Anti-Villain: Most of the time they want to get the money, no matter the means. However Ed and Edd are nice guys and have a stronger moral code than some of the characters, especially Edd. Eddy also turns out to be one. See below.
Butt Monkey: 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.
Earn Your Happy Ending: After "130 episodes, four specials and a movie!" of physical, mental and social humiliation, the series ends with the Eds well liked by the cul-de-sac (and finally getting jawbreakers).
Extreme Doormat: All three of them get pushed around easily to some degree and they never put a fight when the kids or Kankers attack them. Ed lets himself get bullied by his sister, Double D hardly stands up for himself when he gets blamed for something or mistreated by his friends or neighbors, and Eddy (despite being louder and more outspoken than the other two) almost never fights back when he's assaulted by the other characters.
In the movie, Eddy is revealed to be this to his brother. He attempts to stay collected and calm while he's getting brutally beaten up, even when it's become clear to everyone that his brother's a vicious bully.
Failure Heroes: Not only Eddy and his crew fail at their attempts to scam kids, they also completely fail at legitimate ventures or even completely innocent goals like gaining a little respect from their friends. The constant teasing and harassing of their Jerkass neighbors only rubs salt into the wound.
Failure Is the Only Option: 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.
Flanderization: All of their traits were exaggerated over time. Ed starts as being kinda-slow to being mentally handicapped, Edd starts off as a bit of a neat freak to going insane if he doesn't take a shower, and Eddy goes from being a tad jerky to being a full-blown Jerkass. However, this is inverted in the movie, as they go back to their original selves.
Eddy - Id: Schemer, the leader, ruled by his desires
Depending on the nature of the episode, they sometimes switch roles: Rules-obsessed Edd can become the limiting Superego, while Cloudcuckoolander Ed can act as the Id. Ironically, when this happens, it puts no-self-control Eddy in the Ego position by default as he tries to reign in the extreme behavior of the other two and keep them focused on their goal (jawbreakers or money).
Guilt By Association Gag: They always fall victim to this, especially Edd. Edd is always beaten up along with the others when Eddy's schemes go south even though he's usually the voice of reason, trying to convince the other two that they should be doing something productive instead.
Thankfully averted in some episodes like "One Size Fits Ed", "Brother, Can You Spare An Ed, "A Case Of Ed", "Too Smart for His Own Ed" and "Truth or Ed".
Karma Houdini: Ed's Mart from "A Glass of Warm Ed" is probably the Eds' most successful scam and one of the few they actually get away with. They also got off scot-free in "See No Ed", "Sir Ed-a-Lot", "Flea-Bitten Ed", "Rent-A-Ed", and "The Day the Ed Stood Still". But other than these, they Can't Get Away with Nuthin' .
Made of Iron: These guys can really take a beating (and in fact, this trope applies to almost everyone else in this show). Edd, the weakest and most frail Ed, can survive having a house crush him at a toddler age.
On occasion can switch to Ed (nice) and Edd (in-between), since Edd has been known to lose it a couple of times, and Ed doesn't have a malicious bone in his body. That is, unless there is a malicious rock in his shoe.
No Guy Wants to Be Chased: The Kanker Sisters seem to inspire abject terror in the Eds due to their constant romantic pursuits.
Ironically, in "A Twist of Ed", they seemed to enjoy being the ones doing the chasing, at least until it backfired on them.
Only One Name: Like most characters (except Nazz and the Kankers) their last names are never revealed.
Ed actually calls Eddy "Eddy McGee" in two different episodes ("My Fair Ed" and "Mission Ed-Possible"). Though it's most likely not Eddy's real last name but just something made up by Ed to use rhyming words.
Ed's mother treats him as The Unfavourite compared to his spoiled sister, who abuses him, and his father is largely apathetic to all this.
In regards to Eddy, the movie reveals that his older brother has been physically abusing him, a twelve year old boy, for years, most likely during the entire time he lived with his parents. And while his parents may or may not know about this they certainly don't do a thing about it, instead constantly berating and punishing Eddy for his bad grades and behavior at school.
And in regards to Edd, his parents communicate with him exclusively through Post-it notes and are hardly shown to be at home for Edd at all, meaning he's responsible for keeping a house clean
Throw the Dog a Bone/Team Rocket Wins: On very rare occasions the Eds close an episode on a triumphant note. "A Glass Of Warm Ed" and "Dim Lit Ed" end with them making unnegated profit from a scam, while The Movie finally ends with them popular with the other kids.
Toxic Friend Influence: A normal parent would encourage their children not to hang around a kid like Eddy, yet Ed and Edd still do. Edd is not affected by it though, since being the Only Sane Man makes him refuse to cope with Eddy if he goes too far. Ed however, usually goes along with what Eddy says because he's too stupid to know right from wrong.
Speaking of this, it could be the reason Edd didn't go batshit at Ed for what Eddy and he did in The Movie. Edd only directed his calling out on Eddy because he knew Ed was too stupid to know better. It goes like this: Edd begins yelling at Eddy, Ed shouts "I helped too!" in his defense, in which Edd responds by glaring at him. He then proceeds to go back yelling at Eddy.
Villain Protagonists: To an extent, they are three con artists trying to scam their peers in most episodes (mostly Eddy). Though how much they are "villainous" depends on the episode. Sometimes they try to scam the other kids out of their money, but as often as not, they create good services to the other children, and attempt to sell them for a fair price. It doesn't help that Eddy always calls them "scams" anyway.
Eddy in general towards both his friends. A good example is the episode "Pick an Ed" where Eddy (suspicious that the other kids are badmouthing him) goes undercover as a new kid named Carl, and then decides to ditch his friends and hang out with Kevin and the other kids.
A lovable, astoundingly strong doofus who serves as the muscle of the Eds. Ed has a number of odd obsessions, including sci-fi and horror movies and comics, chickens, buttered toast, and gravy. An overdose of b-movies and comic books has apparently loosened his grip on reality, making him both spacey and easily-swayed.
He collects sponges and stashes them in the walls of his room.
He has a strange assortment of whole fried chickens. And the gravy. And the seagulls he kept under his bed.
He also has an ungodly amount of horrendously rotten things. Like a lunch that's been sitting around for a year or a chunk of cheese that sat in his pocket for several weeks and was so revolting that it killed a fly.
The Ditz: Though by the series finale he seemed to go back to at least his Season 1 intelligence.
Genius Ditz: He's got an encyclopedic knowledge of B horror and sci-fi movies, and he can play the flute like a pro. Plus a few of the things he says are sort of profound, if you think about them long enough.
Plus, he's the one who defeated Eddy's Brother via steel door and Newton's First and Third Laws of Motion.
Dreadful Musician: Ed doesn't play the violin very well. Which is to say that bark peels off of trees, and bikes crumple. On the other hand, he has shown that he's pretty damn good at playing the flute. How good? He can make animals follow him in a single-file line (a la the Pied Piper) by playing it.
Dumb Muscle: He's the undisputed strongest kid in the cul-de-sac, as he's the only one who has carried a house without breaking a sweat. In comparison, Rolf has to put forth a mighty effort to uproot a full-grown tree.
It runs in the family, apparently, as Sarah once slammed a car on top of Nazz.
Dungeon Bypass: In "They Call Him Mister Ed", Edd does a mouse-in-a-maze experiment, with the cheese replaced with Chunky Puffs, Ed just breaks through all the cardboard walls. "That isn't how you go through a maze!" (even though, technically, it is)
Equippable Ally: Sometimes, most usually as a bludgeon. Special mention goes the episode where the Eds try to be repairmen. Ironically, even though Ed caused most/all of the destruction in the episode, Eddy and Double D utilize him as the "ultimate tool" to try and fix Johnny's sink.
