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Just a girl and a frog exploring the world...

"Now I find myself
In the wild unknown
With the frogs and toads
And I'm far from home...
But there's so much here to discover
One leap after another
Hop into the adventure
Gotta ribbit, ribbit
Jump on in it!"

Amphibia is a Disney Channel animated adventure/comedy series created by Matt Braly, who previously served as a director on Gravity Falls.

The show chronicles the adventures of Anne Boonchuy (Brenda Song), a Thai-American teenager who is magically transported to the titular Amphibia, a fantastical rural marshland populated by frog people, after stealing a mysterious musical box at the behest of her friends.

Following some confusion with the local populace, she is taken in by an excitable young frog named Sprig Plantar (Justin Felbinger) and his family, who promise to keep watch over this strange "human being" monster. With Sprig's help, Anne will discover the first true friendship of her life, learn to be a hero, and slowly figure out how to return to Earth.

Unbeknownst to Anne however, her old friends have also made the trip to this amphibian-controlled realm, and have been forced to adapt in their own ways, for better and for worse...


The series premiered on June 17, 2019, with the first two episodes being made available on various online services a few days prior, serving as the final Disney animated series of the 2010s. The second season premiered July 11, 2020. A third season has been confirmed to be in production, with Braly loosely confirming in a Reddit AmA that said season will serve as the final act in the show's three-part Myth Arc.

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Tropes in this show include:

    Tropes A to M 
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Anne was transported to Amphibia on her thirteenth birthday.
  • Actor Allusion: "Hopping Mall" has the character Priscilla the Killer voiced by Misty Lee. She's shown being a very tough and fearsome warrior, but is actually a good person even with her rough edges. She's also good with kids. Both of these describe her role as Big Barda.
  • Adult Fear:
    • A teenager is left fending for herself in the woods for days, starving, and begging for help from anyone.
    • In the second episode, Hop Pop realizes he fell asleep all day, and the key to the house is missing. He immediately goes downstairs to search for Anne and Sprig, fearing they snuck out and got killed.
    • The end of "Best Fronds" reveals that Anne's friends were also transported to Amphibia when the box opened, meaning there are actually three human girls who are Trapped in Another World with no known way to get back to Earth. What makes this worse is that while Anne is under the impression her friends are safe on Earth, Sasha is fully aware that everyone was teleported, but has no idea where the other two are. Marcy is revealed to be in Newtopia in Season 2.
    • "Night at the Inn" is very reflective of how it feels to sleep in a strange place alone for the first time ever. Polly tries to enjoy her privacy in the titular inn's room, only to freak out on seeing scary shapes in the dark. Unable to sleep, she goes to hang with Anne and Sprig, but they aren't in bed. Polly gets scared and goes back to Hop Pop, only to find him missing as well.
    • It's revealed Anne vanished on her thirteenth birthday. Her parents were waiting for her to come home because they were throwing her a party. And she never arrived.
  • Adults Are More Anthropomorphic: Amphibians start their lives as naked, wriggling tadpoles. As they turn into frogs, they start walking bipedally and wearing clothes.
  • Advanced Ancient Acropolis: "Fort in the Road" has the group stop by some ruins that turn out to contain a factory designed to assemble robots, with technology comparable to the '90s on Earth.
  • Aerith and Bob: As could be expected, Anne's name is rather down-to-earth, being used commonly in English and French, compared to someone named Sprig.
    • Some of the amphibians of Amphibia have exotic names such as Grime, Toadie, and Hopadiah, others have more mundane names like Polly, Ivy, and Wally.
  • Alien Lunch: Frog-people usually eat bugs, which disgusts Anne, at least at first. Luckily for Anne, insects are at least edible for humans and after about a month, she's gotten used to it.
    Anne: I'm gonna go grab some of that beetle jerky I like. Can't believe I just said that.
  • All Animals Are Dogs:
    • Mrs. Croaker's pet spider Archie shows some dog-like behavior.
    • Played with in the case of Domino II, the wild caterpillar Anne picks up. It largely behaves like a cat, right down to the purring and bringing Anne smaller creatures that it kills, but it very much is a wild animal. Especially when it metamorphs into a carnivorous moth.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Tusked frogs, bizarre as they sound, are real, with two small tusks in their lower jaw. Of course, they don't have Hulking Out powers.
  • Always Chaotic Evil:
    • Toads are shown to be antagonistic to the main cast with Mayor Toadstool, Grime and the tax collectors being the most prominent, but gets played with as the toad tax collectors are shown to have standards and Grime proclaims the toads who defend his lair as heroes, showing that the toads are grey in morality.
    • Horned frogs are a cannibalistic species of Frogs and while only we only see a small portion of them, they show just how dangerous the horned frogs of the setting are.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The frog people of Amphibia can be anywhere from red to pink to blue, or a more common green color like most frogs. Justified, as different species of frogs can be any of those colors.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Until "Fiddle Me This", it was unclear if Hop Pop burying the music box meant that he was going to Take a Third Option and help Anne find another way home, or have Anne stay with the Plantars forever. He at least sees her in his Imagine Spot of taking care of him in old age after Sprig secures lifetime stability. With that said, it's unclear since he was helping her gather knowledge to travel past the mountains once the weather was safe.
  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Sprig and Polly live with Hopidiah, their grandfather who they call Hop Pop. The identities and statuses of their parents (and grandmother) are as of yet unexplained and unacknowledged. "Hopping Mall" confirms that their mom died when Sprig was really young, before he could even really remember her.
  • Amphibian at Large: The show takes place in a world of anthropomorphic amphibians scaled up to human size, which means larger species are gargantuan by comparison. The episode "Quarreler's Pass" features olms the size of dragons, and King Andrias, who is based on the Chinese giant salamander, is so tall that Anne only comes up to about his knee.
