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Mosquitoes. They ruin your picnics, disrupt your naps, and suck your blood. Although they measure less than an inch long at most, they kill more people than any other animal, up to 700,000 a year. They're responsible for the spread of diseases including, but not limited to, malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, and the Zika virus, and statistically, they basically caused the most deaths to humans by animals (even more than snakes). Expect to hear them long before you see them and the characters to run away in a hand swatting panic when they swarm on them; some might be covered in a plethora of bites when it's all over. Even if the situation isn't dire, expect someone to be immensely bothered by the tiny terrors. Typically found in nasty swamps or the rainforest.

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In real life, only the female mosquito sucks blood, and even then, only when she's going to lay eggs; the rest of the time she's a pollen feeder. If a male mosquito bites someone, it's a case of Insect Gender-Bender.

Compare Macabre Moth Motif and Moth Menace, which give the "bad insect" treatment to moths, Flies = Evil for the mosquitoes' equally unpleasant relatives, and Bloodsucking Bats and Vampiric Draining, for other bloodsucking creatures in fiction.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • One chapter of Nichijou sees Yuuko Aioi being kept awake by a mosquito buzzing around her bedroom. She tries increasingly dramatic ways to kill the insect only to fail each time. Instead, her bounding around her room leads her mother to come, smack her down, and tell her to keep quiet at that late hour.
  • One-Punch Man: One of the first villains fought by Genos was a mosquito-woman, who ends up surviving but with major damage.
  • Hunter × Hunter gives us a human-mosquito Chimera Ant early in the titular arc, a very Ax-Crazy Laughing Mad one at that, which winds up being killed by Killua.
  • Soul Eater: The aptly named Mosquito is The Dragon to Big Bad Wannabe Arachne, and has a mosquito/vampire motif, and drinks his victims' blood from his Gag Nose.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL has Mosquito Ninja (Scritch in the dub), a duelist who's Animal Motif is mosquitoes and turns into a Half-Human Hybrid of one when dueling and can inject hallucinogens into opponents.

    Films — Animated 
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 features Mosqui-toasts, which are mosquitoes with toast for bodies, and, while not particularly dangerous, are just as annoying as normal mosquitoes.
  • In Lilo & Stitch, Pleakley believes that mosquitoes are an endangered species, but changes his mind after getting up close and personal with them in Hawaii.
  • One of the villain's henchmen in Fleischer Studios' Mr. Bug Goes to Town is a mosquito named Smack and the miscreant stereotype seems to apply to the insect world, along with the fly named Swat, too, as he doesn't wish to be seen hanging out with them.
  • "Self Service", a short by Bruno Bozzetto. The little pests make a whole capitalistic dream out of their source. Until it runs dry...

    Film — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • The Scar: The Anophelii are a Dying Race of humanoid mosquitoes who once ravaged the continent in a nightmarish "Malarial Queendom". The females are so consumed by their Horror Hunger that they're nearly mindless and will exsanguinate anyone they can reach in seconds. Zig-zagged with the males, who are peaceful, vegetarian scholars.
  • Ann Leckie's The Raven Tower: Inverted with the Physical Goddess known as "The Myriad", who prefers to manifest as vast clouds of mosquitoes, but is a Creepy Good friend of the narrator and a faithful patron to her human worshipers. However, it's mentioned that her name is used as a curse in other lands, so she might play the trope straight for those who don't enjoy her patronage.

     Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons, Advanced D&D supplement Deities & Demigods Cyclopedia: In the Melnibonean Mythos section, Nnuuurrrr'c'c is the master of all swarming insects. It takes the form of a 40-foot-tall mosquito that can kill any creature by draining its blood.
  • Pathfinder: The Lawful Evil swamp blights are always surrounded by, and can control, clouds of biting mosquitoes.

