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->''"There never was an apple, in Adam's opinion, that wasn't worth the trouble you got for eating it."''
-->-- ''Literature/GoodOmens''

An apple, the '''alleged''' original ForbiddenFruit (see below). Few others have attracted so much FauxSymbolism than the good ol' ''Malus domestica''.

Golden apples seem to be especially popular and serve, throughout myth, as a generic universal MacGuffin and PlotCoupon, or a good way to produce [[AppleOfDiscord Discord]].

For simplicity's sake, this can cover most mythical fruit.

For a different use of apples (especially rotten ones), see ProducePelting.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', [[spoiler: Akio]] and [[spoiler: Anthy]] feed [[spoiler: [[DisposableFiance Kanae]]]] an apple pin-cushioned by forks. It is strongly implied that [[spoiler: they're poisoning her]], and the apple also obviously stands for [[spoiler: Anthy's swords of hate]]. One of the background music tracks, which plays during Akio and Anthy's [[spoiler: familial bonding]] is called "Fruit of Sin", as well. Make of that what you will.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': "[[TheGrimReaper Death]] [[{{Shinigami}} Gods]] only eat apples!" Ohba (the writer) actually requested apples just because he thinks they look cool, if you'll believe it. But Obata (the manga artist) and the person who designed the first OP [[FauxSymbolism sure didn't know that]].
** Covers most mythical fruit, eh? How about the Misa-Persephone symbolism?
** The "forbidden fruit" metaphor is stated pretty directly in the first opening credit sequence of the show.
* In ''SpiceAndWolf'', the [[PettingZooPeople Wolf Spirit]] Holo seems unusually fond of apples. Furthermore, the ending credits is a surreal GratuitousEnglish paean to apples.
* The titular MacGuffin in ''{{Appleseed}}'' is a technology that allows [[ArtificialHuman Bioroids]] to have a lifespan just as long as humans.
** In the second volume of the manga, an ''actual'' appleseed becomes key to saving the day.
* The ''TokyoMewMew'' Playstation game introduces Mew Ringo (apple). Her origins are different from the rest of the cast, being both a Mew Mew and fused with a Mew Aqua, and she's the only [[WhiteMage healer]] in the franchise.
** The pomegranate-as-the-fruit may explain [[TokyoMewMew Mew Zakuro's]] association with CreepyCoolCrosses, but we may be giving Ikumi-sensei and Yoshida-sensei too much credit.
* The ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' movie ''Anime/TheTreeOfMight'' features evil space-gardeners planting the eponymous tree, whose giant fruit apparently offer enormous power, but of course its growing requirements are enough to drain the planet Earth's biomass dry. It's reminiscent of the Chinese peaches of immortality, below, considering ''Dragonball'' draws on ''JourneyToTheWest''.
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', WellIntentionedExtremist (and [[CodeGeass C.C. expy]]) Amber is inordinately fond of apples.
* In ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', the symbol of NERV is a half eaten apple with a fig leaf.
** "God is in heaven, and all is right in the world."
* In ''{{Bizenghast}}'', there are apples that can cure severe illnesses and even possibly bring someone back from the dead, Dinah is warned to take only one - but is convinced to surreptitiously take another one (which of course later revealed to have turned deadly by the fact she stole it)
* At the end of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex [[ColonCancer 2nd Gig]]'' the Major takes a bite out of an apple while [[spoiler: embracing her ForgottenChildhoodFriend, [[AntiVillain Kuze]]]]. If you look carefully you'll realise that ([[ViewersAreGeniuses along with what it implies]]) [[spoiler: Kuze is left handed]]. Interesting in that it is a woman taking an apple from a man.
* ''Zan Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei Bangaichi'''s second opening: Series' standard psychedelic flair, DerangedAnimation, and a falling apple that is caught by [[CuteAndPsycho Kafuka]], who almost bites but throws it away, at which point it becomes an apple outline with shifting colours and textures. [[{{Joshikousei}} Schoolgirls]] with apples for heads, headbanging and dancing. To what tune, you ask? "Apple Plucking Beam".
* In the latter half of the ''SoulEater'' anime, Medusa, a [[AnimalMotifs snake witch]], is associated with apples several time.
** Rachel, the child Medusa takes over, watches something on TV. What, you ask? A little girl reaching for a certain red fruit which is then repeated several times: "An apple! An apple! An apple!"
