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"Never smile at a crocodile
No, you can't get friendly with a crocodile
Don't be taken in by his welcome grin
He's imagining how well you'd fit within his skin"

Everyone knows that sharks are bad news. They make the sea a scary, dangerous place. However, they live (mostly) in the sea, so that means rivers and lakes are safe, right? Wrong!

Enter the crocodile!

Crocodiles in fiction (as well as alligators, caimans, and gharials) tend to be huge, green monsters always looking for the next meal, lurking in rivers, swamps and sometimes in castles' moats or sewers. They have the most powerful bite force of any modern animal,note  and armored scales which make them hard to hurt. They also appear to be perpetually grinning, so they evoke the Slasher Smile. Furthermore, they're reptiles, which tends to make them even more despicable if possible. And there is, of course, the ever iconic Death Roll.


Worthy of note is the earlier comparison to the Threatening Shark. Whereas anyone knowledgeable about sharks can tell you how little Truth in Television there is in the way they're usually depicted in media, this trope is a bit more justified. Unlike sharks, some species of large crocodilians will actively hunt people as a food source, and have no aversion to the taste of human flesh; in fact, crocodiles aren't picky at all, and will eat (and, with the most acidic stomachs of any animal, can digest) just about anything that moves. Works of fiction will still inevitably find ways of exaggerating these attributes, of course. In addition to their bite, their tails are strong enough to break bones when swung and they can use the rigid sides of their snouts as sledgehammers to deter aggressors and duel other crocodiles.


In reality, crocodiles aren't as voracious or one-note brutal as fiction portrays them to be; at the longest, they've been known to go up to a year without actually eating anything, and generally spend their time basking in the sun most of the year or burying themselves in dirt and mud during winter. And when they do eat, sometimes, they just eat fruit.note They have extremely acute senses, particularly their sense of touch which can detect the smallest ripples on the surface of water, as well as powerful eyesight that can see every color we can and see in the dark like a cat, and their sense of smell which can detect scents above water from beneath water. They're also known to be as intelligent as, if not more than, a domestic dog; some crocodiles have been observed using twigs and sticks as bait to lure nesting birds close to the water and hunt by memorizing where prey is at the water's edge before submerging to approach. In the water, of course, crocodiles are effortlessly graceful and fast swimmers, able to swim three times as fast as humans note  and jump completely out of the water to catch prey flying above. The Death Roll, while terrifying and painful, serves a more practical purpose; crocodiles actually can't chew their food, so twisting and ripping off small chunks with an easy Death Roll lets them break off bite-sized pieces.

And for a last bit of Nightmare Fuel, some species of crocodile have been known to hunt in groups and work together to kill large prey. They also work together to eat, taking turns holding a carcass down while others rip off chunks.

Most surprisingly to most people, they're extremely protective parents. While both the mother and father crocodile protect the nest, which can house up to 60 eggs, the mother won't even allow the father to approach too close. When it's time to hatch, the parent lovingly ferries the hatchling crocodiles in her mouth to the water, and protects them from predators.note  Hatchlings, by the way, are amazingly adorable.

Also surprisingly to most people, despite being similar in appearance crocodiles are not lizards nor are they closely related. The animals living today that are most closely related to crocodilians are the...birds. Specifically, both are the only surviving members of the clade Archosauria, which includes the Pseudosuchia (crocodiles and their extinct relatives) and Avemetatarsalia (birds and their extinct relatives, including the non-avian dinosaurs and pterosaurs). Crocodiles are reptiles, as are lizards, but they occupy different branches of the phylogenetic tree. The last common ancestor (LCA) of crocodiles and lizards lived during the Permian, while the LCA of crocodiles and birds lived during the Triassic. Both fossil evidence, as well as how the physiology of living crocs works, point towards crocodilians having evolved from highly active, perhaps warm-blooded, animals, which adapted to a low-cost niche that has proven to be a successful one.

And no, contrary to old expressions, they don't cry out of regret for eating their prey. They simply cry to lubricate their eyes.

The trope is sometimes subverted by making the croc a comedic glutton or a Cool Pet or even a Gentle Giant. Alligators are more likely to be portrayed in a positive light than crocodiles are, possibly due to the fact alligators are comparatively less aggressive towards humans and also slightly less threatening looking (gators are smaller and have more rounded features and overbites, while many crocs are very angular and all of them have toothier grinsnote ), though they are still prone to this trope.

See also Threatening Shark, Shark Pool, and Reptiles Are Abhorrent. Sometimes dealt with via Palate Propping. Most instances of Sewer Gator fall under this trope as well.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Subverted in an omake chapter of +AnimaThe Sheriff of one Adventure Town is revealed to be an alligator +Anima, but he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Berserk: The Kushans use mutant weapon-wielding animals as shock troops. Crocodiles wielding spears are used for amphibious assaults.
  • Digimon:
    • The largest of the Seven Great Demon Lords is Leviamon, who's a big red crocodile and represents the sin of Envy.
    • Digimon Xros Wars introduced Deckerdramon, a giant cyborg alligator armed with missile launchers. However, he turns out to be pleasant.
  • Doraemon: Nobita's Great Demon and its 2014 remake has the main cast get attacked by Nile crocodiles on a boat.
  • Dragon Ball: Crocodiles and alligators show up a few times in the world but this trope averted as they're rarely a liable threat to the Z-Fighters, at Kami House there's a harmless shades wearing alligator who just chills out on Roshi’s deck chair. Played straight at other times as General Blue executes his men for uncleanliness by feeding them to a room full of alligators and later kid Gohan is attacked by a huge crocodile during his Training from Hell with Piccolo.
    • In the Namek Saga the Freiza Force have evil alien crocodile-like humanoids, one of them who attacked Bulma in Filler was called Blueberry.
  • Goblin Slayer shows a giant albino alligator, which the elves refer to as the swamp dragon. He lives below a big city where he hunts goblins. It later turns out that he is the holy guardian of a deity.
  • In Heat Guy J, there is a Shout-Out to the well-known "Alligators in the Sewer" myth as Daisuke travels through an Absurdly Spacious Sewer. The alligator appears... and everyone is instantly more alert. It doesn't actually harm anyone, though.
  • In Hunter × Hunter one of the Chimera Ant captains had the appearence of a humanoid alligator. After the birth of Meruem and the death of the Queen he's last seen traveling the earth, leaving a skeleton behind and expressing his desire to devour as much as he wants as the "Gluttonous King".
  • Averted in The Idolmaster, as Hibiki's pet alligator (or maybe crocodile?) is completely docile.
  • Jewelpet Sunshine: most of the time, the anthropomorphic crocodile Waniyama is just a negligible character in the Plum class. Except for the episodes focused on his crush on Ruby, which he expresses by trying to eat her.
  • Jolyne and Hermes of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure are very clear on their opinion of alligators:
    Hermes: There are fuckin' alligators around here! Shit! They think they're so goddamned safe just 'cause they're a protected species. Scared the crap out of us back in prison.
  • The crocodilian Friends of Kemono Friends are subversions. While they can be aggressive and confrontational depending on their species, they are not particularly antagonistic.
  • Killing Bites: There's Ryuji Shiina, the Brute Crocodile, who can turn into a monstrous humanoid crocodilian, transforming even further than other Brutes. Not only he has hard scales, a powerful tail and an even more powerful bite, but thanks to the crocodile's though immunitary system he has an Healing Factor. Suffers The Worf Effect when Kidoh, the Pangolin Brute, punches his brain through his mouth before butchering the corpse to ooze. Later in the series we're introduced to Shiina's brother, a young and cute-looking boy who's actually a powerful Alligator Brute who has actually achieved the "gigantic" form and can turn into a colossal Deinosuchus man, boasting unmatched power as he claims to be the definitive apex predator.
  • In Kinnikuman, the first of the Six Devil Knights, Sneagator is a humanoid crocodile/sneaker hybrid who rules over the "Alligator Hell": he can turn everything inanimated around him in reptiles (though it's an illusion) and is a vicious enemy who mauls Kinnikuman repeatedly. Downplayed, as he can transform in any reptile he wishes, including frilled lizards, snakes, turtles and a T-Rex's arm. yes, just the arm.
  • In one Lupin III movie, the resident Samurai Goemon Ishikawa XIII subdues a huge alligator and ties it up with his kimono.
  • Ninja Nonsense subverts the trope by introducing Devil, the talking crocodile who is just as zany as the rest of the cast.
  • One Piece:
    • The Warlord of the Sea Sir Crocodile keeps several, gargantuan "Bananawani" (crocodiles with banana-shaped growths on their heads) in his lair. They can easily bite and chomp down stone, despite their size they are the second fastest running animals of Alabasta, and they are often used for transporting. Oh and the Bananawani are so vicious they actually prey on Sea Kings being their only natural predator to this date... however Bananawani's fearsome reputation takes a serious beating when Sanji decides to make his entrance. According to a recent SBS, Crocodile also keeps the Bananawani around for culinary reasons, as they're his favourite food.
    • In Strong World there's the Land Gator who chases Luffy though the jungle before being defeated by a land-dwelling octopus.
    • In volumes 59-60, it's revealed that Luffy's home land of Dawn Island had crocodile-infested rivers.
    • In Zou there's the Wany who are crocodile-boar hybrids with long legs, averted when it comes to deadliness as domesticated and used as transport.
    • Noble Croc, the big blue crocodile homie in the Seducing Woods is almost as big as the Bananawani and eats a bridge in one chomp but otherwise leaves the crew alone. Later Chopper defeats him using Monster Point flipping him over by the tail.
    • In Wano Arc, Beast Pirate Headliner and member of the Flying Six Page One ate the Ancient Zoan fruit that allows him to transform into a Spinosaur, and thus his beast form is remarkably crocodile-like, especially the back. Wano's fauna include the "Crocoshark", a massive, land-dwelling hybrid of crocodile and shark which is a local predator, used as a mount by Jack of the Beast Pirates and an amnesiac Big Mom.
  • Ranma ½: The Kuno household keeps a pet crocodile named Mister Turtle.
  • One episode of Shirokuma Cafe has Panda and Shirokuma visiting Grizzly's bar for the first time, and there a Black Caiman threatens to eat Panda, only to be told off by Grizzly and scared off out of the bar. This is subverted in his later appearances, however.
  • The very first target of Toriko was the "Gararadile", a huge, eight-legged crocodile and a class 5 monster. That particular one was a 300 years old and huge gararadile and a class 8 beastie, but was easily killed and eaten by Toriko. More crocodile-like animals appear later, of course stronger than the Gararadile.
  • Averted in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX; Jim's pet crocodile Shirley is harmless. In the manga version, however, Jim himself uses a crocodile-themed deck, and the monsters in it are vicious.
  • In 3×3 Eyes, one of the Egyptian themede sand golems guarding the Kun Lun passage in Egypt resembles a large eyeless monster part lion part crocodile, perhaps a nod to the monstrous Ammit.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 3 episode 33, Smart S. finds himself in a pit of crocodiles, who try to attack him.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering: Crocodile cards are chiefly split between Green, the color of natural creatures, and Black, the color traditionally unpleasant and reviled animals such as spiders, rats and vultures usually end up under. In-universe, they're chiefly portrayed as ferocious river and jungle predators that will devour anything that strays too close to their homes. The Sultai of the plane of Tarkir use pits full of crocodiles, both living and undead, to dispose of enemies and captives, while crocodiles are common and dangerous predators in the Luxa River that flows through Amonkhet.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Sebek's Blessing is actually a card that heals you, but you have to damage your opponent before it will do so.

