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- Buzz the bee from the Honey Nut Cheerios commericals.
- The bee on the Bumblebee tuna cans.
- Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio. He actually started out as an anatomically correct cricket (complete with "toothed legs and waving antennae"), but Walt wanted something more likable, so Ward Kimball conjured up "a little man with no ears. That was the only thing about him that was like an insect."
- Crikee the cricket from Mulan.
- The ant characters in A Bug's Life. The grasshoppers are not, though - presumably to tap into some of the 'they aren't like us' factor to make them less relatable to the human audience and thus more serviceable villains. Zig-Zagged with the rest of the cast. The rhinoceros beetle and the stick insect have six limbs, but the mantis, the gypsy moth, the ladybug and the flea all have only four. Also, the caterpillar has ten limbs - which he keeps after morphing into a butterfly, inverting this trope.
- Ray the firefly and other insects from The Princess and the Frog.
- All the bees and Mooseblood in Bee Movie.
- The flies in Fly Me to the Moon.
- Digit the cockroach in An American Tail. Which is funny because elsewhere in the film photo-realistic cockroaches are seen.
- All of the insects from Thumbelina except for the Fairy Prince's pet bumblebee.
- Frankie the flea from Tom and Jerry: The Movie.
- Evinrude the dragonfly from The Rescuers.
- All the ants in Antz have six limbs, but they use the "legs move exactly together" variant.
- Averted in James and the Giant Peach. Have a look.◊
- The cast of Mr. Bug Goes to Town
- Strange Magic shows a praying mantis and a beetle with four-limbed bodies. They may have been insect-like goblins. Most bugs in the movie are showed with their true number of limbs.
- Ferda Mravenec (Freddie the Ant) and other insect characters in the books by Ondrej Sekora.
- The Bible, "But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you." (Lev 11:23). Sadly, none of the nomads who wrote the Leviticus had checked the actual number of legs in flying insects before. Evidently because they were too afraid to even touch them (Lev 11:31). (Presumably someone checked the big ones - grasshoppers and locusts - which were then declared kosher to eat, likely on account of having to eat something after they wiped out the crops.) This seems to be a semantic issue: the Bible mentions creeping things with four feet...and then describes how locusts have four feet, plus those two extra ones (which is partly how you tell they're kosher). There are a fair number of bugs with two legs different than the others, which the Bible seems to count as "leg-like appendages which are not technically legs." (For extra confusion, that word for "creeping thing/insect" can also just be translated "winged creature," meaning it's sometimes erroneously translated as "bird.")
- Shield bugs from Septimus Heap.
Live Action TV
- Though the exact nature of El Chapulín Colorado (The Red Grasshopper) is never explained, his antennae are shown to be part of his body and he feels pain when they are damage, so is not clear if he is using a uniform or he is a mix between human and grasshopper. In one episode he talks about his family mentioning several insect names, so if he is a humanoid insect, then he has four limps.
- Pistachón Zigzag in Odisea Burbujas is a giant Bumblebee with two arms and two legs.
- The bees from Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2.
- Bug and his family from Bug being Funny Animals. Oddly enough, many of the insect enemies in the game have the correct amount of six, but some of them still have four.
- Most Bug-type Pokémon. See the arachnid section for more.
- Charmy Bee from Sonic the Hedgehog has only two arms and two legs.
- Princess Apoidea from Nefarious.
- Bounce the bedbug from Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends has only two legs. (All the other insects an arachnids in the series, however, have the proper number of limbs, making Bounce a very peculiar exception.)
- The eponymous Atom Ant from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Atom Ant Show.
- The bee that stings James in the Thomas the Tank Engine episode "Buzz Buzz". Curiously enough, the exact same bee was drawn with six legs in a storybook based on this episode (blame ease of animation), and that the bees in the later episodes were drawn with six legs.
- Zipper the fly from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
- Spike the bee and Wilbur the grasshopper from the Classic Disney Shorts
- Also, the fly from the Mickey Mouse cartoon, The Worm Turns who is Mickey's test subject for a spritzer to make prey animals attack their predators.
- The 1935 short Mickey's Garden features a lot of them as well. Except that one of them for some reason has eight legs.
- Bucky Bug from the Silly Symphony Bugs in Love and ten gazillion Disney comics.
- The Flea family from Tiny Toon Adventures.
- The Looney Tunes short "Western Animation/" features a blue, four-legged flea.
- The Uncle Ant plush in The Simpsons episode "Itchy and Scratchy Land" has four legs.
- Chief Herbert Dumbrowski (a flea) from T.U.F.F. Puppy
- Inverted: Cricket, a very minor character from WordWorld, has eight legs instead of six, despite him being an insect rather than an arachnid.
- Flecko the fly, a reoccurring character in Rocko's Modern Life.
- The cockroaches from Oggy and the Cockroaches. They gain the extra pair when they become realistic roaches in the episode "For Real".
- Maya the Bee. Bees have two hands and two legs. But Flip has four hands and it's even lampshaded in one episode of the new 3D cartoon.