* In his PetTheDog moment, [[Anime/{{Monster}} Johan]] gives the all-but-blind Schubert an apple to convince him that the woodland of his younger days is still there. Though given that this is Johan he probably didn't mean for it to be a PetTheDog moment.
* The [[SuperpowerLottery Devil's Fruit]] from ''OnePiece'' include banana and pineapple shaped fruits, but no apples so far.
** [[spoiler: [[http://www.mangareader.net/one-piece/676/8 Chapter 676]] finally reveals the birth of a Devil Fruit. The one in question is an apple.]]
* Near the beginning of ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' the Earth-wide crisis following the creation of AI is shown by the image of apple devoured by worms from inside.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Rather than her usual snack food, Kyouko is eating (and offering) apples when she's explaining her backstory to Sayaka.
* In the ZeldaManga of ''ALinkToThePast'' done by Himekawa, Link wants to be an apple farmer.
* At the end of the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Riza is shown peeling apples and feeding them to the recovering Roy Mustang; in the end credits, they're in a marketplace where she is ostensibly buying more apples.
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', another KunihikoIkuhara work, features the apple motif heavily, although it has yet to play a huge part in the story except for the fact that Ringo's name essentially means "apple".
** It's later revealed that [[spoiler: at one point a young Shouma was locked away in a cage, and he met another boy who was locked inside a nearby one. Shouma had an apple and gave half of it to that boy... whose name was Kanba. This was their first interaction before Kanba was adopted by the Takakuras.]]
** And later [[spoiler: the Magic Words of the series turn out to be "Let's share the fruit of fate", which is inspired by apples.]]
* ''BlackButler'': In the Anime, Sebastian refers to [[spoiler: Ash/Angela]] as a "Nothing but a rotten apple... Dead fruit from a fallen tree." Given that [[spoiler: Ash/Angela]] is a FallenAngel with a flair for gratuitous FauxSymbolism, his statement is ironically appropriate. Alternatively, he might be referencing the bad apple that spoils the barrel, which also works since [[spoiler: they]] [[DisproportionateRetribution ruin countless innocent lives]] [[TautologicalTemplar because they consider their victims "sinful"]].

* In Creator/ReneMagritte 's paintings apples are recurring motifs. They float in front of people's faces, appear with masks on or are blown up to gigantic size. Sometimes they even aren't apples at all!

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In "Literature/ThePrincessOnTheGlassHill", the princess has golden apples in her lap when she sits on the hill, and getting them is what is required to win her.
* In ''Literature/TheJezinkas'', one Jezinka (a beautiful but wicked member of TheFairFolk) uses an apple to tempt Johny.
* ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': The queen disguises herself as a peddler in order to kill Snow White, and the third and successful attempt involves a deliciously looking, but poisoned apple.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Used with several levels of irony in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. Upon the arrival of the four in Ta'akan, John procures a bag of apples. Besides the unstated connection to [[Music/TheBeatles Apple]], there's a comment about John probably eating a worm from an apple, and George goes through a whole bunch of apple symbolism in his head before eating one. Some time later, John and Ringo play with an apple core.
* ''FanFic/DeathAndKer'' is rife with apple symbolism, including allusions to Eris's apple of discord, Literature/{{Snow White|and the seven dwarfs}}'s poisoned apple, and the golden apples of immortality tended by the Hesperides. During one confrontation, Minako is even tempted with an apple.
* In Roleplay/DCNation, the apple of desire was passed around during the Olympics plot. Jesse Quick sees a world where her father's still alive. Donna Troy saw a world where she was reunited with her family, Titans and Terry Long. It is enough to shock Donna into realizing that she really wants to be with her living family and [[spoiler: give up her dead children to Persephone's care so she can return to the Titans]].

* The TropeNamer is Paul Newman in the movie ''FromTheTerrace''. In context it's more of a TakeThat after he's screwed over his bitchy wife.
* "Do you know the first thing I'm going to do after the curse is lifted? Eat a whole bushel of apples." ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': More thinky than it looks.
** Seems to follow Barbossa: his BackFromTheDead reveal in the second movie has him eating an apple.
** Back then people who were away at sea a lot had to eat fruits to avoid scurvy, so there's some TruthInTelevision to it. For Barbossa it just became a TrademarkFavoriteFood.
