Fundamentally Funny Fruit
Inherently Funny Words:
- Avocados. Also called "alligator pears." When life gives you avocados, you make guacamole. The original name for the fruit is ahuacatl, which literally means "Testicle." In French, Avocados are called Avocats. Lawyers are called Avocats as well. A "brown avocado" is a rotten one. It is also the term for a corrupt lawyer.
- Bananas. Beethoven's favorite fruit. Try not to slip on any banana peels. If you can't remember how many "na"s to say before the word is over, you're suffering from the condition known as "anananany." Also, Freud Was Right.
- Durians. Textbook example of Foreign Queasine. They are so renowned for their foul smell that they're banned from many transportation outlets and public lodging in Southeast Asia (their native lands). They also look like◊ the business end of a "Mace of Vitamin C."
- Eggplants. Despite the eggplant being a bitter vegetable (and your inner child still doesn't have a fondness for bitter vegetables, does it?), it still has popularity in popular imagery because of its funny bouncy shape and it being purple with a bit of green on the tip (i.e. looks nothing like an egg).note They were known as "mala insana", or mad apples, in medieval times, and are called aubergines (oh-ber-jeen) in Britain and Brinjals in South Africa and Asia. Also note that if you're going with a strictly biological definition eggplants are a fruit, which is why we listed it in this article.
- Kiwis. Just plain fun to say. Properly called Chinese gooseberries, but that doesn't sound half as good. Called kiwifruit in New Zealand, to avoid confusion with the bird or the demonym.
- Kumquats. The name sounds vaguely dirty. Also: see Kiwis. Also, they are eaten with their peels still on.
- Pineapples. No other edible fruit looks anything like them (because they're the only edible member of the bromeliad family). References to fruit can also play off the name of a common hairstyle or the Mk 2 fragmentation grenade. Scientific name is Ananas comosus, which is hard to pronounce without giggling. Not necessarily related to Hula and Luaus. Sometimes used as Bamboo Technology. Makes a good Unusual Euphemism.
- Potatoes. They're silly looking, the name is inherently silly sounding, they are the only thing the US state of Idaho is really known for, making batteries out of them is a common science fair project, there are countless ways to prepare them: there's potato soup, potato salad, make pancakes out of them, you can scallop them, mash them, bake them, fry them, boil them, stick them in a stew, and one of the more popular toys out there lets you put a pair of glasses, hat and mustache on them!
- Pumpkins. Especially when things get turned into them. Also inherently funny in terms of smashing. Or chucking.
- Watermelons. Like Pumpkins, they are fun to smash. Also, Captain Melon Head.
- Zucchini. The name sounds vaguely dirty, and they even have a sort of phallic shape. That, and zucchini plants are known to be a little prolific. Known as courgettes in Britain.
- The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death by Daniel Pinkwater. The MacGuffin of the story is an Organic Technology "vegputer" named the Alligatron, using the thought power of a giant avocado (Persea gigantica) to protect 750,000 licensed real-estate brokers from alien thought forms.
- In the Pearl Bailey episode of The Muppet Show, Statler and Waldorf share their box with a talking avocado.
- This is Soniqua's (random) catchphrase in Sonic For Hire.
- During the 1970s, commercials for BIC pens featured the BIC Banana (Match Game alum Charles Nelson Reilly in costume).
- Banana no Nana's entire premise. Any heartwarming or dramatic moments between the two female leads are ruined by the fact that Nana fights with a banana.
- Ouran High School Host Club has the infamous Banana Peel gag AT LEAST Once per Episode in the anime version.
- Groucho Marx: "Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana."
- An early, funny Woody Allen movie only tangentially mentions bananas once, but that's its title, owing to Rule of Funny.
- "Banana Republic" originally meant, basically, a Latin American (bananas in the US mostly came from Latin America) dictatorship claiming to be a Republic. Guess what features prominently in the movie?
- In another early Woody Allen movie, Sleeper, characters in one scene try to steal giant mutant bananas, and spend the whole time slipping on the giant banana peel.
