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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".

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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 -- ó 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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* The Vord of ''Literature/CodexAlera'' are a CaptainErsatz of the [[VideoGame/StarCraft Zerg]] in a lot of ways, including following this trope. Their HiveMind is actually highly intelligent, but its attitude towards other lifeforms can easily be summed up as "assimilate or eat".

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* The Vord of ''Literature/CodexAlera'' are a CaptainErsatz of the [[VideoGame/StarCraft Zerg]] in a lot of ways, including following 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 actually highly intelligent, but its attitude 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 lifeforms Vord (and sometimes other Vord) can easily be summed up as "assimilate or and eat".


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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': "We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. ResistanceIsFutile."


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* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] describes the Old Ones as being this in the Creator/BigFinish audio drama ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho059TheRoofOfTheWorld The Roof of the World]]''.

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* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'': [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] describes the Old Ones as being this in the Creator/BigFinish audio drama ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho059TheRoofOfTheWorld The Roof of the World]]''.



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* Moties in ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' are {{Explosive Breeder}}s and technologically advanced enough to strip their entire solar system of resources thousands of years before the Empire of Man made FirstContact. After finding out that they have to breed or they die and are very warlike, the Empire decided the only option was to interdict their home system.

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* Moties in ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' are {{Explosive Breeder}}s and technologically advanced enough to strip their entire solar system of resources thousands of years before %%* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey
%%** Thread from ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern''.
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the Empire of Man made FirstContact. After finding out that they have to breed or they die and are very warlike, the Empire decided the only option was to interdict their home system.[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Talents]] series.
%%** The Khleevi from her Literature/AcornaSeries.



* The Swarm Mother from the ''Literature/WildCards'' shared-world anthologies
* The Chtorran ecosystem from David Gerrold's ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''
* The Black Mass from the ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' book series
* The Arachnid Omnivoracity from ''TabletopGame/{{Starfire}}''. Tabletop game and series of books co-written by Creator/DavidWeber.
* The Klikiss from ''Literature/TheSagaOfSevenSuns''.
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey
** The Hivers from the [[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Talents]] series.
** The Khleevi from her Literature/AcornaSeries.
** Thread from Literature/DragonridersOfPern.
* Greenfly, in Creator/AlastairReynolds's ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' 'verse, fall under the green goo variety. They enter a solar system, and quickly begin to break up ''all'' the mass outside of the star to turn into vegetation-filled habitats. A star overtaken by Greenfly will appear ''green'' due to the tens of billions of habitats orbiting it.
* The Primes from Creator/PeterFHamilton's ''Literature/CommonwealthSaga''.

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The Swarm Mother from the ''Literature/WildCards'' shared-world anthologies
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Nesk in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' in ''In The Chtorran ecosystem from David Gerrold's ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''
* The Black Mass from the ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' book series
* The Arachnid Omnivoracity from ''TabletopGame/{{Starfire}}''. Tabletop game and series
Time of books co-written by Creator/DavidWeber.
* The Klikiss from ''Literature/TheSagaOfSevenSuns''.
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey
** The Hivers from the [[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Talents]] series.
** The Khleevi from her Literature/AcornaSeries.
** Thread from Literature/DragonridersOfPern.
* Greenfly, in Creator/AlastairReynolds's ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' 'verse, fall under the green goo variety. They enter a solar system, and quickly begin to break up ''all'' the mass outside of the star to turn into vegetation-filled habitats. A star overtaken by Greenfly will appear ''green'' due to the tens of billions of habitats orbiting it.
* The Primes from Creator/PeterFHamilton's ''Literature/CommonwealthSaga''.
Dinosaurs''.



* The Slaver Sunflowers, from Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'', are a vegetable version. They exist to turn all other life into fertilizer for themselves.
* The Unclean from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series "Invasion!". They need three things: warp cores, for energy; new DNA, to re-engineer themselves into useful forms; and BRAAAINS, for intelligence. ([[FridgeLogic Why can't they just grow their own?]])

