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Bees. My God.

Just as often as they can be seen portrayed positively, bees can as easily be depicted in negative light. Their intimidating black-and-yellow coloration, painful stings, aggressive and overly territorial nature, tendency to attack in swarms, and their sheer determination in pursuing the perceived threats to their hive left a long-lasting impression of a dangerous insect that should not be messed with.

As such, it's not uncommon to see bees depicted as menacing and dangerous. If they are non-sapient, they will be featured as aggressive, vicious animals, often known to attack in swarms en-masse; while sapient bees can range from simple bullies to vile totalitarian Control Freaks obsessed with bringing everything and everyone under their control. Characters with bee motifs, whether simply using the imagery or actually closely associated with bees, are not always pleasant, either.

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Can often be seen in the Hornet Hole or living in Stock Beehives. May be under the Hive Mind.

Compare Wicked Wasps, bees' even meaner cousins, and Ant Assault for another troublesome members of Hymenoptera order. Often overlaps with Scary Stinging Swarm and Bee Bee Gun. Contrast Virtuous Bees, where bees are depicted as pleasant instead.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • City Hunter: Kazue's late fiancé was duped into creating bees with such a toxic venom they can 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).
  • Gintama: In Chapter 269, 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.
  • Beedrill (mentioned below in Video Games) have appeared multiple times in Pokémon: The Series. The vast majority of those times, they appear in swarms as a threat to hero and villain alike (often after being disturbed in some form).
  • Rebuild World: When there is enough heavy weapons fire during an Air Jousting battle Akira takes part in, it draws the attention of a Neglectful Precursors air control drone that's a Mechanical Monster giant bee whose legs shoot a Beam Spam and whose stinger is a Wave-Motion Gun. It also serves as a Drone Deployer for smaller drones with mirrors on them for a Mirrors Reflect Everything effect of redirecting its smaller lasers.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering features several bee-based cards, depicting them in dangerous light.
    • Killer Bees depicts a special crossbreed of 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.
    • Unyaro Bees are especially dangerous and vicious species of bees that spread itself across entire Dominaria once their home jungle was destroyed.
      With no jungle left to contain it, the "plague of daggers" spread across Dominaria.
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    Comic Books 
  • The Scooby-Doo DC Comics story Bee Ball! is about the giant bees who are allegedly mutants created by a local bee farmer (however, as one would expect, they turn out to be a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax).

    Fan Works 
  • In the Batman Cold Open of "A Family Thing" from the Facing the Future Series, Danny and Sam take on a giant ghost bee. In addition to proving to be a bit of a challenge, it was also shown to be dangerous to the environment when it sucked an entire flower bed dry of its nutrients.
    Sam: I'm all about bees being essential to the enviroment and all, but only when they're from, oh you know...OUR OWN PLANE OF EXISTENCE!
  • Luffy Selects the Bees is a prime example. At the end, Luffy is all but confirmed to have died from a large swarm of bees when he gets sacrificed to the Lord of the Bees.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Arrowverse version of the villainous Bug-Eyed Bandit is entirely bee themed, with a swarm of dangerous, robotic bees at her disposal.
  • Black Mirror: "Hated in the Nation" plays with this trope. The "bees" are actual replacement mechanical bees due to depopulation — and they are being reprogrammed so they could drive themselves into people's brains to murder them, often so painfully that their victims kill themselves mid-attack to make it stop.
  • The Outer Limits (1963): In "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.

    Theater 
  • In Orpheus: A Poetic Drama, Hades is not happy that bees are tearing down the barriers between the mortal realm and the Underworld, and frequently tries to stop them getting in.