- The Gang's All Here has a Busby Berkeley Number, "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat," which included a line of Chorus Girls waving giant bananas.
- In R.I.P.D. Nick's Spirit Gun looks like a banana to the living.
- Burlesque: Alan Cumming's performance includes suggestive banana-eating.
- In Witches Abroad, we learn that Nanny Ogg knows how to start spelling "banana", but not how to stop spelling it. Therefore, several of her letters home mention "banananana dakeriesnote ".
- Bananas are also frequently mentioned around the Librarian. (Note: despite trope name, the Librarian is an ape and things will be much worse if you call him a monkey.) In fact, his Mundane Wish for bananas is mentioned in contrast to the complex thinking he hated doing as a human, and his name for Glenda is "Banana Pie Woman" because unlike many University staff, she came back with a banana pie for him instead of just screaming and running off.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus:
"Now, it's quite simple to defend yourself against a man armed with a banana. First of all you force him to drop the banana; then, second, you eat the banana, thus disarming him."
"Suppose he's got a bunch."
"Suppose he's got a pointed stick."
- Really, the entire bit works. See the full thing here.
- In Doctor Who, the Doctor likes bananas and apparently keeps one in his pocket at all times in case of emergencies.
They're a good source of potassium!
- One Sesame Street sketch was apparently designed to teach viewers the words "dog" and "banana", both spoken and written, and to associate them with their appropriate meanings. For an example of a dog, we have Barkley. Not exactly average in terms of size, but not too far-fetched. On the banana side... Bob McGraff in a banana costume.
- The Muppet Show
- Fozzie got his best laughs by doing the apparently classic Banana Sketch on the advice of the legendary "Gags". We never see the sketch; Kermit (who's never heard of it, much to the shock and amusement of his employees) can't find out how it goes, even when guest Sandy Duncan tries to tell it (it's too funny for her to get past the first sentence), and in the end, Sandy receives a bunch of bananas (in place of flowers) as a parting gift.
- When Joel Grey thinks he's going bananas, a banana pops in to say he thought Joel was going for a spin.
- At the dance, a banana makes banana puns.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Willow makes a move to be badass and self-assertive.
...and I'm eating this banana, lunchtime be damned!
- Bananas in Pyjamas: Bananas in pyjamas are coming down the stairs...Bananas in pyjamas are coming down in pairs...bananas in pyjamas are chasing teddy bears...cos on Tuesdays they all try to catch them unawares!''
- In the TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand, Dayna tries to kill Flagg with a switch-operated knife hidden in her sleeve. It turns into a banana.
- Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, BANANAPHONE!
- Cirque du Soleil's Vaudeville-inspired show was titled Banana Shpeel, playing on the fruit's slapstick history.
- One song from A Year with Frog and Toad contains the line "Bananas are the funniest fruit."
- Worms has the explosive Banana Bomb.
- Banana Nana Ninja centers around a ninja that is a banana.
- Friendship Is Magic Bitch: "Do you like mmmbananas?"
- In Don Hertzfeldt's Rejected, an anthropomorphic banana appears and says, "I am a banana!"
- Banana Joe from The Amazing World of Gumball.
- The Simpsons: "Go, banana!"
- Phineas and Ferb: "I'm calling mom! And I am NOT using the banana this time!"
- In Britain there are banana fritters, similar to pineapple fritters below but tastier. The recipe originated from Southeast Asia (namely, Malaya, where they're called Goreng Pisang, lit. fried bananas), which the British imported back to Britain when the region was still part of the British empire.
- Japanese author Mahoko Yoshimoto writes under the pen name Banana. The icon for her website is also a banana.
- A film by Fruit Chan (yes that's his real name), Durian Durian, uses the comedic potential of said fruit's unbearably stinky smell. It's also used as a weapon by one of the characters, who knocks somebody out with it.
- Pokémon Black and White introduces the Ferroseed line which is based on these fruits. Like the durian, they have a hard shell (good defence and Steel typing), as well as Spikes Of Doom that damages anything using a physical contact move on it.