Extreme Omnivore: Ed will eat anything. Anything. To date, he's eaten a camera, his mattress, a TV, Eddy, dirt, a key, a log, a soup bowl, a cereal box, a large snail, two teeth, some gutter gunk, Jimmy, a cactus, crayons, a sandal, a lava lamp, and a kitchen sink. He also chewed up and spat out the playground slide.
Flowers for Algernon Syndrome: In the episode with the magic boomerang that causes anyone that holds it to completely change their personality, Ed becomes incredibly smart whenever holding it and then reverts to his usual dumb self when he lets go.
Foil: Non-hostile example towards Edd, in that he can be considered the polar opposite of him. He's idiotic, strong, and highly unhygienic, while Edd is smart, weak, and a Neat Freak.
Lightning Bruiser: As demonstrated in The Movie, not only he can endure a lot of pain and lift houses, he can run so fast that he managed to outrun kids with three different modes of transportation with only his bare feet and while carrying a whole car.
Subverted in the movie where he not only saved the Eds via Flintstone style transportation but also defeated Eddy's Brother.
Nightmare Fetishist: With his oft-mentioned fondness for groady comics and sci-fi horror movies.
Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: His grip on reality has been severely weakened by a near-constant diet of horror comics and B-movies. His idea for a scam in "It Came From Outer Ed" involves dressing his friends as skeletons and astronauts, making them pass each other pancakes, shouting "Evil Tim has beckoned you all, for you all will pay with your brains!", and then ripping up a stuffed bunny with his teeth. Yet he still considers this a piece of light hearted fun, even when the curse kicks in and he and his friends are mobbed by angry crows.
The Pollyanna: He's happy-go-lucky and always has a cheerful attitude even though he has possibly the worst home life of all the Eds (or so it seems, until the movie). Also, unlike Edd and Eddy, he doesn't seem to mind all the humiliations and punishments in most episodes and sometimes he even enjoys them.
Rampage from a Nail: Ed goes on a rampage that genuinely scares the entire cast because he has a rock in his shoe.
Reality Warper: Possibly due to his strict diet of B-Movies, Ed is even more loosely attached to reality than everything else.
When he needs to hear something that Edd just said, Double D suddenly has a rewind button under that hat.
When there is a balloon to be grabbed, Eddy's pocket chain turns him into a great helicopter.
When Double D needs explanation to the stork theory, Ed can fly in order to demonstrate the act. And when things need to go up, Ed can make an elevator that goes to the moon out of junk that should never be used in an elevator. He somehow duplicated himself to carry an I-beam into the elevator, which shouldn't have been able to fit it.
Superpowered Evil Side: When Ed's imagination caused him to take the mantle of Edzilla, he terrorized the cul-de-sac, managing to destroy the local treehouse and the local playground, and sticking everybody save Eddy, Sarah and Double D to the wall of his basement with chewed-up Chunky Puffs.
Trademark Favorite Food: Buttered toast and gravy are his two main favorites, though like his two pals Edd and Eddy, he also enjoys jawbreakers. He bets off eating gravy in All Eds Are Off and and spends the rest of the episode going through withdrawl.
Trash of the Titans: Ed's room is uninhabitable by human life, with such horrors such as a bathtub full of gravy, a lounge chair full of chicken, and a bed containing fungus, years-old food, live snakes and seagulls, and lord knows what else.
Edd:(upon discovering said seagulls) Ed! How can you live this way!?
The smartest kid in the neighborhood, and the brains of the Eds. Neat and morally upright to the point of annoyance, Edd (AKA "Double D") is the oft-unheeded voice of reason in Eddy's schemes. Wears a stocking cap that he is never seen without (onscreen, at least).
Adorably Precocious Child: Justified, as he's a pre-teen, but he still acts very mature for his age. Plus he has a childish fondness for jawbreakers, just like the other kids.
Adorkable: Oh so much. He's cute, geeky, neurotic, endearingly shy, kind, polite, and quite a Shrinking Violet, especially around girls. And that's why all the girls (In-Universe and out) find him adorable.
Ambiguous Disorder: He 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.
Ambiguously Bi: While he does have a crush on Nazz like most of the male cast, he does have the hints of going both ways (his only complaint of Ed trying to kiss him under the mistletoe was someone might be watching for starters).
In FusionFall, he constructs working cardboard ramparts to keep out the Fusion monsters.
To put the above into perspective, Dexter, THE boy Genius of Cartoon Network creates energy forcefields around infected areas that the invaders are implied to be able ot travel through. Edd's fortress keeps them out enitrely. True, it is charged with Imaginiary Energy, being boxes from Fosters, but these invaders are made of goo, and are good at slipping through any crack.
"It's all fun and games until someone XXXX". Said whenever a scheme goes wrong — which is to say, often.
Also when he does something, he says said activity three times from time to time.
Curse (enter irksome thing).
"I took the liberty to XXXX."
Characterization Marches On: He is much more relaxed and willing to go along with Eddy's schemes in early episodes, compared to how he is always second-guessing Eddy's schemes and spazzing out at the first sign of trouble in his later appearances.
Also, in early episodes he was more "normal" in the sense that, while he still smart and fussy, he was fine with things like monster movies or dumpster-diving to find glass bottles to recycle, while in later episodes he'd decry the former for being violent and the latter for being messy.
Chick Magnet: Double D has had the most girls crushing on him in the length of the show, compared to everyone else. Other than his Stalker with a Crush Marie, there's also Sarah who develops a Precocious Crush on him, and it's revealed that he is the only boy that Nazz really likes besides Kevin. There's also the Ship Tease with May in the Valentine's Day episode, although she only fell in love with him due to being hit by a love arrow fired by the Sarah and Jimmy cupids.
Children Are Innocent: Despite taking part in Eddy's scams, he's probably the most innocent and morally righteous character on the show, in contrast to Eddy.
Class Representative: In season 5, he's very enthusiastic about school and has an active school life, as he's being a journalist of the Peach Creek Junior High Tattler and the president of the Happy Clucker's club and the safety clubs. In "Mission Ed-Possible", he sends report cards to Ed's and Eddy's parents when they get bad grades in school and reacts negatively when they don't want to do their homework. In several episodes, like "Cool Hand Ed", it seems like that he's the only person of the cast who takes the school very seriously.
Edd: That's right, Eddy. [The key opens] Something dear and personal, like a box of photographs, or a diary with pages of truth and duration, or as simple as a locket of love. It's our responsibility to see that this key returns to its forsaken owner so life can- [Eddy tries to pry something open with the key, it flings loose and flies into the gap in Edd's teeth.] Mortified? Yes. But I won't let myself fall prey to such shallow emotion. Not now. [continues talking through the shift in scenes] There's a fellow human crying for help, trying to mend the unraveled ball of yarn handed to them. Maybe that's the kind of world you wish to live in, Eddy, where the unyielding and the indifferent supersede the malevolent. I say- Eddy: SHUT UP, DOUBLE D! Ed, you understand anything Double D said? Ed:Pass the mustard.
The Cutie: He's very sweet and easily the cutest character on the show.
Deadpan Snarker: Very snarky and sarcastic, especially towards Eddy. His most snarky episode by far is "Dim Lit Ed".
Really, he's pretty much snarky to everyone. Not even Nazz is free from it!
Gentleman and a Scholar: Edd is a genius but he's genuinely friendly and nice to everyone and he never thinks of himself as superior for his brains. He is portrayed as sensitive, thoughtful, and reasonable.
