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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 on YouTube, which adapts several stories from the IDW comics. 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. Initially going to be CGI, after years of Development Hell it was eventually cancelled.

In 2021, another Strawberry Shortcake series was announced, titled ''Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City", to come to YouTube in September of 2021 using 2D animation. The series would be set in Big Apple City, with Strawberry moving to the city to pursue a baking career and meet new friends. Unlike the previous generations, it largely drops the more fantastical elements in favor of a "realistic" modern day setting, and each episode consists of 4-minute shorts rather than a full-length runtime. On November of 2021, it was announced the series would also be aired on Netflix, and Paramount Plus on January 31st. In September of 2023, it was announced that the series would receive four 3D animated Netflix specials, with the first released on October 2nd, and another on November 1st. The official YouTube Channel would also begin posting original Shorts featuring the characters on January 15, 2024.

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  • 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.
    • The 2018 webseries for "Berry Bitty Adventures" consists of five episodes adapting stories from the 2016 IDW comics. The episodes feature an incredibly abridged plot and a very limited cast.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: The Sweet Dreams Movie and the 2009 series are all-CGI. The 2021 series was originally planned to be this, but it reverted back to being a 2D cartoon.
  • Alternate Continuity: Every series has different designs, lore, and characters.
  • 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.
  • Art-Shifted Sequel: The 2009 series used 3D animation for the main show, with the previous series being traditionally animated. 2021 would return to 2D but be digitally animated in a similar style to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Subverted in the '80s series and 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.
    • The extended theme for the 2021 version takes this to the next level by inserting a Boastful Rap in the middle.
  • 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.
    • 2021:
      • Lemon's Name in Lights.
      • Berry Berry Melody
      • Mission Unfrostable
      • The Magic Is You
      • Strawberry's Perfect Present
      • A Holiday Your Way
      • Strawberry Shortcake’s Perfect Holiday, a 45-minute 3D special.
  • Continuity Reboot: Once in 2003, again in 2009, and again in 2021.
  • 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 
  • Festival Episode: 2003 has "A Festival of Friends".
  • 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 2021 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.
  • 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.
  • Limited Wardrobe:
    • Played straight in the 80s series.
    • Zigzagged in the 2003/2007 reboot. While in the cartoon the characters have a "default" outfit they wear most of the time, the books, toys, greeting cards, and other merchandise tend to vary their outfits, especially the Playmates-era dolls.
    • In the 2021 series, generally everyberry wears the same outfit every day with incredibly few exceptions. They do wear different outfits in winter and summer episodes, but at the same time they end up wearing the same winter and summer clothes every time.
  • Meaningful Name: Everybody's name is based on a sweet, which their appearance and personality usually evoke.
  • Merchandise-Driven: The cartoons were made to help sell scented dolls.
    • Averted with ''Berry in the Big City", which has no tie-in toyline, and consists primarily of animated media.
  • 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.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Played with.
    • 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.
    • The 2021 series actually averts this, featuring the male Bread Pudding in the main cast along with Huckleberry Pie.
  • 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 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, Berry Bitty City in 2009, and Big Apple City in 2021
  • Protagonist Title: The series is named after Strawberry Shortcake.
  • 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.)
  • Species Surname: Many pets are referred to with their name and their species (ex: Cola Chameleon, Papaya Parrot, Elderberry Owl)
  • 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.
  • Sweet Sheep:
    • The original 1979/1980s incarnation has Melonie Belle, Peach Blush's pet lamb. Besides occasional illustrations and greeting cards, Melonie Belle only had brief appearances in the last two 80s specials.
    • The 2002 incarnation introduces Vanilla Icing, Angel Cake's pet lamb.
  • Talking Animal: A handful of animals talk in the 1980s specials and 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:
    • In the 2003 continuity: The Berry Merry Christmas special — Strawberry finds that the gifts are all ruined by water damage. Her friends then gather around to cheer her up and they sing a song enforcing the meaning of Christmas and such, then Santa comes around and drops off good, undamaged versions of the gifts she bought without any of them noticing.