  • Anatomy of the Soul: The three gems of the calamity box are representative of mind, body, and heart, which correlate to the three girls. Marcy is the mind, Sasha is body and Anne is the heart.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Before the credits roll at the end of season 1, rather than just "the end" appearing, it says "End of Part 1."
  • Animal Facial Hair: Overlapping with Non-Mammalian Hair. Many of the anthropomorphic amphibians have beards or mustaches; sometimes it looks like fleshy appendages on their chin (like Mayor Toadstool's beard), but other times it's very human-like (like the sheriff's mustache or Soggy Joe's beard).
  • Animals Not to Scale: While Amphibia is a Macro Zone, the relative size of the various species is very different from Earth. For example, frogs and toads are slightly smaller (although, in the toads' case, bulkier) than humans. Snails and beetles are around the size of cars. Other arthropods are generally bigger than on Earth, but some are small enough to be eaten by frogs and others are big enough to eat frogs, and there are possums and rats only slightly bigger than their real-life counterparts.
  • Another Dimension: Amphibia is this to Earth, with the music box seen in the opening serving as a sort of warp.
  • Appeal to Tradition: This seems to be Hop Pop's mindset. Many episodes revolve around the conflict of Hop Pop wanting to do a task the traditional way versus Anne (and by proxy, Sprig) wanting to do it in a new, innovative way. Which side is right or wrong depends on the episode.
  • Arranged Marriage: Sprig had to have one with Maddie in "Hop Luck" to get a condiment for the pizza. He breaks it in "Cursed!".
  • Artifact of Doom: All but stated. The music box that transported Anne and her friends to Amphibia is known as the Calamity Box, and it's apparently so dangerous that Hop Pop buried it immediately.
  • Artistic License – Politics: The episode "Hop Popular" included Hopadiah Plantar running for Mayor in the town of Wartwood, challenging Mayor Toadstool. At the end of the episode, Hopadiah loses the election because, even though the entire town voted for him, the rest of the valley also had a vote.
  • Bad Moon Rising: "The Shut-In!" gives us the blue moon. Anyone who looks at it turns into a hideous beast, so the frogs have to lock themselves in their homes until morning.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn:
    • Sasha is brawn, she's more controlling of the three and joins Toad Tower, the villainous warrior faction of Amphibia
    • Marcy is brains, she's the most intelligent of the three and landed in Newtopia, a place that contains multiple riddles, puzzles, and a large library.
    • Anne is beauty, she has good social skills, a high sense of morals, and is empathetic.
  • Berserk Button: Following Anne's Character Development, don't EVER call the Plantars "just slimy, little frogs", otherwise she'll strangle you.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: There are essentially two kinds of bugs in Amphibia: regular-sized (or only slightly scaled-up) ones that are eaten by the frogs, and gigantic ones that eat frogs. Lampshaded by Anne when Sprig mentions cicadas to her, and she sincerely hopes they are the former and not the latter.
  • Black Comedy:
    • There are frequent jokes about minor frog characters getting carried off to be eaten by the large insects. This show essentially plays the Death World trope for laughs.
      Sprig: Don't let the bedbugs bite! Seriously, they can drain a body in seconds.
    • At the beginning of "Civil Wart", the mayor casually announces that tonight's theatre performance is cancelled due to the theatre group being eaten on the way.
    • Sprig claims that pain peppers are “so hot they’ll make you wish you were dead!” and proves his point by begging to be put out of his misery when he tries one.
    • Hop Luck has Anne casually sell Sprig to the baker's daughter Maddie just for pizza ingredients. In turn, the daughter herself is all kinds of creepy.
      Maddie: I've seen your death in my mind.
      Sprig: I was kinda hoping that'd be a surprise.
      Maddie: IT WILL BE.
    • Polly seems incredibly casual about death. She’s disappointed that Anne isn’t a bloodthirsty monster she can kill, she outright suggests murdering Toadie, and when Anne accidentally feeds a food critic a live Kraken that tries to eat him, she applauds Anne for what she thinks is an assassination attempt.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: Sasha obliviously is this; she thinks if she and Anne stay at Toad Tower and let Lord Grime oppress the frogs, they'll find a way home. And Anne will only return to Earth if she stays with Sasha. No mention of how at least Anne has the music box, or had it, and Sasha has no idea how to recharge the magic.
  • A Bloody Mess: When the Curator is dragged into a room by the freed monsters, a red liquid oozes out from under the door. He then yells out that it's just wax.
  • Brainy Baby: Polly is only a polliwog, yet she regularly displays more intelligence and wisdom than her older brother.
  • Breather Episode: Given the Half-Arc Season nature of the show, various episodic adventures are scattered about:
    • "Cane Crazy", the first to take place after "Anne or Beast?" and its sister episode "Best Fronds".
    • "Anne vs. Wild", which ends with an ultimate discovery out of Anne's sight, is placed in between "Dating Season" and "Contagi-Anne".
    • "Prison Break", which focuses on Sasha and her set-up as The Dragon, is followed by "Grubhog Day".
    • "Trip to the Archives" is placed in between "Croak & Punishment" and "Snow Day".
    • "Bizarre Bazaar", which focuses heavily on the music box, is placed in-between "Family Fishing Trip" and "Cursed!".
  • Broken Pedestal: Anne to Sasha in the Season 1 finale, after realizing how controlling she is and finally standing up to her.
  • Call-Back: Within the chibi shorts, the plants the bucket and cup offer to Polly in "Bucket Blues" are the same ones found in the "Bird Attack".
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Anne only stole the music box to make Marcy and Sasha happy so they wouldn't stop being her "friends." It ends up transporting them to another world.
  • Catapult Nightmare: At the start of "Best Fronds", Anne has a nightmare about how she ended up in Amphibia and then bolts right up when she wakes up from it.
  • Catchphrase: For Sasha: "END. OF. DISCUSSION."
  • Chekhov's Gag: Anne's first appearance in the pilot features her missing one of her shoes, having apparently lost it in transit to Amphibia. At the end of "Best Fronds", the mysterious villain Grime is shown to have found the missing shoe, which clues him about her presence in Amphibia.
