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He'll make you croak.
Let us contemplate the humble amphibian. Placid, fly-eating, harmless creatures. Traditionally used as ammunition for little boys wishing to gross-out little girls.
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In fiction, amphibians can be large and aggressive enough to be a bona-fide threat, with a sticky tongue very conducive to devouring humans in one gulp. Even normal-sized ones can be dangerous, as these often have some sort of poison attack. (Several Real Life species are indeed poisonous, but only if you try to eat them, as a rule.)

Wizards and witches may sometimes summon these as an attack. After all, turning people into toads is traditional, so why not make use of them afterwards?

Although rare, these can be good guys as well. Note that this trope also includes other amphibians.

See also Amphibian at Large, which many examples also qualify for.


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Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Naruto: The toads of Mount Myoboku can be summoned with jutsu. Although they're somewhat comedic characters, they do have jutsu of their own that can make life difficult for enemies. For instance, Naruto, Gamatatsu and Gamakichi can perform a rather powerful flame-throwing technique together.
  • One Piece: In the Punk Hazard arc, the Arc Villain Caesar Clown has a pet in form of a giant salamander-like creature he calls "Smiley". In a twist, it's a living blob of poisonous substance that takes form of a giant salamander after it "eats" the Devil Fruit, Sala-Sala no Mi Model Axolotl. Not only it can breath poisonous gases, it can shoot out chemical globs out of its body that are extremely flammable.
  • Queen's Blade had a creature conjured by the shinobi that attacked Tomoe's shrine, killing all of her friends and sisters.
  • Sgt. Frog: The frog-aliens would like to conquer Earth, if only they weren't so incompetent and easily distracted by Earth's pleasures, such as building toy models. Later on, some genuinely dangerous Keronians do make an appearance, though.
  • Ushio and Tora: Frog Youkai Nodoka usually appears in human form, but this doesn't stop him from being one of the vilest, most despicable villains in the series, using his tongue to suck out the brains of people he deems Too Dumb to Live (or simply, those who give him an unsatisfying answer).

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    Comic Books 
  • Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars: The toads serve as the main villains of the series, with their goal being to conquer the galaxy.
  • Judge Dredd visits an alien world where people are fed to a giant toad named Sagbelly, a creature roughly twenty feet high. The villain extracts a substance called oracle spice in exchange for feeding this monster.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics): Flying Frog is an Ax-Crazy frog and member of the Destructix. In his backstory, Frog was a jester from the Kingdom of Mercia whose idea of a hobby was terrorizing the locals with powerful weapons.
  • Vampirella: Issue #5 of the "Feary Tales" arc has Vampirella in a darker version of The Princess and The Frog in which the frog is a large, monstrous creature that eats people. After the "princess" punches him out for asking to stay in her bed, he returns to human form and is killed by Vampirella for his crimes.
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    Fan Works 
  • The eight crassigyrinus in Prehistoric Earth prove every bit as dangerous as the single crassigyrinus encountered in Prehistoric Park by virtue of the species first introducing itself into the story by virtue of one of them lunging out of the waters of its carboniferous swamp homeland in time to snap up a meganeura for lunch, with all eight of the critters ending up needing to get muzzled before they get sent back to the titular park for the sake of being prevented from severely hurting anyone with their massive teeth before they're placed into their new home at said park.
  • Several of the prehistoric amphibians rescued for the titular park in Prehistoric Park Reimagined prove rather aggressive and perfectly willing to attack the rescue team and other park staff members (albeit, for such realistic reasons as hunger and territoriality), with one of the encountered crassigyrinus managing to bite one member of the rescue team on the ankle and an entire float of them very nearly managing to eat one of the veterinarians when she accidentally falls into their exhibit, several temnospondyls behaving remarkably similar to crocodilians, and even the less aggressive species being handled with appropriate safety precautions in place just in case they turn out to be venomous or poisonous.

