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Strawberry Shortcake was created by Those Characters From Cleveland and started life as a greeting card character in the early 1980s. She soon spawned a line of popular dolls and other merchandise, accompanied by six TV specials released annually from 1980 to 1985. In these specials, she and her friends lived in Strawberryland, raising berries and taking care of the occasional villainy concocted by The Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak and his associate Sour Grapes. The first two specials are available on DVD.

In 2003, she came back again, this time with a series of Direct to Video specials, all of which were subsequently split up into a TV series. It also spawned two movies, regular soundtrack releases, and games. In this incarnation, she still lived in Strawberryland, but her friends lived in their own lands, and for a while, there were no villains, just life lessons to be learned. In 2007, the Purple Pieman and Sour Grapes were reintroduced as villains and the character models were changed to make the characters look more like teenagers, but otherwise, the series still followed the same basic format. This series is currently being offered on-demand on some U.S. cable and satellite services through Kabillion, on sale on Leap Frog's AppCenter, and available to those subscribed to Hulu Plus.


The franchise got another reboot in 2009, with Strawberry living in Berry Bitty City, and no villains in sight until Sour Grapes returned in 2016. This franchise has spawned a 2010 TV series, Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures, three movies, an iPhone game that is only available in the US, and a 2018 web series currently airing on YouTube. The 2009 series is on The Hub in the United States and Boomerang in some non-U.S. markets and is released on DVD. IDW Publishing also made a comic book miniseries based on this show.

In 2016, a fourth reboot was announced, bringing Strawberry Shortcake back to the world of TV in three seasons and 39 half-hour episodes. Not much is known of this series, though it will be all-CGI like its predecessor. Since 2017 however, it is yet to be aired, and is presumably in Development Hell.


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    Multiple series 
  • Adaptation Distillation: A number of the stories from the 2003 and 2009 series were released as picture books or chapter books. Other books with original stories have also been released.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: The Sweet Dreams Movie, the 2009 series, and the 2018 series are all-CGI.
  • Alternate Continuity: Every series has different designs, lore, and characters.
  • An Aesop: Life lessons are very common throughout all the series.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Pink cats, blue/green dogs, blue mice, purple and white lambs, and the list goes on and on.
  • Anti-Villain: The Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peaknote  in the first '80s television special, Raisin Cane in the 1986 comic book, and every antagonist in the 2003 series. Sour Grapes is a prime example of this trope in the 2003 series, though this is subverted for her on some occasions.
  • Art Evolution: The characters have undergone five major design revisions since the franchise was launched in the early 80s.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Subverted in the '80s series and in the early seasons of the 2003 series, but started appearing after the 2007 redesign, and played straight in the 2009 series.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: The 2003 and 2009 series' theme songs talk about how sweet, lovable, and awesome Strawberry Shortcake is.
  • Cheerful Child: Strawberry and her friends are generally this, though how much depends on the storyline.
  • Christmas Special:
    • 2003: Berry Merry Christmas.
    • 2009: The three TV episodes that make up The Glimmerberry Ball Movie.
  • Continuity Reboot: Once in 2003, again in 2009, and again in 2017.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Often. There are plenty of exceptions, such as (most of) the villains and (most) side characters. Averted by many of the 2003 protagonists. Strawberry herself is a subversion: Strawberry wears red and pink clothes while her eyes are brown in the '80s and 2003, and green in 2009. Still, there are many cases of Curtains Match the Window in all versions.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: The Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak. He even has a mustache much like the trope namers.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: The "Berry Talk" song in The World of Strawberry Shortcake. Also, many of the songs in the 2003/2007 continuity.
  • Edible Theme Naming: The Ur example, as everyone and everything is named after food.
  • Edutainment Show: Generally of the pro-social lessons variety, but occasionally covering other territory as well
  • Expanded Universe: All three incarnations have storybooks (including book and record sets) that tell original stories not based on any of the specials or TV episodes.note 
  • Free-Range Children: Possibly. The characters at least look like children.
  • Girliness Upgrade:
    • Inverted with the 2003 series. Strawberry looked more tomboyish than she did in her 1980s design. She was later given an older, girly design.
    • Comparing the 2009 series to earlier versions, Strawberry looks much more feminine and traditionally cute.
    • Inverted with the 2018 reboot making her more neutrally feminine looking.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: The Pieman and Sour Grapes both switch sides a couple of times depending on the continuity.
