Can anyone think of references to honeybees in any mech stories?
There are a few. One of the transformers (the yellow Autobot) is named Bumblebee. Also, if you consider the Alien franchise /m/ at least, in the expanded universe they have Queen aliens producing this "Royal Jelly" stuff like bees do.
Not many bees springing to mind super quickly. That giant bee-monster in Monsterpocalypse. iirc there's been a couple of bee enemies in Kamen Rider. Was there a bee-themed boss in Mega Man?
Aura Battler Dunbine maybe? felt buggy to me
Bees and mecha? Doesn't get any more related than Dodonpachi.
I always thought that a group of robots with a sort of 'hive mind' based on bee and ant colonies would make a great enemy. It's sort of based on the idea that each individual in the colony only performs a very simple task by themselves, but together they work almost like a giant shared intelligence hive mind thing.
The closest examples I can think of would be The Borg from Star Trek and the robots from The Matrix.
Those robot mooks from Mass Effect are kinda like that.
A hive mind where there is no individuality (duh), and the more guys gathered in one location, the most processing capacity/inteligence they exhibit.
In the story, anyway. I didn't notice anything to that effect in the gameplay AI. Only played the first game though.
They tessellate well.
Besides, triangles don't look nearly as sexy, and smooth barriers are boring.
Well, there's always the BETA from Muv-Luv. If you can accept robots made out of flesh.
One of them even has a stinger. That's kind of like a bee, right?
I could swear that there was some anime about exactly that, though, a hivemind of robots. I think it was some kind of OVA.
The Major had some robo-bees when she was a bounty hunter.
There are a few mechanical bee Digimon. There's even one that looks like an homage to the Dendrobium Gundam.
This is actually one of Veemon's evolutions.
Stingmon is probably a wasp. BanchoStingmon has beehives on his arms and little bee guys that follow him.
It's not really a hive mind, more like a democracy of programs where they all agree to follow whichever path the consensus chooses.
I find the idea Word argueing with Steam and the file explorer over which gun to use hilarious.
>HE'S GOT FUCKING BEEHIVES FOR ARMS RUN THE FUCK AWAY
I forgot the best bee Digimon. Although it's not really mechanical it's actually inspired by Mothra. All the Digimon in Pendulum 5 borrowed sprites from the Godzilla Vpets and had designs vaguely inspired from them. DarkTyranomon was Godzilla, Raremon was Hedorah and etc.
I wish Transmetal Waspinator appeared in the show. He was one of my favourite toys growing up.
Stand Alone Complex 2nd GiG had the Jigabachi helicopter, named after a wasp and having an unusual "stinger" mount for its gun in stead of the usual chin mount.
And then there's this monstrosity, Thrustinator.
Who is overpriced because it's a collector's exclusive so I will sadly never own it.
Shit, reminds me of this, i wonder if he stole it.
B-Fighter Kabuto/BeetleBorgs Metallix. The design was later re-tooled as Kamen Rider ZaBee in Kamen Rider Kabuto.
Japan draws influence from insects with the same frequency you might see animals like sharks or gorillas in the west. Try finding a bug they haven't retooled into a robot, weapon, or collectable critter.