Go Getter Guy: He gets good grades at school, is talented in mechanics, gets along with the kids (sometimes when Eddy isn't around) and has an active social life at his school (he is a journalist of the Peach Creek Junior High Tattler and the president of the Happy Clucker's club and the safety clubs).
Insufferable Genius: His goody-goody and self-righteous personality puts him in this category sometimes.
Insufferable genius he may be, but it's not like he's wrong, given that his friends are often engaging in behavior that is either crazy or downright unethical. Edd can probably be excused, given his particular situation, for thinking highly of his moral standards in comparison.
It still doesn't change the fact he is an Insufferable Genius. For example, in "Too Smart for His Own Ed", he had already prepared his medal stand for the Spelling Bee competition that year, despite the fact he hadn't won it yet, and he didn't (Ed did).
Large Ham: He can tend to overreact over the simplest things, being a Neat Freak and all. Case in point, in "Out With the Old, In With the Ed", he broke down crying when he forgot the paperclips for his school supplies.
He claims to have "a history" with dodge ball in "Ed in a Half-Shell," specifically "the dodgeball incident" which he seems to be suffering some form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder over, as he starts cowering in fear and crying, no that it takes much to make him do so.
Also in "3 Squares and an Ed". You have to wonder what caused Edd to invent an opera-singing machine.
Or a model volcano that acts as a high-power vaccum that sucks Eddy's entire head ino it.
He comes off as a little smug in "Mission Ed-possible" after delivering Ed and Eddy's bad report cards to their parents.
He is even more of a Jerkass in "Sorry Wrong Ed", where his obsession with being right about the phone not being cursed makes him completely overlook Eddy getting injured repeatedly. It makes him look like that being right is more important to him than the welfare of his friends.
Pacifist: Zig Zagged Trope. He outright says he is one in "A Fistful of Ed", but when his buttons are pressed ("Is There an Ed In The House" and The Movie for instance), he doesn't hesitate to give the one responsible a beating.
Perpetual Frowner: While occasionally he was seen smiling, less than half of them last very long.
Sanity Slippage: In "Cleanliness is Next to Edd-ness". His shower is out of order and asks the kids around the cul-de-sac if he could use theirs. Getting no results, and only filthier, he slowly grows more insane...and proceeds to roll in dirt and dump trash on himself while giggling maniacally, in manners that remind you of Ren H÷ek.
Sarcastic Devotee: He often disagrees with Eddy and tends to be sarcastic, but he still remains loyal to his friends and supports them no matter what.
Serious Business: Has tendencies of this. He overreacts when his magnifying class is stolen. Also, when Ed and Eddy pull a prank on him by making fake sticky notes. He also overreacts about Ed's lucky chunk of cheese in "Thick as an Ed".
This even becomes rather problematic in the Movie- Edd's obsession with labelling everything means that he keeps leaving clues for the other kids to track the Eds down.
Surrounded by Idiots: He says this exact quote in two different episodes, "Dim Lit Ed" and "O-Ed Eleven".
Team Mom: He has gone so far as to wipe crumbs from Ed's face and scold Eddy for poor behavior.
Tearful Smile: In "A Fistful of Ed", when he looks after the sprout of a flower while crying, he turns around when he hears a sound. Hoping it's Ed who's come to make up with him, he smiles tearfully.
Terrified of Germs: He put on plastic gloves AND a surgeon's mask when taking care of a sick Sarah. And when he caught her cold anyway, he claimed that bacteria strike the instant one's guard is down. Germs were also his first complaint when forced into a bathroom vent.
TV Genius: He's highly intelligent, loves to use "big words", and the other characters will often see him as an Insufferable Genius. But he also shows a lot of common sense, even if he can't understand that other people maybe aren't as interested in reading books and getting knowledge as he is.
Unrequited Love Switcheroo: In the first episode, he seems to have a crush on Sarah but she's just not interested. Yet later that season, this is reversed of her becoming a Stalker with a Crush and Double D scared she wont leave him alone. She stops stalking him by the end of the episode, but her crush on him remains and is hinted in later seasons.
The Unreveal: Does anybody know what's under his hat? Considering the shocked expressions of Ed and Eddy, it's much be something big.
Unwanted Harem: In "May I Have This Ed?" he unwittingly attracts the attention of Sarah, Nazz and Marie. And he didn't even want to go to the school dance.
Vocal Evolution: In earlier episodes, he sounded much more raspy, calm and vulnerable. Later on, his voice is more high-pitched and clean, speaks more stressfully (possibly to fit his Super OCD) and a little louder.
The self-styled leader of the Eds, whose height seems to be inversely proportional to his ego. Pursues his schemes with a determination that borders on stubbornness, and which would be admirable if he wasn't such a penny-pinching weasel most of the time.
He's terrified of the Kankers, yet in " 1+1 = Ed", they see the Kankers in the bath and he sniggers and asks Ed if he "saw anything".
All of the Other Reindeer: Although Eddy usually falls under this trope with his friends, there are a lot of signs throughout the show that he is the only one that the kids really hate and how Ed and Edd would be liked more if they didn't hang out with Eddy. In the movie, his Freudian Excuse about his brother is revealed, and then he is forgiven and accepted by the kids along with his friends.
Allergic to Routine: Eddy gets bored easily, which may be another reason why he likes scamming so much.
Always Someone Better: This is how he views Kevin sometimes, which motivates him to challenge Kevin, but Eddy usually loses. Same goes for his brother—evil or not, Eddy knows he can never be as cool as his brother.
Animals Hate Him: Eddy states that he hates birds. In "Will Work for Ed," he got attacked by a rooster. Also, in "Sorry Wrong Ed," he got trampled on by hippos. In "It Came From Outer Ed", crows were summoned by a curse made by Ed's "scam" which caused them to attack him and the other Eds.
Anti-Villain: Ends as Type II (Woobie Anti-Villain), after his Freudian excuse is revealed.
Attention Whore: If the scheme isn't about money or revenge it'll be about drawing attention to himself.
Badass: Have you even SEEN what he went through to get that badge from Rolf?!
Big Brother Worship: He idolizes and worships his cool older brother. Deconstructed hard in The Movie, when it mostly comes down to fear and respect.
Break the Haughty: In the movie, it shows that all of his failures have taken their toll on his self-esteem, and Edd abandoning him for a few moments was the last straw before he breaks down and admits that he is a suck-up loser, and then his meeting with his brother...
Broken Bird: Once you know of the absolute hell he went through before the show and see how everyone else treats him, it can be a little hard to watch earlier episodes.
The Bully: Usually towards his friends and/or Jimmy.
Casanova Wannabe: He's always talking about where "chicks" hang out/what they like, but his attempts are often pretty unsuccessful.
He opens a "Kiss the Hunk" stand in the Valentine's Day episode, making the excuse about the lack of girls as "they must be freshening up in the can!"
And he puts up a "Win a Date with Eddy! Sign up here!" sheet when he learns about the school dance, but the only person who who signs it is Ed.
Characterization Marches On: The "greedy jerk" aspect of Eddy was much more toned down in the early episodes, where he was more jovial and lucid, and only slightly inconsiderate and manipulative to Ed and Edd rather than outright abusive. His manic temper and selfishness become more and more defining traits as seasons pass.
Enraged By Idiocy: Eddy sometimes gets annoyed by other people's idiotic behavior around him, especially Ed's. On occasion, though, Eddy seems to be amused by Ed's idiotic antics (as long as they don't ruin one of his plans, obviously).
He comes off as pretty Book Dumb, but he occasionally makes references to people/events you wouldn't expect him to be aware of, like calling Double D "Rembrant" when printing fake dollars. Plus, his scams are sometimes quite clever.
