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"An Amazon attack. A deadly bee weapon... Bees. My god."

Bee afraid. Bee very afraid.

Have you ever been to a picnic where everyone freaks out when a bee buzzes by? Wouldn't it bee great if you could take that primal reaction and channel it for your own purposes?

As it turns out, quite a few writers have had just that thought. Enter the Bee Bee Gun — the weaponization of flying, stinging insects. Bees tend to bee effective weapons of terror for a number of reasons — they're too small to shoot or stab, they always seem to come in swarms that can cover every inch of a person, they're difficult to outrun or outmaneuver, and they make that terrifying buzzing noise. Unlike honeybees and some others in the real world, these ones don't seem to die after the first sting. And god help you if you're allergic. ("Your insides will boil out of your eye sockets like a science-fair volcano!") And if you're not, well, beeing stung to death by thousands of bees would bee a rather slow and unpleasant way to go.

In Real Life, of course, a foraging bee isn't likely to sting you unless you handle it roughly, or it perceives you as a threat to the hive. Honeybees die when they sting mammals (the workers, that is — drones cannot sting at all) beecause their stingers are barbed, so when they attempt to pull it out, they wind up wrenching it out along with a portion of their intestines; as a consequence, they're not likely to do it unless they think it's really damn important. (Most wasps such as yellowjackets, and relatively solitary bees such as bumblebees, on the other hand, have smooth stingers that enable them to be pulled out of whomever they sting, and they take malicious glee in reminding everyone of this fact.)

A stinging bee (or a crushed bee) releases attack pheromones that attract and rile up more bees. The pheromone sticks around and does not wash off quickly. Water is not an ideal deterrent — bees will sting whatever parts are above the water, and come after you when you get out. Bee venom is designed to make you think you've been hurt badly, and enough of it causes your throat to swell so that you asphyxiate. The sensation is not unlike that of beeing stung by ants or nettles, as all three use a venom cocktail that includes formic acid.

Ironically, a true swarm of non-Africanized bees is not particularly hostile, since they do not have a hive to defend; some people swear by bee venom therapy for arthritis, etc.; and when bee workers kill their queen they do so not by stinging, but by balling up around her and vibrating their muscles until the heat kills hernote . Mmmm... popcorn.

The Bee Bee Gun comes a few varieties, such as:

  1. An actual gun that shoots bees.
  2. A special ability to control bees.
  3. A character that is actually made of bees.
  4. The simple act of lobbing a beehive, a wasp nest or a jar or bottle filled with the insects at someone else.
  5. Dogs with bees in their mouths so when they bark they shoot bees at you.

A subtrope of Living Weapon — specifically Attack Animal, if the bees are actually trained for combat purposes. If the bees are being shot like bullets from a gun, it overlaps with Abnormal Ammo. Often hits Somewhere, an Entomologist Is Crying, because real bees often do not work that way.

Note that beeing able to control all kinds of insects is a semi-common Stock Superpower, but bees, specifically, just seem to bee the go-to insect for this kind of thing, though wasps are also popular. Must be that whole Hive Mind idea. Or maybe it's because "bees" just sounds funny. Or it may bee that they're one of the more terrifying insects one may see on a regular basis.

For instances where the attacking bees/wasps/assorted stinging insects are not under someone's control, see Bee Afraid.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The villainous Nubia Connection in Braiger uses bee-shaped robots as their main Mooks.
  • Not bees, but otherwise a perfect example of this trope in Darker than Black. The second season has the character Tania who has the power to summon large clouds of insects which she can control to engulf others and kill them in a particularly horrible and painful manner.
  • Digimon has a few of these, some of which are bees themselves:
  • Kariya Matou from Fate/Zero uses this as his main form of attack when confronting someone personally.
  • Get Backers has Dokubachi, a villain whose body is made of bees.
  • Ponzu, one of the competitors in the Hunter test arc of Hunter × Hunter was a girl who had a hat literally full of bees, which she commanded to sting her foes.
  • Although they're not technically bees, at one point in Inuyasha, Moryomaru shoots the bee-like Saimyosho from his mouth.
  • In Lord Marksman and Vanadis, Duke Ganelon has Roland murdered by trapping him in a windowless room and then releasing a swarm of bees into it, which sting him to death.
  • The Aburame clan in Naruto uses insects that live in their body for fighting and tracking, but they mostly stuck to various kinds of beetles and flies. In an early filler episode, they were rivals of another ninja clan that did use bees.
  • In Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Quartum has the spell "Apes Ignifera", which summons dog-sized bees made of fire to swarm the target.
  • The ugly hunchback Mushizo, one of the Quirky Miniboss Squad from Ninja Scroll, is a living hornets' nest. He communicates with and controls the insects, using them to gather information and as a weapon. The wasps' deadliness has some basis in reality:
  • In Toriko, we have Tommyrod, who has insect eggs in his stomach and he can hatch them at will and regurgitate them fully grown from his mouth to obey his every command. It's every bit as nasty as it sounds.
  • In episode 7 of the original Yatterman cartoon, the evil Dokurobei drops a beehive on his subordinate, Doronjo, and her two henchmen. Much swelling results.
  • The Terrorking Archfiend from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has an attack called "Locust Storm Barrage" which uses locusts instead of bees, but it's just as destructive.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering: Almost any card featuring aggressive bees or wasps — something the game has no shortage of — could count, given that the game's cards represent creatures being summoned by two planeswalkers — the players — in a magic duel against each others, but some cards openly depict various types of weaponized bees and wasps in-universe:
    • The artifact Hornet Cannon depicts a cannon that fires robotic wasps.
    • Belligerent Hatchling, an elemental that takes the form of a doglike creature with bees pouring out of its mouth.
    • Hornet Harasser depicts a goblin that went to look for honey in a wasp nest and instead found something "far more interesting". Its card art depicts it carrying around a tame wasp colony, and it has the ability to instantly lower another creature's toughness and attack power — potentially enough to immediately kill a target creature — representing the damage done by the insects it unleashes.
    • One of the cards released in Unstable, the third Un-set (non-canon card sets intended to be deliberately goofy, weird and off-the-wall), Bee-Bee Gun, depicts a dolphin-mole chimera shooting a swarm of fat bumblebees out of a Gatling gun fitted with a compartment filled with honeycomb.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Amazons Attack! storyline in DC Comics, the Amazons deployed a secret weapon: bees — or, technically, giant "stygian killer hornets" whose sting could kill a person within hours. Being "giant" meant they were not very hard targets to hit from a safe distance (unlike regular-sized insects), and since their venom took "hours" to kill someone (unless a cure was found (which it was)) they were arguably far less deadly than a weapon that killed someone instantly. For a "secret weapon" unveiled by an invading nation that was already supposedly bringing America to its knees they left something to be desired. And there was only about a dozen of the things anyway. There was also a running gag in Wonder Woman, post-AA, in which a special agent had to keep being reminded he wasn't recovering from an ordinary bee sting. Parodied in Blue Beetle, where Traci Thirteen uses a staff to cast "Gds Ddly Wpon" — magical Bees. (Obligatory response from Jaime's father? "My God.")
  • The Golden Age hero Captain Freedom once fought an evil hillbilly beekeeper who had the Amazons beat—he created giant killer vampire bees.
  • Swarm is a Marvel Comics supervillain who is a sentient Hive Mind swarm of bees with Nazi sympathies, generally keeping to a humanoid form. Sometimes the skeleton of the Nazi scientist eaten by his irradiated mutant bee colony is under the bees, sometimes not. Either way, he appears to be in charge.
  • The Flea from PS238 can control insects — bees included. And while all his other bug attacks are annoying, only the bees have so far made a power armoured soldier run around in a panic screaming "BEEES!" until his Mission Control could activate counter-measures.
  • The Golden Age superhero comicBook/Red Bee's entire shtick was a swarm of trained bees that he kept in his belt buckle, one of which — the leader — is named Michael; being so ridiculous, he's mentioned with surprising frequency by modern writers.
  • Legends of Oz: The Wicked West, a Weird West take on the Land of Oz where all the witches are gunslingers has the Wicked Witch of the West being capable of summoning swarms of bees with her bullets.
  • A strip appeared in a British Anthology Comic in the 1960s entitled "The Stinging Swarm". It was about a gang of thieves that used a swarm of robot bees armed with paralyzing stings. While their victims were paralyzed, the gang would rob them blind.
  • "Barnaby's Spelling Bees" in Viz... one of their usual spoof characters whose schtick is that he has a swarm of killer bees that attack on command... so long as their target begins with "B". Hilarity Ensues as normal.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Pogo, Albert the Alligator invents the B-Bomb: “With a real B-hive in it!”