    Comic Books 
  • Averted (well not really) in 52 by Sobek, the gentle Big Eater humanoid crocodile experiment who quickly befriends Black Adam's family.
  • Batman: Killer Croc. Depending on the Writer, he's a man with a serious skin disease which happens to make him look very reptilian, a full-blown crocodile man thanks to a severe case of genetic atavism, or anything in between.
  • One early Cattivik story involves a large Nile Crocodile attempting to eat the eponymous character, but without much success. Averted in another episode, where an escaped crocodile ends up in front of the titular character, but proves so docile that Cattivik contemplates keeping him as a pet.
  • Clem Hetherington has the Croconoids, who are a trio of anthropomorphic crocodile men.
  • Averted with Gruber in The Pitiful Human Lizard, who uses his body to cushion the Majestic Rat's fall.
  • Tintin:
    • In Tintin in the Congo, Tintin is tied up by The Heavy over a river and left to be eaten by crocodiles. Later the two have a confrontation and fall over a cliff into a river. Tintin is saved by the back of a hippopotamus, but The Heavy lands in the water and is eaten by crocodiles.
    • In Prisoners of the Sun, Tintin and the Captain come across a river. Tintin believes it to be full of logs, which, of course, are all alligators.
    • In Tintin and the Picaros, the amnesiac Captain Haddock wanders into a swamp, attracting the attention of a caiman. It silently approaches...and then is attacked by an anaconda, allowing the captain to get out.
  • The Vault of Horror: The story "That's a 'Croc'" involves man-eating crocodiles who are provided a steady supply of victims by a crazed zookeeper. When he climbs into the crocodile pit, expecting his beloved crocs to protect him from the angered townspeople, they promptly make a meal of him too.
  • Seemingly every story featuring Corrupt Hicks set in a bayou has them raise alligators as a way to dispose of evidence (Jonah Hex, The Punisher MAX...)
    • "Welcome to the Bayou" has Frank Castle captured by a Cannibal Clan who raise alligators. Subverted in that Frank doesn't get fed to them, one of his captors says he's in a mood for a fight and kills the biggest one (named General Lee).
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: Hungry crocodiles have shown up from time to time to chase the Ducks, or as part of a Shark Pool. Probably the most effective moment is in a Don Rosa story, "The Crocodile Collector", where Donald and his nephews are searching the Nile for unique crocodiles with a hieroglyph mark on their backs. They enter a quiet subterranean temple altar, only to realize far too late that the entire room is filled with sleeping crocodiles.
  • ''Event Horizon starts with the Raider almost stuck in ancient Egypt as he falls in a pool full of crocodiles. When he manages to return to the present, he ends up carrying a crocodile who bit on his cape with him, right in Donald's house.
  • In Violine, crocodiles are the primary animal threat in Africa. They also serve as Muller's death trap.
  • Papyrus: The crocodile god Sobek is a recurring antagonist of the series, forever plotting to eat Papyrus or Theti-Cheri.
  • Blacksad fights against a gavial hitman (wearing crocodile boots) in one story.
  • Button Man: Harry infiltrates Senator Jacklin's heavily guarded mansion in Florida by sneaking in through the swamps. He feeds several security guards to the alligators.
  • Hellboy: Emerald Hell takes place in and around Enigma, Georgia and the swamps are infested with man-eating gators who don't just eat people: they drag their victims into the muck and mud down below the water where they are left to soften and rot before the gators dine on them. Hellboy learns to hate and fear these monsters after they try to make a meal out of him several times.
  • The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones:
  • Wonder Woman (1942): In #110 the "flying saucer princess" panics and faints when she realizes the rocks she thought she was using to cross a river are actually crocodiles and Wonder Woman has to rescue her from them.
  • Alan Ford has several examples, though in this case they looks all the same, and more cartoony:
    • Vol 9 Zoo Symphony, during the climatic chase sequence across the zoo and the nearby park, one of the villains (who previously released dangerous animals from their cages) falls in the crocodile's den and, after attempting to keep a crocodile's mouth open to avoid the loss of the MacGuffin, ends up eaten alive by it.
    • Vol 34 Blue Farm, the river outside Mr Tromb's hideout is infested by crocodiles (or, since it's America, presumably alligators). They threaten the heroes when they fall in it twice.
    • Vol 62 The crocodile's Head, a mysterious "crocodile-headed" bandit makes a series of robberies, until it's revealed to be Bob's three brothers in a Totem Pole Trench and a mask. Commissioner Brok still tries to arrest several real crocodiles from the New York zoos to find the bandit.
    • Vol 107 Alleged Safari, Number One's old friend Aliprandus enlists him and the Group to hunt some ghavials in Africa (though Number One point out that ghavials are from Asia) for their skins. It turns out to be a trap when he tries to kill the group by leaving them to the crocodiles.
    • Vol 412 Fiction, Alan and Bob are hired for a new reality show... which sees them stranded in a hut in the middle of an alligator-infested swamp with only provisons and bazookas to defend themselves. It turns out to be a cover for a traffic of crocodile skin smugglers. The episode also has a Running Gag of having the reptiles gather together to sing "See you Later, Alligator" whenever one of their bask is killed, much the the duo's confusion.
    • Vol 609 Horror in Hollywood has the Number One being tricked to enter a pond which hosts a hungry crocodile, who's also a Talking Animal who can't believe his luck when he sees the old man and later Minuette in the water, though the latter takes care of him by Palate Propping.
  • Wonder Woman (1942): When Huntress is chasing the human trafficker Herbert Hynde she is attacked by some very aggressive Sewer Gators. A man who watches the encounter through a grate is shocked when she survives.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Far Side occasionally subverts this. In one strip, a bunch of crocodiles in a park gather around a little old lady who feeds them rats like one might feed corn to pigeons. In another one, a crocodile visits a therapist because he's been eating the little birds that perch on him, and he knows that's not normal behavior for a crocodile. In yet another strip, a crocodile/alligator appears outside a couple's house, and the wife is more concerned with figuring out whether it's an alligator or a crocodile.
  • Another aversion is Albert from Pogo.
  • The Crocs in Pearls Before Swine; their usual (and futile) goal is to eat Zebra while speaking in ludicrous accents and displaying eye-popping stupidity. The youngest one seems to be the least dedicated.
  • Averted in Sherman's Lagoon - one storyline has an alligator visiting the lagoon and another has Sherman and Megan meeting an alligator while in the sewer system of New York. Both gators were friendly.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Subversion: the original Big-Lipped Alligator Moment from All Dogs Go to Heaven. When the gargantuan alligator is about to devour the hero, he's surprised by his voice and spares him. He even gets to eat the Big Bad later.
  • Yzma secretly owns a pit full of crocodiles beneath Kuzco's palace in The Emperor's New Groove.
  • Peter Pan: The Croc that's chasing Captain Hook. Unlike the book, where the Croc is singlemindedly vicious towards Hook, the Disney Croc is content to simply mess with Hook, though as the ending shows, he will happily take a bite out of Hook if the opportunity presents itself.
  • The crocodile from Peter Pan actually made a brief cameo in the 1960 Disney animated short Goliath II.
  • The Nile crocodiles from The Prince of Egypt much like Real Life are extremely dangerous, they nearly make a snack out of little baby Moses and it's shown later on a grisly mural (plus Nightmare Sequence) that the Hebrew babies were fed to crocodiles by the Egyptians. Sobek is also mentioned later by the high priests when threatening adult Moses in song.
  • Cretaceous from Ice Age 2: The Meltdown is a Metriorhynchus, a fish-like crocodilian.
  • Subverted by Master Croc in Kung Fu Panda 2. He used to be the leader of a crocodile bandit gang, but reformed and joined the Council of Kung Fu Masters. At the start of the film, we see him having his head handed to him when he attacks Lord Shen by himself, and watching his friend Master Thundering Rhino die to Shen's cannon demoralized him for most of the film. That said, he is a proficient martial artist- voiced by none other than Jean-Claude Van Damme- and once Master Shifu releases him and persuades him to help, he wipes the floor with Lord Shen's wolves, after making a Dynamic Entry from Gongmen City's canals.
  • Before finally settling on a beaver, Tramp from Lady and the Tramp actually wants an alligator at a zoo to get Lady's muzzle off her face. He realizes what a bad idea it is just in time.
  • The Land Before Time:
    • One of the two antagonists of The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through The Mists is a half-blind Deinosuchus named Dil. Despite the mutual hatred (their Villain Song is titled "Who Needs You?") between her and her Ichthyornis (a prehistoric seagull-like bird) partner-in-crime, Ichy, the two stick together, with Ichy having grown dependent on Dil's macropredatory status, and Dil having grown dependent on Icky's keen eyesight. At the end of the film, Dil finally gets fed up with Ichy and forcibly dismisses him — only to immediately collide with an irritable plesiosaur and be chased away as she calls for Ichy's help.
    • Another prehistoric crocodile, presumably a Sarcosuchus, appears in The Great Longneck Migration, where it almost eats an inattentive Littlefoot. Fortunately, a Supersaurus rescues him. Later, it tries to eat Littlefoot's friends, but it fails yet again.
  • In The LEGO Movie, threatening crocodiles (with police lights attached to them, suggesting they work for the villains) are seen lurking in the river below the train tracks in "The Old West", and Emmett, Wyldstyle, and Vitruvius nearly wind up in the river with them when Bad Cop destroys the train tracks. Thankfully, Batman appears and saves them.
  • The Lion King: Averted in the first movie, where the only crocodiles who appear are part of a musical number. Played straight in the sequel, where Kovu and Kiara are in danger of being eaten by crocodiles.
