When thinking of the subject of a list, I often think outside the box. In this specific instance, I have decided to think outside of the cling-filmed, foil-wrapped, boxed and freshly stored produce you see lining every market stall in the world. Yes, I have decided to honour what I consider to be the top 10 examples of fruit and vegetables seen in gaming, giving prominence to these staples of cuisine and their place in the annals of gaming history. My criteria for this list was complex, well thought out and incredibly detailed. Essentially, each one had to be a fruit. Or vegetable. Absolutely no mushrooms or other fungi. Definitely no beans or pulses. Meat is expressly forbidden. As you can tell, this took months of careful deliberation before I came up with the finished criteria.

Before I begin, I must take the time to thank my fellow legume lovers on the Top 10 List board, who helped me craft my list into the perfection you see before you. As a disclaimer that I know for a fact you are not going to read, I have to admit that I have not played every single fruit-and-vegetable-featuring game, nor do I have ownership over every opinion ever made. All I can say is that I hope you enjoy my list, and may you live a happy, fulfilling life through supporting your local farmer's market. They are the life blood of communities, you know?

I begin my list with perhaps the most well known and venerable of all of the fruits: the humble apple. But what do you get when you cross the Cyclops, Dracula and the eponymous Granny Smith? Well, you get the Bad Apple, a demonic fruit whose bark is certainly worse than its bite (because it's crunchy... you see?)

With a derisory 22HP, these enemies would probably hurt you more if you bit into them and lost a tooth. Their special attack is Snooze, which puts enemies to sleep, but at the end of the day stomping swathes of these enemies would probably put our heroes to sleep regardless. These poor excuses for fruit are well known for their inability to be useful and therefore deserve the basement spot in this list. Enjoy rotting among the yellowing newspapers!

How Do You Like Those Apples? See also: There are other examples of angry fruits that can kill you in RPGs, the most prominent of which are the tomatoes of Final Fantasy XII. Early examples are pretty sedentary, but later on they can cause a massive annoyance through seriously damaging status-effects.

Kula World, everyone's favourite puzzle game featuring a sentient beach ball wandering a hellish space in order to find the keys to leave to the next level, has previously been featured in my Top 10 lists as a forgotten PS1 gem. However, it also has another draw: what does any sentient ball need along its journey to avoid incredibly dangerous traps? Well, plenty of fruit of course!

Along the way, Kula (as I'll call the ball) can collect fruits as diverse as the humble strawberry, the proud banana, the frankly obese watermelon and the black sheep of the fruit family, the pumpkin. Although this is typical behaviour for any platformer, what sets Kula World apart is that when the ball collects (eats? does a ball have a mouth?) each piece the ball makes a satisfied lip smacking sound. It's quite simply the cutest thing you will ever hear, and as a result more than deserves a spot on the list at number 9. I wish I had my own pet Kula.

Fruity Fruity Fruity! See also: Naturally, a number of other games feature excellent examples of collectable fruit. Pac-Man's fruit are probably far more iconic, but isn't it a little obvious? Besides, Pac-Man gets some points, Kula finds them genuinely tasty. So there.

Who here loves an aubergine? Anyone? No? Well, the aubergine, commonly known literally everywhere else in the world as the humble eggplant is a delicious and quite frankly exciting vegetable. I mean, it's purple. That means it's good! Well, when one becomes enchanted with the power to destroy using magicks of the deadly kind, you better watch out, because that's what Kid Icarus' Eggplant Wizard is all about.

Ever since 1986 the Eggplant Wizard has caused havoc. A recurring annoyance in Pit's roster of enemies, the Wizard has gained noteriety for having the ability to turn his enemies into eggplants, through the use of the vegetable as a projectile. So far, so funny. However, what's not so funny is their high HP and tendency to appear in pairs, rendering them a delicious yet deadly foe for any wannabe adventurer to face. An excellent enemy, you will certainly find that the Eggplant Wizard will fire veggies first and ask questions later.

We Need a Sonic Crossover In the Form of Dr. Eggplant! See also: According to GiantBomb.com, the eggplant was featured in a number of 8-Bit games, due to it's colouration enabling it stand out on the system. If you spot another NES aubergine, give me a shout!

