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->'''Borg Queen:''' I am the Borg.\\
'''Data:''' That is a contradiction. The Borg have a collective consciousness, there are no individuals.\\
'''Borg Queen:''' I am the beginning, the end, the one who is many. I am the Borg.\\
'''Data:''' Greetings. I am curious--do you control the Borg Collective?\\
'''Borg Queen:''' You imply disparity where none exists. I am the Collective.
-->-- ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''

Properly speaking, a HiveMind is a mind arising from the interaction of many individuals. There is no single individual in control of the HiveMind, any more than there is a single neuron in control of your brain. This makes the HiveMind a fearsome enemy, both militarily and psychologically because there's no command-and-control point that you can hit to knock it out, they feel no fear, will willingly sacrifice individuals for "the greater good", and are as impersonally destructive as a tidal wave...

...only, that's [[RuleOfDrama inconvenient]] when it comes time for the BigDamnHeroes to save the day. Inevitably, it transpires that there is in fact someone or something in control of the HiveMind. This individual is usually -- but not always -- referred to as the queen. But it's also the one big weakness of the HiveMind and one is wise enough [[StraightForTheCommander to take advantage.]] If our heroes manage to kill or incapacitate the Hive Queen, they usually take out the entire hive mind in the process, or at least make the individual members incapable of fighting. Presumably this is by [[BeePeople analogy]] with real-world ants and bees, even though real ant and bee queens exercise little control over their colonies -- their sole job is to [[MookMaker pop out eggs]].

Their methods of control can be anything from [[LoveIsInTheAir "pheromones"]] to MindControl to [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul cybernetics]], but they always exercise iron-clad control over their {{Hive Drone}}s, whether naturally spawned or forcefully assimilated... [[HeroicWillpower usually]]. On occasion, her control may slip enough for a drone or two to go [[RogueDrone rogue]]. Sometimes, but not always, her powers coincide with (or as) TheVirus and [[ViralTransformation she can expand her hive to normal people]].

Sometimes the HiveMind is designed with a HiveQueen from the start. At other times, the "control element" gets {{retcon}}ned into the story so that the HiveMind [[KeystoneArmy can be beaten]]. Indeed, development of a HiveQueen may be the most common form of VillainDecay that threatens {{Hive Mind}}s, because what was an implacable and usually unstoppable force now has a [[AttackItsWeakPoint glaring weak spot]]. It should be noted that not all hive queens are evil or expansionistic... some are perfectly {{reasonable|AuthorityFigure}} if protective of their "children", it just transpires that since insects -- hive minded ones especially -- are seen as [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute grossly]] alien to us and [[ScaryDogmaticAliens commie]] Hive Queens are too.

Also see GodSaveUsFromTheQueen, MonsterProgenitor, VampireMonarch, and MonsterLord. Frequently wants to help individuals lose TheEvilsOfFreeWill. Do ''not'' confuse with [[AlphaBitch the social role sometimes referred to as a "queen bee"]], or an actual InsectQueen.



[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* [[spoiler:Pandaemonium]] in the ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' manga.
* Last Order in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', who is the administrator of the [[spoiler:[[ClonesArePeopleToo Misaka]]]] network. However, due to a few glitches in her growth, she's physically a child (compared to the rest of the network, who are all teenagers), so she's largely treated as an AnnoyingYoungerSibling by the members of the HiveMind she's supposed to be overseeing. They still have to obey her orders if she pushes, though. [[spoiler:But it turns out even ''she'' is still technically subordinate to "The Will of the Network", which is essentially the subconscious "true" HiveMind that can control and speak through all of them at will, but only intervenes if the situation is important]].
* [[spoiler:Anri Sonohara]] from ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' becomes one after the second arc. Luckily for the district of Ikebukuro, she's one of the few good ones.
* [[spoiler:Diva]] from ''Anime/BloodPlus'' becomes this.
* [[spoiler:The Anti-Spiral king]] from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is literally the collective consciousness and will of his entire planet in one body.