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Apocalypto: Jaguar Paw throws a wasps nest at his pursuers, who are forced to run from the wasps.
  • Bedazzled (1967): The Devil demonstrates his evil by tossing a jar full of wasps into a peaceful group of flower children. Stanley, who has sold his soul for seven wishes, criticizes the deed, but isn't willing to use one of his wishes to help them.
  • Candyman: The Candyman's backstory is that he was hunted down by thugs, had his hand cut off, and stung to death by a hive of bees after having its honey spread over him. Later on he's revealed to be little more than a skeleton wreathed in the many thousands of bees that killed him.
  • The Deadly Bees (shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000) has a mad bee farmer who bred a special breed of bee that will attack anyone or anything that has a trigger scent on it. However, the bees manage to kill everyone except the intended targets because the villain is really inept at placing the scent.
  • In Defendor, the title superhero throws jars of angry bees at bad guys.
  • In Jackass 3D, the boys have a skit where two of them actually play tetherball with a wasps nest. This goes about as well as can be expected.
  • 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.
  • Little Nicky: "So while we wait, for your enjoyment, I bring you a dear sweet man... Mister Henry Winkler! Covered in bees!"
  • In The Men Who Stare at Goats a gun that shoots wasps is proposed by the secret Psyops group that includes George Clooney's character's mentor and another guy who's his bitter enemy in between a non-lethal airbag mine and mutilating enemy corpses— "We don't do that anymore! Idiot!".
  • Western Rio Lobo has a Confederate raiding party throw a hornets' nest into a train car carrying some Union soldiers and a large gold supply they were guarding. One of the Union soldiers even dies from injuries sustained by throwing himself out of the train to escape said bugs.
  • Ruthless People: When Barbara learns of her husband's infidelity (and refusal to pay her ransom) she fantasizes about how she would punish him by covering him with honey and taking him to a bee farm.
  • Sleepaway Camp had a scene where the murderer kills a bully by locking him in a washroom stall before cutting open the window above him and dropping a wasps nest on him.
  • In Speed Racer, one member of the Viking-themed racer team had her car equipped with a beehive catapult.
  • In The Stupids, Stanley Stupid is at one point assaulted by the dreaded Drive Bee, sent by his nemesis Mr. Sender to kill him. Or at least that's what he thinks, since he's a complete Cloudcuckoolander. It does make him drive off the road though.
  • In one of The Three Stooges pictures (they were cave men), they fight off another band of cavemen by shooting a beehive at them using a giant sling shot. They also use chemical warfare by shooting a skunk at them.
  • The Wicker Man (2006): "Not the beeeeeeeees! ARGLEBLARGLE MY EYES! MY EYYYYYYYYES!" There was potential for horror here somewhere, but it ended up as possibly the Narmiest moment of Nicolas Cage's career. Which is why the scene didn't make the final cut. It is worth noting that there were no bees whatever in the original. There were some apples, but they never attacked anyone. (They didn't need to.)
  • In a Deleted Scene from The Wizard of Oz, the witch turns the Tin Man into a beehive, and the bees attack Dorothy and the Scarecrow.