    • In the 2009 continuity: The Glimmerberry Ball movie — After her friends have a falling-out, Strawberry has to remind them that First Frost, and the Glimmerberry Gathering both celebrate the community, and friends helping friends.
    • In Berry in the Big City special "Strawberry Shortcake's Perfect Holiday", everyberry is scrambling to complete their task for the Berryworks' Winterswirl celebration, but everything goes awry. Cinnamon Swirl herself ends up comforting the Berry Besties, telling them that perfect holidays are wanted by everyberry, but if everything goes according to plan there's no surprise or fun. The Berry Besties take this to heart, and instead focus on helping other berries and spending time with each other, with Cinnamon Swirl fixing the wrecked Berryworks in time for the tree-lighting ceremony as a gift for them.
  • Verbal Tic: Quite a few characters have a tic. Strawberry Shortcake's original 1980s incarnation has her infamous "berry talk".
  • 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.
  • World of Technicolor Hair: Every generation features characters with unnatural hair colors like blue, green, and pink.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Every new generation will drastically alter the character designs, leaving little resemblance to past incarnations, sometimes to the point of making the characters In Name Only.

    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. analog, 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.")
  • Boring, but Practical: When he finds the watering can going haywire, Plum decides to cap the spout. His plan goes horribly wrong.
  • 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."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Plum Puddin' leaves the group with little to no explanation behind his disappearance. His presence's only remnant is his name, which a girl adopts. She becomes a permanent part of the cast, effectively stealing the original's place. It is possible that the male Plum Puddin' moved to Big Apple City, considering a greeting card shows him and T. N. Honey as a couple.
  • Clear My Name: Strawberry is framed for taking a bribe in Pets on Parade, leading to her fourth Heroic BSoD.
  • 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.
  • Gender Flip: Plum Puddin' had his place taken by a girl of the same name after his Chuck Cunningham Syndrome. Said female Plum Puddin' continues to replace the original.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong:
    • Plum Puddin's attempt to stop the haywire watering can in the first episode ends up making it fire water out of where you should pour water IN.
    • The Peculiar Purple Pieman tries to secure his victory by sabotaging the traffic lights on one of the streets of Big Apple City... only to be blocked himself in the "Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City".
  • Heroic BSoD: Strawberry Shortcake encounters five of them during her journey through this series. Her first encounter with this is when she gets the impression that nobody likes her because her friends are busy. The Peculiar Purple Pieman puts her into a second one by ruining her birthday with a haywire watering can. The third one involves her being booted out of the hotel she made her reservations in under the pretense that she didn't. (Thanks, Peculiar Purple Pieman.) The fourth one occurs during the contest when the Peculiar Pieman sabotages her oven and ingredients and manages to get ahead with hypnosis. The fifth instance is where she gets framed for a false bribe, only to be snapped out of it when Soufflé the skunk reveals that he endured a similar situation in his childhood, but found that running away from his problems won't help him at all and that you have to deal with your problems to keep them from bothering you.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Peculiar Purple Pieman ends up getting himself put on both ends of this trope.
    • In "Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City", The Peculiar Purple Pieman ends up blocking his own path by sabotaging the traffic lights on one street of Big Apple City. Lampshaded seconds afterward.
    Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak: "Egads! I can't cross the street! Hoist by my own petard!"
    • He later tries to secure his victory with a claim about Strawberry Shortcake bribing him, putting his rival into a Heroic BSoD.
  • 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. Huckleberry Pie isn't all too pleased with that.
      Raspberry Tart: "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 she did 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 affection 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.
  • Mickey Mousing: The intro to the 1982 special Pets on Parade, shows Strawberry riding with Custard on her way to the location where the Pete Parade is hosted. During the intro, both Strawberry and Custard are moving in sync to the theme song with Strawberry peddling in tune to the song.
  • Name of Cain: Raisin Cane, niece of Sour Grapes.
  • Never Had Toys: Sour Grapes reveals that she never had a doll when she was little and says that her life would have been totally different if she had one.
  • 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 gets one, hence her "title". 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.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Where did girl Plum Puddin' come from? (This may be In-Universe reason why Plum Puddin' was changed to a girl along with the original male's disappearance.)
