Created By: Luppercus on September 12, 2017 Last Edited By: Luppercus on September 14, 2017
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Frog Men

Anthropomorphic Frogs and Toads

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"There's no society of anthropomorphic frog people living in the sewer, Freeman. You're just being paranoid."

—Gordon Freeman, Freeman's Mind

A Sub-Trope of the Beast Man, the Frog Men are humanoid (you know; two legs, two arms, one torso) but with frog-like traits. They are often depicted with Fingerless Hands, big Buggy Eyes and Hairless Green Skin. Like Fish People, they can live in both earth and under water, but unlike the former they normally stay on earth.

Frogs and Toads are very common in Talking Animal fiction, take care that the example is about a fictional race of frog-like creatures and not about a character that is just a frog and talks or even sings.

Unlike their cousins, the Lizard Folk, Frogs do not suffer from the Reptiles Are Abhorrent stereotype, thus can often be portrayed as good. Of this, Frogs are often the heroic and Toads the villainous due to the common Good Animals, Evil Animals duplicity.

Part of the Petting Zoo People Super Trope. Compare with Bewitched Amphibians when a human is turn into a non-anthropomorphic frog or toad.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Sgt. Frog is about a Japanese family dealing with a race of frog-like aliens.
  • Spirited Away; Al male servants of Yubaba are very human-like (but not entirely) frog spirits.
  • Not only is Tsuyu Asui from My Hero Academia a frog themed superbeing, her parents and siblings also have frog-like appearances.

Comics
  • Marvel's Amphibius, a supervillian mutant and former member of the Swamp Men is a humanoid frog.
  • The Frog Men, a very powerful group of foes faced by the B.P.R.D. in Hellboy.

Film
  • The Huts t in Star Wars, of which Jabba is the most famous one, are toad-like in appearance, though they're legless like a tadpole.
  • Cult Classic B-Movie Hell Comes to Frogtown is about a post-apocalyptic world with very few fertile men and an entire sub-race of mutated humanoid Frogs kept in a ghetto due to Fantastic Racism.

Literature

Live Action Television
  • The Narn in Babylon 5 have a Frog-like appearance (but they are actually Marsupials).
  • Farscape:
    • The toad-like Hynerians, who also happen to be amphibious.
    • The Sheyang look like giant anthropomorphic toads and they explode if shot.
  • The Folterseele in Grimm is a race of frog-like Wesen. They cause extreme sexual attraction in human form (thus causing them to be often victims of rape attempts) and they secrete a very poisonous toxin in self-defense. Another Frog-like Wesen never seen on camera but shown in one of the books is the Fossegrim

Machinima
  • Freeman's Mind: Discussed by Freeman in Episode 28, mocking all the people who called him paranoid, listing it among other things he's been ridiculed for believing in such as mindreadng owls and aliens, as he guns down invading aliens with an MP5.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons. The game has had several frog-like humanoids over the years.
    • The blindheim is a four feet tall frog-like humanoid. It is colored various shades of yellow and has huge eyes that send out a searchlight-like beam.
    • The grippli are intelligent, 2 1/2 foot tall humanoid tree frogs. They can swing through trees by grabbing the branches.
    • Slaad are giant (6-10 feet tall) bipedal frog-like beings from the Chaotic Neutral outer plane of Limbo. The slaad masters (Death Slaadi and Slaad Lords) can be summoned by saying their names.
  • Warhammer Fantasy: The gargantuan froglike slaan were the original servants of the Old Ones, now the ancient leaders of the Lizardmen. Those still alive are the most powerful mages on the world (hell, one of them's dead and still one of the strongest mages), dedicated to fighting Chaos and carrying out what fragments of the Old Ones' plans they can find. Unfortunately, they're so long-lived their plans fail to take into account things like evolution and continental drift, hence their accidental destruction of the dwarf empire by shifting some mountain ranges back or trying to get the high elves, wood elves and dark elves back on the same island (never mind that they hate each other).