In The Movie it's revealed in that he was beaten rather cruelly by his big brother. Hence, the reason behind his behavior throughout the show in the first place.
I Want My Mommy: He sometimes shouts "Mommy!" if he's in a lot of pain/about to receive a lot of pain.
Inferiority Superiority Complex: He's revealed to have this at the end of The Movie. There were hints given throughout the series that he might not feel as awesome as he claims himself to be, however; and it turns out that his Jerkass tendencies and high opinion of himself were a mere facade to cover up a nasty Inferiority Complex. You can thank his brother for that.
Jaded Washout: In the show he seems ridiculously overconfident but, as revealed in the movie, he's actually aware that he's a hated, unrespected, pathetic excuse of a Schemer and he doesn't take it very well, not at all.
Jerkass: He's loud, obnoxious, arrogant, scams his peers and likes to think that he's better than everyone else.
Jerkass Fašade: He reveals in the movie that he was only acting like a jerk because he thought he'd be cool if he acted like his brother.
Manipulative Bastard: Shows tendencies of this in several episodes like "Brother, Can You Spare an Ed and "All Eds Are Off". In "Ed in a Halfshell" he even tries to make Jimmy a manipulative scammer like himself. He succeeds.
Manly Tears: In The Movie, combined with Broken Tears. First, he cries when admitting that everything was his fault. Also, when Ed defeats his brother and he admits that he made everything up about his brother.
Money Fetish: Although his main goal is to get jawbreakers, he is very obsessed with money and always dreams or talks about becoming rich.
The Napoleon: He's hot-tempered and aggressive as well as one of the shortest characters on the show.
Narcissist: He acts like this throughout the series. Deconstructed in the movie, when his narcissism is revealed to be a facade, since he admits he doesn't think highly of himself.
Never My Fault: Eddy has problems with admitting he's done something wrong, such as refusing to acknowledge that he drove Rolf into a depression after (unintentionally) disrespecting his culture in "Dueling Eds". (It took a lot of nagging from Edd and Ed to try and make up for it.)
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: It's usually his fault that the Eds always get punished by the kids (whether he believes it or he doesn't).
Finally deconstructed in The Movie where he breaks down from the pressure of constant failures and admits that he's a "foul, wannabe loser".
The Nicknamer: He often comes up with nicknames for many of the characters including Edd (Sockhead), Ed (Monobrow, Lumpy), Kevin (Shovelchin), Jonny (Baldy, Melonhead), Rolf (Stretch, Dracula, Rolfie-Boy), Jimmy (Curly Q) etc.
No Indoor Voice: The other kids call him out on this, numerous times. Even wagering a bet that he could go 24 hours without screaming.
Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's one of the shortest members of the cast but he can lift a lot for a guy his size and age. Nowhere near Ed, Sarah or Rolf's level, but he can apparently carry quite a large amount if he wants to.
Porn Stash: Eddy is implied to have one, or have had one, in "The Luck of the Ed".
He seems to found it at the end of "It Came From Outer Ed."
The Prankster: As revealed in "Fool on the Ed" where he easily pranks Ed and Edd, and brags about how he is the king of pranks. In "Eeney, Meeney, Miney, Ed", Eddy tricks Ed into thinking that Edd is a lizard man who is turning the Kids into animal-human hybrids. He and Ed frequently prank Edd like in "Momma's Little Ed", "My Fair Ed", "A Case of Ed" and the movie (Edd gets understandably upset by this, since being victim of mean pranks is one of his Berserk Buttons and in the movie this is played very seriously).
Rabble Rouser: Has been described as such by both creator Danny Antonucci and voice actor Tony Sampson, though he doesn't stir up mobs so much as he just simply tries to stir up a little excitement within the cul-de-sac, particularly when it pertains to whatever Zany Scheme he's cooked up for him, Ed, and Double D.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Edd's blue. However, when it comes to his brother, he's the Blue Oni.
Spoiled Brat: Although not as much as Sarah, he shows tendencies of this, especially on the Christmas special when he was acting like a brat because he didn't get the presents he wanted, saying, "Christmas is the time of year where your parents are supposed to buy you everything you want!" He even tried tricking the rest of the Cul-de-sac into giving him their presents.
He seems to have a lot of material possessions, judging by his bedroom.
Stepford Smiler: Type A. He seems confident and manly, but it's shown that it's was all a mask to hide the inferiority complex he got from his brother's abuse. A mask he made in naive belief that he would be popular if he acted like he did.
Tasty Gold: Eddy bites into a quarter he gets from Kevin. He gets splinters on his tongue.
Eddy: Your wooden money's no good here, Pecos Kev!
Villain Protagonist: While not as evil as some of the examples, is still a cynical con artist who will do every dirty trick in the book for money. Including stealing Christmas presents from children. He has his reasons, but still.
The Voiceless: He becomes this in "Button Yer Ed", when a fly gets lodged in his throat, only allowing him to make wheezing, squeaky noises.
When He Smiles: It's rare, but when he actually does a genuine smile for whatever reason it's actually rather nice. Especially since it's rare seeing Eddy sincere about anything.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He's often heard saying to Sarah several times, "If you weren't a girl, I'd-!" (Presumably because he knows Sarah could clobber him, but still.) Also Nazz punches him in the face in one episode - knocking out several of his teeth - and he makes no effort to fight back.
Averted in in the Valentine's Special where he has no qualms about getting into a fight with Lee Kanker after he believed that she "possessed" Edd into falling in love with May. Though this is the only time he actually fights the Kankers back.
Enemy Mine/Go Karting with Bowser: 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.
Friendly Enemy: Rolf, Nazz, Jonny and (sometimes) Jimmy can be this to the Eds. At least, until they aren't pushed too far by their scams.
He Who Fights Monsters: Implied heavily in "See No Ed", where it appears a long duration of being harassed by the Eds has left them rather unhinged. Jimmy even admits in remorse he constantly wished to be rid of them forever.
Only One Name: Except Nazz, whose last name is revealed in the movie.
Parental Issues: Each of them, except maybe Kevin and Nazz, if paid attention carefully, are implied to have problems with their parents. Sarah and Jimmy are implied to be spoiled by their parents, Rolf was expected to perform all the chores of his farm, and Johnny was allowed to keep a piece of wood as friend in public.
Ed's bossy and spoiled kid sister. She frequently cows her older brother into doing her bidding through either blackmail ("I'm telling Mom!"), emotional manipulation, or threats of violence. Seems to have a bit of a crush on Edd.
Control Freak: Sarah is overbearing and controlling, especially with Ed.
Creepy Child: She's psychotic, manipulative and easily agitated by others (especially her brother and his friends) and will often go on a violent rampage against anyone who annoys her or who bothers her best friend Jimmy.
Cute Bruiser: She apparently has Ed's genes for strength, as she has been shown to have the strength to carry a car. She's cute on occasion.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She shows genuine kindness and concern over her friend Jimmy. Also, while she generally can't stand Ed and his friends, she has a soft spot for Edd. She becomes a full-fledged one in the movie when she gives her brother a hug and starts being nice to him, Edd, and Eddy.
Jerkass Has a Point: A lot of the time her perpetual anger at Ed isn't justified, but there are occasions where she is within her rights to be angry (Eddy stealing her diary, Ed spending her money on jawbreakers in "Brother, Can You Spare An Ed" and her room getting trashed several times over the series, for a start). She is also right in telling Ed he can't keep a bunch of farm animals in the house in "Who's Minding The Ed?", even if she went about it in her typically obnoxious way.
She also rats out Ed to the Kankers when he accidentally steals their Ship-Inna-Bottle, but they were tearing the cul-de-sac apart looking for it.