  • 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.
  • Retcon: In Plum Puddin’s first appearance he was a male. He then disappeared until 1984, which reestablished Plum as a girl character.
  • The Smart Guy: Plum Puddin', his replacement, and T. N. Honey.
  • 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 
  • Adaptational Karma: Self-inflicted example. The Brambleberry Fairy is quite depressed seeing the results of her malevolent work and regrets what she did after she learns to take the time to listen to others.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • "Sleeping Beauty":
      • The Sleeping Beauty is called "Princess Strawberry Rose", probably because she and Strawberry Shortcake herself look similar.
      • The Prince is called "Prince Huckleberry".
      • Maleficent the fairy is called the "Brambleberry Fairy".
    • "Berry Brick Road": The Munchkins are renamed the "Berrykins", taking their new name from a combination of their old one and "berry". Quite humorously, spritelike creatures with the same name have appeared in the 1980s series.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Ginger Snap, Orange Blossom, and Blueberry Muffin accidentally apply this to Cinderella's wicked step-family, until Angel Cake defies it by telling them to stick to the story.
  • Adapted Out: In the book version of "Sleeping Beauty", the Berry Fairies consisted of Gingerberry Fairy (Ginger Snap), Angelberry Fairy (Angel Cake), Orangeberry Fairy (Orange Blossom), Rainbowberry Fairy (Rainbow Sherbert) and Appleberry Fairy (Apple Dumplin'). In the episode version, Angelberry Fairy was absent due to Angel portraying the Brambleberry Fairy instead of Blueberry Muffin like in the book; because of this, her role as a Berry Fairy was replaced with new character Tangerineberry Fairy (Tangerine Torta).
  • The Aloner: Coco Calypso and Banana Candy, at first.
  • Alpha Bitch: Peppermint Fizz tends to be the mean, bossy one in the first seasons, but she outgrows it. Angel Cake develops into this in the final season, and Lime Light is introduced as an egotistical movie star. In "Back in the Saddle", Lemon Meringue takes on the role as the snooty popular one at the dude ranch. She and Banana Candy give Plum Puddin' a hard time for her clumsiness and say rude things behind her back.
  • And I Must Scream: The Tin Woodsgirl, just like the original, gets immobilized. Fortunately, Strawberry Shortcake lubricates her joints with the can of oil that she found nearby, freeing her from her immobilized state.
  • Arc Words: The phrase, "Growing/Getting better everyday/all the time." could be seen as this.
  • Art Evolution: The second season introduced a new generic art style that improves some movements. Notice that Strawberry's nose is different and her mouth has been redesigned, in addition to the characters' faces becoming less Animesque. Custard and Apple also get visible pupils.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Two instances in "Angel Cake in the Outfield":
    • Despite her apparent distance from them following her outburst, Angel Cake still hears her friends.
    • Afterwards, the kids somehow manage to send their ball bouncing into the river despite being far from it. One must wonder just how bouncy that ball is for it to land in the river from afar.
  • Art Shift: The Sweet Dreams Movie has everything go for 3D animation as opposed to the show's standard 2D animation.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: In "Horse of a Different Color," when Honey Pie Pony encounters the kids trapped in the middle of a river:
    Honey Pie: My word! What are you all doing out there?
    Huck: Not much.
    Honey Pie: Don't go anywhere!
    Huck: We weren't planning on it!
  • Attack Reflector: "Berry Brick Road" has this where the Wicked Witch of the West fires a spell at the heroes, but the Scarecrow gets an idea where the Tin Woodsman reflects the spell with his own body. It works, and Taken for Granite ensues where the Wicked Witch and her flying monkey get trapped in stone.
  • Bad Boss: The Wicked Witch of the Westnote  mistreats the Berrykins in her first appearance in Berry Brick Road.
  • Beach Episode: Beach DVD, rather: Seaberry Beach Party is two beach-themed 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.
