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There is a tendency in fiction to treat all groups of "cold-blooded" creatures as interchangeable and more or less the same thing. This often ends up with the distinct lineages of reptiles, amphibians and fish mixed into one strange package; generally a finned, reptilian or amphibian creature with both lungs and gills. A Sea Monster can have this kind of appearance. Alternately, this trope can occur in a single species where some members are Lizard Folk, some are Fish People, and others appear to be frog or salamander-like.
Note that there are some fish out there with amphibian-like and reptile-like features (see the Real Life section). However, these real life creatures are still fish; any similarities to other classes are examples of convergent evolution. In fiction, this often plays out as if someone took an existing animal and stuck traits belonging to another class onto it.
- The Phantom Menace: The Colo Claw Fish, a Sea Monster living in the oceans of Naboo, has crocodile-like jaws combined with an eel-like body and bioluminescence.
- Harry Potter: Plimpies are small "fish", yet they look a lot like bipedal frogs.
- Aztec Mythology: Cipactli is a mixture of a crocodile, a fish and a toad.
- Classical Mythology: Dragons are reptile-amphibians with cat teeth and bat wings, and some have gills. Sea serpents are also fish-snake hybrids.
- Chinese Mythology: Longs are often seen as fish-scaled snakes with legs. Certain naga depictions also have traits like fish.
- Hindu Mythology: The makara is commonly depicted as a crocodile with a fish's tail.
- Aboriginal Australian Myths: Taniwha is a reptile of sorts, that lives in and breathes the water.
- Warhammer: The Lizardmen are a species of Lizard Folk divided into a Fantastic Caste System: three of these breeds are based on lizards first and foremost, but their caste of mages and priests, the Slann, resemble giant toads more than anything else.
- Gormiti: The savage, piranha-like Vomica belong to the Sea Tribe, yet they also have dinosaur-like limbs.
- The Elder Scrolls: The Argonians are a species of swamp-dwelling Lizard Folk. Their physiology is chiefly and visibly reptilian, and they are described as reptiles throughout the games except for the fact that they also have fishlike gills on their necks.
- The Magikarp/Gyarados family in Pokémon can be considered this since Magikarp is a fish that evolves into a sea serpent. As of Generation VI, Gyarados gets a Mega evolution that looks more like a fish, having a huge dorsal fin and a bigger body.
- The Warcraft franchise features the Murlocs, who are semi-intelligent creatures halfway between Fish People and Frog Men, with piranha-like heads and fins on their back, but frog-like limbs and an amphibious lifestyle.
- Water demons in Slightly Damned most often resemble Lizard Folk but will typically have fins, webbed digits and dehydrate quickly and according to Word of God they can all breathe underwater.
- Some of the Mix-and-Match Critters that inhabit the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender qualify for this trope. This includes the catgator (an alligator-like beast with catfish whiskers, living in the Foggy Swamp) and the eponymous serpent of Serpent's Pass (snake-like body with a seahorse-head).
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic : Cipactli as a crocodile-faced toad. Hydras are also shown to not need air, despite the reptilianess.
- Coelacanths and lungfishes are two groups of fish that have some amphibian features, such as two pairs of lobe-like fins that resemble limbs, and in the latter group, lungs. Molecular studies showed that they are more closely related to Tetrapods (i.e. land animals, including amphibians and reptiles) than to ray-finned fish.
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