* [[AbhorrentAdmirer Abhorrent Admirers]]: The Kankers.
* AbusiveParents: Ed's parents are implied to [[TheUnfavourite treat him with emotional abuse]], while Sarah is treated like a princess.
-->''(The Eds hear Jimmy screaming)''\\
'''Edd:''' Oh dear! A shriek of terror!\\
'''Ed:''' Dad's home!
** This could be a throwaway joke, however, as Ed ''smiles'' when he says this, and in another episode Ed says, "Oh no! Sarah will tell Mom and Mom will tell Dad and Dad will say "Not now, I just got home from work!"[[note]]Or, on another occasion, "...and Dad [[FelonyMisdemeanor will just sit there and watch TV!!"]][[/note]]
** ParentalNeglect sounds pretty abusive, too.
-->'''Eddy:''' What happened to the stairs?!\\
'''Ed:''' My parents took them down 'cause I am grounded!\\
'''Edd:''' That's ''disturbing''.
** Though the abuse seems too cartoonish to actually be considered abusive.
* TheAce: Though he is never actually seen, Eddy's brother is strongly implied to be this... [[spoiler:only for the movie to reveal that he's actually a sadistic bully who enjoys beating up Eddy for kicks, and that Eddy made up everything he said about him...]]
** Kevin also qualifies.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Edd fits the bill somewhat. While being the most mature of the bunch, he does have a childish fondness for jawbreakers.
* {{Adorkable}}: Double D, Ed, May Kanker, Jonny and Jimmy.
* AdultsAreUseless
* AllCrimesAreEqual: All too often, Eddy's antics will net Ed and Edd the same punishment/retribution, no matter if they were unwitting accessories or if they tried to stop him. This is a major reason why some fans don't like the other kids.
** {{Averted|Trope}} in "Brother, Can You Spare an Ed?", where Eddy is the only one punished while Ed and Edd were completely repentant about what happened[[note]]Eddy wheedled Ed into spending Sarah's candy money on himself[[/note]] and promised to pay Sarah back. They did suffer some abuse from Eddy, but in the end he got the brunt of it.
** And again in "A Case of Ed" when Edd gets Kevin to beat up the other two for teasing them both.
* AllMenArePerverts: Eddy keeps a PornStash he got from his brother, [[ADateWithRosiePalms and there is tissues under his bed.]] Kevin seems to share the same hobbies. Then there's the entirety of "Boys Will Be Eds"...
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: The Eds [[spoiler:until the end of TheMovie.]]
** Jonny, while still being liked more than the Eds, is not [[NoSocialSkills well-liked either.]]
* AllWomenAreLustful: The Kankers, full stop. No elaboration needed.
** When Sarah and Jimmy ask Nazz and Kevin where babies come from, Nazz begins to giggle uncontrollably; trying to stifle it with her scarf even!
* AlmostKiss:
** [[CrackPairing Edd and May]] in the Valentine's Day episode, but Rolf interrupts by throwing a bucket of dirt on them so they turn back to normal.
** Nazz and Jonny too, with a [[ShoutOut spaghetti string]].
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Jonny, though he's probably black.
** Rolf.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Ed and Double-D. Ed could range anywhere from just being a bizarre combination of eccentric and slow for his age to a full on case of mental retardation. Double-D definitely has ''some'' form of OCD, but who's to say exactly how severe it is or if it's the cause of his signature social anxiety rather than some other problem.
* AmbitionIsEvil: The source of Eddy's bad luck. Inherited from his scheming brother.
* AmusingInjuries: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the movie with Eddy commenting that he is getting tired of slapstick after getting injured yet again. [[spoiler:They receive no more injuries before Eddy's brother comes out. See below.]]
** Notably, in the movie, the kids who fell for the NoodleIncident scam end up keeping their injuries for the first portion. It still didn't wear them down a bit, which is concerning considering Rolf was missing ''large'' chunks of flesh, and Jonny had a BearTrap clamped onto his head.
*** {{Subverted|Trope}} later in the movie, in that Eddy being beaten up by [[spoiler:his brother]] is treated very seriously and the cul-de-sac kids witnessing this and [[spoiler:Eddy's subsequent breakdown]] leads them to [[spoiler:finally accept the Eds.]]
** Jimmy gets horribly injured several times each show, yet is still able to speak and think competently.
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: "The Eds Are Coming", which is considerably DarkerAndEdgier than is normal for the series, with some hearty doses of Nightmare Fuel thrown in for good measure.
* AndIMustScream: Ed suffered from this in Rock-a-Bye Ed, during his "trial" about if he was guilty of bugging Sarah. This, however, was [[AllJustADream only a nightmare]].
* ArcNumber: 62.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Ed:''' The school will tell Sarah, and Sarah will go tell Mom, and Mom will go tell Dad, and Dad will just '''SIT THERE AND WATCH TV!'''\\
'''Ed:''' It's Sarah! We are so doomed! Help me, guys! She'll tell Mom and Mom will tell Dad and he'll say "Not now, I just got home from work!
* ArtEvolution: Early on in the series, the characters looked somewhat less human (notably, their jaw shapes being more exaggerated) and the color scheme was duller. The lines were also somewhat less thin and wriggled a bit less, as well.
** The animation also seemed alot more restricted and understated in the first few seasons. Compare a season 1 episode to a season 5 episode, and the animation style is far more exaggerated and 'wacky'
* AuthorAvatar: The Ed's personalities were actually based on the personality traits of the show's creator, Danny Antonucci.
* TheBadGuyWins: Whichever of the kids is the {{Jerkass}} of the week. Usually Kevin and Sarah. Or [[DiabolusExMachina the Kankers]].
* BadMoodAsAnExcuse: In "Little Ed Blue", Ed gains a bad mood, becoming aloof, violent and outright intimidating to everyone, even [[SpoiledBrat Sarah]]. This is stopped when Jonny pulls off his shoe, revealing a pebble inside, and Ed is blissful again.
* BaitAndSwitch: In "A Town Called Ed", it clearly seems a row of lockers will fall on Eddy. They don't.
* BambooTechnology: Edd's scrap-made inventions. He makes whole cities and theme parks out of ''cardboard'' - and they may or may not work.
