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The perfect team.

Apple! And Onion! Today's another day!
Apple! O-o-onion! We do things our own way!
Apple! And Onion! Having lots of fun!
Apple and On-i-on!

Apple & Onion is a Cartoon Network series, created by George Gendi, a former storyboard artist on The Amazing World of Gumball and Sanjay and Craig.

The Slice of Life cartoon follows two friends, the titular Apple and Onion, who have recently moved to the big city, which is full of Anthropomorphic Food, as they try to make friends and mature into adults.

The show premiered on Cartoon Network on February 23, 2018. It initially premiered as a miniseries, but then got picked up as a full series on May 20, 2019, which premiered on November 2019.


This show provides examples of:

  • 6 Is 9: In "Falafel's Fun Day", Falafel warns Apple and Onion not to turn the air conditioner past six, or it will leak water. When their apartment floods the next morning, Apple explains that he was practicing his trapeze routine, saw the dial upside-down, thought it was set to nine and turned it to what he thought was six. Falafel then turns around the thought bubble where the flashback played to show that he actually set it to nine.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: All of the characters are this.
  • Attack of the Political Ad: When Apple runs for mayor in "Election Day", Mayor Naise makes an ad that claims he and Onion are actually Jalapeno Pepper and Scotch Bonnet, "two of the biggest liars of all time!" Apple and Onion counter by tracking down the real Jalapeno Pepper and Scotch Bonnet and shooting a video of all four together. Mayor Naise then doctors a screenshot of the video and adds puppet strings to Jalapeno Pepper and Scotch Bonnet. So Apple and Onion are forced to sink to their level and make a CGI video of Mayor Naise robbing a bank. It works too well, getting the Mayor arrested.
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  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Apple's problem in "Apple's Focus"; he can't seem to focus on anything at all.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In "Selfish Shellfish", Apple and Onion have looked all over Falafel's apartment for his house key, and the only place they haven't looked is... a live chicken. Cut to Falafel with his key enjoying a chicken dinner, implying that they had the chicken killed to get the key from inside her and then cooked her. Turns out the chicken is still alive; she was sitting on the key the whole time.
  • Be Yourself: The main moral of the pilot.
  • Bowel-Breaking Bricks:
    • A Running Gag on "Baby Boi TP". First, Onion is sitting on the toilet and it cuts to construction workers lowering a pipe into a hole, telling the crane operator to "drop the load." Later, when Onion talks about wiping himself, the cutaway is to the same workers cleaning windows. Finally, at the end, it's the workers laying down concrete, but the concrete is pouring too fast and spilling all over the place.
    • Apple trying to pee on an adult urinal in "Apple's Short" is shown as a fireman trying to put down a fire in a high-rise, but the water from the hose falls on him instead. Apple using the kids urinal is shown as the fireman pouring himself a glass of water.
  • Brick Joke:
    • In the beginning of "Apple's Focus", Apple has a pet tadpole, which grows into a frog in the time it takes Onion to explain his lifelong dream of winning a baking contest. The frog makes a surprise appearance much later, just in time to eat Onion's recipe.
    • On "River of Gold", the characters in the book Apple and Onion are reading get their footsacks stolen by a crow, who is then seen wearing them. Later, Apple impersonates a museum donor to distract Chicken Nugget by asking to see the most valuable item in the collection. It turns out to be a crow skeleton wearing footsacks.
    • In "Appleoni", Burger comes to the Dollar Store to buy a screwdriver, but gets waylaid by Apple and Onion's dance and forgets to buy it. In the end, they ask Burger what he needed the screwdriver for, and he suddenly remembers that it was to fix Hot Dog's bike; cut to Hot Dog screaming as his bike falls apart and goes out of control.
    • In "Dragonhead", Apple and Onion gather what little money they have to buy a new showerhead. Onion has $66 cents, while Apple only had a spider in his wallet, which then takes a penny from Onion's change. The spider is seen again several times stealing money. At the end of the episode, The spider not only has lots of change in its web, but also Onion's cell phone, which it uses to order the last available Dragonhead showerhead.