** It's also because the undead pirates can't eat without the food turning to ash in their mouths. He just wants to taste something again.
* Nearly every time a pig is shown being spit-roasted, it will have an apple in its mouth. Therefore, it is a common visual motif that someone with an apple in their mouth is about to be cooked.
** In the regrettable Howie Long film ''{{Firestorm}}'', the smokejumpers (parachuting fire fighters) must perform their first jump holding an apple in their mouths, as a homage to this trope.
* François Truffaut's 1966 film of ''Film/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' featured a bowl of apples in the house which is confiscated and burned in the opening sequence. At the end of the film, the owner of that house is seen once again, munching an apple.
* Used in ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'', where the male lead is offered an apple by his girlfriend in a film all about a [[TrappedInTVLand fictional town's]] loss of innocence.
* The whole point of truly bizarre {{BMovie}} ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BY9cvgrP1c The Apple!]]'' has [[LouisCypher Mr. Boogalow's]] temptation of the female lead to stardom represented by an [[SpecialEffectsFailure oversized prop apple]].
* Gurgi from ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' loves his "Munchings And Crunchings".
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'' is eating an apple shortly before getting trapped in a cage, along with his wife, which sets off the plot of the film. At the end, he eats a genetically modified apple that has stars on it.
* In the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film Kirk produces and eats an apple with great satisfaction as he breezes through his ([[TakeAThirdOption rigged]]) Kobayashi Maru in a nod to ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]''.
** And of course, in ''Wrath of Khan'', Kirk is munching on an apple while marooned in the cave awaiting rescue. The whole movie is rife with references to [[Literature/TheBible The Book of Genesis]].
* Averted in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' when the Goblin King makes a magical ''peach'' to seduce Sarah from her quest.
* King Leonidas in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' munches an apple while supervising his men, as they search through piles of dead enemy soldiers after a battle, [[LeaveNoSurvivors killing survivors]].
--> '''Leonidas:''' *chewing and talking* I mean... There's no reason we can't be civil about this, is there?
--> '''Artemis:''' *stabs survivor* None sire.
* In ''Film/FrightNight'', Jerry Dandridge is usually seen snacking on apples (unless he's snacking on someone's neck instead).
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', [[GirlOfTheWeek Willie Scott]] is [[ForeignQueasine disgusted by the dinner]] served at the temple and refuses to eat, despite being obviously hungry. Retiring for the night, the BelligerentSexualTension between Willie and Indy is heightened by Indy appearing with a big juicy apple that Willie devours with lust.
* In ''AnimalHouse'', Donald Sutherland's shady, [[TeacherStudentRomance student-romancing]] English professor is shown lecturing on ''ParadiseLost'' from a SatanIsGood perspective, and then biting into an apple.
* In the commentary for ''EvesBayou'', the director and writer points out that even she thought her use of Eve and the apple and Eve and the snake were a little [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy handed.]]
* In ''Film/TronLegacy'', Clu sees his reflection in a silver apple, recalls his creation by Flynn (who he has come to passionately hate), and loses his temper.
* In ''Film/KPax'', [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane mental patient/possible extraterrestrial]] prot interrupts his first conversation with Dr. Powell to ask for one of the apples in the basket on his shelf. He proceeds to loudly munch it throughout the conversation, and continues to request and devour copious amounts of fruit throughout the film.
* Definitely played for the ForbiddenFruit angle in a DeletedScene of ''Film/{{Lolita}}'' (1997) where [[FilleFatale Dolores]] eats an apple while sitting on the sofa with Humbert. As they tussle over a magazine, Dolores inadvertently starts to sexually excite Humbert who has repeated flashbacks of her biting into the apple as he approaches and then has an orgasm.

* In Anthony Burgess’ ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'', the droogs use the word ‘yarbles’ or ‘yarblockos’ (from Russian ''yabloko'', apple) instead of ‘balls’ (as in ‘testicles’).
* ''[[{{Narnia}} The Magician's Nephew]]'', the {{prequel}} Narnia CreationMyth installment. There, the apples in question are ''[[SilverHasMysticPowers silver]]'' and can cure any ailment. [[spoiler: Diggory aka the future Professor Kirke is sent to retrieve one of them for Aslan, but almost takes one for his IllGirl mother without permission -- at the behest of Jadis aka the future White Witch, who had just eaten one to obtain its powers. Polly stops him from doing so, and later Aslan gives him another magical apple that works well enough on Diggory and his mom's behalf.]]
