoever hits it.
  • Power Stone, another 3D fighter, has a similar item.
  • Banjo-Kazooie:
    • The beehives start out empty and harmless, but become filled with active swarms in later levels. In Click Clock Wood the same swarms appear without the beehives during summer (though the hives with swarms still show up).
    • Click Clock Wood also features a giant-sized beehive that houses the Zubba swarm. Defeating them is necessary for a Jiggy. The Zubbas return in Banjo-Tooie, but they're harmless (they even invite Banjo and Kazooie to play a minigame whose reward is another Jiggy).
  • Twice in Conkers Bad Fur Day, the Queen Bee's hive is stolen by wasps, and Conker steals it back. The wasps will chase the squirrel all the way back. The second time, Conker will get to fight several hordes of wasps via a Wolfpack Boss battle.
  • Monster Lair has a giant wasp nest and its queen as the boss of Stage 4.
  • Frogger 3D, in the Honey Bee Hollow level. While the stage isn't very large, any beehive you approach will spawn a swarm of bees that chase you down relentlessly. Given that Frogger is a One-Hit-Point Wonder, this level is considered a somewhat early Difficulty Spike.
  • Clonk has zap nests. Breaking them results in this, and they are annoyingly fragile. It's fun to catapult them into your enemies base though. There's also a spell that creates a small group of zaps that will float around the caster, waiting to sting any nearby dangers.
  • Legend of Legaia has three killer bees and their queen in the main character's hometown, defeating them gives you honey which permanently boosts your stats. However, the bees are about level 30 and will completely mutilate you until you return after the halfway point of the game.
  • HarmoKnight makes you have a boss battle with a giant robotic bee.
  • Inverted in The Secret World; the bees are biomechanical, responsible for every player character's magical abilities, they put players back together when injured or killed, and they write the in-game codex. When you run into villains who know about them, they'll trap you or, in one case, cut off your legs rather than kill you for the bees to easily resurrect.
  • The 1.2 update of Terraria added Queen Bee, a giant bee boss that shoots smaller bees. Queen Bee can also drop the Bee Gun, allowing players to utilize bees.
  • Offspring Fling!! has these as an enemy, first appearing around level 51.
  • Q-Bee and her species in Dark Stalkers. Q-Bee herself is a Cute Monster Girl who leads the Soul Bee race, who feed on people's souls to survive.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, Gaius says in the free-time event tiles that he goes honey hunting and then offers to show his bee stings. In his supports with Sumia, she attempts to help him get more honey... and they end up chased by angry bees when she finds a beehive and tries to give it to him. Subverted later: seeing that she did not give up on the honey despite being stung all over, actually raises Gaius's impression of Sumia (up until then he only thought of her as a "a crazy noblewoman"), which leads to them starting to get along better. Finishing the support chain will lead to them falling in love and getting married.
  • The Adventures of Lomax has bees in the third world, which mostly act as an obstacle flying in a predictable pattern.
  • Phoenotopia has Bull Bees, which are mostly peaceful, but will chase you if they see you kill one.

     Fanfiction/Fan Works 
  • In Code: Half Demon, XANA's hornets to Inuyasha look like Naraku's Poisonous Insects, the Saimyoushou. In said chapter, turns out, XANA sent a SWARM of them to Earth. One could imagine what would happen if Naraku himself got a hold of these pesky program based creatures made by XANA...

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • Lisa temporarily has a beard of bees while searching for a new home for them. Marge freaks out over them.
    • Subverted in one episode. Homer has a giant sugar pile and is initially annoyed when a swarm of bees lands on it ("Oww! Oh, they're defending themselves somehow!"). However, the beekeepers arrive and offer to buy all the sugar to get their bees back. Unfortunately for Homer, a flash rainstorm melts the sugar and disperses the bees before he gets paid.
    • Bart is trying to help Lisa prep for an obstacle course, and she ends up hanging by her foot right next to a beehive. This was before the above 'bee-beard' episode, and in this instance, Lisa is terrified of being so close to their hive and helpless.