    Films — Animated 
  • Animal Crackers (2017): In the climax, Horatio eats broken animal crackers and becomes a cross between a frog and a bat, using this form to attack the heroes.
  • Flushed Away: The Toad is a toad who serves as the main villain of the movie. His goal is to wipeout the rats of Ratropolis and replace them with his numerous offspring.
  • Rio 2: Nigel uses the secretions of his frog companion, Gabi as literal poison darts with a view to get revenge on Blu. Gabi herself attempts suicide with her own secretions when she thinks she killed Nigel. It turns out though, that Gabi is not poisonous at all.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The eco-horror film Frogs presents the title characters (actually cane toad stand-ins) killing Old Man Crockett, though we never see how they accomplish this on-screen.
  • The Theatre Bizarre: In "The Mother of Toads", after Martin escapes from the witch's cabin, he finds the car. The car is full of toads and has his girlfriend's body inside, covered in frogspawn.
  • The Filipino film Zsazsa Zaturnnah: Ze Moveeh features a giant frog as the eponymous heroine's first challenge, right after she discovers her powers. It even swallows her during the fight, leading to a Womb Level moment.

    Literature 
  • The Dresden Files: In the first book, Dresden fights a humanoid toad demon that looks like a large man in a trench coat.
  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes: The story "Rainy Season" has a married couple going to vacation in a small town, where they're killed by a rain of killer (but not large) frogs. This happens every seven years without apparent reason.
  • Redwall: Toads are a recurring enemy, trident-wielding Always Chaotic Evil vermin who live on the shores and swamps and have a definite tendency towards cannibalism.

    Live-Action Television 
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Season one had a Monster of the Week named Terror Toad who devoured four of the Rangers to increase his strength, requiring Kimberly to defeat him and save her friends.
  • The Outer Limits (1963): In the episode "Cry of Silence," one of the tactics used by the alien intelligence threatening the Earth people is to send thousands of frogs to attack them.
  • Ultra Series:
    • Ultraman: Guesra, a Monster of the Week is a cross between a lizard, fish and a frog who is an aggressive cocoa-eating Kaiju. It's revamped form, King Guesra makes reappearances in the series, starting from its debut in Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers.
    • Ultraman Taro: One Monster of the Week is Tondaile, a giant toad-based monster who lives in a swamp, capable of firing frogspawn-like capsules that traps victims and have them frozen in suspended animation, where the monster will then have them stored in massive quantities to be consumed during its hibernation. Tondaile's Boss Subtitles is even listed as "Large Frog Monster".
    • Ultraman Nexus has multiple man-sized monsters called Frogos, frog-men who attacks humans when agitated. In a later installment, Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle, kaiju-sized Frogos do appear as well.
  • Walking with Dinosaurs: In "Spirits of the Ice Forest", the Leaellynasaura are menaced at several points by a Koolasuchus, a labyrinthodont amphibian the size of a large crocodile and with similar living and hunting habits, which attempts to prey on the small dinosaurs when they come to the river's edge.

    Mythology 
  • In The Bible, one of the Plagues of Egypt was frogs.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Most editions have had large amphibians as fairly low-level monsters. There's also Bullywugs, a violent race of frog-men, and Hezrous, which are giant toad-like demons.
    • Deities & Demigods Cyclopedia, Melnibonean mythos. Quaolnargn is a huge (8 feet tall and wide) frog-like demon. Its bite drains Life Energy, causing the loss of 4 Character Levels as well as 1-10 Hit Points.
  • Warhammer Fantasy: The Slann are massive frog-men that were the original servants of the Old Ones, and the best defense against Chaos. The most powerful one, Lord Kroak, is dead, but that doesn't stop him from being the greatest mage in the setting.
  • There was a ruleset for Warhammer 40,000 on the game's official website that had special rules for jungle critters for the Death World of Catachan. Where other jungles have frogs that are merely deadly to eat, Catachan apparently has frogs that explode when startled. The rules posited that a number of frogs are randomly placed on the battlefield before the beginning of the game and moved every turn, placing a large explosion template on the table upon contact with any ground forces. Now that's some way to spice up a Sunday game.

    Toys 
  • Transformers:
    • Beast Wars: Spittor's beast mode is a poison arrow frog. One touch of his membranous skin can pump enough toxins into a Maximal to drive them to dementia, and then he can head-butt them into submission with his tongue.
    • Transformers: Robots in Disguise: Slapper, the "Marshland Trooper" of the Predacons, can transform into a toad. In robot mode, he has an Overly Long Tongue he can use in combat.
    • Transformers: Animated: The Decepticon Spittor can transform into a frog-like bipedal all-terrain walker. In this form, he lashes out tongue-like cables called "Legion Tentacles" that grab his victims, pulling them into his gaping maw.

