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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
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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.

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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 Beast Man Super-Trope. Compare with Bewitched Amphibians when a human is turned into a non-anthropomorphic frog or toad.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comics 
  • The Eternal Smile: A whole kingdom of these are the villains in the first story... 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.
  • Hellboy: The Frog Men, a very powerful group of foes faced by the B.P.R.D..
  • Marvel's Amphibius, a supervillain mutant and former member of the Swamp Men, is a humanoid frog.

    Fanfiction 

    Film - Animated 

    Film — Live Action 
  • 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.
  • 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 strength. One is seen as a patron of the Canto Bight casino.

    Literature 
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: A Frog Man/Fish Person named Puddleglum appears as a central character in The Silver Chair.
  • Cthulhu Mythos: The niri 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.
    • While usually regarded as Fish People due to living in the sea, the Deep Ones more closely match this trope than Fish People, as they have bulging eyes and bald heads.
  • 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.
  • Kane: In 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.
  • In The Moon Pool by A. Merritt the Akka are a race of frog people whose semi-sentient ancestors were uplifted by another super advanced prehuman species millennia ago. They are some of the nicest people the protagonists encounter during their adventure, badass warriors and steadfast allies.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium: Gollum originally a hobbit is described as frog-like in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Rankin/Bass Productions' Animated Adaptation The Hobbit took this look to uncanny extremes.

    Live-Action Television 
  • Doctor Who: Monarch, the Urbankan from "Four to Doomsday". He keeps normal frogs and has two android servants made to look like Urbankans.
  • 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
  • Lost in Space: One episode 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.

    Machinima 
  • 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 subsequent sitings, it was sometimes seen in plural, with a leader carrying a wand spitting sparks. 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.
  • The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who of Australian mythology is possibly the weirdest example of this ever, being a 4-foot high red man with a large jaw and sucker fingers who lives in fig trees and preys on travellers.
  • Older Than Dirt: Egyptian Mythology has Kek and Kauket, the frog-headed gods of darkness. Modern Memetic Mutation has made fun of hieroglyphs resembling people sitting at computers and the deity's resemblance to memetic figure Pepe the Frog, as well as possibly being the name source for the infamous "Flag of Kekistan" in use by the alt-right. And that's all we're saying on this subject. On a similar note, the Ancient Egyptians also had a goddess of motherhood called Heqet with a frog head.
  • Kappa are Japanese Yokai that look like frogs with a water-filled hole in the head and a tortoise shell. They are excellent at sumo wrestling, are renowned pranksters and are fond of drinking peoples blood and/or raping them. Spilling water from the hole in the head will cause it to lose its powers, and it can be distracted with cucumbers, its Trademark Favorite Food.
  • The White Monkey, a 19th century Urban Legend from southern Maine, was allegedly a pale white man with webbed fingers who was cursed by a Magical Native American chief for drowning his child. These days, it`s mostly remembered for allegedly being seen by none other than Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons has a number of different froggy races.
    • The blindheim from Greyhawk is a four-foot tall frog-like humanoid that inhabits damp camps and particularly overgrown swamps, rivers and ponds. It is colored various shades of pallid yellow and has huge eyes that can emit blinding rays of light, with elite variants having unique colors and correspondingly unique Eye Beams. Despite their humanoid form, they're extremely primitive and unintelligent, and pursue a mostly animalistic lifestyle.
    • The grippli are intelligent, 2½ tall race of humanoid tree frogs. They can swing through trees by grabbing the branches and, uniquely amongst the frogfolk of D&D, are actually characterized as a benevolent race who have been playable in multiple editions, including Pathfinder. They can be considered the elves of frog-folk, having a centuries long lifespan (700-800 years, when introduced) and a natural affinity for either druidic magic or psionics, depending on the source.
    • 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 a race of fang-toothed toad-men from Greyhawk, characterized by their territoriality and their love of consuming sapient victims, including grung from rival territories. Vanishing from 3rd and 4th edition, they made a surprise reappearance in 5th edition, now moved to the Forgotten Realms and reimagined as a race of slave-taking poison dart frog-folk, divided into a Fantastic Caste System where different colors of grung fulfill different social roles and also have unique poisons.
    • Hurwaeti are a playable race from Spelljammer who are described as resembling a strange hybrid of frog-man and gnome.
    • Greyhawk is home to the lesser evil god Wastri, a malevolent and half-crazed deity who looks like a cross between a man and a toad and whose portfolio is simultaneously "Frogs" and "Human Domination"; he preaches the need for humans to transform into frog-folk, for frog-folk to ascend to human-level civilization, and for the extermination of all other races, especially the beautiful ones.
  • Games Workshop games:
    • Blood Bowl:
      • Some early editions of the game include 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.
    • Warhammer:
      • In later editions of the game, 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).
      • The first three editions portrayed the Slann as far more numerous and individually less powerful, with a Slann faction consisting of an entire empire of Mayincatec frog people filling the niche that the later Lizardman faction would take up. The early Slann included larger and stronger toad-based warriors and reclusive jungle tribes patterned like poison-arrow frogs, with the Lizardmen playing a largely ancillary role.
    • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Lakemen, a variant of Beastmen native to the lakes and rivers of the forests of southern Lyonesse, resemble misshapen humanoid frogs with pincers and gills in addition to whatever other individual mutations they may have. They're as evil and vicious as any other Beastman, and prefer to attack amphibiously. They sometimes travel up rivers for very long ways to attack unsuspecting villages.
  • 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. They're essentially Pathfinder's version of D&D's bullywugs.
    • 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.

