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Edward Malus, The Wicker Man (2006)

Bees. My God.

Basically, the worst fate in the universe is to face a Zerg Rush of stinging insects such as bees, wasps and hornets. Nothing so small should cause so much fear amongst creatures so much larger... and yet they do. The distinctive coloration. The horrible buzzing noise. The agony of stinging. The way they move in swarms. The kamikaze mentality. And their determination to chase you. Of course, if you're allergic or if there are a lot of the little bastards, they can put you in the hospital or even kill you.

Those using the trope often depict the insects as males, and often use honeybees even though that kind dies after using its sting. The swarm will also share one mind and will often form shapes in the air like an arrow pointing to its target, or a weapon.

To escape the swarm, the character will almost always jump into a body of water. Since bees can't swim, they are usually forced to give up — which isn't advised in real life unless you have gills or the body of water is open and large enough for you to swim away underwater, since they'll wait. (Your best bet is to cover your exposed skin in mud.)


Subtropes include Bee Bee Gun. If a monster or person is made of bees, then they're The Worm That Walks. Often seen in the Hornet Hole, or living in a Stock Beehive. Sometimes overlaps with Bears Are Bad News because fictional bears like their honey, and may set these bees off when trying to eat theirs. Also may overlap with Wicked Wasps, the bees' even meaner cousins. See also The Swarm, which refers to anything tiny and dangerous that moves and attacks in large numbers, and Ant Assault, another troublesome members of Hymenoptera order. Contrast Virtuous Bees.



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  • A few years back, there was a commercial for the Toronto Blue Jays that started with a bunch of kids throwing rocks at a big glass living-room window. Roy Halladay, strolling along the street, notices the kids, picks up a rock and throws it in the same direction. The rock, however, knocks a nest of bees out of a tree above the kids, forcing them to flee as Halladay turns and strolls away with a tiny fist-pump of triumph.
  • One old McDonald's commercial, features Ronald trying to conduct an orchestra only for the set to frequently get interrupted by a bee. Although in this case, the bee was more of an annoyance than a threat. Ronald finally realized by the end of the commercial that the bee was only interested in the flower that was pinned to his lapel.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Chapter 90 of +Tic Elder Sister, Nee-san is stung on the forehead by a hornet, complete with comedic giant lump. Her classmate later retaliates, with pleasure, by using his mastery of martial arts to kill every hornet with his bare fists. He even goes so far as to roundhouse kick the hive after slaughtering its occupants.
  • The feudal romantic-comedy Abarenbou Shounangon has spunky protagonist Sei throwing rocks at a beehive so she can collect the honey within. Her companion warns her to stop, but a comical mishap ends with Sei being stung.
  • In Amanin Shoujo Azuki it's mentioned that ninja-in-training Azuki is known for accidentally disturbing beehives when climbing trees.
  • Season 2, Episode 5 of Arakawa Under the Bridge has Jacqueline, a woman dressed as a bee, accidentally hitting a beehive while trying to grab a bird. Because of her outfit, nobody besides Hoshi and Rick realize she's being attacked, thinking that bees won't sting another bee.
  • In Are You Lost?, the four girls, stranded on a remote island, must gather honey from a beehive, which involves getting past the bees. Homare makes it clear that bee stings can be dangerous, and comes up with a plan to use a torch to smoke them out, then retrieve the honey. It works, but Homare gets stung a few times.
  • Episode 50 of the Beet the Vandel Buster anime has the main cast foraging for food, but extracting honey from a giant beehive is tough even with magic.
  • City Hunter: They feature in the supporting character's Kazue Natori introductory arc. Her late fiancé was duped into creating bees with such a toxic venom it could kill ten men with one sting, and then he was murdered. In order to avenge him, she is trying to create a cure (too bad her first test cure caused impotence and Ryo got stung by a bee).
  • In the second season of Da Capo, Aisia tries to force Jun'ichi to use magic by disturbing a beehive. The plan fails when he simply grabs her and runs instead.
  • One of the Detective Conan mysteries involves a woman being chased off of a balcony by hornets. The murderer knew that she was nearly stung to death as a child and used her phobia against her.
  • Happens in Dragon Ball, when Roshi tries to toss a beehive on Goku and Krillin as part of their training. He actually goes one step further by tying them to a tree.
  • The erotic swimming manga Frogman has main character Michiru being stung by a bee while searching for firewood in chapter 10. The female lead, Haruka, is there to suck the poison out.
  • Chapter 172 of gag manga Ganso Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku deals with a variety of different species of bees and wasps. Most notably, an entire hive of Asian hornets that gets stuck on Akane's clarinet, leading to her friends very carefully trying to help her out. Spoiler: It doesn't end well for her.
  • In Chapter 269 of Gintama, the Yorozuya trio is hired to exterminate a gigantic beehive... which ends up being filled with alien half-man, half-bee gangsters. They manage to spare themselves a stinging by agreeing to find a replacement queen after their original died in an accident caused from Kagura kicking the hive, only to provoke the wrath of two other similar hives when Gintoki accidentally knocks them down. It ultimately ends up being subverted when it turns out that three bee colonies are sworn enemies and decide to fight with each other instead of going after the ones who wrecked their hives.
  • Episode 26 of Happy Lucky Bikkuriman has Jello being stung by angry bees while out in the woods. She seems surprisingly chipper in the scenes that follow, despite her grossly lumpy face.
  • Tsugumi from the 4-Koma manga Himajin gets stung by bees while collecting honey in the forest.
  • One of the villains in Hohzuki Island accidentally attacks a wasp's nest thinking that he was disarming a different kind of trap.
  • From Inuyasha, there's the Saimyoushou, the poisonous insects Naraku uses for spying on the heroes and weakening Miroku whenever he uses the Wind Tunnel.
  • Episode 2 of the second season of Is This a Zombie? has Haruna throwing Ayumu into a swarm of bees that was pursuing her. Surprisingly, he is unharmed when the swarm dissipates.
  • In episode 9 of Time Bokan series Itadakiman , the trio of villains are chased by bees after hitting a beehive with a rock.
  • In the episode 12 of anime adaptation of Korean drama Jang Geum's Dream, an old woman sends a group of her pupils to retrieve wild honey from an old mountain hermit. The hermit explains that the honey must be extracted straight from a giant beehive, a process that gets one guy and one girl from the group stung.
  • In one scene in Kill Me Baby, a bee enters the classroom, and the girls need Agiri's help getting it back outside. In another scene, Yasuna and Sonya are out bug-hunting, and a bee proceeds to chase Yasuna back and forth until a bird from Agiri comes in and eats it.
  • One childhood flashback in Little Busters! involves Masato allowing a nest of hornets to sting him all over while the other Little Busters spray them all down.
  • The second DVD short for Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid features a scene where all the dragons are dressed up like bears. Kanna brings along a beehive as part of her outfit, resulting in Kobayashi getting chased by an angry swarm.
  • Happens to the Setouchi brothers (well, anatomically they're sisters ) in chapter 204 of Muromi-san.
  • The My Hero Academia spin-off manga Illegals has Hachisuka, a part-time villain who works for the creator of a Psycho Serum and at one point injects it into numerous random bystanders by commanding a swarm of special bees that live in her eye socket.
  • Season 2, episode 10 of Korean anime Nalong has catgirl antagonist Atchan being attacked and stung by a swarm of bees seemingly out of nowhere.
  • Liz gets attacked by bees in episodes 10, 13 and 37 of Nana Moon.
  • Naruto:
    • The filler villains in the "Search for the Bikochu Beetle" arc weaponize bees, as they are a clan of bug users.
    • A semi-filler fight in Shippuden has Sakura accidentally dislodging an enormous hornet's nest from a mountain while attacking Kabuto. Oddly, the hornets ignore her and go straight for Kabuto who, despite being startled, cuts them down before they can hurt him.
  • In Ninja Scroll, one member of the Quirky Mini Boss Squad is a living nest for Japanese Giant Hornets. He is able to control them, use them to scout out the position of the heroes, and then makes the colony swarm them. If bees are bad news, what does that make hornets, who prey on and massacre bees?
  • In No. 6, the dark secret of the eponymous city is that parasitic bees/wasps are propagating and killing people.
  • In chapter 211 of Nobunaga No Shinobi, kunoichi Mochizuki Chiyome is stung while training.
  • In the first episode of Onegai My Melody Kirara, Kuromi tells a story about an unfortunate picnic mishap that eventually led to her disturbing a beehive and getting stung.
  • In One Piece, the South Bird that Luffy and Chopper are chasing drops a beehive and a wasp's nest on them, one after the other.
  • Brief makes his debut appearance in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt completely covered with bees.
  • In The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, one of Sakura Hall's assignments involves dealing with its chronic beehive problem. In the first opening alone, we see a cautious Sorata attempting to deal with a hornet's nest on the balcony, with Mashiro and Misaki (safely behind a glass door) cheering him on; later, he's running away from an angry swarm, followed shortly by Jin and Chihiro-sensei.
  • Pokémon: Beedrill attacks have happened more than once in various media. And since Beedrill are three-foot tall bugs with stingers (yes, plural) like kitchen knives, people have it worse than most examples on this list.
    • This is a recurring event in the anime for Ash and co. If they're within a hundred kilometers of a hive, they can expect to be running from a swarm of Beedrill by the episode's end.
    • Team Rocket isn't spared either. In "Challenge of the Samurai" they get attacked by a swarm of Beedrill while they're hiding in a tree dressed as Kakuna, after their protective cardboard "tank" is eaten by Weedle.
    • This ends up happening to Red during a bicycle race in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
  • Episode 80 of Pokonyan is entirely devoted to this trope. When Poko finds a beehive in his backyard, he carries it around the town trying to find a suitable spot to hang it. After bringing it to the flower shop, beauty salon and even a wedding, swollen faces abound.
  • In the 1975 anime Prehistoric Boy Kum Kum, the title character knocks down a hornet's nest in the second episode, and the angered insects comically attack the whole village.
  • In Ranma ½, Ranma's father tosses a wasp hive at his son as Training from Hell... with fairly mixed results.
  • The Reborn! (2004) anime has Reborn casually tossing honey on protégé Tsuna before unleashing a swarm of bees on him. "The mafia always live with danger," Reborn warns Tsuna as the latter runs for his life.
  • The second episode of Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth has Lee giving Sakura a bouquet of flowers... filled with bees. As he panics and tries to swat them away from her, he accidentally beats her up and gets himself stung.
  • An episode of Sherlock Hound has Sherlock substituting a draped cage with valuable a parrot in it with a draped cage with a hornet's nest in it, this isn't found out until the villains are high up in the air on their little airplane and can't exactly run.
  • Chapter 8 of Shimauma features a particularly gruesome example. Kiinu is riding on the bus when she overhears a beautiful, arrogant woman verbally harassing a timid overweight girl nearby. Kiinu follows the bully out of the bus, waits until she enters a bathroom stall, then dumps a hornet's nest inside. She even stays long enough to take a picture of the nearly-dead woman's grossly swollen body, reveling in the irony that now she's the ugly one.
  • In chapter 141 of Squid Girl, Ika hits a sunflower that happens to be housing an angry bee... which is followed by a shot of Eiko putting a band-aid on Ika's nose. It's painful ~de geso!
  • In Steel Ball Run, an enemy Stand User releases a swarm of bees on Johnny and Gyro. What's worse, each bee is rigged with a bomb! (This is par for the course with a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure story.)
  • In the Suzy's Zoo: Daisuki! Witzy episode Patches, Bee-Ware!, a honey bee appears and harass the main characters due to their flower crowns.
  • In the first episode of Tantei Opera Milky Holmes TD, Sherlock, Elly, Nero and Cordelia all attempt to enlarge their breasts by getting bees to sting them. The plan works, but they end up stung on their faces as well.
  • One chapter of Teekyuu volume 6 involves the main cast playing a board game that inexplicably releases a swarm of hornets on them. Yuri skillfully swats every angry insect that comes her way, only to turn and find Kanae and Marimo horribly stung.
  • In Terra Formars, Shokichi Komachi's Bugs Procedure is the Asian Giant Hornet, and proves an effective fighter against the Terraformars. He is the only one of two survivors of Bugs II, and one of the Captains in the Annex I mission.
  • The Butterfly Queen is chased by bees while wearing a honeycomb-themed dress at a ball in Episode 28 of Tomatoman.
  • In the second chapter of the Utawarerumono manga, Aruru tries to get honey from a beehive while the group is hiking in the mountains. She winds up falling from the tree, taking the hive with her, and everyone gets stung.
  • In Vector Case File, a girl and her brother try to take on a nest of Japanese giant hornets with a can of aerosol and a young beekeeper tries to keep her restless bees in their hive... by hugging it. Neither situation turns out well. The worst is in chapter 38, where two kids were mysteriously stung by killer bees. Later in the chapter, the highschool girl responsible is nearly stung to death when her plan backfires.
  • In an episode of the Viewtiful Joe cartoon, an annoying forest sprite tries to force Gaia's Vengeance on Joe and Junior by dropping a beehive on them. They actually manage to escape unharmed.
  • In episode 7 of the Yatterman anime, Doronjo gets a beehive dropped on her as part of Dokurobe's random, sadistic punishment game. Similarly, episode 33 has Doronjo succeed in escaping from Yatterman with the Dokuro stone she was looking for... which she discovers is actually a wasp's nest after bringing it onto her ship.
  • Episode 12 of Yume no Crayon Oukoku has protagonist Silver playing dead to elude a bear. She's almost successful, but her monkey companion accidentally knocks a beehive next to her, leading to both the bees and the bear attacking her.
  • In Zatch Bell!, Zatch helps Kiyo and his classmate during a bug hunt... by dropping a beehive on them. Running quickly ensues.

    Asian Animation 
  • In the Motu Patlu episode "John the Bee Man", the show's villain, John the Don, obtains a special light that causes bees to start chasing after anyone the light is flashed on.
  • In episode 2 of Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, Wolffy is covered in honey upon entering Goat Village. Weslie then unleashes a horde of bees on him; Wolffy, predictably, is not amused in the slightest.