* BananaPeel: Kevin slips on a banana peel in the episode "See No Ed".
-->'''Kevin:''' [[CaptainObvious Man, that's old]].
** And in the episode "[[Recap/EdEddnEddyS4E1IfItSmellsLikeAnEd If It Smells Like An Ed]]", after Jimmy successfully frames the Eds [[DisproportionateRetribution because Eddy gave him a wedgie]], after the Eds are taken away by the Kankers, [[LaserGuidedKarma Jimmy walks away and slips on a banana peel]].
-->'''Jimmy:''' Owie, Sarah!!
* [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Ed, Edd n Eddy Can Breathe In Space]]: The first time was with Eddy's stilt shoes, the second time when the Eds wound up on the moon.
* BavarianFireDrill: Attempted and failed in the opening of one episode, where Eddy runs up to Jonny and orders him to start doing random things seemingly as part of a game (such as catapulting marshmallows into a tuba or popping the balloons holding Ed aloft). When he gets to "Put a quarter in the jar, quick!", Jonny says "Nice try, Eddy." and walks off.
** Used more successfully in an earlier episode where the Eds want to steal Jonny's spot at the swimming hole. While Eddy plots, Edd just pulls out a whistle and blows, causing Jonny to jump up and dive as if he were trying out for swim team.
* BerserkButton: [[BerserkButton/EdEddNEddy Has its own page.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Jimmy has planned up schemes so brilliant that even [[EvenEvilHasStandards Eddy considered them to be too diabolical]]. Jimmy also beat the living mess out of Double D and left him with his finger tied to his arm and his leg tied to his...other leg. He bit a chunk out of Double D's tongue.
** Edd himself proved to be just as dangerous anytime he has a emotional meltdown. He also appears to be much stronger than he normally lets on since he's able to KO some of the strongest kids in the show with accidental, clumsy strikes that if done by anyone else would like a slap on the wrist or gentle tap.
** Ed angry is so scary it frightens ''[[EnfantTerrible Sarah]]''.
-->'''Sarah:''' Ed! You can't throw me out, I live here too!\\
'''Ed: SO MOVE!!!'''
** Nazz falls into this category so many times.
** Don't piss off Plank. He has back-up. Assuming that Plank is in fact just another facet of Jonny's personality, it shows that underneath Jonny's happy-go-lucky exterior is a kid who will ''mess you up'' if you cross him.
** Rolf is arguably the friendliest of the cul-de-sac children, and he's not someone to be trifled with either, if you don't want to have a four-foot fish smack into your face....or ''something worse then that''.
* BigBallOfViolence: Most fight scenes.
* BigBrotherBully:
** [[spoiler: ''Eddy's brother.'']]
** Lee and Marie Kanker to their younger sister May.
** Inverted with little sister Sarah bullying big brother Ed.
* BigBrotherInstinct:
** Ed is this to [[BrattyHalfPint Sarah]].
** Sarah herself is this to [[MoralityPet Jim]][[FragileFlower my]]; she may be a SpoiledBrat but this is arguably one of her redeeming qualities.
** Lee and Marie towards May in the Valentine's Day Special. One of their few PetTheDog moments.
** [[spoiler: Subverted with Eddy and his brother.]]
* BigEater:
** Ed, period. An episode focuses on him '''eating the entire cul-de-sac's food supply'''.
*** [[UpToEleven While sleep walking.]]
** Rolf is capable of eating half of his weight in meat. Maybe even more.
* BigThinShortTrio: Ed, Edd, and Eddy respectively.
* BittersweetEnding: A lot.
** "Knock Knock, Who's Ed?" - Ed finally gets to see his 8-hour movie marathon, but his friends don't really like what they see.
** "Dear Ed" - Jonny and Plank are back together, but Eddy doesn't get his quarter, though the Eds and Jimmy ends the episodes with some dancing.
** "Rent-A-Ed" - Even though Ed destroyed Jonny's house, the Eds [[KarmaHoudini actually get away with the money]].
** "X Marks the Ed" - Rolf makes Eddy's zit disappear, but it makes his head really small.
** "Ed Overboard" - Edd and Eddy manage to save Ed from the Kankers with the Urban Rangers' help, but shortly after, the rangers take Ed away after they get covered in make-up.
** "Run For Your Ed" - the Kankers actually leave the Eds alone, but the cul-de-sac is still in ruin, and Eddy gets his finger stuck in a faucet after the Eds hid in Edd's kitchen sink.
** "The Good, The Bad, and the Ed" - Eddy loses the challenge to get The Hairy Chest of Resilience Badge, but he gets a badge as a consolation prize, although it's the embarrassing "Crybaby Boo-Hoo" Badge.
*** Which is really unfair given what he had to go through. It included jumping off a cliff and getting hit by a passing train as well as many other impossible or stupidly dangerous tasks.
** "A Fistful of Ed" - Eddy loses all respect he's accumulated, but he manages to get the Kankers to go away.
** "The Day the Ed Stood Still" - The Eds manage to stop Ed's rampage, but everyone in the entire Cul-De-Sac(sans the Kanker Sisters) is understandably enraged. They are also [[StickySituation stuck to Ed's wall via chewed up Chunky Puffs]].
** "An Ed Too Many" - The Eds manage to get Jimmy and Sarah back together, making Sarah forget about her crush on Double D and thus getting her to leave them alone, but Eddy, blaming the four leaf clover they found at the beginning of the episode for the events, throws it away. It is subsequently found by Jonny, who has a sudden string of good fortune, much to Eddy's chagrin. Oh, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Ed's still hungry]].
** "Virt-Ed-Go"- The Ed's treehouse for their club scam is taken over by the Kanker Sisters, but the treehouse was poorly-made and looked like it could fall at any moment.
* BlahBlahBlah: In the RashomonStyle episode, how Ed remembers Double D's dialogue.
* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: The "Honor Thy Ed" episode starts with the Eds having set up a taco stand selling "tacos" made of paper plates, grass, and shredded crayons. After Ed, ExtremeOmnivore he is, eats several crayons thinking they are flavors, Edd humors him and takes a bite of one. He is disgusted and needs water, but the closest thing is Eddy's Brother's Armenian Secret Hot Sauce. He guzzles part of it and seems unfazed at first. Ed also consumes some. Eddy thinks the sauce didn't work and also eats some. It's at that moment the effect takes hold, however. We see a DiscretionShot from down the street as a tower of flame erupts from the stand and the Eds sticking their mouths on a sprinkler.
* BlindingBangs: Lee
* BlindingCameraFlash: There's an episode revolving around this.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Sort of, being that one of them has ''[[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]]'' hair. May, Marie, and Lee.
** In addition, most fanarts of the Eds done in realistic or anime style tend to portray Edd as blonde, Eddy with black or blue hair, and Ed as a redhead. Ed being redheaded is canon since in one episode, when he combed his hair, it turned out to be red. That makes sense, as his sister Sarah is a redhead.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In a quite literal example, the trio ends up getting shot into the air, where they proceeded to crash into the sky from a viewpoint of them crashing into the television screen. The sky begins to shatter, revealing television snow behind it.
** "Don't touch that dial, kids." - Ed
** "Does this guy sleep through the whole show?"
** "Oh, yeah! Didn't we win an Emmy for that episode?" "Hardly."
** When Sarah locks them out of the house during a monster movie marathon:
-->'''Edd:''' We could just go to our house, Eddy.\\
'''Eddy:''' What, and ruin the plot?
** "End of first sequence and fade to black!"
** "Rolf finally feels safe enough to appear in this episode."
** "This show needs subtitles." - ''For Your Ed Only''
** "I'd swear but standards won't let me."
** "Who writes this guy's stuff anyway?" (Eddy, on Edd)
** "Kevin isn't even in this show, Eddy!" - ''Momma's Little Ed''
** During the deleted scene of "Take this Ed and Shove It", Eddy blatantly smashes the fourth wall.
-->'''Eddy:''' This is some kind of joke. This is one of those stupid done-to-death cartoon nightmares. ''(shouts to the sky)'' Okay you can wake me up now Mr. Cartoon Director... HEY ANTONUCCI, WAKE ME UP!!!
** The plot line of the episode "One + One = Edd" revolves around this.
-->''(The checkered road Edd is standing next to begins flowing like fabric, slowly covering the screen)''\\
'''Edd:''' Hello... An original screen transition, interesting.
** "Makes you wanna throw up, don't it? Lemme take that for ya so you don't contaminate those badly drawn fingers."
** "I should have all the feeling back in my feet after these words from our sponsors, Double D!"
*** "Curse broadcast commercialism!"
** During TheMovie, this ''gem'' of a moment occurred while the Eds are reading the following instructions on an emergency kit:
-->'''Edd:''' In case of movie, break glass?!\\
'''Eddy:''' BINGO!\\
''(Eddy breaks open the case and pulls out a peanut)''\\
'''Eddy:''' ...a peanut?\\
'''Ed:''' [[SelfDeprecation Cheap movie]].
** At the end of the same film after [[spoiler:the Eds have finally become popular]], Double D gleefully notes that "it only took 140 episodes, 4 specials, and a movie, Eddy!"
** "EDDY! You've falsely swindled those children out of their allowances! Oh, I know; that's why we do in every show! But not like THIS!" - ''Robbin Ed''
** "Funny it was, as though it were only second season."
* BreakTheCutie: TheMovie does this to '''everyone'''.
** Double D in "Cleanliness is Next to Edness" and "A Fistful of Ed".
** Jimmy in "If it Smells Like an Ed".
* BubblePipe: When Nazz is babysitting at Eddy's house and he believes that it's a date. Edd notes it makes him look ridiculous.
* BullyAndWimpPairing: Sarah and Jimmy. Eddy and Edd are a milder example.
** Also, Marie and Edd.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: While Ed is typically very stupid, he is incredibly resourceful/crafty in many situations in the series.
** Eddy's plans ''would'' work if the rest of the cast weren't so GenreSavvy and/or terrible stokes of luck happened to smack them in the rear.
* ButtMonkey: * The show is one big universe of Butt Monkeys, regardless of whether or not they deserve it.
** The Three Edís, almost everyone on the show hates them, they are constantly humiliated from their attempts to earn respect from their peers and doomed to fail at every money-making venture they've ever made. The one who brings it upon themself the most , however, is Eddy.
** Jimmy. Bordering on BornUnlucky, almost as much as Eddy.
** Jonny sometimes, if the subject is his big head.
** May, particularly when Lee and Marie gang up on her. However, she does dish it back.
* CalvinBall: The Eds make Jonny play a game like this in the beginning of "Urban Ed". (See BavarianFireDrill entry above.)
* CameraAbuse: Just after Edd sets the camera angle straight in the opening sequence, Ed and Eddy's rough-housing cause the three to be knocked into the lens, resulting in television snow.
* CartoonJuggling: Eddy juggles a variety of items that Ed throws at him, from chairs to Double D, in order to entertain Sarah while babysitting. [[AmusingInjuries It goes fairly well until Ed throws him a cactus]].
* {{Catchphrase}}: For Ed: "Buttered toast!" and "Gravy!"
** In a BrickJoke, Sarah serves Ed "buttered toast" and "gravy" for dinner when he's grounded.
** Lampshaded in a Spin-the-Bottle/Truth or Dare episode, where they're forced to switch personalities. Edd, posing as Ed (obviously), says "gravy" and "buttered toast" all the time, causing Ed to protest that he doesn't say them ''that'' much.
** Eddy often says "Wait until I get my hands on you!" whilst chasing someone. (Usually Ed.)
* CerebusRetcon: The series finale reveals that the reason Eddy is such a jerk is [[spoiler:that all the years he endured with his big brother were in fact torture, and not as cool as he claimed to everyone in the cul-de-sac.]]
* ChainOfDeals: "Who, What, Where, Ed"
* ChaosArchitecture: The environment decides whether or not to grow steep hilltops in some episodes or if the alleys are big enough to support a cardboard city.
