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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.

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 realistic, at least for a few notable crocodilian species (as with sharks, most crocodilian species rarely or never attack humans except in self-defense). Unlike sharks, these certain species of large crocodilian (mostly the Nile and saltwater crocodiles) will actively hunt people as a food source, and have no aversion to the taste of human flesh; in fact, most crocodilian species aren't picky at all, and will eat (and, with the most acidic stomachs of any animal, can digest) just about anything that moves and is of appropriate size (it's simply that for most crocodilians humans are too large to be seen as prey). 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 (though it is debateable if they ever intentionally use their tails as weapons) 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. Crocodiles cannot chew their food; this is the reason for the so-called "death roll", the practice of turning themselves along their longitudinal axis while clinching their prey in their jaws in order to rip out chunks of flesh they can swallow whole.

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 

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 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. If you want their older cousins oft-compared to them, see Savage Spinosaurs.note  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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Fusion introduced Deckerdramon, a giant cyborg alligator armed with missile launchers. However, he turns out to be pleasant.
  • Doraemon: Nobita and the Haunts of Evil and its 2014 remake has the main cast get attacked by Nile crocodiles on a boat.
  • Doraemon: Nobita's the Legend of the Sun King have the gang being attacked by the main villain's lackey, the Animal Master, whose steed is a giant crocodile larger than boats.
  • 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 Frieza Force have evil alien crocodile-like humanoids, one of them who attacked Bulma in filler was called Blueberry.
  • Dr. STONE: In their first venture into California (which has become a swamp thanks to the tilt of the Earth's Axis), the Perseus crew runs into a bask of crocodiles, each as big as the mobile lab.
  • 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 Godzilla: Singular Point, Godzilla's design has a wider, larger mandible than most older looks; which combined with the scutes gives him a more crocodile-like appearance.
  • 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: Stone Ocean are very clear on their opinion of alligators after having to fight one that's undead and invisible.
    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 does he have hard scales, a powerful tail, and an even more powerful bite, but thanks to the crocodile's tough immunity system, he has a 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 the 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.
  • In Rebuild World, oversized alligators the size of a bus are among the monsters prowling the wastelands. They can charge at surprising speeds and easily swallow someone whole if they aren't careful. Akira also encounters a building-sized, armored, two-headed crocodile with cannons growing from its back on one mission. Its Healing Factor forced him to use expensive CWH ammo to put it down.
  • 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.

    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. Crocodiles are common and dangerous predators in the Luxa River that flows through Amonkhet, and the plane's black-affiliated goddess of ambition, Bontu, has the head of a crocodile. Already a pretty nasty customer as far as deities go, she becomes far more terrifying when Nicol Bolas turns her into one of his God-Eternals.
  • 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.

  • Monty Python's audio sketch "Crocodile" is a news report on the sport of "being eaten by crocodile." Participants compete to be the first one eaten by a crocodile. The report notes that some teams have been caught cheating by rubbing appetizing sauces on themselves to get the crocodile to eat them faster.