    • Smithers: "I'm allergic to bees, sir. They cause me to, um, die."
    • "THE BEE BIT MY BOTTOM! NOW MY BOTTOM'S BIG!"
    • "Or what? You'll release the dogs? Or the bees? Or the dogs with bees in their mouths, and when they bark they shoot bees at you?"
    • "Hey Willie! Catch the football!!!" *Nelson lobs the bee's nest at Willie*
  • Donald Duck was ocassionally bugged by generic bees in the Classic Disney Shorts. It got to the point where a new bee character, Spike (or Buzz-Buzz), was created to co-star with Donald in no less than six shorts. This trope is subverted in the last one of those, called "Let's Stick Together", as Donald and Spike finish the picture as good friends. Curiously, the very last Donald cartoon with bees shows him as the rightful owner of a bee farm, and no he suffers no assault from them in the whole short... Though he had to deal with Humphrey the Bear, who wanted the honey and suffered the wrath of the bees AND Donald.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender had Vulture-Bees. Not fun, we can tell ya. Even worse. They were vulture-WASPS!
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes had one of Lucius' birthday presents filled with "extra-stingy bees".
  • Mr. Bump from The Mr. Men Show does get a lot of problems with pests like bees and wasps in a couple of episodes.
    • Miss Calamity does get a problem with bees in some scenes of her in some of the Season 1 episodes.
  • Harry gets some unwanted guests in an episode of Wait Till Your Father Gets Home — a colony of bees and a bumbling live-in exterminator played by Don Knotts.
  • Family Guy once featured a giant killer bee with the voice of Bruce.
    • "I'm Glenn Quagmire, and this is Bee Bush."
  • Timon & Pumbaa has the episode "To Bee or not to Bee", in which the eponymous characters are kidnapped by bees.
  • Played for Laughs in the Justice Friends episode "Bee, Where?", where the trio try in vain to get rid of a bee roaming their apartment.
  • In an episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, a mad entomologist controls a swarm of bees via (awfully performed) rock music.
  • One entire episode of Futurama, "The Sting", revolves around an attempt to get space honey from space bees, bees who are "as large as a Buick and twice as ugly."
  • The 1945 Tom and Jerry cartoon short "Tee for Two" involves Tom attempting a golf game and Jerry making it pure hell for him. Near the end of the episode, Jerry kicks Tom into a tree, causing a beehive to fall on his head. Tom tries escaping from the very pissed-off bees by hiding in a bush, which Jerry promptly destroys. As the bees continue shooting around looking for revenge, they fail to notice a bamboo stem sticking out of a small lake. Jerry points out to the bees that it's really a makeshift breathing apparatus for the cat, and directs them straight down into the bamboo tube. You can guess what happens next.
  • * Happens twice in Ruby Gloom; First to Misery's cousin Malady in "Misery Loves Company," then to Misery herself in "Hair(less) the Musical." where Misery demonstrates how a picnic is worse with bees by jamming a honey stick into a beehive, causing the bees to swarm onto her face and sting her viciously. It's made creepier by the fact that she's mid-song when this is happening, and never breaks the tune.
  • Chuck Jones' 'Three Bears' cartoon The Bee-Devilled Bruin has Papa Bear determined to get some honey from a bee hive. Most of his resultant injuries are the doing of his idiot son, but late in the film he gets chased by a bee swarm and his face ends up horribly swollen with stings.
  • In "Pink Is A Many Splintered Thing" the Pink Panther once tried to hide from some pesky bees he'd annoyed by jumping into a hollow tree; the bees simply plugged up the open end with a rock, slipped into cracks in the trunk and proceeded to give the Panther what for.
  • The Paramount/Trans-Lux Felix the Cat episode "Felix the Cat Suit" had a bee (with a face strangely resembling Felix with a stinger on its front) ruin the Professor's Mirror Routine with Felix while wearing a big inflatable Felix the Cat costume. Stinging the "reflection" causes the Felix suit to explode.