    Video Games 
  • Back to the Future (1989) has bees as a constant enemy during the street levels.
  • Bug! has 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!
  • Bugdom: Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 all feature bees in one of three varieties (plus the Queen Bee boss in level 7), all of which are out to get Rollie.
  • 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.
  • Crayon Chronicles has Spelling Bees, which are bespectacled bees.
  • Crystal's Pony Tale has giant bees dropping drop honey on you, which are accompanied by Rimski-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee".
  • 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.
  • Dark Stalkers: Soul Bees feed on people's souls to survive.
  • 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. In fact, their designer, Steve Mayles, is afraid of wasps and translated this fear into the Zingers' design, in a curious blend of cartoonish and horrifying.
    • 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.
    • Donkey Kong 64: Zingers return 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.
  • DonPachi: Hibachi, the True Final Boss, 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.
  • Don't Starve:
    • Normally averted with regular bees, which will only attack the player if aggroed (such as by attacking them or their hive). In the Reign of Giants DLC, however, during the Spring season, bees will turn aggressive, and attack if the player gets close.
    • Played straight with killer bees, which will attack the player in large swarms at the slightest provocation, such as by simply being close to their hive, and can seriously damage them if not careful enough.
  • Dungeonmans: Some of the most deadly enemies early on are bees. Some sting you at a distance, some charge you and do heavy melee damage, others are carpenter bees that build up fortifications and restrict movement.
  • Fallout 76 has the Honeybeast, a mutated bee the size of a car that has beehives on it that can launch regular-sized bees to attack you. Fortunately, due to its massive size, it is also much slower, and because it's too heavy to fly, it can't sting you either, though it can still bite you in half.
  • 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.
  • Flynn: Son of Crimson: Bees serve as enemies in the game. There's small bees that fly toward you, big bees that shoot stingers at you, and beehives that constantly spit out more bees.
  • Forge Quest: One of the first enemies that you face in the game is bees about as big as the Player Character.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • One of the enemies from the Jazz Jackrabbit games are bees. The first type in the first game aren't anything special aside from flying back and fourth and hurting the player when he touches them. The second type in the first game are armed with laser canons. The bees from the second game are much more agressive and hard to avoid as they actively chase the player to sting them when they are close enough to the bees.
  • Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass: As the first bit of Surprise Creepy, when returning to the Buddy Beehive and find it's suddenly turned into a nightmarish labyrinth of undead mutated bees, to be fought instead of the friendly ones from earlier.
  • Kao the Kangaroo: 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 of Loathing's first ever challenge path was "Bees Hate You". In this run, not only are angry bees out to get you, so is the letter "b", which means you can't use any items containing the letter "b" and wearing equipment containing the letter damages you every turn.
  • Kirby:
    • Kirby's Epic Yarn features Buttonbees, aggressive yellow members of the Buttonfly family who attack Kirby with their stingers.
    • Kirby's Return to Dream Land serves as the debut appearance for Pierces, yellow airborne spear-wielding bee enemies that can be sucked up and swallowed for Spear Copy Ability.
  • Nethack: The killer bees attack 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.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon
  • Revita: One area modifier will give a chance of rooms spawning Beyes, a drill like bee that lunges towards the player and tend to get stuck in the walls and floors. Then there's the secret second area, the Hollow Hives, which has a plethora of bee themed enemies.
  • Serious Sam II has the end boss of the Magnor levels, Zum-Zum, a giant bee who doubles as Mook Maker by sending small swarms of smaller bees towards Sam during the boss fight.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic frequently faced various bee-based Badniks over the course of his adventures:
    • Buzz Bombers (called Beetons in original Japanese version) are the recurring airborne Badniks modelled after bees (though some materials refer to them as wasps instead) who fire lasers at the titular blue hedgehog whenever they spot him.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog CD features the debut of the new type of Badniks, called simply Robot Bees (or Poh Bees in Japanese). In place of stingers, they have either cannons or Epic Flails.
    • Sonic 3D Blast has Bee, a robotic bee that inhabits Rusty Ruin Zone. He buzzes around set points in erratic motions and can only harm Sonic if the hedgehog bumps directly into him.
    • The first boss fight of Sonic Forces pits Sonic against illusionary Zavok riding on the giant mechanical queen bee, called the Death Queen. It possesses six laser cannons in place of legs, extremely sharp stinger, and jet boosters that allow it to charge at Sonic stinger-open. It can also call forth the Buzz Bombers, either as mooks to fight or as kamikaze bombers.
  • Spelunky: Killer bees occasionally show up in Jungle biomes when a hive spawns and will try to attack the player via contact. They only have 1 HP but their unpredictable flight pattern makes them harder to hit. Fortunately, they won't poison you. The Queen Bee is bigger and has much more health and drops Royal Jelly that give a huge amount of HP.
  • Sunless Skies has the titanic, 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.:
    • Paper Mario 64: Bzzap! are anthropomorphic bee-like enemies found in the Flower Fields and the Forever Forest. They attack by stinging Mario or by summoning swarms of smaller bees to attack him.
    • Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World have Stingbies, large bees with a stinger on their "nose" that appear in some grass-type levels, and attack by simply trying to fly into Mario. They also appear in the battle stage Honeybee Hive in Mario Kart 7.
    • Super Mario Land has the Bunbun, spear-wielding giant bees that throw their weapons at Mario.
    • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins has the normal-sized Bibi and the bigger Buuichi (both exclusive to Tree Zone), giant bees that attack with their stingers. Bibi fly around and chase Mario down, while the Buuichi stay in one place and attempt to crush Mario when he approaches it from below. There are also the stronger, skull-headed Skeleton Bees found later in the level.
    • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars: Buzzers are common enemies found in the Forest Maze, which attempt to attack Mario and his party by flying stinger-first into them. Stingers are a stronger variant found later in the game, but otherwise behave in the same way.
    • 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.
  • Suzy Cube: One of the enemy types you encounter are giant cube-shaped bees.
  • Tales of Symphonia: Giant Bees are a possible enemy in the type of the first set of overworld enemy batches.
  • Target Acquired 2016: One of the Mecha-Mooks Yura faces while chasing Cammy includes giant robot bees.
  • TaskMaker: Zig-zagged. Worker Bees have a Good alignment and nearly no health or attack, while Giant Hornet, Giant Wasp, and Giant Killer Bee are monsters.
  • The Wario Land series has bees in 2, 3 and 4, which can sting Wario, causing his head to swell up and carry him upwards like a balloon until he makes contact with something solid and deflates.
  • Yooka-Laylee: The Big Bad is Capital B, a giant Corrupt Corporate Executive bee.