  • In the novel The Road to Damascus, a Bolo story written by Linda Evans and John Ringo, at one point in an alien invasion of their world, some protagonists throw the bee hives used for making honey into a barn where several of the invader's soldiers are found, killing the soldiers. The bees were genetically designed to be more aggressive to force out native competitors on other worlds.
  • In Robin McKinley's Chalice, the heroine is a Fisher Courtier who's also a beekeeper. Most of the book she just has magic honey, but at dramatically appropriate moments she has magic bee swarms as well.
  • In P.C. Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath book To Ride a Rathorn, protagonist Jame and insect-attracting boy Gari jointly kill someone by sending a swarm of bees down their throat.
  • Codex Alera: The Vord used a nasty variant in the later books where swarms of wasps flying at high speed would attack intruders.
  • At the end of the Culture novel Look to Windward, the Culture takes a horrific revenge on the masterminds behind a terrorist attack in a way that fully supports their Beware the Nice Ones credentials. One plotter is attacked by some kind of nanomachines which transform into insects (which he is afraid of) and invade every orifice and sting him to death.
  • The Discworld novel Lords and Ladies has Granny Weatherwax figure out how to possess the entire Hive Mind of a beehive just in time for a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • In Divine Eagle, Gallant Knight aka Return of the Condor Heroes by Jin Yong (Louis Cha) Xiao Long Nü controls swarms of white Jade Bees she can attack intruders with.
  • In undoubtedly one of the creepiest parts of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, by Stephen King, the titular girl, hallucinates a "man" made of bees, possibly with a skeleton underneath. He claims to be the herald of the monster in the woods that's hunting her. It's that kind of book. The monster itself is later revealed to be a a bear that spits bees. Or just a bear.
  • Gods and Warriors: In the climax of Eye of the Falcon, one of the traps Hylas lays for the Crows in the House of the Goddess is a wasp nest.
  • In Suzanne Collins's novel The Hunger Games, Katniss, the heroine, gruesomely kills two of her opponents by dropping a hive of hyper-angry, mutated wasps called tracker jackers on them. The author describes, in full detail, one of the girls' slow, painful, seizure-filled death; and how the once "breathtakingly beautiful girl" is now unrecognizable from the stings. To make matters worse, a single sting from one of these critters is enough to induce vivid, terrifying hallucinations, as Katniss discovers the hard way.
  • In Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, the first humans to land on Mars are killed by a native Martian's Bee Gun. The Martians use a gun that shoots live bees, the idea being that the moral responsibility for the actual killing is laid on the head of the living projectile, and the gun-wielder's role is mitigated to that of an accomplice. Proves every bit as effective as earthly firearms.
  • In Of Bees And Mist the Evil Matriarch Eva uses bees which arise from her spiteful words, to control her husband among other terrifying things.
  • Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings: In the Farseer trilogy, Molly once tricked a squad of guards into thinking she could control bees. She made sure she was in shadow while the guards were brightly lit (knowing that the bees would fly towards light), opened the beehive and told the bees to kill them all.
  • Something similar happens in Redwall at least twice:
    • The original Redwall; Jess Squirrel and Silent Sam put a hornets' nest in a barrel and drop it over the wall onto the bearers of the battering ram.
    • Marlfox; the Abbeydwellers see that the titular villains and their followers are knocking down an old tree to use as a battering ram. They do nothing, because they know that said tree is full of wasp and termite nests, and the attackers suffer the consequences.
    • Not quite the same, but Martin and his friends in Martin the Warrior get trapped in a clearing full of angry bees.
    • In the most recent novel Doomwyte, some of the characters are attacked by bees apparently ruled by an elderly female hedgehog who is... a few honeycombs short of a full hive, so to speak. Unfortunately, the plot device they need is in her possession and she won't give it up so easily. Eventually, however, she is killed by her own bees.
    • Then there's Owch Mansions in Eulalia, designed to be a paradise for wasps. Very handy when vermin come to call.
  • In Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book story "Red Dog", Mowgli stirs up a hive of wild bees to attack the marauding wild dogs of the title, having smeared himself with garlic so the bees won't attack him before he can reach the comparative safety of the river.
  • In Lois McMaster Bujold's The Sharing Knife: Beguilement, Dag defends himself against a group of village toughs trying to disrupt his wedding by dropping a wasp's nest on their heads. That he was able to magically convince the wasps to climb up pant legs and down shirt collars and to follow the boys all the way downriver was really just icing on the cake there.
  • Star Wars Legends: In Survivor's Quest, the Vagaari have swarms of "schostri", yellow and black insects that can hide under their clothing or swarm in a protective spherical pattern around their handler. Their stings are quickly fatal to most life-forms. If this seems like a Vong thing... who knows? Maybe it is.
  • Tad Williams' novel The War of the Flowers features a variation on this trope: the fairies in the story use magic guns that shoot METAL BEES that fly forever until they hit something.
  • From The Wheel of Time one of the Blue Ajah's special weaves summons a swarm of stinging insects.
  • The Wicked Witch of the West has control over a swarm of bees in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
    • Elphaba retains this ability in Gregory McGuire's revisionist book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Skitter from Worm has the ability to control anthropods of all types, including bees. Stinging insects are one of the most common uses of her power.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Dead Man's Gun: The episode "The Medicine Man" involves Styles, one of the henchmen, being badly stung by bees from a trap left by the hero.
  • Doctor Who: In "Time and the Rani", Mad Scientist the Rani had spheres full of killer insects in the village she had subjugated.
  • Friday the 13th: The Series: The episode "Cupid's Quiver" had the surprisingly creepy villain kill a girl by trapping her in a car with a sack containing a beehive.
  • Grimm: Mellifers, who become a swarm of bees and attack.
  • There was supposed to be a villain named Kane in Heroes season 2 that could control insects, with bees being his main "weapon". But he never showed up. This may be because of the Writer's Strike, or perhaps due to Special Effect Failure. Or, more likely, given that this is Heroes, they didn't have the budget to show it more than once.
  • In the Malcolm in the Middle episode "The Bots and the Bees", a bored Hal takes over construction of the Krelboynes' battle robot. He adds a cannon that shoots a laser-guided stream of bees at the opposing robot's controller. It backfires.
  • One of the early Mission: Impossible episodes had the team trying to figure out who the killer was in an estate by gaslighting the suspect, and there were bees everywhere in the background. And there's a new corpse. In the climax, the door locks on its own, trapping the team out and the killer insde, and the killer is killed by thousands of bees swarming into the room. The new corpse turns out to be the late beekeeper of the estate. This was the only supernatural episode in the entire history of the show.
  • A villain in Pushing Daisies killed the Victim of the Week by siccing trained bees on her. The killer later attempts to off Chuck in the same way, but Chuck is an avid beekeeper and knows how to stay calm around a swarm which allows her to avoid death.
  • Rescue 911: One of the segments detailed a traffic accident that involved a driver stuck in his vehicle, which was turned on its side—and the vehicle was a truck carrying bees. The bees were released. The fact that it happened at night didn't help; the bees were even more agitated by the headlights and sirens. This resulted in several rescue workers being sent to the hospital as well, and that stretch of the roadway had to be shut off for a few days. Ah, a testament to the power of bees.
  • Smallville: The Krypto-Freak of the Week in "Drone" was a girl who could control bees with her mind, which she used to eliminate her competition for class president.
  • There was a bee-based villainess in the second season of Who Wants to Be a Superhero?.
  • The X-Files:
    • "Zero Sum": The conspiracy decides to test the viability of killer bees as a weapon. It's actually a test, the real purpose of using the bees is revealed in the movie.
    • "X-Cops": Mulder and Scully wind up on the TV show COPS in Los Angeles chasing a monster that assumes the form of its victim's worst fear. Though the viewers don't get to see it, one of the cop's fears is a bee-man and the man is nearly stung to death.
    • And The Movie had the government genetically engineering bees that could deliver The Virus in their sting. X-Files really loves this trope.