  • Call-Back: Onion spends most of "Sausage And Sweetie Smash" obsessed with the titular Sweetie Smash, the app Samaosa was developing in "Positive Attitude Theory".
  • Carnivore Confusion: Played for laughs, the Anthropomorphic Food people eat regular food like meat, bread, vegetables and sweets, with occasional gags that they also are food themselves.
  • Casting Gag: Eugene Mirman plays Gene Belcher on Bob's Burgers. Here, he plays Burger.
  • Catch-22 Dilemma: In "Baby Boi TP", Onion wants to be a model, but the modeling agency won't let him in because he has no modeling experience. He calls it a Catch 22, even looking it up on a dictionary (and almost reading the description of the book the term is named after).
  • Centipede's Dilemma: In "Apple's Formula", Onion tries to figure out a formula that explains how Apple is naturally funny. But whenever Apple tries to follow the formula, he ends up being insulting instead.
  • Clear My Name: In "Falafel's in Jail", Falafel is imprisoned for stealing headphones, and it's up to Apple and Onion to catch the real culprit.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Lampshaded on "Onionless".
    Apple: How can I learn how to bring a dead plant back to life? [sees that he's in front of a "plant university"] Convenient!
  • The Chain of Harm: In "Apple's in Trouble", our heroes try to find out why Cheese Steak is being so mean to Apple. Turns out Cheese Steak's boss Fried Shrimp was being mean to him, and Birthday Cake was being mean to Fried Shrimp. Onion realizes that it's a "classic chain reaction", and illustrates by making a chain of falling dominoes. So they set to find the "first domino" that started the chain. it turns out to have been Apple himself, who had yelled at Lemon Drop and made her upset, taking it out on her teacher, who threw all-night parties to cope with the stress, which kept Gingerbread Man awake, making him too tired to control the sewer rats, who then invaded the hotel kitchen, making Drumstick unable to cook for Birthday Cake, who took out her frustration on Fried Shrimp, who in turn took it out on Cheese Steak.
  • Daddy's Girl: Pancake was one, which is why she's so determined to keep her father's tour bus to the meteor showers going after his death.
  • Dance Party Ending: Block Party, which was their goal to begin with.
  • Dance Sensation: In "Appleoni", Apple and Onion create a new dance, the titular Appleoni. Burger is the first to see it and try it out, but he changes a move from a back-and-forth head move to a side-to-side move; he suggest that they show the dance on TV. The next day, however, they find out that Burger's version of the dance has caught on, and not only that, he has taken full credit for it and redubbed it the Burgeroni. Apple and Onion then try to get even with Burger for not giving them credit. They eventually succeed in getting credit, but now everyone is getting their necks bent from doing the head move so much. They decide to create another dance that fixes the damage done by the previous dance.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": All of the characters are named for what food they are, except for Cat, whose real name is Sootie and belongs to their lollipop neighbor.
  • Election Day Episode: "Election Day", where Apple runs for mayor after finding out the current mayor made street parties illegal.
  • Enhance Button: On "Appleoni", Apple and Onion look over the surveillance footage at the Dollar Store to find proof that they actually the dance Burger took credit for, but they are blocked out by a shelf. In frustration, Apple slams his head on the keyboard, and accidentally zooms in. Onion notices something and asks Apple to do it again, until the footage is zoomed to a close-up of a mask reflecting them doing the dance.
  • Exact Words: In "River of Gold", Chicken Nugget forbid Apple and Onion from touching the book on display at the museum. They get around it by blowing the book open.
  • Face of a Thug: Beef Jerky may seem like a Scary Black Man in the form of meat, but is actually a pretty nice guy who befriends the main duo.
  • Face Your Fears: The episode "Face Your Fears" has Apple and Onion telling French Fry to face her fear of reciting her poetry in public. Then they get trapped in a pet store and Onion has to face his fear of snakes to get out.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In "Whale Spotting", Onion gets a chance to join a boat club, but they reject Apple. Onion at first stays with the club as they search for the rare crescent moon whale, which is his lifelong dream, but has to keep his seasickness a secret from the club. When Apple comes to deliver his seasickness pills, Onion gets off the club's boat and stays with his friend, and together they end up seeing the whale.
