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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.


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.
  • Be Yourself: The main moral of the pilot.
  • 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, she plays Burger.
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  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • George Jetson Job Security: Onion loses his job and company-sponsored apartment when Instant Coffee's sweater turns red and shrinks in the dryer.
  • 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.
  • Hair Decs: Lemon Drop wears a pink bow.
  • 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!"
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Onion's goal in "A New Life".
  • 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.
  • 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.0
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 turn pink, and poor Onion gets fired.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.


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