  • Becoming the Mask: Sour Grapes briefly in "Everybody Dance", when she enjoys Strawberry and her friends' dancing so much that she can't bring herself to betray them.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Cola Chameleon to Peppermint Fizz, Sour Grapes to the Purple Pieman, and Raven to Licorice Whip. These put-upon sidekicks are more sensible than their bosses but are made to go along with their schemes. 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 to bake him some pies.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The episode "Strawberry's Big Journey", where the kids miss their chance to see a flower that blooms once every decade but does learn that all that matters is that they had fun.
  • Blush Sticker: The characters on the show have permanent blush stickers, except for the animals and villains.
  • Bowdlerise: In Strawberry's variation of "Sleeping Beauty", instead of the antagonist casting a spell where the princess pricks her finger and dies, she will just disappear forever.
  • 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 are created specifically for this generation.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper:
    • Peppermint learns this in "Win Some, Lose Some" following her Pyrrhic Victory.
    • The earlier episode "Peppermint's Pet Peeve" has a moment where she is accused of cheating by some of the other kids, who chew Fizz out for it. This causes Fizz to lose.
  • 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.
  • Cinderella Plot: In "The Play's the Thing", everyone makes fun of Strawberry's raggedy raincoat. Then, they put on a Cinderella play and learn about how it's the inside that makes you beautiful, not what you wear. Strawberry plays Cinderella. Blueberry Muffin plays the stepmother. Orange Blossom and Ginger Snap play the stepsisters. Angel Cake plays the Fairy Godmother. Huckleberry Pie plays the Prince.
  • 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.
    • While Apple Dumplin' doesn't get a lot of focus throughout the show, she appears in every episode of Season 1 and many appearances in Season 2 before appearing less in the other two seasons to the point she only makes two small appearances in the final season.
  • 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.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The Brambleberry Fairy planted brambleberries around her house to protect her stuff. This also created a delivery dead-zone, so she couldn't get the invitation that the Page was trying to deliver her.
  • 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.
  • Easily Forgiven: In "Win Some, Lose Some," Peppermint Fizz is easily forgiven by Strawberry Shortcake for cheating in 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, but she does in subsequent seasons.
    • The facial expressions made by the characters in the first season tend to be a lot cruder and rough compared to later seasons. Compare how Strawberry looked in season 1 to season 2/3 to season 4.
  • 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."
  • Feminist Fantasy: It's a show with a predominantly female cast occupying a wide range on the femininity and ethnicity spectrum, who have adventures and learn life lessons.
  • 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).
  • Forced Sleep: The Brambleberry Fairy ends up putting Princess Strawberry Rose to sleep thanks to the Apple Fairy.
  • 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.
  • Framing Device: The DVD releases for Seasons 2 and 3 feature a secondary story where Strawberry reads her Rememberin' Book to recount two episodes together as a flashback. Season 4 drops the Rememberin' Book in favor of Strawberry just telling stories.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Ginger Snap is always working on some handy contraption.
  • Gender Flip: The Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, and Cowardly Lion have their roles filled by Ginger Snap, Peppermint Fizz, and Orange Blossom.
  • 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.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Ginger Snap has these. They grow longer in Season 4 as part of her redesign.
    • Angel Cake also has these even after her redesign.
  • Gone Horribly Right: See Didn't Think This Through.
  • Green Aesop: A line in the song "Friendship Grows" reminds us to "treat the good Earth with respect".
    • The entire plot of "Where the Gem-Berries Glow."
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Angel Cake and Lemon Meringue are both kind-hearted blondes, although Angel Cake takes a level in jerkass after Season 1.
  • 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 good in the final episode of Season 4, wrapping up the 2003/2007 series on a high note.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Cinderella suffers this when her wicked stepmother tears the dress that Cinderella picked so she could go to the ball. Fortunately, the Fairy Godmother helps out.
    • Strawberry Shortcake gets one in "A Festival of Friends" when she concludes that the party is hopeless after Angel Cake ruins her cake (whose remains form a river that flows out of her factory) on accident.
    • Strawberry Shortcake has another one in The Sweet Dreams Movie after Sandman is captured by The Pieman.
  • "The Hero Sucks" Song: "Not Like Me" from "The Costume Party" is sung by Peppermint Fizz, dissing Rainbow Sherbet.
