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  • Acceptable Targets: Politicians. Mayor Toadstool tries to run Anne out of town “just to be safe” only to later try and profit off her fame, embezzles money from the town, and has nothing but contempt for the townsfolk. Grime is the Big Bad and a clear case of Aristocrats Are Evil.
  • Adorkable:
    • Marcy definitely embraces this. She's smart, a bit clumsy, and also really nerdy when it comes to her passions.
    • Ivy Sundew In "Anne of the Year", when she asks Sprig if he'd like to go out with her, she does so while stuttering nervously. She initally takes his elated silence as a "no", and blushes furiously, covering her face with her hat out of embarassment until Sprig admits he feels the same way.
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    • The Mayor's reasons for his Hazy Feel Turn in the Season 1 finale where he rescues some of the frogs from the collapsing tower. He claims it's Pragmatic Villainy in that he needs constituents to embezzle, but he could have easily turned tail and no one would have noticed in the chaos. Is it Hypocritical Heartwarming that only he can torment his frogs? Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal since Grime included him among the citizens that would be punished for insubordination? Or a genuine Heel–Face Turn after Anne was gracious enough to ask for his help in "Anne of the Year"? It could also have to do with the fact that his embezzlement scheme was also him effectively stealing from the tower, who are unlikely to be as forgiving as Wartwood.
    • Sasha dropping herself from Toad Tower. Was it really a Heroic Sacrifice to save Anne and the Plantars, or was she temporarily Driven to Suicide over having lost her friendship with Anne or was it both? In Season 2, she seems intent on killing (or at least hurting) Anne and the Plantars rather than making amends with them.
      • In both Reunion and Toadcatcher it's vaguely implied that she might have feelings for Anne, but doesn't want to admit it to herself.
      • Is Sasha truly angry at Anne for standing up to her or is she actually angry at herself for letting these escalate the way they did? Toadcatcher hints that it's both.
      • Sasha's plans for Anne in Season 2 are sinisterly vague. She is shown to hold a grudge over the fight at Toad Tower and is clearly not intent on apologizing and making up. Does she want to defeat Anne in duel to regain her pride? Force Anne to apologize for betraying her? Or does she have something more lethal in mind for either Anne, the Plantars or both?
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    • Marcy has been subject to this since her debut. Anne reveals, and Sprig finds out, that Marcy wasn't a Beta Bitch to Sasha's alpha and instead was an Endearingly Dorky Nerd that had no survival skills until she came to Amphibia. At least, we have Anne's word and flashbacks but she knows that Marcy was encouraging her to shoplift the box, since Marcy liked the jewels. Was Marcy secretly tempted to be as reckless as Sasha was, or was she giving in to Sasha's peer pressure and Toxic Friend Influence? Why didn't she shoplift the box if it was that pretty to her? Is Sprig right to be a little suspicious? For now, it's up to the audience.
      • How close were Sasha and Marcy? While Sasha does sling her arm over Marcy in their BFF photo and Marcy does want to go back home with Sasha, it could respectively be just posing and Marcy just being a Nice Girl. In the "Marcy at the Gates" flashback, Sasha seems rather apathetic to Marcy's clumsiness, content to lean back and snark while Anne frantically warns Marcy about things she's about to crash into.
      • While Anne and Sasha were friends since kindergarten, they presumably met Marcy at Saint James. Did Anne first befriend Marcy? Or did Sasha?
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    • While it was Played for Laughs, in "Quarreler's Pass", Anne's reaction to Hop Pop's questions about her having a boyfriend got some fans thinking about why she reacted that way: Is she embarrassed at being asked such? Or is she just annoyed at Hop Pop for invading into her personal life? Did it remind her of her own unpleasant (platonic or otherwise) relationships? Or perhaps maybe Anne isn't remotely interested in boys but doesn't want to confess it yet? Or does she simply refuses to answer the question so she dodges it with a kick?
    • In "A Day At The Aquarium", near the end of the episode, Marcy reaches a hand out to a sad Anne, only to back out immediately and instead tells the latter to "follow her heart" with the Planters. Before she changed her mind, was Marcy going to comfort Anne about being separated from the Planters or was she simply just going to hug her? What exactly was going through her head that caused her not to reach out to Anne, what was she even planning on saying in the first place?
      • Interestingly, some people are starting to suggest that Marcy might have a crush on Anne, based on her depressed look when Anne left. Sure, it could be just missing a friend, but considering the handreaching mentioned above...