    Video Games 
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Flibbits are giant frog enemies that appear in Bubblegloop Swamp. Their yellow variants serve as the level's Wolfpack Boss.
  • Battletoads: Three muscle-bound fighting toads are the stars of the games.
  • Bayonetta 2: One of Bayonetta's new demon summons is Baal, a gigantic female toad with a long, spiky tongue that she can use to ensnare and consume angels.
  • Blaster Master: The boss of Area 4 is a giant frog (Jason's former pet in the American version's story.) Also something of a Wake-Up Call Boss, it's considerably harder than previous ones.
  • Cadash: Largish frogs are a basic, low-level enemy.
  • Castlevania: Toads and Frogs are occasional enemies found in the marsh levels and attack the player by lashing their tounges or by jumping at them.
  • Chrono Trigger: Frog is one of the heroes, being a chivalrous knight turned into a frogman by Magus. One of his attacks drops a giant frog on the enemy, doing more damage the less health points he has.
  • Cosmo Police Galivan: The game's second boss, Mirage Beast, is a giant frog-humanoid who keeps hopping around the area while trying to kick you down.
  • In Cuphead, Ribby and Croaks are a duo of giant boxing frog brothers who are some of the many debtors who sold their soul to the Devil and fight Cuphead and Mugman in a boss fight when the latter came to collect their contracts. Much like everything else in this game, they are very formidable opponents, so prepare to die a lot.
  • Diablo III: The witch doctor class can summon groups of poisonous toads as a basic attack. These can be modified with runes to explode or rain from the sky as a bomb attack.
  • Devil May Cry 4: Two of the bosses in the game are Bael and Dagon, members of a species of gigantic toad demons with ice powers. Unsurprisingly, they eat people, and hunt by luring victims in with Rusalka, glowing tendrils shaped like attractive women.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns: Frogoons and Hopgoons are frog enemies that hop about or jump in place and are easily dealt with by any of Donkey or Diddy's attacks.
  • Dwarf Fortress:
    • Giant cave toads are enormous, cave-dwelling beasts and quite aggressive, and when one attacks a fortress or mining party it's capable of destroying several structures and killing many dwarves before being brought down. Goblins sometimes ride them during sieges.
    • Giant olms, likewise subterranean, are ferocious water-dwelling predators that will attack anything smaller than themselves. They're the bane of fisherdwarves stationed at underground streams and lakes, and can break through doors in pursuit of their quarry.
  • Freedom Planet has Bullfrags, giant robotic bipedal frogs that attack by firing huge streams of green bubbles from their mouth.
  • Final Fantasy IV: Enemy toads have a "Croak" attack that turns one of your characters into a toad. Particularly annoying is a group consisting of six of them with a "Toad Lady" who commands them to all croak at you at once.
  • Forbidden Forest: The third wave has giant frogs raining from the sky. They smoosh you dead if they land on you.
  • Ginger Beyond The Crystal: The main enemies in Crater Peaks are zombie frogs who will run at Ginger if he's close enough. The boss of The Observatory in Crater Peaks is a vampire frog who attacks by throwing stars at Ginger.
  • Golden Sun:
    • The first game has the Dodonpa's pet monstrosity (and Bonus Boss) Toadonpa, a surprisingly tough giant toad with poisonous attacks. When defeated, it lands on Dodonpa as he sneaks up on the party to backstab them. Recolored variants appear in another Bonus Dungeon as Devil Toads.
    • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn has Sludge, a gigantic salamander-like creature living under Kolima who tries to drown the party as they explore the dungeon.
  • The House of the Dead games have zombie frogs with tooth-filled mouths that suddenly leap out of water and go for your throat.
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity: One of Impa's special attacks involves summoning an enormous frog to flatten all opposition.
  • Jade Empire features toad demons, which the Spirit Monk can use the powers of if they defeat one.
  • Pyribbit from Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a huge, regal-looking, fire-breathing frog that lives in a volcano. He's normally docile, preferring a peaceful life where he can drink molten lava and snack on igneous rocks. However, Taranza provokes him into attacking Kirby for the fifth boss fight, and he's quite infuriating. Pyribbit's fighting style involves bouncing all over the place and causing dangerous volcanic eruptions, and once he Turns Red, he spends most of his time in the background, where he's impossible to hit!
