I vote this thread should be kept active, perhaps stickied and all sneaky ideas people have for hybrid plots can be posted here. Keith or Chris can pop in every so often and do a mix and match on the ideas and surprise us in future patches!
So I will post a few now :
On attacks, hybrids can k-raid you back! Draining your knowledge in exchange for additional funds into the super hybrid pot. Maybe it could be possible to get that knowledge back by killing the super hybrid?
On attacks hybrids have a chance to carry a beacon that summons the Mining Golem that could be activated upon death / activated if captured or activated in the presence of a ship that provides scout intel. Could be advertised as a mysterious object found in wreckage etc
Defensive hybrids have a chance to turn a normal world into a fortress world or the like. Possible turning every ion cannon into a mark V version, fortresses to super fortresses, mass drivers, higher mark shields. Maybe the chances could increase if the world has something desirable on it, mark 4 fact, ARS, AIP lowering structure.
On attacks hybrids could have a chance to capture your home command station and all remaining structures on the planet, would provide a few WTF moments. Also, as I suggested with the AI hacking you back idea, perhaps the hybrids could tap into your "home command network". It could work in tiers targeting or powering down, scrapping things, or capturing things :
Level 1 could be research stations, fabricators, mark 1 ships.
Level 2 could be shields, resource extractors, shipyards, mark 2 ships
Level 3 could be higher mark units, turrets, mark 3 ships
Level 4 could be other command stations which then can act as enemy warp gates and mark 4 ships
If you have ever played the RTS Warzone 2100 and played through the single player then the AI Nexus has an ability like this taking over your units at random or in waves....
Defensive hybrids have an opportunity to visit a neutered system and do a sneaky rebuild of a warp gate!