    Card Games 
  • Cards Against Humanity has the famous card "Bees?"
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • Numerous bee and bee-related cards have been released over the years, most conforming to this trope to various degrees.
      • Bee Sting, a direct damage-dealing card, show a terrified goblin being swarmed by angry bees.
      • The creature card Killer Bees shows bees that went beyond just stinging people and figured out how to forge metallic weapons.
        The communal mind produces a savage strategy, yet no one could predict that this vicious crossbreed would unravel the secret of steel.
      • The Unyaro Jungle of Jamuraa was home, before being erased from existence alongside a good chunk of northwestern Jamuraa during one of the setting's many near-apocalypses, to notoriously vicious and dangerous bees referenced in the cards Unyaro Bee Sting and Unyaro Bees.
        With no jungle left to contain it, the "plague of daggers" spread across Dominaria. — flavor text for Unyaro Bees.
    • Wasps and hornets have their fair share of cards as well. Like the bees, their cards usually depict them moving in swarms or emphasize their aggressive nature and stings.
      • The artifact card The Hive depicts an enormous wasp nest that allows players to generate a small wasp creature each turn.
      • The basic damage-dealing card Hornet Sting.
        It was only then — to his infinite sorrow — that Gork realized hornets don't make honey.
      • Actual wasp creatures include Caustic Wasps, Giant Dustwasp, Jagwasp Swarm, Hornet Queen (which instantly destroys any creature it deals damage to, presumably through its poisonous sting, and creates a small swarm of weak wasp creatures when it enters the battlefield) and Hornet Nest (which creates an amount of new insects equal to the damage dealt to it, representing each attack sending out a swarm of angry hornets).
      • While the wastelands of the Alaran shard of Grixis were mostly home to hordes of demons and undead, they also had some notable living fauna in the form of banewasps. While these insects normal prefer to feed on corpses, they can be quite vicious and have no compunctions against swarming and devouring living creatures. They live in enormous, reeflike hives that are so numerous and large that the area most infested with them was known outright as the Droning Isles.


    Comic Books 
  • In Action Comics #291, prankster villain Mr. Mxyzptlk makes a swarm of bees huge, hoping they'll frighten people. Supergirl deals with them by creating a giant vat of nectar to distract them.
  • In Amazons Attack!, a subplot involves the Amazons having their STYGIAN KILLER HORNETS attack another hero giving him only HOURS to live (a subplot so pointless, it didn't even make it into the book) prompting this hilarious quote:
    Batman: An Amazon attack... a deadly bee weapon. Bees. My God.
  • This is how Dubbelosix and his handler Surreptitius are put to death in Asterix and the Black Gold.
  • Veteran Justice League of America villain Queen Bee covers this trope.
  • In the Marvel Universe, there's Swarm, a Nazi made of bees. (Or possibly a swarm of bees in the shape of a Nazi, Depending on the Writer.)
  • There's an old Golden Age superhero called the Red Bee, who used not bees, but a single trained bee, to fight crime. He is generally regarded as a joke character these days. His successor, his grandniece Jenna, sort of made up for it by using battle armor and two big robotic bees that fire lasers.
  • In My Little Pony Micro Series Issue #3 one of the activities Rarity does in the hippie farm is helping Flax Seed to collect honey. She thinks ahead and puts a protective suit on, but the angry bees reduce it to shreds and at the end of the day, Rarity is covered in bee stings.
  • Played straight in the French graphic novel Pyrénée. The eponymous wild girl is chased into a stream by a swarm of bees when she tries to collect some honey for the bear who's raising her. She gets very badly stung since she doesn't even have clothes to protect her, but later rolls in some herbs to reduce the swelling.
  • At the beginning of Superman story arc Who Took the Super out of Superman?, a swarm of hundreds of billions of killer bees is approaching Metropolis. Superman gets rid of them by forming a whirlwind which drags the swarm away from his city.
  • As these boys learn. (From a story by Wilhelm Busch.)

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: Calvin hates bees and hornets, and has been known to throw rocks at their hives. When he is stung by a bee, the incident becomes exaggerated in his memory:
    Calvin's Mom: (applying ointment) I don't see the "harpoon" that "gored" you, but this will help the sting.
    Calvin: Call the National Guard. I'm sure they can track the bee on radar.
  • Crankshaft keeps a bee colony in his backyard, and they've gotten loose or been involved in accidents on more than one occasion.
  • In a 1960's Dick Tracy story, villain Spots and his partner are hiding in a disused army tank, set up as a memorial in a city park, but can't get out when they realize bees have started swarming around the tank. The villains get rid of them by electrifying the outside of the tank.
  • Bees and wasps have been the subject of a few cartoons in The Far Side, with varying degrees of sympathy for them.
    • One strip depicts a boy peeking into a hornets' nest with the hornets sitting around enjoying drinks at a bar. The caption states that "while it was foolish for Russell to approach the hornets' nest in the first place, his timing was particularly bad", as the hornets are celebrating "angry hour".
    • In another cartoon, a nest of wasps in a man's backyard begin throwing rocks at his home without provocation.
    • Yet another has a human-sized bee sitting in the backseat of a car. The lady driving the car is visibly scared but tells herself to just remain calm and open a window to let it out.
  • Garfield:
    Garfield: Aren't you going to answer your bee?
    • In an earlier strip, Garfield wants to frolic through flowers in the backyard, but a swarm of bees is hovering over them. He decides to play a trick by disguising himself as a giant bee, and the tinier insects fly away in fear. The fat cat brags as he relaxes in the flowers...and that's when he notices an even bigger stinger emerging from the plants. As Garfield runs away in fear, the "bee" raises his head—it's actually Odie, who's just beaten the cat at his own game.
  • An early 1908 comic written by Margaret Hays that ran in the Boston Herald Sunday comics section, Jennie And Jack Also The Little Dog Jap, has children Jennie and Jack foolishly pushing over a beehive to see what's inside.
  • U.S. Acres: Wade and Roy run away in fear from a Big Stinger Bee. Roy successfully escapes the bee by slamming a door on it, but unfortunately he decides to mock the insect—and as it turns out, its stinger is sharp enough to pierce said door.

    Fan Works 
  • In Born to Bee Wild, Grunkle Stan's pug trafficking leads to a bizarre offscreen Chain of Deals that earns him a plastic box full of bees (as well as $42.18, a pair of sunglasses, and a rusty saxophone mouthpiece). He has no idea what to do with the insects initially, but eventually Mabel suggests mailing someone a hamster ball full of angry bees as part of a revenge scheme.
  • In Code: Half Demon, to Inu-Yasha XANA's Hornets look like Naraku's poisonous insects, the Saimyoushou. In said chapter, it turns out that XANA sent a SWARM of them to Earth. One could imagine what would happen if Naraku himself got a hold of these pesky program-based creatures made by XANA...
  • In Creamed Cherries, Bambi is trying to get ready for a lunch date when a bee's nest located near the lunch spot unwittingly sets off the conflict when Thumper, trying to swat away the bees, accidentally smashes the berries Bambi gathered for Faline, forcing Bambi to get creative. The bees continue terrorizing Thumper and Flower and eventually whisk them away, forcing Bambi to go after them.
  • In the Discworld of A.A. Pessimal, an Assassin more used to cities is getting a crash course in everything Howondaland can kill you with. After being educated in what some of the more lively wildlife can do to you, Emmanuelle is relived to hear buzzing bees in the distance. This, she thinks, she can deal with. Then her local guide steers her in a very wide circle around the buzzing, explaining only "Howondalandian bees, madame!"
  • In The Loud House fanfiction Lincoln is Done, Lincoln runs away to Clyde's house, who assumes it's because the Loud house is infested with bees.
  • Beedrill swarms are commonly used for this trope in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines.
  • In the Super Therapy! session "Joker & Harley Quinn Therapy!", The Joker proves to Harley that he's still the same lunatic she fell in love with... by offering her a bouquet of flower full of killer bees.

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Emperor's New Groove, villainess Yzma suffers through an example of this, while her oblivious henchman Kronk engages in bird-spotting.
  • In Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, Kirikou gets rid of a black hyena pursuing him by dropping a wild bees nest on it. After that, he mends the nest and puts it back on its place on the tree while apologizing to the bees.
  • In The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock, this happens to Spike and Ducky after they get their tail and beak stuck in a "buzzing stinger" hive.
  • The Lion King 1½: During Timon and Pumbaa's plans to break up Simba and Nala; Timon tosses a beehive at the lions... but the bees stay floating in the air right behind him and chase after Timon instead. The next shot shows Timon with a swollen head due to all the bee stings.
  • Near the climax of Minions, Kevin, Stuart, and Bob steal a wreath from a wake to apologize to Scarlet, but a bee flies inside it. During Scarlet's coronation to become Queen of England, Stuart and Bob try to run away from the bee and in the process accidentally loosen the cathedral chandelier and cause it to fall on her (she lives thanks to her mechanically-enhanced Pimped-Out Dress), making her think they were trying to kill her.
  • In Ralph Breaks the Internet, the final video Ralph uploads to BuzzTube is an unboxing video. When he opens the box, he is engulfed by a swarm of bees, leading to a bee pun.
  • In The Return of Hanuman, Maruti and his friends encounter this. He later uses a staff to suck the bees and later shot the bees to another area which blocked a truck driver. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Roger Rabbit gets chased by a swarm of bees ("Yo, Goombah!") in the short film Trail Mix-Up.
  • In the very-rarely-seen Song of the South, Br'er Rabbit hoodwinks Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear by having them take him to his "laughing place", which is a bush with a beehive in it. Br'er Bear, who is the first to fall for the scam, lampshades this:
    Br'er Bear: Hey! There ain't nothin' in here 'cept bees!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • There was a swarm of bad B-movies about Killer Bees back in the '70s.
  • In Bedazzled (1967) (1967) the Devil captures a bunch of wasps in a jar, and throws it into a circle of placid hippies, just for the evulz.
  • The title character in Candyman is revealed to be little more than a skeleton inhabited with the bees that stung him to death originally. With Tony Todd's head, making things scarier.
  • In The Crush, Adrian, a messed up teenage girl who wants Nick for herself, attacks his Love Interest Amy with a swarm of wasps released in a darkroom shed where she is processing pictures.
  • Daddy Day Care
  • Giant wasps are one problem among many in The Food of the Gods.
  • Holmes & Watson: While attempting to swat a mosquito with a cricket bat, Holmes unleashes a swarm of killer bees that badly sting Watson and then escape to terrorize London.
  • In Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, the kids are visited by a bee while climbing a flower. They wind up riding it around the yard, and are nearly killed when Wayne swings at the bee with a bat.
  • The Hunger Games: Or wasps, rather. Genetically engineered wasps with hallucinogenic venom that can potentially be fatal, if the entire hive doesn't Zerg Rush you into oblivion first.
  • The title characters in Invasion of the Bee Girls.
  • Then there's the "Beehive Limo" and "Beehive Tetherball" bits in Jackass Number Two and Jackass 3D, respectively.
  • In Killer Party, the boys of the Beta Tau throw a jar of bees into the backyard of the sorority, where they attack the girls and drive them naked out of the hot tub.
  • In Little Nicky, Adrian proves to the crowd how evil he is by bringing out Henry Winkler and covering him in bees. Later, Nicky has to do something bad so he can get back to hell, so he also covers Winkler in bees.
  • Vada and Thomas jump into a lake to escape from a swarm of bees in My Girl. Unfortunately, Thomas does not manage to escape from them later on, and dies from an allergic reaction to the stings.
  • Mysterious Island had a nest of giant bees among the supersized animals living in the eponymous location.
  • In Nanny McPhee, the children disrupt the wedding of their father to a woman who proves she'll be an "evil stepmother" by pretending an attack of bees, to which the minister is deathly allergic.
  • A bumblebee was the cause of Mistaken for Racist in National Security. It started when the black security guard who at first suspected of stealing a car gets attacked by a bumblebee, which he's allergic to. The white cop swings his nightstick around to shoo it away only to make it look like a racial beating which was caught on tape before he was convicted and sent to prison.
  • Double subversion in French comedy Knock on Wood (original title La Chèvre) and its American remake Pure Luck. A terminally unlucky girl got kidnapped, then the kidnappers' plane crashed somewhere in jungle. The investigator Campana/Campanella expects the terminally unlucky Perrin/Proctor to crash in the same area. Shortly before boarding the plane Perrin/Proctor says that a bee is following him and he's allergic to bees. At this point viewers can guess what is going to cause the crash. But then the bee just leaves. Campana/Campanella assumes that the bad luck has switched its target again and it's his turn to be the Chew Toy. Then the bee comes back and stings Perrin/Proctor who swells comically.note 
  • Friar Tuck in the Ridley Scott Robin Hood (2010) is a beekeeper. He attacks the French with them.
  • In Save the Green Planet!, the protagonist douses a man in honey and then unleashes crates full of bees. Guess what happens.
  • In Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger , the main villain creates a shrinking potion to spy on the heroes and a growth potion to turn back to normal. Unfortunately, the latter potion gets knocked over and an ordinary wasp begins to drink it, turning into a giant.
  • In Tommy Boy, Tommy attempts to beat a drunk-driving arrest by pretending he is being attacked by a swarm of vicious bees. The kicker: it works.
    Tommy: Bees! Bees in the car! Save yourselves! Your firearms are useless against them!
  • The Animated Credits Opening to Troop Beverly Hills show the troop being attacked by a swarm of bees. They fight them off with their hair dryers, which apparently work in the wilderness.
  • In Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, an angry swarm of bees attacks Tucker when he accidentally cuts into their hive with a chainsaw. The sight of the screaming Tucker running around waving a chainsaw frightens one of the college kids so badly he accidentally impales himself on a branch trying to get away. While he's dying, a bee lands on his nose as if to mock him.
  • In the remake of The Wicker Man (2006), the Island's inhabitants are honey farmers rather than the fruit farmers of the original. The main character (Nicolas Cage) is deathly afraid of bees, due to being allergic to their stings, and flees in terror after running into a hive by mistake. His over-the-top fear of bees in the film is often mocked by viewers, particularly his famous utterance "NOT THE BEES!"
  • The X-Files: Fight the Future reveals that domesticated bees are being used by the Government Conspiracy to spread a deadly virus that turns living humans into breeding tanks for homicidal aliens. All it takes is a single sting from their bee to make a Grey emerge from your body Chestburster-style. Oh, and The Syndicate can remotely control their bees, too. Sleep tight tonight.

  • Nintendo Adventure Books: In The Crystal Trap, Zelda must retrieve some magic honey from a beekeeper as part of a Fetch Quest to rescue Link from a Crystal Prison. If she doesn't have the correct item to trade with the beekeeper for some of his magic honey, the beekeeper sends his bees to attack Zelda, resulting in a Game Over.