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

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • Awesomenauts features two as playable characters — Froggy G. and Dizzy.
  • Battlerite: Croak 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.
  • Battletoads: A videogame about anthropomorphic heroic alien 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.
  • Cuphead: Ribby and Croaks, two early bosses, are anthropomorphic frogs in boxing gloves.
  • 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.
  • Earth Defense Force: In the fifth installment, players fight giant frogmen armed with large energy weapons.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: The Fuath are a race of short, anthropomorphic frog fae that live in the waters of Il Mheg. They like to drown people with water magic, and won't hand over an important MacGuffin unless the player entertains them by braving their monster-infested palace and fighting their chieftain. Even then, they're so impressed with your performance that they try to drown you anyway.
  • Guild Wars 2 has the Hylek, a race of anthropomorphic frogs. They specialize in alchemy and brewing poisons, worship the sun, and can be formidable warriors with their stunning jump attacks. They're also Color-Coded for Your Convenience; green and blue Hyleks are usually friends, red ones are always hostile, and yellow can go either way. The ones you encounter in the main game tend to be burly and based off of bullfrogs, while the ones you see in the Heart of Thorns expansion pack resemble tree frogs.
  • Hyper Light Drifter: Evil frogmen have invaded the eastern region, slaughtering the local otter people.
  • Kingdom Rush: The Anurians from KR: 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.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Although the Zora 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.
  • Mass Effect: The Krogan resemble bipedal, armored toads.
  • Mega Man 4: Toad Man 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.
  • Nioh has the Giant Toad, a yokai that looks a giant anthropomorphic toad, who wields a mean spear with surprising grace, and smokes an even meaner pipe in battle. Turns out he's also the previous head of the Iga ninja clan.
  • Resident Evil: The Hunter Gamma is a branch of the Hunter line of B.O.W.s that was created by using the T-virus to splice human genes into an unhatched tadpole, causing it to develop into a man-sized, bipedal frog. Though they appear in a few other games, the in-universe lore is that they were discontinued as a failed product, due to their need to stay moist in order to not dehydrate. Unlike other Hunters, they have the ability to swallow human-sized prey whole, a trait they shared with their distant ancestors, the Lurkers from Resident Evil 0.note  Resident Evil 3 (Remake) redesigns them to look more like a humanoid salamander, mostly thanks to a vestigial tail, but also increases their similarity to Lurkers by making them attacks revolve around trying to swallow Jill whole for a One-Hit Kill, in contrast to the clawing ability of the Hunter Beta.
  • Yoku's Island Express: The Space Monks 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!.

    Web Original 
  • Amphiterra has the Temperate Freeple, a species of sapient frogs that walk on their hands while using their hind limbs for grasping.
  • DSBT InsaniT: The Cartoon Creature Frog bears more of a resemblance to a froglike humanoid than to an actual frog.
  • Legatum has ranas, which are all frog or toad-like creatures that dress and talk like other bipedal, humanoid creatures in the franchise.

    Western Animation 
  • Amphibia: The inhabitants of the eponymous world are amphibian-people (most frogs, but also others like newts, toads, and even obscure kinds like axolotls), complete with a life cycle that begins with a tadpole stage.
  • 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.
  • Ben 10:
    • The Galvans resemble lilliputian humanoid frogs.
    • Ben 10: Alien Force: The Incurseans are a militaristic species of humanoid amphibians who have clashed against Ben and his buddies on multiple ocasions.
  • Doctor Who: The animated serial The Infinite Quest has Ulysees Meregrass, a mercenary who belongs to a sapient species of humanoid amphibians named Anurans.
  • Futurama: The Amphibiosans look like anthropomorphic frogs mixed with Little Green Men and their biology (especially their reproductive process) is heavily based around amphibian life cycles — they give birth to large swarms of tadpoles, for instance, most of which are eaten by swamp predators before reaching adulthood.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Ed and Bev are, like all the characters, Funny Animals that take the form of grumpy cane toad people.
  • The Smurfs has the antagonistic toad-like Wartmongers.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Buff Frog is a large humanoid frog monster.
  • ThunderCats (1985): Frog-Man, a one-shot villain, is an anthropomorphic frog.
  • Toad Patrol follows a group of anthropomorphic toads seeking the legendary Toad Haven.

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