* In ''Literature/TreasureIsland'', Jim overhears the pirates planning mutiny while trying to get an apple from the ship's barrel.
* The front cover of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' has someone holding an apple, representing that Edward and Bella are each other's ForbiddenFruit.
** There is also the Hackey Sack Apple of [[http://pics.livejournal.com/cleolinda/pic/000acxq2 I See What You Did There]] in the movie.
* The quote from ''Literature/GoodOmens'' above, in which Adam Young's mischievous apple-scrumping is directly (and not disapprovingly) compared to that other Adam. (Not to mention that the actual serpent from the Garden is one of the main characters of the book.)
** The phrase is also literally uttered by Hastur (to Crowley, the aforementioned serpent, so possibly as a lampshade.)
* The second book of Meredith Ann Pierce's ''Literature/TheDarkangelTrilogy'', ''A Gathering of Gargoyles'', features a tree that fruits differently for each person who crosses the Sea-of-Dust. (All the fruit are called apricoks, though.) The fact that several of the same fruit grow for Aeriel and she takes them with her on her journey later becomes very important.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' short story "The Sea And Little Fishes" opens with the line "Trouble began, and not for the first time, with an apple".
* '' TheIlluminatusTrilogy'' repeatedly plays with Greek mythology's version of the Apple of Discord.
* Creator/AstridLindgren's Mio is taken back to his father, the king of the Land of Faraway, because he carries the sign - a golden apple.
* The cousins in Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''The Game'' have a whole collection of golden apples that they have collected from various myths.
* "A POISON TREE" from ''Literature/SongsOfExperience'' features a bright, shiny and poisonous apple.
* In Creator/LewisCarroll's ''Literature/SylvieAndBruno Concluded'' they see and catch a thief stealing apples from the orchard.
* In the last book of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', an enormous apple tree grows in the middle of the arboretum of forbidden knowledge, and at a pivotal moment the Incredibly Deadly Viper offers one of its apples to the orphans [[spoiler:because they have just realized the apples contain an antidote to the Medusoid Mycelium, but are too weakened by the fungus to get one for themselves]].
* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, the {{Magitek}} computers are all Apples, but the symbol is of an apple without a bite taken out of it. This is symbolic of the universe before [[{{Satan}} The Lone Power's]] rebellion.
* Avalon from KingArthur's legend derives its name from Welsh noun 'afal' meaning 'apple'.
* Phyllis Ann Karr's ''Literature/TheIdyllsOfTheQueen'' concentrate on the task of identifying the poisoner of the apples served at the Queen Guenevere's feast.
* In Vilhelm Moberg's ''Literature/TheEmigrants'' books, Kristina's astrakan apple tree is almost its own character. There was an astrakan apple tree at her parents' farm in Sweden and growing up she loved the fruit from the tree. To help cure her homesickness in America Karl Oskar asks her father to send them seeds from an apple so that she can grow her own tree at their new home. The tree becomes her pride and joy. In the fourth book [[spoiler:the tree finally bears fruit as Kristina lays dying. Karl Oskar picks the first apple off the tree and gives it to her. She manages to take a bite but dies before she can swallow, the apple falling out of her hand. Before she dies she feels the taste of the apple and cries out that she is home.]]
* The first ''SwordOfTruth'' book features a scene of the two leads sharing an apple in a rather sexy way, nearly leading Kahlan to lose control of her Confessor's power.
* In Creator/TanithLee's ''Literature/TheDragonHoard'', Jasleth gets a (short-lived) job in an apple orchard, hoping to find that one of the apple trees bears magic apples or is an enchanted princess. Much later, he encounters a grove of magic fruit trees that grow fruit made of gold; the varieties mentioned include oranges, plums, damsons and, inevitably, apples.
* This is used for a joke in ''Literature/BrideOfTheRatGod'', where the PrimaDonnaDirector insists on using a pomegranate for a scene, when others insist an apple would be less messy.
* prot[sic], the fruit-obsessed [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane mental patient/possibile extraterrestrial]] in the ''Literature/KPax'' novels requests an apple at the beginning of his first session with Dr. Gene Brewer. He's brought two, and eats every bit of both including the core and seeds. Brewer narrates ''"I have never seen anyone enjoy something so much in my life"''.