  • Ineffectual Loner:
    • Peppermint Fizz is mostly alone although she does try to work to change this in Season 4. Then there's Banana Candynote , although in actuality 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" before she learns her lesson.
    • Coco Calypso.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Strawberry and Ginger Snap have to shrink in order to get to the Berry Fairy Fields.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Angel has this on occasion, most notable in "Angel Cake in the Outfield". Sometimes she can be bossier than Peppermint.
    • Peppermint originally had this in her early appearances but outgrew them as of her redesign.
    • Lime Light. She even has a whole song about it.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Raspberry Torte has these in "Mind Your Manners" at first. Thanks to Strawberry Shortcake, she overcomes this flaw.
  • Jerkass Ball: Angel Cake ends up on both ends of this trope.
    • The first episode where she had this, "Angel Cake in the Outfield", has her suffer bouts of It's All About Me and storm off when she fails ad nauseum.
    • In "The Play's The Thing", she takes offense to how Blueberry Muffin, Ginger Snap, and Orange Blossom applied Adaptational Nice Guy to their characters. In her defense, they did break character and thus ruin one of the main plot points of the story.
    • In Baby Takes The Cake (though this comes off as more Innocently Insensitive than Jerkass Ball) she states to Apple Dumplin' that "[working in the kitchen is] not a job for babies".
    • Season 4 also adds examples where she assumes Blueberry is jealous of her and acts overcompetitive with Strawberry, plus giving her the role of the main villain in their retelling of "Sleeping Beauty".
  • Knight Templar Parent: Professor Grapes is this for Rapunzel in A Princess Named Rap.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Owing to the series' popularity in Latin America, Argentina made a live-action version called Frutillita. It also aired in some parts of Europe and Asia, but never aired in the US. In Greece and Croatia, this show is used as a Framing Device for the cartoon.
  • Looped Lyrics: "Call Me Santa" from the Christmas Episode "Berry Merry Christmas" is an example of the cumulative song variant. The song, performed by Strawberry herself, features the refrain of "Call me Santa, call me Claus. Candy cane with chocolate sauce. What should I get for my friends?" followed each time by her ever increasing list of gift ideas for her friends.
  • 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.
  • Mirror Character: 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.
  • Motor Mouth: Ginger Snap has a penchant for fast-talking.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Peppermint Fizz at first celebrates her victory following the games in "Win Some, Lose Some", but it ends up a Pyrrhic Victory when she sees Strawberry Shortcake giving Apple Dumplin' a You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech, which ends up making Peppermint Fizz come clean and call herself out.
  • 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.
  • Never My Fault: The Brambleberry Fairy blames her exclusion from the party on everyone else when it was really her own Idiot Ball (the Brambleberry fence and ignorance of the invitation) and overreaction that resulted in her exclusion. This gets toned down later on when she realizes what this made her become and starts to regret what she did. Prince Huckleberrynote  tells her that she needs to listen to get the full message, cementing her Heel–Face Turn.
  • 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. (Or it could be Meaningless Lives at work.)
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Apple Dumplin' gets this sometimes, especially in "Baby Takes the Cake".
  • 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.
  • Odango Hair: Orange Blossom in the first 3 seasons.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Peppermint Fizz gets one when her competitors find that her lizard was just lip-syncing instead of singing much to their ire in "Peppermint's Pet Peeve".
    • The entire gang gets this when they get the idea that an abomination (which they call "the Blueberry Beast") is occupying a house. Turns out, it's just Blueberry Muffin doing her things at home, as Strawberry Shortcake finds out the next day.
    • Strawberry gets this in "Around The Berry Big World" when she realizes that the ship that two persons offered for her and Peppermint Fizz's trip back to Strawberry Land isn't going in the right direction. (Strawberry watched the stars at night.) Fizz doubts it... until Strawberry realizes that the land that they are approaching does not match Strawberry Land at all. Fortunately, one of their friendsnote  who lives there helps them get back.
