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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 naive 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. Two further seasons were picked up by the network, with its finale airing on December 7, 2021.

This show provides examples of:

  • 30 Minutes, or It's Free!: In "Jerk Chicken", Apple made a coupon for his and Onion's pizza delivery business that promises "delivery at your home right into your hands in 15 minutes or less or it's free." Onion points out how that would ruin their business before it got started, but Apple managed to realize it beforehand and kept all the coupons. All but one, which ended up in the hands of the titular Jerk Chicken, who uses it to scam the two out of free pizza.
  • 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.
  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: Apple has a nightmare after eating undercooked chicken in "The Eater".
  • All for Nothing: Apple and Onion's plan to devalue oil to stop Texas Ribs from drilling on their favorite booth fails because Texas Ribs was actually drilling for olive oil.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: All of the characters are this.
  • Artistic License – Animal Care: In "Panamanian Night Monkey", the titular primate is kept inside a zoo exhibit that's made for a diurnal monkey, leading to the main duo complaining about not being able to see it since the zoo is only open at daytime when the night monkey is sleeping. In reality, a zoo would keep nocturnal animals in dark indoor exhibits that simulate nighttime so guests are able to see the animals active.
  • Ass in a Lion Skin:
    • In "Champion", Apple and Onion disguise a large dog as a horse by putting a saddle and blinders on him and adding some hay for a mane and buckets for hooves.
    • In "Christmas Spirit", Onion sabotages Chicken Nugget's Mall Santa stand by giving him free "reindeer" that are actually raccoons with antler hairbands and clown noses. Chicken Nugget doesn't suspect that they are not real reindeer, even though he points out that he thought they'd be taller and even refers to them as being "raccoon-sized". Onion then spreads hot dogs around to make them attack. Apple then falls for the exact same trick when Chicken Nugget plays it on him.
  • 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 Jalapeño Pepper and Scotch Bonnet, "two of the biggest liars of all time!" Apple and Onion counter by tracking down the real Jalapeño 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 Jalapeño 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.
  • 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 the minisode "Car", as the criminal Hoagie escapes jail, Chicken Nugget exclaims "That man's insane! insane! insane!..." Cut to Hoagie chopping violently with his knife. It turns out he is preparing carrots for a soup, which is mentioned when the scene returns to Chicken Nugget: "...insanely good at making vegetable soup!"
    • 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.
  • Big Storm Episode: "Hole in Roof", in which the "Storm of the Century" is headed to the city and Apple and Onion have to find a way to patch a hole in their roof before it hits.
  • 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 pilot, Apple's idea for Onion to woo French Fry at Hot Dog's party is to dance with a bunch of toys. Near the end, to make up for all the damage they have done to the party, the duo starts dancing with their toys again, to cheers of the others.
    • 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.
    • "The Eater" begins with a jack-o-lantern on the front of Apple and Onion's apartment getting up and leaving because he forgot what he was doing there. He returns at the very end, having remembered that he was there to trick-or-treat.
    • "Nothing Can Stop Us" has the duo retrieve a toupee for Hot Dog so he can do an audition, which has a rule against hats. Hilarity Ensues, which results in the toupee being destroyed by the time they meet him. They then tell him to power through the audition with his bald head and nails the audition... only to learn that the part requires hair, fake or real.
  • Call-Back:
    • Onion spends most of "Sausage And Sweetie Smash" obsessed with the titular Sweetie Smash, the app Samosa was developing in "Positive Attitude Theory".
    • In "Truffle Season", after Falafel is indebted to them for saving his life, Apple and Onion try to even the score by putting themselves in danger so Falafel can save them. They choose to do what they did in "Walking on the Ceiling", wearing magnetic shoes and standing underneath a bridge just as the USS Bridge Ceiling Scraper is going through.
  • 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 / Shout-Out: 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.
  • 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 (for messing up with the money) 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.
  • Children Are Innocent / Karma Houdini: Regarding the above chain, Lemon Drop somehow did not have to own up to the fact that she, technically, was the one who started the chain by messing up the duo's money counting.
  • 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!
    • In "Hole in Roof", Apple and Onion look for something to patch a hole in their roof in the junkyard, and find a steel beam with a patch of plaster in the exact shape of the hole.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Very common, due to Apple's... unique thinking process.
    • For example, on "Walking on the Ceiling", the two are stuck underneath a bridge and have a hard time trying to get help using the stuff in Apple's bag. Once the whole ordeal is over, Apple is revealed to have had his cell phone on his sock the whole time: he just didn't mention it because Onion kept asking for what was in the bag.