  • The title character of Megamind has crocodiles living inside his lair.
  • One of the animals Gus the raincloud made in ''Partly Cloudy'' is a crocodile.
  • Subverted with Louis the alligator in The Princess and the Frog. All he wants to do is play jazz, but of course the humans only see a giant gator trying to get close to them (never mind that he's playing a trumpet). Played straight with the mean alligators who try to eat Naveen and Tiana.
  • In The Rescuers, the main villain possesses two pet crocs. In the sequel The Rescuers Down Under, the climax includes several crocodiles. And a waterfall.
  • Captain Crocodile from Robin Hood, the villainous enforcer of Prince John's troops.
  • In The Swan Princess, Swan Lake has many flowers, but Jean-Bob the frog wants to fetch the flowers in the middle of the lake, past two hungry alligators, to give to Odette. If she finds that he's risked his life to give them to her, he reasons, she'll be impressed and kiss him, and then he will turn into a prince. The same alligators pose a real threat later, when Odette's friends must free her and Bromley from the dungeon below Swan Lake.
  • The first animal Mad Madam Mim turned into during the Wizard Duel from The Sword in the Stone is a pink crocodile.
  • In The Thief and the Cobbler, Zigzag tames One-Eye's crocodiles when he's thrown into a pit with them the first time, but once his evil plan fails and he has nothing to give the crocodiles, they eat him.
  • Capture the Flag: When trying to sneak onto the NASA launch site, the 3 kids have to cross a swamp filled with alligators.
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks has a crocodile on the yellow team, which consists of other stereotypically mean animals such as a hyena and a rhino.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls has Ace surviving an attempt on his life plummeting off a high waterfall. He breaks the surface, exulting "I'm alive!!!", while a huge crocodile looms up behind him. Ace, animal lover that he is, treats the ensuing attack like a playful slap-fight.
  • In Adaptation., John Laroche is killed by an alligator that comes out of nowhere.
  • Alligator and its sequel are basically Jaws, but with a giant alligator.
  • Alligators were used in an experimental healing treatment to restore lost limbs in The Alligator People, and now the patients subjected to it are turning into the eponymous creatures. While one 'gator has to be wrestled, the main threat actually comes from an alcoholic handyman who hates the things.
  • Blood Surf features a huge Saltie crocodile menacing a group of extreme sports enthusiasts and their local guides on a Pacific island. Memorably, at one point it saves one of the main characters from a shark. Then later eats him too.
  • In Crawl, the film's main antagonists (besides the storm) are alligators that have taken up residence in the house thanks to the rising floodwaters. Naturally, this doesn't bode well for the humans.
  • Crocodile and its sequel both feature giant crocodiles killing those responsible for messing with their young. The first film is directed by Tobe Hooper, who was also behind Eaten Alive.
  • Of course, Crocodile Dundee starts with Sue interviewing the protagonist, who had reportedly crawled back to civilization after being injured by a crocodile. Mick gives her a very complete description of how a crocodile subdues prey. Later in the film, Mick has to rescue her from experiencing it firsthand.
  • The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course is half-documentary, half-action-movie that pits Steve Irwin against the Central Intelligence Agency because a crocodile that he's relocating has swallowed a beacon containing secret American government technology. The crocodile, this being a Steve Irwin film, is no more dangerous than it would be in real life.
  • Dark Age has a giant crocodile terrorizing the Australian outback.
  • The titular monster in Dino Croc was a mix of Sarcosuchus (an extinct species of large crocodilian) and an unspecified dinosaur. In practice, it was basically a Spinosaurid dinosaur that swam like a crocodile.
  • In the 1951 Western Distant Drums, our protagonists are forced to cross a large area of swamp at the Everglades in one scene, unaware that a group of hungry alligators on the shore have seen them and are now eagerly following them. Eventually, one of the gators catches up to an unlucky cowboy, drags him underwater and kills him, resulting in the very first Wilhelm Scream of fiction. The rest of the gators join their partner to feast on the dead man.
  • The crazy hotel owner in Eaten Alive feeds customers to his pet crocodile Rocky. Based on a True Story, by the way (see ''Real Life" below).
  • Eraser: John Kruger (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is fighting the bad guys in the Central Park Zoo. Down to only two bullets, he uses one to shoot out the glass in the alligator exhibit, dumping vicious man eating alligators on the hapless mooks. Naturally one comes after him too, but he manages to shoot it.
    John Kruger: You're luggage.
  • Gamera vs. Barugon: Barugon, the title villain, resembles a crocodile with horns and a long chameleon-like tongue that can spray a freezing liquid. In addition, he can shoot a rainbow from his back.
  • After the tourist boat crashes in Hatchet, one of the tourists is attacked by an alligator.
  • In the film Hook, Captain Hook has managed to kill the crocodile and turn it into a clock tower, and it still gives him nightmares ("Tick-tock tick-tock, Hook afraid of an old dead croc!"). Admittedly, that thing was clearly gigantic. In the end, it manages to fall on Captain Hook and eats him whole.
  • Professor Frankenstein in I Was a Teenage Frankenstein has an alligator pit beneath his laboratory where he drops material produced by his project of building a man from body parts of dead teenagers. Eventually, he is dropped there by his enraged creation when he tries to take it apart.
  • Indiana Jones
  • James Bond
    • In Live and Let Die, we have Bond about to be fed alive to crocodiles. Of course, nobody stays there to watch him die, so James simply runs across the water, using their backs as stepping stones, and escapes to shore!
    • The trope comes into play again in Octopussy, as Bond and a bad guy are attacked by a crocodile when their fight becomes waterbound, and the only emerging victor is the crocodile. It's Bond's crocodile-submersible he used to get to the island in the first place.
  • When the monsoon floods Alan's house in Jumanji, the protagonists are attacked by a crocodile, so Alan fights it and miraculously survives. It's sucked out into the street when the front door is broken up and swims past Carl and Aunt Nora, scaring them to no end.
  • Killer Crocodile has a giant crocodile, which may have been mutated by toxic waste, eating anything it can (mostly people) on a stretch of South American river. The film was shot back-to-back with its sequel Killer Crocodile 2, which featured the offspring of the previous film's croc causing havoc of its own. Despite their low production values, the animatronic they used for those films does look less a big honkin' crocodile, and more like a demon summoned straight out of hell.
  • Lake Placid and its three sequels feature a massive crocodile and its brood, which devour anyone foolish enough to enter the water. To give an example of how dangerous it is, in the first movie the protagonists are ambushed by a grizzly bear... which is promptly eaten by the croc.
  • The Chinese film Million Dollar Crocodile features a giant man-eating crocodile swallowing a purse full of money, á la Kangaroo Jack.
  • Inverted in The Muppet Movie; Kermit seems to be friends with at least one alligator.
  • The lethally jealous Eric Gorman in Murders in the Zoo, who had been killing men who got too friendly with his wife Evelyn, eventually kills her too when she threatens to expose his crimes by dumping her into an alligator pond of a local zoo.
  • No Retreat, No Surrender 2: Yuri, the main villain has a pool filled with crocodiles, which he uses to fling prisoners into the pit as crocodile food. He tries intimidating protagonist Scott Wylde by hanging his girlfriend Su-lin and partner, Terry, on top of the pit. Ultimately Yuri earns a Karmic Death as Scott flings him into his own crocodile pit in the final battle.
  • After the main character of Ong Bak 2 is captured by slavers, his attempts to fight them results him being thrown into a pool with a crocodile for the amusement of others. He survives, and years later, he comes across the slaver who threw him there, and has him being thrown to the crocodiles in turn.
  • In the 2018 Thai movie The Pool, a couple are trapped in a six-metre deep swimming pool when the water drains out. Things go From Bad to Worse when a crocodile crawls out of the drainage manhole.
  • Primeval was a film centering around a real-life 20+ foot long crocodile named Gustave.
  • The Syfy original Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators featured gators mutated by blue moonshine... and weregators.
  • Rampage (2018): Lizzie, the unexpected third mutant created by Claire Wyden's pathogens, is a colossal American crocodile with tusks like a boar, massive gills on both sides of her neck, and a positively nightmarish trilling cry. To get an idea of how dangerous she is, she plows through tanks and fighter jets that were pinning down George and Ralph, and while Ralph can battle George on equal terms, when he's tricked into flying head-first at Lizzie, she snaps off his head and swallows it. No wonder she's the final villain to defeat.
  • Syfy's Robocroc. gives us an ordinary crocodile turned into a voracious Mechanical Monster when multiple experimental nanobots infect its body.
  • Australian film Rogue has a bunch of tourists getting stranded on a small islet in the middle of a river and being under attack by a huge crocodile. There's even the trope-naming song playing during the end credits.
  • The MacGuffin in Romancing the Stone is temporarily lost when a crocodile swallows it along with the Big Bad's hand. Jack Colton gives chase after it, and returns in the final scene with boots made from crocodile-hide.
  • Supercroc is a film about a giant prehistoric crocodile that the military must combat.
  • That Man From Rio: Adrian pursues his girlfriend's kidnappers by light plane deep into the Amazon. The bad guys set down on the river in their seaplane, but he has nowhere to land. He bails out, and ends up in a forest, dangling just above the water, a hungry crocodile waiting below.