    • The Wicked Witch of the West gets this when the Tin Woodsman reflects her spell back in her direction with his own body and she (along with the monkey who was flying her) turns to stone as a result.
  • Once per Episode: Two songs are sung every episode.
  • The One Guy: Huckleberry Pie is the only male human in the mostly female-populated Strawberryland.
  • One I Prepared Earlier: In "Piece of Cake," Strawberry and her friends star on a cooking show where they each demonstrate how to make their favorite dishes. Each time, they show one they already made earlier.
  • 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:
    • "Everybody Dance" has Sour Grapes in disguise as a dance instructor named "Rita Rutabaga", which she uses to take advantage of Strawberry and her friends' love of dancing and distract them so the Purple Pieman can rob them behind their backs.
    • "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 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 Pieman and Sour Grapes come to take the sheep, Sour Grapes asks if they should take the "funny-looking" ones as well. Pieman, being the person he is, says that he cares not what they look like.
  • The Perfectionist: Despite her original Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold personality, Angel Cake develops this flaw. She has a bad habit of calling out those who aren't perfect and bossing them around. Contrast Huckleberry Pie, who's a bit messy.
  • Playground Song: In "Strawberry's Big Journey," Orange Blossom leads several rounds of "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt." Angel is irritated by such.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Both the Framing Story for the "Happily Ever After" DVD and the episode "Sleeping Beauty" have this to set off the conflict of the story:
    • In the former, Strawberry Shortcake, Angel Cake, and Rainbow Sherbet are all having a sleepover and Rainbow is saying how she's happy to be spending time with them both, but then Pupcake interrupts her by jumping on her (she was intending to say that she was happy to be spending the night with her best friends Strawberry and Angel), causing Angel Cake to jump to the conclusion that Rainbow considers Strawberry her best friend and not her. She refuses to hear Rainbow out. Strawberry then tells the story of "Sleeping Beauty" which has Angel learn her lesson and let Rainbow explain what she was trying to say.
    • In the latter, Brambleberry Fairy (played by Angel Cake) assumes that she wasn't invited to Princess Strawberry Rose's birthday party to not receiving an invitation. The truth is that Brambleberry did get an invitation but the page had trouble delivering it because of the thorns on Brambleberry's bushes guarding her home. Despite this and everyone telling Brambleberry to just join in the party, she refuses to listen and puts the curse on the baby princess, refusing to take it back. In the end, she learns to take the time to listen to others and regrets what she has done.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Almost the music uses classical songs with a bit of "L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2: Farandole", "Night on Bald Mountain", "The Nutcracker Suite", "William Tell Overture", "Flight of the Bumblebee", "In the Hall of the Mountain King", "Ride of the Valkyries", "Ode to Joy", "Hungarian Dance No. 5", "Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64", "Swan Lake Suite", "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik", "Sonata for Two Pianos K448", "New World Symphony", "The Rite of Spring", "Solveig's Song", "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2", and even "Korobeiniki".
  • 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 the gang 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.
  • Series Continuity Error: The first episode has Pupcake already a member of Strawberry's household before she meets her friends, then Here Comes Pupcake has him first meeting her when she already knows all her friends. Since the latter episode is a memory recalled by Strawberry, she may be an Unreliable Narrator.
    • The first episode has Apple Dumplin' being tasked to help with cooking the cake by stirring the pot but in Baby Takes the Cake, Apple is told that she is too little to help the girls cook.
  • Shout-Out: To literature, film, theatre, and folklore.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The original Maleficent died in the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty. The Brambleberry Fairy pulled a Heel–Face Turn, helping her friends revive Princess Strawberry Rose.
  • Slice of Life: The first three seasons and a few episodes of Season 4 that don't star the Pieman and Sour Grapes.
  • 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.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Strawberry decides to get Huck snowballs for Christmas. As soon as she gets home, the snowballs melt, ruining every single gift she's bought up to that point.
  • Tagalong Kid: Apple Dumplin'. Even though everyone else is a kid, she is a lot younger than they are and often comes along on adventures.
  • Tagline: "Growing better all the time."