- Sonic Unleashed has Dureek's, which are the Sonic world equivalent of the Durian. The inventory even describes them as the "King of fruits", and in a reference to their Love It or Hate It reputation in the real world, also suggests that you "try it and see". Chip can't make up his mind about how he feels about them after being fed one but Sonic seems to absolutely love them going by the extremely high EXP value he gains from just one.
- Super Mario Sunshine had durians so bouncy, they could be used like soccer balls. And they can't be picked up, only kicked or FLUDD'd around.
- Durians are a big favourite in Singapore. However, that doesn't make the citizens of this country averse to poking fun at the fruit, like with this joke that plays on the 'Newton's apple' tale:
Newton wasn't the first person to realize the theory of gravitation. A man from Singapore was - only, he didn't survive to publish his findings because it was a durian that fell on his head, not an apple.
- They're practically a favorite in Southeast Asia as a whole. However westerners who visit the region typically prefer Thailand's durians, who are renowned to be of lacking the infamous scent.
Eggplants:Anime and Manga
- Fennis in Edens Bowy carries a lot of things with an anthropomorphic sunglasses-wearing eggplant on it, kinda like a Hello Kitty merchandise.
- Onegai My Melody and its sequels (based on the Sanrio bunny My Melody) have the character Baku, a purple, rotund tapir with the ability of flight. Basically the Butt Monkey with a heart of gold, he is repeatedly called (and sometimes self-identifies with) an eggplant. Later it is revealed that he has a guardian angel of sorts in the form of an eggplant god.
- Anthropomorphic eggplants show up in Hidamari Sketch for some reason. Not in meals or New Year's dreams, just... outside.
- Azumanga Daioh: When Chiyo comes to her class looking for an idiot for the scavenger hunt race, an eggplant appears by Tomo's head when she thinks she knows what the item is.
- From George Carlin's "Fussy Eater" routine: "Well which is it, an egg or a plant? Tell it to make up its mind and then come on back."
- F. Ibanez loves them and the eggplants have become one of his running gags on the series Mortadelo y Filemón, where he uses them as props everywhere (you see, portraits of eggplants, eggplant trees, people with eggplants instead of hair, etc.).
- The mysterious killer in the slasher parody Student Bodies kills one of his victims with an eggplant.
- When Prymaat went shopping in Coneheads, she screamed loudly on seeing them, then placed several of them in her cart.
- In Daniel Pinkwater's book Borgel, the title character tells his nephew a fable called "The Rabbit and The Eggplant", about an eggplant who challenges a rabbit to a footrace. The townsfolk assume the eggplant has some big secret way it's going to win, so they bet all their money on it. On the day of the race, the rabbit runs to the finish line, while the eggplant sits there. Later, the spectators eat the eggplant. (MORAL: Never bet on an eggplant.)
- Occasionally mentioned in Friends as a result of Phoebe's vegetarianism, most obviously in "The One With Five Steaks And An Eggplant".
- A character in the British Indian sketch comedy series Goodness Gracious Me can make anything "at home for nothing", provided that she has "a small aubergine".
- One Living Single episode features Synclaire, who is taking acting lessons, teaching herself how to portray different emotions (sad, frightened, etc) by saying the same word over and over again with different inflections and body language each time. One guess what that word is.
- To quote SydLexia, "it's disconcerting to realize that the eggplant appears in more NES games than a vegetable that actually tastes good, like an avocado or a cucumber." Cases in point of Nintendo's love of eggplants:
- The Eggplant Wizard from Kid Icarus and Captain N: The Game Master may well be one of the most famous anthropomorphic eggplants around. His power being turning you into an Eggplant (actually just dropping a giant eggplant on your head).
- In Ice Climber, the first vegetables you must gather on the top of the mountain are eggplants.
- Wrecking Crew had robotic Eggplants called Eggplant men as enemies.
- And in the Mario baseball games, it's revealed that Waluigi's favorite food is eggplant (to go with Wario's garlic, presumably). The fan game Psycho Waluigi ran with this, making various flavors of eggplant into Waluigi's main power-up item and the Evil-Sealing Can Psycho Iris was trapped in.