  • There are several Urban Legends regarding gators in the sewers. There have been a few confirmed cases of crocodiles or alligators found in storm drains, but all were animals that had been recently discarded pets. Sewers as a rule are too cold and dark for crocodilians, which need to bask in the sun to aid their digestion. And even their exceptional immune systems can't handle that level of bacterial concentration.


  • Alex Rider:
    • Crocodile Tears has the villain force Alex to hang from a bar while a group of crocodiles wait below, ready to eat Alex when he eventually tires and drops.
    • Earlier than that, in Skeleton Key, a gang of black-marketeers attempt to blackmail the Big Bad, so he tricks them into crashing their plane into a swamp, where they are attacked by crocodiles.
  • In the novel Amazonia, the expeditions first casualty is a forest ranger that gets carried off by a caiman. Later on in the story, the heroes have to face two colossal caimans in a lake.
  • A crocodile is more or less the main antagonist in The Reaction, the twelfth book of the Animorphs series. Though it's really three different threats — the first croc Rachel has to save a kid from, the croc DNA which she is lamentably allergic to, and then the fully-grown crocodile she expels from her body and has to fight at the end. The fight with it ends up being brutal; even Rachel in her grizzly bear morph can't beat it. Fortunately Ax shows up, and quickly cuts the thing in half.
    • Colette, who joins the team very late in the plot, has a crocodile as a battle morph. Cassie realizes it's surprisingly quick. Colette is actually one of the best fighters among the new animorphs, but she is also the first to be injured.
  • Dinoverse: Mike and Bertram, in the bodies of a Tyrannosaurus rex and an Ankylosaurus, respectively, get on the bad side of a prehistoric crocodile far, far larger than they are and considerably more than a match for them even in tandem. The Monster Is a Mommy protecting her babies and not evil, though — she hangs on with her massive jaws without biting down, sends the message hold still, and lets them go when they signal that they'll leave the family alone.
  • Discworld:
    • In Pyramids, when the gods of Djelibeybi manifest and start brawling in the streets, a crowd of dismayed priests gather to argue about what's going on. Whenever one of them says anything that might give offense to any of the gods, the rest throw the injudicious speaker into the river to be eaten by crocodiles. (Also in Pyramids, Pteppic's mother was eaten by a crocodile.)
    • Offler the Crocodile God is a mild aversion; he seems slightly better than most of the Jerkass Gods on Discworld. (In a few of his appearances, he has questioned the intentions of other gods who were being bigger jerks than usual, is horrified by Nuggan, who is the king of petty jerkishness among the gods on Discworld, and the narration essentially states that unlike many other gods, Offler has never quite comprehended the idea of causing humans pain for no reason other than fun.) And while you might expect his worshipers to keep a bunch of man-eaters nearby, they instead keep a baby alligator pool in their temple.
  • Killer Species: Book 1 features the Pterogators, a genetically-engineered combination of alligator and great gray owl, created to hunt and destroy the invasive anacondas and boa constrictors in the Everglades. They also prove a threat to humans, resulting in a task force being created to investigate and eliminate them.
  • Lions & Liars: The reason Frederick doesn't get out of Joel's dad's boat when it starts drifting downstairs is because there was an alligator in the water.
  • Peter Pan has the large saltwater crocodile who ate Captain Hook's hand (and a clock) and now is looking for the rest of the dish.
  • Time Machine Series: In Quest for the Cities of Gold, the protagonist ends up in the Florida swamps and, while exploring along with an Indian boy, ends up attacked by alligators. The boy escapes, while the protagonist time-travels his way out of there.
  • Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare introduces colossa-gators, gigantic alligators about the size of an ursa minor with iridiscent, green scales and red, glowing eyes.
  • The Mugger of Mugger-Ghaut in Rudyard Kipling's Second Jungle Book story "The Undertakers". Interestingly, while the Mugger boasts about how many people it's killed and frequently threatens the Jackal and the Adjutantnote , most of his actions are in flashbacks and he gets a bunch of humans hunting him for revenge for eating one of their villagers by the end. The accompanying poem "A Ripple Song" demonstrates what happens when you don't watch out for concealed crocs.
    • Also in Just So Stories, a crocodile pulls the baby elephant's nose (thereby creating its trunk) in "The Elephant's Child".
  • Much to their horror, Stephanie and Lula have to deal with a drug dealer's pet alligator, Mr. Jingles, in Sizzling Sixteen.
  • Spirit Animals:
    • The Bond Creature of the legendary tyrant known as the Devourer was a saltwater crocodile, the only one ever recorded. For this reason, crocs are among the most abhorred of creatures in Erdras. And now he's returned, and he's still bonded to a crocodile.
    • In the third book, the Devourer sends hundreds of Ax-Crazy mutant crocodiles at the heroes.
  • In Carl Hiaasen's Tourist Season, several characters are eaten by a North American crocodile named Pavlov, who has escaped into the wild.
  • The first (and least lethal) hazard of the Avenue of Death in Hurricane Gold features a pool filled with baby crocodiles. The last hazard involves getting locked up in a no-win scenario with a giant bull crocodile, named One Death.
  • In Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile, the eponymous Card-Carrying Villain is a Child Eater (well, he wants to be one, but he never succeeds, mostly because the other jungle animals are friendlier and warn the kids before he can strike). The story ends with Trunky the Elephant grabbing him with his trunk and hurling him into the sun.
  • Subverted by minor recurring alligator "Old Sam" in Professor Zamorra, who to the usual surprise of strangers is generally peaceful around humans because some of the locals feed him on occasion, presumably keeps his share of potentially more troublesome gators out of his territory and thus away from people, and even plays the role of evil-detecting reptile a time or two. Unlike some other characters in the series he's otherwise still just a plain old animal living mostly in the wild.
  • Steve Alten's Meg series includes the book Vostok, which has a Purussaurus, a prehistoric species of caiman, on the cover. Several live within the titular lake itself, and since the Loch Ness Monster had died in the previous book, one of their eggs gets taken back to replace it. Plessie, as it's named, quickly becomes a threat to the nearby human population; fortunately, this is ultimately undone via time travel.
  • The Crocodile God features Haik, the ancient Tagalog sea-god covered with indigenous crocodile tattoos. Dark Is Not Evil since Haik is very much a Nice Guy, and Filipino mythology held crocodiles to be Eastern dragons or even gods themselves. However, Haik is definitely not SOFT--one of his titles is "Haik who breaks the ships in his teeth," which he does by turning into a dragon based on even BIGGER ancient crocodilians. In the newly-colonized Philippines, Haik turned into a saltwater croc and ate a Spaniard who shot Haik's heavily-pregnant wife in front of him, and in one of his lost myths, he turned into a dragon and ate the OTHER GOD who molested his older sister, so he has a pretty clear MO of Eating the Enemy.
  • Bravelands:
    • Crocodiles are one of the animals in the Bravelands that do not follow the Code ("Only kill to survive."), nor do they worship the Great Mother. The elephant protagonist Sky even accuses a crocodile of murdering Great Mother, and the croc doesn't help matters by having a sneer on its snout.
    • Thorn's friend Mud nearly gets eaten by crocodiles during the Three Feats, courtesy of Nut throwing stones and sticks at them.
  • In Journey to the West, Kid Croc (Tuo Long) is a crocodile monster, son of a Dragon God of the Sea, based on an actual mythological beast called Gui Long (Turtle Dragon), which explains why Kid Croc looks vaguely like a turtle, despite being an alligator-like being. He captures Tripitaka to eat him, but invites his more righteous relatives, who arrest him.
  • Tarzan: The titular ape-man runs afoul of and grabbed by a crocodile in an African river in The Beasts of Tarzan. Despite being stabbed by Tarzan's stone knife, the crocodile manages to drag him all the way back to its lair before succumbing to its wound.
  • Sadie Kane from The Kane Chronicles has a magical statue called Phillip, which is a white crocodile. She often calls him in battle.
  • The German SF series Maddrax has huge, mutant crocodiles and alligators. The Crooc is a mutated, giant alligator. It is significantly larger than an ordinary alligator, and it also has long legs, which means it can run ashore quickly. In addition, his scale armor on the back is so hard that arrows cannot penetrate it.
    • Another mutation is the Shargator. It is a mixture of blue shark and alligator. This mutation has a torpedo-shaped body, short, clawed legs, a huge crocodile mouth and a shark fin on the back.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Crocodile Hunter, of course. Steve Irwin practically lived to deny the idea that Reptiles Are Abhorrent and Saltwater Crocodiles were the poster child. Many episodes involve Steve and his friends wrestling crocodiles to relocate them to different enclosures or habitats, without harming the creature, while also enlightening how powerful and cunning, and how worthy of respect the reptiles are.
  • In an episode of Bones, the heroes found the Victim of the Week by finding a foot inside a gator in the Florida Everglades.
  • Gator Boys: The title characters catch nuisance gators and run a gator-wrestling show to finance their gator refuge; Paul's been injured on-screen at least once, when a gator snapped at his head.
  • In Red Dwarf, Ace Rimmer's Nazi enemy has a crocodile for a pet, keeping it on his lap and stroking it affectionately, parodying Blofeld's Right-Hand Cat. He throws it at Ace and jumps out of the plane they're on, but Ace overpowers it and proceeds to "surf" on it in free fall.
  • In an episode of The X-Files, Mulder and Scully were hunting The Stock Ness Monster, but it turned out to be just an everyday, run of the mill killer crocodile. However, at the end of the episode, it is revealed that the monster is real, but it's not a threat.
  • In one episode of The Muppet Show the Newcaster reports that the temple of an ancient Egyptian crocodile god named Rezal-evad-gib (the name of which he actually said twice for emphasis) had been discovered, and that said god would "wreck a terrible vengeance" upon anyone entering the tomb or even saying his name aloud. Well, you can probably guess what happened. To make it even worse, in the very next scene, where Beauregard tries to warn Lynda Carter that they've discovered a dangerous word, but can't remember the hard-to-pronounce name, the Newscaster runs in and says it again.
    • Another episode, starring Elton John, features "Crocodile Rock" as the opening song. Crocodiles are featured, singing the chorus with John. As the song winds down, they pull him into the water and try to eat him, but are stopped by an exasperated Kermit.
    Kermit: "How many times have I told you: never eat the guest stars at the beginning of the show!"
  • Super Sentai and Power Rangers:
  • Harrow: In "Hic Sunt Dracones" ("Here be Dragons"), Harrow is called in after a human arm is found inside a dead crocodile. He is less than pleased when he has to go fossicking around inside a croc's nest in an attempt to find the rest of the body: especially as he is afraid of lizards.
  • Several clips on World's Dumbest... involve idiots messing with crocs and gators. Those never end well...
  • Monster Warriors: In "Gators!", a family of giant aligators are in the sewers and it's up to the Monster Warriors to get rid of them.
  • The series Primeval each shows a Pristchampsus and a Kaprosuchus, two prehistoric crocodiles. Both are also very dangerous animals and hunt humans. However, they are shown in the series as being larger than they actually are.
    • A novelle also shows two Deinosuchus, which came from an anomaly from the Cretaceous period and cause chaos.