  • Taken for Granite: This is what happens when the good guys reflect the spell that the Wicked Witch of the West fired in their direction back at her, and she and her flying monkey minion get trapped in stone.
  • Timeskip: From 2007 on the characters were redesigned to look like teenagers while Apple Dumplin' is aged up to roughly the original age of the older kids.
  • 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, the athletic Raspberry Torte is the biggest example.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The close friendship between Raspberry Torte (Tomboy) and Lemon Meringue (Girly Girl).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • Angel Cake after Season 1 with her flaws making her more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold depending on the episode such as "Angel Cake on the Outfield", where she acts as a Sore Loser and moments throughout the seasons where she will boss the other kids around. Season 4 takes it to the point of even playing the villain in "Sleeping Beauty" as well playing an antagonist in other episodes such as "Lights... Camera... Action" where she assumes Blueberry Muffin is jealous of her and "Back on the Saddle" where she acts overcompetitive.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • After being a Jerk With A Heartof Gold in Season 2, Peppermint Fizz returns in Season 4 with her jerk side being toned down in favor of a more mature and kinder side.
  • Train Problem: In "Queen For a Day", Sour Grapes and Strawberry are competing to be the Queen of the Berry Blossom Festival. As part of the competition, they are asked numerous questions by Purple Pieman, who is rigging the quiz. Pieman asks Strawberry a very difficult train question, which is so complicated that he eventually just skips it altogether.
    Pieman: If a train leaves the station at 3:48 in the afternoon, headed west, going 43 miles an hour for the first hour, 56 miles an hour for the second half hour, then stops at 5:11 to pick up 3 passengers, but 12 passengers get off, and one hour later 5 passengers get off and 5 get on, but not the same five, then stops three times in one hour and arrives at 9:78 PM [sic]?
  • 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...
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Changed to When the Clock Strikes Eight in "The Play's the Thing", as Strawberella has to be home by 8:00 instead of midnight, which is past her bedtime.
  • 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.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: If "Ginger Snap's No-light Night of Fright" is anything to go boy, Ginger Snap has Nyctophobianote , which explains why she was willing to skip Strawberry Shortcake's campout and brought a bunch of lights upon being dragooned.
  • 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.
  • You No Take Candle: Apple Dumplin' speaks like this since she is so young.

     2009 series (Berry Bitty Adventures) 
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Raisin Cane in her original appearances genuinely wanted to be friends with Strawberry and the others, and was only stopped by her loyalty to her aunt Sour Grapes. In the IDW comics, however, Raisin is much more of a self-centered jerk and willingly helps Steve Piemanne in his schemes. She is nicer in the 2018 webseries, however.
  • Adaptational Name Change: In the IDW comics, The Peculiar Purple Pieman is instead Steve Piemanne.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Steve Piemanne is a far cry from evil compared to his previous peculiar purple incarnations, though he does still stoop to cheating in contests just to get an upper hand.
    • Sour Grapes isn't outright villainous, but is still pretty standoffish and mean until she begins warming up to the others.
  • Adaptational Relationship Overhaul: Sour Grapes was portrayed as Purple Pieman's partner-in-crime in all her prior incarnations, even being his sister in the 2003 series. This Sour has no connection to Pieman at all.
  • Adaptational Species Change: Marmalade, Orange Blossom's pet, was originally a butterfly. Here, she's a dachshund.
  • 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.
  • Apathetic Pet: In the Berry Bitty Adventures series episode "Fish Out of Water", Tad the frog is implied to not care that much about Orange Blossom. When Orange decides to set him free, he immediately makes a beeline for the lake without even saying goodbye to her, something that she comments on. She decides not to get too upset about it because she just wants Tad to be happy.
  • 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 eight others from the previous series.
    • Cinnapup and Bosley Bookworm disappear from the series in Season 4. Both make a return in the IDW comics.
    • In the 2018 webseries, everyone except Strawberry, Orange, Blueberry, Sour and Sweet Grapes, Raisin Cane, and Purple Piemanne are nowhere to be seen.
  • 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.
