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This is the tendency in fiction to have eggs (be they spider eggs, dragon eggs, or insectoid alien eggs) as some sort of destructible object that when attacked, releases the creature inside. Often, they emerge ready to attack and, in some cases, even fully grown.

In video games, this is often an excuse to give you an enemy to fight when the situation may have no other option. It also serves a similar gameplay purpose to the drama in You Can't Thwart Stage One, as it means you can't avoid a fight and make a situation an Anti-Climax.

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Of course, this is an absurd misunderstanding of eggs. In Real Life, crushing an egg would almost certainly kill what's inside. Even if it somehow managed to survive, the fact that it's in an egg means it's a developing creature, meaning it would be crippled at best.

Often overlaps with Weaponized Offspring.


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    Film 
  • Dr. Rumack in Airplane!! pulls eggs from a sick lady's mouth, cracks them open and a bird flies out.
  • At the end of the 1960 film adaptation of The Lost World, a large egg is dropped and cracks open, revealing a tiny "baby T. rex".
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, the title character accidentally steps on a Cy-Bug egg at the top of the tower in Hero's Duty, releasing a baby Cy-Bug that he ends up dragging outside into Sugar Rush.
  • In Dingo Pictures' Wabuu the Cheeky/Little Raccoon, a bird couple's egg falls out of the tree that Wabuu chops down to create a bridge for Wuschel, and the parents proclaim "Child murderer! Child murderer! Wabuu's killed our baby!". When Wabuu finds the cracked egg, the chick fortunately hatches unscathed.
  • Done relatively realistically in Finding Nemo. A barracuda eats Marlin's wife Coral and destroys all of her eggs. The one egg that isn't completely crushed hatches into Nemo, but he still has a deformed fin as a result.

    Literature 
  • In the Diane Duane Star Trek novel The Wounded Sky, at the end of the novel Kirk accidentally drops the egg case left behind by K't'lk - which promptly hatches into her daughter self, K's't'lk.
  • The Turbo Toilet 2000 battering the treehouse in a Captain Underpants novel causes the pterodactyl/hamster eggs that are on a table inside it to fall, crack, and release the hybrids within.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • In The Young Ones episode "Bomb", the apparent atom bomb that fell into the lads' house from a plane turns out to be an airplane egg, which when thumped hatches out a tiny model plane that immediately flies away.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Magic: The Gathering's M14 set, there is a card called Dragon Egg that creates a Dragon creature token when it dies.
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • Module OA6 Ronin Challenge. The hen Sahira lays a variety of magical eggs for the use of the PCs, and two of them cause creatures to appear when broken.
      • When a Golden Egg is broken, a small bird made of fire appears and flies away, leading the party in the direction they need to go.
      • If a Grey Egg is shattered, a hkum yeng nat appears. If there is a village within 20 miles it attacks the PCs: if not, it serves them for five minutes.
    • Dragon Lance setting. The Incubalum is a unique magic item: an egg-shaped object about a foot long made of a tough grey material. If it's broken an adult version of a land-dwelling, egg-laying animal will appear from it, anything from a songbird to a dragon. It is not under anyone's control and acts normally for its type.
    • D&D Rules Cyclopedia. When broken, an Egg of Wonder releases a randomly determined animal which obeys the person who broke the egg. It remains for one hour or until killed, then disappears.