    Webcomics 
  • In Skin Horse, the protagonist Tip Wilkin is deathly afraid of his boss, Gavotte, because he is allergic, and she is a swarm of bees. She can be quite scary if you're not on her good side, too.

    Western Animation 
  • Classic Disney Shorts: Spike the Bee (also known as Buzz-Buzz or Barrington) is a frequent tormentor of Donald Duck, first debuting in Window Cleaners short and then going on to co-star with Donald in no less than seven shorts (and with Pluto in one short). In these shorts, the two frequently end up in conflict for one reason or another, and most of the time, it results in Spike trying to sting Donald. However, it's subverted in one of the last shorts, called "Let's Stick Together", as Donald and Spike finish the picture as good friends.
  • Family Guy:
    • On the show's old website, one of the random lines that Stewie could say when you view the main page:
      Stewie: How did you find me? Who sent you? You shall pay dearly for this intrusion! Release the Africanized bees!
    • In "Roads to Vegas", before the second commercial break, Peter is shown about to attempt to get the honey out of a beehive. Thankfully, we don't see the aftermath.
    • In "Gronkowsbees", Stewie and Brian start a bee farm and decide to give the bees steroids to boost honey production, making them very strong and very angry.
  • Futurama: "The Sting" revolves around an attempt to get space honey from space bees, which are "as large as a Buick and twice as ugly", and whose sting is deadly at best and capable of inducing fatal Body Horror in the allergic. The Professor has apparently sent several crews to their death getting their 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!
  • The Godzilla Power Hour: In "Valley of the Giants", Majors and Quinn were kidnapped by giant, pickup truck-sized bees and imprisoned in a wall of wax.
  • Godzilla: The Series features giant mutant bees as Monsters of the Week of the episode "Hive". They were mutated and grown to Kaiju sizes by irradiated lava. They are capable of firing their stingers like projectiles, and their queen can even quickly regrow lost stingers, which allows her to fire them akin to a machine gun. Said queen also returns in the "Monster Wars" three-parter under control of the aliens, where she was sent to attack Moscow, but was finally killed when the aliens lost their control of monsters.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: "A Health of Information" has Fluttershy attempt to obtain honey from Flash Bees to cure Zecora of a deadly disease. The Flash Bees have the ability to generate lightning on top of standard bee stingers, and they do NOT take kindly to ponies trying to swipe their honey. The bees make another appearance in "A Horse Shoe-In" when Trixie teleports a patch of swampland into a classroom, which unknown to her includes a Flash Bee hive.
  • 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.
  • Oh Yeah! Cartoons: One of the members of the titular rock band of anthropomorphic insects in the short "The Feelers" is a bee named Stinger who plays the bass guitar. While not necessarily evil, he does have a temper, has to be restrained by Mo Skito when his anger at hearing two human musicians sing a romantic duet gives him the urge to sting and at the end of the short is encouraged by Mitzi Moth to get Crusty's attention by stinging him in the butt.
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015): Zizza is a Decepticon that transforms into a giant mechanical bee, and she can use her toxins to brainwash humans and Cybertronians alike to make them her slaves.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy:
    • Wanna-Bee is a bee member of F.L.O.P.P., a group of wannabe criminals whose "crimes" are not as bad as they think (though in the end they do prove themselves to be a threat by using lost D.O.O.M. technology). Wanna-Bee in particular is very enthusiastic about being "super bad". In fact, in several episodes when F.L.O.P.P. is Out of Focus, he himself goes solo as a supervillain, with his crimes becoming more dangerous than as a F.L.O.P.P. member.
    • In the episode "To Bee Or Not To Bee", Petropolis gets attacked by killer bees that were created by Keswick and his friends a long time ago when they were loopy from Amazon's jungle water. Led by Wanna-Bee's brother, Rumble Bee, they attack people with lasers fired from their stingers and intend to use a device known as a Sting-Ray to turn all of Petropolis' citizens into "zom-bees".

 
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