** In addition, the Eds' theme park.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Ed and Double D in the later seasons are almost unrecognizable in personality compared to how they were earlier. Ed was presented as a slightly smarter, but more absentminded teenager than outright stupid or infantile like he is later, and he initially lacked the SuperStrength that became a major part of his character. Double D was also ''much'' more relaxed and low-speaking, and far more willing to go along with Eddy's scams--contrast to how neurotic he is later on, as well as being the "Moral Compass", so to speak, of the trio. Eddy was also nowhere near as short tempered, greedy and bombastic in the early episodes as he is later on.
** Sarah becomes a lot more of a DeadpanSnarker as time goes on, especially in season 5.
* CharlieBrownBaldness: Ed, Eddy, Jimmy, Kevin.
* CheekCopy: Plank in "They Call Him Mr. Ed".
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Eddy's brother has been occasionally mentioned in spite having no real relevance to the plot, except for a few moments. But later on, it appears as he's responsible for Eddy's ''entire'' character of being a [[{{Greed}} greedy]], [[{{Narcissist}} narcissistic]] Jerkass, what with the way he brutally ''abuses'' Eddy in one of the most serious forms of {{Slapstick}} in the entire series.]]
* TheChewToy: Jimmy, but ''especially the Eds''.
* ChickMagnet: Double D is the male character, who unintentionally, has managed to attract the most girls of all (Marie, Sarah, Nazz and May in the Valentine's Day episode), but he remains shy and awkward around them.
** CluelessChickMagnet: ...and most times he doesn't realize this.
* ChristmasCarolers: In "Fa La La La Ed", Ed brings the spirit of Christmas to the cul-de-sac, despite it being the middle of July, at one point, Eddy decides to use Ed's gimmick to his advantage by scamming other kids out of change by he, Ed and Double D caroling door-to-door, allowing him to buy them a large bag full of jawbreakers.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Fa La La La Ed", where Ed thinks it's ChristmasInJuly, and the ChristmasSpecial "Jingle Jingle Jangle".
* ClipShow: [[ZigZaggingTrope Toyed with]]. While we do see [[ContinuityNod some props from previous episodes,]] all of the flashbacks are new stories. Near the end of the episode, Eddy flat out states that [[BreakingTheFourthWall he hates clip shows]], and starts beating the others with his [[ItMakesSenseInContext Dueling Fish]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Rolf, Ed, and Jonny on occasion.
* CompanionCube: Plank!
** And Ed's lucky (and really stinky!) [[IncrediblyLamePun piece of cheese]], Sheldon [[spoiler:until Eddy chucked him into the creek.]]
* ContinuityNod: The show is positively ''loaded'' with these, the most being in TheMovie. One example includes Ed getting shocked and getting into costumes and forms he had in several past episodes.
** Also from the movie, upon Edd seemingly figuring out that Eddy's Brother has something to do with the Lemonbrook gag factory, Eddy references the mascot episode, "Tight End Ed".
** "It Came From Outer Ed" has a cameo of the Masked Mumbler porta-potty booth from "Tag Yer Ed".
** "The Good Ol' Ed" revolved around making a time capsule, which featured many devices from previous episodes, including the Eddo puppet from "Honor Thy Ed", the hypno-wheel from "Look Into My Eds", the Canadian Squirt Guns and hat from "Know It All Ed", the Fad Freak costume from "Its Way Ed", the ice pack from when they destroyed Jonny's house in "Rent-A-Ed", and the weapon fish from "Dueling Eds". It also references the rocket car from "Ready, Set, Ed!", the chain of deals from "Who, What, Where, Ed?", and the time they painted a spatula gold to pass it off as jewelry in "High Heeled Ed".
-->'''Ed:''' [[BreakingTheFourthWall I remember that as if it were only second season]].
** In "Out with the Old, In With The Ed", Johnny can be seen playing with the Whiz-Whaz toy from "Its Way Ed".
** There's also Ed's sleepwalking in "A Glass Of Warm Ed", which comes back to explain how the Eds got the Kankers' ship-in-a-bottle in "Run For Your Ed" three seasons later.
** "A Glass of Warm Ed" has a "blink and you'll miss it" nod to a previous episode, with the "En-o-Gee drink" stand from "Over Your Ed" making a reappearance.
** "Dueling Eds" features the giant piggy bank from "Fa-La-La-La-Ed", rotting in the junkyard.
** "Three Squares and an Ed" features cameos of the Newspaper Machine and the Elevator Boots from "Read All About Ed" and "A Pinch to Grow An Ed".
** The clubhouse from "Virt-Ed-Go" makes a sudden reappearance as a refuge from Monster Ed in "The Day The Ed Stood Still". It's even still painted pink and says "Club Kanker". It doesn't last long against Edzilla, though.
** The "Hive Bee Gone" overalls from "Pop Goes The Ed" reappear in "To Sir With Ed", with "Hive" crossed out and replaced with "Snake" as Ed and Edd think they're fighting a snake.
** "My Fair Ed" references Ed tearing up Double D's screen-door in "Button Yer Ed".
** Double D's steel guitar from "Avast Ye Eds" reappears in "Rambling Ed", "Brother, Can You Spare an Ed?" and "Out With the Old, In With the Ed".
** In "May I Have This Ed?" Ed produces a "lucky cheese chunk" he calls Sheldon Jr., a reference to his lucky cheese chunk Sheldon from "Thick as an Ed".
** This exchange from "Stuck in Ed", where Eddy convinces Jimmy to help him think up a scam, and Edd brings up the events of the episode "Ed in a Half-Shell":
-->'''Edd:''' Have faith, Eddy. After all, you did teach Jimmy everything you know.\\
'''Eddy:''' Oh yeah! [[BreakingTheFourthWall Didn't we win an Emmy for that episode?]]\\
'''Edd:''' Hardly...
** Several scenes in the junkyard show inventions from previous episodes (i.e. the swinging-chair ride from "Eds-aggerate").
** The video game, "VideoGame/EdEddNEddyTheMisEdVentures", has the El-Mongo stinkbomb from "Fool on the Ed", return as portable weapons.
** Rolf's TV from an early episode pops up again as a plot device in one later episode.
** "A Fistful of Ed" has Jimmy's snake tattoo from "Urban Ed" reappear. Eddy also makes reference to the episode where Eddy turned Jimmy into a sumo wrestler.