- In Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom, among the fruit and vegetable characters are Miss Eggplant the barmaid (even Sydlexia wants her) and the villainous Eggplant Soldier (who supposedly looks like Manuel Noriega).
- Unkillable and life-draining eggplants are enemies in the Adventure Island games.
- Even being second-party to Nintendo didn't seem to stop Monolith Soft from including an eggplant reference. They're Reyn's favorite food (though they're called "aubergines" as per the British translation), and you even get an achievement for giving him one!
- Kogasa Tatara, the stage 2 boss of Touhou Project 12: Undefined Fantastic Object, is a silly umbrella with an eggplant motif.
- Kamui Gakupo of Vocaloid has the eggplant as his Trademark Favorite Food.
- In the first Rayman videogame on PS1, there are round, eggplant-like berries that can be dropped on enemy heads with the right timing, and are also used as raft/boats (they make a stuttering motor noise when moving in water) and are used as swings on the stage leading to a giant mosquito. They bounce.
- I Wanna Be the Guy's sixth secret item is in a room containing eggplants that bounce up and down.
- Parodius Da! had a volcano spewing eggplants, for reasons that are very Japanese.
- One of the classic Spamusement characters is Eggplant Mike.
- Fluffy from Commander Kitty puts one on a leash (to be fair, she couldn't find any turnips).
- In Comments on a Postcard, Antoinette used to date an undead dimension-hopping three-armed eggplant.
- This is one of the few real-life veggies that appear in Neopets on a regular basis, and the one that appears the most often.
- Mr. Magoo runs an eggplant factory.
- One episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog has Courage saving Muriel from a bunch of evil eggplants.
- In Real Life, the eggplant is one of the three symbols of New Year in Japan. (The other two are Mt. Fuji and the hawk.)
- The Philippines' favorite funny fruit. In one Filipino game show the answer to the question was eggplant, or "talong". The audience could not help giggling.
- Lampshaded by George Carlin as a Fundamentally Funny Fruit, again in ""Fussy Eater": "There's another thing I can't eat. Kumquats. I just sit there laughing and they go to waste."
- W.C. Fields: What about my kumquats? comes from this classic scene here
- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!: We be of one blood, this fruit and I.
- In the opening scene of Going Postal, much is made about the superiority of a fruit basket with kumquats to one without. This is turned into an Ice-Cream Koan: you never know what's in your fruit basket until you get past the pineapple. (It may also be a reference to an article in Sunday Times about "authors being the new rock stars", which claimed, much to Sir Terry's bemusement, that he insisted on bookshops supplying him with kumquats on his signing tours.)
- On iCarly, an extremely strict teacher shouted "Tough kumquats!" at Sam & Freddy, but had difficulty articulating until he removed the brace in his mouth.
- One Garfield comic has Garfield musing about funny foods. When Jon suggests pickles and kumquats, he laughs hysterically.
- One of the very first U.S. Acres strips with Booker the chick had Orson explaining why he chose that name: because he loves books. Booker's response is "I'm just glad you don't like kumquats".
- From the top of the second act of The Fantasticks: "You're . . . standing . . . in . . . my . . . kumquats!" "Sorry!"
- In an episode of The Fairly OddParents where Cosmo has magically hypnotized Britney Britney so he'll look better at his high school reunion, Britney Britney randomly blurts out "Kumquat!" at one point.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic features a scene in "The Last Roundup" where Pinkie Pie rambles about how much fun "kumquat", among other words, is to say.
- In addition to having a somewhat funny name, persimmons are sometimes used as practical jokes or as a way to describe someone's expression, viz.: "like he just ate a green persimmon." Ripe persimmons, which are yellowish-orange, taste a little bit like a cross between an orange and a pineapple. Unripe persimmons, which are greenish, taste a lot like cotton balls dipped in alum.
- The Secret Service apprehended a man who had threatened to hit then-President Gerald Ford in the face with a persimmon. They have to take any threat seriously, no matter how funny-sounding.
