* 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 IronChefAmerica.
*** 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".
* 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/IronChefAmerica'' 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]].
* StopHelpingMe: '''Don't say it!''' [[spoiler: Did someone call for a culinary anthropologist?]]
* {{Squick}}: The Season 12 episode "Oh My, Meat Pie" was a parody of ''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).
* UnfortunateImplications: The peanut episode featured a visit from the ghost of George Washington Carver. In keeping with Dickensian tradition, he was wearing chains (made of peanuts, no less). It might not have been the wisest costuming choice.
* TheWoobie: Okra. You heard me.
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