* The mutant/zombie leader in ''Manga/ApocalypseNoToride'' who is controlling the other zombies within his radius.
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'': The crux of ThePlan is to make [[spoiler:Marry]] into one of these, [[spoiler:because the snakes' old master, Azami (Marry's grandmother and the original {{Medusa}}), is nowhere to be found - and Marry is the nearest substitute]].

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Franchise/TheDCU:
** The villainess Queen Bee is able to take control of people's minds and turn them into her drones.
** Agent Orange of the [[GreenLantern Orange Lantern Corps]] is another DCU example, after a fashion.
** Another GreenLantern example is Mother Mercy, who created her LotusEaterMachine offspring as a way to ease other's pain. She ended up becoming a Green Lantern.
** Darkseid achieved this level of control over humanity in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' through the Anti-Life Equation.
* Franchise/MarvelUniverse:
** The villain Swarm is sometimes an example of this trope. He was a Nazi scientist who was eaten alive by bees, surviving as a hive mind that [[BeeBeeGun telepathically controlled them]] and got them to form up around his bones to make him humanoid. Little mention is made of the queen bee, but if his skeleton inside is destroyed, the bees just fly away.
** Master Mold, who is basically this to the Sentinels when it appears -- it's the ridiculously huge Sentinel that houses the AI program that controls and coordinates all Sentinels. It's also a Sentinel production factory in its own right. So you have a giant robot that makes smaller, still giant robots, and which can control them all via the electronic programming equivalent of a HiveMind.
* In the ''ComicBook/StarRaiders'' graphic novel, the Zylon HiveMind controlled by a HiveQueen [[spoiler:that's actually an empathic alien who took control.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' often has Chrysalis serve as this for the Changelings. Whether she's the only one and/or whether she can be replaced by another queen varies between stories.
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/87434/mirrors-in-shadows Mirrors in Shadows]]'' by [=TonicPlotter=] has the Changelings purposely try to invoke this mentality as a means of coping with how they live. Unsurprisingly, it's [[TearJerker pretty sad.]]
** In ''Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony'', this is better justified than with other examples of this trope, since Chrysalis isn’t a crucial node whose destruction jeopardizes the whole swarm. Rather, she’s essentially the conscious portion of the Hive Mind itself, and destroying her simply means she’ll have to make herself a new body.
* The Psyche Master in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' is supposed to be a male version of this.
* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''. Annika Hanson-709 leads a revolution of female cyborgs to TakeOverTheWorld. She boasts of how the HiveMind will replace the inefficient patriarchal and hierarchical systems of humanity, only for [[LogicBomb her system to crash]] [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath when the protagonists point out how ridiculous]] the idea of a HiveQueen is in the first place.
-->"You're like a villain who's been introduced for the audience to fixate upon, because the whole idea of a group mind is too unfocussed for them!" scoffed Proton.
-->"It is contrary to the entire concept of a collective consciousness," said [=TuMok=]. "Your very existence is illogical."
* The ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' sidestory "Shadows of the Jungle" features a team of Pokémon researchers in an expedition to Guyana to find a Legendary Pokémon. As they advance, Bug-type Pokémon grow increasingly vicious and territorial, so they suspect it must be a Bug-type Legendary that controls them as this. [[spoiler: It turns out they're wrong, instead; it's a bloodliner girl.]]


[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', the Red Death, a dragon that's probably bigger than all the other dragons put together, controls all the other dragons and possibly has hypnotic powers over them (or possibly just keeps them in line with terror); Astrid actually uses a bee analogy to describe it, saying that the dragons are worker bees and the Red Death is their queen (although it's strictly a metaphor since WordOfGod says that the Red Death is male). Of course, how she actually ''knows'' about bees when it snows nine months out of the year and hails the other three is another question.