    Myths & Religion 
  • In Egyptian Mythology, Sobek is a complex example. He could be quite benevolent at times, but also quite vengeful and brutal at other times. Egyptologists consider this to be that fact that he was associated with the Nile, which both provided water and irrigation but could also flood and drown people. Modern portrayals, however, mostly cast him as the villain.
    • There is also the demoness Ammit, who had the head of a crocodile (on a lion's body and the hind legs of a hippopotamus). Her job was to devour souls found unworthy of eternal life when weighed against the feather of Ma'at.
    • Another Egyptian gem: the werecrocodile.
  • Native American Mythology from the Southeastern United States often involve American Alligators. In some, they serve as antagonists, however southern tribes tend to view them more positively. There are stories about alligators teaching humans about hunting, as well as them being the guardians of nature who hunt invaders, which isn't entirely unfounded. See the Real Life section below.
  • The Wani in Japanese lore are huge sea dragons resembling crocodiles. The daughter of Ryuujin Otohime reverted to her Wani form after giving birth to the emperor.
  • In Aztec Mythology, the world was made from the corpse of Cipactli, a gigantic crocodile-like monster who ate Tezcalipoca's leg.
  • Some versions of the legend of Saint George slaying a dragon have the dragon be a crocodile instead. Indeed, the dragon in the tale is said to live in a lake, and if there is a real event behind the story, slaying a crocodile seems like a likely candidate.
  • One piece of Christian imagery is people attacked by a crocodile — the crocodile representing Hell, and its victims sinners.
  • Zirbin Sangay Moyo of Songhai Mythology was a crocodile demon who terrorized the Niger River.
  • In Mande Mythology crocodiles were considered agents of divine justice that devoured evildoers who violated Faro’s law.
  • A subversion occurs with the story of Moses. In the standoff between Moses and Aaron against the cruel Pharoah and his his priests, the priests threw down their staves and they became venomous serpents. Aaron then threw his staff down and it became a "tannin". While tannin is often translated as meaning snake, it very often actually means crocodile, especially in the passages near this particular story as the Pharoah often used the image of crocodiles to express his strength. So the interpretation of Aaron's staff becoming a nile crocodile which devoured the priest's snakes is used as a parable about the power of God being what controls nature, not a tyrant coopting its image.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Ada Ash did smile at crocodiles, and in fact thought animals such as these were suitable pets to be held in her arms and stroked(which kind of got over the fact she was weird and dangerous).
  • In Big Japan Pro Wrestling Shadow WX took on Mitsuhiro Matsunaga in a "Crocodile Deathmatch", where the loser must wrestle a crocodile.
  • Wani's name referred to a dragon or Sea Monster from Japanese Mythology though it could also be translated as crocodile.

  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme includes a sketch featuring "Polly the Croco-Pie", a Mix-and-Match Critter produced by "an unusually docile crocodile and a quite heroically determined magpie."
    Narrator: The combination of her father's sharp eye for a glistening bauble, and her mother's mighty crocodilian jaws, made her an accomplished little thief and murderer, and barely a day would pass without her flying in through my bedroom window — open or not — with a diamond ring or sapphire anklet... often, regrettably, still attached to the attendant limb.
    • Thankfully, Polly's love of shiny items comes in handy when Finnemore is in search of treasure and the entire crew consists of pirates who plan on murdering him for it- and when the captain reveals he's inserted one of the jewels into his eye socket just below the patch, well...

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: The various editions have had both regular size and giant crocodiles.
    • Module U2 Danger at Dunwater: The PCs can encounter ordinary crocodiles as wandering monsters in the marshes. It's possible that the PCS may be sent to kill a giant crocodile that's been threatening the lizard men.
    • Module EX1 Dungeonland: If the PCs go around the Pool of Tears, they'll be attacked by a giant crocodile.
    • The darklord of the Wildlands, an African-flavored Ravenloft domain, is a gigantic crocodile.
    • Were-crocodiles are a type of lycanthrope. They tend towards the Neutral Evil alignment, and in some versions will be Always Neutral Evil. Note that this isn't true of all lycanthropes: were-boars tend to be Chaotic Neutral and were-bears are usually Chaotic Good.
  • Middle-earth Role Playing : Sea crocodiles are ferocious predators native to the southern seas, can exceed twenty feet in body length, and are known for attacking ships.
  • Pathfinder: Gaedren Lamm, the Starter Villain for the Curse of the Crimson Throne adventure path, has a pet alligator that he attempts to sic on the heroes when they confront him. While it's a dangerous threat to the PCs (arguably more so than Lamm himself), it's also more than willing to turn on its abusive master if the opportunity arises.
  • Chaosium': Some Basic Roleplaying System games have crocodiles.
    • Stormbringer has both small and large crocodilians. The PCs can encounter them if they go through "The Hall of Risk" adventure in the Stormbringer Companion supplement.
    • Call of Cthulhu has crocodiles of all sizes. They can be encountered as wandering monsters in the "Valley of the Four Shrines" adventure in The Second Cthulhu Companion supplement.
  • Mutants & Masterminds: The Freedom City sourcebook Freedom's Most Wanted includes the Alien-Gator, who is an advanced alien stranded in the Florida Everglades who has turned savage and bestial after long mistreatment by humans.
  • Exalted:
    • The twenty-foot long boar-tusk crocodiles are a bit unusual, in that they're terrestrial predators who inhabit dry savannahs. They are perfectly typical for fictional crocodiles, however, in being vicious predators willing to attack almost anything they come across, even other predators like lions and claw striders, which they do through savage bites and by using their bony snouts like battering rams.
    • Despite their name, river dragons are essentially monstrous crocodiles thirty feet in length than inhabit Creation's largest rivers, devouring both other aquatic animals (up to the size of small cetaceans) and any creature that gets too close to the water. They will even capsize boats to get to their sailors.

    Theme Parks 
  • A former segment of Animal Actors at Universal Studios involved a boy volunteer and a dog having to act out a scene where the boy is menaced by an (animatronic) alligator and the dog has to save him.
  • The skipper on Disney's Jungle Cruise used to have a line pointing out a group of (animatronic) crocodiles, and warning parents to keep a close eye on their kids, or else... Following a highly-publicized Real Life incident of an alligator eating a child at the Disney World resort in 2016, however, this line was cut, and references to crocodilians were downplayed across all the Disney Theme Parks for several years.

  • Transformers Beast Wars has the toyline-only character Terragator, who is part-alligator, part-turtle with an emphasis on the alligator half. He's also got bright red eyes and his shell is covered in Spikes of Villainy, just to remove any doubts about him.
    • The non-canonical first Megatron toy cast him as the usual olive-drab crocodile, opposite Optimus Primal as a powder-blue bat.