      • Furthermore, at the beginning of the episode Marcy was pretty much adamant on having Anne stay with her in Newtopia, even suggesting that a servant go pick up the Calamity Box in Wartwood as a solution.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Unlike Anne, who is extremely apologetic for nearly getting them killed, Sprig is exhilarated that a snake nearly ate them and that he defeated it by diving down its throat to douse it with death peppers. He tells Anne it was the best day of his life before conking out on her bedspread.
    • Due to living in a Death World, the Amphibians in general are very accustomed to the idea of death. When catching an apparently deadly disease, the Plantars accept their fate with serenity.
    • Sasha was captured by The Big Bad, chained up, and forced to confront that Anne was missing in the wilderness after Lord Grime found her shoe. She had no way of knowing that Anne was okay. She spends her days convincing her guards to quit by being nice to them, and happily agrees to be Grime's second-in-command. Nothing much seems to faze her in this world.
    • Marcy of all people shows no trauma about the change in circumstances. In fact, she Took a Level in Badass and tells Anne that she's much tougher than she was back at home so she doesn't need protecting. It gets lampshaded when Sprig is suspicious that Marcy is another Sasha, and Anne has to admit she's worried about losing her other human friend to the natural predators while Sasha is now her enemy.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The ending credit sequence is so calming and sets the tone for the show quite well.
    • The end credits for "Hopping Mall" feature a lovely piano rendition of the theme.
    • What little we hear of Sprig's fiddle performance in "Fiddle me This" is pretty fantastic. It more or less immediately wins over both the audience and the talent show judges.
    • The theme song has quite the melody to it.
    • The Celica Westbrook version of the theme song is so fun to listen to.
  • Bizarro Episode: "The Shut-In" is very clearly not in continuity even in its framing story, with Polly turning into a monster at the end.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: In "Hop Luck", the baker sells dough to the Plantars in exchange for Sprig marrying his creepy daughter, Maddie - who is introduced by driving a splinter into a Voodoo Doll resembling Sprig. Everyone, from Anne to Hop Pop to Sprig himself, treats this as a minor inconvenience at most. As Anne (who is supposed to be Sprig's best friend) puts it: "Sprig's eternal happiness is a small price to pay for pizza."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Fanart for Maddie exploded as soon as the character was introduced. Her popularity further increased when "Cursed" establishes her as a good person in spite of her looks.
    • Sasha is this for for her shipping potential with Anne and interesting character arc. Her Theme Song Take Over plays with this.
    • General Yunnan has gotten a huge amount of love thanks to her Large Ham nature, Blood Knight tendencies, and performance by Zehra Fazal.
    • Marcy's full first appearance made her an instant fan-favorite thanks to her being an Adorkable Badass Bookworm.
  • Epileptic Trees: A fairly popular theory goes that the magic from each of the three gems on the music box went into one of the girls, and they'll have to all put it back to go home. And in the meantime, it'll give them each a superpower.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The Calamity Box had set each girl on a destined path, but some fans like to take the opportunity to see what may have happened if the roles were swapped. The fanfic Sasha and the Frogs brings up switching Anne and Sasha's places, but who knows what could happen if you can also switch up Marcy's role with the girls?
  • Fanon: The idea that Anne and her friends are LGBT in one way or another and that a romance between her and one of them is developing is slowly appearing in fanworks ever since both of Sasha and Marcy's introductions.
    • The fact that Anne doesn't have any love interests so far, and the frequent Les Yay between her and both pretty much helps.
      • Even more so when during a Reddit AMA, when someone asks about Sasha being bisexual, Matt Braly says to stay tuned. Braly then, later on in another ask, states that he intends to add LGBT representation in the series somehow. He doesn't specify who it is and how it's gonna happen, so it's up in their air for now.
  • Fandom Rivalry: A fairly mild, friendly one popped up between The Owl House during Amphibia's second season, with the shows premiering episodes back-to-back. You'll get fans debating who had the better episode that week, though these still have a tendency to escalate into more traditional, heated arguments over which show is better overall.
  • Foe Yay: Sashanne (Sasha/Anne) is a fairly popular pairing that's slowly growing ever since the events of the Season 1 finale. The short scene of the two battling each other in the Season 2 opening added some fuel to shippers.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Gets this a bit with She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, as both shows have a female protagonist in a magical land with a toxic ex-best friend serving the Big Bad's right hand who is trying to conquer said land. Even the Season 2 opening which includes a fight sequence between Anne and Sasha brings to mind the fight sequence between Adora and Catra in She-Ra's opening theme.