  • Formula for the Unformulable: Onion works on a formula to explain what makes Apple so naturally funny. Unfortunately, Apple botches following the formula, so Onion keeps amending it; but no matter how much he changes the formula, Apple can't follow it properly and ends up being unfunny.
  • Furry Reminder:
    • Onion hides from the police by sticking his head in a pot of soil and standing upside down, momentarily resembling a real spring onion.
      • This happens again, where Onion accidentally gets his head stuck in a pot of soil in "Falafel's Fun Day".
    • Apple occasionally runs into trouble with worms burrowing into his head.
  • George Jetson Job Security: Onion loses his job and company-sponsored apartment when Instant Coffee's sweater turns red and shrinks in the dryer.
  • Gesundheit: In "Music Store Thief", Apple says "Bless you" whenever Onion says "surveillance".
  • Gilligan Cut: After Apple and Onion are accidentally invited to Hot Dog's party, Burger takes them off the invite list, and hopes they haven't seen the invitation yet. It then cuts to Apple and Onion gladly exclaiming they've printed out all of the information for the party.
  • Good Feels Good: "Selfish Shellfish" explores the idea. Shellfish calls Apple and Onion selfish because while they never take money for their good deeds, they still expect a thank you note from whomever they help, and dares them to do a good deed without feeling good afterwards. This is easier said than done.
    • After helping Falafel find his keys, they reject his thank you card, but he praises their nobility and selflessness, which make them feel good.
    • Then they help a crow stuck on a fence, which only pecks at them for their trouble. They think they finally achieved a good deed that doesn't make them feel good... which makes them feel good, thus ruining it.
    • They try making themselves miserable beforehand so they still feel miserable after their good deed. It seems to work at first... but then they have an out-of-body experience that makes them feel good again.
    • Finally, they resort to not doing a good deed, in this case, helping Hot Dog lift a heavy refrigerator. When the fridge falls on Hot Dog, they have no choice but to help him out. They tell Shellfish that they failed to do a good deed without feeling bad, and they feel bad about it, which means they win the bet.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In "Not Funny", Onion tells Apple of the dynamic they share, but then Apple sees Onion have a similar dynamic with Cotton Candy and thinks Onion is going to replace him for her.
  • Hanlon's Razor: Specifically Grey's Law. Apple's ignorant antics cause Onion's father an incredible amount of suffering that makes him conclude that Apple is actively malicious.
  • Heat Wave: The episode "Heatwave", where Apple and Onion try to cheer people up with dancing and ice pops.
  • Height Angst: In "Apple's Short", Apple gets upset that he's short, and according to the movie they were watching, the actress Romaine Lettuce doesn't like short people. Hilarity Ensues as he tries to make himself look taller.
  • Here We Go Again!: The plot of "Pulling Your Weight" begins when Apple and Onion watch a TV report about a man who lifted a car to save his best friend (a cat), and decide to get strong enough to do the same should they ever have to do the same. At the end, they watch another report about a man who saved his dog using a hand glider and seriously consider getting hand gliding lessons.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Onion openly states that he loves French Fry, a French fry who has a plop of ketchup for hair.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The title characters. Onion even has a photo of Apple above his bed with the word "buddy" written underneath.
  • Het Is Ew: Apple is amused by Onion's affections for French Fry, always saying with bewilderment, "But she's a girl!"
  • High-Pressure Emotion: In "Party Popper", Pizza Slice warns Apple and Onion not to make the Kernel angry, because when he does he turns red and steam starts coming out of his ears; he doesn't know what happens next because no one's been foolish enough to make him that mad.Seeing as he's a popcorn kernel, it's pretty clear what does happen; when it does, the Kernel feels lighter, as if all his anger has gone away.
  • Hooking the Keys: In "Falafel's in Jail", Apple tries to used static electricity to get the key across from the cell. Unfortunately, the key flies into Falafel's mouth, and as he coughs it back up, it falls onto the hook again
  • I Just Want to Have Friends:
    • Onion's goal in "A New Life".
