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The Nanochips are tiny, mechanical insects. They are yellow/orange/red in Alien Swarm, but are blue in Ultimate Alien.
Over time, they evolve into humanoid forms.[DJW 1]
The Queen produces Nanochips from her body, and after she takes up residence in Victor Validus' body, she produces them from there. They have the ability to take over a person's mind, making that person completely subservient to the Queen's will. They are a hybrid which is part organic matter and part machine as pointed out by Kevin. The Queen was destroyed by Nanomech.
The Nanochips surprisingly returned in Revenge of the Swarm. The team discovered that the Nanochips took over Elena Validus' mind and had made her the Queen of the Hive. After Elena sacrificed herself for Ben by destroying her Nanochip self, the chips still had some life in them.
They re-appeared in The Perfect Girlfriend, in which it was revealed that Elena and the Nanochips were still alive. Elena uses them to disguise herself as Julie, Ben's girlfriend, so she could have Ben for herself. When Ben discovered the truth, Elena used her Nanochip form to fight him as Ultimate Echo Echo. She nearly kills him by choking him with the chips, but the real Julie convinced her otherwise. Promising that she would return, Elena and the chips retreated into a sewer.
The Nanochips will eventually evolve into tiny "Nanomechs" that will become a full alien race with a civilization.[DJW 1]
Notable Nanochip Hybrids
- Nanomech (the Omnitrix's DNA sample of a Nanochip/Human hybrid)
- Elena Validus (human merged with Nanochips; formerly)
- Ultimate Kevin (part Nanochip)
- Despite sometimes being referred to as nanites, the nanochips are not related to the nanites from Generator Rex.[ES 1]