    Video Games 
  • In Best Fiends, the antagonistic past of Edward the mosquito is hinted at through his bio. In the present of the game, he has changed his ways against sucking blood, and is also the mascot of the Malaria No More movement the game helps sponsor.
  • Bug Fables
    • While the actual mosquitoes in the game mostly avert this, Midges, their related species who never developed the sapience and remained the animalistic "lesser bugs", play this straight, as they are common enemies in the game. They prey on unsuspecting bugs and suck their fluids to restore their own health. They also hunt in packs, and if one member of their pack is damaged, all other Midges will immediately lunge on the attacker without wasting their turn, making them much more dangerous if not dealt with quickly. In one sidequest, the team must defeat the Broodmother, a giant Midge boss who made her nest in the Power Plant, which caused a lot of problems in the Honey Factory.
    • Shades the salesman from the Underground Tavern is a shady mosquito merchant who occasionally tends to sell stolen stuff to unsuspecting customers, such as selling Vi her Beemerang without mentioning that it was stolen, which almost got her into trouble at one point when the boomerang owner noticed her using it. While he is still technically an ally, since the rare medals he sells tend to be useful, Kabbu still feels uneasy about buying stuff from a thief.
  • Darkest Dungeon: The antagonists from the first DLC are mosquito-themed vampires.
  • In Dark Souls, the Blighttown is infested with giant mosquitoes which can inflict poison by biting you or spitting their blood at you. They also respawn frequently, almost immediately after killing one. Thankfully, they don't respawn indefinitely and each mosquito only respawns for up to 7 times.
  • Diablo II has Giant Mosquitoes, monsters found only in Act 3, and Swarms, monsters found in Acts 2-4. Both of them are capable of draining stamina from the player when attacking.
  • Hollow Knight has Squits, mosquito-like enemies who attack their prey by charging on it with razor-sharp proboscis. They have an upgraded variant in the Colosseum of Fools, known as Armoured Squits, which possess more health than their regular counterparts.
  • Keineged an nor: Trying to rush to the door in the third room leads to you getting dazzled by a white flash of light and a random mosquito shredding all your body parts.
  • The PC Mega Man (Classic) games made by Hi Tech Expressions under license of Creator/Capcom feature various nature menaces instead of robots, including giant mosquitoes that are hard to be killed, as many of the enemies of those games.
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon introduces the Ultra Beast Buzzwole, a hulking alien abomination that resembles a mosquito. While not overtly "evil", it is aggressive, and the player must subdue it like the other Ultra Beasts.
  • Rayman: The first mini-boss Rayman faces is Bzzit, a giant mosquito. After beating and befriending Bzzit he helps Rayman through the Dream Forest to face Moskito, a red-colored mosquito that serves as the first boss in the game.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: In Sonic CD, the Needlenose enemy is a robotic mosquito that plunges down at Sonic if he gets near him. This badnik re-appears in Sonic Triple Trouble and Knuckles Chaotix.
  • In the Unreal series there's the Razor Fly creature, often simply called Fly. It's a small-to-medium sized fly creature that can be defeated with three Enforcer shots and whose only attack is to ram upon the player and hit them with their tail. In certain levels, some actions will trigger a swarm of these. Mosquitoes can be found in the outdoor levels of the game, and in the Chizra - Nali Water God ancient temple, among other natural locations of Na Pali, and in later games in the Invasion gametype as one of the regular mooks that spawn.

    Web Animation 
  • The Kirlian Frequency: In a Bait-and-Switch, one short seems to be about vampires threatening the town, but turns out the flying bloodsuckers out at night are actually giant mosquitoes.

    Web Original 
  • Exaggerated in 20020, the sequel to 17776. One of the players for the University of Alabama-Birmingham hates mosquitoes so much, she ran for Senate on a platform to eradicate the species.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Huckleberry Hound Show, episode "Skeeter Trouble", Huck's camping trip is thrown into chaos when a mosquito continuously tries to bite his nose. Things get worse later when a whole swarm comes after him.
  • In the Camp Lazlo episode "Lumpy Treasure", Raj gets bitten by a multitude of mosquitoes on his butt and the bites form the shape of a treasure map. When the Jelly Bean trio finds the treasure at the end the mosquitoes take it for themselves.
  • The Simpsons: In one episode (Little Girl in the Big Ten), Bart is bitten by a foreign mosquito that stowed away in a toy he got at the Krusty Burger and becomes very sick. He gets quarantined in a bubble out of fear that the disease is contagious.
  • The Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "Chocolate Chips" has a swarm of mosquitoes as the minions of a German chocolatier. Their function: to administer the chocolatier's mind control juice to his zombie slaves.
  • Kid vs. Kat: In "Buzz Off", Kat turns two mosquitoes gigantic from them drinking his Alien Blood and uses them to attack Coop, only for the latter to take control of one of them and engage Kat in a dogfight. The two mosquitoes turn on both of them after being mistreated and deciding they're done being told what to do.
  • Mosquitos appear in the Private Snafu shorts "Private Snafu vs. Malaria Mike", "Target Snafu" and "It's Murder She Says", which are all the prevention of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.
  • The Looney Tunes short "Of Thee I Sting" features mosquitos as an air force squadron training for a mission.
  • In the Rugrats episode, "Angelica Nose Best", a mosquito bites Angelica's nose when she's asleep. She doesn't get sick, but it does swell up and she thinks it's because she lies, like Pinocchio.
  • Touché Turtle and Dum Dum: A giant mutant mosquito created by a Mad Scientist escapes and causes no end of trouble in "The Big Bite," necessitating intervention by Touché and Dum Dum.
  • In the Wacky Races episode, "The Super Silly Swamp Sprint", Dick Dastardly uses a squadron of remote-controlled mechanical mosquitoes to attack the other racers. Though they succeed in briefly incapacitating the Arkansas Chug-a-Bug and the Crimson Haybailer, the Slag Brothers attack them with their clubs, and Professor Pat Pending attacks them with his extra big fly swatter, sending them back to Dastardly and Muttley.


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