    • The first line of season 2 is by a frog who got carried off the previous season, announcing he'd been up there 3 months.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Sasha flashes one toward the end of "Prison Break" after Grime makes her his Second-in-Command, which in turn sets her up as The Dragon.
    Sasha: (flashing the grin) I think we're gonna have some fun with this place.
  • Cold-Blooded Whatever: Some of the reptiles in Amphibia possess fish-like features. Most notable examples are the water snake in "Best Fronds" and the garbage lizard in "Lily Pad Thai".
  • Collapsing Lair: Toad Tower is destroyed by the end of "Reunion" thanks to Wally setting up some explosive mushrooms.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Amphibia is a Death World, but the inhabitants have more or less accepted it.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: A somewhat more egregious example in "Anne or Beast", since the hapless victim is a young child whom Anne trapped in the first place.
  • Creepy Centipedes: One of the common bugs found in Amphibia, and are usually chopped up for food by the frogs. Usually, one end tends to walk away after being chopped. There also giant centipedes with electric powers named "Zapapedes".
  • Custom Uniform: The students at Anne's school wear virtually the same clothes, with the exceptions of the shirt hems and shirts being different colors and they often add a hoodie. Sasha's outerwear, a jacket, is an exception.
  • December–December Romance: There's a developing romantic relationship between Hop Pop and Sylvia Sundew, two elderly frogs.
  • Designated Girl Fight: One such fight takes place in the Trial by Combat in "Reunion," between Anne, a member of the mostly male Wartwood populace, and Sasha, a member of the mostly male toad army. It also doubles as Fighting Your Friend, considering their previous relationship.
  • Death World: Amphibia has a lot of dangerous creatures roaming around, from Big Creepy-Crawlies like giant praying mantises to huge water snakes.
    Anne: You know, no matter how long I'm in this world, I'll never get used to the piles of bones just lying around.
  • Didn't Think This Through: One thing Sasha tries to claim is that if Anne lets Grime kill Hop Pop, they could go back to Toad Tower and try to find a way home together. "End of discussion." Thing is, Sasha has no idea how to get back to Earth any more than Anne does, since Anne at least has the box which is now buried. Anne only wavers when Sasha tries to claim she knows best, but gets a reality check when Sprig yells that Sasha is just a bully who isn't a real friend at all.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In "Reunion", after Sprig stands up for Anne after Sasha once again tries to control her, Anne finally calls her out on being a bad friend and beats her in a sword fight.
  • Dramatic Irony: At the end of "Best Fronds", Anne hopes that her friends Sasha and Marcy are having a good time 'cause she is. We do know where Sasha is, and she's definitely not having a good time: She's been captured by Grime, chained and bound to the place, and is implied to be kept there in order to help Grime find more humans in Amphibia.
  • Dumb Muscle: Most of the toads in Toad Tower are brutish and simple minded.
  • The Dung Ages: Wartwood is like this. The buildings look like their about to fall apart, half of the frogs live in poverty, and they live in a world full of giant insects that are a threat to everyone.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The original Amphibiland pilot has this in that Sprig has a different design and voice, Mrs. Croaker has a different outfit and voice and lacks hair, Hop Pop's design is more rounded, Anne has both of her shoes and has a diary, Bessie is a slug rather than a snail (which is also true in "Anne or Beast"), Marcy and Sasha have different designs, Wartwood looked more like a swamp, and Polly is nowhere to be seen.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite the fact that they made her shoplift when she didn't want to, leading to her getting stuck in Amphibia, Anne bares no ill will towards them for the incident, sincerely hoping that Sasha and Marcy are okay and being overjoyed when reunited with them at their respective points.
    • Anne herself benefits from this. She's been a relatively bad guest, ignoring her chores and her benefactor's requests, and even placing her host family in actual physical danger. But she always manages to win them back by the end of the episode, due to working to make up for her mistakes.
  • Elves vs. Dwarves: The dynamic between frogs and toads happens to be like this. Frogs take the elf role, as they are colorful and nicer looking, and are fairly civilized and sophisticated. Toads take the dwarf role, being ugly, brutish, incredibly ruthless and prefer straightforward approaches. Both groups don't get along and it's not helped that Wartwood's mayor is a toad himself.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Amphibia as a whole is like this. Sprig and Anne can't set foot outside the village without encountering a dangerous monster of some kind. Even some of the plants will try to eat you.
  • Evolving Credits: The Season 2 title sequence replaces both Anne and Sprig encountering a lizard monster and the "BFFs" picture on a tree branch with a scene of Anne and Sasha swordfighting on a bridge with Marcie depicted in the background holding the Calamity Box. Meanwhile, the Ending Theme becomes a semitone higher (changing from B♭ major to C major) and features additional instrumentation, while swapping the scene of Anne and Sprig relaxing outside the Plantar house at night to the Plantars and Anne riding in the fwagon under a night sky.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Amphibia is, believe it or not, inhabited by anthropomorphic amphibians.
  • Eye Color Change: While subtle and rare we see that on occasion Anne's eyes will become blue, and even glow. In her introduction there is a moment when Marcy's eyes become green. Both colors correspond to a gem that was on the Calamity Box before it transported the girls.
  • Fan Sequel: In August 2019, Santiago Reveco Lepe created a Fanfic on DeviantArt that's called Amphibia: After Season 1, which takes place after the events of Season 1, in which Anne would go on to grow up to be an Action Girl in San Francisco. The two sequels followed up from November 17, 2019 to December 12, 2019. The stories would go on to receive three animated adaptations made with Go Animate from November 4, 2019 to January 30, 2020.
  • Fantastic Aesop: Don't steal from shops, kids. Otherwise, the object you steal — in Anne, Sasha, and Marcy's case, a mysterious music box— may transport you to another world.