** The queen bee metaphor is actually rather way off regarding the Red Death: it's more comparable to a brood parasite like a cuckoo bird, who forces a different species to feed it at their own expense.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Borg Queen from ''Franchise/StarTrek'', who claims to somehow ''be'' the Collective rather than simply control it (don't worry, the characters don't quite get it, either). Presumably the "Queen" is simply a personification of the Collective (confusingly contradicted by WordOfGod), assembled whenever one is deemed necessary for one-on-one interaction. Especially considering the number of times she has come back from the dead. Ever since her debut in ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact First Contact]]'', whether her existence is a good or bad idea has been a matter of great debate. Note that she never actually refers to herself as a Queen, or even the leader of the Borg. The other characters do.
* ''Film/Ben10AlienSwarm'' features the Hive, a race of alien [[NanoMachine nanite]] with their leader being exactly one of these. [[CanonImmigrant They've since appeared]] in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''.
* Megaguirus of the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} mythos.
* In ''Film/InvasionOfTheBeeGirls'', Dr. Susan Harris (Anitra Ford), once transformed, becomes obsessed with [[OutWithABang sex]] with the married men of Peckham CA. She then lures the widows to her lab (supposedly to reveal what happened) to be [[TheVirus transformed]] into Bee Girls and join her.
* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' the goal is to destroy the brain behind an the alien invasion.
* ''Film/TheGreatWall'' has the Tao Tie, a massive swarm of reptilian aliens that lay siege to ancient China every 60 years to consume food and feed it back to their queen. The Tao Tie queen telepathically controls her drones, [[FrontlineGeneral accompanying them into the battlefield]] with a small squad of PraetorianGuard to directly command and strategize them. She also seems to [[spoiler: be the life source of the swarm itself, as they all drop dead in their tracks upon her death.]]

* In ''Literature/EndersGame'', each of the Bugger hives is controlled by a telepathic Hive Queen. These Hive Queens can be evil, or at least focused solely on the advancement of their own colonies, but others prove able to cooperate with like-minded Queen relatives.
** Hell, in later books, the species is solely referred to as Hive Queens, since they're the only sentient "Buggers".
*** Their own internal history begins with the first Queen who actually raised and allied with her daughters (expanding their control beyond a single hive), instead of killing (or being killed by) them.
* In the ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Empire Trilogy]]'' by Creator/RaymondEFeist and Janny Wurts, the antlike cho'ja are ruled by queens.
** ... who are, subverting the [[DirtyCommies commie]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture connotation]] of hive minds, extremely capitalistic.
* The Thrall books by CT Adams and Cathy Clamp feature these.
* The Vord Queen in Jim Butcher's sword and horse fantasy series ''Literature/CodexAlera''.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' played it straight with termites; after morphing, the heroes were swallowed by the HiveMind until Cassie [[HeroicWillpower managed to turn her head to the side]] and kill the queen. They averted it with ants and bees, though the former was still a terrifying HiveMind like the termites.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StarshipTroopers''. Worker and Warrior Bugs are controlled by Brain Bugs. If a Brain Bug is killed, the Bugs under its control die too. There are also Queens but their sole purpose is producing eggs, in fact Bug colonies that are invaded will kill their queen to prevent the Mobile Infantry from capturing her. Whereas Sergeant Zim successfully uses a Brain Bug as an [[HumanShield "Arachnoid shield"]].
* In ''Literature/TheRadiantDawn'', Aaron controls the undead with a telepathic link. His does have limited extent and requires waypoints in the form of specialized undead -- he telepathically links to the commanders, who link to the cavaliers, who link to the mindless and flesh golems. However, when the link is broken, mindless don't become any less dangerous. They just shamble towards the nearest living humans, seeking out sustenance.
* In [[Creator/DavidEddings David and Leigh Eddings's]] ''The Dreamers'' quartet, the enemies are poisonous bugs in widely divergent forms who are controlled by a queen. The queen becomes more human as the books, er, "progress."
* Genderflipped in ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNamed'' series by Clare Bell. The hive-minded clan of hunting cats discovered in the last two books are led by a hive ''king'' named True-Of-Voice. It's really a title rather than a name, because when the leader dies, a new one becomes True-Of-Voice.