  • Invoked in The Other, the fortieth book of the Animorphs series. Surprisingly enough, it's ultimately averted, with the bee morph being no worse than any other insect the kids have morphed.
  • In The Authorities, one of the members of the titular investigative group is a college professor who specializes in bees. He keeps thousands of bees at their HQ, some in the van, and several specially-trained bees in a device that looks like a handheld metal detector wand, the kind used by TSA. Each bee in the device is trained to react to a particular scent, and the device has a screen to let the professor know which bee reacted and how much. This turns the device into an extremely-powerful scanner. Additionally, when Rutherford is chasing a suspect, the professor unleashes the bees in the van to follow the suspect, whom he previously sprayed with a special compound that attracts them. The bees easily subdue the suspect and later prove invaluable when interrogating him, although the team's manager tells the professor that he can't use the latter option again for fear of a negative public image. However, they do their best to make sure that the YouTube video of Rutherford getting saved by bees goes viral.
  • In Baby-Sitting Is a Dangerous Job, the babysitter protagonist and the oldest of her three charges subdue their kidnappers by dropping a wasp's nest on them.
  • The Beast Player: Averted when Elin approaches a beehive without any protective equipment, unaware of the danger. The beekeeper Joeun stops her just in time.
  • In the Bernard Cornwell novel The Burning Land the protagonist Uhtred uses bees as a weapon while attacking a Danish stronghold.
  • The Cat Who Said Cheese has an Exit, Pursued by a Bear where the murderer is stung to death by bees because the beekeeper he's coerced into being an accomplice forgot that wool attracted them.
  • Inverted in Robin McKinley's Chalice, where the title character worked as a beekeeper before assuming her new role and kept her hives afterwards. Her bees were apparently pretty strange before she gained magic powers; afterwards they approach ridiculous levels of obedience and protectiveness.
    • Played straight at the climax of the novel, at least for the villain, whose plot is foiled when a veritable ocean of bees descend to interrupt his one-sided duel with the Master. There's not a lot left of him afterward.
  • In Cherry Ames: Mountaineer Nurse by Julie Tatham, the villain is threatening Granny Smith. His shouts awaken a bee swarm, which attacks him. He jumps into a spring, saving himself, but is badly injured by the stings.
  • Diogenes Club: In "Angel Down, Sussex", The Vicar of Angel Down has a deathly phobia about wasps as a result of a traumatic childhood incident. The girl he takes into his home transforms according to either want her to be, or are afraid she might be. In his case, she transforms into a wasp woman and stings him to death.
  • The Divine Comedy: The Uncommitted, residents of the Vestibule of Hell and souls of people who in life took no sides; the opportunists who were for neither good nor evil, but instead were merely concerned with themselves are eternally doomed to chase an elusive banner through the misty roads while being relentlessly attacked by swarm of wasps and hornets.
  • Dresden Files: In Blood Rites the entropy curse's first victim, Arturo's driver, was killed by a swarm of bees which inexplicably turned up in the trunk of a car.
  • Inverted in Douglas Coupland's Generation A, where bees have supposedly gone extinct and everything's worse without them.
  • The Girl from the Miracles District: Iben has an entire farm of sacred bees whose venom is so powerful, it can fell even the creatures with the most poweful Healing Factor.
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon:
    • This Stephen King novel features a horrible bearlike monster that follows the protagonist through the wilderness as she wanders in search of some safe haven. The creature frightens her when she first sees it, but then she realizes — horror of horrors — that it is a bear covered in bees.
    • Same creature has an envoy that appears to the protagonist in a dream. A humanoid, robed being with clawed hands and a face made, you guessed it, of wasps.
  • Goosebumps: Why I'm Afraid of Bees
  • John Saul's The Homing is all about mutant strains of mind-controlling bees.
  • The Hunger Games: The tracker jackers — mutated wasps — are everything bad about bees taken Up to Eleven. They have the tracking capability of African bees and will hunt you down for at least a mile. Their stings instantly create painful, plum-sized lumps that ooze green fluid. The venom in the stingers causes hallucinations that will drive a person insane or even kill them if not treated immediately. They were used in the war 74 years earlier — highly effective, although smoke sedates them. At one point, Katniss drops a hive full of them onto a group of her enemies. Two of the targets die within a few minutes, the rest of them flee to a lake, and Katniss only makes it a short distance before her three stings make her black out for about two days.
  • In the story "Red Dog", from the second volume of The Jungle Book, Mowgli tricks the attacking dhole pack into following him to, and awakening, the Little People of the Rocks — a.k.a. Indian rock bees. It helps that a) Mowgli has smeared himself with garlic to repel the bees (the dhole think he's trying to conceal his scent from them), and b) his friend Kaa the rock python is waiting in the river to rush Mowgli out of range once the bees start stinging the dhole.
  • One of the poems in Just For Fun has bees as the villains.
  • Spoiled cousin Charlie accidentally jumps on a yellow jackets' nest in Little House in the Big Woods. Though he survives, there's an illustration of him wrapped up like a mummy.
  • Onions In The Stew has a description of the author's husband's attempt to deal with a nest of 'plaid jackets' that had taken up residence on the path between the house and the beach.
  • The Pendragon Adventure turns this Up to Eleven in The Pilgrims of Rayne with killer quig bees.
  • In the book The Probable Future, the murderer is killed by a swarm of bees.
  • The Raven Cycle, Gansey is deathly allergic to bees, to the point where an Epi Pen is useless and he was actually killed by them as a child (though he got better). Gansey is also supposed to die somehow within the year the series takes place. In Blue Lily, Lily Blue when the gang goes spelunking and Gansey winds up dangling from a rope over a dark pit, it's terrifying enough. Then he starts to hear a buzzing swarm coming from the pit.
  • In Red Seas Under Red Skies, Locke Lamora encounters some rather large wasps that are so dangerous that transporting a hive of them into Camorr is punishable by death. If the wasps themselves don't kill you first.
  • Girls To The Rescue: Invoked in "Kamila and the Thieves." Having successfully earned quite a lot of money for her family, partially by scamming a gang of thieves, Kamila tricks the thieves into thinking a hornet's nest in the tree is the money bag. She notes with satisfaction that the scheme killed two birds with one stone.
  • Happens quite a bit in Redwall, among a few instances of characters using it to their own advantage.
  • Used in a subtle, chilling way in Roald Dahl's short story "Royal Jelly." A beekeeper and his wife, after struggling with his infertility, finally have a baby, but she is dangerously underweight and will not eat. The husband remembers his beekeeping knowledge about the titular substance, which is produced by special bees in each hive and fed non-stop to a particular larva; that larva grows into a queen. He begins blending the baby's milk with royal jelly, and it seems to do the trick, as she puts on weight at an alarming speed. But in a creepy twist ending, it's revealed that the beekeeper cured his infertility by drinking royal jelly himself—and that's when his wife notices that he's been looking more and more like a human insect these days, while their daughter resembles a massive grub...
  • Played for Laughs in one of Harry Graham's Ruthless Rhymes.note 
    When Mrs Gorm (Aunt Eloise)
    Was stung to death by savage bees
    Her husband (Prebendary Gorm)
    Put on his veil and took the swarm.
    He's publishing a book next May
    How to Make Bee-keeping Pay.
  • In an H. H. Munro (a.k.a. Saki) story called "The Story of St. Vespaluus", a boy is condemned to be stung to death by bees. It doesn't work out that way.
  • Tales from the White Hart: In "Critical Mass", a truck crashes near a facility where various very dangerous substances are manufactured and stored, and wrecks. The truck driver and some pedestrians both do a Don't Ask, Just Run. The locals in town conclude You Can Panic Now, and start to evacuate when someone volunteers to go up there and finds out the truck was carrying beehives, and the driver and pedestrians fled from a swarm of angry bees.
  • Dramatic/Tear Jerker/Death by Newbery Medal example: the children's book A Taste of Blackberries is about a boy whose friend is allergic to bee stings and dies when they and some other kids get swarmed one day. The main character finds this absurd when he's told, because to him, bee stings are just a minor inconvenience, not a potentially lethal danger.
  • In the Warrior Cats book SkyClan's Destiny, one scene involves the cats accidentally knocking down a bees' nest, and getting attacked by the resulting swarm.
  • In the childhood diary of naturalist Opal Whiteley she writes "Sometimes I share my bread and jam with yellowjackets..." She apparently avoids being stung by sitting calmly and putting their share some distance away. But they get aggressive with her, "all wanted to be served at once" and she has to turn over her own sandwich as well and back off, reminding herself that they were "among the world's first paper makers" and "baby yellowjackets are such chubby youngsters."
  • Notably averted with John Hive from Wild Cards. His power involves him being a sentient swarm of wasps but John is a Nice Guy who always helps out the heroes.
  • An early example: In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the Wicked Witch of the West sends a swarm of deadly bees after Dorothy & Co., which they defeat by (no, really) disemboweling the Scarecrow and having all the "meat" characters hide under the straw, while the bees break their stings off on the Tin Woodman and die.
  • In Worm, Skitter's power is absolute control of insects in a three-block radius. On rare occasions, she been known to swarm enemies she really hates with hornets and deadly spiders. Normally, however, she relies on nonvenomous bites, pepper-spray-coated bugs, spider-silk bindings or pure menace to subdue her foes.
  • Xanth has Bs, larger and more magical insects, and their ruler, Princess B-nign.
  • Young Sherlock Holmes: In Death Cloud, the Big Bad uses swarms of weaponized killer bees as Animal Assassins.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 1000 Ways to Die:
    • "Me So Hornet": A redneck uses a paintball gun to shoot down a hornets' nest and, well... you can guess what happens from there.
    • "Crappy Ending": There's the American dude who went to Thailand for sexual tourism... and ended up stung to death by Asian giant hornets.
  • The Aquabats! Super Show! cartoon segments have Space Bees, the deadliest bees in space!
  • On The Bold and the Beautiful, local madwoman Sheila Carter sets a trap for her Guilt-Ridden Accomplice after recalling that he'd mentioned that he was allergic to bees—filling his hotel room with them and leaving him to die from shock. Whether this was purely For the Evulz or to ensure that he kept his mouth shut isn't clear.
  • Conan O'Brien: He's protected from three inch bees, that's right! He's protected from three inch bees tonight!
  • In season two of Desperate Housewives, Edie winds up disturbing a yellow jackets' nest and is stung pretty badly.
  • The Doctor Who episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp," which features Agatha Christie as a character, gives us Vespiforms, an alien race that resembles giant wasps and can take on human shape at will. Unlike most examples of this trope, the Vespiform as a whole aren't villainous—in fact, one of them falls genuinely in love with a human woman, and they have a child together. The pair decides to place a mental block in the baby's head to prevent it from knowing it's an alien, with the wasp-father giving his partner a stone that forms a psychic link with the infant for future use. The episode's plot features the Tenth Doctor, Donna, and Christie attempting to determine which of the guests at the woman's country house party is actually her Vespiform child (now an adult) in human form, as the alien has begun killing people for an unknown reason. Donna points out that it's remarkably coincidental that Agatha Christie would just so happen to be involved in a whodunit, which turns out to be an accurate explanation: the human/Vespiform hybrid ( a local vicar) realized its alien heritage as its mother was reading one of Christie's novels, and the telepathic bond between them imprinted the conventions of her work on the creature's brain—it recreated a murder mystery novel because it genuinely thought the world was supposed to be one. Christie blames herself for the deaths, snatches the gem, and tries to drown herself to permanently kill the creature, but at the last possible moment, the Vespiform chooses to undo the psychic connection before it dies, sparing Christie's life.
  • Fear Factor occasionally featured a stunt wherein a contestant would have bee pheromones applied to his or her body and had to remain covered in honeybees for a certain amount of time.
  • At least two of the project houses in Fixer Upper have had beehives concealed in them, which required removal and relocation before the renovations could continue.
  • The Friday the 13th: The Series episode "The Sweetest Sting" centered around a cursed beehive that turned regular bees into vampire bees.
  • The Good Place: In one of the many several different reboots Michael puts the main characters through to keep them from figuring out they're really in The Bad Place, Chidi is in the background screaming and running away from a swarm of bees as Eleanor realizes the truth behind everything.
  • The Spanish Game Show El gran juego de la oca occasionally had a challenge in which a contestant had to secure honey from an active beehive.
  • The Melifers in Grimm are a bee-like Wesen. How aggressive they are depends on the episode but in some episodes they are clearly the villains.
  • JAG: In the first season episode ”High Ground", after breaking brig and taking to the hills Gunnery Sergeant Ray Crockett is spotting Marines approaching and instead of shooting at them, he shots at a bee's nest above them.
  • An episode in Season 6 of Little House on the Prairie has Albert selling Mrs. Oleson and Nellie a tree trunk filled with bees. They remain docile until Oleson's wagon begins to rock while they transport the hive home, causing the bees to angrily sting both the women as they lose control of their horses.
  • One of the first episodes of Lost has Charlie standing on a beehive and eventually breaking it ("It wouldn't be an irrational fear of bees if I could just pull myself together, would it?") causing people to run and take off their shirts ("It was, um, it was full of bees." "I'd have thought Cs, actually.").
  • In Malcolm in the Middle, Hal gets chased by one in "Jessica Stays Over". In another episode, he invokes this by fitting a fighting robot with a laser-guided Bee Bee Gun.
  • Bear Grylls has some trouble with this while trying to get honey from a beehive in Man vs. Wild.
  • Gwaine reaches into a tree trunk when the patrol stops in an episode of Merlin, and as the shot cuts to Arthur and Sir Leon discussing military matters, Gwaine, in a Funny Background Event yanks his arm out of the tree, bringing with him a bee hive that is stuck to his hand and runs around shaking his hand and swearing.
  • Midsomer Murders: In "Sting of Death", the first Victim of the Week is doused in a synthetic pheromone that is used as a swarm lure, and stung to death by a swarm of honeybees. The bees are still swarming the body when the police arrive.
  • Mission: Impossible: "Zubrovnik's Ghost" (probably the oddest episode in the entire series) features a swarm of seemingly supernaturally empowered bees bent on revenge. One of the bad guys is driven out a window to his death by a swarm of bees, and at the end, the spirit of the beekeeper who was murdered in order to fake Zubrovnik’s death (long story) apparently uses smoke to herd the main bad guy into the room where he is attacked and killed by a swarm of bees. And no, these bees are not organized by the IMF and have nothing to do with their plan.
  • An episode of the anthology Monsters has this concept with a man seemingly obsessed with bees until it turns out he is a bee-like creature and the bees are his children.
  • Monster Warriors: In "Buzz!", a huge electricity-sucking bumble bee is draining all of Capital City's power supply. Why would a bee do that?
  • Mr. Bean did this one too. Of course, Hilarity Ensues.
  • In My Name Is Earl, when Earl falls for a sexy woman named Alex and begins to ignore his list to spend time with her, the forces of karma send bees after him and, when that fails, a whole swarm after her. Her badly swollen face is enough to make him realize that his debt is still WAY off with karma in terms of making up for his past (the last time something this good happened to him, in the pilot, he was hit by a bus and almost died), so he goes back to doing the list.
  • MythBusters:
    • Adam Savage has a fear of bees. One myth tested involved hypnosis and its effects on fear responses, which, among other things, had Adam dipping his hand into a box of bees. The hypnosis didn't help at all.
    • A later myth involving bees and a viral video where a swarm lifted a laptop into the air brought this fear up again. At the bee-ginning of the episode, he was just as scared as ever, though by the time he came back to the bee farm later, he felt much more comfortable around the bees, after having worked with them in the shop. On a side note, there may be a similar explanation for why his fear of spiders (in early seasons) is gone now.
  • In The Outer Limits (1963) episode "ZZZZZ", the queen of a hive of intelligent bees takes human form in order to mate with an entomologist and create a Half-Human Hybrid race that will Take Over the World. When the entomologist's wife interferes, the queen sics a swarm on her in order to Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Persons Unknown: When you're deadly allergic to bees, waking up in a cabin full of them is bad!
  • The season two premiere of Pushing Daisies had a woman who claimed she was killed by a man made of bees, which caused Chuck to ruminate on the possibilities of teaching her bees to form a human shape.
  • Rescue 911:
    • "Swarm Save": A flatbed truck transporting beehives tips over in the middle of the night, and the swarms of agitated bees attack the driver and the rescue personnel. It's mentioned that the driver retires from beekeeping after the incident.
    • "911 Honeybee Horror": While mowing some property, a man agitates a hive of feral honeybees. Again, the bees swarm the victim and the rescue personnel, and they have to call in some beekeepers to help evacuate the victim.
  • Sliders. In "Summer of Love", the group slide into Spiderwasp World. The divergence point for this Earth occurred in 1987 when Venezuelan scientists artificially created a spider/wasp hybrid as a potential form of pest control. The final result was a swarm of "spiderwasps" with a wingspan of up to a foot, barbed stingers filled with venom, and an immunity to all known pesticides. The queen spiderwasp eventually escaped, and within eight years the swarm had flown eight thousand miles north through much of South America and into southern California. The insects' appetite for drywall and human flesh have rendered any building useless for protection, and any citizen caught in the swarm's path is doomed to a painful death
  • There is an episode of Smallville called "Drone", where a girl has the power to control bees, using them to attack people she didn't like.
  • An episode of The Starlost has a scientist who's developed giant mutant bees who control his mind and want to take over the spaceship.
  • A second-season episode of Who Wants to Be a Superhero? featured the villainous "Bee Sting." In her challenge, she divided the heroes into two teams, locked those teams in booths that contained live bees, and forced them all to participate in a spelling "bee." The gimmick: whenever a letter "B" appeared in a word, the hero had to spell it out as if it was the insect (i.e., "boy" would be spelled "B-E-E-O-Y"). If a contestant misspelled a word or didn't follow Bee Sting's rules, she released more bees into the booth.
  • In The X-Files, genetically modified bees cause all kinds of problems. They are related to alien/government conspiracy.