    Video Games 
  • World of Warcraft does this multiple times, including during the quest "The Clutches of Evil." You are tasked with destroying 15 Proto-Drake Eggs, which have a random chance of spawning a battle-ready Proto-Whelp upon destruction (note that the "Proto" refers to them being the evolutionary ancestors of the dragons, not that they are not-quite whelps).
    • A boss in the Darkheart Thicket dungeon, Dresaron, is a corrupted dragon that attempts to weaponize this. Around the edge of the boss arena is a ring of eggs than spawn the dragon's whelpings when a player smashes through them. The boss has a move that actually pushes the players back in an attempt to push them into the eggs, so that more enemies will spawn.
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft:
    • The game has the card "Nerubian Egg." Its "Deathrattle" ability, which triggers when it is killed, causes a fully grown Nerubian to emerge.
    • The Naxxramas game board has spider egg sacs that, when poked enough, release baby spiders.
    • The Blackrock Mountain game board has dragon eggs that, when poked enough, are destroyed. Sometimes there is nothing inside, but other times a dragon whelp flies out and toward your screen.
  • Firefall has Aranha egg sacs that explode when shot or when in proximity of the player, revealing combat-ready Aranhas inside.
  • In Rift, during the quest "Creepy Crawlies," you're tasked with collecting Venom Sacs from two kinds of giant spiders. One of these types of spiders come from Egg Sacs, which you attack, causing several spiders that are each larger than the egg sacs to emerge.
  • Dark Souls has the Egg Carrier enemy whose back is covered in eggs and, when killed, releases Vile Maggots to attack you.
  • Metroid
    • Subverted in Metroid: Zero Mission. There is a point where Samus wanders into a nest filled with alien eggs, but cracking one causes it to leak into goo. However, she doesn't get away with this that easily. The angered mother of those eggs appears, initiating a Boss Battle.
    • Played straight in Metroid II: Return of Samus. When Samus enters the Metroid's nest, the eggs hatch and she has to deal with the larvae before she can complete the mission. However, this also leads to the birth of the baby that becomes the MacGuffin of Super Metroid.
  • A variant occurs in the old X-COM game with the Chryssalid zombies - killing them would instantly spawn a fully matured Chryssalid in its place, unless heavy enough ordnance is used.
  • A bonus Scoring Points opportunity in Dynomite! (a Puzzle Bobble clone from PopCap Games); the gameplay involves smashing dinosaur eggs to progress, but eggs which are shaking are ready to hatch, and smashing them while they are still shaking results in the release of a cute baby dino which squeaks "Mama!" as it falls.
  • In Mega Man 2, Air Man's stage has an enemy who is a bird that drops eggs. Upon hitting the ground, the eggs hatch into smaller birds. Potentially justified by the fact they're robots and don't have to be built to follow the rules of the biological creatures they resemble.
  • In Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, in the Dino Might! level, you can find a T-rex egg and then jump on it to smash it open, revealing a baby T-rex inside for you to ride it.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy IV: A random encounter named Mystery Egg will hatch into a fully-powered monster after it takes enough damage. It will also hatch if enough time passes.
    • Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light: In the village Invidia, there is a large dragon egg. The heroes plan to hatch the egg by either casting a fire spell at it, or by smashing it with a large hammer. This trope is averted because no matter which plan the player chooses, it will fail. The egg only hatches after playing a magical harp.
    • Averted in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In Pharos Sirius, the Zu is accompanied by a clutch of eggs surrounding the arena; these will hatch into additional enemies if given time, but destroying them will prevent that from happening - at the cost of temporarily making the Zu's attacks stronger.
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones averts this in Chapter 18, which is a map full of gorgon eggs. If you destroy them before they hatch, they'll net you extra experience.
  • Occurs repeatedly in Warcraft III, where eggs often contain baby spiders or Nerubians when destroyed (some contain items).
  • Dragon Quest VI: One arc has you look for a monster preventing progress on clearing a mountain path. The cave leading to the monster is filled with eggs that contain a minor winged snake enemy when cracked (despite the monster referring to the eggs as her children, she's a dragon-dinosaur that looks nothing like a snake).
  • One of the Divine Beasts in Solatorobo averts this, since grabbing the eggs and throwing them into one another prevents them from hatching tiny birds that attack you.
  • Realm of the Mad God: Some rooms are filled with eggs which turn into fully capable spiders when they are broken. Breaking them too fast results in an enormous wave of spiders attacking.
  • Minecraft: Thrown eggs sometimes hatch into a young chicken that is feathered and capable of walking immediately.
  • In Banjo-Kazooie, the first step of Eyrie the Eagle's quest is to help baby Eyrie 'hatch' by smashing its egg open.