- Victorian tobacco pipes have been found, as seen in Time Team, with clay tobacco beetles imprinted for decoration but alas, only four limbs.
- The mascot of the Fresno Bee newspaper is a four-legged bee.
- The mascot of the New Orleans (formerly Charlotte) Hornets is a four-legged wasp.
- Members of the family Nymphalidae of butterflies, while having six legs, only use four of their legs. The other two are vestigial.
- Praying mantids, while they have six legs, stand on only four of them. Unlike the Nymphalid butterflies, however, they do still use their third pair of legs, which are frequently compared to/depicted as arms.
- The shrimp in Shark Tale have six legs.
- Sebastian from The Little Mermaid has six legs and two claws.
- Tamatoa from Moana is portrayed with eight limbs: two large claws in the front, four legs for walking (although one of those is partly missing) and two smaller claws in the back. Granted, the hindmost limbs of real life coconut crabs are greatly reduced and are hidden under their carapaces, which makes Tamatoa's statement in his Villain Song about being a decapod despite only having eight functional limbs justified.
- The crab enemies from Bug! have six legs and two claws. Just two legs shy of a proper crab.
- Pokémon: In addition to claws, Dwebble has two legs, Krabby, Kingler, Crawdaunt, and Clauncher have four legs, Corphish and Crustle have six, and Clawitzer has none.
- Crabs in World of Warcraft have only four legs plus two claws.
- Coconut crabs (on which Tamatoa from Moana is based) have five pair of legs like any decapod, but their hindmost pair of limbs are vestigial and usually hidden under their carapace.
- The Pokémon Ariados and Galvantula are Giant Spiders with four legs each. Galvantula's unevolved form is a four-legged tick (still an arachnid). Ariados evolve from Spinarak, which have six legs - two shy of an actual spider. (The two it loses in evolving migrate to Ariados' back.) Then there's Dewpider, which actually has eight legs for once (or four legs and four arms depending on how you look at it)... but then evolves to Araquanid which has six legs.
- Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 also featured spider enemies with four legs. Interestingly enough, one boss from the first game, Tarantox, has six legs.
- The spiders in the Mickey Mouse game World of Illusion have six legs instead of eight.
- Doom: the Spider Mastermind and her Arachnotrons all have two vestigial arms and four mechanical legs. (Granted, they're just demons with "spider" in their name.) Doom 64 plays it straighter, giving them another pair of mechanical legs while removing their vestigial arms.
- The Giant Spider from Limbo only has four legs.
- One Spider-Man comic had a kid point out that Doctor Octopus's name is inaccurate, because he only has six arms (four of which are mechanical tentacles). Ock points out that he's counting his legs too.
- When he upgrades to eight mechanical tentacles (before the Ends of the Earth storyline, as his body is degenerating), Spider-Man asks whether he should call Ock "Dr. Squid", among other less-flattering names.
- Tuck and Roll, the isopods [pillbugs] from A Bug's Life, have eight legs. Isopods are supposed to have 14.
- Dave the Octopus and his hench-octopi from Penguins of Madagascar are most of the time animated with six tentacles instead of eight. Interestingly, in one brief gag where Classified counts Dave's tentacles, he is animated with eight of them.
- Pokémon's Scolipede is simplified from the centipede's myriad of legs to just four that it stands on and a dozen shorter ones that it doesn't.
- Squidward of SpongeBob SquarePants has six limbs when he should have eight as an octopus. Furthermore, his four legs work in pairs, so he walks as if on two legs.
- An arguable cephalopod example would be Ursula from The Little Mermaid, who despite being half-octopus has six tentacles. Originally, the animators wanted to give her a full set of eight, but it turned out too difficult to animate. One could consider her two human "arms" to count as the last pair.
- An example applied to a mythological creature rather than a real one: Sleipnir's most distinguished trait is being a horse with eight legs, but Gargoyles depicted it as simply having four like a regular horse, because it was decided an eight-legged horse would be too difficult to animate.
- Silithids (Huge hive-living bugs) in World of Warcraft all have four legs, or four legs and wings. Crabs also only have four legs. Oddly, many lizard type critters have six, moving in triangular two on one side, one on the other.
- The Nerubians from Warcraft III are all over the place: they're supposed to be spider-men, but have six limbs arranged in centaur fashion (four legs supporting the abdomen, two arms from the torso◊). The Crypt Lord is supposed to be a mummified Nerubian, but looks like a massive armored beetle◊ with the same limb distribution. It can summon smaller bugs called carrion beetles, which only have four legs and two massive mandibles. Then you have the Makrura, giant six-limbed lobsters. And to top it all off, the game contains normal crabs and spiders (well, "normal"... the smallest is the size of a dog, and the biggest the size of a building) which have... eight limbs.
- All the arthropods from the Pikmin series have four or fewer legs.
- Tektikes in The Legend of Zelda don't seem to fit any one particular type of arthropod, having the legs connected to a single body structure, but otherwise, they always have four legs - two less than insects, four less than arachnids.
- Sligs from the Oddworld series are a non-invertebrate example: they resemble anthropomorphic lizards and have arms and a torso, but no legs.