Frogpants, Tugboat, and Nigel Blimpbottom are the most prominent zombies in Zomboss’s army, showing up in most of his plans. Like the Three Stooges, they are completely hapless, always getting into trouble, screwing up the plans, and getting picked on by Zomboss.
Frogpants is a normal zombie, and can be identified by his green shirt with a big drawing of a frog on it, and his orange pants that are covered by smaller drawings of the same frog.
Unlike almost all other zombies, who can only say “brains,” Frogpants can say his name, “Frogpants” or “Frogpantz.”
Major Story Arcs
Bully for You
Frogpants, Tugboat, and Nigel Blimpbottom, in disguise, help steal supplies from a hardware store for Zomboss’s newest evil invention.
In this back-up story, the group, once again in disguise, goes through great difficulty to find some Pop Smarts for Zomboss, becoming very hungry themselves. However, he won’t give them any.
Grown Sweet Home
Frogpants, Tugboat, and Nigel are among the zombies that Zomboss trains to be human, using tips surreptitiously picked up from Patrice and Nate.
They are then part of the invading army Zomboss sends against Neighborville, and part of the parade of zombies that walks through the town, incognito.
As part of a series of individual battles, Frogpants dances against a sunflower in a contest, and wins.
Tugboat steals some of Zomboss’s Pop Smarts, which Nate and Patrice see on surveillance cameras. (Frogpants and Nigel apparently also help to steal the Pop Smarts but we don’t see them do it on panel.)
Later, the kids tell Zomboss that Tugboat, Nigel, and Frogpants stole the Pop Smarts, which turns Zomboss into a rage. He sets the rest of the zombies on the trio. Later the three are seen walking out of town, clothes in disarray, with signs proclaiming, “Zomboss iz a gerk!”, “We needz a place of our owns,” and “Zomboss unfairzz!”
Pedal to the Metal
Frogpants gets a picture of Zomboss as a reward, but is also kicked by his boot-kicking machine. Later, he is shown in the Zomboss’s personal race car in the race between the plants and zombies.
The three are part of the invasion force in Neighborville, which Zomboss is trying to use the race to distract the kids and plants from. However, Frogpants gets tangled up in the cord to the TV that Zomboss is using to explain his plan to the zombies, and accidentally turns the TV off. Without knowing Zomboss’s plan, the zombies basically just hang out instead of invading.
Frogpants is part of the welcome party for Zomboss’s return from the race.
Boom Boom Mushroom
The trio is part of Zomboss’s cavern invasion force, taking over the caves below Neighborville. However all three of them screw up somehow, keeping the army from carrying out their plan on time.
Frogpants trips over the wires they run to the surface to get power, and gets completely tangled up from head to toe. He tries to turn on the power to the toaster so Zomboss can make some Pop Smarts, but it shorts and he fries himself. Zomboss later puts a TV in front of him with a video of Zomboss scowling, to help motivate Frogpants into freeing himself, but it doesn’t work.
When Zomboss is finally ready to carry out his plan, he finds out that Nate and Twister switched his technology around, and the zombies are lifted up into the town instead of vice versa. Tugboat and Nigel are among the zombies lifted to the surface. Frogpants, still tied up in cords, gets snarled by some of the jogging bulls that are racing through town, and bounces along after them.
In this back-up story, Zomboss puts Frogpants onto a kite with some Pop Smarts and flies him up into the air to be hit by lightning as an attempt to find alternate ways to cook Pop Smarts.
Unrest in the Old West (Free Comic Day 2017)
The Plants, their human friends, and the Zombies are transported back in time to the Old West, where they are forced to do chores for Sheriff Tarnation, who has taken their time machine.
Frogpants sews a nice quilt. When they finally get the time machine back and return to their time, the quilt is one of the few things they bring with them, and Patrice compliments him on it.
Nigel surprisingly does not travel along with his companions Frogpants and Tuboat on this adventure.