  • Fantastic Fauna Counterpart: Amphibians keep spiders as dog-like pets, ride giant snails, spiders and ladybugs similarly to horses or donkeys, and keep giant worms (with cow-like coloration) for dairy. Meanwhile, there are flies that act like birds (actual birds also exist, but they are monstrous predators), and hedgehogs that hunt in packs and cackle like hyenas. Also, an entire episode revolves around a caterpillar acting and looking like a cat.
  • Fantastic Racism: The amphibians don't take kindly to Anne despite getting to know her, though they slowly warm up to her. And judging by what Mayor Toadstool says, toads consider themselves the superior amphibian.
    Toadstool: A frog beating a toad, wouldn't that be something?
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Wartwood culture is modeled mostly after rural America from the 1800's. There are also more than a few Medieval European elements scattered about.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The horned frogs of the Dandy Lion Inn seem like sweet old frogs from afar, even offering 4 rooms for the price of one and complimentary cookies. Really, they just want to eat all their guests.
  • Feathered Fiend: Among the antagonistic creatures in the show are monstrous birds almost comparable to large, predatory dinosaurs from the Mesozoic era.
  • Feminine Mother, Tomboyish Daughter: Felicia Sundew is a very feminine-looking barmaid with Rapunzel Hair. Her daughter Ivy is a tomboy who wears overalls and hat and enjoys roughhousing and other boyish activities.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: When Hop Pop insists that Anne and Sprig stay home in the second episode, Sprig suggests that they have some fun by tasting his "pain peppers". He starts breathing fire about a second after merely touching his tongue to one. He later uses it against the lake serpent to induce the same effect.
  • First-Episode Twist: The end of "Best Fronds" reveals that Anne's friends were also transported to Amphibia when the box opened, with one of them having been captured by the Big Bad, though Anne isn't aware of any of this until much later.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Anne has to fight Sasha at the climax of "Reunion."
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Anne finally reunites with Sasha after a party being thrown in Anne's honor; Sasha, however, has changed from her school uniform to battle armor, unlike Anne. Then after they hug, Sasha reveals she brought the entire Toad army to Wartwood. Cue Oh, Crap! from Anne in the next episode!
  • Forced to Watch: Anne believes her friends saw her disappear into Amphibia and were unable to do a thing about it. We quickly learn that this isn't the case. They were transported with her, with Sasha being imprisoned by the Big Bad and Marcy becoming the chief ranger of the Newtopian knight guard.
  • Foregone Conclusion: As far as the S2 posters show and according to King Andrias, Anne must have the Calamity Box back as she needs it in order to recharge the three gems on it.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In the flashback at the beginning of “Best Fronds”, Sasha and Marcy are hit by the same light coming out of the music box that transports Anne to Amphibia. The end of the episode reveals that the two of them were also transported to Amphibia, albeit in different parts of the dimension.
    • After winning the election in "Hop-Popular", Mayor Toadstool tells Hop-Pop that a frog beating a toad "would've made headlines". "Reunion" reveals that just the act of running against Toadstool was enough for Hop-Pop to make headlines.
    • In "Cursed", the newspaper Anne briefly hides behind has the headline "Rebellion gains steam". In "Reunion", it is revealed that Hop-Pop challenging Toadstool has led to frogs all over the valley being inspired to rebel against the toads.
  • Foreign Queasine: The mass majority of the frog world's diet consists of some kind of giant bug. At first, Anne is as revolted by this as any westerner would be (it doesn't help that Hop Pop is a terrible cook), but after a month of living with the Plantars, she has grown so used to the food that she even has favorite dishes.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the opening, during the shot of the picture showing Anne and her friends, Grime's castle is visible in the background when lightning flashes.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In "Prison Break" when all is taken care of, Grime suddenly gives Sasha a decision: either she is released and has to fend for herself while looking for her friends, or she stays and becomes his lieutenant and has the resources of Toad Tower to locate Anne and Marcy. She chooses the latter while promising to "have fun" with her new position, setting her up as The Dragon for the season finale.
  • Frog Men: The inhabitants of Amphibia have frog-like bodies, general humanoid structure, and they even go through the life cycle of a frog, starting as a tadpole.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The Frog Men of Amphibia, those who have grown past polliwogs anyway, have only four fingers on their hands and two toes on their feet. Anne and her human friends, however, have five fingers each.
  • Furry Reminder: The Frog Men display frog-like biology, namely catching prey with their tongues, starting off as tadpoles in their life cycles, and being cold-blooded. They also have throat sacks that inflate when they challenge each other for a fight.
  • Grew a Spine: In "Reunion", Anne learns to resist Sasha's demands and stand up to her for her overly controlling behavior.
  • Hard Truth Aesop:
    • A real friend won't disrespect another friend's wishes, especially when asking them to do something dangerous. Anne learns this the hard way in the second episode.
    • "Hop Luck": No matter how skilled you may be at a task, and how knowledgeable you are, failure is still an option. But it's easier to fail when you fail together as a group.
  • The Homeward Journey: Anne's main goal for the show is to find a way to get back to her home world while adjusting to life with the Plantars.
  • Horse of a Different Color: The Frog Men of Amphibia ride snails (which can be surprisingly fast) or beetles. The Plantars' snail is named Bessie.
  • Humanlike Animal Aging: Zig-Zagged with the Frog Men of Amphibia. Their aging process resembles actual frogs, starting out as tadpoles before metamorphing into frogs; but the time length of the process is similar to humans, i.e. they're children at the age of 10 and elderly at the age of 60.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: Besides Anne just looking like a hideous monster to the frog folk, she is also shown to be a lot stronger than them in general. Plus her smart phone is seen as magic to a culture still in medieval times.
  • Humans Are Ugly: Anne is at first called "the Beast" by the frog-people. After she saves Sprig from a giant praying mantis, he comes to the conclusion that she's actually "an ugly ugly ugly hero".
  • Identical Stranger: In "The Domino Effect", Anne encounters a caterpillar that looks just like her cat back home.
