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Frogs, toads and other amphibians come in a range of sizes, but are mostly tiny. The largest species are about fist-sized. In fiction, on the other hand, they tend to be scaled up. This can range from dog-sized to building-crushing — a perfect storm of threatening and disgusting. They could also be Bewitched Amphibians who keep their human size when turned into frogs.

Frequently overlaps with Amphibian Assault, but not always. Some toads just wanna hang out and chill.

Compare Frog Men for specific humanoid examples. Also compare Mega Neko, Giant Spider, Rodents of Unusual Size, and Big Creepy-Crawlies for other giant animal tropes.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Naruto: The toads of Mount Myoboku can be summoned with jutsu. They come in a range of different sizes, including some gargantuan ones.

    Comic Books 
  • Aquaman: Lagoon Boy is an amphibian humanoid based on the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  • In the Disney Ducks Comic Universe story "The Quest for Kalevala" Don Rosa interprets Iku-Turso as a giant amphibian. At the climax of the story it goes on a rampage across Helsinki.
  • In an early Howard the Duck story a man—presumably a mad scientist—drinks a potion which turns him into the enormous Garko, the Man-Frog. It's a apparently an unstable process, as he further changes into a regular frog and gets run over by a police car.
  • Judge Dredd: In one story, 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.
  • Ms. Marvel (2014): When Kamala learns that her friend Bruno, who's been crushing on her for as long as they've known each other, is now dating Mike Miller, she demands to know how they met. It turns out that it was in the middle of Kamala's superhero duties, where the two bonded while Ms. Marvel was battling an enormous frog.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Introduced in the 1987 cartoon, Mona Lisa is a human who was mutated into a humanoid salamander. She is usually depicted as a love interest for Raphael.
  • 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 and monstrous creature that eats people. After the "princess" punches him out for asking to stay in her bed, he returns to human form and Vampirella kills him for his crimes.
  • X-Men: Ch'od, a member of the Starjammers, is a large amphibian-like alien. His physiology allows him to survive both on land and in water and makes him a very fast swimmer.
  • Zsazsa Zaturnnah has a giant frog that came out of a magic volcano.

    Film 
  • Pan's Labyrinth: One of Ophelia's tasks is to retrieve a key from the belly of a giant toad. Although it's not aggressive, it's large enough to scare her and gross her out. The fact that she has to make it vomit up the key is especially Squick inducing.
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    Literature 
  • The fifth Deltora Quest book, Dread Mountain, has the giant toad Gellick. It is a servant of the Shadow Lord and guardian of the emerald, which is lodged in his head.

    Light Novels 
  • KonoSuba has giant frogs as a recurring enemy. They fit the atmosphere well, as they are more comical than threatening, and their lack of teeth allows a Running Gag of them almost swallowing Aqua or Megumin before being messily killed.
  • In Scrapped Princess, Gloria is a Dragoon that manifests as a gigantic frog and chases Pacifica around until Zefiris disperses her form.

    Live-Action TV 

    Mythology & Religion 
  • Tiddalik is a huge frog from Aboriginal Australian Myths who drank all the water in Australia, and only released the water when the other animals could make him laugh and open his mouth.
  • The second plague in the Book of Exodus is usually translated as the plague of frogs, but some rabbinic interpretations hold that it was one giant frog, or an Asteroids Monster that kept splitting into more frogs every time the Egyptians hit it.note 
  • Jiraiya is a mythological figure from the Japanese Mythology folklore "Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya"; he is a ninja who can transform into a gigantic frog via shapeshifting powers. His tale inspired several figures in the Naruto series mentioned above.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • Most editions have had large amphibians (such as giant frogs and toads) as fairly low-level monsters.
    • Deities & Demigods Cyclopedia. The Melnibonean mythos has Quaolnargn, a huge (8 feet tall and wide) frog-like demon.