    • Zigzagged on "Sneakerheads". Apple has hidden his and Onion's passports on a safe where no one would think of looking — in the middle of the Amazon jungle. After having to dodge dangerous animals and carnivorous plants, they make it to the safe, but Onion realizes that he has to go through the same obstacles to get back. That's when Apple points out that there was a much safer route that led straight to the airport. When Onion asks why they didn't just use that path, Apple explains that it's full of quicksand, and they start sinking in a patch of it. Fortunately, it's not too deep and they're able to escape easily, but as they're on the plane back home, Onion realizes they're holding dummy passports that Apple made to fool crooks; the real passports were left with Falafel for safekeeping.
  • 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.
  • Daydream Surprise: In “Microwave’s Dance Club”, Apple and Onion try to become famous so they can get into the club’s VIP section by walking across the Sahara on their hands. After they make it, they return to the club, only for Chicken Nugget to tell them that not only are they not famous, they are not even in the club; indeed, they have hallucinated the whole thing and are still in the Sahara, suffering a Hollywood Mirage.
  • A Dog Named "Cat": In "Champion", Apple names a large dog Horse because he thought it was a horse at first.
  • 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.
  • The Dog Walks You: The large dog in "Champion" drags Apple and Onion as he runs and jumps over things. This gives them the idea to pass it off as a horse and win a horse jumping competition.
  • Dream Emergency Exit: In "The Eater", Apple and Onion try to wake up from their bad dream using "the classic pinching technique." When that fails, they try to hit each other harder, but even that doesn't work.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In "Good Job", Falafel is feeling depressed because no one seems to appreciate the hard work he does maintaining the building. Apple and Onion try to help, but their ideas end up backfiring, making Falafel even more depressed, to the point that he decides to quit and leave. But then he overhears the tenants talking about how their lives have gotten better indirectly due to Falafel's repairs, and it cheers him up.
  • 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.
    • In "A Matter of Pride", Apple and Onion quit their job at the Dollar Store, and Patty tells them not to come crawling back. When they have to return to beg for their old jobs, they come slithering back.
  • 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 aptly named 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.
  • Faking the Dead: In "Broccoli", Apple and Onion try to get Hoagie to fix the roof by faking their own funeral to guilt him. Unfortunately, everyone else thought it was real and get angry at them; Apple was supposed to let the others in on it, but he thought that not doing so would make the ruse more convincing.
  • 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.
  • Fountain of Youth: Scientists take Falafel's rooster Ferekh, thinking he holds the secret to curing old age. Apple and Onion discover that the molokhia Falafel prepared for Ferekh was what made him not age, and they give it to the scientists. Then it turns out it doesn't cure old age, it instead concentrates it in one part of the body.
  • 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.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Apple is amused by Onion's affections for French Fry, always saying with bewilderment, "But she's a girl!"
  • Gone Horribly Right: In "Election Day", Apple and Onion try to beat Mayor Naise at his own game by making a political ad depicting a CGI version of him as a bank robber who hates the city and its citizens. This works too well, as not only the citizens side with Apple, but call for the mayor's arrest to which the police oblige.
  • 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.
  • Halloween Episode: "The Eater", along with being a horror-themed episode, also features a jack-o-lantern show up for trick or treat at the very end.
  • 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The title characters. Onion even has a photo of Apple above his bed with the word "buddy" written underneath.
  • 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.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Falafel wants to sing opera in "Falafel's Passion", but his singing is screechy and loud.
  • 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.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: The monster in Apple's dream on "The Eater" is a giant human toddler.
  • Hypno Fool: In "Pat on the Head", Onion is hypnotized into being a "macho nature survivalist" at Mayor Naise's party by Cinnamon Swirl, but before he could snap him out of it, an eagle takes Cinnamon Swirl's right hand, which is the only one he can snap. The only other way to get Onion back to normal is to give him a great shock, but when all of his attempts to shock Onion fail, Apple decides to get himself hypnotized into being Onion. Onion eventually gets shocked back to normal when he eats a bad-tasting dish Apple made, then takes Cinnamon Swirl's snapping hand from the eagle and uses it to snap Apple back to normal.
  • 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.
  • Impact Silhouette: In "Ferekh", Apple walks right through Falafel's door, leaving a hole shaped like him. Falafel then reassembles the pieces like a jigsaw puzzle. Apple later does the same at a scientific research facility.
  • 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 an 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.
  • Inner Thoughts, Outsider Puzzlement: In "Burger's Trampoline", Apple and Onion have an Imagine Spot of them having fun on the titular trampoline. Cut back to reality, where their friends are staring at them jumping up and down.