    • In the flashback during "Reunion", the frog Anne has to dissect looks a lot like Hop Pop.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Despite the fact that the Plantars were trying to save her with Anne refusing to let go of her former best friend, Sasha in season two declares war on all of them with special unknown schemes for Anne it's heavily impiled however that this do to Emotion Supression. Confirmed by Word of God in his Reddit AMA.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: It's revealed in "Reunion" that Hop Pop running for mayor in "Hop Popular" inspired other frogs to rebel against the Toads, which makes Grime want to kill Hop Pop.
  • Internalized Categorism: The Frog Reaper, the closest thing we've seen to a god in this setting to date, is a newt, showing that the other species have accepted that newts are natural rulers.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Anne, a human, befriends Sprig, a frog person, once she arrives in the world of Amphibia.
  • Interdimensional Travel Device: The music box, featured in the opening, transports Anne to Amphibia upon her opening it. And her friends too.
  • It Only Works Once: Anne at the end of the pilot tries opening the music box again to take her back to her world. It doesn't work.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The reason why Anne, Sasha, and Marcy wind up being transported to Amphibia is that the latter two peer-pressured the former into stealing the music box. Furthermore, Sasha wound up captured by some villainous native, fitting for being one of the duo who pressured Anne into stealing the music box. By contrast, Anne, who was reluctant to steal the box, is fortunate enough to meet Sprig who is willing to help her.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Anne makes references to various Earth things. This will commonly be followed by a Plantar saying something akin to, "That means nothing to me!"
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": It's common for the Frog Men to have names that are frog-related puns, including first names like Hopadiah and Polly (puns on "hop" and "polliwog", respectively) and last names like Toadstool and Croaker.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Anne is unaware Hop Pop buried her only key to get home and lied to her.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: When Anne got transported to Amphibia, it apparently knocked one of her shoes off her foot in the transfer (the other shoe is currently in the possession of Grime). She's forced to go one foot in nothing but her sock (which is surprisingly resilient through the series) and can't get a replacement since the inhabitants are frog people and any shoes they do wear are too small for her. She lampshades it in "Best Fronds":
    Anne: [rolling dice to a board game] C'mon, mama needs a new pair of shoes. Seriously though, I do need new shoes.
  • Macro Zone: Everything in Amphibia is scaled up, with frogs almost as tall as human beings, snails large enough to ride like horses, and birds the size of giant dinosaurs.
  • Magic from Technology: The natives of Amphibia, the Plantar family in particular, believe Anne's phone to be magical.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Anne is called "Boobchuy" by Maggie back home.
  • Manipulative Bastard: It had been implied that Sasha is a manipulative friend, but in Prison Break she takes it to the next level. After successfully manipulating several of her prison guards into quitting their job, she teaches Grime how to use flattery to make his troops love and fight hard for him. In a single day she is able to talk and fight her way from prisoner all the way second in command. Through it all she is suave, devious, and clever. Not bad for a 13 year old.
    • In "Reunion" its shown that on Anne's 13th birthday, Sasha convinced Anne to skip school and go play instead, and when Anne tried to go home to the party her family had set up for her, Sasha effectively bullied Anne to ditch it and keep hanging out with Marcy and her.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Well, frog-eating plant in this case. Grime has one such plant as a pet which he feeds toads and frogs, and which ends up crushed to death by the end of "Reunion."
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Amphibia is a world where amphibians are the dominant race. Not just frogs, but also toads, newts, axolotls... and likely every other species of amphibians.
    • "Plantar" means "related to the sole of the foot", possibly referring to the frogs' large, flat feet; or to plantar warts (warts on the soles of the feet), since both frogs and toads tend to be heavily associated with warts (the town the Plantars live in is even called Wartwood). It also sounds like "planter", which is a fitting name for a family of vegetable farmers.
  • Mid-Season Twist: In "Prison Break", episode 20 out of 39 from season 1, Sasha becomes The Dragon to Grime.
  • Mood Whiplash: Anytime an episode ends on a twist (ie. Hop Pop buries the Calamity Box, the Toads appear before Anne, The Stinger with the mysterious robot following the Plantars), followed by the relaxing and soothing Ending Theme.
  • Monster of the Week: A lot of the early Season One episodes see Anne and the Plantars having to contend with some horrible species of wildlife for an episode; giant killer mantises, giant killer sea serpents, giant killer hedgehogs, giant killer doves...
  • More Predators Than Prey: The vast majority of Amphibian wildlife encountered in the show are large carnivores that eat frogs, snails and/or humans.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Sprig and his family are amazed by the human objects Anne brought with her to Amphibia.
  • Mushroom Samba: In "Stakeout", Anne and Hop Pop have a shared hallucination after their bodies have a bad reaction to each other's energy drinks. The duo then attempts to maim Sprig under the belief that he's a strange beast made of corn. The episode ends with Polly also drinking Anne's energy drink and hallucinating as well.
  • Myth Arc: Anne's quest to find a way to get home.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The creepified version of the Amphibia theme heard in the Halloween episode uses the original melody heard in the initial reveal at the 2018 Comic-Con.
    • Two scenes from the intro, which are Anne and Sprig preparing to defend themselves from the Mudmen, and Anne pulling Sprig out of the way of an incoming boulder, are both taken from the original Amphibiland pilot.
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  • Non-Mammalian Hair: Most amphibians in the show have human-like hair (though often in unusual colors) or facial hair, though there are some who are "bald".
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Anne toward Hop Pop's freestyle in "Hop Pop and Lock":
    Anne: Hop Pop, if you wanna win over Sylvia...NEVER DO FREESTYLE AGAIN.
  • Noodle Incident: In "The Domino Effect", Hop Pop complains on and on about the last pet the Plantars had, a spider named Charlie Bigbottom. At the end, however, he reveals that he misses the spider badly when empathizing with Anne.