  • Psychostick's song 'We Ran Out of CD Space' understates this trope with the following lines:
    What if your face was made of bumblebees?
    You would be like, 'Dude, this really sucks;
    I do not want a face made out of bumblebees.
  • "Bumblebee" by Ween, where singer Gene Ween screams at the top of his lungs about a bumblebee that stung him "forty-seven thousand times".

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The 1980s WWE Tag Team the Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair and "Jumpin'" Jim Brunzell) were an aversion, since they were babyfaces. That is, unless you're watching a lumberjack match from February 1988 at the Philadelphia Spectrum, when Ted DiBiase hired two men — never identified but long suspected to be Los Conquistadors — to wear Killer Bee masks and T-shirts to try to lower Hulk Hogan's guard; DiBiase's trick failed, however.
  • Dai Hachi Hachi of Team Space Bug in Kaiju Big Battel, a bee/human hybrid.
  • Panama Wasp, who typically wrestles in Canada based ECCW and All Star Wrestling.

  • Survival of the Fittest:
    • Katherine Blanco dies after a severe allergic reaction from a bee sting. Mr. Danya is less than sympathetic.
      Danya: Sometimes, kiddos, you don't have to wait around for the competition to kill you. Some of you are so imperfect that Mother Nature decides to do it herself.
    • The second death in v4 is similar in nature, where Dallas Reynolds is stung by a wasp and gets an allergic reaction. Unfortunately, he tries to give himself more room to breathe... by tugging at his explosive collar.

    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech:
    • There are a number of Battlemechs named after stinging insects, including the Wasp, Hornet, Stinger, and Firebee. The 'worse' is relative, as while they're still at least twenty tons each and rather dangerous to infantry and light vehicles, they are Light Mechs with rather little in the way of armor or offensive weaponry compared to their far larger brethren. Of the four designs named, only the Firebee proves to be much of a threat due to being nearly twice as big and twice as well armed as any of the other three.
    • Tactical Operations, the game's book of optional rules, actually does have a rule for swarms of venomous or carnivorious insects on the battlefield. They don't do anything to a mech, since they're sealed up tightly enough to operate in a vacuum, but vehicles without special environmental sealing and conventional infantry forces are highly vulnerable to them.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • It has had, in several versions of its bestiary, various forms of stinging insects (typically horse-sized wasps). Among these is the mantis-armed, macaque-headed MONKEY BEES.
    • There's a monster that's basically an anthropomorphic bee called the Abeil, though that might be something of a subversion since the Bee People are not in fact evil.
    • The Hellwasp Swarm from 3.5, a Hive Mind of killer wasps from the depths of Hell itself. Like all things from the Nine Hells, the wasps are Lawful Evil.
  • Pathfinder:
    • The main setting has a goddess of lust, revenge and trickery who is likened to a wasp and has giant wasps as her sacred animals. Confusing them with bees is not recommended.
    • The Thriae introduced in Bestiary 3 are Bee People with a caste system.
    • GM's who want to TPK a low-level party have Wasp Swarms. These bad guys are immune to weapon attacks, fly at a speed of 40' note , and they hit automatically. When they hit, they force a save that can be tough for a Squishy Wizard to make to prevent the stacking poison effects and the nausea-related debuff that prevents you from doing much more than fleeing and crying. The warriors tough enough to make that save are the ones who rely on weapons for damage, so they have almost no chance against the swarm. Their only weakness, area of effect damage, is something most low-level parties don't have much of and which a Power Gamer would consider underpowered for fighting anything else in Pathfinder, not to mention it is usually the province of those Squishy Wizards who are too busy throwing up and howling in pain to actually cast anything. These things are rated for a level 3 party; look at them and try to decide what happens to a typical level 3 party hit by this.
  • Vampire: The Requiem has the Melissidae, a Bloodline that collectively made the Undead decide that Even Evil Has Standards and try to wipe them out. Perfectionist Control Freaks and fervent believers in The Evils of Free Will, they compulsively establish "hives" of people reduced to Empty Shells and bend swarms of bees and wasps to their will, sometimes hosting them within their own bodies.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has Insect-type monsters like Killer Needle, which looks like a killer bee on steroids. Lots of steroids.

