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* ''VideoGame/DeepRockGalactic'': Enemies consist entirely of a variety of alien bugs. Whether they be swarms of Glyphids, flying Mactera, rolling Q'ronar, the [[HiveMind hiveminded]] Naedocyte, and many others.


* ''TabletopGame/{{Starfinder}}'': The Swarm is a hive-minded horde of pseudo-insectoid horrors with the traditional single-minded motivation of consuming all biomass they come across and adding it to themselves, in addition to producing a large number of highly specialized warrior forms for dealing with lifeforms that object. They were a major antagonist force that was only barely repelled by the combined strength of the Pact Worlds and the Veskarium, and still poses a real danger to travelers in the Vast. One of the playable races, the insectoid Shirren, originated as a sub-hive of one such Horde, the Swarm, until a mutation granted them sapience and free will. Once they had the ability to control their own lives, they chose to reject the Swarm's life of mindless, constant and aggressive consumption, and decided to try living alongside other lifeforms instead of eating them.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Starfinder}}'': The Swarm is a hive-minded horde of pseudo-insectoid horrors with the traditional single-minded motivation of consuming all biomass they come across and adding it to themselves, in addition to producing a large number of highly specialized warrior forms for dealing with lifeforms that object. They were a major antagonist force that was only barely repelled by the combined strength of the Pact Worlds and the Veskarium, and still poses a real danger to travelers in the Vast. One of the playable races, the insectoid Shirren, originated as were a sub-hive of one such Horde, the Swarm, Swarm until a mutation granted them sapience and free will. Once they had the ability to control their own lives, they chose to reject the Swarm's life of mindless, constant and aggressive consumption, and decided to try living alongside other lifeforms instead of eating them.


* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Tyranid Hive Fleets have been encroaching on the 40k galaxy for centuries. If they take a world, they kill and devour every living thing (taking useful traits from the creatures to improve their hordes of bio-engineered monsters), eat the soil, drink the oceans and suck up the atmosphere. They also use TheVirus in the form of the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]]-esque Genestealers to destabilize potential opposition. The 5th edition rulebook (p. 166) says that they have consumed ''a dozen galaxies'' prior to coming to the one we know and love, and their current campaign of destruction is merely the next course. Largely inspired by the Xenomorphs from Alien. It's increasingly implied that the Tyranids are [[InvadingRefugees running]] from [[EldritchAbomination something]].
* ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader'' also has the Rak'Gol, eight-limbed alien monsters who can take on Space Marines in melee, and come in huge hordes. They are among the most dangerous creatures found in the game.
* The Planet Eaters from ''TabletopGame/{{Monsterpocalypse}}'', as their name implies. The Savage Swarm aren't aliens, but they are BigCreepyCrawlies with insatiable appeties.
* The RPG ''Nightbane'' had Shadow Mantis/Locust which rather unsurprisingly are exactly this, except they eat inorganic material as well and are mostly wiped out nowadays.
* 2nd Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' contains a good number of these such as:

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Tyranid Hive Fleets have been encroaching on the 40k galaxy for centuries. If they take a world, they kill and devour every living thing (taking useful traits from the creatures to improve their hordes of bio-engineered monsters), eat the soil, drink the oceans and suck up the atmosphere. They also use TheVirus in the form of the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]]-esque Genestealers to destabilize potential opposition. The 5th edition rulebook (p. 166) says that they have consumed ''a dozen galaxies'' prior to coming to the one we know and love, and their current campaign of destruction is merely the next course. Largely inspired by the Xenomorphs from Alien. It's increasingly implied that the Tyranids are [[InvadingRefugees running]] from [[EldritchAbomination something]].
* ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader'' also has the Rak'Gol, eight-limbed alien monsters who can take on Space Marines in melee, and come in huge hordes. They are among the most dangerous creatures found in the game.
* The Planet Eaters from ''TabletopGame/{{Monsterpocalypse}}'', as their name implies. The Savage Swarm aren't aliens, but they are BigCreepyCrawlies with insatiable appeties.
* The RPG ''Nightbane'' had Shadow Mantis/Locust which rather unsurprisingly are exactly this, except they eat inorganic material as well and are mostly wiped out nowadays.
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''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': 2nd Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' contains a good number of these these, such as:


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* ''TabletopGame/{{Monsterpocalypse}}'': The Savage Swarm aren't aliens, but they are BigCreepyCrawlies with insatiable appeties.%%The Planet Eaters, as their name implies.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nightbane}}'' has Shadow Mantis/Locust, which eat inorganic material as well as living things and are mostly wiped out nowadays.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'':
** On Urvanas, shiny blue insectlike creatures have recently started to sometimes blow in on storms and prey upon the domes of cloud cities. Several cities have been sent to their dooms, their domes punctured, in a city-sized Death Dive.
** ''Into the Outside'' describes dimensional locusts, a general term for entities that move between dimensions, stripping them of usable resources before moving on. They include the usual insectoid swarms, humanoid civilizations that cannibalize whole worlds of resources, ExplosiveBreeder transdimensional wildlife, and things that are harder to classify because they are composed of, and consume, bizarre things like color, heat or time.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Starfinder}}'': The Swarm is a hive-minded horde of pseudo-insectoid horrors with the traditional single-minded motivation of consuming all biomass they come across and adding it to themselves, in addition to producing a large number of highly specialized warrior forms for dealing with lifeforms that object. They were a major antagonist force that was only barely repelled by the combined strength of the Pact Worlds and the Veskarium, and still poses a real danger to travelers in the Vast. One of the playable races, the insectoid Shirren, originated as a sub-hive of one such Horde, the Swarm, until a mutation granted them sapience and free will. Once they had the ability to control their own lives, they chose to reject the Swarm's life of mindless, constant and aggressive consumption, and decided to try living alongside other lifeforms instead of eating them.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** The Tyranid Hive Fleets have been encroaching on the 40k galaxy for centuries. If they take a world, they kill and devour every living thing (taking useful traits from the creatures to improve their hordes of bio-engineered monsters), eat the soil, drink the oceans and suck up the atmosphere. They also use TheVirus in the form of the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]]-esque Genestealers to destabilize potential opposition. The 5th edition rulebook (p. 166) says that they have consumed ''a dozen galaxies'' prior to coming to the one we know and love, and their current campaign of destruction is merely the next course. Largely inspired by the Xenomorphs from Alien. It's increasingly implied that the Tyranids are [[InvadingRefugees running]] from [[EldritchAbomination something]].
** ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader'' has the Rak'Gol, eight-limbed alien monsters who can take on Space Marines in melee, and come in huge hordes. They are among the most dangerous creatures found in the game.


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* ''Film/UltramanCosmos2TheBluePlanet'' has the Scorpiss horde, an entire race of winged, scorpion-locust hybrid ''kaiju'' who travels from planet to planet, turning every world they invaded into a total wasteland. Prior to the events of the movie, the Scorpiss destroyed the homes of the aquatic-based Gyashi Aliens, forcing a handful of survivors to flee to planet Earth and take refuge in Earth's oceans, and early in the film, protagonist Musashi on a space mission re-visits Planet Juran from the TV series, only to realize it's been devastated by the Scorpiss horde.


* The Vex in ''Literature/IDontWantToBeTheHiveQueen'' fits this trope to a T. They are insectoid HiveMind creatures who can basically devour anything organic and multiply at exponential rates, and their [[HiveQueen Hive Queens]] can even absorb the DNA from their prey and incorporate it in the new generations of Vex. Unlike most examples on this page, the Vex in the story are actually rather friendly, mostly because their current Hive Queen is a former human.

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* The Vex in ''Literature/IDontWantToBeTheHiveQueen'' fits this trope to a T. They are insectoid HiveMind creatures who can basically devour anything organic and multiply at exponential rates, and their [[HiveQueen Hive Queens]] can even absorb the DNA from their prey and incorporate it in the new generations of Vex. Unlike most examples on this page, the Vex in the story are actually rather friendly, mostly because their current Hive Queen is a former human.human that retained her memories and personality.


* * The Vex in ''Literature/IDontWantToBeTheHiveQueen'' fits this trope to a T. They are insectoid HiveMind creatures who can basically devour anything organic and multiply at exponential rates, and their [[HiveQueen Hive Queens]] can even absorb the DNA from their prey and incorporate it in the new generations of Vex. Unlike most examples on this page, the Vex in the story are actually rather friendly, mostly because their current Hive Queen is a former human.