  • No, You: In "Anne or Beast?", when Sprig protests Hop-Pop putting Polly in charge of the cart.
    Sprig: Polly's a baby!
    Polly: You're a baby!
  • Older Is Better: Hop Pop personifies this, with episodes often having his older, traditional views clash with Anne’s newer, more modern ways.
  • Organic Technology: Certain aspects of amphibian technology, such as bioluminescent mushrooms in place of light bulbs, and the occasional Flintstone-style creature serving the function of an appliance.
  • Perpetual Poverty: The Plantars don't have a lot of money, and the little bits of gold they earn are put towards Anne's debts. Hop Pop even has IOUs in his wallet instead of actual currency, and "Plantar's Last Stand" revolves around them trying to drum up enough business to keep their food stand open after a new tax, which they are ultimately unable to do. Later, however, Hop Pop running for office and showing he's willing to fight for the town motivates his neighbors to rebuild his food stand, implicitly promising to cover the increased taxes.
  • Put on a Bus: The Wartwood residents in the second season, though in an inversion they actually stay in Wartwood; it's the Plantars who leave for Newtopia. The only characters who have appeared in Season 2 so far are Leopold, Chuck, Soggy Joe, and One-Eyed Wally (Mrs. Croaker is mentioned in one episode as well).
  • Raised by Grandparents: Sprig and Polly are being raised by their grandfather Hop Pop.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Anne is almost run out of town by the villagers of Wartwood in the first episode because, even though she helped save Sprig, she's still a creature they've never seen before and thus have little reason to trust.
    • While watching the frogs during Hybor Day, Anne decides to unfreeze Sprig so she can have some company while watching the other frogs. However, since Sprig is an ectothermic (a.k.a cold-blooded) frog, he's disorientated for the rest of the episode because Sprig's body is working overtime to remain functional. Since he has to use a majority of his energy to maintain his body heat during the winter; he's lethargic, disarrayed, and uninhibited with his speech. The only reason he hasn't dropped dead yet is that he's wearing just enough winter clothing to keep himself warm during the cold.
    • When Hop Pop loses the mayoral election, he's shocked because the whole town loved him more than Toadstool. Toadstool, however, is more surprised that Hop Pop didn't think for a moment that he'd have to campaign outside the town in other parts of the valley.
    • Many species of bugs are edible for humans. While at first Anne is disgusted at the thought of it, once she gets used to them, she has no issues with eating bugs and even develops favorite dishes.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Giant predatory reptiles are among the dangers in Amphibia.
  • The Reveal: Best Fronds opens and ends with one of these; it opens revealing where did Anne get the chest and how she got transported to Amphibia and ends revealing Sasha and Marcy also got transported, the former now being a prisoner while the latter being a Newtopian knight.
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: There have been at least three different cases of sapient amphibians intending to eat other sapient beings: a Cannibal Clan covering themselves in mud pretending to be Muck Monsters while hunting people; a family of Affably Evil horned bullfrogs running a "bed and breakfast" where the guests are the breakfast; and one of the Toad Tower tax collectors pondering how Anne tastes.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Gender Inverted. Anne, despite being a newcomer, is much savvier and street-smart than Sprig, who is overly excitable and foolhardy.
  • Scenery Porn: Just from the intro alone it's pretty clear the titular Amphibia is a beautiful place to look at.
  • Schizo Tech: The greater majority of Amphibia's technology seems to be medieval. And yet they've also created things like amusement park rides and gas masks.
    • In Season 2 it's revealed that Amphibia used to have more advanced technology when Anne and Sprig discover an ancient factory that makes robots.
  • Second Episode Morning: "Best Fronds" takes place the morning after "Anne or Beast?"
    Anne: Guys, guys, guys! I just had the craziest dream! I was trapped in a world of frog pe...!
    (Anne looks over and sees the Plantar family.)
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: Season 2 has Anne and the Plantars leave Wartwood for the distant city of Newtopia, to get hints on how Anne should get home and to uncover more information about the Calamity Box.
  • Series Goal: Anne's is to return home and also to learn why she was transported to Amphibia by the music box.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The moon in Amphibia is a perpetual red crescent, similar to the Blood Moon in Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
    • When Sprig bribes Polly with candy in "Anne or Beast?", Polly devours it in a similar manner to Pac-Man.
    • At one point we see a book that looks suspiciously like Journal #3.
    • During the beginning flashback in "Reunion," Ness, Paula, Jeff, and Poo are shown attending Anne's school.
    • In the episode "Breakout Star," Hop Pop uses Gandalf's line "Fly you fools!" when he has to distract the crowd to help Anne escape
    • In "Croak and Punishment," when Sprig says Ivy’s name, he looks a little like Kermit the Frog.
    • In "Toadcatcher", Yunnan, in one of her many attempts at introducing herself, strikes the poses of Josuke Higashikata and Jonathan Joestar.
    • In "Swamp and Sensibility", the announcer, "Crumpet", is literally a blue Kermit, even sharing Kermit's voice actor.
    • In "The Plantars Check In", one of the haircuts Sprig receives is the Super Saiyan Blue hair style from Dragon Ball.
    • Jonah has a Saw Cleaver in his coat.
    • Combat Camp features a variety of famous weapons in the background, including a nail and The master sword.
    • In Snow Day, when Anne declares herself the town's protector, she strikes the same pose that Space Sheriff Gavan does during his transformation.note 
    • In "A Night at the Inn," one of the creepy dolls in Polly’s room is Cricket Green.
    • The olms in "Quarrelers Pass" bear a strong, striking resemblance to the Giant Worm, one-off villains from Samurai Jack, right down to tricking travelers with a fake test of character in order to eat them and the same high-pitched, gravely voices.
    • "Wax Museum" is a Whole Plot Reference to Gravity Falls.