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Anime and Manga
- Characters with "Pineapple" hairstyles (ex: Shikamaru, Sasuke, and Anko or Kazumi Asakura) tend to receive this word as a Fan Nickname.
- Older example: Folken Fanel.
- Sousuke Sagara's hair. Especially when he was younger.
- Sebastian from Black Butler has a bit of this going on.
- Tetsunosuke from Peacemaker Kurogane has a bigger example of pineapple shaped hair.
- Much older example: Goemon Ishikawa.
- Newer example: Mikan.
- Cure Bloom.
- Ruki Makino
- In one Naruto chat video, Temari (who has four separate "pineapples" in her hair), has "Pineapple Head" as her handle.
- Abarai Renji, who at one point in a possible Lampshade Hanging, wears a shirt with 'Red Pineapple' written on it.
- Mukuro, Chrome and Demon Spade from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. The former does not like when people comment on this.note
- Super Dimension Fortress Macross resulted in the term "pineapple" (especially "pineapple salad" becoming fan-speak for A character's death, after the incident where Roy Fokker dies.
- Macross Plus averts this in the OVA version; when Isamu crashes his VF-11 he clambers out next to a pineapple tree.
- Macross Frontier lampshades this with Ozma and pineapple cake: Ozma has a tragic scene but manages to survive, and Michael comments on how tragic it would've been if he actually died. Maybe the pineapple's less potent in cake form?
- Inverted on Ranma ˝ where school is definitely worse with pineapples due to the Ax-Crazy principal's obsession with Hawaii.
- If you're into hentai, there's Pink Pineapple Studio.
- Fresh Pretty Cure! has one of the main protagonists transform into Cure Pine… Pine being short for pineapple.
- Piney apples!
- Digimon Adventure: Koushiro's suspiciously Apple-like laptop has a pineapple logo on its cover where the apple would be, leading to the Fan Nickname "Pi Book". This carries over into Digimon Adventure 02, where the pseudo-OSX-esque user interface used on every computer therein (including Koushiro's) has a pineapple icon.
- In one Muppet Babies comic, the kids go to Upside-Down Land to find upside-down pineapples for a pineapple upside-down cake for Nanny's birthday.
- Little Nicky: The Devil personally shoves a pineapple up Hitler's rear end every day in Hell. Occasionally with the pointy end first.
- Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs has this memorable line:
Manny: "Buck, when exactly did you go insane?"
Buck: "Hmm, three months ago. I woke up one morning, married to a pineapple. An ugly pineapple! Ah, but I loved her"
- Xanth uses pineapples as grenades.
- In the Discworld, Vetinari famously comments on a pie tasting like pineapple in Making Money.
- In The Last Continent, the Senior Wrangler is suspicious of a deserted island because it may have pineapples on it; this is because he had an aunt that choked on one: "You're not supposed to eat them that way, we said, but did she listen?".
- Getting past the pineapple is a euphemism used for looking beyond the superficially big spiny unappetising looking thing and discovering the nicer surprises it might be concealing.
- In Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Strange goes mad and sees pineapples everywhere.
- Ugly subversion, from The Brothers Karamazov: Lise's fantasy of watching horrendous child torture while eating stewed pineapple.
- A Harry Turtledove book explores the What if…" Alternate Universe where the Japanese followed through Pearl Harbor with an all-out invasion and conquest of Hawaii. The staple fruit of the Hawaiians is not favoured by the Japanese, who grub up the plantations and replace growing pineapples with staple foods to sustain a starvation diet as the Americans blockade the islands in preparation for reconquest. The unwilling American subjects of the Emperor, now slave labourers reduced to poverty, starvation and forced prostitution, see the return of the pineapple as a symbol of liberation.
Live Action TV
- Psych loves this trope, as pineapples (both in word and as in actual pineapples seen on screen) are slipped into episodes at every possible opportunity. Pineapples are also Shawn's default housewarming/baby gift of choice.
- It comes from an ad-lib with an off-camera prop in the first episode. The scene was cut short immediately, but so funny that they re-shot it, pineapple and all. And thus, a running gag was born.