    • 1980s specials: The Pieman. He had a Heel–Face Turn at the end of The World of Strawberry Shortcake, but by the following year's Big Apple City, he reverted to his old ways due to his "evil conscience", as he explains to the frustrated Strawberry.
    • 2003/2007 series: Sour Grapes wavers in wanting to befriend the heroes and her loyalty to her brother, ultimately staying good at the end of Dancing in Disguise.
  • Licensed Games:
    • 1980s: Strawberry Shortcake's Musical Match-Ups for the Atari 2600
    • 2003/2007: Four titles (including one GBA Video cartridge and one Europe-exclusive title) for the Game Boy Advance, two titles for the Nintendo DS, and a title for the Playstation2, which was ported over to the PC and then not released outside Europe. And then there's the Plug-and-play dance mat. Also, three PC titles (including said Europe-only port of the PS2 Sweet Dreams Game).
    • Edutainment Games: Amazing Cookie Party and Berry Best Friends (two of the aforementioned PC titles) are this.
    • 2009: Games from two different companies, Budge Studios, and Cupcake Digital.
  • Lilliputians: The 1980s and 2009 Strawberry and friends are tiny people living in a berry patch. Implied in the former, played straight in the latter.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Played straight for the entire franchise, with the amount of characters varying between incarnations.
  • Meaningful Name: Everybody, and a lot of characters also have multiple meanings to their names.
  • Meganekko: The 1980s Plum Puddin' as a female, and the 2003 Plum Puddin'.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Th cartoons were made to help sell scented dolls.
  • New York Is Only Manhattan: The 80s version had "Big Apple City", a stand-in for Manhattan that ignored the rest of the city.note 
  • No Antagonist: Much of the 2003 episodes except The Festival of Fillies, up until the reintroduction of the Pie-Man and Sour Grapes.
    • Played straight again with the 2009 CGI series, up until Sour Grapes was reintroduced.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up:
    • The 2003 series played it generally straight, but with some weirdness at times. For example, Apple Dumplin' was a toddler in this series, but the intro sequence depicted her as the same age as the other main characters. There was also an episode in which she was shown having a dream of being older. Despite all of this, the show went on for several seasons without any growing up, so it's fair to say it was almost entirely straight. The characters did eventually get older redesigns, but they didn't quite look like teens yet.
    • The 2009 series presents the characters as (slightly) older and more mature. In all three versions, the characters handle their own affairs, including getting ready for bed, harvesting food and in the 2009 series having proper jobs. See There Are No Adults below.
  • The One Guy:
    • Huckleberry Pie, most of the time. The first two 1980s specials had another male character in Plum Puddin', but he didn't have a corresponding doll. The character was reintroduced as a female in 1984, and finally got represented as a toy this way.
    • The 1980s series also had Lem, half a set of twins with his sister Ada.
  • Painting the Frost on Windows:
    • In Strawberry Shortcake Meets The Berrykins, The Berry Princess and her Berrykins are in charge of giving the berries of Strawberryland their scent.
    • In Spring For Strawberry Shortcake, Old Man Winter and the young girl Spring are responsible for bringing their respective seasons to Strawberryland.
    • "When The Berry Fairy Came to Stay" reveals that the Berry Fairies are responsible for giving the Strawberryland berries their size and color.
  • Parental Bonus:
    • The 2003 version has a character named "Watermelon Kiss". A watermelon kiss is also an alcoholic drink.
    • Mint Tulip from the '80s series's name was partially a pun on mint julep, another alcoholic drink.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Much of The Merch during the 2000's series.
  • The Power of Friendship: Large portions of the series, particularly the 2003 one, pretty much operate on this. The ultimate expression of it is songs such as "Friendship Grows" from "Meet Strawberry Shortcake", "The Gift of Friendship" from Berry Merry Christmas and "Back Together" from "A Horse of a Different Color." Other candidates include "You're My Berry Best Friend" and "My Friend, Mon Ami."
  • Premiseville: Strawberryland and Berry Bitty City.
  • Protagonist Title: The series is named after Strawberry Shortcake.
  • Race Lift: Lime Chiffon in her 1980s design has brown skin and green hair. The 2003 series made her into a light-skinned blonde, but the 2018 series brings back her original skin-tone and gives her green-and-brown hair.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Sour Grapes' pet is a snake named Dregs; the turtle exception applies to the good guys.
  • Something Person: The Pie Man/Pieman. (Official material has his name written both ways, so the way it is written out does not matter.)