* The entity called Spore in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' is plant-based. It puts its core into one person and shoots vineline strands out of their eyes and mouth to bring others [[HiveMind into its control]], and the others, instantly turned, can turn still more. If its primary host, the one with the core, is killed and there isn't another nearby to take it, all of the other hosts are freed from its control. However, the primary host is not in charge. None of them are. Spore has access to its hosts' memories but they don't participate.
* The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book ''Firestar's Quest'' has a HiveMind horde of rats led by one that can speak Cat. Firestar actually [[CatsHaveNineLives loses a life]] in battle with the rats, and then his SpiritAdvisor Spottedleaf tells him "''Not many, but one''." He realizes that this means [[KeystoneArmy killing the leader will ensure the cats' victory]].
* Stephen King's ''Literature/{{Cell}}'' starts out as a typical ZombieApocalypse, except with the aptly named "Phone Crazies". [[spoiler: Then cue the typical Stephen King mind screw about a third of the way through when the characters learn said creatures have a shared hive-mind consciousness and insane telepathic powers. From that moment on they're referred to as "Phone People" instead, since they're [[ItCanThink dangerous but hardly incapable of thinking.]]]]
* The E'clei from ''Literature/WhatZombiesFear'' have one of these in Laura [[spoiler: and later someone else]]. She's the reason the zombies are all genocidal jerkasses.
* ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' shows a mriswith (a race of LizardFolk with ChameleonCamouflage) HiveQueen, a sentient, dragon sized creature communicating through pheromones. It is mentioned by one of the mriswith that the previous queen had just died and was eaten by them. She is later shown to lay hundreds of melon sized eggs within hours.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Taylor has the rather appropriate power of controlling bugs; she shares their sensory inputs and can direct her entire swarm as if it were an extension of her body. [[spoiler:At the climax of the story, she gains the ability to control people in the same manner.]]
* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'': The gigantic hive queen of the Antiniums is able to change the memories of the hive mind. When a certain member died, his memories were still present in all Antinniums, but if the queen had just wished it, no Antinium would have known he had ever existed.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Wist from ''{{Series/Lexx}}'' infested her minions with "satellite worms," which were "no more separate from their queen then your blood cells are from you."
* Jasmine from ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Her followers become extensions of herself, and she even refers to them as "Body Jasmine".
* The Cyber-Controller in ''Series/DoctorWho'' might qualify, depending on how much of a HiveMind the Cybermen are portrayed as having in a given story. (The Cyber-Leader, on the other hand, is simply a function of the HiveMind and destroying it simply results in another Cyberman being designated Cyber-Leader.)
* ''Very'' late in ''TV/FallingSkies'', we find out that the aliens occupying Earth are controlled by a single Queen--[[spoiler:so, conveniently, our heroes can destroy the entire enemy invasion in the last fifteen minutes of the series.]]

* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' has had a few, such as the TIE-Mind, the Vord, and the [[{{VideoGame/Starcraft}} Overmind]] summoned as part of gutza1's [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Zerg Army]].

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The Melissidae bloodline in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' are basically vampires as this, using unique takes on MindControl powers to reduce any and all humans around them to a HiveMind of "drones" under their complete control. [[MeaningfulName The name is taken from the Latin name for "Honeybee".]] They were founded by a rather deranged woman who wholeheartedly believed in TheEvilsOfFreeWill, and the sourcebook makes no bones about calling out what they have as being "an obscene perversion of nature, even before you account for the soulless undead abomination at its center".
* Partial example from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] are controlled by a Hive Mind that coordinates the trillions of Tyranid creatures like cells in a vast, living body. It has no centralized "Queen" that we know of, and the mechanics of the Hive Mind are subject to debate both in and out of universe. That said, it's possible to disrupt the Hive Mind by destroying the "Synapse Creatures" that transmit its will to the rest of the swarm, such as the Hive Tyrants that serve as [[ItCanThink dangerously capable]] battlefield generals, or especially the Norn Queens that churn out the countless Tyranids like living factories. Destroying such creatures in no appreciable way damages the greater Hive Mind, but it does make the undirected Tyranids revert back to animals - albeit animals engineered to be the ultimate killing machines.