    • Averted in the sequel, where Kazooie learns a move called Hatch, which involves her sitting on plot-relevant eggs and (somehow) causes them to hatch naturally.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim add-on Dawnguard has this in form of pupae rather than eggs. A common enemy in cave dungeons is the chaurus, an insectoid monster which can be found as a roach-like larva (found in all versions of the game) and the mosquito-like imago (found only with the DLC Dawnguard). One transforms into the other by going through a pupal stage, just like real insects do; however, if you smash a pupa, a healthy chaurus imago emerges and attacks you.
  • In Fallout 4, destroying or stealing Mirelurk eggs will cause nearby eggs to hatch into Mirelurk Hatchlings that immediately attack you.
  • Yoshi is found within eggs that are scattered throughout Super Mario Galaxy 2, as a Call-Back to Super Mario World. You need to break him free by destroying said eggs in order to ride him. Justified in-game as the eggs were designed to trap the already long-hatched Yoshi rather than as a container for an unhatched Yoshi.
  • Super Mario RPG has a boss fight where the heroes attack an egg, causing it to hatch and reveal Birdo.
  • Continuing the Mario trend, the fight against Sunnycide in Yoob's belly in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time features this as a mechanic. Normally, the player can only do Scratch Damage to Sunnycide because of the boss's abnormally-high defense. However, should the player target the eggs that the boss summons for its attacks, the eggs will break open and free the Yoshi trapped inside, who will then begin pushing a large rock like the ones found earlier in the area. Once five Yoshis have been liberated, they'll be able to knock over Sunnycide with the boulder, lowering its stats and changing its attack pattern until it gets back up.
  • Diablo 3: Spider eggs, most frequently found in the Caverns of Aranea, are waiting to hatch hostile spiderlings whenever the player approaches or breaks one. Some areas have cocoons that serve the same function.
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption,this is oddly averted with Ghoul Spider eggsacs: if you approaches, they releases a few Ghoul Spider hatchlings. However, if you manage to kill them from a safe distance, the spider's death cry soundclip plays and the eggsac becomes inert.
  • Subverted in the Monster Hunter franchise. Certain quests require the player to carefully transport large monster eggs back to base. Instead of a risk of eggs hatching into vicious baby monsters, the player has to worry about being attacked by the very angry mother dragon whose unborn babies were just kidnapped. Likewise, dropping the egg will just result in the egg breaking and the player having to go back to the nest and start over again.
    • Justified with the Giggi. In the games, the adult Gigginox will deposit a large egg sac which contains several baby Giggi. If the player gets too close, the Giggi will immediately hatch out and latch onto the player. Considering that Giggi are parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts, it makes sense that they'd hatch and attach themselves to the first potential meal that passes by.
  • Inverted in Amorphous+. The deadly Queen periodically releases harmless larvae that can be easily squished by swinging your sword at them (or stepping on them), though you'll probably be preoccupied by the Queen and her giant blade limbs. If you don't dispatch the larvae, they'll be able to enter another Gloople. But that's fine, just smack the Gloople or let it leave the screen. The trouble comes if a Gloople has a larva inside after you've killed the Queen, because said Gloople will immediately transform into another Queen.
  • One puzzle in Gobliiins has a large bird's egg that is about to hatch, and only the chick's legs are protruding out of it, jumping in place. The protagonists need to have Bobo, their strongman, punch the egg with his fists so that it cracks and the chick's wings come out, making it fly and carry Hooter, their wizard, to the other side of a cemetary.
  • Crack-Tweets from Kirby's Dream Land 2 appear in eggs that hatch when attacked or inhaled.
  • Reality Ensues in Cave Story when the Egg Corridor full of giant Sky Dragon eggs is destroyed in an explosion. Except for the one Kazuma hatched and the optional Dual Boss the Sisters, the dragons in the eggs all either died or became malformed "Dragon Zombies" due to hatching prematurely.

    Web Original 
  • In the web game Dragon Cave, one outcome of using the "Kill" action on an egg causes it to hatch instead. This is explained as dragons actually being ready to hatch early on, but the hatchlings stay in the egg for safety.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Classic Disney Short "Alpine Climbers", Mickey Mouse is caught stealing eagle eggs by the mama eagle, and to keep her from attacking, he throws her own eggs at her. Each time the eggs hit, they hatch into eaglets, who are already able to fly and attack Mickey.
  • Double Subverted in the Futurama episode "Fry Am the Eggman". Fry takes an egg from an unknown species and tries to hatch it. Eventually he drops it, and at first it appears to be just a yolk inside. But then an alien creature crawls out of the mess and starts spraying acid everywhere.
  • This is exaggerated in the Wacky Races short "Rhode Island Road Race", where the Slag Brothers produce a giant egg that hatches a mature pterodactyl who then helps their car fly.
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