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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 both on dry land and under water, but unlike the former they normally stay on dry land. Frog Men are generally found living around shallow water and in humid areas, especially in swamps, whereas Fish People are more commonly placed in deeper waters. Like real frogs, Frog Men are also rarely associated with salt waters. Expect them to have improved leaping ability.

As 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, Frog Men do not always suffer from the Reptiles Are Abhorrent stereotype (partly because they aren't actually reptiles), and thus can often be portrayed as heroic. However, due to the common Good Animals, Evil Animals/Unpleasant Animal Counterpart dichotomy, the ones based on toads are more likely to be evil or at least unpleasant than the ones based on frogs are.

While they are usually distinct creatures, this trope may overlap with Lizard Folk and/or Fish People as a side-effect of some authors disregarding or not recognizing the distinctions between groups of "cold-blooded" animals.

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



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    Anime & Manga 

  • Marvel's Amphibius, a supervillain 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.
  • A whole kingdom of these are the villains in the first story of The Eternal Smile... until it turns out the whole thing is just the protagonist's Happy Place to escape his crushingly abusive home life. Specifically, the frogs represent the death of his biological father, who caught salmonella while studying frogs.

    Film - Animated 

    Film — Live Action 
  • Star Wars:
    • The Hutts, of which Jabba is the most famous member, are toad-like in appearance, though they're legless like a tadpole.
    • The swamp-dwelling Gungans also have frog-like characteristics, such as webbed hands and feet, a broad mouth with long sticky tongue, and an amphibious lifestyle. Boss Nass, their green-skinned, overweight leader, looks particularly toad-like.
    • The Mon Calamari are a cross between Frog Men, Fish People, and crustaceans — complete with bug-eyes and big mouths. They're also powerful members of La Résistance.
    • Drabatans, first seen in Rogue One, are tall, slender amphibious humanoids with frog-like features such as their heads and large mouths.
    • The Bufopel, first introduced in The Last Jedi, are hulking toad-like humanoids with great strenght. One is seen as a patron of the Canto Bight casino.
  • The 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.

  • Frank Herbert's The Dosadi Experiment has a species of frog-like aliens known as the Gowachins. They can breathe both air and water and are highly amphibious — their homes typically contain a number of flooded rooms and tunnels — and go through a tadpole phase after birth.
  • Gollum originally a Hobbit is described as frog-like in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Rankin/Bass Productions' Animated Adaptation The Hobbit took this look to uncanny extremes.
  • Tolkien's friend C. S. Lewis included a Frog Man/Fish Person named Puddleglum in The Silver Chair.
  • In the Bas-Lag Cycle, the Vodyanoi are a sapient, amphibious species of anthropomorphic frogs with mild water manipulation powers, whose shamans can become incredibly powerful by allying with water spirits. Most of them work in New Crobuzon's canals.
  • Animorphs has the Leerans, an alien species that look like this (except with four tentacles instead of "arms"). Naturally, their home planet is almost completely ocean, with one small continent; through bizarre means, the Animorphs wind up there and help to save it from being conquered by the Yeerks.
  • In The Moon Pool by A. Merritt the Akka are a race of frog people whose semi-sentient ancestors where uplifted by another super advanced prehuman species millennia ago. They are some of the nicest people the protagonists encounter during their adventure, abadass warriors and steadfast allies.
  • In Arrivals from the Dark, the Dromi are a race of hermaphroditic amphibians. Their rate of reproduction puts rabbits to shame, and that's accounting for a sizable percentage of their larvae and younger forms not surviving past a few years. This forms the crux of their threat to the galaxy. There are more Dromi in existence than there are all humanoids put together, so they constantly expand, seeking new spawning grounds. Some among them secretly believe that the only way to the Dromi race to survive indefinitely is to allow themselves to be beaten into submission by another race, forcing them to change their ways and impose some kind of Population Control. However, it must be a race that is strong enough to do it but not too pragmatic, lest the aliens choose to wipe them out for the good of all. Humans are perfectly suitable for the role. While the Dromi aren't as advanced as humans and tend to be slow to react, their sheer numbers and their utter lack of fear ensure that the war against humanity lasts for over a century.
  • The Miri nigri from Frank Belknap Long's short story "The Horror in the Hills" are a race of toad-like humanoids created by the Great Old One Chaugnar Faugn from toads when he arrived to Earth.
  • In Kane novel Bloodstone the Rylliti, descendants of the elder race of Krelran, distinctly bachtrian in appearance (mottled and warty hide, webbed feet and hands, toad heads, throat pouches), degenerate but deadly.