    Comic Books 
  • Averted (well not really) in 52 by Sobek, the gentle Big Eater humanoid crocodile experiment who quickly befriends Black Adam's family.
  • 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 to 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Diablo House: The main story of the second issue ends with the tale's protagonist Lex Dillon being eaten alive by alligators.
  • 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.
  • The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones:
  • 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.
  • Paperinik New Adventures: "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.
  • Papyrus: The crocodile god Sobek is a recurring antagonist of the first albums, cursing the main character in "The Faceless Colossus".
  • Averted with Gruber in The Pitiful Human Lizard, who uses his body to cushion the Majestic Rat's fall.
  • 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).
  • Sunny Series: The golf course water hazard at Sunny's grandfather's retirement community Pine Palms has a large green alligator living in it, Big Al. Sunny is startled by him in Sunny Side Up while trying to gather golf balls, and later when a resident, Myra, wanders off, Sunny worries that Big Al may have got her. In Swing It, Sunny she first thinks he's passed before Gramps explains that he meant his neighbor Al had died, and he later gets taken away by animal rescue to Sunny's distress as she feels he harmed no one.
  • 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.
  • In Violine, crocodiles are the primary animal threat in Africa. They also serve as Muller's death trap.
  • 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.
  • 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. Played slightly straighter in one comic where the nurses at a maternity warp are shooing out an alligator that somehow keeps getting into the room where all the babies are kept.
  • 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.
  • Another aversion is Albert from Pogo.
  • 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 
  • In Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters, Simon the shapeshifter is a Fat Bastard Blood Knight hired by Daolon Wong to support Prince Phobos. He turns into a humanoid crocodile.
  • In My Name Is Molly, alligators work for the government and keep all the villagers in line by force.
  • In Prehistoric Earth, the deinosuchus rescued for the titular park prove rather difficult and dangerous to safely rescue, with one of them very nearly managing to escape the trap used to capture it and others of its kind through sheer rage.
  • In Prehistoric Park Reimagined, the vast majority of the prehistoric crocodilians encountered and rescued by the park's rescue team, plus several temnospondyls and other creatures that end up behaving similarly to crocodiles, prove rather vicious and difficult to capture over the course of their initial encounters. The female deinosuchus Dil, in particular, even goes so far as to very nearly bust herself free from the planned trap for her and her float over the course of an angry rage she goes flying into before she's been successfully led through the time portal and to the safety of the park.

    Films — Animation 
  • Subversion in 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.
  • In Barbie as the Island Princess, Prince Antonio and his valet become stranded in a lagoon full of crocodiles, until Ro arrives, and persuades them not to attack.
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks has a crocodile on the yellow team, which consists of other stereotypically mean animals such as a hyena and a rhino.
  • Capture the Flag: When trying to sneak onto the NASA launch site, the 3 kids have to cross a swamp filled with alligators.
  • Yzma secretly owns a pit full of crocodiles beneath Kuzco's palace in The Emperor's New Groove although those crocodiles act more like dogs as they whimper and run away when the person they are biting kicks them. Also, at one point in the film, Kuzco and Pacha nearly fall into a crocodile-infested river. And those crocodiles are a lot more threatening than Yzma's.
  • In Hercules (Pure Magic), Hercules almost gets eaten by a giant crocodile, and is only saved by timely intervention from Iolaus.
  • Cretaceous from Ice Age: 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:
  • 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.
  • In Monster Mash (2000), one member of the trio of modern monsters who antagonize Frank, Drac and Wolf is an evil doll named Chicky, who owns a remote control she can use to warp reality. One thing she does with the remote control is send the three classic monsters and the Tinklemeisters to a swamp full of ferocious alligators.
  • The Trope Namer is the crocodile's Leitmotif from Disney's Peter Pan. The trope name is never heard in the film itself since only the instrumental version of the song is used but several lyrical versions of it have been released, such as this Disney sing along version. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (1973), the villainous enforcer of Prince John's troops. He's shown to be the most competent and dangerous of Prince John's henchmen and comes close to killing Robin.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Over the course of Snow White's fear induced Hallucinations she experiences while running in terror through a forest after learning about how her stepmother the Queen wants to have her killed, one of her imagined terrors comes in the form of logs in a lake that she hallucinates as a float of hungry alligators.
  • 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 Tarzan Franchise, there were two instances of this:
    • In the first movie, young was chased by a horde of hungry crocs and nearly became their dinner.
    • In the second movie, while seaching for himself with a help of an elderly gorilla, Zugor, they both ran into a horde of crocs and hauled butt.
  • 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.
  • The Twelve Tasks of Asterix has one task being crossing an invisible tightrope atop a river full of crocodiles. Eventually Asterix and Obelix get tired of nearly falling and jump — but given the two have super strength on at that point, the crocodiles are no menace, just being thrown upward to hang from the invisible rope.