Loving Bully: Well, she does have a crush on Double D and is still hinted after "An Ed Too Many" ("For Your Ed Only", "Is There an Ed in the House?", "Ed or Tails", "May I Have This Ed?", "High-Heeled Ed"), though it doesn't save him from a thrashing. At the end of "For Your Ed Only", she writes in the diary that her mother says that if she shows any mercy, people will be walking over her. So you could say she's sort of a Tsundere type A towards him.
Mood-Swinger: In regards to Double D, she's definitely this. She can go from getting ready to beat the snot out of him, to giggle in his presence, to kick his ass, in less than a minute. This is especially evident in "Is There an Ed in The House?".
Not Now, Kiddo: Does this in regards to Jimmy's dream in "The Eds Are Coming".
Panty Shot: An unusual offscreen example happens in "One Of Those Eds" when she tries getting a quarter that's stuck to the sidewalk, Eddy yells, "Sarah, I can see your uuuundies!" Leading her to stomp off in embarrassment.
Pet the Dog: In "Honour Thy Ed", she screams for help when she thinks Ed and the others are being attacked.
Pink Means Feminine: She wears a pink vest, although she is not all that feminine. In one episode when it was school picture day, she's forced into a ridiculously girly, poofy dress and complains it's giving her a rash.
Token Evil Teammate: While the other cul-de-sac kids are mostly portrayed as defensive or even sympathetic characters (yes, even Kevin) that have to put up with the Eds's antics, Sarah is just an abusive, violent brat with almost no redeeming qualities (aside from her friendship with Jimmy).
Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Nazz's Girly Girl. But when it comes to the Kankers, she's a Girly Girl.
Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Sarah loves playing dress-up, having tea parties, keeps a diary and her prized possessions are her "dollies".
Tsundere: Type A. You will very rarely see the dere side, but it's there. She usually shows her dere side only to Jimmy, although she is shown to be good friends with Nazz. (Most of the time.)
Ungrateful Bitch: No matter how many times he tried to protect her, Sarah will never love her brother back. Until the movie
There ARE hints Sarah does care about Ed, she just hides it.
Unrequited Love Switcheroo: In the first episode, Double D seems to have a crush on her but she's just not interested. Yet later that season, this is reversed of her becoming a Stalker with a Crush and Double D scared she wont leave him alone. She stops stalking him by the end of the episode, but her crush on him remains and is hinted in later seasons.
You Are What You Hate: She's quite a bully towards Ed, but she hates it when people try to bully her, and she especially hates people bullying her friend Jimmy.
Sarah's best friend, an effeminate young man with a retainer, a habit of frequently getting injured, artistic leanings, and a substantial collection of stuffed animals. In later seasons he develops something of a barely suppressed mean streak, but if you were constantly abused, you'd turn into a jerk too.
Voiced by: Keenan Christenson
Adorkable: Being a cute, delicate, accident-prone kid who cries easily and has a lot of Woobie moments.
Corrupt the Cutie: In "Ed in a halfshell", Eddy teaches Jimmy everything he knows´┐Żand while Jimmy does revert back to normal at the end, he retains the knowledge he gained of trickery and whatnot and uses it against the Eds on several occasions.
In Touch with His Feminine Side: Oh,so so much. He enjoys dolls and tea parties. He bakes souffles, has taught a tai chi class, Shares an interest in fashion with Sarah and Nazz, and chose a day with Sarah and Nazz over go-karting.
Lovable Coward: He's wimpy, easily scared and he always needs Sarah to protect him.
Made of Plasticine: Not only is he the scrawniest weakling in the show (even moreso than Edd), but getting his foot TOUCHED by a CLOTHES-PEG incapacitates him somehow.
Then again, he's probably the biggest slapstick magnet in the show- he gets crushed by a tree in one episode, and he's usually fine by the end of the episode.
Manipulative Bastard: In "If It Smells Like An Ed". And sometimes he manipulates Sarah into beating up the Eds for him, like in, "An Ed In A Halfshell" when he lies and tells Sarah the Eds forced him to eat dirt.
Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's the Sensitive Guy to everyone else's Manly Man (yes, even Edd and the girls are more masculine than him).
Sleep Mask: He is seen wearing one in "A Glass of Warm Edd".
The Stool Pigeon: In one episode when he snitches to Sarah about Edd accidently breaking Ed's violin.
He lampshades it in the movie by screaming "Oh I'm such a snitch!" when he's forced to confess about everything he knows about the Noodle Incident between the Eds and The Kids' and their whereabouts and goals.
A cute, somewhat dim girl-next-door type. She frequently reduces the boys in the neighborhood to sweaty, nervous wrecks of early-adolescent lust, apparently without realizing it. It can also be said that she's the second most realistic character. She doesn't mind the Eds too much, unless they really annoy her or injure her. Not to be confused with Todd Rundgren's former band.
Beauty Equals Goodness: The hot girl loved by all the boys in-universe also happens to be the only nice female character on the show.
Beware the Nice Ones: Usually, she wouldn't be doing anything bad to anybody, including the Eds, but in the Halloween special, Ed, who has watched too many monster movies, mistakes her for Medusa and puts her in cement. Afterwards, she gets so pissed off and wants the hides of not just Ed, but his friends, too! Somewhat out of character, but that's not her only Out of Character moment. See that trope below.
Cool Big Sis: She tends to be the one to stick up for Jimmy if Sarah isn't there to do it, and she seems on fairly good terms with the latter, particularly in "For Your Ed Only" when, upon hearing Sarah's diary is missing, immediately marshalls Kevin and Rolf to help find it.
Ditzy Genius: While Nazz is smart, mature and a good student, she has her ditzy Dumb Blonde moments from time to time.
Dumb Blonde: Shows tendencies of this, especially in season 5.
In one episode she asks a dummy of Edd to sign her petition, and after the dummy's head falls off, Nazz picks it up and asks him if he's ok.
Nice Girl: The only female character who is this trope and arguably the nicest character of the entire show, besides Double D.
Not so Above It All: In "Boys Will Be Eds" she berates all the guys for laughing at Jimmy, yet in "If It Smells Like an Ed" she laughs at Jimmy along with everyone else. She's also seen laughing at Eddy (again, along with the other kids) in various episodes.
Odd Name Out: Has the strangest name compared to the other characters.
Only Sane Woman: Well, she's the only one that doesn't have some strange feature or trait.
She snaps at the Eds in "Once Bitten, Twice Ed" during the raccoon exam.
Also, in the episode "To Sir With Ed", when she humiliates Eddy in his house when she was supposed to be babysitting him.
Out of Focus: Unlike the other kids, Nazz is almost always a background character, and she's rarely involved in the plot. She plays a major role in only three episodes ("To Sir with Ed," "High Heeled Ed," and "Boys Will Be Eds"). Even Plank gets more plotlines revolving around him.
Wolf Whistle: Can be heard occasionally when she's on screen.
An athletic kid who is usually seen riding on or working on his bike, playing sports, or trying to impress Nazz. He thinks the Eds are a bunch of "dorks", and isn't afraid to make his opinion of them known once at least once an episode. Other than that, he seems to be the most realistic kid in the neighborhood when compared to everyone else.
All Men Are Perverts: As seen in "If It Smells Like An Ed" when Eddy uses a photo of a bikini-wearing Nazz to distract Kevin and he drools over it. Also in "See No Ed", when Nazz's pants fall off, he lustfully says "awesome."
Annoying Laugh: Very annoying, especially when he's laughing at someone (usually Eddy), like his Evil Laugh in "Your Ed Here" and the ending of "This Won't Hurt an Ed".
Depending on the Writer: Oh boy, in some episodes Kevin is a defensive, but understandable character who you can relate to at times (who wouldn't get mad at some kids destroying your house?) Other times, notsomuch...