  • Spinoff Babies: The "Berry Baby" merchandise in the 1980s version, and the "Strawberry Shortcake Baby" line of the 2003 version.
  • Spring Is Late: In a book from the 1980s, Strawberry Shortcake and the Winter That Would Not End, and the 2003 DVD Spring For Strawberry Shortcake.
  • Strawberry Shorthand: Do we even have to explain it?
  • Sugar Bowl: Strawberryland is generally a happy, sunny sweet place barring the occasional villain.
  • Talking Animal: Many animals talk in the 1980s series, Custard talks int he 2003 series.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song:
    • The theme song to the first 1980s special sort of qualifies.
    • Played straight twice an episode in every episode of the 2003 series, four times in every special.
  • Title Theme Tune: The 2003 and 2009 versions are straight examples. The 1980s version also qualifies, though that only happens in the first special.
  • True Meaning of Christmas:
  • Vague Age: There are no adults around. It's hard to tell if the characters are actually children or whether they're child-like adults. This is most obvious in the 2003 version due to the characters being Ambiguously Human.
  • Verbal Tic: Quite a few characters have a tic.
  • Video Game Delegation Penalty: In Strawberryland Games, when you buy desserts (which act as power-ups) from Angel Cake's bakery, you can choose between baking them yourself and having Angel bake them for you. The former choice gives you two desserts, while the latter only gets you one.

    1980s series 
  • Aren't You Forgetting Someone?: In Housewarming Surprise:
    Sour Grapes: With the world's greatest cookbook, I'll be famous! I can see it now, "Sour Grapes on the Merv Muffin Show!" Then, "Hollywood Pears..."
    The Peculiar Purple Pieman: Aren't you forgetting someone?
    Sour Grapes: Of course not, Purpy. I could never forget my purple partner in crime. My warm, wonderfully wicked, nasty but charming... pet snake, Dregs.
  • Big Applesauce: Big Apple City, the eponymous place in the second special, Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City, is a transparent N.Y.C. analogue, complete with Big 5 Avenue (an obvious reference to 5th Avenue) Sentimental Park (based on Central Park), Spinach Village (Greenwich Village), and "the Little Theater off Times Pear (Times Square)". Moreover, on the album Strawberry Shortcake Live, she sings a cover version of "New York, New York". (As David Letterman joked years later in a "Dave's Record Collection" segment, "I think this is the real reason the city can't sleep.")
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mr. Sun and the Pieman talk to the audience at some points.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: "Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name."
  • Clear My Name: Strawberry is framed for taking a bribe in Pets on Parade.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Strawberry occasionally threatens the Peculiar Purple Pieman with "berry talk", which he can't stand (this was how she cleared her name in Pets on Parade). In fact, in Housewarming Surprise, Strawberry teaches his pet birds a song full of berry talk, knowing it would annoy him enough to make him return a bunch of recipes he stole from her.
  • Disney Death: The Berry Princess in Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak.
  • Eviler Than Thou: When Sour Grapes first appears, she and the Pieman spend a minute trying to one-up each other with their respective evil deeds, with Sour Grapes having successfully committed crimes.
  • The Face of the Sun: Mr. Sun, who serves as the Narrator and interacts with Strawberry and the others. This is especially pronounced in the first special The World of Strawberry Shortcake, in which he provides a Deus ex Machina "magic wish" when the kids need to rescue Apple Dumplin' from the Pieman's palace. It's worth noting that in the first three specials he was voiced by the scriptwriter, Romeo Muller, best known for his work with Rankin/Bass Productions.
  • A Friend in Need: The new friends Strawberry meets in Big Apple City bend over backward during the bake-off to counteract everything the Pieman does to sabotage her. T.N. Honey fixes her oven (which he had turned into a refrigerator), everyone makes a lightning-fast run to the supermarket to get the proper ingredients for her shortcake (he had replaced milk with chalk water, etc.), and finally they call the hypnotized judge out for announcing the Pieman had won when he hadn't tasted either of the finished products (especially notable as Strawberry was perfectly willing to accept defeat).
  • Forgotten Birthday: Strawberry's birthday undergoes the surprise party treatment in the first special, though it isn't the focus of the whole story, but an opportunity for the Pieman to hatch his plot.