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* * The Vex in ''Literature/IDontWantToBeTheHiveQueen'' fits this trope to a T. They are insectoid HiveMind creatures who can basically devour anything organic and multiply at exponential rates, and their [[HiveQueen Hive Queens]] can even absorb the DNA from their prey and incorporate it in the new generations of Vex. Unlike most examples on this page, the Vex in the story are actually rather friendly, mostly because their current Hive Queen is a former human.

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* * The Vex in ''Literature/IDontWantToBeTheHiveQueen'' fits this trope to a T. They are insectoid HiveMind creatures who can basically devour anything organic and multiply at exponential rates, and their [[HiveQueen Hive Queens]] can even absorb the DNA from their prey and incorporate it in the new generations of Vex. Unlike most examples on this page, the Vex in the story are actually rather friendly, mostly because their current Hive Queen is a former human.


* The invading aliens in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' are a mix of these and PlanetLooters. President Whitmore even explicitly compares them to locusts after a brief telepathic connection to one. [[Film/IndependenceDayResurgence The sequel]] gives more specifics about what they're after: [[spoiler:they want to dig to the planet's center at harvest the molten core]]. The beginning of the movie shows the end result of one of their invasions, [[ShatteredWorld a planet that looks like a burnt and smashed egg shell]].

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* The invading aliens in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' are a mix of these and PlanetLooters. President Whitmore even explicitly compares them to locusts after a brief telepathic connection to one. [[Film/IndependenceDayResurgence The sequel]] gives more specifics about what they're after: [[spoiler:they want to dig to the planet's center at and harvest the molten core]]. The beginning of the movie shows the end result of one of their invasions, [[ShatteredWorld a planet that looks like a burnt and smashed egg shell]].


* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Tyranid Hive Fleets have been encroaching on the 40k galaxy for centuries. If they take a world, they kill and devour every living thing (taking useful traits from the creatures to improve their hordes of bio-engineered monsters), eat the soil, drink the oceans and suck up the atmosphere. They also use TheVirus in the form of the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]]-esque Genestealers to destabilize potential opposition. The 5th edition rulebook (p. 166) says that they have consumed ''a dozen galaxies'' prior to coming to the one we know and love, and their current campaign of destruction is merely the next course. Largely inspired by the Xenomorphs from Alien. It's increasingly implied that the Tyranids are running from [[EldritchAbomination something]].

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Tyranid Hive Fleets have been encroaching on the 40k galaxy for centuries. If they take a world, they kill and devour every living thing (taking useful traits from the creatures to improve their hordes of bio-engineered monsters), eat the soil, drink the oceans and suck up the atmosphere. They also use TheVirus in the form of the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]]-esque Genestealers to destabilize potential opposition. The 5th edition rulebook (p. 166) says that they have consumed ''a dozen galaxies'' prior to coming to the one we know and love, and their current campaign of destruction is merely the next course. Largely inspired by the Xenomorphs from Alien. It's increasingly implied that the Tyranids are running [[InvadingRefugees running]] from [[EldritchAbomination something]].


* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': This is (sort of) the Reapers' way of doing things, although they don't use natural resources, just sentient life forms.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' games, the [[AIIsACrapshoot Xenon]] are the mechanical version: being rogue terraforming robots, their only purpose is to [[RecursiveCreators build more of themselves]], and to "[[ColonyDrop terraform]]" everything in sight. They fit here from moonlighting as technological locusts as well. ''X3: Terran Conflict'' even calls them the greatest threat the galaxy has ever known due to their exponential rate of expansion and processing power.
* The [[AdaptiveAbility Zerg]] from ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' have a fairly similar approach, including the [[CannibalismSuperpower assimilation of new species into the Zerg swarm based on their useful traits]] -- although they were [[BrainwashedAndCrazy forced into this]] through Xel'Naga modifications, after previously being a race of docile, harmless worms. Though they infest and consume the resources of planets, their goal under the [[TheChessmaster Overmind]] was actually [[spoiler: the achievement of physical purity by genetically assimilating the Protoss. The sequel gives more background information on the Overmind, which infested Sarah Kerrigan to eventually relinquish control of the Zerg swarm to her. This would thereby prevent an EldritchAbomination from using them as an army for universal genocide]].
* Smoke's ending in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' has him fusing with his fellow {{Cyber Ninja}}s Sektor and Cyrax and doing the Nanomachine version of this.
* The Flood from the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series are somewhere between Alien Locusts and TheVirus.
* The Frythans in ''VideoGame/SevenKingdoms'' even gain one of their primary resources, HitPoints, mostly by killing enemies, and it's required to breed more.
* The Vortex and Foe of ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin,'' though with the Vortex it's more explicit.
* One of the dreams of Mantis from ''VideoGame/ConquestFrontierWars'' is to 'Mush terrans into a milky white paste and dance over the earth drunk on their liquefied corpses.'
* The Strogg from the ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' series. On a couple of occasions, you get to see the [[{{Squick}} inside of their factories.]]