* In ''Literature/TheGiver'', Jonas first discovers his powers through an apple. He later uses these to instigate a community-wide upheaval.

[[folder: Live Action Television]]
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' this is invoked by Eve, who offers Angel an apple to represent the power Wolfram and Hart offers. He takes a bite out of it.
** Holtz also offers Wesley a slice of apple when Wesley comes to betray Angel.
* The catch phrase is used on ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' by Aphrodite as she wreaks havoc with a golden apple that causes the holder to be a love magnet. Hercules [[MeaningfulEcho echoes]] this line when he uses the same apple to solve the problem.
* The opening titles of ''DesperateHousewives'' use an apple motif. A giant one with the show's name written on it falls on Adam (in the painting shown at the beginning) and the four main characters are shown catching apples at the end. Much of the show's promotional material also makes use of the motif.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Eleventh Hour", the Doctor persuades Amy to trust him by showing her the apple she gave him as a child.
** In the Creator/TomBaker story ''The Pirate Planet'', the Doctor told Romana that he had dropped the apple on Sir Isaac Newton's head(see Real Life below). Newton's response was to tell the Doctor to get out of his tree, so the Doctor explained it all over dinner.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'''s opening prominently features hero Takumi Inui biting into one.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' has all of its Riders be fruit-themed; for instance the [[SwissArmyHero primary form]] of Gaim himself is based on an orange. Their powers come from a the fruit of a forest in an AlternateDimension, which is eventually explained to be the source of various ForbiddenFruit mythology (the Golden Apples of Norse myths and the Greek ambrosia are mentioned specifically). The resident MegaCorp is also named Yggdrasil in order to evoke WorldTree imagery.
* ''[[Series.TheCollector The Collector]]'': The Devil peddles weird black apples "plucked from the tree of knowledge you'd rather not have". They make people realize unpleasant things about themselves, sometimes by restoring forgotten memories.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Regina Mills (otherwise known as Snow White's evil stepmother) had a carefully cultivated and tended apple tree in her back yard. Emma takes a chainsaw to one of its branches when Regina goes over the line harassing her.
** A second round of apple madness when Regina uses the last of her magic (a TragicKeepsake) to grab the poisoned apple from the Fairy Tale realm. She uses it to bake a "special" apple turnover for Emma [[MurderTheHypotenuse (so she can get rid of her son's biological mother and have the kid all to herself)]]. Henry (the son) intervenes and demonstrates that he's not crazy, just GenreSavvy by gobbling it and dropping into a magic coma, forcing both his mommies into an EnemyMine to break the spell.
* ''BoardwalkEmpire'': UsefulNotes/AlCapone, first introduced in the pilot as a young, childish thug under the watch of Johnny Torrio, undergoes a maturation process during the first season that ends with a scene where he guns down a rival {{mook}}, takes an apple from the fallen and eats it. By the next season, he shows contempt at the idea of being anything but a gangster.
* On ''{{Series/Heroes}}'' episode "Strange Attractors", Sylar bites into a apple and invokes ForbiddenFruit as he torments Matt Parkman's sanity and home life. The apple is seen again after it's revealed that after Matt blacked out from drinking too much, Sylar has taken over his body.
* At the start of Season 2 of ''Series/{{Luther}}'', the title character promises his boss he [[FoeYay won't make contact with Alice Morgan]]. That same episode he visits her in prison and exchanges a secret message inserted into an apple that he throws over the prison wall.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': The episode "The Apple", oddly enough. Kirk munches one conspicuously in the middle of the episode, which is an allegory of the Garden of Eden.

[[folder: Mythology and Religion]]
* This goes [[OlderThanFeudalism all the way back]] to the [[Literature/TheTrojanCycle stories]] of the [[GreekMythology Ancient Greeks]]. The Apple of Discord was inscribed ''ΚΑΛΛΊΣΤῌ'' ("For the fairest") by Eris, Goddess of Strife, and thrown into the round of undeniably vain Olympians, eventually resulting in the TrojanWar. Gods sure tend to overreact... Then there's also Hera's orchard of golden apples in the Garden of the Hesperides, the apple by means of which Akontios tricked Kydippe to marry him, and the golden apples Hippomenes used to win a race against Atalanta, earning the right to marry her. Don't get 'em mixed up.