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* The Slaver Sunflowers, Swarm of Night of ''Literature/TheChathrandVoyages'' is what happens when this trope meets EldritchAbomination. An innumerable horde of tiny black insect-like spirits, its purpose is to patrol the borders of the underworld to prevent the dead from Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'', are a vegetable version. They exist to turn all other life troubling the living. When released into fertilizer for themselves.
* The Unclean
the living world, however, it's drawn to massive killings (like mass battles) in progress, finishes them (by killing everyone there who's still alive) and drawing energy from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series "Invasion!". They need three things: warp cores, for energy; new DNA, that to re-engineer themselves into useful forms; and BRAAAINS, for intelligence. ([[FridgeLogic Why can't they increase its size. Once it reaches critical mass, it can eat a ''whole planet''. [[spoiler: The BigBad released it to do just grow that, since the destruction of a world was the test his GodOfEvil patrons demand of any mortal to be judged worthy of elevation to their own?]])number]].



%%* The Primes from Creator/PeterFHamilton's ''Literature/CommonwealthSaga''.
* The Ifrits of the ''Corean Chronicles'' are a slow-acting version of this, leaning toward PlanetLooters. They create bridges between their current world and a new one, which is terraformed and then populated with all forms of life. They produce beautiful civilizations and art. The catch? The entire time, they're ''feeding on the LifeEnergy of the world''. Within a few centuries or millennium, they can suck an entire world dry of its energy before moving on to the next one.
** They actually believe this is a service to the universe at large. By doing this, they allow the world to shine like a jewel for a brief time, rather than lingering dull and unimpressive for an eternity.
*** They might have started as Planet Looters, but they're slowly leaning more into the Locusts category now. Remember, it's clearly stated that after every world they colonize they devour more life energy more quickly. On the other hand this means they would have burned themselves out in another few hundred millennia if they hadn't been stopped in the books.
* ''Literature/TheCulture'': [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Literature/{{Excession}}'' in the context of out-of-control self-replicating autonomous spacecraft, referred to as "Aggressive Hegemonising Swarm Objects". A common enough occurrence in the Culture for the galactic community to have set up various task-forces and organisations to prevent them becoming too big. However, it's more common for the Aggressive Hegemonising Swarm to be composed of self replicating machines, rather than living beings.
** It also says something about the nature of Culture society when Hegemonising Swarms / Space Locusts are a common "villain" in Culture children's stories.



* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Literature/{{Excession}}'' in the context of out-of-control self-replicating autonomous spacecraft, referred to as "Aggressive Hegemonising Swarm Objects". A common enough occurrence in the Literature/TheCulture for the galactic community to have set up various task-forces and organisations to prevent them becoming too big. However, it's more common for the Aggressive Hegemonising Swarm to be composed of self replicating machines, rather than living beings.
** It also says something about the nature of Culture society when Hegemonising Swarms / Space Locusts are a common "villain" in Culture children's stories.
* The ''Literature/TourOfTheMerrimack'' series has the ravenous, all-consuming Hive, who are among other things the only known species that can [[MirrorChemistry digest protein of either handedness]].



* The Ifrits of the ''Corean Chronicles'' are a slow-acting version of this, leaning toward PlanetLooters. They create bridges between their current world and a new one, which is terraformed and then populated with all forms of life. They produce beautiful civilizations and art. The catch? The entire time, they're ''feeding on the LifeEnergy of the world''. Within a few centuries or millennium, they can suck an entire world dry of its energy before moving on to the next one.
** They actually believe this is a service to the universe at large. By doing this, they allow the world to shine like a jewel for a brief time, rather than lingering dull and unimpressive for an eternity.
*** They might have started as Planet Looters, but they're slowly leaning more into the Locusts category now. Remember, it's clearly stated that after every world they colonize they devour more life energy more quickly. On the other hand this means they would have burned themselves out in another few hundred millennia if they hadn't been stopped in the books.
* The Nesk in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' in ''In The Time of Dinosaurs''.
* The Swarm of Night of ''Literature/TheChathrandVoyages'' is what happens when this trope meets EldritchAbomination. An innumerable horde of tiny black insect-like spirits, its purpose is to patrol the borders of the underworld to prevent the dead from troubling the living. When released into the living world, however, it's drawn to massive killings (like mass battles) in progress, finishes them (by killing everyone there who's still alive) and drawing energy from that to increase its size. Once it reaches critical mass, it can eat a ''whole planet''. [[spoiler: The BigBad released it to do just that, since the destruction of a world was the test his GodOfEvil patrons demand of any mortal to be judged worthy of elevation to their number]].