    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.
  • In Black Water Abyss a group of friends become trapped with a saltwater Crocodile while exploring an underground cave system in the Australian wilderness.
  • 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.
  • The Boxer's Omen: The demon's final form manifests itself as a huge crocodile, which materializes from out of nowhere in a Thai temple and attempts to devour the protagonist.
  • 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! (1976).
  • 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.
  • Crocodile, a Thai-Korean co-production which is a Foreign Remake of Jaws, substituting the shark with a man-eating crocodile.
  • 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 (1987) has a giant saltwater crocodile terrorizing the Australian outback.
  • The title 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! (1976) 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.
  • Godzilla vs. Kong: This incarnation of Godzilla is noted to be more crocodilian and also a more sinister (though not as antagonistic as he is in some movies) incarnation of the creature. It noticeably scuttles around on all fours and swims in a more crocodilian fashion.
  • The 1979 Italian jungle exploitation movie The Great Alligator River (also known as The Great Alligator or just Alligator) stars an ancient alligator named Kruna that the Hollywood Natives worship as a god. The movie basically involves Kruna terrorizing a newly-opened resort on his home river.
  • Happy Gilmore: Happy's golfing mentor Chubbs lost his hand to an alligator. Later on in the film, Happy loses his ball to that same alligator, wrestles it into submission to get his ball back, and cuts off its head to present it to Chubbs. The gator gets the last laugh, though, because Chubbs falls backwards out of a window to his death when he sees its head.
  • 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.
  • Jumanji: When the monsoon floods Alan's house, the protagonists are attacked by a pair of crocodiles, so Alan fights one and miraculously survives. The crocodiles get sucked out into the street when the front door is broken up and swim past Carl and Aunt Nora, scaring them to no end.
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has the main characters crossing a pool filled with aggressive crocodiles.
  • 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 (2018), 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. Well, that's what the trailers were about — the movie is really more of an Author Tract about the conflicts in Burundi.
  • 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.
  • In Rogue (2020), Chloe is whining at the mercenaries about not wanting to enter the water when she grabbed by and devoured by a giant crocodile.
  • The emerald 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. In the epilogue, he shows up with the emerald recovered and a new pair of croc-skin boots.
  • Supercroc is a film about a giant prehistoric crocodile that the military must combat.
  • Swamp Shark: While patrolling the water at Gator Fest, one of the sheriff's deputies narrowly avoid getting an alligator bite.
  • 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.
  • X reveals an alligator lives in the lake that goes through the farm, and sure enough it eats Bobby-Lynn when Pearl kicks her into the water. Prequel Pearl reveals she has been feeding the alligator (who she nicknamed "Theda") with her victims for a while.

  • 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 when it was outside their natural range; or in places like Florida it was just temporary, incidental animals which wandered in for a time during a storm. 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.
  • The Cuca from Brazilian Folklore is an evil witch with an alligator head. She kidnaps children and turns dreams into nightmares.