* Literature/TheBible: The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Contrary to popular conception, Literature/TheBible does not, in fact, name the original ForbiddenFruit an "apple." Some researchers believe than it was LostInTranslation back in Ancient Rome, since "malus/malum" can mean both "evil" and "apple" in Latin. So, technically, the Biblical apple is likely a {{Fanon}} coupled with absorbing Greek notions of the Apple Of Discord. And an IncrediblyLamePun. An alternate explanation for the 'Latin mistranslation' is that "apple" in English used to be a generic name for all fruit, and it [[HaveAGayOldTime changed its meaning]].
** In fact, Judaism presents in the Literature/{{Talmud}} a rather large selection of possible contenders for the original fruit, stating that God deliberately did not identify it in the Bible so as not to cause a backlash against it (the fruit, after all, wasn't at fault here). The candidates include commonly known fruits in the Middle East (not apples), such as figs, dates, pomegranates, etrogs (a citrus fruit kind of like a giant, sweet lemon), and ''wheat.''
** Some say that given the climate of the supposed garden and the location scholars had given, the fruit was probably a pomegranate, this would have some added symbolism, including the legend that the pomegranate has 613 seeds, the same as the number of laws in the Torah.
** Fun fact: Carl von Linné, the creator of the Linnaean species naming system, was convinced that the ForbiddenFruit was a ''banana''. Considering one interpretation of the whole "temptation" bit (and trust us, [[DirtyOldMan Carl Von Linne]] ''would'' make that connection) that actually makes a [[FreudWasRight strange amounts of sense]].
** Creator/HieronymusBosch, the Dutch painter, liked to use exotic (to him) oranges for his Forbidden Fruit. Probably partly because Oranges are called Sinaasappel (Chinese Apple) in Dutch.
** Some sources describe the [[TheGrimReaper angel of death]] Azrael as using apples to entice souls from dead bodies.
** In Islam, the forbidden fruit is traditionally wheat. This has interesting implications, placing the Fall of Mankind with the agricultural revolution. [[JeanJacquesRousseau Rousseau]] [[RousseauWasRight would be pleased]], as he had much the same opinion.
** Some have also proposed the passionfruit. On the one hand, it just ''sounds'' so much more tempting than a plain old apple. On the other, it makes a clever call forward to Jesus, who had to basically SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong in the garden.
* Idunn's golden apples in NorseMythology granted one immortality. For a while, anyway. If the gods don't continue munching those apples, they get old. This aspect was explored in a tale involving Loki and the frost giant Thiazi.
* Greek myth has all food in the underworld serve similar to Biblical ForbiddenFruit, and of course only fruit become story-relevant. Eating it dooms you to never being able to leave; Hades tricks Persephone into becoming his wife this way. She ate between three and seven pomegranate seeds and has to spend that same number of months out of the year with Hades, the rest she spends above ground with her [[OverprotectiveDad Overprotective]] [[strike:dad]] Mom--who ''[[JustSoStory causes winter]]'' (or summer, whichever is more destructive in the region where the story is told) every year out of grief when her daughter's gone. (Note that not only does 'pome-granate' mean 'seeded apple', but considering [[FreudWasRight other]] Greek myths, this is probably some kind of euphemism.)
* {{Chinese myth|ology}}, in ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', features ''peaches'' of immortality, but they take several centuries to ripen.
* The poisoned apples in "Literature/{{Snow White|and the seven dwarfs}}".
* The legend of a great archer forced by a king to demonstrate his archery skill by shooting an apple balanced on his own son's head. He readies two arrows, but successfully hits the apple with the first one. When the king asks about the second arrow, the archer explains that if the first arrow had gone into his son, the second arrow would have gone into the king. (The most familiar version of this story is the Swiss legend of WilliamTell, in which incidentally the FeudalOverlord involved isn't a king, but similar legends exist in many European countries.)
* IrishMythology: In ''Literature/TheSonsOfTuirenn'', the sons of Tuirenn are to [[FetchQuest get three golden apples]] from the well-guarded Garden in the East of the World. One bite of these fruits can cure any wound or sickness.