    Video Games 
  • Baal from Bayonetta 2 is a massive demon toad who Bayonetta can summon to kill angels by snaring them with her barbed Multipurpose Tongue.
  • Blaster Master: The boss of Area 4 is a giant frog that attacks with its long tongue.
  • In Cave Story, on the fourth encounter with him, Balrog gets transformed by Misery into a large frog who proceeds to attack the protagonist.
  • Chronicles has creatures called Brogs. They are frog-like in appearance, and most of them tower over the average human. The smallest ones in the game still come up to your waist.
  • Chrono Trigger: One of Frog's attacks drops a giant frog on the enemy, doing more damage the less HP he has.
  • In Cuphead, Ribby and Croaks are large anthropomorphic frogs that tower over the main characters.
  • Devil May Cry 4 has Bael and Dagon, two bosses fought by Nero in Mission 4 and Dante in Mission 15, respectively. They are large, toad-like demons each with two anglerfish like glowing feelers called Rusalka that they can use to lure prey or to attack defend themselves.
  • The caverns in Dwarf Fortress have Giant Cave Toads and Giant Olms - the Giant Olms also come in the more anthropomorphic Giant Olm Man variant.
  • 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.
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity: One of Impa's special attacks involves summoning an enormous frog to flatten all opposition.
  • Throughout The Legend of Zelda, there are a race of mostly human-sized aquatic people (with a few being much larger than humans) called the Zora. In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, we see infant Zora, who look like large tadpoles, implying that the Zora are, in fact, amphibians.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has the Deku Toad, a gargantuan amphibian who drops from the ceiling and is defeated by hitting its tongue. Midna panics at the sight of it.
  • In Lord Of The Rings Online your character can encounter and battle fantastic amphibians of unusual size, among them toxic toads and fire-breathing salamanders (which are actually a class of dragon).
  • The Night of the Rabbit: One of the magical realms has a giant, sleeping toad. Jerry must speak to it to learn a new spell. Jerry is initially scared of the toad, but he calms down when he realizes that the toad is harmless, if a bit grumpy. The toad later appears in the villain, Zaroff's, Perilous Play. Zaroff insists that the toad is a monster that will eat Jerry if Jerry gets too close, and brainwashes the toad to think so as well. Jerry restores the toad's memory, saving him from Zaroff's spell before he can do any harm.
  • Nioh has the Giant Toad, who is exactly as large as his name implies and fights William with a spear.
  • Pokémon has several large, amphibian-based Pokemon. Notable examples include Quagsire, a giant salamander that stands at four-foot-six, and Seismitoad, Greninja, and Swampert who all stand at four-foot-eleven while being a toad, frog, and axolotl or mudpuppy respectively. Swampert's mega evolution is even larger at six-foot-three, with muscles that rival the Hulk's. Venusaur, who has some frog-like traits, is normally six-foot-seven, and its mega evolution is seven-foot-ten, and, far more extreme than any other Pokemon is its Gigantamax form, a whopping 78'09".
  • Project Altered Beast: Due to the mutations by the Genome Mist, many toads and frogs grow to the size of (short) humans. One of the bosses, Sasquatch, is a much larger frog crossed with a gorilla with ice powers.
  • In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, when Big the Cat uses his All-Star move, his pet frog, Froggy, grows to an enormous size and hops across the track, with Big hanging onto Froggy's tailnote  for his life.
  • Touhou Project: Suwako (a frog goddess) is often shown in fanon as being able to call giant frogs in battle, though she mostly uses them to punish Cirno (an ice fairy) when she freezes frogs.

    Web Comics 
  • 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 conjures up an 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.

    Western Animation 
  • Amphibia takes place in a world of anthropomorphic amphibians scaled up to human size, which means larger species are gargantuan by comparison. The episode "Quarreler's Pass" features olms the size of dragons, and King Andrias, who is based on the Chinese giant salamander, is Large and in Charge taken to the extreme.
  • DuckTales: The main antagonist of the episode "The House of the Lucky Gander!" is Toad Liu Hai, an ancient spirit taking the shape of an anthropomorphic toad. In the episode's climax he takes a One-Winged Angel form, towering over the ducks.
  • Futurama: In "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch", one of the native species of Kif's planet is a "poisonous froad", a giant purple amphibian that almost eats Bender until Kif scares it off.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: In both the first animated and the 2012 Nickelodeon series, the Punk Frogs are large, humanoid frogs.

    Real Life 
  • Not that big compared to the others mentioned in this folder, the Cretaceous amphibian Beelzebufo was still a huge frog compared to most living species (estimated length of 23-42.5 cm). Plus its name means "devil toad".
  • The Chinese giant salamander is the largest extant amphibian, reaching the length of 1.8 meters. Its scientific name, Andrias, means "human-like", appropriate for an animal near the size of a human.
  • In prehistoric times, a number of gigantic amphibians lived, including Mastodonsaurus from the Middle Triassic and Koolasuchus from the Early Cretaceous.
  • The middle Permian amphibian Prionosuchus was even larger than the aforementioned Mastodonsaurus and Koolasuchus, with the largest found specimen estimated to be 9 meters long, larger than the biggest extinct crocodiles.

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