** In "Fa La La La Ed", Rolf's Christmas present to Jonny is the yo-yo Ed traded to him for a sack of plums in "Keeping Up with the Eds".
* ContrivedCoincidence: In "Who, What, Where, Ed" (the ChainOfDeals episode), the Eds need some clams but are having no luck. Just when they're about to give up, Jonny pops out of the sewer wearing SCUBA gear and holding a bucket full of clams. Edd [[LampshadeHanging remarks]] "That was convenient."
* {{Cosmic Plaything}}s: Double D's only explanation as to why the trio can't get free jawbreakers in the episode "Don't Rain on My Ed".
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Lampshaded by Edd at the end of "Eds Aggerate" when him with Ed and Eddy are stuck to cement for lying about breaking Kevin's window.
-->'''Edd:''' This all could have been avoided, if we'd just tell the truth.
** In "Knock Knock Who's Ed?" Double-D points out this trope by suggesting they watch the marathon at his or Eddy's house, but [[MediumAwareness Eddy points out]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall it would ruin the plot]].
* CoveredInKisses: Whenever the Eds are caught as victim of the Kanker Sisters.
** Whenever [[JerkJock Kevin]] or [[CelibateHero Rolf]] is captured by the Kankers, they seem to fall victim to this as well. Jonny too once (Ed Overboard).
* CrackPairing: Edd and May, {{Invoked|Trope}} by Sarah and Jimmy (as cupids) in the Valentine's Day special. The other Eds and Kankers both found it strange. Then, through random arrow firing, we also got [[CargoShip Eddy paired with Plank, and Ed with a sandwich]].
* CranialEruption: All the time.
* CueCard: Edd holds up cue cards for Ed to read while he talks with Johnny. Despite screwing up, he manages to find Johnny's problem.
-->'''Ed:''' [[ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud Sit down and say "Hello, Johnny!"]]\\
'''Johnny:''' Uh... hello?\\
'''Ed:''' Ask him how he is!\\
''(Johnny is confused, Edd holds up a sign saying "How are you?")''\\
'''Ed:''' I'm fine. Well, okay, a little hungry.
* CurseCutShort: From "Sir-Ed-Alot":
-->'''Ed:''' I am a horse!\\
'''Eddy:''' You're a horse's--\\
'''Sarah:''' Hey! You better win!
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: In ''Good Ole Ed'' Ed does this while trying to scare the hiccups out of Double D.
-->'''Ed:''' I AM A ZOMBIE AND I WILL MALICE YOU WITH A SHOEHORN!\\
'''Edd:''' *hic* ''{Half scared, half confused}'' Malice me with a shoehorn!?
** Fridge Brilliance: Double-D has been known to flip out at Ed or Eddy when they make grammatical errors, so his reaction may have been due to Ed using "malice" as a verb when it's really an adjective.
* TheCutie: Double D and Jimmy.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: The Eds constantly attempt (and often fail) to make money by scamming the kids - although they never think of getting a regular allowance from their parents nor doing chores to get the money.
** Ed's dad is too busy, Edd doesn't get compensated for chores, and Eddy... uh... probably wants more money.
** Edd is also capable of building several cardboard technologies and the trio never think to just sell them. Granted they fall apart a lot.
*** They did try to sell his Thingamajig invention once, sort of, but then Captain Melonhead showed up.
* DarkerAndEdgier: TheMovie, due to the kids' obsession with hunting the Eds down and killing them. Plus the reveal that [[spoiler:Eddy's brother is physically abusive]].
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** Kevin and the kids get an episode to themselves: "See No Ed".
*** It gets so weird for the cast that they start searching for the Eds. Some are worried, some are curious, and Kevin is just getting increasingly paranoid that the Eds are up to something. Turns out that the Eds were trying to set up a scam, but they couldn't find Ed's mask and glove (which Jonny found earlier).
** The movie easily doubles the characterization and depth of relationships for the cast, but Kevin and Nazz' relationship especially.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Double D, who becomes increasingly snarkier after the first season.
** Eddy also has his moments. Kevin too.
* DiggingToChina: "For Your Ed Only" - Johnny hits the ground so hard he pops up in China. "Just like in the cartoons!"
* DisasterDominoes: The Movie begins with the aftermath of a [[NoodleIncident presumably titanic]] set of these, which has left most of the Cul-De-Sac in ruins and the Eds fleeing for their lives.
** "May I Have This Ed?" climaxes with this, accidentally set off by Nazz when she asks Double D to dance with her [[BerserkButton in front of]] [[AbhorrentAdmirer Marie.]] Within sixty seconds, the entire school building has been annihilated.
* DisguisedInDrag: Double D dresses up as a mermaid in "Tinker Ed" to try to convince Jimmy that fairytales are real.
** Jimmy at the end of "Ed Overboard".
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** In the episode "Eds-Aggerate", Kevin gets very angry and traps the Eds into cement just because Eddy broke his window and lied about the "Mucky Boys" destroying his window instead.
** In "An Ed is Born", Eddy calls Kevin the "neighborhood dork" and Kevin decides to get even by giving Eddy a bicycle wedgie by tying his underwear to the back of his bike and speeding off down the street. [[{{Hypocrite}} Yes, because Kevin is the only one who can call other people "dorks".]]
** To be fair, most of what the neighborhood kids to to the Eds is this, since they're causing the Eds insane amounts of physical pain and probably psychological scaring... over 25 cents and maybe a few scrapes.
** Then there's the fact that all 3 Eds tend to get punished for what only 1 or at most 2 of the other Eds were responsible for. A good example is the Halloween episode where Ed beats up all the other kids due to horror movie provoked hallucinations and the other 2 are beaten up for it while [[KarmaHoudini Ed gets off scot free.]]
** One episode has Rolf punishing Double D just for [[ItMakesSenseInContext dressing Wilfred up in a suit]] by hitting him with the "hat of disclipine" (an incredibly giant hammer worn on one's head). Sure, putting a suit on somebody's pig may be weird, but being flattened by a giant hammer for it? (Especially considering that Double D was merely following what he thought was his parents' orders.)
* TheDitz: Ed and his DistaffCounterpart May.