  • Alex Rider:
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 somewhat of an aversion; it's said that he got to be the oldest god on the Disc by understanding that a god needs to provide more to their worshippers than a lack of thunderbolts. 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.
  • 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.
  • The Great Zoo of China:
    • Part of CJ’s backstory is how she was mauled by a bull alligator after saving a child from it.
    • The zoo keeps huge saltwater crocodiles around, ostensibly so the dragons have some familiar wildlife around them. Naturally the protagonists run afoul of them.
  • 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 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.
  • Sadie Kane from The Kane Chronicles has a magical statue called Phillip, which is a white crocodile. She often calls him in battle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Mummy Monster Game: In book 1, the first main villain of the game, and the last one they face in real life, is a crocodile-headed mummy monster. A gigantic crocodile head is also the second monster that's faced in the final challenge.
  • Numunwari (with the alternate title Killer Croc!) written by Australian zoologist Grahame Webb, so unlike other examples of this trope the protagonists are divided on whether to study or kill the croc that's terrorising Darwin.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tarzan: The 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.
  • In Carl Hiaasen's Tourist Season, several characters are eaten by a North American crocodile named Pavlov, who has escaped into the wild.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an episode of Bones, the heroes found the Victim of the Week by finding a foot inside a gator in the Florida Everglades.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Loki (2021) introduces many variants of the title deity... one of whom is an alligator. It's mostly loyal, but then he bites off the hand of someone who insulted him.
  • Miami Vice: Crockett's pet gator Elvis, a former mascot of the University of Florida who Crockett took in after he bit one of the safeties. While he's honestly rather chill and a little spoiled, he can still be aggressive if he wants to be, is very intimidating, and Crockett isn't above using him to scare people (see, using him to scare Tubbs in the pilot).
  • Mission: Impossible: In "Bayou", white slaver (and Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit) Jake Morgan uses the gators in the bayou surrounding his plantation as part of his security system to stop his captives from escaping. He is Hoist by His Own Petard when he panics and falls into the bayou while trying to escape the IMF and his eaten by his own gators.
  • 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.
  • Prehistoric Park: The last episode in the series has Nigel travelling back to the Late Cretaceous to capture the largest crocodilian that ever lived, a full-grown Deinosuchus, a predator so fearsome that it can even scare off tyrannosaurs. This comes in handy when Nigel is being pursued by Matilda the adolescent T. rex, after she gets loose; the Deinosuchus lunges at her as they run past its lake, startling Matilda just long enough for Nigel to escape.
  • The series Primeval each shows a Pristichampsus and a Kaprosuchus, two prehistoric crocodiles. Pristichampsus is portrayed as being able to stand upright for short periods and the inspiration for the Egyptian god, Sobek, while the Kaprosuchus has huge tusks like a warthog; 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.
  • 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.
  • Super Sentai and Power Rangers: Alligator or crocodile Monsters of the Week have appeared, including Crocodile Nezire 1 and 2 from Denji Sentai Megaranger (Crocovile in Power Rangers in Space) and Niwa from Juken Sentai Gekiranger (also named Crocovile in Power Rangers Jungle Fury). There's also Trinoid 12: Yatsudenwani from Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger (Croco D'Vile in Power Rangers: Dino Thunder), who becomes one of the series' recurring villains, albeit an ineffectual one who eventually turns to the Abarangers' side.
  • From the sister franchise of Super Sentai is Kamen Rider Build. While the titular Rider himself lacks a crocodile motif, this is not the case for Kamen Rider Rogue, who initially starts out as antagonistic before joining the heroes.
  • Several clips on World's Dumbest... involve idiots messing with crocs and gators. Those never end well...
  • The X-Files: In the episode "Quagmire", Mulder and Scully hunt a Stock Ness Monster, but it turns 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.

  • Tears for Fears: Near the beginning of the "Pale Shelter" music video, there's a close-up of an alligator opening its eye (it's now fully alert because it detects a potential prey nearby, so this specific shot enhances its menacing, predatory nature) before it enters a swimming pool. It then quietly approaches its target, and the woman doesn't notice the alligator until it's right next to her. She screams in terror, but the camera cuts away before the alligator (presumably) attacks her.

    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.
    • Folk tales from Southern Florida often have a bend of Animal Jingoism where the helpful, wise, and calm alligator is juxtaposed against the violent and aggressive crocodile. One folktale holds that the two were in competition for leadership of the swamps, in which the alligator won after a wildfire in which it saved other animals by digging out watering holes and putting out the fire, being stained a color resembling char in the process.
  • 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). She and husband Al Szasz would wrestle ten foot alligators though, so from their perspective it's not hard to see why a "mere" six foot croc would be adorable.
  • 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.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Show:
    • One number in the Sandy Duncan episode has Mary Louise singing the song "Never Smile at a Crocodile", the tune taken from the Disney film with lyrics added, while riding a hungry crocodile through a swamp. During the song said crocodile eats a few of the local frogs.
      Crocodile: Maybe I could meet you guys tomorrow for lunch?
    • In the Lynda Carter episode, the Newscaster 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 "wreak 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 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!

  • 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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Necromunda: Sumpkrocs are hulking, four-eyed mutant crocodiles native to the Sump, the polluted bottom layer of the Hive City. They're extremely aggressive predators but also rather stupid, enough so that showing one its reflection will cause it to viciously attack it in the belief that it's a rival.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Warhammer: Kroxigors are large humanoid crocodiles, and fill the role as heavy muscle for the Lizardmen. Generally used for heavy labor, they are also fearsome warriors who smash through enemy lines with their immense strength.