Dirty Coward: At least for one episode he did. In See No Ed, while everyone gets trapped by the Ed's scam, a paranoid-induced Kevin leaves to save himself.
Freudian Excuse: It's implied his spiteful attitude towards Eddy has something to do with the latter's brother.
Good Is Not Nice: Even when Kevin isn't the bad guy of the episode, he still comes off as a jerk due to his arrogance and mocking, sarcastic attitude. Next to Sarah, he's easily the most aggressive of the kids.
Grumpy Bear: Generally grouchy, cynical and easily annoyed (although sometimes it's justified) and he combines this with his stuck up Jerk Jock attitude.
He Who Fights Monsters: As shown in "See No Ed" he is rather paranoid of the Eds and their scams, even when they aren't bothering him. Possible Freudian Excuse for his less provoked treatment towards them.
Jerkass: Mostly to the Eds. Particularly when he picks on them without being provoked.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: To the other kids. While he isn't against some casual teasing (Jimmy and Jonny), he seems to have a good relationship with most of them. And at the end of The Movie he finally accepts the Eds as his friends and offers them some of his jawbreakers.
Jerkass Has a Point: Kevin can be obnoxious but his hatred towards the Eds is quite understandable, considering the chaos caused by their scams in every episode.
Jerk Jock: He tends to play the archetypal cool kid. Girls like him, he's got a sweet bike, he's good at sports, and he wears his hat backwards. As icing on the cake, his dad conveniently works at the "jawbreaker factory" - which gives Kevin an unlimited supply of the series' Holy Grail.
The Leader: Seems to be this for the rest of the kids. A Type III or Type IV.
Lightning Bruiser: Kevin is perhaps the fourth physically strongest character in the series, but his prime trait is riding his bicycle at ludicrous speed.
Manipulative Bastard: In "Ed Ed And Away", possibly the only time he got back at the Eds for a scam nonviolently.
Moving the Goalposts: In the episode where he learns Eddy's Embarrassing Middle Name, he uses the blackmail material to make Eddy perform all sorts of humiliating stunts, and at the end of the episode, he tells everyone the name anyway.
The Nicknamer: He always calls the Eds "Dorks" or some variations of it ("Dork, Dork and Dorky"), sometimes calls Edd "Double Dork" or "Double Dweeb" and he also calls Jimmy "Fluffy". He also calls Jimmy and Sarah "squirt" on occasion.
Pet the Dog: Several times with other characters, but moments like this with the Eds are rare.
In a couple of episodes he struck up a polite conversation with Double D, simply because Double D is kind, unlike Eddy, who is the one who usually antagonizes Kevin in the first place. He even calls Double D "hombre" (pal).
In "Pick an Ed", he's very friendly to the "new guy" Carl (Eddy's alter-ego).
Ungrateful Bastard: When the Eds saved him from the Kankers, instead of thanking them, he acts nasty to them.
Verbal Tic: DORKS! He seems unable to think of a better insult- he's out of the bet first in "All Eds Are Off".
Says "man" a lot too.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: In the movie, when Nazz slaps him, he doesn't hit her back. Maybe because he doesn't want to hurt Nazz but still...
Subverted in "Little Ed Blue" when Sarah hits him with a soda bottle and he attempts to hit her back with food, but it misses. Though that was more playful than fuelled by malice.
An oddball foreigner who runs a farm in the backyard of his home, and frequently rambles about either his oddball family or the oddball customs of The Old Country, which was formerly named Cloudcuckooland, (and suggested to actually be Norway.) He's usually tolerant of the "Ed-boys", unless he becomes a direct target of one of Eddy's scams.
Rolf: The chinless Ed-boy is in league with Rolf's sworn enemy! (tosses a wolf trinket at Edd's feet.)
Artifact of Doom: He was the original owner of the cursed phone until he did some ridiculous ritual to get rid of it.
Author Avatar: The Eds may be part of Antonucci's personality, but Rolf's backstory is based loosely off Antonucci's.
Badass: Nominally, he's a Funny Foreigner, but on some occasions, he's done some pretty amazing stuff. Like duelling armed with a fish and beating his opponent to within an inch of his life, uprooting a large tree with his bare hands and cracking open a cast iron furnace.
Big Brother Instinct: Has displayed this towards Jimmy a couple of times, like in "Here's mud in your Ed" when he helps him scam Eddy after Eddy cheats Jimmy out of his money.
Big Eater: If it's meat, he'll eat it. And a lot of it. In "Tinker Ed", he ate all of his balony when he thought someone was going to steal it from him; it was a huge load. In All Eds Are Off, he bets off eating meat for the day and he looks like a skeleton.
Boisterous Bruiser: Rolf a is fun-loving, friendly guy who's extremely strong and can destroy his opponents easily.
Book Dumb: In "Too Smart for His Own Ed" he's unable to spell ("CURSE THIS MONKEY RITUAL OF ENGLISH WORDS!") and in "Mission Ed-Possible" he gets a D in typing on his report card. His other grades are unknown but in "Pick an Ed" he's seen feeding the results of his failed English tests to his goat ("This alphabet F confounds Rolf to no end!).
Celibate Hero: Strangely, he never shows any romantic interest in Dude Magnet Nazz, or any other character (male or female) on the show.
Plus he remained the only character unaffected by the cupids in the Valentine's day special.
He does get rather excited by the "Ms Ardous Fieldworker pageant" on TV, though, eagerly pointing out his favourite contestant (Gretchen) to Kevin.
Charles Atlas Superpower: Rolf is the strongest character in the series after Ed, and it's possible that his strength could be a result of all of his farm work. To the point where he can uproot a large tree right after digging up a giant hole.
Friend to All Living Things: He owns and takes care of quite a few animals including three pigs (one named Wilfred), a goat named Victor, at least six chickens, a cow named Beatrice, and five sheep.
Funny Foreigner: He comes up with odd traditions (many of which involve fish) and sayings ("Do not burn the candle at both ends, as it leads to the life of a hairdresser") from his home country in nearly every episode.
My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Downplayed. He's never outright incomprehensible, but his speech is a rather exaggerated version of the way a novice at a foreign language would speak. He uses words that don't make sense in the context (as though he were confusing the meanings of words), uses nonsensical idioms, and tends to butcher English figures of speech.
My Significance Sense Is Tingling: He always seems to know when something odd is happening- in the Valentine's Day episode he's the only one who can sense the Cupids (played by Jimmy and Sarah), and in "Run For Your Ed", he's the first one who responds to the Kanker's rampage.
Nice Guy: He's one of the few kids who's usually on good terms with the Eds. He not only tolerates them, but views them as friends, unless he's scammed or if wolves are brought up.
The Nicknamer: Has a complicated nickname for every character and character group, such as "snake-in-the-grass Ed boys", "Jonny the Wood Boy" or "Go-Go Nazz girl." Humorously, he once called Sarah "She-Who-Gives-Migraines".
Noodle Incident: Apparently, Eddy's Brother did something to make him barricade his house, create a moat around it, and demand they tell Eddy's Brother that his chickens no longer exist when he thought he was returning.
Not so Above It All: Sometimes he joins the other kids when it comes to being unnecessarily cruel to the Eds (like "Stiff Upper Ed").
An eccentric, nature-loving youngster who hangs out with Plank, a piece of wood with a face drawn on it that seems to have a mind of its own. He's the most tolerant of the Eds, but even he can be pushed too far by them.
Voiced by: David-Paul Grove
Adorkable: Especially when he's "talking" with Plank.