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* The Ifrits of the ''Corean Chronicles'' Slaver Sunflowers, from Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'', are a slow-acting version of this, leaning toward PlanetLooters. vegetable version. They create bridges between their current world and a new one, which is terraformed and then populated with exist to turn all forms of life. They produce beautiful civilizations and art. The catch? The entire time, they're ''feeding on the LifeEnergy of the world''. Within a few centuries or millennium, they can suck an entire world dry of its energy before moving on to the next one.
** They actually believe this is a service to the universe at large. By doing this, they allow the world to shine like a jewel for a brief time, rather than lingering dull and unimpressive for an eternity.
*** They might have started as Planet Looters, but they're slowly leaning more into the Locusts category now. Remember, it's clearly stated that after every world they colonize they devour more life energy more quickly. On the
other hand this means they would have burned themselves out in another few hundred millennia if they hadn't been stopped in the books.
* The Nesk in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' in ''In The Time of Dinosaurs''.
* The Swarm of Night of ''Literature/TheChathrandVoyages'' is what happens when this trope meets EldritchAbomination. An innumerable horde of tiny black insect-like spirits, its purpose is to patrol the borders of the underworld to prevent the dead from troubling the living. When released
life into the living world, however, it's drawn to massive killings (like mass battles) in progress, finishes them (by killing everyone there who's still alive) and drawing energy from that to increase its size. Once it reaches critical mass, it can eat a ''whole planet''. [[spoiler: The BigBad released it to do just that, since the destruction of a world was the test his GodOfEvil patrons demand of any mortal to be judged worthy of elevation to their number]].fertilizer for themselves.



* In ''Out of the Dust,'' a swarm of grasshoppers devour the crops on the protagonist's farm, including the apples on her mother's trees.

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* In ''Out Moties in ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' are {{Explosive Breeder}}s and technologically advanced enough to strip their entire solar system of resources thousands of years before the Dust,'' a swarm Empire of grasshoppers devour Man made FirstContact. After finding out that they have to breed or they die and are very warlike, the crops on Empire decided the protagonist's farm, including the apples on her mother's trees. only option was to interdict their home system.



* Greenfly, in Creator/AlastairReynolds's ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' 'verse, fall under the green goo variety. They enter a solar system, and quickly begin to break up ''all'' the mass outside of the star to turn into vegetation-filled habitats. A star overtaken by Greenfly will appear ''green'' due to the tens of billions of habitats orbiting it.
%%* The Klikiss from ''Literature/TheSagaOfSevenSuns''.
%%* The Arachnid Omnivoracity from ''TabletopGame/{{Starfire}}''. Tabletop game and series of books co-written by Creator/DavidWeber.
* The Unclean from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series "Invasion!". They need three things: warp cores, for energy; new DNA, to re-engineer themselves into useful forms; and BRAAAINS, for intelligence. ([[FridgeLogic Why can't they just grow their own?]])
%%* The Black Mass from the ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' book series



* The ''Literature/TourOfTheMerrimack'' series has the ravenous, all-consuming Hive, who are among other things the only known species that can [[MirrorChemistry digest protein of either handedness]].
%%* The Chtorran ecosystem from David Gerrold's ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''
%%* The Swarm Mother from the ''Literature/WildCards'' shared-world anthologies



* ''WesternAnimation/FinalSpace'': Episode 10 introduces The Lord Commanderís hive ships; thousands of small robots that act like a swarm of bees.



* ''WesternAnimation/FinalSpace'': Episode 10 introduces The Lord Commanderís hive ships; thousands of small robots that act like a swarm of bees.


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* The Frythans in ''VideoGame/SevenKingdoms'' even gain one of their primary resources, LifePoints, mostly by killing enemies, and it's required to breed more.

