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A common stereotype of schools is the Teacher's Pet giving the teacher a shiny red apple as a token of appreciation. A common variation is the class clown (or, conversely, the class bully) giving an apple with a worm inside to gross her out.

It's mostly a Discredited Trope, but the apple is still associated with teachers (at least those teaching in elementary schools).


Film - Animated

  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Miss Fowl has an apple on her desk. When she gets shrunk down, she does battle with the worm living inside it.
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  • Pinocchio: When Pinocchio starts for school, Geppetto hands him an apple to give to his teacher. When he encounters Honest John and Gideon, the former eats the apple and gives him back the core.

Film -- Live-Action

  • A Christmas Story: Ralphie gives his teacher an entire fruit basket in an attempt get a good grade to butter his parents up with.
    Adult Ralphie: Yes, truly, a little bribe never hurts.
  • Horse Feathers: When Baravelli and Pinky enter the class, the former gives the professor an apple, while the latter gives him a watermelon.
    Wagstaff: Well, all you need now is a bowl of cherries.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark: A student places a green apple on Indy's desk as his class leaves the room.
  • Real Genius: Chris hands a red apple to Mr. Kent, who dismissively throws it in the trash. However, it turns out to be a disguised bomb.


  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School: The villainous Mrs. Gorf has the power to turn her students into apples, and she'll use it on them for any offense. She meets her demise when the students find a way to use her power against her, and she ends up being eaten by the yard teacher (who thinks it's an ordinary apple brought to her as a gift).
  • I Wish That I Had Duck Feet: The book revolves around a boy fantasizing about having the body parts of different animals. In one scene, he thinks that antlers will be useful for carrying things, including apples for his teacher.

Live-Action TV

  • In All That, One student tries to be a teacher's pet by giving the teacher an apple. Another student tries to upstage him by giving her an apple tree.
  • iCarly: In "iSpy a Mean Teacher", a student tries to give Ms. Briggs a grapefruit that he grew especially for her. She slaps it out of his hand and snarls "I hate citrus fruit!"
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  • Once Upon a Time: In the premiere episode, Mary Margaret Blanchard (the former Snow White banished to the real world with Fake Memories) receives a pear from one of her students. According to a later episode, Mary Margaret doesn't like apples for reasons she has never been able to pin down.

Newspaper Comics

  • One Sunday Strip of FoxTrot involved Peter eating all the apples before Jason could give one to the teacher at the start of the school year. Peter eventually convinced Jason to go with a potato, as it's known as the "apple of the earth" in French.

Video Game

  • An education building's grade (read: efficiency) in Simcity 4 is represented by an apple symbol. Zero apple symbols mean your schools suck, 5 apple symbols mean they're second to none.
  • Scribblenauts: In all stages that require giving a teacher an item for their classroom, one of the accepted objects is an apple.

Western Animation

  • Baby Huey: In Pest Pupil, a teacher is given apples by her students, but Huey gives her a pumpkin instead, crushing the apples and getting her face full of applesauce.
  • Classic Disney Shorts: In Teachers Are People, Goofy is a schoolteacher who has his students hand him apples as a homework assignment, and is miffed when he catches the class delinquent eating his homework. Later, he is seen eating the apples for lunch while his students are at recess.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: In "Smarten Up!", when Billy's cat Milkshakes, possessed by a "book worm", takes it upon himself to tutor him. Billy gives him an apple, which touches Milkshakes until he find a worm in it.
  • Hey Arnold!: In "Student Teacher", Helga tries to get Olga sick by leaving an apple with a worm inside on her desk. Unfortunately, it's Mr. Simmons who picks it up.
  • Little Bear: In one episode, Little Bear and Emily set up a school for the animals. Early on, the trope is lampshaded, with Emily finding an apple and noting that the teacher usually just sets it on their desk, and is never actually seen eating it.
  • The Muppet Babies (1984) episode, "Fozzie's Last Laugh" begins with the babies playing school. Piggy plays the teacher, and Fozzie gives her an apple, which he hid a rubber worm in to prank her with. Fozzie finds this prank funny, but Piggy certainly doesn't.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Cheerilee's desk is often seen with an apple on her desk. It's possible that it came from Apple Bloom.
    • Being a teacher starting in Season 8, Twilight is often given an apple from one of her students.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls Christmas Episode, a row of kindergarten students are shown lined up at Miss. Keane's desk, giving her apples wrapped in Christmas bows. She is already shown to have a stack of them on her desk.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "Boating School", Patrick supplies SpongeBob with an apple to give Mrs. Puff with on the day of his next driving test. He hands it to her and she scarfs it down.
    • Exaggerated in "Teacher's Pest", when Mr. Krabs and Plankton force-feed Mrs. Puff various fruits to get on her good side. At one point, Plankton pours a bagful of apple seeds down her throat, resulting in an entire apple tree growing from inside her.
  • Super Mario World: In "A Little Learning", Yoshi and Oogtar give Princess Toadstool an apple with a caterpillar inside. The two think it's funny (and so do Hip and Hop, which inspires them to go to school against King Koopa's wishes), but the Princess doesn't.
    Princess: That wasn't funny, Oogtar! I could have eaten that worm!
  • Tex Avery MGM Cartoons: in the Michel Lah-directed Droopy cartoon "Blackboard Jumble", the Droopies give the protagonist an apple outright labeled "apple for teacher"... and from which protrudes a burning wick, so he simply pulls the wick out and takes a bite. A second later, the bite explodes, leaving smoke from his ears. He looks dumbfounded at the wick... which explodes too, ashfacing him. Then the apple explodes.

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