** Nazz has her moments, though other times she's the OnlySaneWoman.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In one episode, Double D gets hold of a boomerang and begins to sweat because of how hot it is outside, and then proceeds to strip pretty [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar sensually for a kid's show]], clinging on to a pole, and shakes off his pants with no shame whatsoever. This stops when Eddy yells at him and takes the boomerang away from him.
* DomesticAbuse: [[spoiler:After over 100 episodes, Eddy's Brother is revealed to be a {{Jerkass}} who beats Eddy to a pulp when he asks for a little protection from the neighborhood kids. This turns nasty when you realize that Eddy is only 12, his brother has to be in his 20s, and he probably practiced the same level of abuse for the entire time he lived with his parents.]]
** Sarah's treatment of Ed is only a cut below this, [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale though]] that's PlayedForLaughs a lot more.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: The Eds are commonly beaten up by Ed's sister Sarah, in some episodes; Ed himself is constantly abused off-screen.
** The Kanker Sisters are more or less the personifications of this trope.
* DownerEnding: The endings of 90% of the episodes, in the vain of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. And they are always PlayedForLaughs.
** Notable examples: "[[Recap/EdEddnEddyS4E1IfItSmellsLikeAnEd If It Smells Like An Ed]]", the Halloween special and the Christmas special "Jingle Jingle Jangle".
** In general, the only episodes that ended with the Eds ''not'' getting beaten up, getting their scam ruined, or otherwise humiliated are "A Glass of Warm Ed", "Run For Your Ed", "The Day the Ed Stood Still", "A Fistful of Ed", "Here's Mud in Your Ed", "Dear Ed", "The Good Ol Ed", "Cleanliness is Next to Edliness", "May I Have This Ed?", the Valentine's Day special, and [[spoiler:TheMovie]].
* DreadfulMusician: In "Pain in the Ed", Ed is forced to take violin lessons, and is so bad at it that it causes the bark to peel off trees, and Kevin's bike to crumple up. This is curious, since Ed is later shown to be superb at playing the flute.
* DreamWithinADream: "Rock-a-Bye Ed".
* DroolHello: Monster Ed pulls this on Eddy in "The Day The Ed Stood Still".
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Edd is easy to mistake for a girl at first. His high pitched voice doesn't help.
* DudeMagnet: Nazz. The only male characters who aren't attracted to her are [[FunnyForeigner Rolf]] and [[AmbiguouslyGay Jimmy.]]
* DumbBlonde: May and, to a lesser extent, Nazz.
* DumbIsGood: Mostly played straight. Ed and Jonny are {{Kindhearted Simpleton}}s, Nazz is a bit ditzy, but very sweet, and May is the dumbest Kanker and probably the most innocent and least cruel of the three. Subverted however with Edd who is a genius and easily the nicest character on the show.
* DungeonBypass: In "They Call Him Mr. Ed", Ed simply runs in a straight line through all the walls of Double D's "maze of inevitable despair" ("catchy, isn't it?") to get to a box of Chunky Puffs.
-->'''Edd:''' Excuse me, Ed. Not that you'd understand the geometry involved in such an endeavor, but that isn't how you go ''through'' a maze!
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The early shorts had much cruder animation, Double D was ''much'' more relaxed than he is later on, Eddy is more of a heckler than a flat out greedy jerk, and Ed wasn't stupid so much as he was an absentminded teenager. Also, there was the first episode, where they actually ''did'' get their jawbreakers--[[HereWeGoAgain sort of]].
** Edd was actually referred to by his real name causally at times in the Pilot, rather than Double D.
** The Kankers' introduction episode "Nagged to Ed" portrayed the trio in a much more sympathetic light compared to the rest of the series. While they were still introduced as the creepy {{Abhorrent Admirer}}s they have always been, (Removing the Eds clothing while replacing them with their dad's robes, drawing pictures of them marrying their respective Ed, etc.), they were shown to be quite hospitable and tried to ''impress'' the Eds into liking them, instead of [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale forcing]] themselves onto them. The Eds were even shown in a slightly negative way by taking advantage of their hospitality. Also, they weren't bullies until later on.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After "130 episodes, four specials and a movie!" of physical, mental and social humiliation, the series ends with [[spoiler:the Eds well liked by the cul-de-sac (and finally getting jawbreakers).]]
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Eddy's middle name is Skipper, and Edd's is Marion. Also revealed in one other episode that Ed's middle name is Horace, even though he has the least embarrassing middle name of the trio.
* EnemyMine[=/=]GoKartingWithBowser: Before the ending movie, the Eds and the other kids do team up with each other from time to time, most notably in the alien invasion special. The kids can be downright friendly when they aren't be ripped off or pranked.
* EpicFail: Several of the Eds' scams, most notably, the Ancient Egypt scam; Edd is unable to descipher Ed's 'heiroglyphs, their 'mummy' walks in late for his dramatic reveal, and the sand ends up making him sneeze so hard he blows the entire sphinx (Made entirely from cardboard boxes) into the sky. The episode "Once Bitten, Twice Ed" cranks this trope UpToEleven after Jonny keeps ruining the arcade and Eddy ''insist'' on running the arcade even after people saw through the scam.
** In "Pain in the Ed", Eddy's armpit hair (made of purple carpet) is so obviously fake that even '''[[TheDitz ED]]''' sees right through it.
--> '''Eddy''': Hey Ed! Check out ''these'' pits!
--> '''Ed''': Nice carpet, Eddy!
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Nearly all the kids of the cul-de-sac [[KidsAreCruel beat and/or humiliate]] the Eds badly. Especially towards Eddy, but in TheMovie, [[spoiler:all of them were appalled by Eddy's beating from his brother. Even [[SpoiledBrat Sarah]] and [[JerkJock Kevin]].]]
* EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped: The subtitler for TheMovie's premiere broadcast in the United States registered '''everything Rolf says''' as (unintelligible) ...even though the things he was saying were very clear.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: "[[EdEddnEddyS4E12YourEdHere Your Ed Here]]", "Take This Ed and Shove It".
* EvilMentor: [[spoiler: Eddy's brother was the one teaching Eddy how to scam, as well as being a [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] BigBrotherBully.]]