    • The shopping cart derby in "Hopping Mall" has a few obvious references to Super Smash Bros.. Two of the combatants strongly resemble Yoshi and the blue Ice Climber (complete with hammer), and Sprig and Ann manage to launch an enemy cart out using a perfect shield and critical hit combo complete with a launch KO with visual effects identical to the ones in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
    • Each of the stories in "The Shut-In" is a reference to a well-known ghost story plot: Anne's is a play on the "Cell Phone Game" creepypasta, Hop-Pop's is a play on the "Phantom Hitchhiker", and Sprig's is any number of stories about a ball going into a creepy neighbor's yard.
      • The imagery in Anne's story, and the idea of "disappearing" in seven days after watching a video, borrows heavily from The Ring.
      • The Frog Reaper is dressed identically to Mr Dark, the villain in the Disney kiddie horror flick, Something Wicked This Way Comes.
      • The ending of Hop-Pop's story bears a resemblance to W. Somerset Maugham's short story, Appointment In Samarra.
      • The Seamstress was likely inspired by Ed Gein-inspired fictional serial killers like Leatherface and Buffalo Bill.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • In "Flood, Sweat and Tears", Sprig prefers to keep the window closed during the night to keep out the cold. Frogs in real life prefer warm and humid environments over cold ones. He also mentions that frogs can't sweat. The exothermic physiology of amphibians is a plot-point in "Snow Day".
    • "Lily Pad Thai" has Anne try to open the very first frog-Thai fusion restaurant, inspired by memories of her parents' own Thai restaurant. Their selection is based on actual Thai cuisine, Anne wears a simplified version of a traditional Thai dress, actually speaks a number of Thai words and phrases such as "sawadee ka" (with a perfect accent, no less). This all comes from the show's creator and Anne's voice actor both being half-Thai themselves.
    • Hop Pop mentions the Plantars are in Perpetual Poverty and have to work extra hard to break even. Very true for farmer families, especially saving crops in hazardous weather.
    • A good portion of bugs are edible for human beings. While Anne is grossed out too much to eat them, she eventually gets used to it after several weeks of being in Wartwood.
    • The Villain of the Week in "A Night at the Inn" are horned frogs who turn out to be a Cannibal Clan. Horned frogs do in fact eat other frogs.
    • The roc in "Truck Stop Polly" has clawed wings like feathered non-avian dinosaurs, proto-birds, and some modern birds like ostriches and hoatzin chicks.
    • The olms in "Quarreler's Pass" have skin-covered eyes, pale skin with visible veins, snakelike bodies, and three stubby fingers characteristic of real-life olms.
    • As mentioned above, it's stated that frogs are unable to sweat. However, toads are able to, as shown in "Toadcatcher".
    • "Lost in Newtopia" shows a Newtopian "tail shop", whose main purpose is apparently to sell temporary prosthetic tails to newts who have lost their tails and are waiting for them to regenerate. Real newts are indeed able to regenerate their tails.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: While Anne has dresses and even a tuxedo either packed in her backpack or commissioned from the tailors, she tends to stick to her school uniform in most episodes, showing that she is still a good person at heart. As a foil, Sasha switches from her purple uniform to a Toad Tower armor, signifying an Evil Costume Switch. Similarly, Marcy wears Newtopia armor and it hints that she has Conflicting Loyalty towards Anne and the king she serves.
  • Slaying Mantis: Anne saves Sprig from a gigantic, red praying mantis. Apparently giant mantises are common in the world of Amphibia.
  • Sleep Cute: The first season's closing credits depict Anne and Sprig reading side-by-side at night, with Sprig gradually falling asleep by Anne's side.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Giant snakes are among the dangers in Amphibia. "Best Fronds" features a giant fish-snake. In "A Caravan Named Desire", there are sand worms threatening to eat those passing by.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • Due to succeeding Star vs. the Forces of Evil on the Disney Channel cartoon lineup, saying that the former passed off the torch to Amphibia is common, especially as both are quirky and magical stories about a girl from another world befriending a local boynote  and fighting all the evil that ensues because of her arrival.
    • The show can also be considered a less wacky version of Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer, due to both shows focusing on impulsive, main characters getting trapped in some secret society of strange creatures.
    • It of course goes without saying this show is considered a successor to Gravity Falls due to the creator being a former director of that show, as it is a show that centers on the weird and fantastic side of things, not to mention there is a larger mystery involved that the protagonist must discover. It's also considered to be somewhat of a cross between this and Star Vs.
  • Sticky Fingers: Anne got her hands on the magical music box because Sasha and Marcy peer-pressured her into stealing it from a thrift store. The three of them pay for it, magically.
  • The Stinger: Following the events of "Fort in the Road", the last scenes of the next two episodes feature the robot unintentionally made at the factory visiting the last place the Plantars visited before continuing to pursue them.
  • Stock "Yuck!":
    • Don't ever suggest pineapple on pizza to Anne.
    • Offering licorice to the otherwise calm and pleasant Gunther causes him to hulk out.
  • Swallowed Whole: A common threat in Amphibia, being the fate of some mooks and a problem Sprig has to deal with occasionally.
  • That Was Not a Dream: At the beginning of the second episode, Anne wakes up happily thinking her stay in Amphibia was just a weird dream. Then she sees Sprig and his family next to her.
  • Tempting Fate: As Anne looks at a photo of her, Marcy and Sasha, she sincerely says she hopes they are okay because she is. We learn that Sasha's been imprisoned by a mysterious overlord, The Big Bad. Marcy is in Newtopia working as the chief ranger of the knight guard.
    • When the herons approach Toad Tower, Grime warns everyone to be as quiet as possible and everything will be fine...cue Percy the one-toad music band loudly wandering outside.
  • Title-Only Opening: The duo of episodes in the first season which heavily feature Sasha ("Toad Tax"/"Prison Break" and "Reunion") skip the theme song all together and just show five seconds of the show title along with an abridged version of "Anne's Theme".
  • Toothy Bird:
    • The Frog Men often display teeth. More specifically, frogs have cartoony, square-shaped teeth, whereas toads, which are Always Chaotic Evil, have sharp, pointy teeth.