    Theme Parks 

    Video Games 
  • In the first level of 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue, the way to drive off Jasper is to trick him into cracking open a beehive with his net, to which he responds in shock, "I hope I'm not allergic!" and runs off, with a swarm of bees charging after him.
  • In Midway's old skateboarding game 720 Degrees, the announcer says "Skate or Die!" when the game's timer runs out. Take too long, and then a swarm of killer bees appear, and if your skater gets hit by the bees, then it's an automatic game over. The longer you run from them, the more their speed increases, until they inevitably catch up with you. They will also start to form menacing shapes as they speed up, such as a pounding hammer, a skull, a pair of scissors, and a hypodermic syringe.
  • The Adventures of Lomax has bees in the third world, which mostly act as an obstacle flying in a predictable pattern.
  • In the obscure adventure game AMBER: Journeys Beyond, one of the ghosts you assist is a gardener named Brice. If you click on the beehives in one of the house's garden areas, a swarm jumps out and hovers around for a minute while a distorted voice mocks Brice over his supposed insanity and alien conspiracies.
  • Animal Crossing: If you shake a tree, a bee hive could possibly fall out and the swarm will try and get you. If you don't find shelter fast (or catch it, which can bee tricky, but if you want that 100% Completion...), the bees will sting you leaving a hideous bump on your face, and all of the animal characters will insist on commenting on it. Subverted in that the "bees" are actually Wicked Wasps due to mistranslation, which was finally corrected in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Honeybees, on the other hand, are perfectly harmless.
  • LJN's Back To The Future game for the NES has bees as a constant enemy during the street levels.
  • Banjo-Kazooie:
    • The beehives start out empty and harmless, but become filled with active swarms in later levels. In Click Clock Wood, the same swarms appear without the beehives during summer (though the hives with swarms still show up).
    • Click Clock Wood also features a giant-sized beehive that houses the Zubba swarm. Defeating them is necessary for a Jiggy. The Zubbas return in Banjo-Tooie, but they're harmless (they even invite Banjo and Kazooie to play a minigame whose reward is another Jiggy).
  • In Bayonetta 2 Rosa has her own version of Bayonetta's Bat Swarm evasion technique called Hornet Within, in which she transforms into a swarm of hornets to avoid damage. Unlike the usual for this trope, they are clearly hornets despite their user being female, and it is very much a positive technique and not evil (although Dark Is Not Evil may apply).
  • Bees are uncommon enemies in the Berenstain Bears' Camping Adventure. In a game where all the forest animals want the player characters dead, it should come as no surprise the bees aren't friendly either.
  • In Bio Menace, there is a large beehive in the second level of the second episode with mutated bees that are larger than Logan's head. If you activate the colored switches in the wrong order, then instead of getting access to a cache of powerups, the ceiling opens up and the bees come out.
  • One of BioShock's plasmids includes the ability to attack enemies with bees, causing them to panic and get distracted. Also, there's a part in the game where the player has to be in contact with overgrown beehives.
  • Arakune from BlazBlue has a curse mark. Once you are hit, bees will come from the screen and begin the assault.
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!: Referenced by the Fire Bee Legendary Grenade Mods, which spawn a sprinkler that throws out flames. Its Flavor Text:
    Bees are coming!
  • Bug! had bee enemies in Insectia and Splot named Bee-52 in the manual. Being Airborne Mooks, they were incredibly annoying to fight — some of them even appeared out of nowhere to ambush Bug! There's even entire areas filled with them!
  • Bug Fables:
    • Subverted with flesh-and-blood bees, as they are not enemies in the game. However, according to Vi, they did mock and bully her for wishing to be an adventurer instead of an artist or maintenance worker, yet when she returns in the Hive, the queen welcomes her back with open arms and other bees don't seem to mind her being an adventurer, though some, like her elder sister Jaune and her former boss Malbee, had to be convinced to accept her newfound role.
    • Played straight with Bee-Boops, robotic bee-like drones, who went out of control during emergency and would attack anything on sight, and their larger version, Heavy Drone B-33, that aims to destroy anyone it interprets as a threat to the factory core.
    • Also played straight with Zombees, cordyceps-infused undead bees who were created as experiments of the Roach Scientists in their quest for immortality.
  • Cataclysm has giant mutant bees and wasps. They are a major threat, especially for poorly-equipped characters.
  • City of Heroes has The Swarm, a minor but annoying mook enemy in the Devouring Earth. It's a cloud of bees. In one villain storyarc, you get to use a Vial of Bees as a weapon.
  • Clonk has zap nests. Breaking them results in this, and they are annoyingly fragile. It's fun to catapult them into your enemies base though. There's also a spell that creates a small group of zaps that will float around the caster, waiting to sting any nearby dangers.
  • In Colobot, later levels introduce giant alien wasps, which drop highly damaging projectiles at your buildings.
  • Twice in Conker's Bad Fur Day, the Queen Bee's hive is stolen by wasps, and Conker steals it back. The wasps will chase the squirrel all the way back. The second time, Conker will get to fight several hordes of wasps via a Wolfpack Boss battle. The bees themselves, however, are an inversion; they are shown to be pacifists, and would rather tickle people than sting them.
  • The beehives in the "Diggin' It" and "Bee-Having" levels in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. They only let out one bee in "Diggin' It", but in "Bee-Having", they can let out up to five. In Crash Twinsanity, it happens where you escort Cortex through obstacles as he is swarmed by bees, gets a beehive stuck on his head, and gets chased by a hungry bear.
  • Crayon Chronicles has Spelling Bees, which are bespectacled bees.
  • In Crush The Castle Adventures, one of the Abnormal Ammo for your catapult is a bee hive. It can't destroy any walls, but will kill any enemy that is unlucky enough to get hit by it.
  • Crystal's Pony Tale has giant bees dropping drop honey on you, which are accompanied by Rimski-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee".
  • In Cuphead, Queen Bee Rumor Honeybottoms is very dangerous and is not handing over her Soul Contract without a fight... especially when her flooding honey attempts to drown you.
  • Q-Bee and her species in Dark Stalkers. Q-Bee herself is a Cute Monster Girl who leads the Soul Bee race, who feed on people's souls to survive.
  • In Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong disturbs beehives whose insects go after Stanley's flowers. If Stanley should touch one, he will fall down and all the rest will swarm him to death.
  • Donkey Kong Country
    • Donkey Kong Country and its sequel have Zingers as enemies, giant bees in multiple varieties that appear all over the place in levels. Many serve as bosses too, and there's that one in the terrifying chase scene in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
    • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! replaces Zingers with Buzzes and features a level in which the player must outrun a swarm of miniature bees. Completing it within one minute and fifteen seconds unlocks a bonus area.
    • Zingers return in Donkey Kong 64 and come in three versions: One that appears in DK Isles and the earlier levels and only attacks by charging at the Kongs, another that appears in the other levels and drops explosive green oranges, and a mechanical version found in Frantic Factory that is similar to the later Zingers but usually takes two hits to destroy.
    • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has the Buzzies, enormous chubby bees with a mean-looking face that chase after Donkey Kong to sting them. To put their size into perspective they are as big as DK himself.
  • Hibachi, the True Final Boss of the DonPachi series is a giant bee that seems to shoot every bullet ever fired in World War II at you while she's on fire. And Hibachi's theme song in Daioujou has extremely rapid guitar noises designed to sound like buzzing bees as the harmony.
  • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, establishing a rapport with Sera will eventually unlock the recipe for the "Jar of Bees" grenade: a very potent crowd-control consumable, which summons a swarm of extremely aggressive bees that deal continuous damage to enemies and, with proper upgrades, can reliably cause them to panic and break formation.
  • Dreamkiller has a giant beehive as a boss. To make matters worse, the game throws a giant tree monster into the area as a decoy and keeps the hive hidden behind it.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, some Spriggans (a race of hostile tree-like Plant People with a Gaia's Vengeance tilt) are known to attack by siccing a swarm of bees on their opponents.
  • In Elroy Goes Bugzerk, a nest of hornets is inconveniently placed next to a key. Elroy can't get the key until he gets rid of the hornets somehow.
  • Fallout: New Vegas has Cazadores, which are giant mutant Tarantula Hawks and one of the most terrifying Demonic Spiders of the game just under Deathclaws. While relatively fragile (compared to deathclaws), they are damn fast, making them difficult to target outside of V.A.T.S. They also happen to be poisonous so you'll be losing health like crazy if they get close. And they swarm in groups of 4-6. Certain companions like Cass and Raul are reasonably effective against them. However, other companions, like Veronica or Rex, will run right at them, get in one melee hit, and then die laughably. Then you head to Zion National Park from the Honest Hearts DLC and, like all the other wildlife there, you meet giant, even more deadly versions. In the Old World Blues DLC, you meet Dr. Borous, their creator. According to him, he made them sterile and docile. If nothing else, they're as sterile as they are docile — which is to say, they breed like rabbits and are insanely aggressive.
  • Far Cry 4 has the occasional beehive hanging from buildings, usually at places where enemies are close by. Shooting the hive with any gun releases a swarm of very pissed-off bees that kill everything human in the area, the Player Character included, in alarmingly short order. Not even Heavies are immune to them. While this offers an effective (and entertaining) tactical angle for stealth attacks, it also leaves you with a persistent DoT cloud covering an area you'll likely have to explore, like bell towers for instance, resulting in a Hoist by Their Own Petard scenario for yourself. Thankfully, flame weapons make short work of the buzzing menace, assuming you have one on hand. That said, even undisturbed beehives aren't safe - getting too close to one still results in the occasional sting that, naturally, goes right through Ajay's body armor.
  • Final Fantasy XIV has bees and wasps in certain dungeons that are no more menacing than the average monster, but they may unleash a Last Ditch Move called Final Sting, which will do a lot of damage. The attack will very likely kill anyone that is not a tank and even tank players can be taken out by Final Sting if their HP isn't full. A dungeon in the Heavensward expansion has a massive beehive you have to go through and, naturally, the boss in that area is a giant bee with several lesser bees that aids it in battle.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, Gaius says in the free-time event tiles that he goes honey hunting and then offers to show his bee stings. In his supports with Sumia, she attempts to help him get more honey... and they end up chased by angry bees when she finds a beehive and tries to give it to him. Subverted later: seeing that she did not give up on the honey despite being stung all over, actually raises Gaius's impression of Sumia (up until then he only thought of her as a "a crazy noblewoman"), which leads to them starting to get along better. Finishing the support chain will lead to them falling in love and getting married.
  • Forge Quest: One of the first enemies that you face in the game is bees about as big as the Player Character.
  • Freedom Planet has Pangu Lagoon, a stage exclusive to Lilac that is filled to the brim with green wasps and their nests. The second half of the stage takes place inside a Hornet Hole Temple of Doom with the wasps covering the entire background in spots.
  • Frogger 3D, in the Honey Bee Hollow level. While the stage isn't very large, any beehive you approach will spawn a swarm of bees that chase you down relentlessly. Given that Frogger is a One-Hit Point Wonder, this level is considered a somewhat early Difficulty Spike.
  • HarmoKnight makes you have a boss battle with a giant robotic bee. The bee's name is Buzzoka, which makes sense since he shoots out smaller bees at you.
  • Bosses with the Hivehost power in Hellgate: London emit a swarm of bees in your direction when you attack them. This ability is somewhat bugged and sometimes kills you nearly instantly.
  • In Hollow Knight, bees are common enemies in the Hive, willing to protect it to death against anything they perceive as a threat, and they succumbed to the Infection much like everything else in Hallownest. There are three types of bee enemies: Hivelings, small bees who carry out simple tasks; Hive Soldiers, who attack the Knight with their spinning drill-like stingers; and Hive Guardians, giant bees who attack everything by smashing it with their huge bodies. There is also a boss bee named Hive Knight, a bipedal wingless bee who compensates his lack of flight with huge speed and powerful nail-wielding skills.
  • A Noodle Incident mentioned in Jak II had something to do with a "wumpbee" nest, so it likely involved something like this.
  • In Kao The Kangaroo: Round 2, the first level has bees that will hit the ground where you just stood, and will remain stuck there for a brief moment so you can attack them.
  • Kingdom Hearts has several:
    • The first game and Chain of Memories have minigames in the Hundred Acre Wood where you must get Pooh honey, while keeping the bees from attacking him.
    • Early on in Kingdom Hearts II, one of the jobs Roxas can do in Twilight Town involves him killing bees inside the town's theatre district. Even when not doing the job, or when playing as Sora later on, the bees just keep coming back. They also appear as foes in the penultimate episode for the Hundred Acre Wood.
    • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep has the Hundred Acre Woods Command Board, which has a giant pumpkin knock Rabbit's stack of hunny jars as a board-specific event: this causes six jars to fall on random spaces. Stopping on (or having one fall on you) of the two jars with bees around it causes you to lose money, while the ones without them give you more money.
  • Kingdom of Loathing:
    • There's a Guy Made of Bees. An optional boss, and probably best avoided unless you can find his Weaksauce Weakness, because bees are scary.
    • An optional challenge path revolves around this: Bees Hate You. Wandering bees attack you randomly, you can't use items or familiars that have a "b" in them, equipment with a "b" will hurt you, and monsters with a "b" in their name are stronger. And the final boss is naturally The Guy Made Of Bees.
  • Kingsley's Adventure had Gustav The Grave, who was a bear who could summon bees to attack you. Bees AND bears. Strangely, this game had a lot of sharks too, though most of this is due to the game being centred on animal characters...
  • Legend of Legaia has three killer bees and their queen in the main character's hometown, defeating them gives you honey which permanently boosts your stats. However, the bees are about level 30 and will completely mutilate you until you return after the halfway point of the game.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In A Link to the Past, a swarm of bees is one of the things Link can knock out of a tree by dashing into it. Single bees might also appear when you cut bushes or grass. With a net and an empty bottle, Link can capture them to use against enemies.
    • In Majora's Mask Link drops a beehive on a group of Gerudo soldiers, leading to a lot of frantic running and girlish shrieks. This scene is also in the manga adaptation.
    • In Link's Awakening you can give Tarin a stick to knock a beehive out of a tree. It doesn't end well for him.
    • Hornet's (called "bees" in-game) nests in Twilight Princess. These nests are not vulnerable to thrown rocks, as Hanch finds out if you talk to him as he's trying it.
    • The manga adaptation of Phantom Hourglass has Link accidentally knocking a beehive out of a tree in an Animal Crossing-esque fashion. He actually fears for a moment that he'll die from the stings, which is a pretty sobering thought. In Spirit Tracks, this can actually happen. That's right, you can get a Game Over before even leaving your hometown.
    • In Skyward Sword, Link can get both the larvae found in the hives, and the bees with the help of the Bug Net, for item upgrades.
    • Hostile bees can pop out of cut grass in A Link Between Worlds, but as in A Link to the Past, an early sidequest can net you an item that makes them friendly to you. Nearby enemies aren't quite as lucky.
    • Breath of the Wild has numerous bee hives that Link can shoot to turn the bees on enemies, though they might turn on him if no monsters are around. You can collect the hive as a cookable item, but unlike Skyward Sword you can't collect the bees or larvae themselves.
  • Leisure Suit Larry 2: Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places): One of the hazards on Nontoonyt Island is a tree containing a vicious swarm of killer bees, who will drag Larry back to their nest and force him to become the queen bee's love slave, earning you a game over.
  • In Lords of Xulima giant (hawk-sized) wasps are a major annoyance to parties of low-to-mid levels due to being nigh-impossible to hit with physical attacks and extremely fast. The Odendros enemy type also uses a swarm of bees living inside it as a Breath Weapon.
  • Mega Man:
    • In Mega Man X3, Blast Hornet, based on a hornet, sends small homing robot bees to target you. The Charged Attack of his weapon lets X do it too.
    • In Mega Man Zero 3, a beehive sub-boss does this, throwing an oily substance to the walls and then at you for its bees to chase on it.
    • Then in Z4, a boss replicates the strategy above, throwing a substance that makes your ground movement slippery and then bees home on you; this boss is not bee-based however.
    • Mega Man ZX Advent has Queenbee, who carries a massive panzer hive that has missile launchers, small bees, and two different types of laser attacks.
    • Mega Man 9 has Hornet Man, who sics robo-hornets on you. His weapon is arguably better than Blast Hornet's, as the hornets treat Mega Man like their "queen" alternately attacking like one-use Beats and bringing items back to him. Some loose items can only be retrieved this way. And they're even cute!
  • The Pain from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, who harnesses the power of bees and hornets to create guns and transport grenades... as well as just soaking you in bee alarm pheromones and letting the little monsters go to work. Summarized succinctly in this The Last Days of FOXHOUND comic. As an added bonus, Naked Snake can tame non-Pain hornets by donning the Hornet Stripe (gained by depleting The Pain's stamina bar completely instead of his life bar) camo, thus having the hornet swarm attack the nearest enemy soldier next to Snake, temporarily disabling that guard into panic of said swarm.
  • Metroid:
    • In Metroid, Zebbos are basically giant flying vespids.
    • Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes have War Wasps, very annoying giant stinging insects that tend to come in large numbers and respawn untill their hives are destroyed. There's even a miniboss in Prime, the Incinerator Drone, which is a robot that attacks by blowing flames at you and disrupting a hive over it that sends out Barbed War Wasps that attack you. The Hive Mecha, another miniboss, is the home of several Ram War Wasps. Releasing these is its only attack, but considering that you have only one Energy tank, and your platform is in the middle of toxic water and it's hard to get back up on if a wasp rams you in, it's enough. And you have a window of time between one swarm and the next to damage the Hive Mecha.
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair has a giant wasp nest and its queen as the boss of Stage 4.
  • The killer bee in Nethack. It attacks in large groups, fast and has a poisonous sting. A good tactic against them is to fight them in corridors, as being a rougelike, one square can only be occupied by one monster regardless of size.
  • Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee has killer bees as a puzzle obstacle. They'll kill you if you stand still, and once they start chasing you the only way to get rid of them is to pass them off to Elum or another Mudokon (who strangely will survive).
  • Offspring Fling! has these as an enemy, first appearing around level 51.
  • The One Piece: Grand Battle series of games features a beehive item that sends a swarm of bees to confuse and damage whoever hits it.
  • In Papa Louie Arcade, Johnny doesn't like bees, according to his Flipdeck card.
  • Paperboy: If you move too slowly, bees will start chasing you, combining this with Stalked by the Bell.
  • Phoenotopia and Phoenotopia : Awakening have the Bull Bees. In the Sunflower area they are mostly peaceful, but will chase you if they see you kill one. Their overworld encounters in Awakening are aggro to begin with.
  • Pikmin 3 has the Scornets, led by the King Mook Scornet Maestro, in the second half of Twilight River. The latter is capable of coordinating its swarm in order to attack the Captains as well as the Pikmin through different patterns and formations. While any Pikmin can deal with them, the Flying type is far more effective.
  • Giant Killer Wasps are somewhat-uncommon enemies in Pirates of the Caribbean Online. There's also a giant wasp nest on one of the wild islands, and you have to travel through it in order to recruit "Scary" Mary Lash to the Black Pearl crew.
  • Pokémon
  • Power Stone, another 3D fighter, has a similar item.
  • Quest for Glory III has a minor subquest where you have to get a feather from a honeybird for the apothecary to make healing pills for you. How do you get said feather? When you find the bird, follow it until it roosts in a tree surrounded by a horde of killer bees. Getting too close to the next, or throwing a rock at it will lead you to a horrific, painful death.
  • Resident Evil:
    • Resident Evil and the remake has larger than normal bees that pose almost no threat, but they attack in swarms and they do sting you, but their stings do very little damage, putting them into Goddamned Bats territory. The remake has a puzzle that makes you use a still living bee to solve it and once the puzzle is solved, the bee comes to life to attack you. The remake also has a key resting on a table underneath a beehive just like in the original game, but now you have to use insecticide on the hive to kill all the bees before you can safely grab the key.
    • Resident Evil 4 has the Novistadors, who have a hornet's nest-like hive in the Castle.
    • Resident Evil 6 has the Boss in Mook Clothing Gnezdo, a swarm of bees that assumes the shape of a human to attack. Luring out and killing the Queen is the only way to kill it.
    • Resident Evil 7 has Marguerite Baker's mold infestation, which allows her to control (and generate) swarms of hornets to attack Ethan (In case this wasn't bad enough, how and where she does it from are a whole different level of Nightmare Fuel. She seems to be able to control all forms of insects, judging by Jack's comment "I'm gonna squash you like a bug! Heh, hope Marguerite didn't hear that!"
  • This happens twice in Riviera: The Promised Land, where the team disturbs a Kredna Beehive early in the story and somehow manages to forget the incident in time to anger some killer bees later in the game.
  • The "Sting" spell in Secret of Evermore summons a small swarm of bees on a foe for a non-elemental attack. It's fairly average strength-wise, but it's notable for its alchemist being fairly well hidden in a desert.
  • Inverted in The Secret World; the bees are biomechanical, responsible for every player character's magical abilities, they put players back together when injured or killed, and they write the in-game codex. When you run into villains who know about them, they'll trap you or, in one case, cut off your legs rather than kill you for the bees to easily resurrect.
  • In The Sims 2, sims spending time outdoors will sometimes find themselves fleeing from bees. Witches and Warlocks can also summon a swarm of bees to attack someone.
  • The Swarm item in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed releases, well, a swarm of giant hornets who position themselves in the way of the racer in 1st place, hoping for him or her (and potentially other racers) to crash into them. Even after the sting operation, they'll continue to bug the bewildered racers by flying around their heads.
  • Spore: The Galactic Adventures expansion introduced the summon swarm ability, and the Cute and Creepy expansion had the bee swarm emote.
  • In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, the hostile trees in Fracture Hills attack Spyro by sending out bees from the beehive on one of their branches.
  • Sunless Skies has the behemothic spacefaring Chorister Bees, which attack in huge swarms and produce music with their wings. Notably, the floral town of Titania, being built on top of a gigantic flower, has very serious problems with these creatures which often ravage it.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Super Mario Land has the Bunbun, while Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins has both the normal-sized Bibi and the bigger Buuichi (both exclusive to Tree Zone). While Bunbun and Bibi behave similarly, the Buuichi acts more like a Thwomp, as it will attempt to crush Mario whenever he approaches it from below.
    • Super Mario Sunshine has wild bees guarding beehives attached to tropical trees. Yoshi can eat them one by one and, in some cases, when all of them are eaten, either a blue coin or an extra life will appear.
    • Averted in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2; the bees are actually pretty nice. You get a power-up that turns you into a bee.
    • Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World both have Stingbies, large-sized bees that appear in some grass-type levels. They also appear in the battle stage Honeybee Hive in Mario Kart 7.
    • In Mario Party 2, one minigame is Honeycomb Havoc. The players take turns selecting one or two fruits (or coins) each, and anyone who gets a honeycomb gets chased off by a swarm of bees and loses. The last player left wins the game.
  • Super Smash Bros. 4 has the new "Beehive" Item, from Animal Crossing. Throwing it at a foe causes it an unavoidable swarm of bees to attack and sting them for 2-4% damage. However, just throwing the beehive causes the swarm to attack you instead, so don't miss.
  • One of the enemy types you encounter in Suzy Cube is giant cube-shaped bees.
  • Target Acquired 2016: One of the Mecha-Mooks Yura faces while chasing Cammy includes giant robot bees.
  • Zig-Zagged in TaskMaker, an RPG. Worker Bees have a Good alignment and nearly no health or attack, while Giant Hornet, Giant Wasp, and Giant Killer Bee are monsters.
  • What is worse than a giant cat that fires lasers in a Team Fortress 2 achievement farming map? A giant cat that fires lasers and BEES. Also a mod for the flamethrower that changes the fire effect into a swarm of bees, complete with the proper sound effects.
  • The 1.2 update of Terraria added Queen Bee in jungle bee hives, a giant bee boss that shoots smaller bees. Queen Bee can also drop the Bee Gun, Bee's Knees (bow), and Bee Keeper (sword), all allowing players to utilize bees. From the same update, Plantera has a one in seven chance of dropping the Wasp Gun, a stronger version of the Bee Gun. Breaking the blocks of the bee hive also has a chance to spawn the smaller bees, and hornets spawn randomly in the underground jungle. On top of all of these is the Honeycomb accessory and its upgrades, which cause Bees to spawn whenever the wearer gets hit, to attack the offender.
    • In the 1.4 update, one of the three Easter Egg world seeds added invokes this, causing the world generated to be one themed around Bees, including having Queen Bee's larva being able to spawn practically anywhere- even on the surface of the world! The seed required to get this? 'Not the bees!' (it's not the first time Terraria has referenced that line either: It's also one of the possible title bars, and the achievement obtained for firing the Bee Gun while wearing full Bee Armor is also named 'Not the Bees!').
  • Both Tiny Toon Adventures for the NES and Babs' Big Break for the Game Boy feature bees as enemies in the forest levels. The best way to take them out is to destroy their hive first.
  • One of the more annoying enemies in Toe Jam And Earl was a swarm of bees who would follow you everywhere. If you tried jumping into water to avoid them, they just hovered over you.
  • An official mod for Torchlight adds a Bee Swarm spell. You can either use this spell yourself or teach it to your pet; meaning you can have a dog that when it barks it shoots bees. Or a cat. Or a ferret.
  • Hibachi's character sheet asks "what could be worse than a mechanical bee that fires an obscene amount of bullets?" The answer, given by Touhou Labyrinth, is two mechanical bees that fire an obscene amount of bullets and are immune to physical and magical attacks respectively.
  • The main area in Infocom's Trinity includes a giant hive of man-size bees. They won't bother you if you don't bother them... but unfortunately the plot requires you to steal honey from them, leading to immediate death if you're not careful.
  • In Vigilante 8, Beezwax' special weapon produces a bee swarm that will home in on you and knock you into the air, even if you are driving a truck or bus. This is because they are radioactive and have apparently gained superpowers.
  • WarioWare: Twisted! has this in Kat and Ana's level. Kat pokes a beehive that eventually falls, and bees start chasing them. Obviously you have to Press X to Not Die.
  • In World of Warcraft there's a quest where you must steal honey from a Furbolg village. Doing this will randomly cause bees to attack you, which dispels in either 10 seconds or jumping into a nearby pond.
  • The Big Bad of Yooka-Laylee is Capital B, a giant Corrupt Corporate Executive bee.
  • Yoshi's Story uses beehives as obstacles. The bees swarm into the shape of a hand and block your progress, and they'll sting if you get too pushy.
  • Giana Sisters DS: Hymenoptera enemies come in two kinds: regular Bees who simply fly back and forth; and Killer Bees who float stationary as perpetually firing their grenade launchers.