    Cotton Candy: Hey! What have we told you about daydreaming in front of us?
    Apple and Onion: It's creepy.
  • Jerkass Realization: In "Burger's Trampoline", Apple and Onion learn from Hot Dog, French Fry, and Cotton Candy that Burger has a trampoline and go to his house to play on it, but all Burger wants to do is watch a card game show with them. After the two unsuccessfully try to give him hints to using his trampoline, they ultimately decide to distract him using a phony spa coupon. However, Burger tells the two how he much he trusts them as friends, as he is mad at Hot Dog, French Fry, and Cotton Candy for coming to his house just to play on his trampoline. Thus, the two find themselves unable to enjoy the trampoline, feeling guilty that they were also using Burger to get to it, so they get Hot Dog, French Fry, and Cotton Candy to realize how Burger feels and apologize to him.
  • Jingle: There is a short one which begins the theme song and plays whenever Apple has an idea; with the scene showing a close-up of him smirking.
  • 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.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: When coming up with a plan to make money in "Eyesore a Sunset", Apple decides to just mention the first two things he sees. First one is his bed, the second is Onion's breakfast, so they decide to rent their apartment as a bed and breakfast. At the end of the episode, Apple tries it again, and Onion throws his breakfast away so they don't have to go through the events of the past episode again.
  • Literal Metaphor: Apple and Onion’s attempt at repaying Patty in “All Work and No Play” involve a series of these, including putting toothpaste back in the tube, finding needles in hay stalks, putting their nose to a grindstone and making molehills out of mountains.
  • Literal-Minded: Beef Jerky 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.
  • Loophole Abuse: In "Jerk Chicken", Jerk Chicken uses Apple's badly thought out pizza delivery coupon to scam them out of free pizza. First of all, the coupon promises the pizza delivered in 15 minutes, so he stalls them to get over the limit. The coupon also promises delivery "to your hands" so he rejects it when they fail to place the pizza in his hands. Last but not least, Apple neglected to specify a time or use limit on the coupon, so it's essentially good for eternity. They finally get one over Jerk Chicken when their attempt to destroy the coupon burns his house down, so now it can't be delivered "at your home" since he doesn't have one anymore.
  • Lost in Character: Parodied on "Hole in Roof", where Tater Tot is practicing for a movie where he plays "Junkyard Tot". He goes back and forth between staying in character and not letting Apple and Onion take a beam out of the junkyard and breaking character to explain why he can't just give them the beam.
  • Mall Santa: Apple, Onion and Chicken Nugget compete for the job of mall Santa to get money for their presents in "Christmas Spirit". Since there is only one spot available, they have to compete to see which makes the best Santa, leading to an Escalating War as they try to sabotage each other.
  • Manchild: Apple and Onion are both this, struggling to be "grown up" and acting quite naïve 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".
  • Musicalis Interruptus: Occasionally happens, such as when something new is spotted.
  • 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, and authoritarian.
  • Naturally Huskless Coconuts: Averted in "Broccoli", when Hoagie drinks from a coconut with a green husk.
  • 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.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: In "Burger's Trampoline", Burger thanks Apple and Onion for coming to his house to hang out with him rather than to use his trampoline like their other friends, unaware that the duo actually also came to use his trampoline and just tricked him into leaving with a phony spa coupon. Sure enough, the two feel so guilty that they are unable to have fun on the trampoline.
    Burger: You know something? You guys are the only people who came to actually hang out with me. Not like my other so-called friends! All they ever did was use me for my trampoline! Not you, though. You two were the best. (Apple and Onion stop waving) I'll see you soon. Mi casa is su casa.
  • 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.
  • Odd Friendship: Apples and onions are vastly different foods, so these two are an odd pair.
  • On One Condition: In "Cousin Day", Patty reveals that she's leaving the Dollar Store to Apple and Onion in her will... if they can earn double what the store usually earns in a week. After their attempt to make more money fails completely, Patty explains that she knew they wouldn't be able to.
  • 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.
  • Percussive Maintenance: In "Keep it Fresh", the fridge is broken, so Apple tries to fix it with the "bang it as hard as you can" technique. He only breaks it further.
  • Playing Sick: In "Patty's Law", Falafel fakes being sick so he doesn't have to deal with Apple and Onion. This backfires badly, for not only do Apple and Onion stay to take care of him, but he also has to deal with Patty, who hates being lied to (to the point she punishes anyone lying to her) and shows up to see that he's not faking.