      • To a lesser extent, there's some viewers who see Anne and Sasha's relationship as somewhat similar to Catra and Adora's. With a few people actually starting to ship them.
    • And, of course, the fans of the rest of Disney's fantasy kid's show stable (Gravity Falls, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, and DuckTales (2017)) are giving it some love.
    • A major one with The Owl House, due to both shows having similar plots (headstrong female protagonists Trapped in Another World) and being announced on the same day. Both the shows' creators have actively encouraged this.
    • And, both Season 2‘s of this and Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure have the same premise of the main female protagonist venturing through parts unknown on a caravan with their friends to a faraway land to seek answers to the mysteries of their current situation.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • It's not that funny in the pilot, since Anne was alone and starving in the woods, but the moment she explains to Sprig that she tried to ask Wally for help and he ran from her, Sprig admits that is something Wally would do. Then subsequent episodes explain most of the creatures in Amphibia will eat frogs and humans alike, so you can understand Wally's viewpoint more.
    • Polly's annoyance at a tear-stricken Anne hugging her and the other Plantars after learning they're not dying in "Contagi-Anne" becomes this when she and her family, without complaint, give Anne a Cooldown Hug in the first season finale as Anne is once again sobbing her guts out because Sasha is alive but gone for now, and her enemy.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Amphibia bears a strong resemblance to Earth during the Carboniferous Period, a world of perpetual swamp when giant amphibians and insects were the dominant species. It also contains several shoutouts to the Late Cretaceous, including toothed birds and primitive, opossum-like mammals.
    • The beetles that Hop Pop befriends at the cemetery in "Sprig vs. Hop Pop" may be based on carrion beetles, which feed on dead bodies and are indeed one of the more social types of beetles.
    • The mind-controlling mushroom from "Children of the Spore" is clearly inspired by Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, a fungus that infects ants and manipulates their behavior.
    • Valeriana from the Bizarre Bazaar being a salamander associated with magic and mysteries makes sense as salamanders were considered elementals of fire in alchemy.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 1 was pretty well-regarded in its own right, but still had a lot of fans impatient as the plot progressed in extremely scattershot fits and starts with most episodes being more like a low-key sitcom. Season 2 managed a much more equal balance between standalone stories and progressing the Myth Arc. The show itself even seems to acknowledge this intention with Anne's first line in the season: "All right, Sprig. New season, new possibilities. I'm ready to blossom into my best self."
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • "Spranne against the world!" is meant to be a declaration of Anne and Sprig's that nearly goes awry when they decide to be roommates. When they say it in the finale after Sprig defends Anne from Sasha, it becomes much more meaningful.
    • Hop Pop running for mayor against Toadstool, despite him losing, becomes this when we learn that this single action inspired frogs across Amphibia to stand up to toad overlords and run for office as well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Ashley Tisdale, Brenda Song's co-star on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, played Candace, one of the protagonists of one of Disney's most popular cartoons, Phineas and Ferb. Now it's Brenda's turn to get the same treatment.
    • The cast announcement that Tony Hale would be playing another character named Gary came a couple of days after the Veep series finale, where his character in Veep got paid for his hard work and undeserved loyalty to his job by getting framed for his boss's ex-spouse's crimes. Looks like Gary found a better career as a salesman?
    • Darin De Paul has voiced another character who wields a giant war hammer. And also serves as a warrior and with a girl who is a second in command to the army he served.
    • In Catscratch, Kevin McDonald voiced Waffle, a cat who loves newts. Here, he voices Albus Duckweed, who is a newt.
    • The Christmas episode of The Suite Life On Deck had a young London Tipton played by Haley Tju. Said character is usually played by Brenda Song. Cut to 10 years later with this series, with Brenda voicing Anne and Haley voicing her friend Marcy. Talk about an interesting reunion.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Anne Boonchuy. She can be quite self-centered and controlling at times thinking that her ideals and methods are beneficial to everyone and has a habit of jumping into situations without thinking about the consequences. On the other hand, it's not hard to feel sorry for her, considering that she's Trapped in Another World with no way to know how to go back to her home, completely lost in a Death World and forced to fend off for herself for days, before meeting the Plantars. And most of her flaws comes from a very screwed up view about how friendships should work, because of Sasha and Marcy's Toxic Friend Influence.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • There are lots of nostalgic viewers watching just for Brenda Song, due to this being her first major role in a Disney property since the end of The Suite Life on Deck eight years prior. note 
    • A fair amount of Gravity Falls fans probably tuned into the crossover episode "Wax Museum" wherein Alex Hirsch himself played expies of Grunkle Stan and Soos.
