A dark teal frog with three dark orange stripes on its head. Its mouth, chest, and stomach is white. It wears a light orange towel tied around its waist with a yellow string. It carries a beige pillow with white trimmings.
Cricky appears to have a non-confrontational personality and is more likely to surrender rather than fight when cornered.
Cricky causes the possessed to sleep in a weird position, causing their head to be in a strange alignment similar to how his head is aligned. This causes the victim to suffer from neck pains when they wake up.
Yo-kai Watch Animation Series
Cricky is identified in Yo-kai Cricky after Nate notices that everyone in school has developed stiff necks. Although he summons Jibanyan to deal with Cricky, Cricky readily surrenders without a fight. He admits to his wrongdoing and tells them his history.
While he was alive, Cricky was a wild frog who was adopted by an elderly masseuse and nicknamed "Froggy". The masseuse ran a very successful massage clinic by herself due to her skill and popularity with the customers, and even the children hung around to watch Cricky in his tank. However, a large health spa was constructed near her clinic and her customers were drawn away. Upon hearing that his owner considered closing up shop, Cricky ran out to draw in more customers but was killed in a collision with a bicycle, and woke up as a Yo-kai. He gave everyone stiff necks in hopes they would go to his owner's clinic as customers.
Moved by his story, Nate, Jibanyan and Whisper decide to visit the masseuse with Cricky in tow, discovering that the masseuse renamed her clinic after Cricky's nickname, and her customers had returned to her after realizing that the health spa only used massage chairs. The masseuse admits to a young client that she considered retiring, but she remembered the energetic hopping of her pet frog and took it as a message that she shouldn't give up. Although she was saddened when "Froggy" left, she remains hopeful that he is outside drawing in customers and hopes that he will return one day. In tears, Cricky gives Nate his Yo-kai Medal, swearing to stay by his owner's side even though she can no longer see him.
Yo-kai Watch 2
Cricky can be found in the Eastern River in Springdale. He can also be found in a Yo-Kai spot in Mt. Wildwood Shrine.
The damage of the user's Attacks is slightly less affected by Guard.
Cricky, or Nechigaeru, is based off of the yōkai of legend, Makura-Gaeshi (lit. Pillow Switcher). In some cases and legends, those that have been possessed by Makura-Gaeshi would wake up with sore necks after their pillow has been switched in their sleep.
"Nechigaeru" is a pun on kaeru (蛙, "frog") and nechigaeru (寝違える, "getting a stiff neck from bad sleep posture").
"Cricky" derives from crick, which alludes to the phrase "having a crick in your neck." It also bears some similarity to croak, the sound a frog makes.