|Aliases||Human Face Apple|
|Capture Level||Variable (see: Surprise Level)|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 146|
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Surprise Apples are a type of apparently sentient apples with humanoid faces that become tastier the more surprised they are. They are also called "Human Face Apples" because of the face on the fruit.
It originally grew on Battle Island, but the IGO had recently brought back some seeds and artificially cultivated them on Surprise Island where the trees only grow the fruit around once a year and cultivators continually set off explosives to make the apples tasty. The level of surprise is measured with the surprise level and every year around the time the trees bare fruit, a festival is held in which people and hunters can come to the island and attempt to surprise and capture their own apples.
They are unique in that they appear to be living fruit that (as their name indicates) are quite cowardly and get surprised over anything that is not obviously weak and harmless. They seem to posses some level of sentience and self-awareness, clearly having a personality and level of intelligence of their own, although they don't talk aside from the occasional horrified screeching. This was somewhat shown by the fact that one could be extremely bored (Teppei's Apple) or laughing at someone (Komatsu's Apple). They also appear to understand humans, or at least tell what their intentions are as shown when one was scared by Tsurara Mama's verbal threats.
These apples don't reach the market often due to their rarity and the difficulty of surprising them to a valuable level. While the taste does improve the more surprised they are, sometimes the taste of the apple is a little bit sour. Surprise Apples can also be eaten with Sherbet Apple poured over them to enhance their sweetness.
Toriko's Break Arc
Surprise Apple Festival
On the day of the Surprise Apple Festival, Toriko, Komatsu, Terry Cloth and Tom sailed off for Surprise Island to harvest Surprise Apples. When they arrived on the island, Toriko explained to Komatsu the basics of scaring the apples and increasing their Surprise Level, they then began scaring as many apples as they could with several methods such as Toriko using an Amplifier Stone and his Nail Punch, while Terry intimidated one into submission, meanwhile Komatsu failed miserably as his Surprise Apple actually mocked him. They also witnessed Tsurara Mama scare a Surprise Apple with nothing but threats. They also met Gourmet Seven member Apollon who told them that only the likes of Ichiryu, Jiro and Midora were the only ones to ever scare a Surprise Apple to levels above 90. By the end of the festival, Zongeh was declared the winner having scared his apples to level 80 by farting on them.
After the events of the Surprise Apple Festival, Toriko had brought with him numerous Surprise Apples to use as part of his offer to purchase a small plot of land from an old bishokuya named Yocchi. In the end, despite the higher offers he received, Yocchi accepted Toriko's Surprise Apple offer and Komatsu's 1,000,000 yen, stating that he only wanted to sell the land to kind people who loved food and would take care of his pet Meeko when he died.