* In the Armenian folktale "Literature/TheLiarFolktale", a king offered to give a golden apple to the biggest liar in the kingdom. Eventually a peasant wins the apple by using by stating that the king owed him a pot of gold. [[XanatosGambit If the king denied it, then the peasant would win the lying contest. If the king didn't, well, he'd have to give the peasant the pot of gold.]] So the king parted with the golden apple instead.
* Another Armenian folktale example: TheStinger of just about every Armenian folktale usually comes with some variant of the phrase "Three apples fell from heaven; one for the storyteller, one for the listener, and one for whoever pays good attention."


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'', Leman Russ is looking for apples from the Tree of Life to get the Emperor back on his feet. He's been looking for ten damn millenia.
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' goblin fruits are usually worth finding, if a bit horrifying to consume.

* The "Malo" aria in Benjamin Britten's opera ''Theatre/TheTurnOfTheScrew''. The word "malo" has various reverberating meanings in latin: it may mean "evil", "prefer", and "apple":
-->''Malo''... I would rather be
-->''Malo''... in an apple tree
-->''Malo''... than a naughty boy
-->''Malo''... in adversery.
* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Theatre/{{Comus}}'', the younger brother invokes this when explaining his fear for his sister.
-->''But Beauty, like the fair Hesperian tree\\
Laden with blooming gold, had need the guard\\
Of [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon-watch with unenchanted eye]]\\
To save her blossoms, and defend her fruit''


[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'': Various late-game {{NPC}}s purport that Ness's defeat of Giygas has been prophecised by an entity called the "Apple of Enlightenment". You never hear any more about it, though.
** It also had inventors [[GadgeteerGenius Apple Kid]] and [[BunglingInventor Orange Kid]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'': Who's the older woman eating an apple? [[spoiler:EVA]], of course.
** Who brings her the apple? [[spoiler:Snake]].
** Whom does she try to give it? [[spoiler:Ocelot, whose real name is Adam]].
** In an interesting twist [[spoiler:Adam]] refuses to take the apple from [[spoiler:EVA]]. And he's the baddy while she tries to turn him back to the Light Side.
* In ''ElastoMania'', the goal of every level is to collect all the apples, then touch the flower to end the level.
* The battles with Whispy Woods in the ''{{Kirby}}'' games and the Green Greens stage in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.
* In chapter 7-3 of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Peach takes a bite of an apple that tastes so good it causes her to fall into a 100-year sleep. Mario manages to wake her up by feeding her one that tastes terrible.
* In the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' games, the Apple is a relic created by [[AbusivePrecursors Those Who Came Before]]. It tempts those who seek it with great knowledge and powers over the minds of people at the cost of individual freedom.
** The second game heavily implies that the apple is [[spoiler:[[AllMythsAreTrue EVERY apple in the mythology tab.]]]]
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' name-drops this trope for the story achievement in Sequence 3, as part of TheReveal that [[spoiler: Haytham Kenway is a Templar searching for a [[{{Precursors}} First Civilization]] artifact.]]
* The goal of the {{Konami}} game ''[[AntarcticAdventure Penguin Adventure]]'' is to get a golden apple to cure the penguin princess.
* One of the goals in ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheCuriousVillage'' is the hunt for the village's great treasure, the Golden Apple. [[spoiler:Turns out the Golden Apple is the late Baron's daughter Flora, who has an apple-shaped birthmark.]]
* ''ShinMegamiTenseiI'': To pass Cerberus to get to Tokyo Destiny Land, you need a golden apple. [[spoiler: If you fused Pascal with a demon to make Cerberus, it will be a reunion. Regardless if you fused pascal or not; Cerberus will join your party]]
* ''{{Minecraft}}'' sports both regular and golden apples; the latter will heal you fully and grant regeneration for half a minute.
* Since ''Party Of Sin'' is heavily inspired by the Bible, apples are, or grant access to, power-ups for the Sins (red ones restore some health, the rare silver ones briefly bestow invulnerability, and the green ones are used for buying permanent upgrades in the in-game shop).
* In Level 4 of ''VideoGame/DragonsLair II: Time Warp'', Dirk has to heed the advice of the Purple Snake and lure [[FatGirl Eve]] into temptation with an apple of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (in belief that he would rescue Daphne), all the while fighting off its green snake twin who can't hesitate to devour him. And while in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, you have to carefully find the two Golden Apples in this level, which are two of the eleven hidden treasures needed to move on to the final two stages.