  • Subverted in Beast Wars. While he is a Predacon, Waspinator rarely makes the situation worse. In fact, his appearance usually means something funny (him getting blown up again) is about to happen.
    • Also inverted, as everything's worse for Waspinator.* Done in Tom and Jerry at least once.
    • That would be "Tee for Two", the one where Tom is golfing. He escapes the bees by diving into a pond and breathing through a straw. Jerry then gets a funnel for the bees to go through said straw. Moments later, Tom erupts from the water, screaming, "AAAAAAAAAAAAGH!"
  • In the Classic Disney Shorts, Donald Duck fought with unnamed bees in The Band Concert, Orphans' Picnic, and Moose Hunters, faced the same bee twice in Window Cleaners and Home Defense—and then after the war, fought with Spike the Bee in about half a dozen cartoons.
    • In Beezy Bear, Humphrey Bear keeps getting chased off Donald's bee farm by swarms of bees, diving into a lake every time. Don, thankfully, gets spared this time around.
  • Another Disney example: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Sting Operation", with hornets.
  • In an episode of Danny Phantom, a ghost that causes bad luck makes Tucker accidentally disturb a beehive at school, leaving most of his fellow classmates stung.
  • In the Daria episode "Antisocial Climbers", jock Kevin gives his cheerleader girlfriend Brittany a bouquet of freshly picked flowers... filled with bees. It takes a few stings before she starts running.
  • Roger Rabbit gets chased by a swarm of bees ("Yo, Goombah!") in the short film "Trail Mix-Up".
  • In Song of the South, Brer Rabbit tricks Brer Bear and Brer Fox into going into a bush with a beehive inside, telling them it was his "laughin' place".
  • The main cast gets attacked by bees pretty regularly in Ed, Edd n Eddy.
  • On Total Drama Island, Lindsay has to retrieve a key that's stuck in a beehive. Izzy gets it for her, by ramming her hand right into the hive, and an angry swarm chases Lindsay into a lake. Needless to say, she's not looking so hot in the next scene.
  • This happens in a camp episode of ¡Mucha Lucha!, when Buena Girl shoots a beehive during archery practice and they attack her.
  • Bees stings are an occasional cause of death in Happy Tree Friends, but so is just about everything else.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, this happens to Lucius when he's trying to make himself look good to recover from an embarrassing old movie. Needless to say, he makes things worse.
    • In the season 2 episode "Panda-Monium," Heloise destroys a giant panda statue and accidentally breaks a chunk off of the giant beehive inside, with stingy results. It's made funnier by the fact that she rarely ever gets hurt.
  • Suzie, Alan, Anne and Tom Chan in The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, thanks to Tom's plan to extract honey from a beehive. Including the bees forming an arrow and both Tom and Alan getting stung on the butt. Fortunately they suffer no lasting effects.
  • This happens to Lois in Family Guy, when Peter fills a jar full of bees then lets her open it for him as a joke.
    • It also happens to Quagmire when, in a Jackass-esque stunt, he covers his genitals with bees. Despite a scare, he seemed perfectly fine moments later. On the other hand, Brian-as-Chewbacca in "It's a Trap!" sure didn't!
  • In an extreme Alice Comedies short, "Alice Gets Stung," a girl named Alice goes hunting with her cat. They are chased a bear who traps them in a barrel, drops a beehive in it and throws them into a river.
  • In an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, "The Bee Team," Scooby and friends are hired to investigate the appearance of giant killer bees by a local beekeeper. Unfortunately, Shaggy and Scooby get just as much trouble from the normal bees as they do from the giant ones.
  • In the Hawaiian Vacation episode of Phineas and Ferb, Candace walks into a swarm of bees and swats one on a tree. Unfortunately for her, this dislodges a hive from the tree it drops right on her head.