  • The song "Lord of the Hornets" by Robert Calvert of Hawkwind is about a crazy guy who breeds the aforementioned insects to attack people.
  • COMMUNICATIONS: According to Word of God, Frances released a swarm of angry bees at Nancy’s funeral.
  • The Stupendium referenced Swarm (see Comic Books) in his Pictures of Spider-Man rap.
    This hack is the last thing that we need
    Now sentient sand and NAZI BEES?!!?
  • The song Voodoo Acid by Steve Vai is about a dream, in which the artist is seduced by the Queen of Bees. Vai is Known for keeping bees in his garden.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • From a Suzy Eddie Izzard stand-up piece about beekeepers:
    My father was a beekeeper, and his father was a beekeeper. And I'm going to follow in their footsteps. And their footsteps were like this: "AAAAAAAAAH! [running around] I'm covered in BEEEEEEEES!"
    "I like my women like I like my coffee. Covered in beeeeeeeeeeeeees!"

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • D&D 4e has the Swarm Druid, and divine spellcasters in earlier editions often had the stinging swarm spell, which not only covered a target in a swarm of biting or stinging insects, but the swarm could spread and would distract any caster who tried to perform a spell while afflicted.
    • An article in Dragon #260, "The Greater Drakes", introduced the hive drake or arsalon. Like most greater drakes, it used its throat pouch to create a non-magical Breath Weapon. In this case, it generated a sweet liquid that encouraged hornets or wasps to nest in its pouch and, when annoyed, it would contract the pouch and expel them at its enemies (the arsalon itself was entirely immune to insect stings.)
  • In Hunter: The Vigil one of the Endowments that could be afforded to hunters of the Cheiron Group to put them on an equal level with supernatural beings through Thaumotechnology was a Personal Defense Swarm, which was, in essence, a magical hand that shoots bees. The bees are hinted to be made from a Pandoran, and the user is advised to keep their emotions in check — one guy had found out his partner was sleeping with his wife; when he let the bees out against a bunch of monsters, they slaughtered his partner while the monsters tore the rest of the group to shreds. Also, to dial up the Nightmare Fuel, each individual insect in the swarm has the hunter's face instead of an insect head.
  • Pathfinder: One of the alchemist's many... lovely abilities is called "Vomit Swarm", which allows its caster to vomit out a swarm of angry arthropods, which they can then control and direct against enemies. It starts out by allowing an alchemist to vomit as Spider Swarm, but at higher levels allows them to create a swarm of wasps instead.
  • Vampire: The Requiem: The Melissidae, a bloodline of the Ventrue, are vampiresses known as Queen Bees who attempt to organize themselves and those around them into complex hive-like societies. They have powers such as turning their blood tremendously addictive (more than the usual), causing pain with their kiss that's so severe you're unable to do anything other than writhe, and tearing apart your personality and memories to make you an near-mindless drone of her hive. And if it wasn't disturbing enough they also have the power to control bees (or wasps), store hundreds of them inside their stomachs/lungs, and release them any time they want. But one of the nastier things these bitches can do is to implant a queen bee inside your ear (or some other cavity), turning you into a living hive: The insects lay eggs and the larvae feed on you slowly, and you won't feel anything 'til they become adults and burst out of your body, ready for her to control. Let's put it this way: these girls so disgusting to the rest of vampire society that they tried to commit genocide on them. Too bad they missed three.
  • Villains & Vigilantes: The villain the Beekeeper controls a swarm of mutated bees.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Numerous Tyranid bioweapons in fire the alien equivalent of bees, which then chew through the target's insides.
    • Buzzer squigs are a sub-species of squiggly beast that resemble small, fat alien wasps with massive jaws. Some of the more primitive tribes of Feral Orks and Snakebites will often capture swarms of these ravenous creatures, seal them into containers and fire them at their enemies using crudely constructed artillery known as Squig Catapults.

  • The above mentioned Swarm is in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. There he's just one of several genetic experiments that is not a Nazi, and therefore not cool.