** There's also The Swarmlord, who's spawned to take down an enemy persistent enough to resist the Tyranids. It has the highest degree of free will of all 'Nids, but most importantly, the lore states that there's only one Swarmlord. It can be killed, but it will simply be respawned with its memory intact (and likely take care of whatever tactic was used to take it down, ensuring ItOnlyWorksOnce), and it's been stated that The Swarmlord can be spawned by any Hive Fleet regardless of distance. As such, it is the closest thing to a personification of the HiveMind.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** For illithid, an Elder Brain is this, and also the Hive Mother of a Beholder city. In both ways, however, they're much more similar to an actual insect queen than a true HiveQueen, and neither species has a HiveMind. The former manages to subvert even that, in a sense-- Illithid tadpoles ''can'' survive outside of an Elder Brain's pool of nutrients, but it mutates in the process, becoming a creature called a Neothelid. These creatures are fully sentient, and posses PsychicPowers like their more normal kin, but are also roughly the size of a dragon, so they can't pull off PuppeteerParasite gig very easily.
** The Formian Queens are a more straight up example. So are the Hivebrood, a vicious insect-race from the Basic/Expert/etc D&D rules.
** In early ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', if a giant ant queen was killed, its followers became confused for a few minutes and then left the nest.
** Primus, the godlike ruler of the Modrons is similar to the Borg Queen this way, just not as evil or destructive. Its ability to absorb the life-force of any slain modron and replace it immediately makes the modron race nearly undefeatable unless Primus itself is killed. (And they can even recover from ''that'', although should it happens, the whole race is thrown into chaos until a new Primus evolves from one of the four Secundi, and its first action is to stabilize the disorder that has occurred.)
* The Slivers in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' have a [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=5233 Sliver Queen]], but like all the other Slivers she's a specialized breed, her specialty being, of course, reproduction. Unlike the other Slivers, however, she appears to be unique. The Slivers survive and function fine without her when they're reconstituted by the [[MadScientist Riptide Project]], but apparently she was something of a check on them, as they rampage aimlessly and in flavor text seem to crave some sort of direction at the same time, eventually resulting in the creation of the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=45166 Sliver Overlord]], which despite the male name is a more straight example of the trope. Finally, it's implied they eventually form a true hive mind, discarding both Overlord and no longer needing a Queen, as the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=136146 Sliver Legion]] (...and although most tournaments' rules prevent it, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation standard gameplay mechanics]] don't stop you playing all three at once).
** Also from ''MagicTheGathering'', the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Ant+Queen Ant Queen]] is a straight example.
* The ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' setting for TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds has the alien Meta-Mind, a collection of millions of Grue brain clusters linked into a coordinating supermind for the entire [[HiveMind Grue Unity]].
*** Subverted, however, in that the Grue Hive Mind can exist ''without'' the Grue Unity, since [[VoluntaryShapeshifter protean Grue]] already have individual personalities of their own that coordinate the relatively mindless Drones. It's just substantially harder without the Meta-Mind's massive telepathic potential, and thus one of the agendas of the Unity sans Meta-Mind is to round up enough Grue to reform it.
** And the Paragons setting has the adventure "Unity", wherein an entire small town comes under the control of a psychic HiveMind, with the original psychic in question being a Hive Queen. Though, this is a borderline example as the Queen in question is comatose.
* Raknids in ''TabletopGame/{{Talislanta}}'' are evil scorpion/demon hybrids who live in colonies, each one ruled by a superintelligent queen. Which is hardly typical of ''real'' scorpions, but who knows what demons are like...
* ''TabletopGame/{{Earthdawn}}'' supplement ''Creatures of Barsaive''. Greater Termites have a queen who controls all of the worker and soldier termites in the nest.