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': This is (sort of) The Reapers periodically harvest all advanced civilizations in the Reapers' way of doing things, although they don't use natural resources, just sentient life forms.
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[[AIIsACrapshoot Xenon]] are the mechanical version: being rogue terraforming robots, their only purpose is to [[RecursiveCreators build more of themselves]], and to "[[ColonyDrop terraform]]" everything in sight. They fit here from moonlighting as technological locusts as well. ''X3: Terran Conflict'' even calls them the greatest threat the galaxy has ever known due to their exponential rate of expansion and processing power.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': The [[AdaptiveAbility Zerg]] from ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' Zerg have a fairly similar approach, including the [[CannibalismSuperpower assimilation of new species into the Zerg swarm based on their useful traits]] -- although they were [[BrainwashedAndCrazy forced into this]] through Xel'Naga modifications, after previously being a race of docile, harmless worms. Though they infest and consume the resources of planets, their goal under the [[TheChessmaster Overmind]] was actually [[spoiler: the achievement of physical purity by genetically assimilating the Protoss. The sequel gives more background information on the Overmind, which infested Sarah Kerrigan to eventually relinquish control of the Zerg swarm to her. This would thereby prevent an EldritchAbomination from using them as an army for universal genocide]].
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'': Smoke's ending in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' has him fusing with his fellow {{Cyber Ninja}}s Sektor and Cyrax and doing the Nanomachine version of this.
* %%* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The Flood from the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series are is somewhere between Alien Locusts and TheVirus.
* ''VideoGame/SevenKingdoms'': The Frythans in ''VideoGame/SevenKingdoms'' even gain one of their primary resources, HitPoints, mostly by killing enemies, and it's required to breed more.
* %%* ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin'': The Vortex and Foe of ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin,'' Foe, though with the Vortex it's more explicit.
* %%* ''VideoGame/ConquestFrontierWars'': One of the Mantis' dreams of Mantis from ''VideoGame/ConquestFrontierWars'' is to 'Mush terrans "mush Terrans into a milky white paste and dance over the earth drunk on their liquefied corpses.'
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The Strogg from the ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' series.Strogg. On a couple of occasions, you get to see the [[{{Squick}} inside of their factories.]]



* Locusts and Silicoids from ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' each embody this in a different way. Silicoids, also known as 'Swarms' are scilicon-based space-bugs who live in asteroid-belt and are mainly pests - a Swarmer Hive will send out a Silicoid Queen every 10 turns, aimed at a nearby planet with an asteroid-field, and establish a new Hive there if it isn't killed on the way. That Hive will send out a new Queen 10 turns later, and so on. Attacking either a Hive or a Queen gets you a fight with a swarm of angry Drones, so you better hope you remembered to bring point-defense systems. The Locusts, meanwhile, are not actual bugs but robots, and as such consume inorganic material, but they otherwise follow the trope to a tee (they're not PlanetLooters because they're utterly mindless and attack in bug-like swarms). The Locust Hiveworld will move slowly and deliberately across the map, draining the resources out of every planet it comes across (rendering them functionally useless), and - once it has gathered enough resources in this way - it will spawn a second Hiveworld. Left to its own devices, the Hiveworlds will turn every last bit of resources in the galaxy into more of themselves. Most players would rather face the [[ThatsNoMoon Deathstar-like]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast System Killer]] than the Locusts...