    Video Games 
  • Alundra 2: The boss of the sewer level is a giant crocodile with a poison gas spewing mushroom growing out of its back.
  • Aviary Attorney: The Croc-Monsieur is a man with the head of a crocodilian. His main traits are that he's a black-market arms dealer and constantly annoyed that people keep calling him Croque-Monsieur. While the Rebel Leader he's supplying trusts him and considers him a friend, he's willing to sell the rebellion out if offered enough money.
  • Banjo-Kazooie:
    • Mr. Vile, a red croc who proudly proclaims himself to be the greediest creature in the swamp. If you fail at his mini-game, he bites you and takes away some of your health.
    • Averted with Banjo's adorable crocodile transformation - though it is the only transformation that can attack enemies, perhaps making him a heroic version of this trope.
  • In The Black Cauldron, the Horned King's castle is surrounded by a moat full of killer crocodiles. One of the ways to get in is to swim around them and climb the wall.
  • In Brain Dead 13, if you go to the kitchen in another way, there is a crocodile wearing chef's garb and holding a meat cleaver. And it can chop off Lance's head and make it fly and land on his neck in an upside-down position in one death scene.
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped:
  • Donkey Kong Country: The Kremlings and their boss King K. Rool, the principal baddies of the series, are anthropomorphic crocodiles.
  • Cave Story: The sandcrocs hide in the sand waiting for the player to land on the ground, then the sandcroc's head will come out of the sand, striking the protagonist with 10 HP of damage. They have 30 HP of health themselves so it's best just avoid them in the Sandzone.
  • Darkest Dungeon: The Crocodilian miniboss is a part-mosquito crocodile who gives this advice by being a difficult Wake-Up Call Boss for the DLC.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest V: King Korol is a crocodilian High Priest and head of the Order of Zugswang, a cult that claims to promise eternal happiness to its slaves.
    • Dragon Quest VIII: The Crocodog enemy is a giant, floating crocodile.
  • Drakensang: In Drakensang 2: The River of Time, the party meet Eilif Thunderfist, who has a small troop of Marus (read: giant armored humanoid gators) which serves as her bodyguard. They're described in game as powerful but not too smart, and are brainwashed by the enemy sorceress, forcing you to kill them.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Daedrothsnote  are a form of lesser Daedra which appears throughout the series. They have large humanoid bodies with crocodilian heads. They are an animalistic form of lesser Daedra, lacking human intelligence, but are fierce and dangerous nonetheless. They can most often be found in the service of the Daedric Princes Molag Bal and Mehrunes Dagon.
    • The series' lore tells of werecrocodiles, a form of were-creature typically found in the swamps of Black Marsh and southern Morrowind. They are known to lurk in isolated swamps.
  • In Empire Earth, such is revolutionary leader Grigor's reputation for cruelty that he's nicknamed "the crocodile".
  • Evolve has Tyrants, massive alien predators that act basically the same. Besides crocodile, they seem to has some shark and dinosaur inspiration.
  • Far Cry:
    • Far Cry 3: Crocodiles are among the many species of wildlife encountered on the Rook Islands. Ever wanted to get a first-person view of what a crocodile's prey sees during a death roll? Just stand by the nearest river and wait.
    • Far Cry 4: There are mugger crocodiles living in large bodies of water in Kyrat, though what they're doing in a Himalayan country is anyone's guess.
    • Far Cry Primal: There are crocodiles occupying the rivers and lakes in the Oros Valley. Then again, who knows what they're doing in mesolithic Central Europe.
    • Far Cry 5: In a DLC mission, you can confront and kill a crocodile (again, what that crocodile's doing in Montana no-one knows).
    • Far Cry: New Dawn: You fight a mutated crocodile in a flooded house.
  • Fallout 4: The NukaWorld DLC introduces Gatorclaws, a type of Deathclaw found in the Safari Adventure branch of the park, which were artificially hybridized with alligators. They can often be found hiding within bodies of water, waiting to ambush passers-by.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy I, there are Crocodiles and White Crocodiles in the rivers, and they're quite powerful.
    • Final Fantasy IV: Crocodiles can be found in the sewers and water caves.
    • Final Fantasy XII has crocs, albeit of a more exotic sort, being furry, terrestrial, and having a false crocodilian head that's actually a pair of bony pincers; the real head concealed behind them while not in use.
  • Frogger had alligators in the river; Frogger could safely jump and move on their backs, so long as he stayed away from their heads.
  • Grim Fandango: One of the puzzles in the last "year" involves getting past a huge albino 'gator, who is blocking the way to Bowlsley's underground hideout.
    Manny: "I don't see how Sal, with all his crazy conspiracy theories, forgot to mention to me that there were alligators in the sewers."
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb has areas in Ceylon where you have to contend with crocodiles in the water. They must be avoided or killed from shore. The worst is a big mean albino one guarding the Idol of Koru Watu, who cannot be killed and rushes in on Indy like a homing missile. He has to be lured into a side pool and trapped behind a portcullis.
  • Investi-Gator: The Case of the Big Crime: Downplayed with Insti-Gator, who is sneaky and up to no good, but not a vicious killer. Totally averted with Investi-Gator, who is as sweet, cheerful, and kind as can be.
  • Jungle Hunt: Crocodiles are enemies in the underwater portion.
  • King's Quest I: Quest For The Crown: Castle Daventry has a crocodile-filled moat in the original version. In the remake, these have been replaced by serpentine "moat monsters".
  • League of Legends has Renekton, an Ax-Crazy bipedal crocodile. Partially based on the Egyptian Sobek and shades of Ammut, as in the game lore, he's brothers with Nasus, who is an Anubis stand-in.
  • Lethal League: Latch is a cyborg crocodile who has a mechanical tail and tremendous physical as well as mental strength, according to his bio.
  • Mafia III, being set in Louisiana, naturally has plenty of alligators and crocodiles in the water. They're both a hazard for Lincoln and a convenient way to dispose of enemies and corpses. During the mission where you assassinate Lou Marcano, after you crash the riverboat he's on, many of the passengers attempt to jump ship and swim to safety, only to get eaten by the alligators lurking in the surrounding bayou.
  • Mega Man:
    • Mega Man X2: Wheel Gator joined Sigma's army and got a massive dinosaur-modeled tank to use to raze an entire city. In-game, he jumps out of the oil to grab X for heavy damage, and uses the Death Roll in order to drill spikes into the wall.
    • Mega Man ZX: Bifrost in Mega Man ZX Advent. He's a loyal Psuderoid of Master Albert's army and a crocodile who mainly attacks with rolling spiked wheels, giant chomps of his teeth, and firing ice teeth out his mouth as missiles. He's also so huge (as in, the biggest Pseudoroid boss in the game) that the simple act of jumping lets him crush smaller enemies without any damage and his tail can whack enemies away just by turning around.
  • Monster Hunter has two species that appear to be based on crocodilians: Ludroth and Lagiacrus. The female Ludroths are about the size of real life crocodiles, and aren't too dangerous. The male Royal Ludroth on the other hand, is about the size of a truck, and hits like one. Lagiacrus is a massive sea monster that can sink ships. One serves as the reason for you coming to Moga Village in Monster Hunter 3U, because the village needs someone to kill it before the village's fishing industry is ruined.
  • Pharaoh: Crocodiles appear only on Nile maps (replaced with hyenas and hippos in the desert and delta), and are annoying due to their habit of chomping on ferryboats while crossing, though fortunately they're often alone. Despite being amphibious, they suffer from Super Drowning Skills and sink if on a floodplain during the Inundation.
  • Pitfall! contains crocodiles that can kill you. Double subverted in that they don't actively pursue you and can be used as platforms, but watch out when they open their mouths.
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokémon Gold and Silver has Totodile, which evolves into Feraligatr, a 7-foot-tall bipedal crocodile implied to eat people (in other languages, it has such lovely names as Aligatueur (Killer Gator)). Totodile can be a mischief-maker, but the anime tends to make Ash's Totodile a playful and fun-loving guy who never evolves, thus making it a partial aversion of Reptiles Are Abhorrent.
    • Pokémon Black and White introduces another family of these in Sandile, Krokorok, and Krookodile. Curiously, this group is a rare case of crocs who do not like water, being Ground Pokémon. Instead, they ambush prey by hiding within desert sands.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 has the Bayou Nwa, a No Communities Were Harmed version of the New Orleans swamps. Naturally, there's plenty of alligators living in it. Apart from being highly durable, you can't defend yourself from them if they catch you in the water. They will shake you to death.
  • Resident Evil 2: There's a gargantuan, virus-mutated alligator in the sewers (you can kill it with a gas tank like Jaws), and another one in the Raccoon Zoo in Outbreak File #2. Nile crocodiles appear as enemies in the swamp level in Resident Evil 5, but they aren't mutated, just very large. Did we mention that both kinds can kill your player character in one bite? They’re one of the few enemies you should just avoid instead of fighting.
  • Revenge of the Gator is a Digital Pinball Table centered around alligators that are out to eat the player's pinball.
  • Vector the Crocodile from Sonic the Hedgehog is a subversion. He may be loud, bossy, and rude, but he's a good guy at heart, often taking cases for free. He's The Big Guy for the Chaotix.
  • Smite: The Egyptian crocodile deity Sobek is a Guardian type God excelling in crowd control and can summon a mobile mini pool full of crocodiles to dive into for quicker mana regeneration and slowing down enemies and massive AoE damage when re-emerging. As far as personality goes, while he can be ruthless, Sobek is stated more as a neutral God.
  • Sonic Heroes: Near the end of "Lost Jungle", a famished giant alligator pursues the heroes as they leap from vine to vine, managing to reach the goal just before it can make a snack out of them.
  • Spelling Jungle: One of the four deadly animals in Spelling Jungle, alligators swim up and down the river, hugging the wall and emerging from the water when Wali is close to try and off him. They also block his path if they can't outright attack him.
  • Super Mario RPG: Croco is a crocodile thief that serves as an early game villain, and returns several times to harass you.
  • Tarzan: In one video game, crocodiles appears as enemies. In another one, a really gigantic croc is a boss fight.
  • In Titan Quest, the Nile river banks in Egypt are overrun with massive Croc men, which are one of the toughest monsters around.
  • Total War: Warhammer:
    • The Kroxigors are redesigned from their tabletop appearance, where they're generally bigger versions of the other Lizard Folk, into hulking crocodile-men the size of trolls. They even have a unique Finishing Move where they grab an enemy in their jaws, do a death roll and swallow them whole.
      • Sacred Kroxigors, introduced in the The Hunter and the Beast, are venerable Kroxigors who have been blessed by the Old Ones to do great things. They are covered in sacred war paint, and are equipped with a set of ancient, magic Power Fists that unleash balls of electric magic.
      • A lord variant is also introduced in the form of the Ancient Kroxigors. Lizardmen grow Stronger with Age, and these crocodilians are no exception. They are Kroxigors who have survived centuries, and become stronger, and larger as a result. Furthermore, they are also albino, born with the white markings of the Old Ones. They style themselves after the mythical Nakai, going into battle with large hammers, and animal skulls mounted over their maws.
    • The Dread Saurians are immense crocodilians that made Lustria their home before even the Old Ones arrived. The Lizardmen treat them as Physical Gods and manifestations of Old Ones' power, housing them in ancient temples, covering them in riches, and feeding them hundreds of sacrifices daily when they are awake. They're goaded into battle by the will power of several Slaan priests working in unison, at which point they tear through enemy ranks like cats through mice, and even dedicated anti-large monsters fall before them.
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption, Albino Ghoul Alligators are met in the sewers of New York. And boy, they're TOUGH!
  • Where's My Water?: This is subverted by the friendly Nice Guy Swampy and played straight by the grumpy Jerkass Cranky.
  • Will Rock has crocodiles in Greece met underwater. Oddly enough, they don't chase you on the ground.
  • World of Warcraft has the crocolisk, crocodiles with six legs like the series' basilisk mob, as well as Eastern dragon-style whiskers on its face, with some species also having two sails running down their backs and tails. They're common in swampy zones and zones with large rivers or lakes, though some can turn up in the sewers of capital cities, and range in size from as long as a Blood Elf male is tall to the gargantuan boss croc Rotgrip in Mauradon. Hunters can tame most varieties of crocolisk as combat pets, their default mode is as tanking pets, and their racial ability Ankle Crack reduces a target's speed for six seconds (no Death Roll, unfortunately).

  • Tower of God's Rak Wraithraiser is a giant humanoid alligator who hunts down Bam to fight him. He later becomes part of the main cast. He calls everyone "turtles" and is extremely loyal and caring if you're able to gain his respect. He is also a Tsundere who is totally not helping you because he cares.
  • Super Stupor has Shockodile, aptly described by his roommate as a four-ton crocodile who generates electricity. He's also upset that people think he lives in the sewer and eats children to survive... he does eat children, just as a snack. And he's a hero.

    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation:
  • Played with in H.Bomberguy's video "Flat Earth: A Measured Response", which jokingly portrayed the crocodile-headed Egyptian god Sobek as the mastermind behind the alleged conspiracy to make people think the Earth is round, all because Sobek "thought it would be funny". Sobek, and the phrase "Hail Sobek!" became big running jokes in the fan community, and are usually presented as benign.