  • In the Brandy & Mr. Whiskers episode "The Fashion Fascist," Mr. Whiskers gets a beehive stuck on his head and, because he's being hailed as a fashion guru, everyone else starts wearing one too. Brandy eventually gives in and tries it herself, but finds it unbearably painful.
  • The Fairly OddParents episode "Frenemy Mine" has Timmy handing Vicky a beehive to try and get her to stop being nice to him. She gets badly stung, but still manages to contain her anger.
    • In "Mr. Right" when Francis dares Timmy to guess what's behind his back, Timmy uses the power of his "everything I say is right" wish to put a wasp nest in Francis's hand.
  • In the Hey Arnold! episode "Helga's Boyfriend", bees attack and sting Helga because of a flower she's wearing on her hat.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The episode "Winter Wrap Up" sees this happen to Twilight Sparkle when she runs into a tree after getting startled by a flock of bats.
    • And then in the episode "Feeling Pinkie Keen" Pinkie Pie's "Pinkie Sense" allows her to hide from an angry bee swarm that pops out from nowhere, but Twilight (who stubbornly refuses to believe in the Pinkie Sense) isn't so lucky.
    • In "Fall Weather Friends", Applejack uses a beehive to attack Rainbow Dash during the race.
    • In "Castle Mane-ia", Applejack and Rainbow Dash try to top each other in bravery with a staring contest... covered in bees. Luckily, they're both wearing beekeeper suits underneath.
    • In "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies", Seabreeze crashes into a beehive after dodging falling acorns.
  • In the Camp Lazlo episode "The Big Cheese", Scoutmaster Lumpus attempts to steal a cheese wheel by picking it up with his buttocks. Somehow he accidentally picks up a beehive instead. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In the DuckTales episode "Till Nephews Do Us Part," Millionara is attacked by bees after the triplets spray her with honey disguised as bug repellent.
  • In the Eek! The Cat episode "Lord of the Fleas," Eek naively throws a beehive to Sharky, who is relaxing poolside with his female wrestler friends, thinking it's a beach ball. They can briefly be seen running from the bees in the background of the subsequent scene.* Yin Yang Yo: Happens to Yang in "How the Cookie Crumbles" and "Today You Are a Bear" and to Lena in "Zarnot's Girlfriend."
  • Happens in the animated version of El Chavo del ocho, in the episode "El Campamento," when a beehive falls on Doña Florinda's head.
  • Episode 4 of Crash Canyon has Roxy being attacked by a swarm of bees that sting her forehead.
  • In The Tofus episode 15, Pop attracts a swarm of bees into his shed with music. Lola, Lily and Phil end up getting stung.
  • In The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock, this happens to Spike and Ducky after they get their tail and beak stuck in a "buzzing stinger" hive.
  • Brickleberry: In "Trailer Park," when Ethel mentions being stung by a bee before getting her picture taken, accompanied by a quick cut to her grotesquely swollen face on the cover of a magazine.
  • In Dave the Barbarian, Fang gets a beehive stuck on her head twice in one episode (19b, "Dog of the Titans"). She doesn't seem too bothered, despite being badly stung.
  • In the Johnny Test episode "Johnny Unplugged," Johnny, his father and two sisters are all stung by a swarm of bees after disturbing a hive while hiking.
  • In the French cartoon Gawayn, episode 43, Roderick returns from a walk with gifts for the princess: a bouquet of wilted flowers and a beehive. The whole main cast is badly stung before Percy Pond appears and uses his raw charisma to placate the swarm.
  • In the Class of the Titans episode "Recipe for Disaster," Atlanta is chased down and stung by a swarm of bees. She doesn't look any worse for wear after, but it's treated pretty seriously.
  • In the El Tigre episode "Oso Sole Mio," El Oso is attacked by bees after punching their hive in a flashback. Later, the bears shove a beehive on Frida's head, and her face is horribly stung when she removes it.