  • If I Were a Rich Man: Sour Grapes, especially in Baby Without a Name.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Strawberry Shortcake's friends always mean well, but throughout the specials sometimes come off as unable to understand the consequences of their actions and not thinking them through first. In the first special, they have a wonderful plan to hold a surprise birthday party for Strawberry Shortcake. Instead of giving Strawberry something to do until party time, however, the manner they chose to keep the secret involves rebuffing and ignoring her when she offers to have lunch with them. This drives her to tears thinking no one loves her; she would miss the party completely if the friggin' Sun Narrator didn't get fed up and spill the beans that her friends didn't desert her and are in fact waiting for her right then!
    • Furthermore, Raspberry Tart's defining character trait in that first special is that she speaks before thinking, which causes her to come off as unintentionally insulting. ("Aren't you a little old for [watering cans], dearie?")
    • In Pets on Parade, the Pieman rigs the contest in his favor... but as a twist, he accuses Strawberry (the contest judge) of helping him in exchange for a bribe. Strawberry's friends immediately jump to the conclusion that Strawberry did, in fact, help him cheat, and they end up driving Strawberry away — she doesn't come back until a new skunk friendnote  convinces her to.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: In Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins the Berry Princess rewards the main characters with longer hair.
  • Love Triangle: The Betty and Veronica version, except that the guy is a villain. Sour Grapes is exceptionally jealous of the Purple Pieman's affections for the Berry Princess.
  • Make a Wish: The climax of The World of Strawberry Shortcake hinges on The Face of the Sun granting her a "magic wish" as her birthday present.
  • Name of Cain: Raisin Cane, niece of Sour Grapes.
  • No Name Given: Twice.
    • The skunk in Pets on Parade — he thinks his name is Yowee A. Skunk based on what people say when they see him. When he is adopted by Angel Cake at the end, she gives him the name "Souffle" instead.
    • Baby Needs-a-Name in Baby Without a Name. She doesn't get one on-screen, and this was deliberate, as the idea was that the toy version's owner could name her whatever they liked.
  • Or My Name Isn't...: In The World of Strawberry Shortcake, the Peculiar Purple Pieman's first attempt at stealing the strawberries fails, but he becomes more determined than ever to get them:
    The Peculiar Purple Pieman: I'll get those strawberries, or my name's not The Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak!
  • Product-Promotion Parade: At least four times — and this isn't counting new outfits for the characters!
    • The trip to Spinach Village in Big Apple City.
    • The titular parade in Pets on Parade.
    • The slideshow in Housewarming Surprise.
    • The Berry Princess introducing the title characters in Meets the Berrykins.
  • Recycled Premise: Strawberry's toy company Kenner swapped out fruit/food for flowers to create the characters and setting of the similar (and scented) toy line Rose Petal Place in 1984, which spun off two animated specials.
  • Smelly Skunk: The poor little skunk in Pets on Parade who's just arrived in Strawberryland doesn't have any friends, and it's implied that it's because of belief in this trope. But he isn't depicted as actually smelling bad, and at the end of the story, he is adopted without hesitation by Strawberry's new friend Angel Cake.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: The Pieman's magical watering can manage to completely flood Strawberryland in the first special, which leads to them giving him all their berries so he'll stop.
  • Take Our Word for It: Being Sour Grapes' debut, we have to take her at her word that she was a successful criminal.
  • Toyless Toyline Character:
    • The original male Plum Puddin', T.N. Honey, and some of the Berrykins never got toys.
    • Raisin Cane, though fans make customs of her with Almond Tea bases.
  • Villain Decay:
    • The Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak. In the first special, he's a legitimately treacherous villain who's capable of flooding Strawberryland to get what he wants—namely, all of the strawberries. In the other specials save the first, he stymies Strawberry to win a gazebo, a tricycle, and get rich quick. Which in a way is actually worse, because the Pieman has the mindset of a childish schoolyard bully, but with an adult's resources and physical power.
    • Sour Grapes is generally more competent than the Pieman, but she goes from threatening a baby to trying to make the world's best perfume.

     2003 series 
  • Absentee Actor: Strawberry is the only character to appear in every episode; Angel, Ginger and Orange are absent in "The Mystery of Seaberry Beach" and "Legend of the Lost Treasure", but do appear in the Framing Device on the DVD.
  • The Aloner: Coco Calypso and Banana Candy, at first.
  • Alpha Bitch: Peppermint Fizz in the first seasons, but she outgrows it. Angel Cake develops into this in the final season, and Lime Light is introduced as this. Lemon Meringue is an alpha bitch in one episode of the final season.
  • Arc Words: The phrase, "Growing/Getting better everyday." could be seen as this.