    Western Animation 
  • Archer:
    • When Lana and Archer are protecting an oil pipeline in the middle of the Everglades, it's revealed that two out of three of Archer's biggest fears are alligators and crocodiles (the third is brain aneurysms, which can strike at any time).
      Cyril: Why are you so afraid of crocodiles?
      Archer: Gee, I don't know, Cyril. Maybe deep down, I'm afraid of any Apex Predator that lived through the KT Extinction. Physically unchanged for a hundred million years because it's nature's perfect killing machine! A half ton of coldblooded fury with a bite force of twenty thousand newtons and a stomach acid so strong it can dissolve bones and hooves!
    • Several seasons later Archer, Cyril and Ray are stuck on a raft in South America with two unconscious prisoners. Archer is very wary of local crocodiles, and insists on being prepared despite the others' incredulity. Crocodiles then climb onto the raft and eat the unconscious prisoners.
    • In season 4, Archer is bitten by a very toxic snake, which causes him to hallucinate alligators everywhere, including turning Cyril and Ray into alligators.
    • Ironically, it's established in flashbacks that when Archer was a kid, he loved crocodiles.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has cat-gators, a mix of alligators and catfish. The ones owned by the Foggy Swamp tribe are pretty friendly... unless if you give them insects to eat, because to them, it's "people food".
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • The Sewer King trains alligators to use as attack hounds and bodyguards; in fact, he's not much of a threat without them.
    • In "Never Fear" Scarecrow removes Bruce Wayne's fear and lures him in a crocodile enclosure where a massive one attacks Bruce and he falls under the water then blood raises to surface, satisfied Scarecrow walks away. Suddenly, Bruce reemerges from the water, and as one crocodile's body floats up, he walks away looking unharmed.
  • The Batman: This version of Killer Croc is much more crocodilian than other versions, looking like a Top-Heavy Guy rendition of a crocodile man (and is defeated by a crocodilian feature: he can hold his breath far longer than a human, but can't actually breathe underwater). He's also considerably smarter than most (his plan involved flooding much of Gotham to make jewelry stores easier to rob) and has some Sewer Gators on hand to deal with threats... Unfortunately, he also has a hideous Cajun accent.
  • Gretchen from Camp Lazlo-an alligator Squirrel Scout with an attitude problem as bad as Bean Scout Edward.
  • The Great Fusili from the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode of the same name is a crocodile as well as a Serial Killer who turns people into puppets.
  • Darkwing Duck:
    • Minor villain Jambalaya Jake is accompanied by his alligator sidekick, Gumbo.
    • In "Apes of Wrath", Darkwing almost gets Swallowed Whole by a crocodile.
    • In "Dirty Money", part of Darkwing's S.H.U.S.H. training involves swimming in a pool full of crocodiles.
  • Zigzagged with Crocosec from Dofus: The Treasures of Kerubim, one of Kerubim's True Companions. He's a perfectly nice and lovable crocodile-man who suffers from a literal Chronic Backstabbing Disorder which forces him to betray his friends, usually during critical moments.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • In "The Phantom and the Sorceress!", as the girls and Gladstone are trekking through the bog to Magica's lair, Violet mentions the possibility of an alligator attack, though none actually show up in the episode.
    • In "The Forbidden Fountain of the Foreverglades!", Scrooge and Goldie's moment for a kiss gets cut short by Webby driving away an alligator, hitting it on the snout with Scrooge's cane.
  • One episode of The Fairly OddParents features the Dimsdale sewer gator, its documentary supposedly consists of more violence than education.
  • On Futurama:
    • In "The Series Has Landed", as Fry and Leela jump a lunar ridge on a lunar rover, alligators underneath snap at them. Wearing air helmets. Don't ask what the point is, it's just funny.
    • Subverted in "I Second That Emotion", where crocodiles are docile house pets to the sewer mutants.
    • In "Leela and the Genestalk", the Planet Express crew get attacked by a crocodile-parrot hybrid.
  • This is averted with Oscar and Wilde from George and Martha, who are both alligators and good friends with the titular characters.
  • Zigzagged with the crocodile who appeared on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy; he did devour Billy, but he seemed pretty civil, at least compared to Mandy, who got him to cough Billy up by threatening to knock out his teeth. (Of course, characters on the show who Mandy can't intimidate are rare.)
  • In the pilot episode of Johnny Bravo, Johnny managed to wrestle and beat a live crocodile while trying to hit on a woman. That was before Badass Decay came along...
  • Jonny Quest has at least two examples:
    • "Treasure of the Temple". While being pursued along an underground river, the Quest team is attacked by crocodiles. Race Bannon has to fight one to rescue Jonny. Later, the villains of the episode wind up getting eaten by said crocodiles.
    • "Turu the Terrible". While traveling along a jungle river, a boat is attacked by crocodiles. They're kept off only by gunfire.
  • This is averted with Pua from The Lion Guard, who is a wise and intelligent crocodile and the former leader of the bask of crocodiles. But this is played straight with his successor Makuu, whose ambition to spread out his territory causes problems in the Pridelands, but eventually subverts this when he has a Heel–Face Turn in "The Savannah Summit". "Let Sleeping Crocs Lie" then introduces a new villainous crocodile named Kiburi, who becomes an ally of Scar after a failed attempt to overthrow both Makuu and Simba.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • At the climax of "Which is Witch?", Bugs Bunny is fleeing from the witch doctor Dr. I.C. Spots, and has to cross a river where a hungry croc is waiting. Bugs manages to swim past him, but Dr. Spots isn't as lucky — he ends up swallowed, the croc smiling evilly at Bugs from the river. Bugs gets angry, and when the croc refuses to cough the guy up, grabs a club and lunges at it. After a violent fight that happens underwater, Bugs throws a large alligator bag onto the shore and surfaces, but sadly says, "Eh, too bad..." thinking that he couldn't save Spots. Fortunately, he's all right — he hops out of the bag with an alligator purse and alligator shoes.
    • The Tasmanian Devil is shown to be a feared voracious brute in his debut cartoon by stampeding a herd of wildlife, including a crocodile who stops, folds himself into a handbag and hides inside. Bugs naturally inquires "Ennnh...what's up, croc?"
  • The first act of an episode of Mr. Bogus had Bogus and Brattus get eaten by an alligator while in the sewers, but they end up escaping as the alligator spits them out afterwards. Then, it's subverted afterwards when Bogus calls on the help of this exact same alligator to help take him and Brattus down the river in order to stop Ratty, Mole, and a trio of tough biker rats.
  • A reccurring character from My Gym Partner's a Monkey is a nerdy crocodile who keeps showing up after the Jungle Man episode. Him being a nerd might also a clever reference to the fact crocodiles are highly intelligent.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Averted with Gummy, Pinkie Pie's pet alligator, as he's too small to bite anyone (though he tries enthusiastically) and doesn't have his teeth. Yet. Also averted with a number of baby alligators that are among the swamp animals that Fluttershy is seen helping in "Shadow Play, Part 1". Even as an enormous adult in the last episode, he's friendly enough to let Pinkie and her husband ride on his back.
    • However, there are numerous other instances where this trope is played completely straight, and crocodilians are portrayed as water-dwelling obstacles and menaces:
      • When she is first introduced in "Read It and Weep", Daring Do is depicted on the first book's cover attempting to escape from a crocodile-infested lagoon while swinging on a rope vine with the Sapphire Stone in her hoof. In sequences depicting scenes from the book, one of the temple's traps has crocodiles that attack from the ceiling.
      • In "Sleepless in Ponyville", one of the dangers narrowly avoided by Scootaloo when she's careening through the forest while sleeping on her scooter is a crocodile which rises out of the water to snap at her, before her scooter lands on its head instead.
      • The "cragodile" that the Mane Six encounter when they enter the Everfree Forest in "Princess Twilight Sparkle, Part 2". They mistake its back for rocks with which to cross a pond, only realizing it's an animal when it tries to eat them.
      • The Cipactli in "Stranger Than Fan Fiction", a gigantic, pony-eating crocodile serving as the guardian monster of an ancient temple and its treasures.
      • In "Road to Friendship", the swamp that Starlight and Trixie cross on their journey is home to several crocodiles that Starlight blithely uses as stepping stones to cross the water, jumping off of each reptile as it rises to chomp down on her, and which Trixie simply bypasses by swinging over the water on vines. Starlight encounters them again while crossing the swamp alone, and is quickly trapped on top her wagon by a circle of hungry reptilian mouths.
  • Averted with Roger from The Penguins of Madagascar, who is actually a friendly and peaceful fellow.
  • In one episode of The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Penelope is standing on a floor whose halves slowly separate. Below is a crocodile eager to devour her.
  • Phineas and Ferb's Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz had two crocs, both named Susan, though they were not seen again.
    • Averted, though, with Crikey the Crocodile from "What a Croc!". The worst that he does in the episode? He eats Irving's UPAFDS (A digital tablet scrapbook) on an impulse after Candace tries to wrestle it away from Irving.
    • Also averted in that OWCA has a crocodile agent.
  • Averted with Rover in the Hub's Pound Puppies (2010).
  • Scooby-Doo:
  • Leatherhead was a mutant alligator who appeared in every animated version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; whether he was good or bad depended on the version, as did his origins and motivations.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "The Joy of Sect": When the whole town is brainwashed and forced to join a cult, Marge tries to leave, but has to overcome a lot of obstacles, including hounds, mines, Rover, and a river full of crocodiles.
    • Averted in the episode "Kill the Alligator and Run". The eponymous alligator, named Captain Jack, is quite docile, friendly, and loved by the locals. His supposed death due to Homer's stupidity causing trouble for the family in Florida.
    • From "Simpson Safari":
      Homer: Don't worry. Getting eaten by a crocodile is like going to sleep... in a giant blender.
    • In "The Old Blue Mayor She Ain't What She Used to Be", Lenny is shown to have a pet Nile crocodile... who ends up eating Drederick Tatum's pet impala.
  • Averted in Sitting Ducks by Aldo, the protagonist's best friend. Of course, almost all the other alligators play this completely straight, and devour the ducks from Ducktown whenever they can. It's Aldo's refusal to do this, and his forbidden friendship with Bill that forms the central plot of the series.
  • The Total Drama series has featured crocodiles on multiple occasions, often as hazards in Chris' challenges. The contestants have also had encounters with Sewer Gators a few times.
  • The Transformers had Skullcruncher, a Decepticon Headmaster. While he never demonstrated it onscreen, his bio stated that he like to eat Autobots, something made even more horrific due to the fact that Cybertronians don't even need to eat in the first place.
  • One episode of 2 Stupid Dogs involved the dogs, a Tarzan impersonator, and a robotic crocodile, plus many attempts to avoid it while swinging across the chasm.
  • Unikitty! averts this with Hawkodile, who is also a Noble Bird of Prey. On the other hand, this is played straight with his Evil Counterpart Eagleator, combined with Feathered Fiend.
  • In Wallace & Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf and Death, Gromit saves female dog Fluffles from being eaten by a crocodile at the zoo. Also, the main villain Piella meets her end this way.
  • Lest we forget the aversion with Wally Gator from Hanna-Barbera.
  • In The Wild Thornberrys, crocodilians are a common adversary for Eliza. While she can speak to them like with all animals, they're usually too interested in food to be convinced not to eat her or her friends.
  • A lesser-known recurring enemy of Woody Woodpecker was the none-too-bright swamp bumpkin Gabby Gator (or Ali Gator in earlier shorts) whose main goal was to turn the wacky woodpecker into his lunch.
  • The Crocodile Man from World of Winx is an anthropomorphized version based on the Crocodile from Peter Pan. (See Literature above.)
    • In the second season, we meet his brother, the Alligator Man.
  • Croc, the main Big Bad on The Wuzzles, is part crocodile, part dinosaur.