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* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'': Locusts and Silicoids from ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' each embody this in a different way. Silicoids, also known as 'Swarms' "Swarms", are scilicon-based silicon-based space-bugs who live in asteroid-belt asteroid belts and are mainly pests - -- a Swarmer Hive will send out a Silicoid Queen every 10 ten turns, aimed at a nearby planet with an asteroid-field, and establish a new Hive there if it isn't killed on the way. That Hive will send out a new Queen 10 ten turns later, and so on. Attacking either a Hive or a Queen gets you a fight with a swarm of angry Drones, so you better hope you remembered to bring point-defense systems. The Locusts, meanwhile, are not actual bugs but robots, and as such consume inorganic material, but they otherwise follow the trope to a tee (they're not PlanetLooters because they're utterly mindless and attack in bug-like swarms). The Locust Hiveworld will move slowly and deliberately across the map, draining the resources out of every planet it comes across (rendering them functionally useless), and - -- once it has gathered enough resources in this way - -- it will spawn a second Hiveworld. Left to its own devices, the Hiveworlds will turn every last bit of resources in the galaxy into more of themselves. Most players would rather face the [[ThatsNoMoon Deathstar-like]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast System Killer]] than the Locusts...


* The Cy-Bugs in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', which are capable of assimilating objects they eat, for example, turning into a gun when consuming a gun. And they are not only programmed to fill this role in their home game, but they do it if given the opportunity to jump games as well.

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* The Cy-Bugs in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', ''WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph'', which are capable of assimilating objects they eat, for example, turning into a gun when consuming a gun. And they are not only programmed to fill this role in their home game, but they do it if given the opportunity to jump games as well.

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* The Evronians of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' are a mix of this and TheEmpire. They're a nomadic empire who travells from planet to planet, taking all the resources they can and draining the inhabitants of emotions until they become [[EmptyShell enslaved husks]], then moving on to the next one. They have a fair bit more understanding of tactics than your typical horde, however, as they have been known to pull of WeComeInPeaceShootToKill on civilizations that are too strong to conquer outright. [[spoiler:They are also not the only evronian empire out there, as an empire typically splits in two when population becomes a problem. There is an unknown number still out there]].


* The Vord of ''Literature/CodexAlera'' are a CaptainErsatz of the [[VideoGame/StarCraft Zerg]] in a lot of ways, including this trope. Their HiveMind is, unlike some other examples, based on a queens who personally direct their brood, with the Vord becoming more or less animals (some even surprisingly docile) when not being directly controlled or if their queen is killed. The heroes are able to take advantage of the fact that the queen has a limited focus and is unable to direct the other vord at once. The queens attitudes towards anything but other Vord (and sometimes other Vord) can easily be summed up as "assimilate and eat".

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* The Vord of ''Literature/CodexAlera'' are a CaptainErsatz of the [[VideoGame/StarCraft Zerg]] in a lot of ways, including this trope. Their HiveMind is, unlike some other examples, based on a queens who personally direct their brood, with the Vord becoming more or less animals (some even surprisingly docile) when not being directly controlled or if their queen is killed. The heroes are able to take advantage of the fact that the queen has a limited focus and is unable to direct the other vord at once. The queens attitudes towards anything but other Vord (and sometimes other Vord) can easily be summed up as "assimilate and eat". It should also be noted that while [[KeystoneArmy killing a Queen effectively decapitates their Vord swarm]], this is [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking easier said than done]], as [[LightningBruiser each Queen is terrifyingly fast and tough and able to tear through fully-armored humans like tissue paper]], and this is before they learn how to [[ElementalPowers furycraft]].


Most Locust Hordes use, or ''are'', OrganicTechnology. However, {{Nanomachines}} can also become a Horde -- the (in)famous "GreyGoo" scenario.

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Most Locust Hordes use, or ''are'', OrganicTechnology. However, {{Nanomachines}} can also become a Horde -- the (in)famous "GreyGoo" scenario.



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* The Dogora in the Japanese ''kaiju'' film ''Film/{{Dogora}}''.

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* The Grik of taylor Anderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series are a modified version of this. First, they're reptilian, not insectoid. Second they're divided into two castes, the worker/soldier Uul who fit the locust swarm trope to a T and the aristocratic Hij who are the rulers and fairly intelligent and individualistic. As a whole they are no good at innovation, but are ''very'' good at reverse-engineering and copying.

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* The Grik of taylor Taylor Anderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series are a modified version of this. First, they're reptilian, not insectoid. Second they're divided into two castes, the worker/soldier Uul who fit the locust swarm trope to a T and the aristocratic Hij who are the rulers and fairly intelligent and individualistic. As a whole they are no good at innovation, but are ''very'' good at reverse-engineering and copying.



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