  • Beach Episode: Beach DVD, rather: Seaberry Beach Party is two episodes and a bonus video.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Happens in "Everybody Dance" to Sour Grapes. She disguises herself as a dance instructor to keep the kids busy so she and the Purple Pieman can take over Strawberry Land, but she enjoys teaching them so much and their dancing is so extraordinary she cannot bring herself to do it, and with Strawberry's encouragement, she begins a change of heart.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Cola Chameleon to Peppermint Fizz, Sour Grapes to the Purple Pieman and Raven to Licorice Whip. Custard tends to feel she is in this position for Strawberry Shortcake.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Sour Grapes wishes that the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak followed this trope for her. He does, to a small extent, but clearly not as much as she would like for him to.
  • Big "NO!": Followed by a Rapid-Fire "No!" when Huckleberry is offered to play Prince Charming in, "The Play's The Thing". He changed his mind when they offered him to bake some pies.
  • Blush Sticker: The characters on the show have this, except for the animals and villains.
  • Brother–Sister Team: The Pieman and Sour Grapes are a villainous version.
  • Cain and Abel: Purple Pieman and Sour Grapes, particularly highlighted in Dancin' in Disguise. Sour Grapes (as the Wicked Witch of the West) gets a temporary switch to Cain in the Berry Brick Road episodes with Plum Puddin' (as Glinda the Good Witch) as her Abel.
  • Canon Foreigner: Ginger Snap, Peppermint Fizz, Rainbow Sherbet, Coco Calypso, and many others. Inverted in that unlike the later Cherry Jam character from the 2009 franchise, these characters had appeared in the 2003/2007 era toyline from the beginning.
  • Christmas Carolers: Strawberry runs into some while shopping for presents in "Berry Merry Christmas".
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Dregs, who was always with Sour Grapes in the '80s, appears in only one episode here never to be seen again. All of the other characters' pets disappeared, with the exception of Custard and Pupcake, after the 2007 redesign.
  • Demoted to Extra: Honey Pie Pony's final appearance was among the audience in It Takes Talent / Playing To Beat The Band, with no lines and no plot.
  • The Diaper Change: When Baby Ginger Snap needs hers changed in "Baby Takes the Cake" in Apple Dumplin's Imagine Spot, Apple first tells her to do it, then realizing it's not going to happen, does it herself.
    Apple: Please, Baby Ginger Snap, don't ever do that again.
  • Dislikes the New Guy: Peppermint toward Rainbow in "The Costume Party" due to seeing her as "different" than everyone else.
  • Distant Duet: "The Best Pet Yet" from "Peppermint's Pet Peeve", as Strawberry and the gang are getting their pets ready for the pet show.
  • Dummied Out: The NTSC/UC version of The Sweet Dreams Game for the PS2 has the entire How A Garden Grows song from the movie in the game data, but it was never used in-game for reasons unknown.
  • Easily Forgiven: In "Win Some, Lose Some," Peppermint Fizz is easily forgiven by Strawberry Shortcake for cheating at the games. Of course, it does help that Strawberry was never really mad at her, just sad at her failure to understand that the important part of playing games is having fun. Generally true for other cases where someone does something wrong as well.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Mostly if you're used to the later installments of this era.
    • Because most of the main voice actors started these roles as children and finished the roles as teens, the first season may sound a bit stilted and really high pitched.
    • The art style in the first season was a lot brighter and more neon, and the noses of the characters seemed more prominent. The colors, while still bright, were toned down a bit after the first season. Also, Orange Blossom didn't wear a hat in the first season, while she does in subsequent seasons.
  • Expressive Ears: Honey Pie Pony has these, and the other fillies. Pupcake has them too.
  • Facepalm: Grown-up Apple Dumplin', after first seeing Strawberry as a baby and after the baby versions of Strawberry and her friends refuse to take a nap in "Baby Takes the Cake."
  • Five Stages of Grief: Peppermint hits all five beats throughout "The Costume Party" during Rainbow Sherbet's arrival: she's unwelcome over her because she's different (Denial), lashes out at Strawberry and her friends for such which hurts Rainbow's feelings (Anger), her actions eventually cause Rainbow to consider moving away (Bargaining), is upset when she doesn't get what she wants when the girls play a costume party prank where everything's the same (Depression), and finally accepts Rainbow for what she is and becomes a good friend (Acceptance).
  • Four-Girl Ensemble: Ever noticed how many episodes star four of the girls? Who the four girls are varies, but Strawberry Shortcake herself is always among the group.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Ginger Snap.