  • 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.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: In "Lambporcini", Chicken Nugget gives Apple and Onion, who are working as valet attendants, to park his Lambporcini and warns them not to get one scratch on it. They notice what looks like a scratch and, hoping not to get blamed for it, take it to a body shop to get it fixed. It's only after they overhear Chicken Nugget brag about the car that they realize the "scratch" was actually an engraved signature, so now they have to go to Italy and trick Signore Lamporcini to sign it again.
  • Pride: "A Matter of Pride" is all about Apple and Onion feeling too proud to do demeaning work at the Dollar Store, so they quit to get a job that isn't beneath them. Having failed to find one, they find themselves unable to pay for food, so they get a job at Burger's fast food place taking orders at the drive-thru because the intercom is broken. Unfortunately, since they're not allowed breaks, they resort to wearing diapers, thoroughly humiliating themselves. At the end of the day, there is unfortunately no food left for them, so they have to literally swallow their pride. After which they come back to the Dollar Store and beg for their old jobs back.
  • Red Sock Ruins the Laundry: In "A New Life", 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.
  • Satiating Sandwich: In "Keep It Fresh", Apple buys a very expensive sandwich that can provide a month's nutrition in one bite. Unfortunately, it needs to be refrigerated within 24 hours or it will expire immediately, and the pair's refrigerator is broken.
  • Sequel Episode: "Broccoli" to "Hole in Roof", dealing with the roof that was blown away at the end of that episode being repaired.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: "Apple and Onion's Booth" has the duo trying to save their booth from being drilled for oil. After they are successful, they decide to sit on another booth anyway.
  • Shown Their Work: The end of "Sneakerheads" features a blobfish that actually looks like its natural form in its habitat rather than the famous pink blobby form which is the result of tissue damage.
  • Slice of Life
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: Parodied on "Nothing Can Stop Us" when Apple and Onion call Falafel from the car rental. When they agree not to ask for any more favors from him, Falafel steps out of the split screen to sign for their rental.
  • Stylistic Suck: The CGI ad made by Apple and Onion in "Election Day", with low-polygon graphics and obvious mistakes.
  • Take That!: In "World Cup" Onion says that England got locked out of the World Cup by Howland Island, which is (as Apple points out) uninhabited.
  • 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.
  • Special Edition Title: For the Christmas Episode "Christmas Spirit", the title sequence has snow falling during the outdoor scenes and jingle bells playing on the soundtrack.
  • 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: Apple and Onion make a habit of singing impromptu for just about any reason, 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. They use it again in "Hole in Roof" to call Falafel in Egypt.
  • 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 Patty, are implied to be immigrants as well.
  • Useless Security Camera: In "Music Store Thief", the pair set up surveillance cameras at a music store to try and catch whoever is stealing all the instruments. Unfortunately, Apple aimed all the cameras at one guitar, the most expensive item on the store. When the cameras zoom out, everything else has been stolen.
  • The Unsmile: In "Good Job", Apple and Onion try to make Falafel smile with tape holding up the corners of his mouth and eyebrows. Unfortunately, this makes his face look terrifying; and to make it worse, Chicken Drumstick was unloading his problems, and thought Falafel was mocking him.
  • Was Too Hard on Her: In "Apple's in Trouble", Apple gets angry at Lemon Drop when she messes with the money from the cash register, yelling at her that she messed everything up. This causes Lemon Drop to become deeply upset and a chain reaction that ends up with Cheese Steak challenging Apple to a fight. When the duo find out about this, Apple tearfully apologizes to Lemon Drop saying that he deserves to be beaten up by Cheese Steak. Not wanting to see Apple so sad and distressed, Lemon Drop forgives him triggering the chain reversal.
  • 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.
  • Worm in an Apple: Apple doesn't like worms because they're his natural predator. There's one living inside him that he's unable to get out. In "Falafel's Fun Day", Apple imagines himself as being homeless and the worm eating him bit by bit.
  • 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.
  • You Didn't Ask: In "Walking on the Ceiling", Apple and Onion are stuck under a bridge and try to call for help with stuff from Apple's bag. After they finally make their way down, Apple then gets a phone call and takes out his phone out of his sock. Onion asks why Apple didn't just use the phone to call for help, Apple points out that he kept asking for stuff from his bag, not his sock.



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Wake-Up Time

The first scene of Apple & Onion's pilot features the two titular leads dancing early in the morning. Onion takes issue with this and explains what could've been done differently, with Apple ultimately coming to agree with Onion's reasoning after thinking things over.

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