* EvilVersusEvil: Although it's debatable how "evil" he is, Eddy may be a sneaky con artist who will stoop to any measure to get what he wants, but the kids he's scamming aren't exactly saints either; also, Eddy whenever he encounters the Kankers, who want to love them... whether they like it or not: so technically, its the Eds' evil (scamming the kids for money) versus the other kids' evil (being unnecessarily cruel to the Eds and themselves most of the time) versus the Kankers' evil (terrifying the local populace because they think VictimFallsForKidnapper).
** [[spoiler:TheMovie ends up [[EnemyMine uniting all these people]] against the worst evil of them all. ''Eddy's Brother.'']]
* EvilPlan: ''Jimmy'', of all people, in "[[Recap/EdEddnEddyS4E1IfItSmellsLikeAnEd If It Smells Like an Ed]]". After Eddy (and ONLY Eddy) gave Jimmy a wedgie, everyone else laughs at him. To get revenge, Jimmy then targets ''[[MisplacedRetribution all three Eds]]'' by framing them for stealing several neighborhood items. Unfortunately, the Eds can't clear their name and are [[SadisticChoice forced to choose]] between getting beaten up by the other kids or getting attacked by the Kanker Sisters. They choose option A as the Lesser of Two Evils, and end up getting both options because Jimmy ''[[KickTheDog didn't think they suffered enough]]''.
** Well, he did make a deal with the Kanker Sisters in order to pull the whole thing off, and his end of that deal was the Eds' Option B. He even said "I have a deal to complete" right before the sisters showed up.
** Given that they also completely destroyed his Friendship Day celebration (something he was rather passionate about) and has put up with [[TheChewToy a hefty amount of abuse from the Eds]] (and several others) throughout the course of the series, the wedgie seemed more like merely [[BreakTheCutie the straw that broke the camel's back]].
** On the bright side, karma catches up with him, depending on whether you count slipping on a banana peel full punishment (Being Jimmy, that probably counts as a serious casualty).
* EvilRedhead: Lee and Sarah.
** Kevin is also a redhead but he's more arrogant and cocky than evil.
** Ed also averts this trope.
* ExtremeOmnigoat: Victor.
* EyeScream: A humorous, cartoon-y variation in "[[Recap/EdEddnEddyS4E12YourEdHere Your Ed Here]]" during the wax dummy scam when Ed puts Jonny's eyes on the wax Jonny.
-->'''Ed:''' Am I an artist, or what?\\
''The kids laugh hysterically''\\
'''Jonny:''' Where'd everybody go?!\\
'''Edd:''' ''(deadpan)'' Ed, give Jonny his eyes back.\\
'''Ed:''' Right-o, Jim Bob!
** In "Tight End Ed" we get Ed punching himself in the eyes so hard his fists get stuck to avoid having to see the Kanker Sisters' bared midriffs.
* FakeVideoCameraView: "An Ed Is Born" is almost entirely from the viewpoint of a camera. First there's a scene to set it up, then the rest of the episode is all seen through the camera.
* FailureHero: The Eds.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: All of the Eds' scams and efforts backfire in some form or another. Even if they get away with it, their rewards are usually either lost or destroyed.
** In "Don't Rain on My Ed", their efforts to get to the candy store before Customer Appreciation Day ends are frustrated in increasingly arbitrary and silly ways, finally culminating in a fierce thunderstorm and an apparently random "chicken drive" blocking their path to the candy store.
** One episode, during which they turn Jonny's house into a sauna, seemed to end with them escaping and keeping the money. They get away by breaking a fire hydrant and riding the geyser-like jet of water into the air, while still holding on to the money. Even Kevin comments "Hey, the Ed-weirdo brothers aren't too bad!" as the episode ends.
** A comic version of the pilot episode ended as the Eds were running off to purchase jawbreakers with the money they gained - the actual show continued to them eating the jawbreakers, only for Jonny in a tire to run into them and make them lose them.
* {{Flanderization}}: Everyone on the show.
** In Ed's case, it got so extreme that the writers had to reverse the trend, and made him a little smarter again. At least, he regained the ability to speak in coherent sentences. Similarly, Eddy got meaner and meaner, then got nicer again in the movie and later on in Season 5.
** A showcase of Flanderization within the show can be found in the episode "All Eds Are Off", where the Eds, Kevin, Rolf and Jonny place a bet on who can keep off their most annoying habits. Their habits are what their Flanderization culminated into, with the exception of Jonny who has to stop listening to Plank, which is his whole character.
** In-universe Flanderization happens in the "Truth or Dare" episode where the Eds each act like Flanderized versions of each other. Ed acts like Eddy, Double D acts like Ed, and Eddy acts like Double D. Ed [[LampshadeHanging comments on this]] at one point:
-->'''Edd:''' ''(imitating Ed)'' Uh-oh, a fence. ''(deliberately walks into it and falls over)'' Gravy!\\
'''Ed:''' Aw, come on Double D, I don't say "gravy" ''all'' the time!\\
'''Edd:''' Buttered toast, then!
* ForcefulKiss: Done frequently by the Kankers to the Eds. For instance, in the ending of TheMovie, the Kankers [[spoiler:dragged Eddy's unconscious brother into his mobile home to give him "mouth to mouth."]]
** Then there's the cannon kiss between [[HoYay Edd and Eddy]] in "Your Ed Here".
* FoodAsBribe: From "Three Squares and an Ed"
-->'''Eddy:''' Johnny'll do ''anything'' for a handful of granola!
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:"Man [[LampshadeHanging I'm getting tired of]] [[AmusingInjuries slapstick]]." Right after the last injury the Eds take before meeting Eddy's brother.]]
** In one episode where Eddy made the claim his brother was coming back, he believed doing this would give him some respect, only for Edd to mention after the first few people that it was fear they were all showing, not respect, and when Sarah and Jimmy (disguised as Eddy's brother) showed up at his doorstep, Eddy looked about ready to pee his pants. [[spoiler:This is the earliest sign we've seen that Eddy's brother isn't the awesome badass he's been made to be.]]
** A ''very'' easy bit to miss: towards the end of "An Ed is Born", after "showing" his brother how cool he is, Eddy makes the comment "No more beatin' up little Eddy, eh, big brother?" [[spoiler:Once you've seen the movie, this line sticks out like a sore thumb.]]