    Real Life 
  • Crocodilians often serve as one of the best deterrents against invasive species. Particularly, in the case of the Florida Everglades, American Alligators often end up being great assets to conversationalists by hunting the invaders, and the only invasive species the alligators have trouble with is the Burmese Python and even then they can still prey upon them when able. This makes the alligators the gatekeepers to a vital ecosystem, and habitats with high alligator populations tend to have higher numbers of tropical birds and native mammals.
  • Only six of the twenty-five recognized species of crocodilians are a threat to humans (a threat beyond the defensive bites that all species are capable of giving, that is). Nevertheless, of all the world's large predatory animals, crocodilians are responsible for killing more humans than any other (the majority of attacks being committed by the Nile and salt water crocodile respectively). As opposed to sharks, which typically attack humans in cases of mistaken identity or simple curiosity, or predatory mammals such as lions which only resort to maneating in times of desperation, crocodiles are indiscriminate and view humans as a natural food source. One prehistoric relative of the modern Nile Crocodile, Crocodylus anthropophagus, earned its name because its bite marks have been found on fossils of ancient hominids, indicating that it preyed on them.
  • Australia has the saltwater crocodile, the largest living reptile in existence, with the most powerful bite in nature at 3,700 pounds. It can be found 200 miles out at sea. Yes, it eats sharks. Their population goes beyond Australia. Lolong, the largest and longest specimen in captivity (as of 2012) at over 20 feet was caught in the Philippines. There are possibly larger ones loose out there. Sleep tight, kids!
  • The Florida Everglades. There are stories that alligators finished off some of the survivors of the once-infamous Flight 401 crash, and at least one Urban Legend that local Seminole Indians once "introduced" some overly bold Klansmen looking to pound some "Injuns" to the local gators. South Florida has both alligators and crocodiles, the latter of which are even more dangerous than the former. Notably, while the Calusa Indians regularly hunted gators for food, they generally avoided the mangrove forests where the crocs dwelled. Incidentally, Florida is the only place on Earth where you can find alligators and crocodiles living in the same area; perhaps not surprisingly, many "Florida Man" news stories involve people getting into wacky mishaps with them. The only other extant alligator species lives in China, while caimans rule South America. The American crocodile likewise is the only crocodile species found in the US, with the other species native to the Americas all found further south.
  • Unlike the west African crocodiles which were worshipped by ancient Egyptians, Nile crocodiles are dangerous, and among their ranks is the semi-legendary man-eater named Gustave. This Cracked article calls him the physical manifestation of hatred for a reason: He has killed probably over 300 humans, and has yet to be captured or killed (and he has even survived a few gunshots!). Gustave is also incredibly powerful; Healthy adult hippos, who are normally strong enough to kill regular crocodiles, are just another meal for him. Lastly, there's his longevity: He was last sighted in 2015, at which point he was 70-something, an Old Soldier compared to his kin who won't live past 50.
  • During the Battle of Ramree Island in WWII, a battalion of Japanese soldiers were forced into a mangrove swamp infested with saltwater crocodiles by attacking British forces. Fewer than 500 of about 1000 escaped, at least some of them victims of crocodile attacks. It is unknown exactly how many were actually killed by crocs, since many were also reportedly felled by tropical diseases and poisonous animal bites/stings, as well as drowning or the British troops marching along the edge of the swamp killing any human that tried to escape. The most lurid accounts claim that the crocs killed hundreds of Japanese soldiers in a single night, which is, to be charitable, unlikely.note  That said, crocodilian roars and human screams overheard by the British cordon suggest the reptiles did account for more than a few fatalities, and Ramree natives further indicate that crocodiles killed at least a dozen Japanese earlier in the battle.
  • If you thought modern crocodiles were bad enough, you haven't met the prehistoric crocodylomorphs. We have the terrestrial "boar-croc" Kaprosuchus; the terrestrial Sebecids, able to compete with theropod dinosaurs (and surviving up until far more recently); the rauisuchids and poposaurids, who invented the Tyrannosaurus rex look while dinosaurs were still chasing bugs (and even came close to it in size); the marine thalattosuchians, one of whom (Dakosaurus) was nicknamed "Godzilla" for good reason; the 11-metre long alligator Deinosuchus, 12-metre long Sarcosuchus, and Aegisuchus with a total estimated body length of 15-21 metres (though said estimate has been criticized as too high). Add to that animals that made their living as giant browsers and filter-feeding whales far before those existed, and you have an impressive and diverse group.
    • Paleontologists announced the discovery of another ancient crocodylomorph which lived about 231 million years ago in North Carolina. While nowhere near as large as other ancient crocodilians (under 3 meters), its fossils indicate that it walked around on two feet. Just to add to how horrifying this creature is, it was named Carnufex carolinensis, which translates into "Carolina butcher".
  • The spinosaurid dinosaurs sufficiently evoke the crocodilian imagery: their heads and jaws are remarkably similar to those of crocodiles, and paleontologists agree that a significant part of their diet consisted of very large fish. One genus's name, Suchomimus, even means "crocodile mimic". Later evidence from more complete fossil remains suggests that Spinosaurus aegypticus was in fact one of the few truly semi-aquatic dinosaurs, mimicing the crocodilian lifestyle even further. By that token, mosasaurs and to a lesser extent pliosaurs superficially resembled fully aquatic oceanic crocodiles, although they weren't even archosaurs, but lepidosauromorphs.
  • Joe Ball, a serial killer popularly known as the Alligator Man.
  • Crocodile monitor lizards have that name for a reason; they're almost the size of Komodo dragons, they're strong, intelligent, and venomous, and their heads resemble those of crocodiles. (Sadly, they don't actually monitor crocodiles.)
  • Partially averted at least once by most species of crocodile. For example, saltwater crocodiles blow bubbles to potential mates, and spectacled caimans will wait for straggling baby caimans to catch up if they lag behind. Hell, quite a few species have been recorded, in the wild and in captivity, willingly consuming fruits (such as alligator apples, watermelons, and Phylodendron-genus fruits); as well as setting traps, climbing trees, and being as smart as the average domestic dog.
  • Averted with Simosuchus. It was a strange prehistoric crocodile from Madagascar that lived on land, had a short snout, and happened to be an herbivore.
  • Another aversion were the very large if incredibly bizarre stomatosuchids, which are believed to be filter feeders much like whales!
  • While Australia is famous for its dangerous animals, Ice Age Australia had an entire group of giant land-dwelling crocodiles that competed for top predator in the region with enormous komodo dragons. May actually be a subversion though as it is believed humans drove them to extinction.
  • Alligators and crocodiles are actually some of the best mothers in the animal kingdom, with mama alligators raising their young for as long as two years. Crocs only do so for a few months, though a year is not unheard ofnote . And of course, it's safe to say they are ferociously protective mothers.
  • Just when you thought crocodiles couldn't get any more terrifying, there is (though limited) evidence that they will sometimes hunt in groups in multiple species. There was an instance at the world-renowned Saint Augustine Alligator Farm note  where a trio of Cuban crocodiles worked together to corner a zookeeper and cut off his escape, which thankfully failed after they were lured away with fresh chicken meat. Nile crocodiles in the wild often team up to grab larger prey and drag it under the water, some holding the struggling target down as others go for the killing blows. One crocodile going after you is bad enough. Now imagine several working together to make you their meal.
  • Averted with the gharial (or gavial), a specialized fish-eater which generally flees human contact. Even in fiction, its incongruously-slender snout means it's more likely to be portrayed as goofy or effete than dangerous. It is one of the largmest living crocodilians, but also one of the least dangerous.
  • Subverted with Pocho, a crocodile in Costa Rica who was best friends with a local fisherman named Chito. The croc was found dying with a headshot wound (supposedly a result of a failed hunt on cows from local farms), so Mr. Chito nursed it back to life and intended to release back in the wild, but the croc took a liking to him and they stayed together until the croc's death. Though some has suspected that the croc's friendliness might be attributed to said headshot wound, which made it less ferocious.
  • Back when South America was an island, many types of crocodiles lived in the marine swamps that now form the Amazon River. These included a 40-foot caiman called Purrusaurus, the equally massive gharial Gryposuchus, another massive one known as Mourasuchus (which was a filter-feeder!), the smaller, blunt-toothed, clam-eating Gnatusuchus, as well as land-dwellers that were still doing the T. Rex thing when giant mammals were the norm.
  • In ancient Colombia, shortly after the dinosaurs died out, crocodiles played this trope straight and averted it at the same time! There were numerous species of giant-sized crocodiles in the rivers, but they mainly served as prey for the car-sized turtle Carbonemys and the 50-foot anaconda Titanoboa. Yikes.
  • While the Alligator Snapping Turtle is not a crocodilian, the name alone should tell you that it's not to be trifled with. It is a carnivorous turtle that is much bigger, with much more powerful bite force, and with a carapace that might as well be lined with Spikes of Villainy.
  • Typically averted with the Chinese alligators, which are very small and a docile species. But, as with other crocodilians, capable of causing serious injury if provoked. They are also critically endangered, so they clearly have more to fear from us than we do from them.
  • Crocodiles are in fact the animal most likely to eat a human. Some people think it's sharks, but they actually eat a hundred times fewer people than crocodiles.


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