* The Bahrag from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' are this to the Bohrok.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}''
** A gigantic brain-like entity called the Overmind functions as the collective conscience of the Zerg Swarm. There are also lesser control nodes called Cerebrates, which have their own personalities and opinions, but are absolutely incapable of defying an order from the Overmind. The Overmind and the Cerebrates all have a physical form, but they can re-incarnate into new bodies when they "die". Some Protoss are able to use a special energy that can block this reincarnation and [[DeaderThanDead finish them for good]]. It is, of course, one the main plot points in the game and its expansion. Down the chain, the Cerebrates control the Overlords, who themselves provide "control" (as opposed to Terrans' supplies and Protoss' psi) to a specific hive cluster over a given area (in addition to acting as handy air transport for Zerg ground units). Ironically, while the Zerg also have creatures called "Queens," the Zerg Queens have nothing to do with ''control'' of the HiveMind and are merely another assimilated species. The Zerg Queen is, however, slightly closer to real insects in function; its job involves watching over the hive cluster and spawning various parasites.
** And then there's Sarah Kerrigan, who assumes Queen status and title in the expansion pack after the demise of the Overmind. She also changes the theme of the Zerg race somewhat: brutal and monstrous as they were while under the Overmind, the original objective of the Swarm was to [[YouWillBeAssimilated assimilate all organic life into itself]] and thus [[PhysicalGod become perfect]], an objective that was carried out without prejudice or malice. Kerrigan, on the other hand side, is actually Evil with a capital E, scheming, betraying and engaging in quite a bit of sadism along the way, actively using the power of the Swarm to get revenge against those who have wronged her, and put her in a position of power over the local portion of the galaxy. Also, the expansion demonstrates how the killing of the Overmind is a great blow against the Zerg, but by no means impossible to recover from, as it is discovered that Cerebrates can physically merge together to form a new Overmind.
** In ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' the Queen unit has changed a bit, now they spawn additional larvae for hives and have a minor command role. And it turns out that Kerrigan replaced the Cerebrates with enhanced Queens called "Brood Mothers", in one mission of ''Heart of the Swarm'' a single Brood Mother spawns several zerglings without the use of a hatchery.
* The Aparoid Queen in ''[[VideoGame/StarFox Star Fox Assault]]''.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has the Gravemind - serving as the Hive Queen for [[TheVirus the Flood]]. This was designed as a bit of a villain upgrade, however, as it explains how a bunch of unorganized "space zombies" could overthrow the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]]. Essentially, although individual Flood act as savage, mindless zombies, they are all actually under the direct control of the Gravemind once the Flood attains enough sentient biomass to build a Gravemind, allowing for strategy and tactics to be used against its enemies; this "Coordinated" stage of the species's developmental cycle is stated to be the point at which the Flood becomes truly dangerous. The physical body of the Gravemind is depicted as a gigantic talking "Venus flytrap" built from thousands upon thousands of consumed corpses in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', while in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', though it is unseen (but not unheard) aside from a brief appearance from a few of its tentacles, it is upgraded to UltimateEvil status.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'', [[spoiler:Alexia]] is attempting to become one of these, with all of humanity as the 'ants'.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' sports the Scourge, an army of undead rendered mindless or enthralled (depends on the type) by the Lich King. Notably, one of the player factions is the Forsaken, who are sapient undead who have broken free of the HiveMind. The Forsaken have a queen, Sylvanas - but she's not a HiveQueen, merely a leader in the more traditional sense of the word.
** There are hints in the ''Cataclysm'' expansion (set after the defeat of the Lich King) that Sylvanas may be moving closer to this trope and generally [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becoming more and more like the one who did this to her]].
** The Silithid of Ahn-Qiraj play this trope straight--not only do they have a hive mind mentality controlled by leaders, they are actual insects. Their leader, C'thun, is an Old God, who has several high-ranking Qiraj at his command to issue out orders. The hive extends all the way down to insect-like creatures that are barely sapient, but still follow the hive mind. While C'thun was the first example of this seen in WoW, the other Old Gods seem to also be hive queens. The [[EldritchAbomination Faceless Ones]] seem to follow the orders of the Old Gods much like hive workers, and members of other races can be driven to insanity to serve the Old Gods.
