Politoed is a green, bipedal, frog-like Pokémon with yellow hands, belly, throat, and toes. It has a long, curled hair on top of its head and pink cheek spots that are smaller on the female than on the male. There is a green swirl on its belly. Its legs are well developed and it has bulbous toes and fingers.
Politoed acts as a leader to Poliwag and Poliwhirl, which gather from afar upon hearing its cry. Politoed likes to expand its throat and sing. When three or more assemble, they sing in a chorus with a loud, bellowing voice. The curled hair on Politoed's head is considered proof of its status as a king. The longer and curlier Politoed's hair is, the more Poliwag and Poliwhirl will obey it, and the more it is respected by other Politoed. Politoed is rarely found in the wild, though it is usually seen living by the water's edge.
At nightfall, Politoed appears near lakes to make territorial claims through cries that sound like shooting. A male Politoed's cry is said to be louder than a female Politoed's cry. A male Politoed with a deep, menacing voice will become more popular with the opposite gender.
Misty has a Politoed that debuted in Outrageous Fortunes upon evolving from her Poliwhirl. It is very cheerful to the point where it would occasionally lose focus in a battle and start clapping.
In I Politoed Ya So, Tammy owns a Politoed nicknamed Bean and uses it and other Pokémon for a cheerleading squad. Bean is distinctive from other Politoed by the red band it wears around its head. It had a falling-out with Tammy, prompting her to ask Misty to lend her own Politoed to her for a while. Later, she and her Politoed made amends, and Tammy returned Misty's Politoed to her.
In A Faux Oak Finish!, a Politoed was the leader of a group of swamp Pokémon. It battled Brock's Croagunk and acquired Professor Oak's assistance in cheering up a sad Lombre by giving it a Water Stone to evolve into Ludicolo.
In Good Friends, Great Training!, Tierno was revealed to have caught a Politoed to Ash, Serena, and Bonnie.
In Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad, a Politoed was living in the forest.
A Politoed appeared in a flashback in Poetry Commotion!.
In Harley Rides Again, a Coordinator's Politoed battled May's Munchlax during the Battle Stage of the Wisteria Contest.
In Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, The Marina Group uses a Politoed in their Marina Underwater Pokémon Show.
A Politoed appeared in BWS01.
Two Politoed appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!.
A Politoed appeared in Lumiose City Pursuit!.
A Politoed appeared in Grooming Furfrou!.
A Politoed appeared in A Jolting Switcheroo!.
A Politoed appeared in The Power of Us.
In Battle Royal 151!, a Trainer's Politoed competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference, but it was defeated by Togedemaru.
In The Battlefield of Truth and Love! and Battling on the Wing!, a Trainer's Politoed watching the battles during the Manalo Conference.
From Exhibition Unmasked! to From Z to Shining Z!, a Trainer's Politoed watched the exhibition match between Ash and Professor Kukui.
A Politoed appeared in a flashback in Time After Time!.
||Politoed, the Frog Pokémon. Politoed likes to expand its throat and sing out, drawing in Poliwag and Poliwhirl from all around.
||Politoed, the Frog Pokémon. It gathers groups of others as their leader. Its cries make Poliwag obey.
Politoed is likely based on a tree frog, possibly the European tree frog. The swirl on its stomach may represent visible internal organs, like those of a glass frog.
Politoed may be a combination of polliwog (outdated term for tadpole) and toad. It may also involve poly- (prefix for many) and toed.
Nyorotono may be a combination of ニョロニョロ nyoronyoro (onomatopoeia for wriggling) and 殿 tono (lord), as well as 殿様蛙 tonosama-gaeru (dark-spotted frog).