Video Games
  • Battletoads: A videogame about anthropomorphic heroic alien toads.
  • The toad-like Krogan in the Mass Effect franchise.
  • Chrono Trigger: Frog is a (short) human-sized frog, who still carries his clothes and weapons from before his Baleful Polymorph. When you first meet him, he's still depressed, but by the end of the game he's come to realize that his new shape has a lot of advantages (several of his techniques make use of his tongue and jumping ability), and he's turned back in the main ending.

Western Animation
  • The antagonistic toad-like Wartmongers in The Smurfs.
  • Battletoads was a failed animated show based on the videogame, but only the pilot was made and the series was not pick-up. As the videogame is about three heroic humanoid toads.
  • The Kineceleran race in Ben 10 are frog-like, except for the tail.
  • Frog-Man, a one time villain that the ThunderCats (1985) faced was an anthropomorphic frog.

Real Life
  • Especially trained military and police scuba divers are known as "Frogmen".

Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • September 12, 2017
    arbiter099
    • Freemans Mind: Discussed by Freeman in Episode 28, mocking all the people who called him paranoid, listing it among other things he's been ridiculed for believing in such as mindreadng owls and aliens, as he guns down invading aliens with an MP5.

    and a possible page quote:

    "There's no society of anthropomorphic frog people living in the sewer, Freeman. You're just being paranoid."
    Gordon Freeman, Freemans Mind

    and a thought just occurred to me, you may want to at least note that this article is being literal and not referring to military divers or consider a rename for clarity's sake
  • September 12, 2017
    Luppercus
    Good point. The name is provisional I hear suggestions. I guess Frog Folk may work as in Cat Folk and Lizard Folk or Frog People as in Bee People and Fish People. Although Frog Men can bring people from google searches.
  • September 13, 2017
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons. The game has had several frog-like humanoids over the years.
      • The blindheim is a four feet tall frog-like humanoid. It is colored various shades of yellow and has huge eyes that send out a searchlight-like beam.
      • The grippli are intelligent, 2 1/2 foot tall humanoid tree frogs. They can swing through trees by grabbing the branches.
      • Slaad are giant (6-10 feet tall) bipedal frog-like beings from the Chaotic Neutral outer plane of Limbo. The slaad masters (Death Slaadi and Slaad Lords) can be summoned by saying their names.
  • September 12, 2017
    mariovsonic999
    Would the Gungan from Star Wars count too, especially the Ankura Gungan?
  • September 12, 2017
    Chabal2
    • Chrono Trigger: Frog is a (short) human-sized frog, who still carries his clothes and weapons from before his Baleful Polymorph. When you first meet him, he's still depressed, but by the end of the game he's come to realize that his new shape has a lot of advantages (several of his techniques make use of his tongue and jumping ability), and he's turned back in the main ending.
    • Warhammer Fantasy: The gargantuan froglike slaan were the original servants of the Old Ones, now the ancient leaders of the Lizardmen. Those still alive are the most powerful mages on the world (hell, one of them's dead and still one of the strongest mages), dedicated to fighting Chaos and carrying out what fragments of the Old Ones' plans they can find. Unfortunately, they're so long-lived their plans fail to take into account things like evolution and continental drift, hence their accidental destruction of the dwarf empire by shifting some mountain ranges back or trying to get the high elves, wood elves and dark elves back on the same island (never mind that they hate each other).

  • September 12, 2017
    Luppercus
    Don't forget to hat it aside from giving examples otherwise your examples never became official.

    And yes, I guess the Gungan may count, especially the king if IIRC
  • September 12, 2017
    Dgon
    I think Frog Men works as a name as it has at least one precedent which is the Hellboy comics (that could be the Trope Namer) while the other like Frog Folk may never been use before.
  • September 13, 2017
    darkemyst
  • September 14, 2017
    Luppercus
    Does anyone think Toad from the X-Men franchise would be an example?
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