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YMMV: A Bug's Life
  • Ear Worm: The little flute-sounding song that some ants are performing for the circus bugs.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Hopper and Flik. Some people couldn't explain why they kept watching their No-Holds-Barred Beatdown scene repeatedly when they were children, they sure can as they got older.
  • Genius Bonus: Those familiar with black widow spider mating habits might view some of Rosie's lines in a different light. See also Getting Crap Past the Radar.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Dim's species was conceived as a fictional variety of rhino beetles. Eight years later it's discovered to be not so fictional after all. Well played, nature.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Molt and Princess Atta, in two different ways. Also, the ant colony themselves during the Darkest Hour brought upon themselves.
  • Moral Event Horizon: It is unknown when Hopper crosses it. At first, his affair with the ants seems to be about food, and he seems Affably Evil when in a good mood. However, his attempt to feed Dot to Thumper has him come across as Faux Affably Evil. The next time he appears, it seems as though he's given up on his next planned raid of Ant Island on the grounds that the grasshoppers had more than enough food where they were. But then he remembers that one ant (Flik) had tried to stand up to him and, in a visual demonstration of a potential ant rebellion using the grasshoppers' grain storage, proceeds to kill a brace of henchmen by crushing them under a pile of grain. That, along with his "keeping those ants in line" speech, is enough to convince the grasshoppers that it was worth it to subjugate the ants after all. That said, he definitely crossed it by the time he ordered his henchmen to assassinate the queen.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Many gamers who played Fallout: New Vegas might be interested in what other work the actor (Dave Foley) behind the memetic Yes-Man had done. Turns out he played Flik in this movie. This is kind of a cool moment for people who saw the film as a kid.
  • Tear Jerker: Just after the Circus Performers save Dot, Princess Atta and Flik have a moment alone where Atta voices the pressure on her to rule the kingdom one day, saying that it seems like everyone is always looking at her as if they're..."Waiting for you to mess up." The way Flik says this isn't angry or overly sad, just kind of resigned and tired, in a way that should be familiar to anyone who has felt ostracized or under pressure. Atta even realizes the implication of this line, sincerely apologizing to Flik for the first time in the movie.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Hopper's speech about "keeping those ants in line." It's been regarded as a metaphor for everything from the distribution of wealth to the alleged "New World Order."
  • The Woobie: Flik. Slowly graduates to an Iron Woobie by the climax.

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