* EnsembleDarkhorse: Colonel Bob Boatwright. Just check the Website/YouTube comments of every episode he's in.
* FoeYay: Alton and W. In "Behind the Eats", Alton's mailman reads a letter aloud, asking whether W is Alton's wife. (See WriteWhoYouKnow, on the main page.)
* FunnyAneurysmMoment / HilariousInHindsight:
** In some episodes, after making a large batch of a dessert (such as chocolate mousse) Alton would half-joke that he would probably just sit down and eat the whole thing. Then come episodes like "Herbal Preservation" in Season 7 and "Live and Let Diet" in Season 13.
** In the 2001 episode "Scrap Iron Chef", Alton competes with a sweet old lady in an Iron Chef spoof. Four years later Alton became the host of Series/IronChef America.
*** Similarly, one episode of ''Good Eats'' is an AffectionateParody of ''Series/MythBusters'' dedicated to "smashing" culinary myths. Jump ahead to 2012, and Alton guest-stars on an actual ''[=MythBusters=]'' episode.
** Alton in a few episodes and appearances on other shows declared that he thought the "umami" craze was largely a marketing stunt and he thought it was pretentious and a little ridiculous. Cue his hosting of ''The Next Iron Chef'', and he was having to [[ProductPlacement hawk Kikkoman soy sauce]] and its "rich umami flavor".
** 2002's [[ShowWithinAShow "Scrap Iron Chef"]], a hybrid parody of ''Series/IronChef'' and ''Series/JunkyardWars'', has Alton facing off against "Chef Prairie" in a cooking competition. During the episode, both Alton and his competitor do diabolical deeds upon one another, such as stealing equipment and sabotaging the other's ingredients. Eleven years later, a cooking competition titled ''Series/CutthroatKitchen'' debuts with Alton as emcee. And, much like "Scrap Iron Chef", ''Cutthroat Kitchen'' actively encourages its contestants to sabotage each other during the course of each episode.
* HarsherInHindsight: In the Amber Waves episode, he praises the manager of the homebrew shop he visits. A year or two later, Marietta Homebrew Supply closed down because the manager in question was embezzling thousands from the family that owned the shop.
* GrowingTheBeard: The show started hitting a groove after the problematic first season, but didn't really run at its full potential until Alton took over production (and built the now-familiar Good Eats Kitchen) in 2001. This was partially due to space constraints; the white kitchen was a small kitchen in a small house, which made shooting trick shots and gags difficult.
* JerkAss: Occasionally Alton himself, though intentionally invoked for comedic effect.
** Cocoa Carl is a more straight example.
* MemeticBadass: [[http://www.wherethehellwasi.com/categories/foodstuff-fluff/good_eats_amazing_feats.html Alton Brown once got carried away slicing carrots, and julienned his cutting board. Undaunted, he sauteed the splinters in olive oil and spices and they were delicious.]]
** To Alton, Louis Pasteur ("King Louie") is this. The man ''did'' once take down a Food Police helicopter with a flamethrower.
* [[ReplacementScrappy Replacement Scrappy Series]]: ''Series/CutthroatKitchen'' and even ''Series/IronChef America'' to a lesser extent. Some people think Alton's hosting duties killed ''Good Eats''. It doesn't help that a few people are turned off by the sheer mean-spiritedness of ''Cutthroat Kitchen'' either.
* {{Shipping}}: A lot of fans seem to ship Alton/[[{{Tsundere}} W]]. The knowledge that the former is married does not dissuade them one bit. This was lampshaded in the behind-the-scenes episode, believe it or not; the mailman bringing AB his fan mail comments on all the letters [[FoeYay asking if W is AB's wife]].
* {{Squick}}: The Season 12 episode "Oh My, Meat Pie" was a parody of ''Theatre/SweeneyTodd''. Yes, folks, a '''''Sweeney Todd'''''-inspired episode, '''''on a cooking show.'''''
** Doesn't make it less awesome though. Indeed, [[CrossesTheLineTwice in an odd way, it makes it even more awesome]].
--> '''Mr. Todd:''' What kind of pie is that, Mrs. Lovett?
--> '''Mrs. Lovett:''' Shepherd's pie, Mr. Todd.
--> '''Mr. Todd:''' I wasn't aware we had any [[IAmAHumanitarian shepherd]].
** The corresponding recipe in the Good Eats cookbook dutifully lists "1 1/2 pounds ground shepherd" among the ingredients for shepherd's pie (with a note suggesting ground lamb or mutton as a substitute should shepherd be unavailable).
* TheWoobie: Okra. You heard me.[[note]]The anthropomorphic okra is actually the mascot for [[http://feartheokra.com/ Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi]]. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Seriously. We're not making this up.]][[/note]]
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