Created By: FreezairForALimitedTime on July 10, 2009
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Strawberry Shorthand

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Strawberries are a popular symbolic fruit. Not quite as much as apples, but close.

They tend to signify one of two things:

  1. Extreme cuteness.
  2. Love.

They're especially popular in anime titles. The Japanese word for "strawberry" also sounds like the name "Ichigo," leading to a lot of puns. (See: Tokyo Mew Mew for a good example.)

Examples:

I know there are more.
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  • July 10, 2009
    arromdee
  • July 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Anime

    Music
    • The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever
  • July 10, 2009
    Nate the Great
    Weaponized for the main member of Tokyo Mew Mew.
  • July 10, 2009
    Bisected8
    This troper is used to embarrass the main character of Bleach, since "Ichigo" sounds similar to the Japanese word for strawberry.
  • I did not know this, but I'll throw that up there! Thanks!
  • July 10, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    I'd suggest Tastes Like Strawberries for the name, since it's a phrase that seems to be used often.

    • In Lost, when Kate kisses Sawyer, he says she tastes like strawberries, which is odd considering that they've been held captive in cages outside for several days, and she would more likely taste like fish biscuits.
    • The song "Strawberry Wine" by Deanna Carter is about a woman's first love.
  • July 10, 2009
    occono
    Kayleigh in the Firefly episode Serenity eats a Strawberry quite seductively.
  • July 10, 2009
    arromdee
    In Buffy's Very Special Episode about Willow's magic addiction, her magic dealer told her she tastes like strawberries, which is (or so I've heard--no way to confirm it) drug users' slang for a woman who trades sex for drugs.
  • July 10, 2009
    Sackett
    Does Ayumu eating a (censored) strawberry in Hayate The Combat Butler count?

    It was surely symbolic of something. Yum Yum, If You Know What I Mean.

    I know there are other uses of strawberries in that form of symbolism too.
  • July 10, 2009
    WhiteRoseDuelist
    We have Ichigo 100%, though it';s listed as ~Strawberry 100%~., it's up there already ia
  • July 10, 2009
    WhiteRoseDuelist
    Wow, that came out wrong. Anyway, we did, until someone decided that it made more sense for an English-language wiki to redirect from the English tithe to the Japanese one.
  • Bumping for examples, if anyone can think of any more. I don't think I've got enough right now.
  • July 20, 2009
    Sofos
    Btw, The Beatles' song is named after a real children's home: [1], which is an example itself.
  • July 20, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    I'd go with a different name. The "shorthand" part makes it seem more like writing than symbolism.
  • July 20, 2009
    Evalana
    The first Opening Theme for Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon! included a line that translates to "with a strawberry-like feeling" ("ichigo no you na kibun de"). Appropriately, the accompanying image was Kaede's head on a strawberry being held by her (sweatdropping) crush.
  • July 20, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    @ Dragon Quest Z But the current title is much funnier.
  • Are there any other objections to the title? I want to launch this dang thing.
  • July 27, 2009
    Arivne
  • July 27, 2009
    Lee M
    Rock bands: Strawberry Alarm Clock, and The Strawbs (originally The Strawberry Hill Boys but never recorded under that name)
  • July 27, 2009
    fhqwhgads
    "Ichigo" doesn't just sound like the word for "strawberry" in Japanese, it IS the word for "strawberry" in Japanese. It's also a female given name in that context. Ichigo Kurosaki's name, however, is spelled differently.
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