    • Likewise, Kermit providing a guest voice here following Fozzie Bear doing so on an episode of Big City Greens, piqued the curiosity of The Muppets fans.
    • Some fans expressed being more invested in the backstory of Anne's toxic and complicated relationships with Sasha and Marcy, than her interactions with the Plantar family. Especially with those who ship her with either, or both girls.
  • Les Yay: Throughout the series, Anne's relationship with her friends can get intense:
    • Anne and Marcy have a bit of it during the latter's debut episode where the two were very touchy-feely with each other at the beginning of the episode.
      • One moment in particular that stood out was the scene where Anne (after saving Marcy from getting hit by a rock) admits how she doesn't want to lose another friend, considering what happened between her and Sasha. Both share a Held Gaze while holding hands as Anne cries.
      • Earlier, Anne seems to enjoy playing with the top of Marcy's cape a little too much, giggling as she pulls on the hood.
      • At the end of the episode, Hop Pop tells Sprig and Polly to give Anne and Marcy some privacy to catch up with each other. The way he says it makes it seem as if the two were a couple.
    • Anne also has some of it with Sasha, albeit of a much darker nature. In her flashback, Sasha twirls her around and urges her to "hang out with [her] friends that love [her]" when Anne tries to go home early, before she snaps and intimidates her into meeting with Marcy.
      • Sasha is generally manipulative and clingy towards Anne, unwilling to let her spend any time away from her, like an emotionally abusive girlfriend rather than a friend.
      • Upon reuniting, Sasha invites Anne on a carriage ride (the carriage itself has hearts in it) with her on the way to Toad Tower. Then when Sprig asks if he and his family can join, Sasha states it's just for her and Anne.
      • To win Anne over, Sasha has Anne over for dinner (albeit with fatty and decidedly unromantic fast food) and (obviously offscreen) a shower. The next time we see the two, they're on a couch, wearing matching red bathrobes. Too bad their relationship plummets afterwards.
      • Speaking of plummeting, aside from a Heroic Sacrifice to spare Anne and the Plantars from falling down with her, Sasha dropping herself from Toad Tower could be her being Driven to Suicide from Anne breaking off their friendship.
      • Likewise during that same scene, rather than save herself, Anne grabs Sasha before she can fall from the collapsing tower. She reassures Sasha, with tears in her eyes, that her former best friend is going to be okay and Anne won't let go of her.
      • In "Toadcatcher" Sasha's behaviour and suppressing of feelings towards her and Anne's fight in the season finale and how she copes with it is way more reminiscent of someone going through a break-up than losing a friend. Her training regiment, where she destroys the dummies of the Plantars but doesn't do so to Anne's dummy, is a bit Yandere-esque, like she is enraged than they stole Anne from her.
    • While they were mostly for non-romantic purposes, there's been at least two blushing scenes between the three girls: Anne towards Sasha in "Reunion" and Marcy towards Anne in "Scavenger Hunt."
      • Both blushes are most likely due to embarrassment and shyness respectively, but of course, that doesn't stop the Shipping Goggles from happening.
    • Marcy then shows some for Sasha when Anne doesn't have the heart to fill her in about what happened at Toad Tower. She says that going home is pointless unless they find Sasha. Anne is scared about how to say that Sasha betrayed her and nearly murdered Hop Pop.
    • At this point, the dynamic shown between Anne, Sasha, and Marcy feels like a Love Triangle of some sort, with Sasha being the Clingy Jealous Girl.
    • The closeness between Anne and Marcy returns with fervor again in the sleepover episode. Also, both Speak in Unison a few times.
      • Then, in the next episode after that, Anne's dilemma of choosing whether to leave with the Planters or stay with Marcy has a vague "family vs. lover" vibe to it.