    • Chip, the potato chip trapped in the space in-between floors in "The Inbetween", Goes Mad From The Isolation and traps Apple and Onion so they can't escape. In the end they convince Chip to come with them to the outside, where he reunites with his old friend Falafel.
  • Idea Bulb: The show makes a Running Gag of characters interacting with the bulb.
    • In "Lil' Noodle", Onion gets one while trying to think of how to get a bird off his head. The bird pecks at the bulb until it breaks and falls off.
    • In "Burger's Trampoline", Apple gets an idea, but the bulb burns out, so he changes it for an energy efficient model. Later, when he and Onion get an idea together, Onion mentions Apple's new bulb.
    • In "Face Your Fears", Apple and Onion invoke this and make themselves get an idea bulb to see how to escape a toy shop. They produce a siren light, which gives them the idea to activate the alarm.
    • In "Positive Attitude Theory", they use one of Apple's idea bulbs to replace the one on the building entrance.
    • In "River of Gold", Apple has an idea while sitting down, and hits his head on the bulb when he gets up.
    • In "The Inbetween", Apple has an idea of how to turn off a fan, and the bulb gets sucked into said fan.
  • In Another Man's Shoes: Apple and Onion take over for Falafel in "Positive Attitude Theory", after they tell him that he needs a more positive attitude and he dares them to spend a day in his shoes. Apple initially takes it literally and tries on Falafel's actual shoes, noting that they're too big for him.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Onion has a pair of Nerd Glasses and his roots resemble a Funny Afro, resembling his actor Richard Ayoade.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In an effort to be more "grown up," Apple and Onion try to copy the quirks and verbal tics of their peers at a party, but end up sounding like they're making fun of them instead.
  • Lighter and Softer: Sticks out amongst the other Cartoon Network programs of its time, due to the fact that it's obviously aimed at younger children, rather than older kids/teens. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
  • Literal-Minded: Beef Jerkey tells Apple and Onion to copy their friends at the party to be more adult. They interpret this as parroting everything the other guests do in a seemingly mocking way.
  • Manchild: Apple and Onion are both this, struggling to be "grown up" and acting quite naive and silly despite living on their own.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: In "Not Funny", Apple's reflection acts as his shoulder devil, telling him to act on his jealousy. Once Apple comes to terms with his feelings, the reflection says "You don't need me anymore" and leaves; a passerby sees Apple with no reflection and thinks he's a vampire.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: In "Block Party", Apple and Onion are being attacked by a duck who has made her home in the roof of their building. Later they find out that it had made a nest there and was just protecting its ducklings.
  • Motor Mouth: Onion is sometimes this on a low-key level due to his long, drawn-out speeches. Especially in "Falafel's Fun Day".
  • Musical World Hypotheses: A diegetic example. The two leads will frequently break into song based on the situation.
  • Name and Name
  • The Napoleon: Chicken Nugget, who is small, short tempered, an authoritarian.
  • Nerd Glasses: Onion has them.
  • Nice Guy: Both of the main characters. There's not one mean bone in either of their bodies, and pretty much every episode involves them trying to make someone's life better.
  • Obsessive Hobby Episode: In "Sausages and Sweetie Smash", Onion is obsessed with the mobile game Sweetie Smash, so much that he ends up deleting everything else on his phone so he can keep playing. Meanwhile, Apple is consumed by his own obsession (eating sausages), even chasing a rat down a sewer for one. When he finds a giant pile of them and starts gorging himself, Onion tries to snap a picture of him to show Apple how awful he looks. It is then that he realizes he doesn't have enough memory on his phone because the Sweetie Smash app has taken up all his storage, and has to delete it in order to save Apple.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: When the police raid Hot Dog's party, Apple and Onion try to hide. Onion puts his head in a flower pot and pretends to be a plant, and Apple puts a lamp shade on his head.
  • Plot Allergy: In "Rotten Apple", Onion's dad is allergic to orange juice pulp. Despite knowing this, Apple serves him orange pulp soup (he didn't understand what "allergy" means) and he gets an allergic reaction and has to go to the hospital.