    Web Animation 
  • DR. BEES!, a bee-themed superhero who fights crimes and resolves bee-related situations with more bees, which he has no control over, and end up making most situations worse.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Averted with Bee. He's friendly and runs a pet shop.
  • Vegeta's hallucinations in Ducktalez 7 include being attacked by bees. Summoned by Mr. Popo, no less.
  • Happy Tree Friends:
    • Bee stings are an occasional cause of death, but so is everything else.
    • Averted in the episode "Take a Hike": Nutty finds a beehive and proceeds to sucks all the honey out of it with a straw. The bees, rather than immediately stinging the invader for violating their hive and eating up their food storage, simply continue buzzing around obliviously even after the beehive is completely shriveled up. Nutty, in turn, gets mauled by an enraged bear instead.
  • RWBY: When airships pass through the floating islands of Lake Matsu, they run the risk of being spotted by Lancers, a type of large Creature of Grimm that takes the form and nature of a hornet. When Lancers target a ship, they group together into a swarm and chase the ship through the air until they get close enough to use their stingers as grappling guns to hook onto, and reel in, the ship they're targeting. Once latched onto the hull, their mandibles can cut through metal with ease. Their swarm attacks are so effective that even airships that have a Huntsman on board aren't guaranteed to survive.

    Web Comics 
  • Subverted in a strip from Bob the Angry Flower. Bob tries to use chemical and light signals to control a swarm of "supersonic hyper-bees" to use as a weapon of mass destruction. This backfires on him when, being a talking flower, the bees change course and swarm over him... but it turns out they just wanted to borrow his pen to write a novel.
  • Bronze Skin Inc:In Chapter 8, Raymond lets loose a swarm of bees to get the Bronze Skin team.
  • Cat and Girl has the title characters fighting an "International Army Comprised Solely of Bees" during a picnic.
  • In Darths & Droids, Sally thinks the Jedi Temple massacre could be caused by bees. And being D&D, they discuss the trope on the annotation.
  • Ennui GO!: This is the punishment for wearing clothes in the Nude Room - a swarm of African Killer Bees that live in the walls.
  • Asher from Get Medieval catapults a beehive into a castle in order to end a siege.
  • In Pebble and Wren, Pebble is scared of Phil's razor, mistaking it for a box of bees that eat the hair off his face.
  • As Slackerz shows us, whats worse than Zombies? Zom-Beez!
  • Xaneth's dungeon in True Villains has chests filled with bees — chests that are at the ends of inescapable death traps. Yikes.

    Web Original 
  • Craigslist is worse with bees, too.
  • Halo 2 ARG I Love Bees, despite its name, has a protagonist named Melissa who hates bees.
  • The Jolly Roger Telephone Company is a company that provides bots which are designed to waste the time of telemarketers and other unwanted callers. The original Jolly Roger bot, voiced by creator Roger Anderson, has a routine involving a bee that has become rather iconic for the company. He will say that he has a bee on his arm and tell the caller to go ahead and keep talking, but he's going to stay quiet because of the bee. After a certain point, depending on how much the caller talks, he will say that the bee is totally crawling up his arm, but it's not mad, so he guesses it's okay and tell the caller again to keep talking. The routine ends with him admitting that although he said he was listening to the caller during the "bee thing," he was actually just concentrating on the bee, and asking the caller to start over.
  • SCP Foundation: In the situation that the diary is bees, a modified document will be provided.
  • This story from the website Superbad.

    Web Videos 
  • Invoked in this Gaijin Gamers Play in a round of Smash 4. Akiterra hits Gaijin Goombah with a Beehive item, and mayhem ensues.
    Gaijin: Ahh! Freakin' bees!
    Allochii: Bees!
    Gaijin: NOT THE BEES!! (GG avatar runs across the screen, pursued by a swarm of Beedrill)
  • In TierZoo, humans are acknowledged as in-universe Game Breakers due to their high intelligence and other factors allowing them to dominate the metagame. The animals they fare the worst against are flight-capable stinging insects like bees, wasps, and hornets. A lack of thick fur means that humans have terrible defense against stingers without specialized protective equipment, while the apids'/vespids' fast aerial mobility and Zerg Rush tactics allow them to outpace and get several painful stings in. This easily destroys a human's resolve and causes them to flee — or even worse, causes anaphylactic shock that can kill.
  • Joel of Vinesauce has a particular dislike for bees, even go as far as to write "I EXIST TO BRING PAIN" on a drawing of one. And he hates wasps even more.
  • YouTube explorer Dan Bell has been swarmed by bees in abandoned buildings at least twice, the second incident possibly involving the Africanized "killer" variety.