    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:
    • The first Megatron toy in the line cast the leader of the evil Predacons as an olive-drab crocodile, opposite Optimus Primal as a powder-blue bat. In the toy-exclusive microcontinuity that existed when this toy was released, these were in fact new bodies for the original Generation 1 Megatron and Optimus Prime.
    • The toyline has the exclusive Fuzor Terragator, who is part-alligator, part-turtle with an emphasis on the alligator half (essentially being an alligator with a spiked shell). Like most reptiles, he's one of the evil Predacons. He's also got bright red eyes and his shell is covered in Spikes of Villainy, just to remove any doubts about him.
  • G.I. Joe: Croc Master is one of the named animal handlers of the evil Cobra forces: his job was to wrangle crocodiles to guard Cobra's lair. In addition to the character's crocodilian motif, the toy comes with a pet crocodile (named Fiona in later releases).

    Video Games 
  • Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare: The sewer monsters have crocodilian heads, and viciously leap out of the water from behind to attack.
  • Alundra 2: The boss of the sewer level is a giant crocodile with a poison gas spewing mushroom growing out of its back.
  • ANNO: Mutationem: The Varanus is a large reptilian creature with ample mobility and inability to be killed. The worst that Ann can do to it is temporarily stop it long enough so she can pin it down.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brutal: Paws of Fury gives us Karate Croc. He invited himself to the fighting tournament that makes up the game's plot, and if you beat the game as him he rudely gloats about his victory.
  • 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 to just avoid them in the Sandzone.
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped:
  • Croc features the protagonist of the same name, but as an inversion of this trope. Having been raised by a Ridiculously Cute Critter family, he's even a Vegetarian Carnivore, and both endearing and kind.
  • The opening cutscene of Danger Girl sees Abbey Chase nearly getting chomped by an alligator, who only managed to swim away after biting off Abbey's backpack. Unfortunately for the gator, the pack is filled with C4 (and Abbey's sandwiches), and Abbey has the detonator in her pockets.
    Abbey: You want my demolitions, pal? You got 'em! [blows up the gator]
  • Donkey Kong Country: The Kremlings and their boss King K. Rool, the principal baddies of the series, are anthropomorphic crocodiles.
  • 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.
  • Dusty Raging Fist have andromorphic crocodile-men as enemies, all of them hostile and attacking on sight. Of note being albino crocodiles who carries chainsaws.
  • EarthBound Beginnings and EarthBound (1994) have alligators and crocodiles as enemies, usually found in marsh/swamp areas.
  • 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.
  • EXTRAPOWER: Giant Fist: Crocodiles roam the waters of the savanna stage. Given the frenzy wind driving all the animals into a rampage, it's turned the crocodile into an aggressive hunter that takes more hits to wake from its stupor.
  • 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 in mesolithic Central Europe. They're mainly shades of bright yellow and orange.
    • Far Cry 5: In a DLC mission, you can confront and kill plenty of crocodiles in a North Vietnamese river.
    • Far Cry: New Dawn: You fight at least one crocodile in a flooded bunker in Hope County, Montana. In a special mission, you get to fight tons more of them in a swamp with your Canadian friend Roger Cadoret.
    • Far Cry 6: Yara appears to have crocodiles living in it. The official cinematic intro released in 2020 starts off with a glimpse of the first conquistadors' ships to arrive in Yara reflected in a crocodile's eye, a gameplay trailer includes Player Character Dani Rojas shooting what looks like an alligator in a swimming pool, and, for the first time ever in a Far Cry game, you can use a domesticated crocodile called Guapo as a Fang for Hire.
  • 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, 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.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's:
    • Five Nights at Freddy's World has the mysterious Old Man Consequences, a fisherman who looks like a crocodile, who's a downplayed example. He's not a threat directly, but if the player ever meets him, it means they've gone too far into the game's code and trapped themselves. Ultimate Custom Night still has him as a downplayed example, as while he can't kill you, he can disable the cameras which make it easier for other animatronics to kill you.
    • Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach intoduces Montgomery Gator, bassist for the band, to the FNAF series, who's known as The Brute, has anger issues, and, like most of the other animatronics, reprogrammed by Vanny to attack Gregory. Though some clues hint he was evil even before Vanny got a hold on him: it's implied he destroyed Glamrock Bonnie to get his spot in the band and would happily do the same to Glamrock Freddy to take over as the band front man.
  • Frogger had alligators in the river; Frogger could safely jump and move on their backs, so long as he stayed away from their heads.
