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Mmmm, strawberries! With their bright red bodies, charming star-shaped leaves, and tart, juicy taste, it's not hard to see why they're so well-liked the world over. They go great with chocolate. They make a good flavoring for ice cream, milk, or yogurt. They make delicious jams and syrups, perfect for toast, pancakes, or [[DateCrepe crepes]]. They're just plain ''good'' all by themselves.

It's not surprising, then, that strawberries have also become one of the more popular symbolic fruit. Not quite as much as [[HowDoYouLikeThemApples apples]], but they've earned their own place. They generally show up in order to imply one of two things:
# [[TastesLikeDiabetes Extreme cuteness.]] Innocence or sweetness may be thrown in on the side. Somewhere along the line, it was decided that strawberries were "the cute fruit," and they wear the designation with pride. See the TropeNamer, ''StrawberryShortcake'', for a particularly good example.
# Love, especially passion. Perhaps it's because they're shaped kind of like hearts. In Western examples, strawberries as symbols of love and/or passion tends to come with a side-order of EroticEating -- especially if the strawberry involved is covered in chocolate. (See also describing someone as "Tasting like strawberries.") In Eastern productions, strawberries can mean more innocent love -- and even occasionally GirlsLove.

In Japan, "Strawberry" is a popular word for [[WordSaladTitle utterly random anime titles]], though you can bet that series with "Strawberry" in the title will be [[TastesLikeDiabetes an adorable shoujo series]]... or at the very least, [[WidgetSeries quirky]]. As it happens, the Japanese word for "Strawberry" is similar to (as in sounds exactly the same as) the popular name "Ichigo," though there are lots of different ways of spelling it. As such, expect puns.

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!!Examples:

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* Hinaichigo (Her name means, translated from Japanese, "Strawberry Hina") from RozenMaiden loves strawberries, more exactly Onigiri (a.k.a. rice balls) with strawberry filling (She, at first, could not name the food, describing it as black, red and "[[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=unyuu unyuu]]").
* ''IMyMeStrawberryEggs''
* ''StrawberryShakeSweet'' and ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' are GirlsLove examples.
* ''[[Manga/IchigoOneHundredPercent Ichigo 100%]]''[=/=]''Strawberry 100%''. It's started when a guy wants to find the girl who wears/wore strawberry panties.
* ''IchigoMashimaro[=/=]StrawberryMarshmallow'', which is definitely [[{{Moe}} cute and quirky]].
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote'' loves strawberries, although he wasn't intended to be cute. His love of the fruit is played up in FanArt.
** In one of the omakes, Ryuk is reading an issue of ''Strawberry 100%'', and complains that it should be named ''Apple 100%'' instead, since he finds [[TrademarkFavoriteFood apples]] more delicious.
* The main character of ''TokyoMewMew'' is named Ichigo, and all her weapons and attacks have some variation of "strawberry" in the name. And yes -- she's cute.
* The main character of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is also named Ichigo... but he's a ''guy.'' The fact that his name can also mean "strawberry" (it's actually written with two kanji meaning "the one who protects") is used to tease him and suggest that he's not tough. The fact that he has red hair doesn't help.
* In an EroticEating variation in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Ayumu eats a strawberry so seductively it gets ''censored.'' (The strawberry, we mean.)
* The first OpeningTheme for ''Wagamama Fairy MirumoDePon!'' included a line that translates to "with a strawberry-like feeling" ("ichigo no you na kibun de"). Appropriately, the [[http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg78/evalana/kaedeichigo.png accompanying image]] was Kaede's head on a strawberry being held by her {{Sweat Drop}}ping crush.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', and "Strawberry milk!"
* The main character of ''YumeiroPatissiere'' is named Ichigo. She's out to spread smiles throughout the world, one cake at a time.
* The [[{{Hentai}} quirky]] [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil student council president]] in the spinoff, [[PleaseTwins Onegai Twins]] (and the [[HotForTeacher main character's]] friend in the original [[PleaseTeacher Onegai Teacher]]) is named "Ichigo" (using the kanji for "strawberry"). And is even voiced by [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Tamura]] [[Franchise/WhenTheyCry Yukari]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyanpire Strawberries in the manga and anime series The Gothic World Of Nyanpire]] [[http://static.tumblr.com/e4bef7bde89ef72ac96de61fa56d7644/0rtwitl/u9yn1vx3d/tumblr_static_nyanpire_eating_strawberry_by_gintabro-d45qkd6.png are Nyanpire's favorite food.]] But since Nyanpire is a vampire, he mostly enjoys them since the color of them reminds him of blood. He even sucks on them like he's actually sucking blood.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* According to the villain in ''Film/GoldenEye'', [[DistressedDamsel Natalya]] [[YouTasteDelicious tastes like strawberries]] (to Film/JamesBond replies "I wouldn't know", as she hadn't fallen for him yet).
* ''Film/ToWongFooThanksForEverythingJulieNewmar'': The town's distinguishing tradition (and one of the things that perks the trio up) is their Strawberry Pie competition. The {{Drag Queen}}s convince them to go all out and try and range of strawberry themes and dress in glorious bright red. The actual day and the strawberry explosion occurs at a climax of a series of events where they draw out the passions of several of the town folk. The symbolism of the bright red lace in the grainy agricultural town is obvious.
* ''Film/{{Sleeper}}'': Woody Allen is foraging at a farm growing enormous produce, and knocks out a guard with a strawberry the size of a beachball.
-->'''Miles Monroe:''' My God... I beat a man sensible with a strawberry!
* ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse''. SO MUCH STRAWBERRY! And it can be interpreted however you darn well want to interpret it.
* While ''LightNovel/KamikazeGirls'' doesn't feature strawberries in any way, there is a scene where [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl girly Momoko]] discovers that [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl tomboy "Ichiko"'s]] real name is actually [[EmbarrassingFirstName "Ichigo"]]. Momoko then procedes to call her "Strawberry" repeatedly. [[BerserkButton Violent]] HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Tony is on his way to Pepper's office to apologize for some of his behavior and stops to buy some strawberries at the side of the road as a peace offering. When she sees them though, it only makes things worse. Turns out they are the one thing she's allergic to (and he forgot). Good intentions, but not the best way to say "Sorry I've been a jerk and not paid attention to you"