    Western Animation 
  • In an extreme Alice Comedies short, "Alice Gets Stung," a girl named Alice goes hunting with her cat. They are chased a bear who traps them in a barrel, drops a beehive in it and throws them into a river.
  • Suzie, Alan, Anne and Tom Chan in The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, thanks to Tom's plan to extract honey from a beehive. Including the bees forming an arrow and both Tom and Alan getting stung on the butt. Fortunately they suffer no lasting effects.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • In the episode "The Fridge" a flashback of Gumball's day shows him giving Penny a bouquet filled with bees.
    • In "The Bumpkin" Gumball's finger gets stung by a wasp, then when he tries to suck the venom out his lips swell up.
    • In "The Downer" when Gumball is singing a parody of Pharrell Williams' "Happy", he's trying to find things that cheer him up. When he tries to smell some flowers in the kitchen, he finds that they're full of bees.
  • An absolutely psychotic example occurs in the American Dad! episode "Tapped Out," where Francine cracks open a beehive and devours the bees inside as they sting her repeatedly.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender had Vulture-Bees. Not fun, we can tell ya. Even worse. They were vulture-WASPS!
  • The 1985 animated version of The Berenstain Bears has several episodes revolving around Papa Bear's attempts to get honey from a swarm of bees led by Queen Nectar.
  • Boo Boom! The Long Way Home: episode 3 has this happen to Christopher when he mistakes a wasp nest for an abandoned bee hive, and breaks it open in hopes of finding honey.
  • In the Brandy & Mr. Whiskers episode "The Fashion Fascist," Mr. Whiskers gets a beehive stuck on his head and, because he's being hailed as a fashion guru, everyone else starts wearing one too. Brandy eventually gives in and tries it herself, but finds it unbearably painful.
  • Brickleberry: In "Trailer Park," when Ethel mentions being stung by a bee before getting her picture taken, accompanied by a quick cut to her grotesquely swollen face on the cover of a magazine.
  • In the Bunnicula episode "Scaraoke," a malicious ghost drops a beehive in front of Mina. Ever cheerful, her initial reaction is "Cool, bees!" before being stung repeatedly.
  • In episode 3 of Bunsen Is a Beast Amanda steals a beehive from a bear... with a boomerang. Needless to say, she looks pretty rough when she reappears.
  • In the Camp Lakebottom episode "Pod Parents," Suzi disturbs a beehive and is shown badly stung in a subsequent scene.
  • In the Camp Lazlo episode "The Big Cheese", Scoutmaster Lumpus attempts to steal a cheese wheel by picking it up with his buttocks. Somehow he accidentally picks up a beehive instead. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In an episode of Catscratch, Mr. Blik suggests that the cats disguise themselves as girls to get into Human Kimberly's slumber party and steal her root beer (their Trademark Favorite Drink). Waffle is more focused on them getting makeovers, so Blik asks Gordon to hand him a bag of bees that he puts on Waffle's head.
  • Happens in the animated version of El Chavo del ocho, in the episode "El Campamento," when a beehive falls on Doña Florinda's head.
  • In an episode of Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, a mad entomologist controls a swarm of bees via (awfully performed) rock music.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • Donald Duck was ocasionally bugged by generic bees, notably in The Band Concert, Orphans' Picnic, and Moose Hunters, and faced the same bee twice in Window Cleaners and Home Defense. It got to the point where a new bee character, Spike (or Buzz-Buzz), was created to co-star with Donald in no less than six shorts (Spike also appeared in a seventh short, co-starring this time with Pluto). This trope is subverted in the last one of those, called "Let's Stick Together", as Donald and Spike finish the picture as good friends.
    • Curiously, the very last Donald cartoon with bees, Beezy Bear, shows him as the rightful owner of a bee farm, and he suffers no assault from them in the whole short... though he had to deal with Humphrey the Bear, who wanted the honey and suffered the wrath of the bees AND Donald.
  • In the Class of the Titans episode "Recipe for Disaster," Atlanta is chased down and stung by a swarm of bees. She doesn't look any worse for wear after, but it's treated pretty seriously.
  • In the Code Lyoko episode "Swarming Attack", XANA possesses a swarm of hornets. A later comic has one where Yumi and a bee get merged The Fly-style on Lyoko.
  • Episode 4 of Crash Canyon has Roxy being attacked by a swarm of bees that sting her forehead.
  • In an episode of Danny Phantom, a ghost that causes bad luck makes Tucker accidentally disturb a beehive at school, leaving most of his fellow classmates stung.
  • In the Daria episode "Antisocial Climbers", jock Kevin gives his cheerleader girlfriend Brittany a bouquet of freshly picked flowers... filled with bees. It takes a few stings before she starts running.
  • In Dave the Barbarian, Fang gets a beehive stuck on her head twice in one episode (19b, "Dog of the Titans"). She doesn't seem too bothered, despite being badly stung.
  • Happens constantly in Dawn of the Croods
    • In "A Spoonful of Soo-Gar," the whole tribe is on the run from a huge swarm of bees, though nobody gets stung.
    • In "It Crushes," Eep willingly lets herself be stung by bees as an attempt to drown out her feelings of love for her crush.
    • In "It Takes Ahhh! Valley Part 2," the Croods launch a beehive at a dinosaur in an unsuccessful attempt to ward it off.
    • In "Slak Attack," One-Eyed Amber recommends shoving beehives into the clothes of lazy teenagers as a way of motivating them, then proceeds to demonstrate by cramming one down her own loincloth.
    • In "A Gran Adventure," Ugga is stung badly by swarms of bees Gran has employed as booby traps to safeguard her treasure.
    • In "Gorgey Girl," a male caveman is stung by bees as part of a lesson being taught to Eep's class. When the teacher realizes Eep isn't paying attention, he throws a hive at her as well.
  • The Day My Butt Went Psycho!: In "Bums of Steel," most of the main cast is stung by bees at the end of the episode, and are shown nursing their wounds with toilet paper shortly after.
  • In the Detentionaire episode "Fight or Flight", Holger and Steve end up being chased by a swarm of bees after being covered in green and presumably smelly goo.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: Played for Laughs in the Justice Friends episode "Bee, Where?", where the trio try in vain to get rid of a bee roaming their apartment. Major Glory even says the trope name word for word "bee afraid, Krunk! bee very afraid!"
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "Till Nephews Do Us Part", Millionara is attacked by bees after the triplets spray her with honey disguised as bug repellent.
  • The main cast gets attacked by bees pretty regularly in Ed, Edd n Eddy.
  • In the Edgar & Ellen episode "Manners Marathon", the title twins present Stephanie with an exploding pot of honey, drenching her in the sticky stuff and attracting a nearby swarm of bees that chase her away. She's badly stung in the next scene.
  • In the Eek! The Cat episode "Lord of the Fleas," Eek naively throws a beehive to Sharky, who is relaxing poolside with his female wrestler friends, thinking it's a beach ball. They can briefly be seen running from the bees in the background of the subsequent scene.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • In "Mr. Right" when Francis dares Timmy to guess what's behind his back, Timmy uses the power of his "everything I say is right" wish to put a wasp nest in Francis's hand. This eventually bites Timmy in the ass at the end when Francis provides scorpions, wasp nests, and the feminine wrestler Timmy wished earlier.
    • The episode "Frenemy Mine" has Timmy handing Vicky a beehive to try and get her to stop being nice to him. She gets badly stung, but still manages to contain her anger.
  • Family Guy:
    • "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One" featured a giant killer bee with the voice of Bruce.
    • Happens to Lois in "Stuck Together, Torn Apart" when Peter fills a jar with bees, then lets her open it for him as a joke.
    • In "The Man with Two Brians" Quagmire, in a Jackass-esque stunt, covers his genitals with bees. Despite a scare, he seemed perfectly fine moments later. But Brian-as-Chewbacca in "It's a Trap!" sure didn't.
    • In "Road to Vegas", the second commercial break is proceeded by Peter about to try to get the honey out of a beehive. Thankfully, we don't see what happens next.
    • In "Gronkowsbees", Brian and Stewie start raising bees to produce honey, and Stewie has the idea of giving the bees steroids to increase their production. The result is a swarm of super-strong, super-angry bees.
  • The Paramount/Trans-Lux Felix the Cat episode "Felix the Cat Suit" had a bee (with a face strangely resembling Felix with a stinger on its front) ruin the Professor's Mirror Routine with Felix while wearing a big inflatable Felix the Cat costume. Stinging the "reflection" causes the Felix suit to explode.
  • An episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends had Bloo getting stung by bees that were attracted by his attempt to make a beard out of honey and pine needles. However, thanks to Madame Foster becoming The Beastmaster, they later returned to help the gang when most of them fell in quicksand.
  • Futurama:
    • One entire episode, "The Sting", revolves around an attempt to get space honey from space bees, bees who are "as large as a Buick and twice as ugly." And you don't want to see what happens if they sting someone allergic. The Professor has apparently sent several crews to their death getting said honey. One of the Christmas Episodes episode has the bees return, though they're distracted by in-fighting. Then Hermes uses the magic of Kwanzaa to unify them again, and things quickly go south.
    • The very first episode claimed the last crew were ingested by space wasps (possibly a misnomer for the space bees mentioned above).
      Leela: What happened to the last crew?
      Professor: Oh those poor sons of b— but that's not important!
  • In the French cartoon Gawayn, episode 43, Roderick returns from a walk with gifts for the princess: a bouquet of wilted flowers and a beehive. The whole main cast is badly stung before Percy Pond appears and uses his raw charisma to placate the swarm.
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "The Stanchurian Candidate", Stan mentions offhand that he let bees loose in an elementary school a few years back.
  • In the Harry And Bunnie episode "Hypnotized Bunnie," most of the main cast falls victim to this trope after a beehive gets tossed around at a beach party.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • In "Helga's Boyfriend", bees attack and sting Helga because of a flower she's wearing on her hat.
    • In "Grudge Match", after Grandpa Phil and Big Bob give each other fender benders on their cars, they try to settle who pays for the damages in a game of golf. The problem? Grandpa gets golf confused with tennis, so Arnold coaches him. One of Grandpa's disastrous practices at golfing ends with the ball puncturing through a beehive, and Arnold and Grandpa run as the angry bees chase them. The scene then cuts to the two of them covered in bandages.
    • In "Friday the 13th", Wolfgang and Edmund trick Arnold and Gerald into coating themselves in a mixture of honey and barbecue sauce, causing a massive swarm of bees to come after them until they jump into a fountain.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi:
    • In the episode "Record Breakers," Ami attempts to break the record for the largest beard of bees. This goes terribly wrong when the bees are attracted to Kaz's cotton candy and chase him, eventually causing him to trip, launching the sugary treat into Yumi's face and subjecting her to the stinging swarm's wrath.
    • In the episode where Yumi begins getting all her advice from a talking koi fish, Ami narrowly avoids getting hit by several disasters, then when gloating to the fish it tells her she shouldn't breathe. She reasons that his advice is nonsense because she needs to breathe, so she opens her mouth and a swarm of bees fly inside.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes:
    • One of Lucius' birthday presents in "Happy Birthday, Lucius" was oven mitts... filled with "extra-stingy bees".
    • In "Spew-Tube", one of Lucius' attempts to regain his reputation after an embarrassing old movie sees him kill a bee. Then Jimmy, in a misguided attempt to make him seem even tougher, tosses a rock at a nearby hive. Needless to say, he makes things worse.
    • In the season 2 episode "Panda-Monium," Heloise destroys a giant panda statue and accidentally breaks a chunk off of the giant beehive inside, with stingy results. It's made funnier by the fact that she rarely ever gets hurt.
  • In the Johnny Test episode "Johnny Unplugged," Johnny, his father and two sisters are all stung by a swarm of bees after disturbing a hive while hiking.
    • A recurring villain is the Bee Keeper, whose gimmick is pretty much what you're imagining. Subverted in that he's rather ineffectual and more interested in trying to make his honey-flavored candy bars a success.
  • In an episode of Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Brad attempts to rat Kick out for a minor scratch on their father's car (caused by Brad himself) and the bees swarm out of their hive and into Brad's mouth, stinging his tongue in the process, inhibiting his ability to talk coherently, which prompts their father to drive him to the hospital in their mother's car while Kick and Gunther attempt to efface the scratch from his father's car.
  • In the King of the Hill episode "Mutual of Omabwah", Dale decides to try his hand at beekeeping, taking a bunch of bees he's purchased and placing them in a large glass tank. When thing don't work the way he hoped, he kicks the tank in frustration, knocking it over and spilling out its contents. Hilarity Ensues the moment Dale realizes what he's done.
  • In The Land Before Time TV series, Chomper the little Tyrannosaurus rex loves to eat bees. Due to his constant forgetting that his friends are herbivores he becomes confused why Littlefoot and Petrie are less than happy when he offers them a hive of bees to eat in one episode.
  • Most of the main cast in The Lion Guard is stung by an angry swarm of bees in episode 4, "Can't Wait to be Queen."note 
    • For another example, bees nearly derail Ukumbusho — a ritual meant to commemorate the peace established between Simba's pride and the elephants, long ago — after Makini uses pollen to paint the sunbursts on the elephants' foreheads. (She used up all the yellow fruit painting Fuli, Ono, Beshte, and Bunga to look like lions.)
  • The rather bee-themed Mighty Magiswords episode "The Wrath of Neddy" ends with Vambre and Prohyas claiming a beehive magisword, and accidentally unleashing its stingy ability on themselves.
  • Miraculous Ladybug has a Bee Kwami, who falls more under the Virtuous Bees trope, and Queen Wasp, who falls more under Wicked Wasps.
  • The fate of the Lepodopterist in "Molly Moo Cow and the Butterflies", where Molly sends him tripping against a local beehive, prompting them to chase off the guy.
  • Mr Krbec and his Animals: Swarming bees appear near the castle gate in one episode and they won't let any visitors in and they are quite aggressive. Mischievous ghost Ruprecht actually helps out when he brings an old beehive and lures the bees in it. Mr Krbec then becomes a beekeeper, which is a good thing, because he talked himself hoarse, showing the castle to tourists. He will appreciate all the honey he will eventually get from the bees.
  • The Mr. Men Show:
    • Mr. Bump from does get a lot of problems with pests like bees and wasps in a couple of episodes.
    • Miss Calamity does get a problem with bees in some scenes of her in some of the Season 1 episodes.
  • This happens in a camp episode of ¡Mucha Lucha!, when Buena Girl shoots a beehive during archery practice and they attack her.
  • Subverted in Muppet Babies (1984): Animal answers the phone when he hears it ringing. He describes what he heard to the others as a buzzing noise (It was a dial-tone. He answered too late). While the others wonder who it could've been, Gonzo is convinced it's killer bees announcing their arrival and panics throughout the entire episode. While a honey bee did in fact, get into the nursery, Nanny told them it was nothing to worry about and let it out the window, and as for the phone call? It was Statler and Waldorf announcing they were bringing over a pizza.
  • In My Friend Rabbit, it happens to Edweena while Mouse is trying to tell a story to her, Rabbit and Thunder in the episode "Strange Bee-haviour".
  • My Little Pony:
    • My Little Pony 'n Friends: In "Woe Is Me, Part 2", when Woebegone tries to leave Dream Valley, he disturbs a Stock Beehive that falls down and releases a swarm of angry insects that promptly chase him down.
    • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
      • "Winter Wrap Up" sees Twilight Sparkle dislodging a beehive when she runs into a tree after getting startled by a flock of bats. And lodging her head inside it.
      • In "Feeling Pinkie Keen", Pinkie Pie's "Pinkie Sense" allows her to hide from an angry bee swarm that pops out from nowhere, but Twilight (who stubbornly refuses to believe in the Pinkie Sense) isn't so lucky.
      • In "Fall Weather Friends", Applejack uses a beehive to attack Rainbow Dash during the race.
      • In "Castle Mane-ia", Applejack and Rainbow Dash try to top each other in bravery with a staring contest... covered in bees. Luckily, they're both wearing beekeeper suits underneath.
      • In "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies", Seabreeze crashes into a beehive after dodging falling acorns. The bees promptly attack him, and only leave him alone after being chewed out by an angry Fluttershy.
      • "A Health of Information" features flash bees, insects resembling bees or hornets with blue rather than black stripes and electrified stings. Their honey is also the only cure for Swamp Fever, and it's consequently sought out by Fluttershy when Zecora contracts the disease. This is complicated by both the highly aggressive and territorial nature of the bees, who attack anyone who approaches their hive, and the painful electric jolts caused by their stings. Fluttershy eventually manages to fool her way past them by using a blue-and-yellow striped mask to make them think she is a bee herself.
      • In "A Rockhoof and a Hard Place", Rockhoof unwittingly delivers a tree containing a beehive to Zecora. Of course, she is immediately swarmed and stung.
  • In the Nerds and Monsters episode "Fab Rock," both Irwin and Becky get badly stung by monster bees at different points in the episode.
  • The New Adventures of Superman: In "War of the Bee Battalion", criminals force a scientist who has created a growth ray for honeybees to use the device to attack Metropolis.
  • In "The Bee Team" episode of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, Scooby and friends are hired to investigate the appearance of giant killer bees by a local beekeeper. Unfortunately, Shaggy and Scooby get just as much trouble from the normal bees as they do from the giant ones.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Sting Operation", with hornets.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • "Hawaiian Vacation": Candace walks into a swarm of bees and swats one on a tree. Unfortunately for her, this dislodges a hive from the tree it drops right on her head.
    • "Skiddley Whiffers": Vanessa and all the friends she's camping with are allergic to bees. Luckily, Vanessa's dad is around.
    • Averted in "Bee Day" and its Lower-Deck Episode "Bee Story", in which the entire city of Danville spends the day celebrating the awesomeness of bees.
  • The Pink Panther: In "Pink Is a Many Splintered Thing" the Pink Panther once tried to hide from some pesky bees he'd annoyed by jumping into a hollow tree; the bees simply plugged up the open end with a rock, slipped into cracks in the trunk and proceeded to give the Panther what for.
  • In the Pop Pixie episode "Camp Pixie," Narcissa, Lockette and Amore are all stung by wasps after disturbing their underground nest.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show:
    • In "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksman", an exhausted Ren tries to drink from Stimpy's canteen, but doesn't notice that it's full of bees, who begin sadistically attacking his tongue.
    • In "Lumberjerks", a hornet stings Ren in the eye.
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Canned", when Rocko becomes a product tester at Conglom-O, he chews a sample of gum that makes a tree grow out of his head. When Ed dumps several of the same gum in his mouth, he has a beehive grow instead and the bees sting him until his head swells up and he floats to the ceiling. At the end of the episode, Rocko gives a pack of the beehive gum to Mr. Dupette in retaliation for him firing Rocko from his old job at the beginning, and the bees make him crash his car into a street light.
  • Happens twice in Ruby Gloom; First to Misery's cousin Malady in "Misery Loves Company," then to Misery herself in "Hair(less) the Musical." where Misery demonstrates how a picnic is worse with bees by jamming a honey stick into a beehive, causing the bees to swarm onto her face and sting her viciously. It's made creepier by the fact that she's mid-song when this is happening, and never breaks the tune.
  • In an episode of Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat it happens to one of the daughters. The episode tries to explain that bees are harmless, but it's still alarming to see someone get stung for apparently no reason.
  • The Simpsons:
  • In the Les Sisters episode "En manque de Max," Wendy and Marine get chased and stung by a swarm of bees while exploring the forest. They're left covered in welts during the subsequent scenes.
  • Jellyfish on SpongeBob SquarePants are the equivalent of bees underwater. They similarly live in hives and produce jelly like bees would honey (or produce actual honey in the episode "Married to Money"), they all have electrical stings, and they apparently have both queens and kings.
  • Squirrel Boy: In one episode it's shown that Leon's favorite flavor of cake is wasp nest.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star subjects Ludo's minions to this with her Honeybee Tornado Swarm spell.
  • In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) episode "The Evil of Dregg", Donatello gets stung by a Xaxx, a species of alien bee from Lord Dregg's home planet, causing his face to hideously swell up.
  • Teen Titans Go!:
    • In "Laundry Day", Robin gets chased by a swarm of bees while trapped outside naked.
    • In "Two Bumble Bees and a Wasp," most of the main cast gets a sting or two over the course of the episode. Beast Boy gets the worst of it towards the conclusion.
    • In "Beast Boy's St. Patrick's Day Luck and it's Bad," Starfire gets her face stung by a whole swarm during a musical number.
    • In "Booby Trap House," Robin, Beast Boy and Raven are trapped in an elevator with a beehive. They emerge as badly swollen, honey-covered blobs.
    • In "BBRAE," Starfire, Robin and Cyborg are all stung by bees that fly out of a bouquet Beast Boy had intended to give to Raven.
    • In "What We Learned at Camp," Artemis gets badly stung after Bumblebee sics a swarm of bees on her.
  • In the Thomas the Tank Engine episode, "James Goes Buzz Buzz", a beehive being loaded onto James' express train falls off a luggage cart and breaks open. The passengers flee the station as the bees escape and buzz around James, deciding to warm themselves on his boiler. One bee burns his foot, and thinking James burnt him on purpose, stings him on the nose as retribution. James spends the rest of the episode trying to get rid of the bees on his boiler.
  • Chuck Jones' "Three Bears" cartoon The Bee-Devilled Bruin has Papa Bear determined to get some honey from a bee hive. Most of his resultant injuries are the doing of his idiot son, but late in the film he gets chased by a bee swarm and his face ends up horribly swollen with stings.
  • In the El Tigre episode "Oso Sole Mio," El Oso is attacked by bees after punching their hive in a flashback. Later, the bears shove a beehive on Frida's head, and her face is horribly stung when she removes it.
  • Timon & Pumbaa has the episode "To Bee or not to Bee", in which the eponymous characters are kidnapped by bees.
  • In The Tofus episode 15, Pop attracts a swarm of bees into his shed with music. Lola, Lily and Phil end up getting stung.
  • The 1945 Tom and Jerry cartoon short Tee for Two involves Tom attempting a golf game and Jerry making it pure hell for him. Near the end of the episode, Jerry kicks Tom into a tree, causing a beehive to fall on his head. Tom tries escaping from the very pissed-off bees by hiding in a bush, which Jerry promptly destroys. As the bees continue shooting around looking for revenge, they fail to notice a bamboo stem sticking out of a small lake. Jerry points out to the bees that it's really a makeshift breathing apparatus for the cat, and directs them straight down into the bamboo tube. You can guess what happens next.
  • On Total Drama Island, Lindsay has to retrieve a key that's stuck in a beehive. Izzy gets it for her, by ramming her hand right into the hive, and an angry swarm chases Lindsay into a lake. Needless to say, she's not looking so hot in the next scene.
  • On Total DramaRama, a montage of Izzy falling asleep in various places ends with her falling off a branch and headfirst into a beehive.
  • Transformers
  • In the Unikitty! episode "Camp Unikitty," the titular character gets a beehive stuck on her head and is viciously stung while exclaiming how much she loves nature.
  • Harry gets some unwanted guests in an episode of Wait Till Your Father Gets Home — a colony of bees and a bumbling live-in exterminator played by Don Knotts.
  • Wakfu: In episode 21 of season 2, Elaine steps onto a hive of wasps. The typical running and jumping into a nearby pond ensues for the girls.
  • The Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa episode "How the West Was Shrunk" had Cody get chased by bees while trying to get honey.
  • Yin Yang Yo!: Happens to Yang in "How the Cookie Crumbles" and "Today You Are a Bear" and to Lena in "Zarnot's Girlfriend."
  • In The ZhuZhus episode "If Wishes Were Rainbows," Frankie is chased and stung by bees after Chunk attempts to steal their hive as an offering.