  • Teen Titans Go!: In "Laundry Day", Robin gets chased by a swarm of bees while trapped outside naked.
  • Squirrel Boy: In one episode it's shown that Leon's favorite flavor of cake is wasp nest.
  • Family Guy: In the episode "Road to Vegas" Peter is shown trying to get honey from a beehive. We're not shown what happens next.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: In the episode "The Fridge" a flashback of Gumball's day shows him giving Penny a bouquet filled with bees.
  • In the Nerds And Monsters episode "Fab Rock," both Irwin and Becky get badly stung by monster bees at different points in the episode.
  • Subverted in Muppet Babies, Animal answers the phone when he hears it ringing. He describes what he heard to the others as a buzzing noise (It was a dial-tone. He answered too late). While the others wonder who it could've been, Gonzo is convinced it's killer bees announcing their arrival and panics throughout the entire episode. While a honey bee did in fact, get into the nursery, Nanny told them it was nothing to worry about and let it out the window, and as for the phone call? It was Statler and Woldorf announcing they were bringing over a pizza.
  • In the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "Record Breakers," Ami attempts to break the record for the largest beard of bees. This goes terribly wrong when the bees are attracted to Kaz's cotton candy and chase him, eventually causing him to trip, launching the sugary treat into Yumi's face and subjecting her to the stinging swarm's wrath.
  • In the Detentionaire episode “Fight or Flight”, Holger and Steve end up being chased by a swarm of bees after being covered in green and presumably smelly goo.
  • In the Edgar & Ellen episode "Manners Marathon," the titular twins present Stephanie with an exploding pot of honey, drenching her in the sticky stuff and attracting a nearby swarm of bees that chase her away. She's badly stung in the next scene.

    Real Life 
  • The Japanese Giant Hornet kills more people a year than any other animal combined.
  • The Battle of Tanga (otherwise known as "The Battle of the Bees" in World War I, where startling military incompetence was compounded by a great many killer bees, who decided to sting the ever-living fuck out of both sides. One unlucky soldier who fell unconscious was actually stung back into consciousness so the bees could continue to wail on him.
  • Truth in Television: Once a bee or wasp stings or is swatted, especially killer bees, hornets, and yellow jackets, it releases an alarm pheromone that signals nearby bees/wasps to attack. If you happen to be near their hive...
    • To make matters worse, the exhaust fumes of a diesel engine are similar enough to incite the same behavior in a number of species.
    • ...because some light esters fit right in. Coincidentally, the same substances give overripe fruits this characteristic thick sweet smell. Prepared to quickly wash your face after a juicy snack? Buon Appetito.
  • And don't muck with the Asian Giant Hornet. They are the size of your thumb and typically make their meals by attacking beehives and slaughtering the entire population, then eating all the honey and the larvae. They've been known to easily win fights with bees even when outnumbered a thousand to one. The bee stings hardly bother them. Even so-called "killer bees" are easily wiped out by this terrifying menace.
    • The famous "30 vs. 30.000" video is of Japanese Hornets vs. European Honey Bees, who have no idea what to do against them. Japanese bees have a way of dealing with hornet scouts (cooking them alive), which prevents the main force from ever showing up, provided they lap up the pheromones, too. Half the time the scout gets away without being detected or the Japanese honeybees didn't eat the pheromones in time after roasting the scout and they get wiped out the same as their European cousins. The roasting tactic is especially interesting because Japanese honeybees can withstand at maximum temperatures of between 118 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit while the hornet can only handle up to 117. By raising the temperature to 118, the hornet dies but the bees survive the heat and live on.
    • The venom of the Asian Giant Hornet contains an enzyme that destroys flesh quickly. So even a person that is not allergic can still die from LESS THAN FIVE stings due to renal failure. Even one sting, though not fatal, can be extremely painful.
  • The nests of the southern yellow jacket often contain several dozen queens and hundreds of thousands of workers, and can reach several feet in diameter.