  • Grand Theft Auto VI is set in a fictionalized version of Florida, and this includes the state's famous alligators. The trailer for the game includes a scene of an animal control officer dragging a gator out of a swimming pool, as well as security camera footage of a very large gator crawling into a convenience store and scaring off the shoppers.
  • Grim Fandango: One of the puzzles in Year 4 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."
  • Heroes of Jin Yong has a challenge in the remake, the "Pond of a Million Crocodiles", in which you need to cross a maze of stone platforms and bridges on a wide lake, and crocodiles will periodically crawl out and try mauling you apart. Thankfully, despite the name, you don't fight a million of them (maybe around twenty).
  • Ice Scream: Rod has a pet crocodile that will attack the player.
  • 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".
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land: One of the enemies is a crocodilian who gnashes at Kirby from the water.
  • 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.
  • Madagascar: The second boss of the game is an albino crocodile who fights with martial arts and speaks with a Japanese accent for some reason.
  • 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 Advent: Bifrost is a giant 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 3 (Tri) introduces 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, because the village needs someone to kill it before the village's fishing industry is ruined.
  • No More Heroes III has two volunteer job minigames that feature alligators of varying size (the only thing that is consistent is that they are much bigger than Travis Touchdown) as consistent threats. The first job has you picking trash in water swimming with gators at least twice Travis's size, with only his wrestling skills for self-defense. The second job has you playing coastguard with a tank against an army of giant gators, and the largest gators take multiple shells to kill. One of the islands where these gators can be found, Santa Destroy, used to be part of California, which does not have wild alligators. The coast guard job implies that these gators are an invasive species to the Utopina archipelago.
  • 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.
    • Pokémon Scarlet and Violet adds Fuecoco, a fire-type croc, that averts the "perpetually angry" part of the trope by being The Ditz. It's final evolution Skeledirge definitely abides by the scary image, combining a Skeleton Motif with a semi-realistic body-design, but it's still just as ditzy and friendly, though making it angry is ill advised given it being able to spew intense flames at its foes.
  • 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. The game also has the legendary albino bull-gator, who's the largest and strongest animal in the game, and it features in a story mission before you can hunt it down for good.
  • Resident Evil:
  • Revenge of the 'Gator is a Digital Pinball Table centered around alligators that are out to eat the player's pinball.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp: Played with. The game's final boss is Suji, the giant alligator, but after she is fed she is no longer a threat.
  • Sly Cooper:
  • 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 the Hedgehog:
    • Vector the Crocodile 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.
    • In Rusty Ruin Zone from Sonic 3D Blast, the Crock enemy is a robotic crocodile that wanders back and forth along a straight line. It can only harm Sonic by bumping directly into him.
    • In Sonic Shuffle, one board-specific mini-game in Nature Zone is entitled "Croc-Attack", where the four playable characters are trapped in the jaws of a crocodile. To escape the jaws, they have to repeatedly press the A button Within fifteen seconds, otherwise, they end up eaten.
    • Near the end of Lost Jungle in Sonic Heroes, 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.
  • In SPY Fox in: Dry Cereal, the path to the stables holding the dairy cows who are being held captive by William the Kid may be intercepted by a pool full of hungry alligators. The only way for Fox to get past them is by feeding them chicken knuckles topped with secret sauce that puts them to sleep.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • Tarzan: In one video game, crocodiles appears as enemies. In another one, a really gigantic croc is a boss fight.
  • Taz: Wanted: The crocodiles in Zooney Tunes will leap out of the water and land on Taz, squishing him flat.
  • 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 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).
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X: Diluses are Mira's answer to the crocodilians. Your first encounter with them will likely be the Merciful Diluses in southern Noctilum, which have levels in the late 30s when the other indigens in the area are early teens. And despite the name they're aggressive, too.
  • Zniw Adventure: At Rivenn-na, Zniw has to get past a crocodile in order to cross the river by using a crocodile repellent from the elder turtle. There is also a Deinosuchus, a gigantic alligator-relative, sleeping nearby, and it does not take too kindly to Zniw if she wakes it up.
  • Resident Evil rip-off Zombie Infection has a giant crocodile boss, too, though this one is fought near a waterfront instead of the sewers. There's a later stage in the sewers containing two Degraded Boss version of ther crocodile enemies.

