In Real Life
, insect drones are males whose only programming is to mate with a queen then die
. In fiction however, "drone" is often used to mean a biological equivalent of a remote-controlled robot, such as anything in a Hive Mind
not in a position of power. Sometimes they will resemble hive worker insects and will be sterile, do nothing but work, and care for the Queen's young
. Other times they are the army of the Hive. They are nearly always mooks
Don't expect them to have individuality, have names other than numbers
or letters, or even look different from each other. Sometimes, though, one does break off from the hive for one reason or another, becoming a Rogue Drone
- The Borg of the Star Trek universe. A drone's individuality is merely suppressed, rather than destroyed or absent. This is most explicitly demonstrated in the Voyager episode, "Unimatrix Zero". Drones such as Hugh and Seven of Nine, who are separated from the Collective, are capable of regaining individuality with varying degrees of success.
- Alien: The titular aliens.
- With some action games, the mooks you kill/fight end up looking the same and acting the same. They work in groups and have (sometimes) one distinct leader. Assassin's Creed does this with the Templar Captains, and the Advanced Wars series has a similar way if you capture the enemy HQ.
- In Starcraft, most members of the Zerg, with the exception of Kerrigan, the Overmind, and the cerebrates, fit this description. There is even an actual unit type called a drone whose only purposes are to harvest resources and morph into structures that let you make other types of Zerg.