Now let me tell you how things are supposed to work: The sun grows the food, the ants pick the food, the grasshoppers eat the food...
Hopper to Princess Atta

The Grasshoppers are a group of Hopper's minions and the tertiary antagonists of Disney/Pixar's 1998 film, A Bug's Life. They are notorious in bullying the ants into collecting food for them. When they are not terrorizing the insects of Ant Island, the grasshoppers are seen in Hopper's Hideout.

Role in the film

After Flik causes all the food for the grasshoppers to fall into the water, a gang of grasshoppers begins to descend downward toward the ant colony, attacking them for losing their food. Hopper then warns the ants that if the last leaf falls and the ants do not collect enough food, the grasshoppers plan to take over Ant Island as Hopper's evil plan.

Later in Hopper's hideout after spending a vacation there, Hopper thinks of traveling back to Ant Island to get food before winter. However, after, the last leaf falls during Flik's banishment during the climax of the film, the grasshoppers take complete control of Ant Island after Flik along with the Circus Bugs was wrongfully banished by Atta and her mother until the ant colony finally fights back and take their island back in which they retreat (without Hopper) defeated. After this, it is unknown what became of the grasshoppers or where they escaped to; however, Hopper is devoured by the bird's chicks after Flik and Princess Atta lure him to her nest, and Molt moves to Bug City and joins P.T. Flea's circus act.


  • They are based on the bandits from Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven, with Hopper being the equivalent of Calvera from the latter movie.
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