The Japanese, especially during the NES era, were adept at creating games on the genuinely creative side of things. Nothing was out of bounds, and Taito, as a developer, were no exception. Deciding that there were not enough evil, sentient fruit and vegetables in the NES catalogue, they decided to open the Panic Restaurant and let them all spill out into the world.

Nasty-piece-of-work Chef Ohdove (a terrible mistranslation of 'hors d'oeuvres', by the way), has commanded his vegetable friends to murder the restaurant's previous owner (and our hero, Cookie), and all he has to attack with is a frying pan and his own nouse. The carrots are ninja-quick, the onions are wide-eyed and frightening and the apples explode you into submission. I would never, ever want to eat in a restaurant where the food would literally crawl back out of your stomach and go on a rampage. These nasty enemies get #7 on the list.

Death By Daikon Radish! See also: If you stick a pair of googly eyes and creepy smile on your fruit and vegetables at home, you can create your own Panic Restaurant!

Item #7 begins a flurry of helpful fruits and vegetables (it was about time, wasn't it?), and many of these are truly iconic. You cannot disassociate the eponymous hero of Donkey Kong Country from the humble banana, quite simply because they are so useful. And their legacy doesn't stop at platforming, oh no.

In Donkey Kong Country, bananas are the equivalent of Mario's coins: collect 100, you get an extra life. All the potassium must be doing something good for Mr. Kong, that's for sure. But it's not just their nutritional value that comes in handy: they are also used by the gaming gods to point to secret areas, hidden items and the end of levels, because every discarded banana is useful in some way! Try and collect them all, because that's also entirely possible. Never leave a 'nana behind!

And their use goes beyond those games, because in the Mario Kart series they can cause a supreme pain with a little skid off the Rainbow Road...

Go Bananas! See also: Want a little more spice with your banana?...

Donkey Kong's bananas are all well and good. But what if you want a little more bang from your banana? A literal bangana (hah!)? Well, Worms' Banana Bomb is quite simply a triumph of fruit based engineering, because how they managed to squeeze so much high explosive into one fruit I do not know.

First appearing in the original Worms, but coming into its own in its second sequel, the Banana Bomb is a grenade on steroids. Packing a three second fuse, lob it at your enemy and watch them tremble as the fruit of doom cascades towards them. The initial blast causes up to 75HP of damage, which is very good. But wait! Each Banana splits into another 4(!) bananas, each dealing a further 75HP of damage: send it into a crowded set and watch the worms disintegrate. It certainly ranks up there with the game's other ridiculous weapons such as the Concrete Donkey, the Super Sheep and the Holy Hand Grenade.

Is that fuse troubling you? Fear not! The Super Banana Bomb flies to the rescue like a Fruit-Batman (puntastic!), allowing the player to detonate the bananas at your discretion. All is fair in love and war.

Fruit-splosion! See also: The TimeSplitters series also features its own exploding fruit in the form of watermelons. Monkeys in the Aztec story level of TimeSplitters 2 will throw these projectiles at you, decimating your health. Watch out in Hard Mode!

Gaming does not have to limit itself to real life fruits and vegetables. If we had to do that, it would be a very boring world indeed. No, Naughty Dog quite rightly came up with their own fruit, creating a neologism to go with their Neo Cortex (hurr hurr).

The Wumpa Fruit, a cosmetic crossover between a peach and an apple, acts much the same as the Bananas in Donkey Kong Country: collect 100 and you gain an extra life. There are literally thousands of them littering N. Sanity Island, and the rest of the Crash universe for that matter, making me wonder whether this is the only food available in this world.

However, their use does not stop there. In Crash Bandicoot 2, Wumpa Fruit are used as projectiles in order to stop the evil robot of N.Gin. In Crash Bandicoot 3, this goes one step better, with Crash placing them inside a rocket launcher in order to murder his enemies in the form of the Fruit Bazooka. Can't reach a crate? Bazooka it. Can't kill an enemy? Bazooka it. Want to painstakingly reach every other Wumpa in the level, defying the laws of collection through not losing a single Wumpa, or destroying other Wumpas with the Wumpa launcher? Bazooka it. Want me to stop saying Wumpa? Wumpa off!