    Web Comics 
  • Kevin & Kell: One of Coney's peers is an alligator named Crockett, who is probably the most amoral of the students in Coney's class, though much of that can be attributed to his youth and still learning to differentiate between 'friends' and 'prey'.
  • Oglaf downplays this by generally having crocodile victims be Too Dumb to Live. (Warning: Links below are safe for work, but most of the comic is not.)
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • Averted in Catsing Call. The caiman is totally friendly, and just wants to be accepted.
  • In Chorocojo's Let's Play of Pokémon Crystal, Roxy's Totodile Gatorface takes this to extremes. When he's introduced by trying to eat Roxy's face, it's clear he's got problems. (That Professor Elm counted it as Roxy 'picking' him also says a lot about him.) As soon as Roxy catches Yippy the Wooper she abandons him at Elm's, which starts a subplot about Gatorface going on a murderous rampage to get revenge on Roxy, finally catching up to her after defeating Red at Mt. Silver, only to get eaten alive by Misty's Seviper Repiv.
  • 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.
  • Italian Spiderman memorably fights a "coccodrilo" Animal Assassin.
    Italian Spiderman: Gesù Cristo, un coccodrillo!
    Crocodile: (pointing a gun at Italian Spiderman) Give me the diamond, Italian Spiderman!
  • Pirates SMP: One of the "A Terrible Beast" quests requires players to kill a crocodile, which are incredibly tough and hostile to players under most circumstances. There also exists a Nigh-Invulnerable Sewer Gator which lurks in the Absurdly Spacious Sewer by the Bounty Hall, intimidating every pirate who is unfortunate enough to encounter it. That being said, it's possible to hatch crocodile eggs such that the hatchling imprints on the nearest player, and tamed crocodiles born from such circumstances do not attack unless provoked.
  • RWBY: Tock was a Crocodile Faunus, and has replaced her teeth with a set of steel jaws similar to that of a bear trap. A single bite from those jaws allowed her to bite right through one of Maria's kama, breaking the dual scythe mode they were in and leaving Maria defenseless.
  • SCP Foundation:
  • Slimecicle Cinematic Universe: On Day 10 of "We Spent 100 Days in a Hardcore Minecraft Apocalypse", Charlie is attacked by both alligators and zombies after spending his night on top of a nerd-pole. Florida Man (played by Bizly) saves him in his pick-up truck. One of the new builds at the Survivors' base during the Distant Finale is a small pond filled with gators that is dubbed "The Gator Pit".