* Should you so choose, humanity's eventual fate in ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' could be a nanotech fueled transformation into one perfect hive-mind under JC Denton/Helios.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'': The locust queen. The chapter in which she is met is called 'Hive'.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', we have Vespiquen, which is a Pokémon that evolves from the honeycomb-like Combee only if it is female. Vespiquen command and control the hive of mostly male Combee, which is contained ''within her body''. There are three attacks in-game that uses this: one sends a swarm of Combee out to attack, one heals Vespiquen's health, while another increases her defense.
* Creator/BioWare loves this trope. In chronological order:
** ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' has a cannibalistic mother demon that you kill by knocking over pillars so the roof collapses on her.
** ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has the rachni queen in the first game and the Collector General in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. The rachni queen [[spoiler:is not causing the rachni to attack you; that's due to them being raised away from the queen (this is compared to a human growing up alone in a closet), and the earlier BugWar was caused by them being made BrainwashedAndCrazy by either the Reapers or the Leviathan]], and the Collector General [[spoiler:is being possessed by the Reaper Harbinger, who has [[MemeticMutation assumed direct control]].]]
** ''Franchise/DragonAge'' has the Broodmother, who serves as a bloated MookMaker that creates loads and loads of darkspawn, but [[spoiler:(with one exception)]] don't actually control the darkspawn themselves. On the flipside, the Archdemon seems to have some control over the minds of the darkspawn horde, directing them to band together and attack the surface world to create a Blight event, but he doesn't create the darkspawn.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': [=GLaDOS=] is something of an odd example, but fits most of the traditional parameters. She's a massive, immobile supercomputer who [[MookMaker runs the factories that build turrets,]] who's also hyper-intelligent and nearly omniscient within the facility.
* Male Zuul in ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' are the centres of their coteries, and killing one will destroy the HiveMind it shares with all its females and prevent them from sharing consciousness with each other.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has [[spoiler:Elizabeth Greene]] as a pretty archetypal example of this.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' has, [[spoiler:in Holiday Star, the King-or more properly, the wandering soul of Kazuaki Nanaki, maddened from loneliness and betrayal and transformed by his overwhelming desire for friends who won't betray him into an EldritchAbomination composed of all the souls tricked on to Holiday Star, who he assimilates into his own consciousness. All the "citizens" you meet are avatars of the group mind he controls, and completely subservient to him. An odd example where he's also convincingly played as a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds due to his overwhelming fear of ever being alone.]]
* The FinalBattle of ''[[VideoGame/MightAndMagic Might & Magic VI]]'' takes place in the Kreegan main base, a dungeon called The Hive, and the FinalBoss is, uhm, the Hive Queen. [[CaptainObvious Naturally.]]
* Sigma in ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' is a male version. As his DNA program doubles as a virus, any reploid that his DNA infects is subject to Sigma's will.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' [[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2 Dark]] [[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3 Matter]] [[VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards Trilogy]], Zero is the [[BigBad core of all Dark Matter]], and its goal is to spread his will by assimilating the galaxy by possessing the planets with Dark Matter.
* ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa2'' has the eponymous Hive Queen leading an army of termites against Avalon. [[spoiler:A BonusBoss called the Dread Queen is a much stronger version of the Hive Queen.]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has the rachni queen, a species of intelligent insect aliens, which were inspired by the Bugs from the aforementioned Literature/StarshipTroopers, who have been around for quite some time. In the past, they've been driven mad by ''sour notes'', and have a bad reputation for being used as invasion forces. Due to GeneticMemory, the rachni queen of this cycle is actually quite peaceful, as if she is let go in the first game, she promises to disappear from the galaxy at large, a promise she keeps. She returns in VideoGame/MassEffect3, having been captured by the Reapers. If she's freed, she pledges her full support to stopping them, another promise she keeps.
** In a direct contrast, the Reaper-created Rachni Breeder, if freed, will hold more true to the trope, slaughtering a large majority of your war assets and disappearing.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Wildlife}}'': The protagonist is an EldritchAbomination that can create any sort of creature she can think of. Her 'children' do have minds and make decisions of their own, but none have been significantly disobedient so far.