  • Poor Communication Kills: When Apple and Onion go to the bank, they start to argue about how to hold up their bag of cash properly. After Apple snatches the bag away from Onion, he turns to the bank teller and angrily says "This is a hold up!", which lands the main duo in jail.
  • Red Sock Ruins the Laundry: In the Pilot, Onion has to get his boss's jacket cleaned after he accidentally smeared melted ice cream on it. While at the laundromat, Onion lets another customer wash his team's red uniforms along with his load. Unfortunately, this causes the boss's jacket to shrink and turn red, and poor Onion gets fired.
  • The Reveal: Parodied on "Onionless" with the show Apple is watching (a parody of Game of Thrones). The reveal of who is one character's father is drawn out until the very end of the episode, with various fake outs along the way. When the reveal finally happens, everyone is disappointed except for Apple.
  • Running Gag: Every time someone asks the duo if they understand something or know something, Apple earnestly replies "I don't." Subverted the last time, when French Fry asks if they remember why they became friends in the first place.
  • Shout-Out: Eugene Mirman who voices Gene Belcher on Bob's Burgers is cast as Hamburger here.
  • Slice of Life
  • Stylistic Suck: The CGI ad made by Apple and Onion in "Election Day", with low-polygon graphics and obvious mistakes.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: In "Pulling Your Weight", Apple and Onion go to the gym and train until they can be strong enough to lift a car, their muscles becoming bigger. By the end of the episode, however, their bodies are back to normal.
  • That Poor Plant: Onion's bonsai in "Onionless". Apple was supposed to take care of it while Onion was away, but he gets distracted and it withers away, and he has to rescue it from the garbage truck. Fortunately, Apple is able to restore it to normal by the time Onion came back.
  • The Smart Guy: Onion
  • Sugar Bowl: The setting in which the show takes place borders on being this. Most of the characters are friendly, the setting is colorful, and the antagonists are usually just standard-level jerks rather than openly malicious.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: Anything is an excuse for a song for Apple and Onion, from walking down the street to baking a cake.
  • Tin-Can Telephone: Apple and Onion use one to talk to Falafel in "Dragonhead", and later to call Burger, despite him not living in the same building.
  • Toilet Paper Substitute: In "Baby Boi TP", Onion runs out of toilet paper because Apple is using it all to make papier mache sculptures of himself and his parents. Onion is forced to use a piece from the newspaper he was reading, specifically, the one that had an ad Falafel wanted to show the pair.
  • Toilet Teleportation:
    • How Apple and Onion get in and out of Falafel's cell in "Falafel's in Jail". They try to get Falafel out the same way, but he's too big and they just end up flushing down his falafel balls.
    • In "Music Store Thief", the thief turns out to be rats who take the instruments down the toilet to Beef Jerky's jail cell; he was preparing a band for Chicken Nugget's surprise birthday party.
    • "Rotten Apple" has a Call-Back to the events of "Falafel's in Jail"; this time Apple and Onion can't use the toilet to escape because it's out of order.
  • Unexplained Accent: It's implied that Apple and Onion have only recently moved to America, which is why they both have very recognizable English accents while most of the other characters have American ones. Other characters with accents, like Falafel and Pattie, are implied to be immigrants as well.
  • We Need a Distraction: In "River of Gold", Apple and Onion take turns distracting Chicken Nugget so they can read the book he's guarding. Apple first disguises himself as a wealthy museum patron asking to see the most valuable piece in the collection. Then Onion, pretending to be a statue, mimics a smoke alarm.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Onion's fear of snakes is highlighted in "Face Your Fears". When he and Apple are locked inside a pet shop, a snake shows them the way out through the sewer. Apple uses the snake to climb out a manhole, and Onion has to confront his fear in order to escape.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: In "Selfish Shellfish", Apple and Onion look all over Falafel's apartment for his house key, and throw anything else they find out the window. This includes spare change, Falafel's photos and memorabilia, and a rare expensive watch.


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