All of the Other Reindeer: Zig-zagged. Jonny is a bit of a loner and, for obvious reasons, he's considered the weird one of the bunch, but he's still more liked than the Eds and is involved in many of the kids' activities. Played straight in the episode "Shoo Ed" (the entire episode is about him being a pest) and in "Tween a Rock and an Ed Place" where no one (except the Eds) went to his party.
However at the end of the movie the Eds finally get accepted and Jonny becomes full-on outcast.
Ambiguously Brown: He's probably black; but, his skin tone changes from time to time. Jonny in the picture here is not usually that white, he's normally slightly darker than Rolf or the same color as Rolf (but certainly brown).
In the episode "Don't Rain on My Ed" we can see Jonny with a full head of hair as a one-off gag, and he clearly has a large Funny Afro.
The Ditherer: If Plank isn't there to make a decision for him, best seen in "All Eds Are Off."
Face-Heel Turn: At the end of The Movie, after get beaten up by the other kids for attacking the Eds, Jonny and Plank declare war on the cul-de-sac by becoming the sinister Gourd and Timber the Dark Shard. The movie was over though.
Token Minority: Jonny is the only dark-skinned character on the show (but not too dark-skinned). Rolf probably would not qualify for this, however, since the references to his "Old Country" makes him most likely to be from Eastern Europe, and is just tan from the farm work he does.
Took a Level in Jerkass: In "X Marks the Ed", where he makes fun of Eddy's zit and charges the other kids admission to point and laugh. He gets away with it. He sometimes joins the kids when they make fun of the Eds.
Toxic Friend Influence: It is implied a lot of his more abrasive moments are provoked by Plank. Nearly everything insulting or cold he has to say is headed with "Plank says..."
Cheek Copy: This is Plank we're talking about, so it's a picture of a plank.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: At first he was with Johnny, then he went to Jimmy, and then back to Johnny. In "Urban Ed", before returning to Johnny, he left him for the Eds and their city. In "Gimme Gimme Never Ed", he asked the Eds to make some rides for him to go on, but he ended up betraying them at the same time getting back the money Johnny spent for the rides. Finally in "All Eds are Off", he decides to hang with Eddy when Johnny didn't spend time with him anymore, only to return to Johnny once more, though it could be just a trick used by Eddy to make Johnny to lose the bet.
Manipulative Bastard: It's speculated that Plank is this, manipulating Jonny and who knows else to get what he wants. Case in point, he once got a premium meal of fried lobster with butter on an imaginary plane made by Jimmy and Sarah while Johnny got 3 peanuts. "What do you mean, you special ordered?"
Noodle Incident: Plank has a photo of him doing something unspeakable that's used against him in the elections for king in "For the Ed, By the Ed". We don't see it.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Subverted. The kids easily recognize that Jonny's Captain Melonhead, and that Plank is Splinter the Wonderwood, but they still play along with it anyway.
Real After All: The show often makes subtle implications Plank may indeed be sentient. For example, Johnny, simply by talking to Plank, is able to learn about events that occurred that Johnny was not around for, but Plank was.
Or he's "real" in the sense of being Jonny's Split Personality.
Squishy Wizard: He can manipulate others to do his bidding, able to defeat even the strongest characters with careful timing, can do a Batman Gambit in which even Johnny is not aware of, etc. However, he's still just a piece of wood.
The Unintelligible: Apparently, Plank actually does speak to Johnny. In "Rent-a-Ed", he actually tells Johnny how Eddy gutted his sink, even though Johnny wasn't even there at the time.
Jimmy seems to hear Plank sometimes. When Plank got the lobster, it would make sense to assume Jimmy heard him. There is also an episode when Jimmy took Plank in when Johny and Plank supposedly had a fight. Jimmy seemed to hear him then. Plus I think there was one episode where Ed claimed to hear him and another where Eddy convinced Johny that Plank said something that he didn't. Additionally, in Every Which Way but Ed, Eddy painted himself to look like Plank and verbally responded to several things Johnny said with phrases like "You said it pal", and accidentally swallows Johnny's head trying to get Johnny's jawbreaker, and Johnny doesn't even bat an eye, seemingly believing it is Plank who's just acting a bit strange.
May, Marie, and Lee, a trio of crazy sisters who live in the local trailer park and the main antagonists of the show. Each of them has a crush on one of the Eds, and the Kankers enjoy tormenting them and the other neighborhood kids.
Annoying Laugh: All three of them - Lee's sounds like a manly guffaw, Marie cackles and May has a weird, snorty laugh.
Anti-Villain: Type I in The Movie - after learning the Eds are in trouble, they drop everything and capture their pursuers. Also, they are visibly outraged (Lee) and terrified (Marie) after Eddy's brother shows his true colors and beats up Eddy and Edd. In series they could be seen as Type II: see Broken Bird and Freudian Excuse.
A deleted scene from "Take This Ed and Shove It" would have revealed that, at some point, the Eds got married to their respective Kankers, thus providing them with their ultimate victory. Witness.
Black Comedy Rape: How many ways have they molested the Eds? They've set up traps to have all three of them married to their respective counterparts, moved into Eddy's house just so they can be with him and his friends, stripped them naked and fitted them with bathrobes while unconscious, put their feet in shackles so they can play footsie, dressed them in drag while chanting "We're gonna make you pretty", and left them Covered in Kisses too many times to count. A Cartoon Network promo even referred to them as "the girls who wanted to marry you and your friends" (with clips of their Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male antics to illustrate this).
Big Bad: The closest thing this show had to one, at least before the movie.
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: It comes dangerously close to this at times. Either way, it's probably safe to assume that there's no way they would have gotten away with any of the things they tried to pull if their genders had been reversed.
The Dreaded: The most feared bullies in the neighborhood.
Even Jerks Have Standards: When they observe Edd and Eddy getting beat up by Eddy's brother, they react with outrage. It may just be a matter of who is getting beat up.
Lee: WHAT'S HE DOING TO MY MAN?!?
Flat Characters: They molest the Eds, torment everyone else, and that's it, "Nagged to Ed" notwithstanding.
Freudian Excuse: It can be inferred, from their introduction episode "Nagged to Ed", that the Kankers' boy obsession is related in some way to their mother either sleeping with, being married to (and divorced from), or dating three different guys (why else would The Kanker Sisters have three bathrobes with three different names on them) and, without a strong father figure (or any moral compass), the girls see their mom's behavior as acceptable.
It gets worse; the girls have almost no physical attributes in common. And by taking a closer look at the girls behavior, you'll notice a sliding scale in matureness in following order: May, Marie, and Lee. Combined with the points above we can assume, that the girls are only half sisters one for each man.
Loving Bullies: The Kanker Sisters are utterly head over heels for the Eds, as well as their worst tormentors. Somewhat unique in that their amorous feelings are completely known to their victims, and the bullying usually involves the girls forcing themselves on the Eds.
Lower-Class Lout: Three half-sisters raised by a single mother, living in a trailer park, getting the kicks out of tormenting everybody else and sexually harassing the protagonists, with very little redeeming qualities.
Missed Him by That Much: Throughout "Run For Your Ed". The Kanker Sisters are tearing up the cul-de-sac in search of their ship-in-a-bottle, while the Eds are stuck with it thanks to a sleepwalking Ed.
Pet the Dog: In the movie, they capture the kids to save the Eds from their wrath. Also, after Eddy's Brother beats up Eddy, they decide to let the Eds go and they give Eddy's Brother his just desserts.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: As a whole, the red to the Eds' blue. They prefer solving their problems via brute force, to the chagrin of everybody else.
