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Sewer Gator

Alligators that have been flushed down the toilet will end up living in the sewers down below the streets. Most of the time, these alligators can be an example of Never Smile at a Crocodile. They are sometimes said to be albinos, like many real cave-dwelling creatures, due to living in a mostly lightless environment.

Expect the sewer that they inhabit to be an Absurdly Spacious Sewer.

The alligator-in-the-sewer thing is probably one of the oldest Urban Legends New York has.


Examples:

Comic Books
  • One of the first enemies (after child mooks and small robots) the new Ms Marvel encountered were sewer gators both in giant and armed with Fricking Laser Beams variety, thanks to the local super villain.

Film — Animated
  • The film The Wild saw the zoo animals meeting up with a pair of alligators in the sewer who actually turned out to be friendly and helped the heroes find the way to the Statue of Liberty.
  • King Gator in All Dogs Go to Heaven is a big-lipped alligator (yeah, THAT big-lipped alligator) living in the New Orleans sewers, worshipped by the sewer rats.

Film — Live-Action
  • Not a gator, but the Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man film not only takes residence in the sewer, but also makes a small lab inside.
  • The 1980 film Alligator is about a deadly giant aligator killing humans in the sewers of Chicago.
  • There was a giant gator in the sewer in Sharknado 2: The Second One, but it was eaten by a shark.

Literature
  • In the second of the Never Deal with a Dragon trilogy of Shadowrun novels the protagonist Sam learns that generations of childhood belief in the fact that alligators live in sewers after being flushed has caused them to become an urban magical totem as well as a nature one.
  • In Neverwhere, Hunter in a Badass Boast says that she killed the biggest of the New York sewer gators.
  • In The Truth, ace salesman CMOT Dibbler briefly peddles a kind of "Fung Shooey". He is so good at it that one buyer discovers the Dragon of Unhappiness literally comes up through a lavatory which has been celestially mis-aligned and bites the believer in the bum.
  • One of the illustrations in the children's book "Underground" by David Macaulay shows a cutaway section of a city street. There's an alligator in the sewer.
  • In Sewer, Gas & Electric there are entire hit squads patrolling the sewers on heavily armed gunboats in search of these and other critters (such as the plot-relevant Great White Shark codenamed "Meisterbrau"). The turnover rate is atrocious.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, though not identified as an alligator, the sewers of Mereen contain some large white lizard-like creatures that will attack humans if they encounter them, surely inspired by this.

Live-Action TV
  • One of the wesen in Grimm in an alligator-like creature. They originally served the Praetorian Guard and hid in the aqueducts after the fall of Rome.

Newspaper Comics
  • Parodied in a Garfield strip, where Garfield falls into a sewer and meets up with a giant alligator that was in the sewer, along with a canary and a goldfish that have also become giant after ending up in the sewer.
  • A Sherman's Lagoon strip had Sherman and Megan lost in New York while on vacation. They get directions from an alligator in the sewer and comment that New York gets a bad rap since the alligator was very polite.

Tabletop Games
  • A Discworld Roleplaying Game scenario about mapping Ankh-Morpork's forgotten sewers includes "the Albino Aligators, who have arrived from a different set of narrative assumptions".
  • The collectable version of Illuminati features an "Albino Alligators" card.
  • Paranoia adventure Send in the Clones. In the "Sewerworld" segment the PC Troubleshooters can encounter gatorbots living in the sewers.
  • In Transhuman Space the urban legend has developed into the Lurker Below, a huge alligator-like creature with writhing tentacles along its back, supposedly created by experimental biotech being flushed into the sewers and altering whatever's already down there.
  • In the Victoriana supplement Faces in the Smoke Volume Two: Shadows and Steel, one of the Adventure Hooks for the Fellowship of the Red Pharaoh is hunting for a giant crocodile that has escaped from a London zoo and is hiding in the sewers.
  • It Came from the Late, Late Show. The Giant Alligator Monsters are based on the Urban Legend. They're angry about being flushed into the sewers and express their feelings by eating subway commuters and sewer workers.

Urban Legends

Video Games
  • Kingdom of Loathing has Sewer Gators living in the Maze of Sewer Tunnels that connect the clan basement with Hobopolis.
  • In Déjà Vu, you can be attacked by an alligator while in the sewer.
  • Swampy and all the other gators in Where's My Water? live in the sewers of some unnamed city.
  • In Resident Evil 2, a gigantic alligator mutated by a human-engineered virus appears as a boss battle when the player traverses the Raccoon City sewers.
  • Trio the Punch has alligators emerging from sewer pipes in a Down the Drain level.

Web Comics

Web Original
  • The online Bonus Material for season one of Torchwood (no longer available) strongly implied that the "aligators" in the New York sewers are actually Weevils.

Western Animation
  • Roger from The Penguins of Madagascar is a sewer gator who is good friends with the penguins.
  • One episode of Mr. Bogus had Bogus and Brattus get eaten by an alligator while they are in the sewer, but escape, before calling on the help of this gator in order to help them stop Ratty, Mole, and a trio of biker rats.
  • The Dimmsdale Sewer Gator from the The Fairly Oddparents episode, "Ruled Out". It has 800 teeth and eats anything that moves.
    Timmy: It's violent and educational, but mostly violent! Yay, violence!
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters occasionally showed alligators living in the sewers with the monsters. One episode had Ickis learning to ride the alligators as part of a quest.
  • Leatherhead in all incarnations of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an alligator who ended up in the city sewers and was exposed to the same mutagen as the turtles, resulting in him growing into Lizard Folk and becoming sapient.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Candace fights one in "Fireside Girls Jamboree".
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • Killer Croc generally uses the sewers of Gotham as a hideout and means of stealth travel.
    • The episode "The Underdwellers" has sewer gators in droves. They're actually the Sewer King's pets.
  • The Simpsons: A sewer gator appears trapped in the Simpsons toilet - and battling Grampa - in "Marge in Chains":
    Bart: We flushed the gator down the toilet, but it got stuck halfway, and now we have to feed it.
  • Futurama, featured sewer crocodiles living in the sewers below New New York. Of course there's also an entire society of mutants living down there, who keep them as pets and when they're too big flush them down a giant toilet into the under-sewer.