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"The Root of Evil" is the first segment of the fifty-forth episode of the Disney Channel animated series, Amphibia.


Anne and the Plantars get stuck in a strange village of plant lovers.


After saving a village from drones, Hop Pop attempts to recruit people into the resistance using horticulture as a gimmick. No one is interested until Anne shows off Loggle; getting the attention they need. As the group leave, a dragonfly drone attaches itself to the back of their caravan. Hop Pop voices his concern over the fact that he is the only person that cares about gardening and wishes to meet more people that share his interests. They suddenly find themselves in a fog and fly off a cliff and crash. The group suddenly awaken in tunics in a strange village called Gardenton, populated with frogs who love to garden. They are greeted by Horace who tells them that he will take them to see the leader.

Everyone except Hop Pop is put off by Gardenton and their overly friendly demeanor. When Loggle accidentally steps on a flower, everyone begins to bawl over it, though unbeknownst to the group, the villagers have the ability to bring it back to life. Horace leads the group to the Greenhouse to meet their leader. To their shock, it turns out to be Apothecary Gary attached to the body of Jeremy the Beetle. He reveals that following their last encounter, he managed to attach himself to Jeremy and traveled until he was rescued by the villagers who were willing to submit to him so that their crops can grow. He proceeds to attack the group who run and find Bessie and their caravan.

The drone, believing that it is at the resistance camp, activates and sends fire drones to attack the village. The group flee, but Hop Pop convinces them to turn around and rescue everyone. While Gary still wants to kill them, Hop Pop and Horace convince him otherwise as Andrias will keep attacking their village regardless. Anne asks Gary about the collars Andrias is using that are based on his spores. Gary believes that they are coming from another fungal creature similar to him; exciting him further. He agrees to come if called and the heroes leave Gardenton while also commenting on the very comfortable tunics they are wearing.






  • The image of the muscular Loggle posing in front of roses is most likely a reference to the character Col. Armstrong from the anime Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • The village shares some similarities to the movie Midsommer.
  • Gary and the Gardenton villagers join the Wartwood Resistance at the end of the episode.
  • When Anne suggests that the other fungus is female, Gary tells her that that is "not a thing". All fungi are hermaphroditic and fill out both male and female roles. However, there are rare cases where they are. These are referred to as dioecious.
  • Anne mentions to Gary the mind control collars King Andrias is using to control the creatures, which Sasha revealed to her in "Commander Anne".
  • This episode and "The Core & The King" marks the seventh time in the series to not feature the opening theme.

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Season One: "Anne or Beast?/Best Fronds" • "Cane Crazy/Flood, Sweat & Tears" • "Hop Luck/Stakeout" • "The Domino Effect/Taking Charge" • "Anne Theft Auto/Breakout Star" • "Sprig Vs. Hop Pop/Girl Time" • "Dating Season/Anne Vs. Wild" • "Contagi-Anne/Family Shrub" • "Lily Pad Thai/Plantar's Last Stand" • "Toad Tax/Prison Break" • "Grubhog Day/Hop Pop and Lock" • "Civil Wart/Hop-Popular" • "Croak and Punishment/Trip to the Archives" • "Snow Day/Cracking Mrs. Croaker" • "A Night at the Inn/Wally and Anne" • "Family Fishing Trip/Bizarre Bazaar" • "Cursed!/Fiddle Me This" • "The Big Bugball Game/Combat Camp" • "Children of the Spore/Anne of the Year" • "Reunion"

Season Two: "Handy Anne/Fort in the Road" • "The Ballad of Hopediah Plantar/Anne Hunter" • "Truck Stop Polly/A Caravan Named Desire" • "Quarreler's Pass/Toadcatcher" • "Swamp and Sensibility/Wax Museum" • "Marcy at the Gates" • "Scavenger Hunt/The Plantars Check In" • "Lost in Newtopia/Sprig Gets Schooled" • "Little Frogtown/Hopping Mall" • "The Sleepover to End All Sleepovers/A Day at the Aquarium" • "The Shut-In!" • "Night Drivers/Return to Wartwood" • "Ivy on the Run/After the Rain" • "The First Temple" • "New Wartwood/Friend or Frobo?" • "Toad to Redemption/Maddie & Marcy" • "The Second Temple/Barrel's Warhammer" • "Bessie & MicroAngelo/The Third Temple" • "The Dinner/Battle of the Bands" • "True Colors"
Season Three: "The New Normal" • "Hop 'Til You Drop/Turning Point" • "Thai Feud/Adventures in Catsitting" • "Fight at the Museum/Temple Frogs" • "Fixing Frobo/Anne-sterminator" • "Mr. X/Sprig's Birthday" • "Spider-Sprig/Olivia & Yunan" • "Hollywood Hop Pop/If You Give a Frog a Cookie" • "Froggy Little Christmas" • "Escape to Amphibia" • "Commander Anne/Sprivy" • "Sasha's Angels/Olm Town Road" • "Mother of Olms/Grime's Pupil" • "The Root of Evil/The Core & The King" • "Newts in Tights/Fight or Flight" • "The Three Armies/The Beginning of the End" • "All In" • "The Hardest Thing"

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