  • Girliness Upgrade:
    • Inverted with Strawberry and Raspberry. They were girlier in the '80s version but are more tomboyish here.
    • Played straight with the 2007 redesigns. Almost everyone has a more feminine looking design. Overlaps with Used to Be a Tomboy, to a degree.
  • Green Aesop: A line in the song "Friendship Grows" reminds us to "treat the good Earth with respect".
  • Happy Birthday to You!: A Berry Happy Birthday, performed at the end of Meet Strawberry Shortcake. And then American Greetings monetized it by making and selling musical greeting cards that play the song.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Licorice Whip's assistant, Raven, in The Festival Of The Fillies. Licorice Whip himself goes through one in the European-release-only Game Boy Advance game Ice Cream Island Riding Camp which seals his transformation.
    • Most villains in the series except the Pieman and Sour Grapes turn good. Those two turned in the final episode of Season 4, wrapping up the 2003/2007 series on a high note.
  • "The Hero Sucks" Song: "Not Like Me" from "The Costume Party".
  • Ineffectual Loner:
    • Peppermint Fizz. Then there's Banana Candynote , although in actual fact she dislikes being one and only does it to keep Strawberry and company stuck in her town so she's not alone. Then Raspberry Torte nearly turned into one in the episode "Mind Your Manners".
    • Coco Calypso.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Strawberry and Ginger Snap have to shrink in order to get to the Berry Fairy Fields.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Professor Grapes is this for Rapunzel in A Princess Named Rap.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: In one episode, Strawberry Shortcake and her friends are putting on a play of Cinderella. Strawberry as Cinderella cries when the evil step-relatives say she can't go to the ball. Blueberry Muffin (the stepmother) and Ginger Snap and Orange Blossom (the stepsisters) feel bad and say she can go after all until Angel Cake (the fairy godmother) gets the story back on track.
  • Motor Mouth: Ginger Snap.
  • Negative Continuity: In the first episode "Meet Strawberry Shortcake," Apple Dumplin' is tasked with mixing the pot while making her birthday cake. However, in "Baby Takes The Cake," Strawberry and her friends tell her that she is too little to help them bake.
  • New Jobs As The Plot Demands: This is used to great comic effect in "Strawberry's Big Journey." When the group meets Banana Candy, she is working as a mechanic. They ask if there's somewhere that they can get food and she directs them to a local cafe and offers them a taxi... which turns out to be driven by her. When they get to the cafe, Banana Candy is making the meal, leading them to wonder just how the car is going to get fixed.
    Banana Candy: Small towns like this, you need a few jobs to make ends meet.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Custard.
  • Non-Lethal Bottomless Pits: In the Sweet Dreams Game for the PS2, accidentally falling into a cliff or river will result in Strawberry saying "Oh, no!" while the screen goes through a wipe. The game then resumes with the player character standing just right next to the point the fall happened.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Apple Dumplin' gets this sometimes.
  • Not So Different: Raspberry Torte and Sour Grapes, particularly in The Sweet Dreams Movie. Both are pessimists by nature, both are quite loyal to one person (Lemon Meringue and Purple Pieman, respectively), and both had the same abandoned dream.
  • Ocular Gushers: In "Baby Takes the Cake," all of the babies in Apple Dumplin's Imagine Spot in which she's an adult wail and cry these when she gets angry and tells them that they can't help her. She then starts crying these herself and, seeing this, they stop and calm down.
  • Once per Episode: Two songs are sung every episode.
  • One, Two, Skip a Few: Not quite a straight example, but in the "Not Too Little" song from "Baby Takes the Cake," Apple Dumplin' sings that she can count to ten.
    Apple: 1, 5, 9, 6, 10!
  • Our Fairies Are Different: The Berry Fairies.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • "Around the Berry Big World" has the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak in a paper-thin disguise as a ship captain, offering to take Strawberry Shortcake and Peppermint Fizz home to Strawberryland, but actually out to sabotage them.
    • Played with in "Down on the Farm." Strawberry Shortcake, Pupcake, and Custard disguise themselves as sheep and hide among the sheep of Caramel Corn's farm in order to discover who's been stealing her animals. Caramel Corn finds their disguises less than convincing, but Strawberry says that by the time it's dark they won't notice anything. When the Purple Pie Man and Sour Grapes come to take the sheep, Sour Grapes asks if they should take the "funny looking" ones as well. Pie Man, being a jerk, says that he doesn't care what they look like.