    Video Games 
  • Pun-laden as the game is, AdventureQuest has one item called a Bee Bee Gun. No extra points for guessing what it shoots.
  • Age of Wonders had a Swarm spell, which could be cast by either the player-controlled or rival heroes. It didn't inflict a lot of damage, but it was very successful at debilitating the target for several turns.
  • In the Let's Play of Baldur's Gate II, Sir Anomen is killed when he falls into a gate to the elemental plane of bees. At least, that's what the protagonist insists is what happened...
    • The game itself has a druid spell that summons a swarm of bad-tempered bees that sting your enemies. This completely shuts down enemy spellcasting, as the mages are too distracted by the incessant stinging, allowing you to mug them.
  • BioShock:
    • The "Insect Swarm" plasmid in the first game turns your arm into a living beehive and shoots bees at your enemies. Aside from being hilarious — though horrific — it's a decent way to distract an enemy if you're getting ganged up on and it's a cheap way to score a easy and quick kill with your wrench (with the right tonics) as any Splicer being stung counts as "unaware" letting you score a "sneak" attack.
    • It gets more horrific in BioShock 2; you can upgrade so that dead enemies become hives, releasing bees against other enemies that get close. Still gives you a sneak bonus too, perfect against tough foes like Crawler Splicers or Brute Splicers.
  • BlazBlue: Arakune is undoubtedly the ultimate summation of this trope. After he curses his opponent with any of his Drive attacks, he can press the same button again to summon bees that repeatedly hit you and keep you juggled in the air. Worse still is the fact that if you block, you remain in blockstun until they go out of range, leaving you in a very vulnerable state as Arakune rushes in to throw you. No wonder he's so hated. However, in Continuum Shift, you will have to fill up the curse gauge before you can use the bees. However, because the original mechanic had the curse dissipate the next time Arakune was hit, the curse now lasts longer.
  • Champions of Norrath: Return To Arms has the Iksar Shaman, a Lizard Folk who, for one spell, shoots bees.
  • City of Heroes:
    • The monstrous Devouring Earth has "the Swarm", roughly spherical masses of bees that may be encountered independently or summoned by certain monsters. They're more a nuisance than a threat, except in large numbers; their stings do mild continuing damage and slow down the speed of your movement and attacks.
    • City of Villains has a mission where you get to make these yourself courtesy of a jar of bees.
    • One April Fools joke advertised a "Bee Bark Upgrade" that would grant various Dog and Wolf based pets the ability to shoot bees out of their mouths when they bark.
  • Both videoGame/Civilization V and the Medieval II: Total War add-on feature the Mayan Hornet Thrower. See below.
  • Command & Conquer In Tiberium Wars, you get bee-esque buzzer swarms for the Scrin. They function as anti-infantry, but instead of stinging, they rip them to shreds like buzzsaws.
  • The Conduit:
    • In the first game, the Hive Cannon shoots exploding bees.
    • In the sequel, targets can be tagged with sticky bait so the bees can home in on it.
  • Crush The Castle Adventures: One of the Abnormal Ammo for your catapult is a beehive. It can't destroy any walls, but will kill any enemy that is unlucky enough to get hit by it.
  • The Custom Robo series has a recurring hive-shaped Hornet Gun, which fires a swarm of slow-moving, homing, exploding hornets. One hornet is usually not a threat... but the Hornet Gun fires three to five of these homicidal homing bugs at a go and can quickly clutter a screen with hornets.
  • In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Monokuma uses a gun that shoots robotic wasps during Gonta Gokuhara's execution.
  • The Dirty Colossus in Demon's Souls is a variant, firing clusters of what are probably meant to be flies. The effect is the same as what you'd expect if they were bees: Get hit with one, and you'll be covered in a swarm that deals damage over time. The only way to get rid of them is to walk into a torch to burn them off.
  • Q-Bee in Darkstalkers is a Cute Monster Bee-Girl who uses smaller (that is, about football-sized) bees in many of her attacks.
  • Diablo III:
    • The Witch Doctor has an insect swarm as one of his main attacks. Well, locusts, actually, but close enough to this trope to count. One of the legendary items that boosts this spell is a beehive that the Witch Doctor carries around in his/her off hand.
    • The Desert Wasp enemies shoot a stream of bees at you. And they are very painful.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Mages have access to the Stinging Swarm spell, which engulfs enemy targets in a swarm of bees. Mages who specialize in shapeshifting can even transform themselves into a particularly large swarm.
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jars filled with bees can be used as in-game items that are tossed at the enemy. The Trespasser DLC goes further, with a new unique mace, the Cudgel of the Gold-and-Ebon Queen, which is a beehive on a stick. Each attack with it has an automatic chance to inflict the status effect Bees! on the target. The DLC also adds a new Masterwork crafting item, the Fade-Touched Honeycomb, which will grant the same power (chance to inflict Bees! with every attack) on whatever you craft using it.
  • The Doom Beetle in Dragon's Crown has a stomach that harbors a swarm of Needle Flies that it could shoot at you from its mouth.
  • Dungeonmans:
    • The Scroll of Bees Please! Fires a wave of bees in a cone shape and is effective in the early game.
    • Pets can learn a skill that fires a cone of bees just like the scroll.
  • There are several variations of this in Enter the Gungeon:
    • The Jar of Bees, a jar of bees that you throw at enemies.
    • The Bee Hive, a literal beehive which you shake to send bees out to attack enemies.
    • The Stinger, a missile launcher whose projectiles explode into swarms of bees.
    • The Honeycomb, which automatically releases a swarm of bees if the player is hit.
    • Bumbullets, which causes a homing bee to occasionally come out of the player's gun while shooting or charging up a shot.
    • Various combinations of items grant bonuses that add even more ways to make bees spawn. BEES!
  • EVE Online: "Imagine a swarm of deadly hornets pouring from the devil's mouth. Now imagine they have autocannons." — Designer of the HEL drone Carrier.
  • One of the traps in Evil Genius releases a swarm of bees that attacks nearby characters.
  • Fist Puncher has a character called the Beekeeper, whose special attacks involve her flinging bees at her enemies.
  • GemCraft allows you to drop gem bombs on a map. In Chasing Shadows, they will release a few gem wasps that will attack enemies.
  • Half-Life had the Hivehand weapon, which shot alien "thornets", which are less like bees, and more like flying, seeking armor-piercing daggers of death that can find you anywhere. So if you're an apiphobic, just like bees.
  • Hellgate: London has the Hive Blade/Swarm Edge swords and the Wasp/Windhopper/Swarm Hive guns. This is the same game with Electric Eel Launchers, so it's no surprise there. Also, the spell "Venom Armor" automatically sics bees on anyone that attacks you.
  • Heroes of Might and Magic IV and V have a "Wasp Swarm" spell. 5 also has "Call Hive", which is The Same But More Dakka.
  • The Incredible Hulk had the Enclave (A Secret Society of Mad Scientists) attacking the titular Hulk with a wide variety of weapons. Including The Swarm, which are... swarms. Of presumably bio-engineered bees. They are actually effective against the friggin' Hulk, who's proven capable of shrugging off nuclear weapons. Fortunately, his signature 'hand clap' attack is effective at dispersing the little buggers...
  • Kingdom of Loathing:
    • You can get past the wall of skin in the Naughty Sorceress's tower by throwing a beehive at it. It's possible to kill it in other ways, but the beehive is the method the game suggests.
    • Speaking of, there used to be a door in the Sorceress's tower that shot bees at you if you entered the wrong code.
    • The Guy Made of Bees is a, well, guy made out of bees who, naturally, uses bees to attack you. He commands his bees to swarm and sting you like you'd expect, but he can also punch you with a fist made out of bees, tell his bees to charge right at you, or put you into a "beehug", which is described as "like a bearhug but pointier".
    • Successfully pickpocketing the Guy Made of Bees gives you a "handful of bees" item, which you can then use on your enemies to inflict a sizable chunk damage every round of combat. Good luck actually getting it though.
    • There's an enemy called "beebee gunners", but it's simply a pair of bees holding a gun rather than this trope.
  • In Kult: Heretic Kingdoms, some wood elementals can send swarms of insects to attack you.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, you can catch bees and use them to attack enemies.
      • Normal bees will only sting enemies a preset number of times before heading back to you, and will start stinging you unless you catch them again.
