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"There is a story, possibly apocryphal, of the distinguished British biologist, J. B. S. Haldane, who found himself in the company of a group of theologians. On being asked what one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation, Haldane is said to have answered, 'An inordinate fondness for beetles.'"
G. E. Hutchinson, President, American Society of Naturalists, in a speech to the Society's annual meeting

Characters who have a great curiosity and interest in beetles that they wanna hold it in their hand and love, love them do. Very common in anime, so let it be.

See also Bug Catching, Friend to Bugs.

Not to be confused with fans of the legendary British band.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Aburame Clan in Naruto not only has interest in beetles, they literally become homes for them, controlling the beetles in exchange for their own chakra.
  • Luffy in One Piece shows a keen interest in beetles in the Skypeia arc. In fact, he once becomes uncertain whether he'd rather have the One Piece or a pet stag beetle.
  • In the Pokémon anime, there's a kid dressed as a samurai (in fact, Samurai is the name he goes by) who catches Bug types. He uses a Metapodnote  and a Pinsirnote .
  • Ryuuto from the horror manga Region, who is willing to risk bullying from his classmates and elementary school teacher over his refusal to let them kill the insect collection they were keeping as a class project. This leads to him sleeping with the insects in his bed to help them stay warm, much to his unsuspecting sister's chagrin.
  • Samurai Champloo has Sumo Beetle!
  • Weevil Underwood in Yu-Gi-Oh! uses a deck that specializes in Insect monsters.
  • In the 2009 anime of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, during the summer "Groundhog Day" Loop, Haruhi leads the group on beetle hunting (and she wins every time).
  • Momotarou Mikoshiba from Free! likes to catch stag beetles, and he even tries to give one as a present to Gou, who he has a crush on.
  • Jobin Higashikata from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. He's a mature and sharp businessman, but can be distracted by exploiting his interest in hobbies such as gambling in fights with his large collection of beetles.
  • Eiden in Flower Knight Dakini carries an encyclopedia about the giant beetles that roam the land and when encountering the Great Silver Jaw, he even briefly forgets about running away to admire it.
    • After Dakini kills the Great Silver Jaw, Eiden sells the shell in a later chapter to an enthusiast wearing several accessories in the likeness of the beetles.

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  • In Goodnight Mommy, Elias keeps a vast number of captured cockroaches in a terrarium and plays with them throughout the film.


    Live-Action TV 
  • On CSI, Gil Grissom's specialism is forensic entomology, and enthusing about the particular species of bugs crawling all over the Corpse of the Week is one of his many Nightmare Fetishist traits.
  • The only trait we know so far of Tyrion Lannister's "simple" cousin Orson on Game of Thrones.

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    Video Games 
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • This is central to Mushiking, a Mons Game where the Mons in question are all realistic-looking beetles.
  • Pokémon was inspired by its creator's insect-collecting hobby. There are also the Bug Catcher and Bug Maniac trainer classes that can be fought.
    • Pokémon Gold and Silver/Crystal / HeartGold and SoulSilver has the Gym Leader Bugsy who specializes in using Bug type pokemon.
    • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl/Platinum has the Bug type specialist Aaron as the first member of Sinnoh's Elite Four.
    • Pokémon Black and White has Burgh as another Bug type specialist Gym Leader. Also, the Unova champion Alder is not officially identified as a Bug specialist, but three of the six Pokémon on his team are Bug types.
    • Pokémon X and Y brings us another Bug-type Gym Leader in Viola, leader of the Santalune Gym.
  • Booster from Super Mario RPG is a beetle enthusiast, and has his lackeys go out and collect them for him. Mario can also collect beetles for coins, and there's a purchasable mini-game called Beetle Mania.
  • Sig from Puyo Puyo.
    Ringo: This easygoing boy with a faint smell of beetles!
    Sig: Oh, I found a bug.
  • Barawa from Granblue Fantasy has a passion for beetles, eagerly examining each and every one in the tropical jungle of Palapogos Island. It's later revealed that his rival, Chat Noir, shares an equally passionate love for beetles.
  • Jougasaki Rika from THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls is a middle-schooler heavily into the Gal subculture — nevertheless, her favorite things are beetles and stickers, which is meant to show her childish side, and that her preoccupation with sex appeal is because of her admiration of her sister.
  • Gonta Goukhara, the Ultimate Entomologist from Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. He's known for thinking that anyone who likes bugs must be a good person. Unfortunately, his size, strength, and general passion mean that no one around him will ever admit to disliking insects - they're all too terrified of the repercussions.

  • Dr Tarsus Beetle from Girl Genius chose a stylized beetle as his emblem, present all over his city, Beetleburg.
  • In The Water Phoenix King, Gilgam has quite a few beetles decorating his equipment. His pauldrons, the large pin which unfolds into a collar that connects them over his warmer-weather gear, the charge crystals for his gun, are all scarab-shaped, and his riding-beast is a robot that looks like a cross between an ant and a beetle of some sort. It makes sense...

    Western Animation 
  • In the animated series at least, beetles are the favorite treat of Beetlejuice, probably a less nasty alternative to the blowfly and cockroach we see him eat in the movie.
  • Nadine from Hey Arnold! was a complete bug maniac and spoke of her love of beetles at least once.

    Real Life 
  • Some of Charles Darwin's earliest interests were in beetles. Of course, it wasn't until he started looking at finches that he put his name down in history, but things might have been different if Darwin wasn't so interested in beetles. To give an example of how strong his obsession with beetles and beetle collecting was, once as a young man he was returning home after collecting beetles in the woods when he came across a bombardier beetle. Even though he was already out of room to carry it, he was determined to bring it home with him and attempted to carry it in his mouth. Naturally, this resulted in him discovering what being sprayed in the mouth by a bombardier beetle was like, and the resulting effects caused him to lose both the bombardier and all the other beetles he'd collected. He described the event with great enthusiasm in his diary.

Alternative Title(s): Beetle Mania


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