    Real Life 
  • The Battle of Tanga (otherwise known as "The Battle of the Bees") in World War I, where startling military incompetence was compounded by a great many killer bees, who decided to sting the ever-living fuck out of both sides. One unlucky soldier who fell unconscious was actually stung back into consciousness so the bees could continue to wail on him.
  • Truth in Television: Once a bee or wasp stings or is swatted, especially killer bees, hornets, and yellow jackets, it releases an alarm pheromone that signals nearby bees/wasps to attack. If you happen to be near their hive... to make matters worse, the exhaust fumes of a diesel engine are similar enough to incite the same behavior in a number of species (because some light esters fit right in). Coincidentally, the same substances give overripe fruits this characteristic thick sweet smell. Prepared to quickly wash your face after a juicy snack? Bon Appetito.
  • Unlike her worker offspring, which sting only once and die shortly after, the honeybee queen is capable of stinging multiple times due to having a smooth, barb-less stinger. However, she hardly if ever uses them against humans or large mammals: her trademark royal weapon is reserved for one purpose and one only: killing other queens (her own mother or daughters included) to ensure she reigns alone. Game of Drones, anyone?
  • And don't muck with the Asian Giant Hornet. They are the size of your thumb and typically make their meals by attacking beehives and slaughtering the entire population, then eating all the honey and the larvae. They've been known to easily win fights with bees even when outnumbered a thousand to one. The bee stings hardly bother them. Even so-called "killer bees" are easily wiped out and yellow jacket wasps will abandon their hives as a result of this terrifying menace. 50 people a year killed by these horrid creatures in Japan alone.
    • The famous "30 vs. 30,000" video is of Japanese Hornets vs. European Honey Bees, who have no idea what to do against them. Japanese bees have a way of dealing with hornet scouts (cooking them alive via a Dog Pile of Doom), which prevents the main force from ever showing up, provided they lap up the pheromones, too. Half the time the scout gets away without being detected or the Japanese honeybees didn't eat the pheromones in time after roasting the scout and they get wiped out the same as their European cousins. The roasting tactic is especially interesting because Japanese honeybees can withstand at maximum temperatures of between 118 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit while the hornet can only handle up to 117. By raising the temperature to 118, the hornet dies but the bees survive the heat and live on.
    • The venom of the Asian Giant Hornet contains an enzyme that in some cases can destroy flesh quickly. So even a person that is not allergic can still die from less than five stings due to renal failure. Even one sting, though not fatal, can be extremely painful. To make it worse, they have very strong bites as their huge mandibles are adapted to crush the exoskeletons of bees and wasps. So, when they attack, not only do they sting, they bite.
    • Native Japanese honeybees have another, less spectacular tactic: When they spot a scout hornet, they release a specific pheromone called an "I See You" pheromone, which, thanks to co-evolution, simultaneously tells the rest of the colony "Hey, there's a hornet scouting us" and the hornet "don't even try, because we're ready for you". Scout hornets that pick up this pheromone leave, and go off in search of easier prey.
    • In 2020, Asian giant hornets were reported to have been found in the Pacific Northwest of North America, causing a panic amongst the general populace. They even earned the nickname "murder hornets" from the media, and while their notorious reputation is certainly a cause for alarm, scientists and beekeepers are more worried about the impact they could have on honeybee populations because of the above-mentioned defenselessness North American honeybees have against these little monsters.
  • The nests of the southern yellow jacket often contain several dozen queens and hundreds of thousands of workers, and can reach several feet in diameter. Without a double layered bee suit, do not even think about approaching one of these nests. Even with a double-layered bee suit, the Zerg Rush will be dense enough that the small proportion of yellowjackets that get in a lucky strike will make your day very unpleasant. Also, they nest in the ground. Heaven help you if you get a nest in your back yard and "discover" it with your lawn mower.
  • Two of the first American aircraft carriers were clearly named with this trope in mind: USS Hornet and USS Wasp (both actually recycling names that had been used numerous times before in the US Navy). Consider that an aircraft carrier's primary means of attack is to send swarms of small planes to overwhelm their enemies... Most other American carriers tended to be named for important people (Presidents are popular for this) and the sites of famous battles (particularly battles involving aircraft carriers). They continued the tradition with the carrier-capable fighter/attack jet, the F/A-18 Hornet. And there are Attack Drones like the Predator drone—this is the reason they are named as such.
  • Debate rages about whether or not the Vuvuzela which sounds like bees is making the 2010 World Cup worse, MAKE IT STOP ALREADY!. So what happens when bees merge with vuvuzelas, and with some car alarm thrown in? WHY DID YOU ASK?!?!.
  • This tale, starring Tim Curry.
  • Deborah, the sole female Judge of Ancient Israel, has a name that means "bee".
  • Hymenoptera, the order of insects that includes bees, wasps, and ants, is responsible for more lethal attacks on humans than any other animal.
  • Africanized honey bees, a.k.a. "killer bees".
    • Much of this was inherited from their ancestors, African honeybees. They are like European honey bees, but twenty times worse. Overly defensive and easily provoked, they will whip the entire hive into an angry frenzy and chase down a single person for over half a mile. The reason why African honey bees are so aggressive? You would be too if you evolved with the honey badger as one of your predators. Oddly enough, the local African populations has a special ritualized way to take their honey.
    • Forget mice, elephants are even more afraid of African honey bees, which will will sting elephants on their most sensitive spots, since elephants tend to demolish the trees that bees live in. This has also proved beneficial to farmers, who protect their crops from elephants by encouraging the bees to build hives at the perimeters of their farm or play the recorded buzzing of angry bees to keep elephants away.
    • The reason Africanized honey bees even exist was due to human intervention. In the 1950's, some Brazilian bee keepers had the idea to cross-breed European Honey bees with African Honey bees to increase honey production. They ended up with a bee that is a superior honey producer but is also more aggressive. Unfortunately in 1957, 26 swarms escaped quarantine and have since been spreading northward to North America ever since.
  • Carpenter bees (specifically Eastern Carpenter Bees) demonstrate that not everything is worse with bees. Although gregarious, carpenter bees do not live in colonies like other bees (the time you would find more than one carpenter bee is if you were near their nests). Despite their large size and the scary noises their wings make, they are mostly passive and non-aggressive (unless they're seriously provoked). Although the males are slightly more aggressive (usually around other males), the best they do when a human approaches their territory is is hover a short distance in front of the face or buzzing around one's head. Since males have no stinger, these action are merely show. The females (who do have stingers) rarely use them. In fact, the killing of carpenter bees is now strongly discouraged since they serve an important function in pollinating plants. Regardless of these facts, many people still kill carpenter bees and destroy their nests because they regard them as a mild nuisance as well as their close resemblance to bumble bees, which happen to be more dangerous.
  • You know those aforementioned Japanese Giant Hornets? The Japanese honey bee is capable of killing it. Only within the hive and with a lot of bee buddies, but it still ends with one less hornet in the world. In this case, the bee is your only hope.
  • Accidents where lorries shed their loads on the road are bad enough but during an accident in Idaho the load in question was 400 beehives resulting in a cloud of 14 million bees being released, which resulted in every member of the team that responded to the accident being stung, though none suffered any serious side effects. The authorities are also worried the honey may attract bears too. Though bears do eat honey, it would be far more likely they would be attracted to the brood, as that is what bears are usually after when they attack a hive.
  • Members of the terrorist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria been flushed out of the jungle by mysterious attacks from snakes and bees. Some regard the animals as the manifestation of the vengeful spirits of their victims.
  • The white-faced hornet is a black-and-white yellowjacket on meth, crack, and steroids. It can be half the size of a big man's thumb, and hundreds may live in a football-sized nest hanging off of a branch. Which nest they will defend with a legendary aggressive fury, chasing the offender for up to two hundred metres at speeds up to 40 km/hour. "Stirring up the hornets' nest" is an English idiom for drawing large amounts of painful trouble. Unlike yellowjackets, they are quite mellow and inoffensive creatures when away from the nest. Also, that big gaudy aerial nest is one of Nature's great warning signs; yellowjackets' nests are typically hidden, and often in close proximity to human dwellings. Most people with experience of both species would rather have white-faced hornets around than yellowjackets.
  • European hornets were introduced to North America in the 1800s, and have been a menace ever since. Unlike white-faced hornets, they often establish nests in hidden cavities. European hornets are large, active during both day and night, very aggressive, and protective of their nests. If you discover a hornet colony, contact a pest control professional instead of trying to exterminate the colony yourself.
  • The tarantula hawk wasp is one of the largest wasps in the world (7 cm long) and infamous for having the most painful sting in the insect kingdom just behind the infamous bullet ant. Said sting can deliver five minutes of, to quote one scientist, "immediate, excruciating, unrelenting pain that simply shuts down one's ability to do anything, except scream. Mental discipline simply does not work in these situations". Females are also famous for their ability to take on tarantulas and win with their paralyzing venom before feeding the spiders to their young, although adults usually feed on nectar. The good news is they're generally docile and also solitary. It's also the state insect of New Mexico.
  • Cicada killer wasps actually avert this trope for the most part. While huge (up to 5 cm long) and intimidating, they're largely non-aggressive, only using their stingers to hunt or when directly physically threatened (and as with all wasps, males don't even have stingers). You really have to go out of your way to make them angry, and many can actually be handled — barehanded — so long as you don't grip them too hard.
  • One to beware of, however, is the warrior wasp, which possesses a sting comparable to the tarantula hawk, except that it's both aggressive and social. So, if you get too close to their nests, you risk being swarmed by one of the most painful stings in the world. Thankfully, they do warn you with a drumming sound that sounds creepily like actual marching warriors (hence the name). If you hear that, it's time to back off immediately. One thing that makes warrior wasps so much more dangerous than many of their cousins is the speed at which they go into all-out "attack mode". Most bees and wasps have stages of aggression: sending a few out at first as a warning, then escalating as the threat escalates. Warrior wasps will send out the entire nest at once with very little provocation, and they're *fast*. An unfortunate victim can find themselves covered with hundreds of these things before they even realize what's happening.
  • Averted with the European paper wasp, that happen to be almost indistinguishable from nature's asshole, the yellow jacket. They are very docile (nothing short of manhandling their nest or killing them will actually make them attack) and savvy gardeners can put out water and construction paper for them so they'll build their nest nearby and not only eat pest insects but also pollinate your flowers. They'll also build fabulous nests if you give them colored paper.
  • Also averted with the jewel wasp. Very pretty to look at and harmless, unless you're a cockroach (which these wasps specialize in hunting down and then laying their eggs in).
  • There is one flying insect with a sting even worse that the warrior wasp, Asian giant hornet, or tarantula hawk. It is called the executioner wasp. It has not yet been officially ranked on the Schmidt pain index, but it has been reported to have a sting even worse that the infamous bullet ant which can leave permanent scars. Luckily they are not a particularly aggressive species
  • One of the largest wasp species in the world is the giant scoliid wasp, also known as the scarab hunter wasp or the mammoth wasp. This native of Indonesia possesses very large mandibles and a wingspan of 11.6 cm (4.5 inches), and can comfortably sit in the palm of your hand. The reason why they get this big is because they specialize in hunting giant rhinoceros beetles, which the wasps paralyze with their stingers and then lay their eggs in. Any wasp built to take down armoured Big Creepy-Crawlies like the 5-inch long Atlas beetle is doubtlessly bound to have an agonizing sting.
  • Averted with bumblebees. They are very docile and don't mind being touched, despite being able to sting repeatedly due their stingers lacking barbs.
  • African elephants are terrified of bees. Not surprising, given how aggressive African bees are (see above). This has led to some people in Africa exploting this by building fences with beehives hung from them. If an elephant tries to push through the fense, it will rouse the bees, resulting in the elephant running away. This is being used as a nonlethal deterrant to train elephants to avoid farms, resulting in fewer violent confrontations between people and wild elephants.

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