      • Special "golden bees" returns to you afterwards without attacking, and sticks around as long as there are live enemies around. Given enough time they will kill entire screenfuls of enemies. The Golden Bee is also one of the most useful weapons for the boss fight against Mothula.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has beehives that can be dislodged to release a swarm of angry bees at anything underneath. Or, once you get the upgraded mechanical beetle, can be carried and dropped on any nearby enemies. Some even run in fear when they see buzzing stinging death approach.
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has bees that can be used as supporters in battle, but without the normal and golden bee distinction from its SNES predecessor. Regular bees appear and attack you when you cut tall grass, but you can catch them in a jar to use as a weapon for later. They will target a single enemy and sting them until they die, and will fly away once their target goes down.
  • Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth: The Kunoichi has the Thousand Stings Jutsu and Essence of Hell Hive, which hits a line of enemies with summoned bees and attempts to paralyzed them (as well as poison, for Hell Hive), as well as Moth Scales Jutsu, which is similar but uses moths instead.
  • Mario & Luigi: Beehosses are sentient, walking beehives that shoot bees at the Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man:
    • In Mega Man Battle Network 6, some of the enemies were beehives that, when you shot them, shot bees out at you. The battlechip you got from defeating them? It shot bees that home in on enemies. And if you deployed the beehive at just the right moment, when an enemy hit you, he'd stir up the hive and summon more angry bees at himself.
    • Mega Man 9 features a robot master named Hornet Man, who attacks by summoning bees that chase Mega Man around the room. His weapon, the Hornet Chaser, lets Mega Man do it too. The strangely adorable bugs not only attack enemies, but fetch power-ups to return to the "queen" (Mega Man). This is the only way to get some of them. Best not to think too hard about why Splash Woman is weak to them. Something about her having lighter armor than the other masters…
    • Mega Man X3 has Blast Hornet, who shoots hornets at you as a primary attack. His weapon, the Parasite Bomb, is an Awesome, yet Impractical bomb that latches onto the enemies it hits and rams them into the nearest enemy they can find, blowing both of them up... until you charge it up. Then it shoots homing bees.
    • Mega Man ZX Advent has a boss named Queenbee, who is (surprise, surprise) a giant robotic bee... with a rather sultry tone of voice. In addition to launching smaller bees (which explode!), she can also shoot fire from her stinger, and she will sometimes fly offscreen to pick up, then drop on you, a rather large bomb which explodes with Anime Light Beams coming out of it.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater: The Pain is a soldier whose body is also a living beehive. His powers can best be described as being covered in bees and covering others in bees.
    • The official explanation for his abilities are... interesting at best. He got stung enough that the hornets thought he was a hornet too. Plus he kept a queen hornet pack at his hip. Apparently that's all you need to control hornets with your mind. And apparently all that you need to make hornets turn into a Tommy gun is a persuasive argument. Considering how big they are, the Pain appears to control Japanese Giant Hornets.
    • If you defeat the Pain by stamina-killing him (lowering his stamina meter as opposed to his health meter) you get the Hornet Stripe camo, which lets you control bees if you shoot down a beehive close to you. You can then make the bees attack enemy soldiers if you get close enough to them.
    • There is a better explanation in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Apparently he was infected with a specialized parasite that granted him the ability to secrete hormones that enabled him to control bees at will. Doesn't explain him making a Tommy gun, though.
  • Mother 3 has the honey spray. Using it covers an opponent in honey, who is then chain-stung by a few bees.
  • In Octogeddon, the tentacles of the bee variety can shoot homing bees at enemies.
  • Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath has Stingbee crossbow ammo, which work like machine gun bullets and home in on enemies.
  • In Pikmin 3, the Scornet Maestro is a giant bee-like creature that has control over smaller Scornets. Its attacks all consist of calling its Scornets to its side and then shooting them at you in a number of patterns, such as in a steady, single-file stream of angry bees or large lines all moving for you at once.
  • Pixel Dungeon features the Honeypot item, which can be thrown or shattered to release the bee within. The bee will attack anything nearby, including the player.
  • Plants vs. Zombies Adventures has the Beeshooter, which is a peashooter that shoots bees at zombies. These deal more damage than normal peas and can down zombies fast.
  • Plok can collect hornets' nests to sic the hornets on fleas later.
  • Pocket Tanks has a weapon that shoots bees that bounce a few times and have a homing ability.
  • Pokémon:
    • Vespiquen is a queen bee who uses a swarm of its pre-evolution Combee to attack, defend, and heal herself. Vespiquen, Combee and Beedrill (a giant bee with enormous spikes on its forelegs), can also all be caught, tamed and sent out in battle as normal for the game.
    • The Bug-type move Infestation coats the unlucky victim in a swarm of insects to take damage over several turns.
  • In Populous: The Beginning, one of the first miracles the Shaman learns is Swarm, which summons a horde of insects that make enemies panic and scatter for a short time.
  • Ratchet & Clank has two examples: Nano Swarmers in Tools Of Destruction and the Bee Mine Glove in Size Matters.
  • Resident Evil 0 features as enemies men made out of leeches, who are all controlled by a scientist who was eaten by a leech and whose personality was digested into its genetic memory.
  • Riviera has a one-use weapon called the Hornet Vulcan. It's a killer bee nest that the player has the option of retrieving. When the player uses it, massive damage ensues. There's always the chance that the bees will go for you rather the opponent...
  • Saints Row: The Third has the Swarmitron in the second mission of "The Trouble With Clones" DLC.
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell has the Organic SMG, which fires insects that home in on enemies.
  • Secret of Evermore has the alchemy spell Sting, one of the hardest in the game to locate, which summons a swarm of bees that attack enemies.
  • The Swarmer zooid in Sipho launches small bugs that attack enemies. Fittingly, it resembles a hive.
  • In Skylanders: SWAP Force and onward, there is a Skylander named Bumble Blast, who uses a gun to shoot bees at his enemies.
  • One of the special weapons in Snoopy vs. the Red Baron allows Snoopy to shoot bees at enemies.
  • An equippable item in Spore: Galactic Adventures shoots a bee swarm at the enemy, causing them to take damage and lose control for a while while they run around chased by the bees.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U introduces the 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.
  • This mod for Team Fortress 2 makes the Pyro's flamethrower into a bee shooter.
    • Recent but already legendary is the custom map achivement_all_4. To explain: achievement servers are special servers that players set up to grind achievements instead of actually going out and getting them ingame. One player designed a map to look like an achievement server with a uh... nasty surprise that players can accidentally trigger. Yes, it's a twenty-foot tall cat that shoots bees out of its mouth.
  • Terraria:
    • There's a weapon simply named the Bee Gun that shoots homing bees. The Wasp Gun also does the same. There's also the Honeycomb accessory that releases bees when the player is damaged, and the Queen Bee fires bees as one of its attacks.
    • In addition to the Honeycomb accessory and Bee Gun, the Queen Bee also drops the Bee Keeper, a sword that summons bees when it hits an enemy, and The Bee's Knees, a bow that converts any arrow it fires into a swarm of bees.
  • Ed from Tonic Trouble can shoot bees from his blowpipe.
  • Touhou Project's Wriggle Nightbug uses bees, along with other painful (and deadly) insects and arthropods, for Bullet Hell. And failing that, she kicks you in the face.
  • The Deathbellows Transgenants of UFO Aftermath, which emit clouds of nondescript insects (likely bees, though) as a rapid-fire sustained area-effect weapon, can and WILL be your squad's number 1 cause of death until the Reticulans start bringing in bioengineered rocket launchers.
  • 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.
  • In Worldof Warcraft, druids who choose Balance talents can eventually learn the Insect Swarm ability. Bees are summoned, mayhem ensues.
  • The Hornet's Nest ring from zOMG! has you throw a hornet's nest to the ground, releasing a swarm of angry hornets that sting enemies and make them run in fear.