  • Decomposite Character: Pupcake and Tom Tom. Tom Tom is Huckleberry Pie's dog in this series, with a similar color scheme to the original Pupcake, but Pupcake himself is Strawberry Shortcake's dog, similar to the 2003 series.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • All the puppies in Season 4, only appearing in a few episodes, just a few seconds, or completely disappearing altogether.
    • Most of the supporting cast such as Mr. Longface and Bosley Bookworm fade in prominence, even outright disappearing from the series altogether.
  • 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.
  • Final Season Casting: The fourth and final season introduced Sweet and Sour Grapes and Apple Dumplin'.
  • Fooled by the Sound: In the Berry Bitty Adventures episode "Fish Out of Water", Plum Pudding hears a frog croaking and wonders if her stomach was growling.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Every single girl who returns from the 2003 series as part of the initial Berry Circle BUT Lemon Meringue, as she was already girly in the 2003 series.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Katiebug and Sadiebug manage to break Lemon Meringue's mirror with their singing.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: Sour Grapes when at the top of Sweet and Sour's food truck, Sour doing the ninja-style pose.
  • 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 she meets Cherry Jam for the first time, Strawberry Shortcake apparently doesn't recognize Cherry. The problem is that Cherry was wearing the same outfit as she was in the "music video" seen earlier in the episode. Strawberry even remarks Cherry smells something that smells like cherries. One would think Strawberry would have recognized her "favorite singer" immediately...
  • Jerkass Ball: Katiebug and Sadiebug get this in Good Citizens Club. Plum Puddin' doesn't get her membership pin due to a mailing fault and starts to think that she has an inherent flaw as allegedly you need to be perfect to get the pin. Katiebug and Sadiebut use her as their personal slave.
  • 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.
    • The 2018 webseries follows suit, with only seven characters total.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Tom Tom in the third season, whose color scheme strongly resembles the original Pupcake, who was Huckleberry Pie's dog from the 1980s version.
    • In the IDW comics, an arc centering around Strawberry's rivalry with the Purple Pieman has the two travel to Big Apple City for a baking competiton, directly referencing the second television special for the original 1980s Strawberry Shortcake generation, "Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City".
  • 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.
    • The girls seldomly (if not often) wear the Glimmerberry Ball gowns from the movie about the titular ball (or "Manners Meltdown"). Some episodes in which the girls are wearing the said gowns after season 1 are: "Practice Makes Perfect" (Plum only), "Berryella and Prince Charming" (Lemon and Blueberry only), and "All Dogs Allowed."
      • In the latter episode, Cherry Jam wears a ball gown that resembles Strawberry's dress from the Berryfest.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Most episodes in Berry Bitty Adventures use "Night on Bald Mountain", "Flight of the Bumblebee", "In the Hall of the Mountain King", "Waltz of the Flowers", "Hungarian Dance No. 5", and one during "The Berry Best Vacation" episode in the final scene with pouring rain at the beach is "Korobeiniki".
  • Related Differently in the Adaptation:
    • Strawberry's little sister Apple Dumplin' becomes her cousin in this adaptation.
    • Raisin Cane was originally Sour Grapes' niece. Due to Sour getting an Age Lift, Raisin is instead her cousin.
  • 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.
  • Sequel in Another Medium: The 2016 IDW comics serve as a continuation of the cartoon series, having Strawberry face off against her new rival in the cafe business: The Peculiar Purple Pieman.
  • 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.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Tom Tom is one to Pupcake, as Huckleberry Pie's pet dog, even sharing the color scheme of the original Pupcake.
  • 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.
  • Time Travel: In the YouTube series Beyond the Box, Orange has a laboratory to summon 1980s dolls with a time machine.
  • Tomboyness Upgrade: 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).
  • World Tour: The Budge game Strawberry Shortcake: Holiday Hair travels to New York City, Tokyo, Paris, Rio, and Ancient Egypt.
  • You Mean "Xmas": First Frost is their equivalent of Christmas/Winter Solstice.

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted

In one last attempt to eliminate Strawberry Shortcake as a competitor to his pieshops, The Peculiar Purple Pieman convinces her to work for him under the guise of helping her finally accomplish her dream of becoming a successful baker

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