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* The Frythans in ''VideoGame/SevenKingdoms'' even gain one of their primary resources, LifePoints, HitPoints, mostly by killing enemies, and it's required to breed more.


* 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:
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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]].



* Moties in ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' are {{Explosive Breeder}}s and technologically advanced enough to strip their entire solar system of resources thousands of years before the Empire of Man made FirstContact. After finding out that they have to breed or they die and are very warlike the Empire decided the only option was to interdict their home system.

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* Moties in ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' are {{Explosive Breeder}}s and technologically advanced enough to strip their entire solar system of resources thousands of years before the Empire of Man made FirstContact. After finding out that they have to breed or they die and are very warlike warlike, the Empire decided the only option was to interdict their home system.


* The Tyranid Hive Fleets of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 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.
** And it's implied that the Tyranids are running from something -- but what could scare a Horde of Alien Locusts? If it is something that can scare the Tyranids, a race literally built around the concept of {{Determinator}} and [[ImplacableMan The Implacable Man]], with some of the bigger beasts reaching all the way up to [[TheJuggernaut Juggernaut]] status, God only knows what kind of potentially [[EldritchAbomination unholy creatures]] they are, and if/when they will arrive.
** ''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.

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* The Tyranid Hive Fleets of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 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.
** And it's
Alien. It's increasingly implied that the Tyranids are running from something -- but what could scare a Horde of Alien Locusts? If it is something that can scare the Tyranids, a race literally built around the concept of {{Determinator}} and [[ImplacableMan The Implacable Man]], with some of the bigger beasts reaching all the way up to [[TheJuggernaut Juggernaut]] status, God only knows what kind of potentially [[EldritchAbomination unholy creatures]] they are, and if/when they will arrive.
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something]].
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''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.



*** For those interested, the cycles unfolds as such: The space marauders (1000' crocodilian heads with sails and tentacles) would launch primary marauders (200' ravenous slugs) at enemy worlds. The primaries would proceed to devour ''everything'' in their path and periodically eject 2-20 secondary marauders (20' tall vaguely humanoid monsters with metal teeth and claws) which were [[BerserkButton obsessed with killing anything elven]]. The secondaries, once full of hot fey meat, would then (you guessed it) birth 1-4 tertiary marauders (5' tall humanoid berserkers with swords for hands) just as hungry as their progenitors. Once the primaries got their fill of sylvan carnage they'd burrow deep into the ground and split into two new primaries to start the grisly cycle all over again.


A certain twist has become popular in recent years where it is implied that the Horde is itself [[HorrifyingTheHorror desperately fleeing from something even worse]].

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A certain twist has become popular in recent years where it is implied that the Horde is itself [[HorrifyingTheHorror [[InvadingRefugees desperately fleeing from something even worse]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/FinalSpace'': Episode 10 introduces The Lord Commanderís hive ships; thousands of small robots that act like a swarm of bees.


* One of the end-of-the-world plagues to be delivered by a loving and forgiving God, as foretold in the ''Literature/BookOfRevelation'', is a plague of unearthly locust-like creatures which will come from nowhere and deliver potent stings, so painful and disfiguring that those who are stung will wish they were dead. This is a CallBack to the earlier plague of locusts visited upon Egypt by God, in the book of Exodus.

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* One of the end-of-the-world plagues to be delivered by a loving God and forgiving God, his court upon the Earth, as foretold in the ''Literature/BookOfRevelation'', is a plague of unearthly locust-like creatures described as 'Locusts' which will come from nowhere and assault the world, with the capability to deliver potent stings, stings that are so painful and disfiguring that those who are stung will wish they were dead.for death. This is a CallBack to the earlier plague of locusts visited upon Egypt by God, in the book of Exodus.


* The [=BETAs=] from ''Franchise/MuvLuv''.

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* The [=BETAs=] from ''Franchise/MuvLuv''.''VisualNovel/MuvLuv''.


** [[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, [[ShatteredPlanet a planet that looks like a burnt and smashed egg shell]].

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** [[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, [[ShatteredPlanet [[ShatteredWorld a planet that looks like a burnt and smashed egg shell]].

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