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A 2005 Warner Bros. animated show that lasted only 13 episodes. It starred the hyperactive Coconut Fred in his strange and silly adventures on Fruit Salad Island. He is usually aided by a neurotic cherry, hillbily twin bananas and a Noble Savage strawberry, and usually to the misery, strife and pain of a strict watermelon, a lemon who wants to get off the island and a bully apple.

There's no getting around the fact that the show was a shameless knockoff of SpongeBob SquarePants: everyone from the youngest viewers to the actor playing the main character (Rob Paulsen, who would later list him as his least favorite role) picked up on it. Still you know what they say, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery".


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Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Tropes:

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The episode "Five Nuts and a Baby" features a pair of fruit bats who want to eat Coconut Fred and his friends. One of the fruit bats is blue while the other is purple.
  • Angrish: In "Bananas For Golf", Mr. Greenrind goes into this when a gopher spits out his golf ball from the hole.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: The entire cast is walking fruit.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Fred attempts to juggle a bear for a world record.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: In "Hocus Pocus, Lack of Focus", Coconut Fred casts a magic spell on Wedgie that turns him into a frog.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mr. Greenrind and Wedgie suffer the most out of the entire cast.
  • The Dentist Episode: The episode "Fruit Canal" is about Coconut Fred taking Bingo to the dentist to take care of his toothache.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: Coconut Fred's eyebrows are not connected to him in any way.
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  • Disguised in Drag: In "Fred Rules!", Coconut Fred puts Mr. Greenrind's rules board back together in such a way that all the rules get scrambled. One of the scrambled rules, "no seconds for Mr. Greenrind", prevents him from eating another piece of cake during a luau, which he tries to get around by disguising himself as a woman named "Melony"... which doesn't fool Fred.
  • The Ditz: Slip and Slide are not particularly bright, effectively making them the Patrick Star of the show.
  • Guinness Episode: In "The Ripley Van Ripend Book of World Records", Coconut Fred, disappointed that he is the only fruit on the island who has not done so already, tries to find a world record to break.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: "A Bad Case of the Fruitcups" is about Mr. Greenrind getting the hiccups.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Coconut Fred and co. have no trouble understanding Bunga Berry's grunting.
  • Iris Out: Most episodes end this way.
  • Konami Code: Coconut Fred uses this code near the end of "Sir Nut-a-Lot" to summon a pipe to escape from a hydra-like monster and teleport to Butchy's castle.
  • Market-Based Title: The Latin American dub of the episode "Sir Nut-a-Lot" is called "Sir Cocolot".
  • Meaningful Name: Slip and Slide's names refer to the classic joke of someone slipping on a banana peel.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: In the episode "Fruity Booty", Coconut Fred imagines the Snack Serpent with a chicken's head and lobster claws after Slip and Slide mention that's how they imagine it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: At least one episode features a celebrity singer parodying Britney Spears, known as Tiffany Pears.
  • NOT!: In "Fruity Booty", Butchy the apple steals a kids pool resembling a serpent to pretend to be the Snack Serpent. When he goes to take the pool, he says to the children playing in it, "Hey kids, sorry to pull the plug on your fun... not."
  • Only Sane Man: Mr. Greenrind, who tries to make sense of Fred's antics.
  • Parody Episode: The "Sir Nut-a-Lot" episode was primarily a parody of Final Fantasy VII, with Coconut Fred serving as Cloud and Butchy playing the Sephiroth expy. But then, you had Slip and Slide dressed like the Super Mario Bros., and Bingo being the obligatory help character; Navi, in this case. The end of the episode is a parody of Donkey Kong.
  • Physical God: Believe it or not, but Fred is this. He created the Island and can basically create anything just by imagining it.
  • Regret Eating Me: In "Fruity Booty", the Snack Serpent eats Butchy. Afterwards, he says "Good luck trying to eat me! Crab apples cause indigestion!", prompting the Serpent to vomit Butchy back up.
  • Send in the Clones: The episode "Coconut Freds" involves Coconut Fred finding a magic printer and using it to create multiple duplicates of himself.
  • Short Runner: Lasted only 13 episodes.
  • Shout-Out:
    • At some point in "Master of Disaster", one of the banana twins gets out a hand puppet that looks like Prickle.
    • The episode "Sir Nut-a-Lot" parodies several video games, particularly Final Fantasy VII.
    • In "Fruit Canal", when Slip and Slide go searching for Bingo, one of them finds a fish which says "Call the police!", a possible reference to The Ren & Stimpy Show.
  • Sick Episode: "A Cold Day on Fruit Salad Island", in which Fred wakes up sick with a “Co-Co Cold” on the day of a carnival.
  • Superhero Episode: "Captain Nut and the Power Fruits" is about Coconut Fred and the others becoming superheroes to defeat Blendark.
  • Title Theme Tune: In fact, literally the only spoken words in the intro are the show's title (with Coconut Fred's one instance of "Yay, me!" notwithstanding).
  • Tropical Island Adventure: Naturally, given that the title of the show literally mentions an island and all the characters are anthropomorphic fruits.

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