    • The monstrous birds appearing the show, including the love doves, the herons and the giant chicken in the opening, all have a beakful of fangs.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Seems to be a frequent pastime among the villagers of Wartwood.
    Mayor Toadstool: (to the pitchfork-wielding mob) Now, when I say "KILL" you say "IT!" KILL!
    Mob: IT!
    Mayor Toadstool: KILL!
    Mob: IT!
    Hop Pop: Heh. Another day, another mob!
  • Town Girls: Out of Anne's friends so far we have the typical mean girl cheerleader Sasha as femme, and Anne as butch compared to Sasha, though her multiple masculine and feminine qualities would place her in the neither category while Marcy on the other hand is revealed to be a Genki Girl while still having some masculine qualities.
  • Toxic Friend Influence:
    • Sasha and Marcy appear to have had this effect on Anne, as her talk with Sprig in "Best Fronds" about friendships shows that pressuring her into stealing the music box despite her obvious misgivings was just the latest in an escalating series of similar events that she went along with because she was afraid that they wouldn't want to be friends with her anymore if she didn't.
      Anne: Look, if a friend likes a pencil case, you get it for them. If your friend likes your new shoes, you give them to her! And if a friend wants you to steal a crazy music box from a thrift store, even if you really don't want to... you do it, okay? Because if you don't... they might not want to be your friend anymore.
    • Anne herself often causes trouble due to her convincing one or more of the Plantars into doing something bad.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The Season 2 promo spoils Anne and the Plantars finding Marcy in Newtopia.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • "Cane Crazy": After Anne admits to breaking Hop-Pop's cane, she asks him if he's angry. Hop-Pop responds that he's "furious"... while wearing a pleasant smile.
    • "Flood, Sweat & Tears": After Anne accidentally causes one of his prized action figures to break, Sprig calmly walks out of his bedroom, a flat expression on his face.
  • Trapped in Another World: Thanks to opening a strange music box, Anne gets transported to another dimension known as Amphibia. It turns out that Marcy and Sasha have also been teleported to Amphibia when the box opened; Sasha has been taken prisoner by the Big Bad, and Marcy is in Newtopia.
  • Trial by Combat: This is apparently the way toads settle disputes between them, at least going by Grim's words. One such trial takes place in the climax, between Anne and Sasha.
  • True Companions: In "Hop Luck", Anne chooses to join the Plantars in the "Shame Cage", after their dish is judged the worst of the pot luck.
  • Unpleasant Animal Counterpart: Toads are presented as more unpleasant than frogs, although their extent of villainy varies from Sleazy Politician to Evil Overlord.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Anne tells Sprig she doesn't know how she got to Amphibia, only that one moment she was on Earth, the next she was here. This is a blatant lie, as she knows very well that the music box in her backpack transported her there, although not much more than that. Later on, she tells the Plantars about the box but not how she got access to it. However, she did said to Sprig in "Best Fronds" that "a friend wants you to steal a crazy music box from a thrift store, even if you don't really want to, you do it, okay?", so there's a possibility that he may have put two-and-two together, though his short attention span makes this possibility unlikely.
  • Vocal Evolution: Sprig's voice is noticeably deeper in the second season compared to the first due to his voice actor aging.
  • Volumetric Mouth: When frogs yell, it's like looking into the mouth of a Muppet.
  • Wearing It All Wrong: Upon introduction, Captain Grime finds one of his soldiers to be wearing a breastplate as pants.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Anne and Sasha as of the first season finale, the former due to realizing how controlling the latter was over her.
  • Wham Line:
    • From "Prison Break":
    Sasha: But first, I think we're gonna have some fun with this place.
    • From "Bizarre Bazar:"
    Hop Pop: Sorry, Anne, but I can't have you showing this thing around. Too dangerous for all of us.
    • From "Anne of the Year":
    Grime: Nice to finally meet you, Anne Boonchuy.
    • In the same episode, just before that:
    Sasha: For now, I'm just glad I found you. We came as soon as we heard.
    • From "Reunion":
    Sasha: And once this is over, we can finally find a way out of this crummy, gross world.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Near the end of "Best Fronds", Anne speaks out loud to her friends, Sasha and Marcy, saying that she hopes they're faring as well as her. Smash cut to the castle of Grime, and the reveal that he's keeping Sasha prisoner.
    • Another one at the end of "Anne Vs. Wild": after saying he's never seen anything like Anne's music box, he goes back to his study and reveals it's an artifact called the Calamity Box.
    • The ending of "Bizarre Bazaar", once again featuring Hop Pop and the music box. Anne gives it to him so that he can try to find more information through his channels. That night, he does the complete opposite of that — he buries it in the front yard, saying he can't have Anne showing it around and that it's best hidden where nobody else can find it.
    • "Anne of the Year" has two in quick succession: First Sasha revealing herself to Anne and their reunion, and then moments later Sasha revealing she brought the toad army with her.
  • What Are Records?: While saving Hop Pop from a machine in the episode "Fort In The Road", Sprig asks Anne what a disk is. Anne says she doesn't know either, and states that she's from another dimension, not The '90s.
  • When Trees Attack: "Cane Crazy" involves the duo replacing Hop Pop's broken cane by retrieving a branch from the same tree, known as the Doom Tree. It turns out to be a monstrous stick insect with real, gnarled bark as its carapace. It's also vulnerable to said carapace being eaten by termites, leaving it harmless and rather cutesy looking.
  • Wingding Eyes: The zapapedes have one + and one - for pupils.
  • World of Funny Animals: Amphibia is inhabited by anthropomorphic frogs and other amphibians. The other animals of the world, ranging from reptiles to mollusks and giant arthropods, are non-anthropomorphic.


Sprig Meets Maddie

In the Plantar's search for pizza ingredients, Sprig is forced into an arranged marriage with the local baker's daughter, Maddie.

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