Apple Attack! See also: Disney's Aladdin allowed players to use apples as projectiles. They can stun the enemy as well as distract them. Finally, a use for your crate of Pink Ladies.

Every list on GameFAQs seems to inevitably feature Final Fantasy somewhere in the roster. However, this entry deserves its spot, as these two vegetables have become staples in both the series and in gaming folklore. Besides, it helps that, as veggies go, they are pretty darn useful.

First, the eponymous Gysahl Green. First appearing in the third instalment, even then they are intrinsically linked with everyone's favourite chicken/ostrich hybrid, the chocobo. In Final Fantasy III and IV they allow you to summon the Fat Chocobo for storage; in Final Fantasy VII they are used to help capture chocobos; in Final Fantasy VIII they are used to summon the Chicobo summon and in other games are used as a ticket to persuade your chocobo to go for a ride. Damn, for a little veggie those chocobos sure go nuts for them.

Perhaps even more useful is the Dead Pepper. Premiering in the ninth game, this extinct vegetable allows Choco to dig into walls and fly into the sky, due to its ability to literally set your chocobos innards on fire. It's the vindaloo of the vegetable world, apparently.

WARK! KWEH! See also: Gysahl Greens, as well their cousins, are prominent in Final Fantasy VII. Using Mimmett Greens is the only way to obtain the Chocobuckle enemy skill, and they are also used to "upgrade" your racing chocobos.

I do not need to be precise here. The entire game is fruit and vegetables. This game is what this list was made for. Though not quite hitting the top spot, Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom is as ludicrous as it is amazing. A text-based adventure that's developed a cult following, you really have to see this game to believe it.

Evil Minister Pumpkin has kidnapped Princess Tomato! It is up to Sir Cucumber, assisted by Percy the persimmon, to save the day and restore peace to the Salad Kingdom. Everything is a reference to ground-growing treasures: you see the Zucchini Mountains, you are assigned to the task by King Broccoli, and you must also recover the Turnip Emblem. Aside from the fact that each vegetable reference seems to have been plucked completely out of the blue, the game has managed to develop a cult following among vegetable fetishists the world over.

It's All About the Fruit! See also: While not directly related, the other game where the entire premise revolves around fruit is the once-incredibly-popular Fruit Ninja, which seems to have died a death in the same way you decapitate your fruity enemies.

I love this guy. So very very much. As a child I only ever had the PaRappa the Rapper demo, and the only playable level featured this character with his effortlessly catchy theme song. Kick...punch...it's all in the mind. And nothing gets into your mind like the king of the gaming vegetables, Chop Chop Master Onion.

Helping PaRappa to learn the ancient art of Karate, the stinky, onion headed Martial Artist is also a talented songsmith, creating songs that have become ingrained in the minds of all those people who played the game as kids. I have massive respect for Master Onion... it would be such a twist if it turned out he was Master Chief.

Smelly Veggies! See also: My final Final Fantasy reference comes in the form of the Gysahl Pickle, a stinky yet delicious vegetable that allows our party to traverse the guarded borders of Linblum. Just don't eat one all in one go.

This list could have been written in any order, to be honest. I had so much fun compiling the top 10 examples of fruit and veg, and I can honestly say this list will go down in the annals of history as the most complete, rewarding, and altogether fabulous list ever written for the site. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it, and please keep spotting those talented fruit and vegetables that are waiting to be recognised, thrown on TV and discarded in the bin of Z-list fame. You have been warned.

Honourable Mentions

Turnip (Chrono Cross)
RedTurnip (SagaFrontier)
Spar and Peco (Breath of Fire II and III)
Adventure Island
Paprikan and Cruelcumbers (Dragon Quest VIII and IX)
Corn, Pumpkin, Carrot and Apple (Makai Kingdom)
Vegetables (Super Mario Bros II)
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Garlic (Warioland)
Yoshi's Story
Apple (Aladdin)
Watermelon (TimeSplitters 2)
Tomatoes (FFXII)
Fruit (Pac-Man)
Fruit Ninja

List by sirloinestake (03/11/2014)

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