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • 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).
    • 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.
      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!
    • 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.
  • Archie's Weird Mysteries: Played with in "It Lives in the Sewers"; Played with; the alligator is aggressive at first. However, despite being mutated, Peanut, Jughead's pet alligator, still remembers his owner and he eventually is taken to Florida to be taken care of.
  • 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".
  • On Babar and the Adventures of Badou, there's Ambassador Crocodylus and his nephews Dilash and Tersh, regular antagonists who cause trouble around Babar's palace and for Badou and his friends. However, it's subverted later on as Tersh becomes one of Badou's friends and helps him oppose his uncle's schemes, and we also meet Crocodylus' boss, the queen of the crocodiles, who is much friendlier with Babar and Badou and disapproves of her ambassador's regular scheming. It's also subverted by Captain Darling, a female crocodile sailor who sometimes shows up at Celesteville's port to help the protagonists.
  • 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.
  • The miniseries Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines ends with the villain Adrian Ravenscroft wandering into a gator-infested swamp as his rejuvenated youth wears off and he becomes an old man again. A shot of one of the alligators is shown, disturbingly implying that Ravenscroft is about to become gator food.
  • 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.
  • Episode 3 of the Danger Mouse story arc "The Wild Wild Goose Chase" ends with DM and Penfold about to be gobbled by an alligator. In fact, alligators seem to be go-to minions on the show.
  • 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: Kerub's Bazaar, 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.
    • In "Children of a Lesser Bog", among the predators that devour Kif and Amy's children are crocodiles with bearded dragon-like neck spines.
  • This is averted with Oscar and Wilde from George and Martha, who are both alligators and good friends with the titular characters.
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Harvey once defended Wally Gator in court, hampered by the fact that Wally was a deranged redneck who frequently reverted to acting like an actual alligator and ate one of the jury.
  • The crocodile from Peter Pan actually made a brief cameo in the 1960 Disney animated short Goliath II.
  • 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?"
    • When Daffy Duck gets his wife's egg mixed up with an alligator nest full of eggs in "Quacodile Tears," he has to fight with the nest's parent who thinks Daffy is trying to steal their egg.
  • Jagged Stone in Miraculous Ladybug owns a pet crocodile named Fang. While it's clear that Stone got him in order to look cool, Fang is also an extremely docile pet who acts like a Big Friendly Dog. When Stone gets akumatized, however, Fang gets akumatized with him, and turns into something even more dangerous: a dragon.
  • 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 recurring 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.
  • In Over the Garden Wall: Tome of the Unknown, Wirt and Greg are attacked by an alligator while traveling in the vegetable car.
  • One of the animals Gus the raincloud made in Partly Cloudy is a crocodile.
  • 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.
    • In the debut episode "Jungle Jeopardy," the Hooded Claw dangles Penelope by her wrists and slowly lowers her into an alligator pit.
  • 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).
  • Primal: A gigantic crocodile, possibly a Deinosuchus, attacks Spear in the beginning of the first episode.
  • The Ruff & Reddy Show story arc "Dizzy Deputies'' averts this with Chopper, an alligator Ruff befriends after he revives the creature when a swamp pirate knocks him unconscious.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: In one episode, Scooby and Shaggy have a run-in with an alligator while trying to get away from the ghost of Mr. Hyde.
    • The Scooby-Doo Show: Gator Ghoul was the Monster of the Week in an early episode, and was actually a costume from a movie being used by a criminal. A real version appears in Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, where it's one of five monsters that turns up in the last level of the video game the gang has been trapped in.
    • Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island: Scooby and Shaggy get attacked by alligators when they fall into the water, and have to be saved by Snakebite Scruggs; the gators turn up later, and are just as hostile. After this, flashbacks show that when Morgan Moonscar and his pirate crew drove the islanders into the water, they were approached and presumably killed by the alligators of that time period.
    • Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire: A crocodile turns up in Australia, where it tries, unsuccessfully, to eat Scooby.
    • What's New, Scooby-Doo?: In "Safari, So Good!", Scooby and Shaggy flee from a crocodile that tries to eat them, only for it to end up swallowing their rubber raft and comically inflating. Later, during the chase sequence, Fred and Daphne briefly get surrounded by glowing crocodiles.
  • 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.
  • Axl and Bull Gator from Taz-Mania are a pair of alligators whose goal in the series is to capture Taz so that they can sell him to a zoo. They are genuinely friendly though.
  • 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.
  • Francisco from T.U.F.F. Puppy is an alligator who is one of Verminious Snaptrap's henchmen and a member of the Diabolical Order of Mayhem (or D.O.O.M. for short).
  • 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.
  • Wacky Races: Dick Dastardly and Muttley are surrounded by alligators in a swamp in "The Super Silly Swamp Sprint." Peter Perfect rescues them. Later Dick dresses in an alligator suit to scare off the other racers, only to attract the attention of a female alligator.
  • 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.
  • In one episode of We Bare Bears, Chloe jumps into an albino alligator enclosure with a sandwich to lure it out and Ice Bear tries to quickly get her out. Fortunately, the alligator only wants the sandwich.
  • 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.


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King K. Rool

A fat Kremling who acts as Donkey Kong's Arch-Enemy in the Donkey Kong Country series. Prone to adopting new personas (Kaptain K. Rool, Baron K. Roolenstein, etc.) in different games, complete with new powersets for battle. Whatever he likes to call himself, K. Rool's goals remain the same — to get rid of the Kong clan and take over their island, and if he can't manage that, destroying the island along with every primate on it suits him just fine instead.

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