- There was even a contest involving the trope. Viewers were to look out for the pineapple appearing in the episode, and go to the website and select the correct place out of three choices.
- Shawn will give a pineapple as a gift for any occasion, not just baby showers and housewarmings.
- There have also been pineapple-flavored jelly beans, and pineapple upside-down cake baked in an EZ-Bake Oven.
- Used as a code word on Chuck.
- "The Pineapple Incident" on How I Met Your Mother
- Lt. Reed's favorite food is Pineapple as seen on Star Trek: Enterprise.
- In early episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina's inexperience caused a number of her attempted spells to summon pineapples instead of their intended purpose. This was given a Continuity Nod in a later episode.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus: "PINEAPPLE? WHERE? WHERRE?"
- Charlie Crews on Life's Trademark Favorite Food is fruit, and he's been seen with a pineapple.
- A personal pineapple.
- One episode of Friends sees Joey reading lines from a love scene... to a pineapple. For apparently no other reason than everything being better with pineapples. This lack of reason is subverted by Rachel: "I think a cantaloupe would hurt less."
- The main character of French Canadian educational series Telefrancais is the frankly horrifying pineapple puppet Ananas. The first episode spends a lot of time focusing on the things Ananas does but shouldn't, like talk or dance or parachute. It's even funnier because "anana" is so close to the aforementioned "banana."
- In Horrible Histories, one of the Historical Masterchef segments has a pineapple that a Georgian woman (as in, from the Georgian Era, not from the US state or Eastern European country) refuses to cook because "you don't eat them, you just put them on the mantelpiece to show off how rich you are!" This was the actual use of pineapples in her time period; since they were so hard to acquire, they were used as decoration rather than as food.
- Our Miss Brooks: In "Spring Garden", Miss Brooks accidently places pineapples and other tropical fruits in the school garden.
- One adorable moment in Cabaret is the song "It Couldn't Please Me More," where the Jewish grocer, Herr Schultz, presents Fraulein Schneider with a pineapple (which would be rationed in this time period and therefore a very valuable gift).
- In the Kurt Weill musical Der Silbersee, when Severin is caught robbing a grocery, Olim is amused to discover that he was trying to steal a pineapple.
- The Order of the Stick: Belkar comes out of hiding to bean a wight with a pineapple:
Wight 1: Did— did that halfling just hit me in the face with a pineapple??
Wight 2: I think he did. Also, I think no one has ever asked that exact question in the history of civilization, so bonus points there.
- There is no time like Pineapple Time.
- In xkcd #1457, WiFi reception is improved by standing on a chair while holding a pineapple.
- "Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants!
- There's an episode of The Jetsons wherein Rosey the Robot brains Mr. Spacely with a Pineapple Upside-Down cake.
Rosey: There. The pineapples are right-side-up.
- Rockos Modern Life used it as a random funny word in a few episodes.
Notice the texture on this meatloaf, and the pineapples give it a festive touch.
- Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers features a Trojan pineapple in "Battle of the Bulge".
- South Park has Paris Hilton...use a pineapple in a "Whore-Off" against Mr. Slave.
- One episode of The Weekenders has a recurring joke about Carver's head looking like a pineapple.
- In The Simpsons Lisa's head is once mistaken for a pineapple.
- In Dilbert, the Pointy-Haired Boss once plays chess against a pineapple. And loses.
- Drinking pineapple juice improves the flavour of a certain body fluid.
- You Cannot Remove Your Fingerprints With Pineapple.
- Many bars, even without the Hula and Luaus theme will serve certain drinks in cups shaped like pineapples, or a hollowed-out pineapple.
- Yagyu Jubei.
- In some cultures, pineapples are a symbol of welcome and hospitality.
- Upside-Down Cake.
- Southern Hospitality ice cream. It is vanilla with pineapples, strawberries, and pecans, and it is extraordinary.