* FragileFlower: Jimmy. ''Oh, Jimmy.''
** Double D too, to a lesser extent.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: In "Don't Rain on My Ed" the Eds rush to get free jawbreakers from their local candy store. Just a stone's throw from reaching it, they're beset by an out of the blue storm and a chicken drive (don't ask). Double D is swept in the flood of poultry and begs Eddy, who managed to get out, for help. In a rare subverted case, Eddy goes for the jawbreakers, but the store closes and he loses his "idol" anyway.
* FriendshipSong: "Friends Are There To Help You" is a humorous kids song about how no matter what happens friends will be there for you.
* FriendlyTickleTorture: Occurs a number of times throughout the series.
** In one episode, Ed drinks an experimental and highly volatile soda Double D created. Double D tells him to stay completely still so he doesn't set off the mixture, but Eddy forces him to start moving around by tickling his belly with a feather.
** In "From Here to Ed", Eddy tries to get revenge on Kevin for ruining one of his scams, and one scheme he has is hitting him over the head with Ed's rotting, moldy lunch bag. Eddy tells Double D to hit him since he's the only one of the three that wouldn't look suspicious approaching Kevin. When he refuses, Eddy and Ed tickle him until he's right behind Kevin.
** One episode has Ed and Double D hanging from a set of monkey bars, which Eddy is too short to reach up and grab like they did. When he protests to their assistance and poking fun at his height, they tickle him under his arms until he falls off.
** In the episode "Stop, Look, and Ed" where Eddy encourages all the kids in the culdesac to break and disregard the rules, there's a scene when Ed tickles Kevin.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In "Fa La La La Ed", while Jimmy is complaining to Sarah about the pain of smashing his piggy bank, we see Ed falling over as he tries to prop up some Christmas lights.
** In "Look Before You Ed," while Edd and Jimmy are covered in snow in the foreground, Eddy and Ed steal Kevin's snowboard in the background.
** In "May I Have this Ed", while Edd is talking in the foreground, Ed and Jonny are "dancing" together in the background.
* GambitRoulette: The Kankers pull this in "Honor Thy Ed".
* GenreSavvy: In "The Eds are Coming, The Eds are Coming" (The [[AlienInvasion CN Invaded]] special), the implication of an actual alien invasion leads Double D to research Ed's comic books to produce countermeasures against it.
* GentleGiant: Ed is this most of the time.
* GetRichQuickScheme: Most of the episodes.
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Eddy to Edd in the first episode, via ''smashing a bed'' on him.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/EdEddNEddy a page's worth of it]].
* [[GettingHotInHere Getting Hot Out Here]]: Double D begins to strip [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext when he holds a boomerang]] in one episode because he felt it too hot outside. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything He clings onto a pole]] and had the time to strip down to his underwear until Eddy snatches the boomerang away from him.
* TheGhost: All the parents, Eddy's older brother [[spoiler:until TheMovie]], and Rolf's nana.
* GiantFootOfStomping: In Ed's bedtime story he was telling to Johnny.
* GirlyBruiser: Sarah is a rare villainous example.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Happens to Eddy in "Laugh Ed, Laugh".
* GoingCommando:
-->'''Ed:''' (matter-of-fact) I forgot to wear underwear, guys.
* GoshHornet: The Eds start a beehive extermination business in one episode. It doesn't end well.
* GotVolunteered
* GrandFinale: TheMovie, which even breaks the fourth wall to make it clear to the viewers that it ''is'' the end.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: As the show is full of ToonPhysics, this pops up every now and then. A notable example is in "Mirror, Mirror, on the Ed", where Ed and Eddy don't realize they stepped off a cliff before they look down.
* TheGreatWhodini: Eddy, upon aquiring Double D's hypno-wheel, proclaims himself to be "The Great Eddy-dini".
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Varying shades of grey. Often between episodes, too.
** The Eds swindle the other kids out of their hard-earned, that is true. However, Ed is a KindheartedSimpleton and Edd is a LovableNerd who are mostly just egged on by Eddy, and while he himself is a {{Jerkass}} at times, in the movie it is shown that he has a ''huge'' FreudianExcuse.
** Sarah is an abusive spoiled brat, but she shows huge concern for [[MoralityPet Jimmy]], and she has a soft-spot for Edd as well.
** Kevin is a bullying JerkJock to the Eds, and Jimmy and Jonny, but much of his paranoia and hatred of the Eds is brought about by their scams.
** Jimmy was generally nice at first, but he was a big case of BewareTheNiceOnes. Later, he becomes a BitchInSheepsClothing.
** Nazz is, again, generally nice but intimidating when provoked.
** Rolf is generally friendly, but has a penchant for DisproportionateRetribution.
** Jonny is a harmless CloudCuckoolander, and it is implied that the plank of wood he carries around is sentient and causes him to do his more morally ambiguous moments. That is, until the movie, where he [[TookALevelInJerkass takes quite a few levels in Jerkass]].
** The Kanker sisters are very openly antagonistic to all the other children, but in the movie, they get a PetTheDog moment.
** The only unquestionably evil character in the show is [[spoiler:Eddy's brother, who appears for the movie as the BigBad.]]
* GrievousHarmWithABody: In "May I Have This Ed?", Marie smashes Nazz with an unconscious Eddy, [[BerserkButton half as revenge for her dancing with Edd,]] [[GreenEyedMonster and half to get Double D to pay attention to her.]] This is followed immediately by Lee attempting to do the same thing to her with Ed, who has somehow [[DropTheHammer turned into a sledgehammer.]]
** In [[BigDamnMovie the movie]], [[spoiler:Eddy's Brother slams Double D into the ground, also using Eddy.]]
* GroinAttack: Eddy does this to Ed when he learns that the lump hid Eddy's magazines and the box that they came in in different places.
** Jimmy also becomes a victim of this in one episode as seen [[http://mscc93.deviantart.com/art/Jemmy-gets-Owned-213982467 here.]]
* GrossoutShow and GrossUpCloseUp: Several throughout the series. What did you expect from Danny Antonucci?
** Edd + fog horn sound = {{Squick}}.