  • Magnificent Bastard: "Combat Camp": Tritonio Espada is a notorious train robber using a bogus daycare center as a front to run his operation. When Hop-Pop places the kids into his care, Tritonio teaches Sprig and Polly how to use weapons and gradually earns Anne's trust by appealing to her hidden potential. He sets Sprig up to play an injured orphan so that Anne and Polly could infiltrate the train. Retrieving the gem, Tritonio swipes it with the full intention of leaving the kids to the mercy of the guards. When defeated, he expresses little anger towards them instead using the opportunity to compliment Anne for besting him.
  • Memetic Mutation: Hop Pop's "I don't feel safe" line has been a popular quote to use.
    • The Amphibia Reddit page has a shockingly high amount of Halo crossover memes. Mostly because of a user who's grown pretty infamous there making all of them.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Mayor Toadstool crosses it in "Toad Tax" by stealing the townsfolk's collected tax money, allowing Grime's thugs to threaten innocent frogs into giving their prized possessions by saying they didn't pay their taxes, and then attempts to murder Sprig after he discovered his treachery.
    • Grime crosses it by threatening to make an example of Hop Pop, who honestly had no idea that his attempt to run for mayor would spark rebellions across Amphibia. When Anne fights for Hop Pop's life, he tries to kill all the frogs anyway despite her victory.
  • No Yay: Sasha X Grime saw a small rise in popularity after the Season 1 finale, helped by a storyboarder for the show posting on Twitter saying she thought of Grime as a teenager, though she also said she had no idea how old he actually was. There was an overwhelming backlash to this with many accusing anyone who even hinted at a romantic relationship between the two of pedophilia. It got so bad that said storyboarder eventually deleted her tweet. Season 2 further shot down any romantic interpretations of their relationship, as Grime is clearly depicted as more of a father figure to Sasha akin to how Hop Pop is to Anne.
  • One True Threesome: SOME fans have run with the Anne/Sasha and Anne/Marcy ships to the conclusion that all three have feelings for one another and/or should hook up after they reunite (and, admittedly, have reevaluated their group dynamic).
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Spranne = Sprig/Anne (In a platonic sense, of course. It's even name-dropped a few times in Season 1.)
    • Sashanne = Sasha/Anne (Funnily enough, Marcy indirectly ends up saying this when talking to the both of them in a flashback sequence.)
    • Annarcy = Anne/Marcy (Could be called Marcanne as well, or Marbanana from their Affectionate Nicknames "Marbles" and "Anna Banana".)
    • Sprivy = Sprig/Ivy (While not used as much, the ship itself is currently canon for now.)
  • Rooting for the Empire: Sasha, Grime, and the toads are shown not to be very good people, but the fandom loves them anyway due to how cool they are. It doesn't help that in Season 2 they're going up against the ruling class of Newtopia which is strongly hinted to be an even greater evil behind its veneer of pleasantry.
  • Shocking Moments:
    • The ending to "Anne of the Year": Anne and Sasha reunite. Sasha genuinely greets her... only to reveal that she brought Grime and his army. Then it turns out Grime has an unknown interest in Anne.
    • The following episode and Season 1 finale, "Reunion", only increased the HSQ and bolstered the show's reputation even further. The town of Wartwood is suspicious that the Toad army would come to extend them a banquet invitation, but Anne against her better judgment trusts Sasha. Sprig finds out the banquet is a trap so that Grime can execute Hop Pop, who's inspired frog rebellions, and break everyone's spirits. Anne to save Hop Pop's life tries to sneak everyone out, only to fail miserably. Cue Anne standing up to Sasha when Sprig calls out the latter for being a bully, and Wally blowing up Toad Tower with boom shrooms. The Toad regime is over, for now.
    • "Marcy at the Gates": Marcy is alive, and she's an Action Girl! She and Anne happily reunite, while Sprig is suspicious that she's another Sasha. He changes his mind when she saves his life. Though Marcy only gets the bare bones of detail about what happened with Sasha, she insists that she and Anne need to find her before they go home.
  • Signature Scene: Sasha letting herself fall from Toad Tower in the Season 1 finale.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Kristen Schaal's guest appearance in Season 2 makes it seem pretty odd that they didn't also include her in the same season's Gravity Falls crossover.
    • ** There are those who are disappointed about Sprig and Maddie's engagement ending, as she seemed to truly like Sprig and they feel she's a far more interesting character than Ivy.
  • Ugly Cute: The giant alligator in "Scavenger Hunt" would be hideous if not for the perpetual derpy smile it has on its face, which makes it oddly adorable.

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