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' neither Granny Weatherwax (bitter old witch) nor Moist Lipwig (conman and a crook) like strawberries.
* The innocent-yet-wise six-year-old Nell Harris in ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Duke]]'' is seen eating strawberries, and the book's recipe is for "Nell's Strawberry Tarts". Later, engaged lovers Emma and Derek are seen eating strawberries and drinking champagne at the long-awaited fête.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/{{Lost}},'' when Kate kisses Sawyer, he says she tastes like strawberries (to which she replies "you taste like fish biscuits").
* ''{{Firefly}}'': The sexy, sweet, and seemingly naive Kaylee ''loves'' strawberries. The pilot "Serenity" features her eating a strawberry [[EroticEating quite seductively]]. In the fancy party on Persephone in "Shindig," the strawberries are clearly her favorite item on the laden buffet table.
** Expect strawberries in anything featuring JewelStaite nowadays, usually as a [[ActorAllusion reference to Firefly]]. For instance, the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Brain Storm", which featured a.) romance between Dr. [=McKay=] and Staite's Dr. Keller and b.) Dr. Keller eating strawberries.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'''s VerySpecialEpisode about Willow's magic addiction, her magic dealer told her she tastes like strawberries, which is drug users' slang for a woman who trades sex for drugs.
* In ''TheMentalist'', Lisbon's love of strawberries is brought up reasonably frequently. On at least one occasion Jane has bought them for her to apologise, and she has been seen eating strawberries multiple times. If not strawberries, then she and Jane will be eating apples, the forbidden fruit. [[SarcasmMode Yes, it's shocking that fans believe they have feelings for each other]].
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode where Kryten and Lister build a machine that replicates good and bad doubles of things, they test it on a strawberry. The good strawberry is of course incredible. The bad one is less so, what with the maggots and all.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/TheBeatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever," which was named after an orphanage.
** ... and is absolutely [[LastNoteNightmare terrifying]].
* "Today," written by Randy Carter and popularized by John Denver, is an excellent example of Western-style strawberry imagery:
--> Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine,
--> I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine
--> A million tomorrows shall all pass away
--> Ere I forget all the joy that is mine today
* The song "Strawberry Wine" by Deana Carter is about a woman's first love.
* There's a rock band named [[WordSaladTitle The Strawberry Alarm Clock]].
* And the Strawbs, though their original, technical name was "The Strawberry Hill Boys."
* Music/StrawberrySwitchblade, a subversion.
* "Strawberry Swing" by {{Coldplay}}.
* "Strawberry Avalanche" by OwlCity.
* "Strawberry Bubblegum" by Justin Timberlake

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[[folder: Poetry ]]

* [[http://edwinmorgan.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poems/strawberries.html "Strawberries"]] by Edwin Morgan

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[[folder: Theater ]]