    Live-Action Television 
  • Farscape:
    • The toad-like Hynerians, who also happen to be amphibious.
    • The Sheyang look like anthropomorphic toads. They explode if shot.
  • The Folterseele in Grimm is a race of frog-like Wesen. They cause 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
  • An episode of Lost in Space has a frog-like alien. As it is an episode with An Aesop about not judging a book by the cover, obviously the frogman is misstrusted by the family and specially Dr. Smith, whilst Penny sees him as his true self, opposite to the real bad guy; a golden-looking handsome alien.
  • Monarch, the Urbankan, from the Doctor Who story "Four to Doomsday". He keeps normal frogs and has two android servants made to look like Urbankans.

  • 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 mindreading owls and aliens, as he guns down invading aliens with an MP5.

    Mythology and Folklore 
  • The Loveland Frog of Ohio is an alleged frog-like humanoid which measures over 1.2 metres tall and was first sighted on 1955. In 1972, a police officer shot a large animal that turned out to be an iguana with a missing tail, seemingly putting an end to the mystery. Nonetheless, the Loveland frog is still one of Ohio's most beloved mythical characters.
  • The aquatic spirit Vodyanoy of Slavic folklore is occasionally depicted as a toad-like humanoid with a fish-like tail.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons. Several.
    • 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, 2½ tall humanoid tree frogs. They can swing through trees by grabbing the branches.
    • Slaad are 6-10 feet tall bipedal frog people from the Chaotic Neutral outer plane of Limbo. The slaad masters (Death Slaadi and Slaad Lords) can be summoned by saying their names.
    • Bullywugs are short, squat humanoid frog people. They are Always Chaotic Evil (except for the Neutral Evil few), living in disorganized and backwards bands in swamps and marshes and attacking those who wander into their territory.
    • Grungs are small humanoid Poison Dart Frogs who have a caste system based on their colour, and all of them are Lawful Evil slavers who use their poisons to keep slaves obedient.
  • Games Workshop games:
    • In later editions of Warhammer the gargantuan froglike slann 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).
    • Blood Bowl:
      • Some early editions of the game included frog-like Slann teams, but they have since been mostly removed from the game and background due to the background material in the main Warhammer game moving on considerably since that time.
      • The 5th Edition Chaos Chosen Star Player Gobbler Grimlich is a revolting mutant resembling a hybrid of human and toad with a massive mouth, a long, sticky tongue and elastic legs that allow him to move in great leaps.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Boggards are short, evil biped frog people with no society beyond crude tribes living in muddy villages deep inside swamps and rainforests. They usually resemble common frogs, although those inhabiting tropical regions often the bright colors of poison arrow frogs. They start their life as tadpoles hatched in birthing pools, grow in their limbs and climb out of the pools. They typically worship Gogunta, the demon lord of swamps and amphibians, and ally themselves with amphibian-like monsters such as froghemoths.
    • Marsh giants have frog-like faces, bulbous black eyes, green skin and webbed fingers, official material outright describes them as "froglike", and they dwell in swamps, preferably those near the sea. Further, the boggards are the one species they ever get along with — anyone else they find in their swamps will be beaten to death and eaten if they're lucky or sacrificed to an Eldritch Abomination if they're not.
    • The grippli return from D&D as bipedal, marsh- and jungle-dwelling tree frogs. They're far less malevolent than boggards and marsh giants — they're True Neutral as a rule, and mostly just want to be left alone.