  • Playground Song: In "Strawberry's Big Journey," Orange Blossom leads several rounds of "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt."
  • Remember the New Guy?: Peppermint Fizz makes her first appearance in "Peppermint's Pet Peeve" (from the "Best Pets Yet" DVD) without any formal introduction, and treats her as though she had always been one of Strawberry's friends.
  • Rich Bitch: The Sea Beast and Lime Light. Margalo borders this, but they all reform.
  • Road Sign Reversal: In "Down on the Farm," the Purple Pie Man reverses the arrows on the signs that Strawberry Shortcake made the country fair to save Caramel Corn's farm. However, Huckleberry Pie spots it and they reverse the arrows in time to hold the fair.
  • Running Gag: Custard getting continually pounced and surprisingly uninjured by Pupcake throughout the 2003 series and in the movie.
  • Santa Claus: Strawberry Shortcake and Honey Pie Pony meet him and talk with him up at the North Pole in Berry, Merry Christmas.
  • Scare Dare: In "The Berry Beast," Huckleberry Pie issues a scare dare to go into some spooky woods. Strawberry replies that dares are silly, so he makes it a double dare, and Strawberry counters that double dares are double silly. He ups it to a Triple Scoop Dare with a strawberry on top and Strawberry says that he's on.
  • Selfless Wish: In Berry, Merry Christmas, when Santa Claus asks Strawberry what she wants for Christmas, she sobs because she's worried that she won't be able to find a gift for Huckleberry. After reassuring her that things will be alright with Huck, he asks her just what it is that she wants, but she can't come up with anything other than that she wants to make sure all of her friends get good gifts. To further drive home the point, most kids have a Christmas list of things they want for Christmas. What Strawberry calls her "Christmas list" is actually her list of things she plans to buy for her friends.
  • Shout-Out: One of the episodes is called "Angel Cake in the Outfield," which is referential of the film Angels in the Outfield.
  • Slice of Life: The first three seasons and a few episodes of Season 4 that does not star the Pie-Man and Sour Grapes, which caught the attention of the Slice of Life fandom Periphery Demographic.
  • Stealth Pun: Cola Chameleon is a lizard who can sing in the style of lounge singers like Frank Sinatra; a real "lounge lizard". Or, at least, he's good at lip-syncing to it anyway.
  • Tagalong Kid: Apple Dumplin'. Even though everyone else is a kid, she is a lot younger then they are and often comes along on the adventures.
  • Tagline: "Growing better all the time."
  • Timeskip: From 2007 on the characters were redesigned to look older.
  • There Are No Adults: While the occasional adult shows up, usually as a villain, none of the main characters have parents.
  • Tomboy: While there is a fair helping of tomboys, Raspberry Torte is the biggest example.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The close friendship between Raspberry Torte and Lemon Meringue.
  • Trivial Title: “The Costume Party”. The title has almost nothing to do with the episode’s plot, as it revolves around Rainbow’s arrival and Peppermint dismissing her for being different, but it comes from the prank Strawberry and the gang pull on her in the climax to teach her a lesson.
  • Unexplained Recovery: In the Berry Brick Road special, Sour Grapes and her flying monkey assistant got turned into stone, but are back for part 2.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: The point of the "Waiting for the Fun to Start" song.
    My favorite part of ridin' ain't the sweet sensation / The exhilaration when you feel your beating heart My favorite part of ridin' is the preparation / While you're waitin' for the fun to start...
  • Whole Plot Reference:
    • Around the Berry Big World is Around the World in 80 Days.
    • Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and The Wizard of Oz all got entire episodes built around them.
  • Wicked Witch: In the Wizard of Oz special Sour Grapes took this role, with Plum Puddin' as Glinda.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: In "Festival of the Fillies," Raven is eager to help Licorice Whip; Licorice orders him to get him lunch.

     2009 series 
  • Allegedly Free Game: All SSC games by Budge Studios start you off with a basic set of one or two characters, then demand anywhere between US$5 and US$20 for the other characters and additional accessories.
  • But Not Too Black: Orange Blossom, the only nonwhite member of the cast before Cherry Jam (Japanese, based on her eye shape and her cherry blossom motif) joined, was whitewashed from her original depictions. Her skin is lighter and her hair is now straight instead of poofy. She also had a white voice actress. This did not come without backlash. There was one doll made when Hasbro still had the toy rights that depicted her with poofy hair and darker skin.