* Scholars have debated for years the purpose of a scene in ''Theatre/RichardIII'' in which Richard requests strawberries from a courtier for no apparent reason, in the midst of a drama about treason and evil.
** Well, this actually happened in real life. Before he had Lord Hastings executed, Richard ''did'' actually have some strawberries brought into the chamber. This was probably done to put Hastings off his guard before he had him beheaded just outside the council room.
* Strawberries also feature on Desdemona's handkerchief in ''Othello''. Iago specifically describes the hanky while using it as a plot device to convince Othello of his wife's betrayal. The symbolism of pure white cloth stained by blood-red spots is evident, and it's echoed in the bedroom murder scene -- unusually, strawberries mean just the ''opposite'' of happiness and sweetness here.
* The strawberries offered to Porgy in "I Loves You Porgy" from Theatre/PorgyAndBess.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''KatamariDamacy'': One of the Prince's ''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many]]'' [[KatamariDamacy Royal Cousins]] is Ichigo, a {{Kawaiiko}} who boasts her 'strawberry figure' as one of her {{Charm Point}}s. However, she's also a GreenEyedMonster and a pure AttentionWhore, something the KingOfAllCosmos himself has repeatedly noted.
* Subverted in the ''SpaceInvaders''-like Atari 2600 game ''Plaque Attack'', which depicts strawberries, as well as other fruits, as enemies.
* Strawberries are Princess Yggdra's TrademarkFavoriteFood in ''YggdraUnion'', though lots of other characters like them too. The ''YggdraUnison'' drama CD has her being bribed into ridiculous things by the promise of one, and [[DisproportionateRetribution attacking her comrades]] when they lose it before they can give it to her. One of the creator's 4koma explains that Yggdra's father set the kingdom's botanists to ''creating an entirely new breed of strawberry just for her.''
* A PC-98 ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' Character, Yumemi Okazaki, has a theme named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj08XLldrp4 Strawberry Crisis!!]]
* The second fruit in ''{{Pac-Man}}'' is a strawberry (after cherries).
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride'': When the [[RhymesOnADime packrat]] is offered salt, he offers to trade it for a chocolate malt. Valanice will refuse because she wants to "watch [her] figure" (I hope [[HappilyMarried Graham]] appreciates that, Val). Rosella will ask if the rat's got strawberry instead. (She inherited her daddy's sweet tooth, apparently).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}} [[VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards 64]]'', the first course of Neo Star takes place in a jungle teeming with strawberry plants in fruiting season.
* The ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series subverts this with Strawberry Tofu (at least in the Japanese version). While it was originally meant as a joke on [[CordonBleughChef bad food combinations]], someone actually went and made it and ''gave it to Itoi to try''. It tasted about as well as one would expect. Not very.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/MarioParty 6'' with "Strawberry Shortfuse." The kitchen it's set in has a cute pastel color scheme, but the premise, in typical Mario Party cartoon violence, is to not get blown up.
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[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'': "I'll have you know I like strawberries much more than [[EroticEating bananas!]]"
* It is often mentioned in the 18+ Otome Game ''VisualNovel/UnderTheMoon'' that female lead Ashe's favorite food is strawberries, and she is presented as being cute, innocent and irresistible. (Just ask the male characters, they all concur.)

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''RedString'' is produced by Strawberry Comics, and so is ''CardboardAngel''.
* ''Webcomic/FrogRaccoonStrawberry'' by Kyle Carrozza and John Berry. It's about a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin raccoon named Strawberry who wears a frog suit]].
* Amethyst, from ''{{Heartcore}}'', is often likened to a strawberry, which also happens to be TL Welker's favorite fruit.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''StrawberryShortcake'' is about as [[TastesLikeDiabetes sickeningly cute]] as this trope gets.
* When Beast Boy and Cyborg go inside Raven's head in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' the place where Raven's happy side lives has flying strawberries in it.
* A NoodleIncident in ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' has Shane snarking about [[FantasticFruitsAndVegetables an early attempt at Kiwi-engineered]] strawberries the "size of a basketball. Tasted like it had been through a hoop a million times."
* Lotso from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' smells like strawberries, which makes him appear [[BitchInSheepsClothing more likable than he really is]].
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'' with Charlotte. She's as [[TastesLikeDiabetes sweet, cheerful and cute as can be,]] but strawberries are one of the few things in the world [[DoesNotLikeSpam Charlotte doesn't like]].

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[[folder: Other ]]

* Hieronymus Bosch puts lots of strawberries (among the many other fruits) in the sensuality-filled center panel of ''The Garden of Earthly Delights''.
* The programming language Perl, described as the "swiss-army duct tape of the internet," has a Windows version, officially endorsed by the creator, Larry Wall, called [[http://strawberryperl.com/ Strawberry Perl.]]

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