  • Two of the first American aircraft carriers were clearly named with this trope in mind: USS Hornet and USS Wasp (both actually recycling names that had been used numerous times before in the US Navy). Consider that an aircraft carrier's primary means of attack is to send swarms of small planes to overwhelm their enemies... Most other American carriers tended to be named for important people (Presidents are popular for this) and the sites of famous battles (particularly battles involving aircraft carriers). They continued the tradition with the carrier-capable fighter/attack jet, the F/A-18 Hornet.
  • Debate rages about whether or not the Vuvuzela which sounds like bees is making the 2010 World Cup worse, MAKE IT STOP ALREADY!.
    • So what happens when bees merge with vuvuzelas, and with some car alarm thrown in? WHY DID YOU ASK?!?!.
  • This tale, starring Tim Curry.
  • Deborah, the sole female Judge of Ancient Israel, has a name that means "bee".
  • Hymenoptera, the order of insects that includes bees, wasps, and ants, is responsible for more lethal attacks on humans than any other animal.
  • Three words: Africanized honey bees. They are like European honey bees, but twenty times worse. Overly defensive and easily provoked, they will whip the entire hive into an angry frenzy and chase down a single person for over half a mile.
    • The reason why African honey bees are so aggressive? You would be to if you evolved with the honey badger as one of your predators.
  • Carpenter bees (specifically Eastern Carpenter Bees) demonstrate that not everything is worse with bees. Although gregarious, carpenter bees do not live in colonies like other bees (the time you would find more than one carpenter bee is if you were near their nests). Despite their large size and the scary noises their wings make, they are mostly passive and non-aggressive (unless they're seriously provoked). Although the males are slightly more aggressive (usually around other males), the best they do when a human approaches their territory is is hover a short distance in front of the face or buzzing around one's head. Since males have no stinger, these action are merely show. The females (who do have stingers) rarely use them. In fact, the killing of carpenter bees is now strongly discouraged since they serve an important function in pollinating plants. Regardless of these facts, many people still kill carpenter bees and destroy their nests because they regard them as a mild nuisance as well as their close resemblance to bumble bees, which happen to be more dangerous. You know those aforementioned Japanese Giant Hornets? The Japanese honey bee is capable of killing it. Only within the hive and with a lot of bee buddies, but it still ends with one less hornet in the world. In this case, the bee is your only hope.
  • Accidents where lorries shed their loads on the road are bad enough but during an accident in Idaho the load in question was 400 beehives resulting in a cloud of 14 million bees being released, which resulted in every member of the team that responded to the accident being stung, though none suffered any serious side effects. The authorities are also worried the honey may attract bears too.
    • Though bears do eat honey, it would be far more likely they would be attracted to the brood, as that is what bears are usually after when they attack a hive
  • The Charlotte New Orleans Charlotte Hornets basketball team.
  • With how many types of bees there are in the real world you could say this trope is Zig-Zagged because there are some types of bees that want to kill, steal, and just cause pain but some pollinate flowers to make fruits for us to eat, make honey, and are generally harmless unless you do something stupid to aggravate them.
  • In World War One, there was a battle in present-day Tanzania which stirred up multiple swarms of bees which attacked both the British and German troops. Thus the alternate name: "The Battle of the Bees."
  • Depending on the person, bees stings can be lethal to them unless they are rushed to a hospital right away. For the people who are allergic to bee stings, bees for them ruin everything.
  • On May 20, 2014, a semi overturned on I-95 in Newark, Delaware, unleashing its payload of over 15 million bees to fly loose and sting everything that crossed their paths.
  • Members of the terrorist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria been flushed out of the jungle by attacks from snakes and bees. Some regard the animals as the manifestation of the vengeful spirits of their victims.

Bee afraid. Bee very afraid

Waldorf: Do you think that would be any better if it had, say, some bees?
Statler: They couldn't make it any worse!
Both: Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!

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