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Not to be confused with Madpole.
A tadpole from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Derived subjects
Mario crossing the bridge of tadpoles to get to Frog Sage's small island in the middle of Tadpole Pond
Mallow! It's you! We've heard all about your adventures with Super Mario.”
Tadpole, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Tadpoles are younger forms of the frogs in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. For a while, Mallow thought that he was a tadpole, as he was raised as one by Frog Sage, and he grew up with other tadpoles. However, Mallow turned out to be a Nimbus from Nimbus Land.

The tadpoles were visited by Mario and Mallow at Tadpole Pond, where the hero met Frog Sage. The tadpoles mainly serve as a bridge to allow Mario to cross over the pond. A pair of tadpoles started shops in the western part of Tadpole Pond. One made the “Frog Coin” emporium, while the other started the Juice Bar. Both sell rare and helpful items sold nowhere else in the game.

Tadpoles are also used to play notes in the Melody Bay.

One tadpole near Melody Bay also states three songs in the game that he claims to be his favorite, which are actually the songs needed to be played at Melody Bay for Toadofsky.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オタマジャクシ / おたまじゃくし
オタマ / おタマ
Tadpole, also means "musical note"

Short for "tadpole"
Chinese 蝌蚪
Dutch Kikkervisje Tadpole
French Têtard Tadpole
German Kaulquappe Tadpole
Italian Girino Tadpole
Korean 올챙이
Spanish Renacuajo Tadpole