* ''Webcomic/MSFHigh'': All Legion have a central 'Queen.'
* The Conundra Queen from ''Webcomic/{{Poharex}}''.
* Zenith from ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' commands a legion of goons recognizable by their bluish tint and prominent ear tags. [[spoiler: They aren't simply brainwashed; they've been [[ReplicantSnatching replaced entirely by android copies]] which she has direct control over!]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' has a subversion of this with the Mother Grub, a huge creature that exists only to lay hundreds of thousands of [[OurTrollsAreDifferent troll eggs.]] She has no control whatsoever over her progeny, much like the queen of an ant or termite colony.
** The Trolls are ruled by an Empress, which is partly this, and partly an actual traditional ruler. Although she's an ordinary creature who rules as a position rather than through mind control, the Empress is also a unique biological caste that's only born once in a very long time, and are the most physically and [[PsychicPowers mentally]] powerful Troll. She does seem to have hive-like control over the Imperial Drones, but those (at least the red ones) are actually robots.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}:
** The greatest example of this is [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/genetisaur.htm Genetisaur]], a grotesque, phallic, ''[[FemaleMonsterSurprise female]]'' creature that spits out spermlike young that incubate in women before maturing into [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/genetimorph.htm Genetimorphs]]
** The [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/harlequeen.htm Harlequeen]], who is basically the accumulated minds of all the creatures a [[MonsterClown Joker]] hive have consumed.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* A strange variation in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. The Bebes decide to make Bonnie their queen simply because she is the one person that Kim hates more than anyone else and are hoping that this will give them an advantage. Really all this translated to doing was strapping her to a chair and reading her mind for ideas.
* [[spoiler:Brainiac-5]] becomes this for his race in ''[[WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes Legion of Super-Heroes]]''.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', one of these is responsible for an outbreak of head lice at Skool. Even ''Dib'' thinks the idea of a "lice queen" is crazy, but they actually find her and [[spoiler: use a secretion from Zim's skin to destroy the lice.]]
* Trina Riffin becomes one in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' episode "Ahead of our Own Tone" thanks to the implant.
* The bugs from ''WesternAnimation/{{MenInBlack}}'' are all sons of a ruler queen, according to Elle at least.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Since biological {{Hive Mind}}s do not, to our knowledge, exist in RealLife, this trope is obviously not TruthInTelevision. Real Hive Queens are simply that: queens of an insect hive. They are, in essence, merely the reproductive organs of an organism created from multiple individuals, like the ovaries in a human female. Although they do release pheromones that trigger and reinforce certain pre-programmed behaviors in individual members of the hive, this is a primitive form of communication that cannot be compared to a complex neural network possessing intelligence and higher cognitive functions, but instead is more like an endocrine hormonal regulatory system that triggers certain changes in cells (again, much like ovaries in a human female). Ants that ZergRush their enemies to protect their queen don't act on a complex strategy but a simple instinct that just happen to be triggered by the queen's pheromones (and similarly, army ants that ZergRush their prey are just simply following a scout unit's chemical trail that may or may not indicate the location of food).
** In fact, some communal insects will ''kill their queen'' when she is old/sick/compromised in some way and replace her with a new queen, most notably honeybees, who will ball around her, vibrate their wings to generate heat, and literally cook her to death.
** Some hives have multiple queens that share reproductive duties.
** Some individuals in certain species of hive-insect can secretly reproduce, to {{Subvert|edTrope}} the reproductive monopoly of their queen and get the rest of the hive to raise their own young. [[DoubleSubversion If caught]], these individual cheaters will be killed by other members of the Hive.
** Note that HiveQueen actually started out as a subversion of an older trope, as early beekeepers assumed the single largest bee in a hive had to be its Hive ''King''. Only after naturalists started studying bees in glass-walled beehives, and observed that the so-called "kings" laid eggs, did this error get sorted out.
* Some species of insect parasitize other species where a female member of the parasite species will kill the host hive's queen, rub herself in the dead queen's pheromones, and then trick the host hive into raising her young as if they were the queen's young. This is a very specialized form of brood slavery.