    Web Animation 
  • The signature technique of DR. BEES, even when the situation is already an overabundance of bees.
  • In RWBY, Cardin Winchester attempted to have a jar of sap thrown at Pyrrha Nikos, then have a box of Rapier Wasps opened in her presence. Subverted in that Jaune Arc throws the sap at Cardin instead, and the box never gets opened.

  • Subverted in a sidestory of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Beeman prepares one of these, but it's not very effective because he loaded it too far in advance and all the bees died.
  • 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... and then it turns out that they're evidently disinclined to fight and just wanted to borrow his pen to write a novel.
  • While the type of insect isn't specified, in Dead of Summer, a bad guy attacks Commander with this. They're biting insects as opposed to stinging ones, first eating part of his clothing before attacking. Unlike some other examples, it's played seriously and frighteningly. At one point Commander screams that they're eating him alive, and it doesn't look like he was exaggerating.
  • Get Medieval: Asher catapults a beehive into a castle in order to end a siege.
  • Girl Genius:
    • The Big Bad is a mad scientist (or possibly something far worse) who employs the so-called Hive Engines to produce and release a large amount of biomechanical bee-like creatures called slaver wasps, which infect and mind-control anyone standing in their way.
    • Later, a minor Spark launches her insectlike "Poisonous Sky Wyrms" to try to battle a horse-monster. This doesn't work well, but fortunately, there's a Death Ray in the background.
  • House assaulting Foreman with bees is a Running Gag in MS Paint TV.
  • Attempted in this Plastic Brick Automaton strip. It doesn't go well.
  • In Sherlok Holms, Jadusable has bee-inator eyebeams, which turn people into bees. The idiot's allergic to bee stings.
  • One recurring character in the Dada Comic Witch's Brew is Twenty Bees Man, a sort-of superhero with a beehive for a head and the ability to summon twenty bees to do his bidding.
  • In Zero Percent Discount, there are harsh consequences for a character commenting on an unfashionable Beehive Hairdo.