  • In Kolibri, frogs act as instant-death hazards in many levels. It's not clear if this is a result of the corruption causing various Earth lifeforms to go berserk or if it's just frogs acting as natural hummingbird predators; notably, they can't be killed.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: The Deku Toad is a gargantuan amphibian who drops from the ceiling and is defeated by hitting its tongue. Midna panics at the sight of it.
  • Lizard: One enemy type you face in the game are small frogs. They're very small, and tend to blend into grass, making it hard to see them.
  • The Metroid series has the Hornoads, two-legged toad creatures native to SR-388 that reach Samus Aran's waist. They're The Goomba in Metroid II: Return of Samus and its remake Metroid: Samus Returns, while Metroid Fusion has freakier-looking X Parasite copies in early-game areas as well.
  • Monster Hunter: Among the dangerous creatures in the series are a group classified as Amphibians, introduced in Monster Hunter 4. They include Tetsucabra, a giant frog with large tusks that can carry boulders; Zamtrios, an even bigger frog mixed with a shark that can cover itself in spiky ice armor or inflate itself into a giant ball to crush enemies; and Tetranadon, a kappa-like frog that can toss boulders and fight like a sumo wrestler.
  • The Giant Toad in Nioh, a Blood Knight Youkai who cheerfully spars with William Adams when he gains entrance to the Toad's boss chamber.
  • Pokémon features quite a few tough amphibian monsters; Poliwrath is a Water/Fighting-type Pokemon resembling a bipedal cartoon frog wearing boxing gloves; Greninja is a frog that's also a ninja; the Croagunk line are pragmatic Poison-type frogs; and Venusaur is an enormous toad with a giant poisonous flower on its back.
  • Resident Evil:
    • Resident Evil 3 introduces the Hunter Gamma, which are amphibian and frog-like, capable of vomiting poison and swallowing people whole, but were considered a failure as they needed to keep moist to function. The Remake ones look more like vaguely humanoid salamanders, are bigger and can use their multiple tongues to swallow Jill or Carlos whole.
    • Resident Evil – Code: Veronica: has the Albinoid, a newt-based B.O.W. hiding in a pool on Sheena Island. During Chris' segment of the game, the beast has grown into adulthood and can either ram Chris or electrify the pool if he tries to wade through it.
    • Resident Evil 0 features the Gulpers, giant mutated frogs that can casually spawn in certain areas close to water. Their only attack consist in snatching Rebecca/Bill with their tongues and drag them to their mouth to swallow them whole.
    • Del Lago of Resident Evil 4 is a salamander mutated into a gigantic lake monster via a parasite, who gained a taste for humans thanks to all the diseased corpses being thrown into its home. It will also kill Leon Kennedy if he shoots the water pointlessly for long enough.
    • Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles features a massive ambhibian B.O.W. that attacks Leon and Krauser twice in the game and eventually incapacitates the latter by shooting a bone quill in his arm. Upon killing it, we learn that it was the mutated form of Hilda Hidalgo, Manuela's mother.
    • Resident Evil Village, Salvatore Moreau has a frog motif and eventually transform into a monstrous, multi-mawed salamander monster whose back is covered in egg-like eyes. The amphibious part is reinforced as Ethan must drain the lake he's hiding in to force him on dry land, where he actually has a chance at killing him.
  • In Rivals of Aether, Ranno is a blue frog in orange pants who seems to be skilled in martial arts.
  • Serious Sam: The First Encounter and Serious Sam: The Second Encounter have the Marsh Hoppers, small kamikaze frogs who explode upon contact with an enemy.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • Touhou Project: Suwako Moriya is the goddess of the Moriya Shrine and has a frog theme. Although she's benign and not that powerful compared to a lot of other supernatural creatures in the setting, she has some spell-cards that would certainly be dangerous to normal humans, including summoning attack frogs.
  • Twisted Metal: In Small Brawl, Calipso motivates Mortimer to compete in his contest by stealing his pet frog and promising to give it back if he wins. If Mortimer does win the contest though, he decides to let Calipso keep the frog after hearing Calipso's complaints about the loud noise it makes while also mentioning to Calipso about radiation. Cue the shed said frog is in collapsing to reveal it has mutated into a giant and eats Calipso.
  • Thief: Several games in the series contain frogs that explode on contact. No, really. In the second game, Garrett can even equip himself with items that release one of these when used, so you can sic a frog on your enemies too.