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'' makes reference to both the eastern and western sides of this trope, with the Youthful Apple (raises max hit points) and Eternal Peach (raises max mana meter) items.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-09-11 Lil Evil naturally goes for the apples in Paradise because they are forbidden.]]
** ''Sinfest'', by its nature, invokes [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-09-08 this trope]] pretty often.
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-12-02 as in the destruction wrought by Slick's]] EvilTwin.
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionDuck'', [[http://questionduck.smackjeeves.com/comics/1009463/065/ the duck naturally asks a question having nothing to do with the orchard or apples.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/fcd-08/#.T2-C6dm6SuI the king stops for an apple.]]
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/01-01.html September can't have them]], a "Literature/SnowWhite" ShoutOut.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00699.htm gathering behavior involves apples.]]
* In ''Webcomic/CreativeRelease'', apples appear everywhere and they nearly always mean something different. [[MindScrew What they mean exactly]], though, isn't clear.
* In ''Webcomic/OlympusOverdrive'', the smybol of [[AppleOfDiscord Eris]] is... yep. An apple.
* In ''Webcomic/PlanetOfHats'', episode 2.5 "[[http://www.mezzacotta.net/planetofhats/episodes/0035.html The Apple]]", Kirk munches an apple at the end as Spock accuses him of making heavy-handed Biblical allusions. (The original ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is a Garden of Eden allegory.)

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Eris is a character, and instead of being something gods fight over, the apple of discord is an object with vaguely defined magical abilities to create chaos. It has a huge "K" on it (it's short for "Kallisti" or "for the fairest," she didn't misspell "chaos," though that might have been the joke).
** Also, when Nergal Junior poses as Mrs. Butterbean to get revenge on Sperg for bullying him, he eventually stuffs all the apples Sperg used to bribe the teacher into his mouth, while saying "How you like them apples" and breaking out into a wicked SlasherSmile.
*** It ''does'' get fought over, for those very powers, when [[SchmuckBait 'entrusted']] to the three leads in one episode.
* GarfieldAndFriends' parody of Literature/SnowWhiteAndThe7Dwarves had Lanolin Sheep (wearing a purple hood and a basket of apples labeled "poison apples") offering a poison apple and openly saying it's poison [[note]] In foreign dubs of the episode, she says it's just an apple[[/note]] to Snow Wade while the other dwarves are still in the house. [[spoiler: Just like in the story, Snow Wade then eats it and dies. His reason? "I'll accept anything that's free!"]]
* In the {{Disney/Hercules}} TV series, Hercules had to help UpperClassTwit Adonis get golden apples to bribe Gaia into sparing Adonis' life.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* And of course there's the apocryphal story of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton#Apple_incident Isaac Newton]] either witnessing the fall of an apple or (in some versions) being hit on the head with it, inspiring the theory of gravity.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Appleseed Johnny Appleseed]]. What most people don't realize is that the apples he grew weren't fit to eat, and were instead used to make hard cider, which was very valuable in the frontier, where its high alcohol content made it easy to store and safer to drink than water in many cases.
** Of course, due to Temperance movement's successful legislative Prohibition in the early 20th century, the apple industry fearfully adapted the old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" as an advertising slogan to change the apple's image from a cheap source of "corruptible liquor" into the wholesome, fundamental aspect of Americana we consider it today.
* Apple Computer is so named partly to be ahead of Atari in the phone book, and partly because of the long association of the fruit with intelligence and rational enquiry (from Eve through to Newton). Before Apple came along, however, the fruit had something of a negative association in computing, as a cyanide-laced apple was Alan Turing's chosen means of death (he was a fan of Snow White).
* The "other" company to use Apple, Music/TheBeatles' Apple Corps, was inspired by a [[http://herrajuntero.wordpress.com/2007/10/04/granny-smith-rene-magritte-etcetera/ Rene Magritte painting]], and the name was JustForPun ("apple core").
* Bringing a whole new meaning to giving an apple to a teacher, physicist and "father of the atomic bomb" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Robert_Oppenheimer J. Robert Oppenheimer]] (unsuccessfully) tried to poison his tutor with an apple covered in toxic chemicals.
* Apples are ofted used as academic symbols at many schools. This is why stereotypically a teacher will have an apple on their desk.