    Web Original 
  • A running gag on Atop the Fourth Wall is a clip of Batman saying "A deadly bee weapon! bees, my god." from his review of Amazons Attack (see comics above). Paid off in Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie when Linkara discovers one on Europa and uses it to fight Mechakara.
  • Celebrity Bric-a-Brac Theater features a swarm of bees terrorizing the Burning Man festival at the behest of old man Bill Cosby!
  • One funny error screen presented by Cracked proposes this as a punishment to criminal offenders.
    You have performed an act of treason against Stin'zorga, King of Bees.
    Clicking the "Bees" button will cause bees to issue forth from your system.
  • In the Halo 2 Alternate Reality Game I Love Bees, one-half of a fractured combat A.I. is sent back in time, finding its way to a website about bees and honey. Everything about it, up until the conclusion, revolved around... well, you can guess.
  • The SCP Foundation has SCP-2324, which is almost Type 5, except with humans instead of dogs. It can also sneeze corrosive honey.

    Western Animation 
  • Chaotic: Yokkis introduces himself to Tom by throwing a beehive at him. Later in the episode Tom does the same thing to a hostile creature, sending him fleeing for the hills with a swarm of angry bees in tow, in order to save Yokkis.
  • The Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers episode "Risky Beesness" was about a wacko woman who wanted to break into the music business in the worst way — by hypnotizing bees into doing her bee-dding: getting them to seal away Iron Goose and keep people from leaving the concert. She also used them to attack the Rangers when they attempted to stop her.
  • Disney Fairies: The Disney movie about Tinkerbell features a scene where Tink and the other Fairies play darts with bees. Tink pulls out a slingshot/crossbow to fire hers instead.
  • On Eek! The Cat, The Terrible Thunderlizards use these as Family-Friendly Firearms to hunt humans. Their arsenal extends to include grenades, rocket launchers and high yield bombs, all filled with bees. Despite their destructive potential, these weapons don't seem incredibly lethal, although they do reduce their victims to screaming in utter panic.
  • Invader Zim features bees amongst its other animal references, such as when a single bumblebee took down Zim's Voot Cruiser in "Attack of the Saucer Morons". Jhonen Vasquez has admitted on the DVD commentary that he has a thing for bees.
  • Johnny Test has a recurring villain called the Bee Keeper who uses bees as a weapon and speaks in bee puns. In his first appearance, his raison d'etre is to eliminate all the sweet foods from the town of Porkbelly with his bees... so that people will eat his all-natural honey bars. Turns out he was the old guy from the adverts.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Winnie the Pooh becomes a literal Bee Bee Gun in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree after he accidentally eats a handful of bees when eating honey straight out of a honey tree. As he's spitting out bees, Pooh decides to have a little fun by pulling his arm back like a trigger and shooting bees out of his mouth like a gun going "bang bang".
  • Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja: Some of the Ninja's bombs have bees inside it.
  • The Simpsons: In the episode "Burns' Heir", Homer guesses that Mr. Burns's home is guarded by dogs, bees, or dogs with bees in their mouths so that when they bark, they shoot bees at you. (He is incorrect. Burns just goes back inside and locks the door. A deleted scene reveals that he has a Robotic Richard Simmons guarding the manor.)
  • Visionaries: The first episode has Cravex drop a nest of bees/wasps (it's not clear which) on some of the other knights who are trying to reach Merklynn's Shrine. The knights leave their weapons behind in their hurry to escape from the insects. Cravex then scavenges the weapons, intending to trade them in for "a bit of hard cash."

    Real Life 
  • The Mayans had soldiers specializing in throwing hornets' nests at their enemies in battle. They covered themselves in thick mud to protect themselves from the obvious potential for blowback.
  • According to William Gurstelle in "The Art of the Catapult", Alexander the Great had his catapults fire hornets' nests onto the decks of enemy galleys during the Siege of Tyre. Which is just ghastly.
  • A cancelled US Army weapons project involved a chemical weapon that, when dropped on enemy troops, would attract and enrage any bees, wasps, or related insects in the area. The project was never fully realized.
  • Bees and wasps emit an attack pheromone that attracts others to the target, usually when the hive is perceived to be threatened.
  • The venom of the Asian Giant Hornet is not only one of the most painful in the world (it measures a 4 on the Schmidt Sting Pain Scale, a rating achieved by only three other insects—the tarantula hawk wasp, the executioner wasp, and the bullet ant), but it also contains an enzyme that marks the unfortunate victim so that other Asian Giant Hornets in the vicinity will home in and attack the target. It also dissolves human skin.
  • One episode of the Discovery show Pitchmen featured an aspiring inventor trying to sell windshield wipers that could, among other things, remove splattered bugs from a windshield. To demonstrate the product, his friend designed a gun that shot bees at a windshield at a high velocity.
  • In the Middle Ages, throwing/catapulting beehives over city walls at attacking armies was an effective tactic, and fairly common, as in those days honey was the most available sweetener and almost everybody had a couple of hives around. And back then you had to kill the bees and smash the hive open anyway, so firing one wasn't a big loss.
  • Some yellow jackets and hornets, including the aforementioned Asian Giant Hornet, can spray venom.
  • The Battle of Tanga, also known as the Battle of the Bees, so called because the 98th Infantry of the British Indian Empire had the bad luck of being near a massive bee hive that had gotten shot and the angry Anthophilas had thought they were the ones to do it.
  • Bosses of the Greenfield Valley Heritage Park in northeast Wales are considering "using bees to deter people from going into the protected buildings." Yes, that's right. To deter vandals in the park, they're considering employing security bees.
  • With the encouragement of elephant conservationists, some African farm villages have begun stringing wooden beehive boxes along wire fence lines, to fend off hungry elephants that might otherwise devastate their fields and provoke confrontations in which both humans and elephants can be killed. If the elephants disturb the fencing wire, it riles the bees - which, being African honeybees, are notoriously aggressive - and causes even the hungriest elephants to retreat, fearful of being stung in a tender spot. As an added bonus, this causes the elephants to be less aggressive toward humans, since they're no longer being attacked by humans and don't learn to associate them with pain and fear.
  • In October 12, 2022, a Massachusetts woman unleashed a swarm of bees on police officers who had arrived to her home to evict her. She was promptly arrested for assault.

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