    Webcomics 
  • Daughter of the Lilies: In a flashback, the gang is hired to safeguard a class of apprentice mages learning to summon demons into the bodies of small animals. The professor summons a very ancient, powerful one into the body of a toad, which promptly devours him, grows to giant size, rampages through the city, and attempts to open a portal to hell the size of an entire city block.
  • In the fantasy World of Funny Animals series Felicia, Sorceress of Katara toads are kind of the equivalent to orcs or goblins in that they serve the Murk and mostly appear to raid the civilized kingdoms.
  • The Order of the Stick: A flashback shows that one of the first monsters Roy Greenhilt and Durkon Thundershield faced together was a giant, three-eyed toad. Roy almost gets swallowed by the toad, mostly because of Durkon's hesitancy to provide help without being asked first.

    Web Original 
  • Vinesauce: Invoked. Vinny absolutely despises Bunji the frog, a character from The Gigglebone Gang series of edutainment games. Whenever Vinny plays the games on stream, he talks about Bunji's Extreme Omnivore habits in a scathing way. Because of this, Vinny and his fans have made Bunji a Memetic Psychopath, twisting him into a gluttonous, evil abomination who will eat anything, even animals or people.
  • The Image Macro character "Foul Bachelor Frog" and his Distaff Counterpart "Foul Bachelorette Frog". Unlike most examples, they're not really evil, just lazy and gross. (You still wouldn't want to live with them, though!)

    Western Animation 
  • Futurama: Kif's homeworld is inhabited by Froads... giant poisonous froglike creatures capable of swallowing a man or robot whole.
  • Kulipari: An Army of Frogs: The protagonists are frogs defending their homeland from the scorpions, thus expect them to kick a lot of ass.
  • In an episode of The Penguins of Madagascar, there's a poisonous dart frog, who causes everyone she touches to break out in spots and fall unconscious.
  • Rocko's Modern Life has the titular protagonist's next-door neighbor Ed Bighead, a middle-aged cane toad who serves as the Cranky Neighbor with an Irrational Hatred towards said protagonist and can be abusive to Rocko at worst.
  • Sonic Boom: In "Closed Door Policy", the Froglodytes are a race of frog-like warriors who live in a secret cave blocked off by a surfboard that Sticks keeps over the entrance. When Amy removes the surfboard in an attempt to sell it at a Garage Sale against Sticks' wishes, the Froglodytes escape, capture Sticks, and attempt to sacrifice her to their idol god. Sonic and his friends rescue Sticks from the Froglodytes, using the possessions from Amy's garage sale as weapons.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • In both the first animated and the 2012 Nickelodeon series, the Punk Frogs are introduced as Psycho Rangers to the Turtles before pulling a Heel–Face Turn.
    • The 2012 Nickelodeon series reimagines Mona Lisa as a Salamandrian, a member of a race of alien salamanders. She is a capable warrior and ally of the Turtles. The show also has a villainous example of this trope in the form the Newtralizer, a member of Mona's race who is an evil bounty hunter.

    Real Life 
  • Many extinct species of amphibians were enormous, such as the 4-5 meters long Koolasuchus and the 9 meters long crocodile-like Prionosuchus (the largest amphibian known so far) and given how aggressive creatures such as toads and frogs can be when hunting, it's reasonable to assume they were fairly dangerous and aggressive as well given their physical characteristics and size.
  • While not actively dangerous, the poison dart frog secretes a poison that can knock out or even kill any predators or people that dare to touch it.
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