  • The Sanrio Company created Kero Kero Keroppi and his family in 1988. And they are very adorable.

    Video Games 
  • Battletoads: A videogame about anthropomorphic heroic alien toads.
  • Mass Effect: The Krogan resemble bipedal, armored toads.
  • 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.
  • Dwarf Fortress:
    • Amphibian men resemble bipedal frogs with arms, and are around a third the size of a dwarf. They live is small tribes deep Beneath the Earth, and if hostile will attack your dwarves on sight with poisoned spears and blowdarts. They are also one of the types of animal people capable of moving underwater, giving them the ability to swim up your water cisterns and plumbing system and wreak havoc in your fort.
    • There are also two types of frog people found aboveground: green tree frog men, small green humanoids with frog heads that live around lakes and swamps, and toad men, dark green toad-headed people found around stagnant water. Like all aboveground animal people, though, these two types do not display any real intelligence, and are essentially bipedal animals.
  • Ribby and Croaks, two frogs in boxing gloves, fit the bill quite nicely in Cuphead.
  • Croak from Battlerite is a humanoid frog with a variety of frog-related powers such as secreting venom that can be applied to his blades or spit at enemies, invisibility, and, of course, leaping long distances.
  • Although the Zora from The Legend of Zelda are mostly Fish People, they also have a few similarities to frogs. Majora's Mask establishes that they hatch as small tadpoles before eventually growing into their four-limbed adult forms, while Twilight Princess shows that, like real frogs, they can travel across land alright but will get dehydrated quickly when away from water too long.
  • Project Altered Beast has the Frogmen mooks and their variants, frogs and toads that walk on their hindlegs like a human. They're fond of Rolling Attack and spitting acidic fluids. They're mentioned to be part of the experiment to create the Merman Genome Chip.
  • Toad Man from Mega Man 4 is a robot in the shape of a humanoid frog. He has the ability to call upon the rain (called Rain Flush) and he was primarily used to assist irrigation of crops, but he was then modified to fight Mega Man.
  • The Space Monks from Yoku's Island Express are humanoid frogs. They initially lived in an aquatic area of Mokumana Island but decided to build a spaceship to go to the Moon For Science!.
  • Earth Defense Force: In the fith install in the series players wind up fighting giant frogmen armed with large energy weapons.
  • The Anurians from Kingdom Rush: Vengeance are amphibian people from the sunken kingdom of Anuria, and wield hidden ancient magic. Their basic troops can use a long-distance jump as a Dynamic Entry attack. They're not only limited to frog-people, as their forces also consist of axolotl-people in the Anurian Channeler and Anurian Infuser.
  • Awesomenauts features two as playable characters — Froggy G. and Dizzy.

    Web Original 
  • DSBT InsaniT: The Cartoon Creature Frog bears more of a resemblance to a froglike humanoid than to an actual frog.
  • The Legatum series has ranas, which are all frog or toad-like creatures that dress and talk like other bipedal, humanoid creatures in the franchise.

    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 picked up. As the videogame is about three heroic humanoid toads.
  • The Kineceleran race in Ben 10 are frog-like, except for the tail.
    • The Incurseans, first introduced in Ultimate Alien, are a militaristic species of humanoid amphibians who have clashed against Ben and his buddies on multiple ocasions.
  • Frog-Man, a one time villain that the ThunderCats (1985) faced, was an anthropomorphic frog.
  • The animated Doctor Who serial The Infinite Quest has Ulysees Meregrass, a mercenary who belongs to a sapient species of humanoid amphibians named Anurans.
  • Buff Frog from Star vs. the Forces of Evil is a large humanoid frog monster.
  • The Amphibiosans in Futurama look like anthropomorphic frogs mix with Little Green Men and their biology (especially their reproductive process) it's also similar.
  • Ed and Bev from Rocko's Modern Life are, like all the characters, Funny Animals that take the form of grumpy cane toad people.


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