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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if some human-eating insects from other planets actually visit Earth? Doubtless, even the toughest pest and termite control in town might tremble at the thought! And why wouldn’t they? These extraterrestrial creatures are mean and vicious, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to ensure their survival—and our extinction. Listed below are just some of the alien bugs that appeared in various sci-fi flicks and games, each gruesome and nasty in its own right.
Also called the “Bugs” by humans, the Klendathu Arachnids aren’t really arachnids (not by Earth’s standards at least). They’re large insectoids capable of pinning down and ripping humans with their razor sharp pincers and mandibles. And like most insects we have on our own planet, they also operate under a single command. Unlike our own pests, though, these guys are capable of firing spores across orbits, spreading Arachnid eggs and conquering the planets in one go. They’re also capable of directing asteroids to other planets as a means of long-range attack, as seen in the film when they used this technique to destroy Buenos Aires and kill millions.
Apparently, alien insects make good antagonists in games, too! Like the vociferous Zerg race in StarCraft, for instance! Created by an alien race known as the Xel’Naga from life forms found in the planet Zerus, these alien bugs have the ability to absorb the “essence” of the creatures they kill, transforming itself in the process. In order to better control these experimental race, the Xel’Naga also created the Overmind to collect all the consciousness of the Zergs and bend them to its will. Ironically, though, the Overmind used the Zerg race to cause the destruction of the Xel’Naga. And even after killing off their creators, the Zergs are hell-bent on achieving genetic perfection, targeting humans and other races that come their way.
Edgar is a member of a cockroach-like race that’s at war with other alien races. Searching for an important political enemy and an even more precious artifact, he crash-landed on Earth and after killing and “putting on” some random farmer’s skin (he also took his name, by the way. Identity thief alert.), he killed the refugee, took the object, and almost caused the destruction of Earth. If you think your normal-sized household cockroaches are gross beyond imagination, wait until you meet this guy—or any of his buddies for all that matter!
The Nematodes are fictional Martian insects featured in the sci-fi film Red Planet. In the film, the Earth was on the brink of environmental collapse (largely thanks to us humans as usual). In an effort to make the planet Mars habitable, algae has been planted on its surface to create the suitable atmosphere. Unfortunately, the Nematodes can’t resist veggies and seeing a field of mouth-watering algae, they dig in vigorously. Their only known weakness is that they’re highly flammable; and setting one on fire can cause a chain reaction that would kill all its companions. Oh, and they’re not all that bad—as you’ll find out when you watch the flick!
Luckily for us, these pests only exist in the imagination of our movie makers. And hopefully, we won’t encounter any extraterrestrial insect in our lifetime! However, it would be better to have your local pest control on speed dial . . . just in case.