- Carmen Miranda
- Providence, Rhode Island's Little Italy (known locally as Federal Hill) has an archway over the main drag, Atwell's Avenue, with a large... thing... hanging from it. Since it has a scaly surface and big leafy bits attached to it, many people mistake it for a pineapple. (Word of City Hall is that it's a pignolia pine cone.)
- There used to be a Creole custom of giving guests a pineapple (Usually left on the guest bed) as a polite (Or Passive-Aggressive) way of informing them that they should be concluding their stay and moving on. In a real life Lampshade Hanging, there are examples of Creole furniture featuring carved pineapples, for instance on bedposts.
- Pineapple Grenades
- Pineapples are one of the few fruits you can actually grill.
- The British present, for your "enjoyment," The pineapple fritter - Served in some fish and chip shops. In our tradition for battering just about anything we can get our hands on, The Pineapple Fritter is a pineapple slice, dipped in batter and fried. it's tastes better then you might think.
- Pineapple makes a good meat tenderizer. Really! Pineapple flakes are an easy way to tenderize meat.
Pumpkins:Anime and Manga
- Blair's pumpkin themed magic in Soul Eater (Smashing Pumpkin, Pumpkin Cannon and so on).
- One issue of The Punisher had a guy who took a tranquilizer dart to the eardrum and became enamored with a large pumpkin. He ended up leaving everything to camp out in the country, with his newfound love (and if the number of holes in the pumpkin is any indication, they are ''very'' much in love).
- Subverted with Green Goblin's pumpkin bombs.
- In the Discworld novel Witches Abroad, Magrat is given a magic wand that turns everything it's pointed at into pumpkins (but this is only because she never figures out how to use it).
- In Lords and Ladies, when the wizards are stopped by bandits, Archchancellor Ridcully turns the lead Bandit into a pumpkin.
- He's okay. He's just pumpkin-shaped now.
- In Lords and Ladies, when the wizards are stopped by bandits, Archchancellor Ridcully turns the lead Bandit into a pumpkin.
- The Smashing Pumpkins, who else?
- Apparently, putting your wayward wife in a pumpkin shell is a good way to keep her. ...?!?
- In his Trick or Street Fight with Dean Ambrose, Cesaro was backdropped onto a pumpkin patch and had one placed on his head when Ambrose hit him with Dirty Deeds.
- The Jumping Piranha Plants and regular Piranha Plant faces are goofy-looking pumpkins in Something. The Jumping Pirahna Plants will turn into jumping pumpkins when the world changes to an autumn theme, after completing the Special World.
- Baman Piderman: Can I come over? I have a pumpkin!
- What? Pumpkin? P-pumpkin what? What? What? Pumpkin what? This joke was so strange it earned a callback in his The Thief and the Cobbler review
- It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin will rise from a pumpkin patch and give toys to all the good little kids.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumkin King, anyone?
Various Foods:Recorded and Stand-Up Comedy
- George Carlin, in one of his stand-up performances, first subverts this trope by talking about some un-funny foods, including eggplant (starts at 3:37), then moves on from there to play this trope straight (starts at 5:34).
- The pages of Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway are infested with giant prehistoric zucchini.
- At one point in Bunnicula, Harold and Chester discover a white zucchini as one of the titular rabbit's 'victims'. Made funnier by the epic and dramatic build-up.
- Foxtrot had a story arc where Andy planted 23 Zucchini plants, under the mistaken impression they only grow one Zucchini per plant.
- In an episode of Family Guy, Peter tries to market a new toy called "Mr. Zucchini Head". He fails to see the phallic imagery of the toy.
Peter: This is the best part! He dances!(Peter flips a switch and Mr. Zucchini Head starts to vibrate)
- An unfortunately common incident at emergency rooms is people (men as well as women) needing to have vegetables (zucchini being the most common) removed from various orifices. It's amazing how many people "fall down while gardening nude."
- Many gardeners will attest to the prolific nature of the zucchini, telling stories of leaving bags full on neighbors' porches and running away. In our little town, we never lock our doors or cars, because we know everybody and nobody's going to steal our stuff. Except in August, when everybody locks up, lest they find a bag of zucchini waiting for them.