  • Call-Back: Tom Tom in the third season, whose color scheme strongly resembles the original Pupcake, who was Huckleberry Pie's dog from the 1980s version.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Cherry Jam. Unlike the new characters created for the 2003/2007 version, she was created for the TV show first.
    • Sweet Grapes from Season 4, as well as Sour Grapes, since she's a completely different character from her previous versions.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Every character except Strawberry and five others from the previous series.
  • Compilation Movie:
    • "The BerryFest Princess Movie", which comprises of three episodes linked together: "Berry Best BerryFest Princess", "Strawberry's Berry Big Parade", and "The Berry Best Choice"
    • There's also "The Glimmerberry Ball Movie", which is comprised of "Happy First Frost", "A Circle of Friends" and "Glimmerberry Ball".
  • Decided by One Vote: The results of the Berryfest Princess election.
  • Everybody Cries: In "Strawberry's Berry Big Parade", we get plenty of tears from Strawberry's friends when they realize that they let her down with all of their bickering and arguing and making things difficult for her.
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: Pupcake is wearing a helmet while riding in Strawberry's scooter.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Katiebug and Sadiebug manage to break Lemon Meringue's mirror with their singing.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: In "Sky's the Limit!", the girls are at one point threatened by a herd of stampeding bunnies.
  • The Hyena: Plum Pudding is prone to fits of laughter.
  • Idiot Ball: When Strawberry meets Cherry Jam for the first time, she apparently doesn't recognize her. The problem is that Cherry was wearing the same outfit as in the "music video" seen earlier in the episode. Strawberry even remarks she smells something that smells like cherries. One would think Strawberry would have recognized her "favorite singer" immediately...
  • Lilliputians: Played straight; the show is set in a strawberry patch with a miniature world.
  • Literal Bookworm: Bosley Bookworm is a bookworm and assistant of Blueberry Muffin at Blueberry Books, a book store and library located in Berry Bitty City. Whenever she needs advice, she knows to ask Bosley.
  • "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: In "The Berry Best You Can Bee," Sadiebug claims "Nice" is her middle name, but Katiebug interjects that it's really "Ladybird."
  • Minimalist Cast: Early on there were only five main cast members.
  • Pet Baby, Wild Animal: Tad from "Fish Out of Water."
  • Pimped-Out Dress: In the episode "On Ice", one of the girls was making dresses for a spring Fashion Show. When there was a cold snap, she made the dresses fur-trimmed.
  • Road Sign Reversal: A non-racing version occurs in one episode of Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures. While trying to deliver a package, Strawberry encounters a sign that tells her the way to go, only for a breeze to flip the markers, knocking off the one she needs.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Sweet and Sour Grapes from the final season. Each sister's personality is the same as their name.
  • Slice of Life: Until the reintroduction of Sour Grapes.
  • Sky Surfing: The girls ride the tops of daisies to fly in the air.
  • Sweet and Sour Grapes:
    • In "Berryfest Princess," Strawberry is rewarded for feeding the wanderberry that she was expected to bring back for the feast to a sick bird by finding a new one growing right outside her own house.
    • A literal case as well. Two of the three new Berry Girls introduced in Season 4 are a set of twins named Sweet Grapes, and Sour Grapes.
  • Wasn't That Fun?: In the movie "Sky's the Limit!", the girls survive a crazy ride down a hill on a leaf, whereupon Blueberry Muffin is the first to admit how much fun it was.
  • We Sell Everything: In "A Berry Grand Opening," the Berrykins ask for something "sparkling" and "orange," and Orange Blossom pulls out everything from a glittery vase to a tablecloth to Orange Brand laundry detergent (to get your clothes sparkly clean).
  • You Mean "Xmas": First Frost is their equivalent of Christmas.

     2019 Series 

  • Multicolored Hair: Lime Chiffon has green-and-brown hair.
  • Tomboyness Upgrade: Lemon Meringue gets one in this series. She used to be one of the girliest characters but is a tomboy in this incarnation.
  • You Don't Look Like You: The characters have the basic characteristics but still manage to look off. Strawberry is the one with the most derivatives. Her hair is no longer curly and her clothes have been simplified. Blueberry Muffin has some pink in her outfit now and Lemon Chiffon's hair has two-tones. In general, the clothes are more simple-looking and the art-style is wildly different than before.


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John Jacob Jingleheimer

In "Strawberry's Big Journey" from "Strawberry Shortcake," Orange Blossom leads the group in rounds of "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" until Angel Cake loses it and demands that she stop.

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