Took a Level in Kindness: Sort of. Until Eddy told them to beat it in "Fistful of Ed", they treated the Eds as their personal toys. In "May I Have This Ed?" they use less violent (for their respective Ed, at least) methods to gain their affection. Come the movie, and they are jerks with hearts of gold, with slightly more emphasis on the "jerk" part.
To put this in perspective, they caused cracks to appear in the streets, water to shoot from fire hydrants, and decimated houses in seconds. Their anger was like a natural disaster. Rolf's farm animals went berserk due to the animals' uncanny ability to detect natural disasters by instinct. Rolf, one of the toughest characters in the cast, spent their rampage in a storm shelter.
Brutal Honesty: Has no problem telling people what she thinks of them, calling Eddy "the little yappy one". She insults May's intelligence so often it's almost a Running Gag.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Whenever Edd is with some other girl. Especially seen in "May I Have this Ed?".
Cool Loser: To some extent. She dresses like a punk rocker, and she's a smart, pretty Little Miss Badass. She's much cooler than Lee and May and has the least annoying voice of the three. Her loser status is somewhat justified since she's a bully and has a creepy personality like her sisters, and this explains why she's an outcast and Edd doesn't like her.
Dumb Muscle: Like Ed, May is the least intelligent of her trio, but she usually resorts to violence along with her sisters and is shown to be very strong sometimes.
Gag Haircut: More like "gag hairstyle" in the episode "Ed Overboard".
Hidden Depths/Hidden Heart of Gold: She seems to genuinely love Ed. In the Valentine's Day special she was willing to approach him in a nice way with a Valentine's card, and she was reduced to tears after he rejected her.
Big Bad: Although he only appears at the climax of the movie, he becomes the closest thing the series has to one when it's revealed that he has been physically and emotionally abusing Eddy all this time.
Bigger Bad: Due to never having a direct influence until the movie.
Big Brother Bully: In the movie he played "Uncle" as an excuse to hurt his little brother.
Chekhov's Gunman: He's been occasionally mentioned in spite having no real relevance to the plot, except for a few moments. But in the Movie, it appears as he's responsible for Eddy's entire character of being a greedy, narcissistic Jerkass, what with the way he brutally abuses Eddy in one of the most serious forms of Slapstick in the entire series.
Child Hater: Heavily implied. Especially when you consider the Fridge Horror of why he works/lives in an amusement park, implying that he seems to get a genuine kick out of torturing children.
Fake Ultimate Hero: Throughout the series, Eddy has been building up his brother as cool and heroic but the movie revealed that he's far from being this and Eddy made up everything he said about him.
Feet of Clay: He ends up being beaten by Ed unhinging his door as Eddy pulls on it. The resulting force results in him being knocked out. According to Word of God, it's because he's been inflicting pain his whole life but has never been on the receiving end, so something like a door to the face would hurt him a lot more than it would anyone accustomed to pain. Granted it's only in a cartoon such as this that being hit with a charging steel door could be seen as petty injuries.
Foreshadowing: There are lots of hints in the series that indicate that Eddy's Brother is a bastard, the most blatant would be in the episode where Eddy started a rumor that his brother was coming, where instead of joy on Eddy's face when it appears that he showed up, it was absolute fear.
Rolf's reaction is this as well. All of the other children seem to only have rumors and Eddy's stories to base their opinions on him, but Rolf, being the eldest of the Cul de Sac kids, is TERRIFIED. See The Dreaded.
For the Evulz: After agreeing to let Eddy and his friends in, he indulges himself in beating up Eddy for some laughs while freely admitting to doing it for as long as Eddy can remember.
It's implied that some of the pranks that emotionally abuse the kids by his brother Eddy, especially Edd in The Movie were his ideas in the first place.
Antonucci himself pointed it out: He's been dishing out pain all his life but never felt it, whereas Eddy has been the target of pain his entire life, meaning that Eddy developed a lot more resistance to pain, but Eddy's Brother didn't.
Ironic Echo: He forces his little brother to play Uncle, but keeps going after he does. When Ed defeats him, Eddy's Brother says Uncle himself; the kids leave him alone, but the Kankers don't.
It Amused Me: He gleefully admits that the reason he kept beating up Eddy for so long can be defined as this.
Jerkass: He beats down on his own brother and Double D in a manner that makes the cul-de-sac kids and the freaking Kankersfeel disgusted.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He proudly admits that he has always beaten up Eddy his entire life. He also lives in an amusement park, which implies he loves bullying children who are smaller and weaker than him.
Knight of Cerebus: Somewhat. His abuse on Eddy is still displayed in a cartoony manner but the trauma is played in a poignant light and is probably the single most serious scene in the entire series.
Lack of Empathy: Eddy's Brother does not care about the physical and emotional pain he puts Eddy through by doing what he does best.
Laser-Guided Karma: After getting a beat down from Ed, he's left at the mercy of the Kanker sisters, who will likely try to make him suffer for daring to hurt "their" men. It doubles as Karma Houdini Warranty.
Psychopathic Manchild: He admits he's been abusing Eddy all of his life both emotionally and physically while getting off on it. He also indulges in very twisted pranks passed on to his brother, but to a lighter degree.
Real Men Wear Pink: Shockingly enough, but it's subtly implied. In his room he has curtains with pink hearts on them, for some inexplicable reason. Also, he can apparently play the harp if the one in his room is anything to go on.
Troll: The trolling this guy manages to get done despite being unseen for the entire series is insane. He left a (fake) treasure map in his old bedroom on the offchance Eddy might find it (which just leads to the Kanker trailer), sends a crate with baby toys to Eddy in "An Ed Is Born", sends Eddy another fake map to Spookyville in the Halloween special... yet despite this, Eddy keeps falling for it.
It is mentioned in the movie that he used to work in a Gag Factory before he started working at the amusement park, so that might be where it came from.
Weaksauce Weakness: In "Pass it on Ed", Eddy implies that his brother is lactose intolerant.
Would Hit a Girl: Implied. He mistakes Edd for a girl and not long after, hammers him into the ground. He even calls him "girlfriend". It's possible that he was just insulting Edd.
All the parents, never seen on screen, but frequently mentioned by the characters.
As a whole
Adults Are Useless: The parents are never around, and couldn't be less involved in the kids' lives, no matter how many horrible things the Eds or the other kids have done. Especially considering how violent and destructive everyone is.
Abusive Parents: Implied. Ed's mom treats him like The Unfavorite in contrast to his spoiled sister Sarah, while his father seems largely apathetic to both his children.
Probably best seen when Ed unconsciously sublimates the abuse to Johnny 2x4 in an All Just a Dream episode.
Blondes are Evil: At least, Ed's mother is, according to Ed's nightmare in Rock-a-Bye-Ed.
Disproportionate Retribution: We don't even know the reason why Ed is grounded in "3 Squares and an Ed". We only know his parents remove every single object in Ed's basement, which consists of his bedroom and the laundry room. This includes his bed, TV, washer and dryer, and even the stairs!
Dysfunctional Family: Ed is a Lethally Stupid, filthy moron, Sarah is a violent, manipulative Bratty Half-Pint who always gets whatever she wants, their mother is implied to be an older version of Sarah who spoils her daughter and is abusive towards Ed, and their father simply doesn't seem to care about the family ("Sarah will tell mom, mom will tell dad and dad will just sit there and watch tv!!")
The Faceless: Happens twice to Ed's mom. She's first seen in "Rock-a-Bye Ed" in Ed's nightmare: she has blonde hair and wears a pink dress, then she turns around and she has Jonny 2x4's face. Later she "appears" in "Mission Ed-Possible", when a long, skinny arm with a pearled ring and bracelet drags Ed away.
Henpecked Husband: Implied with Ed's dad. He's implied to be submissive to his wife because whenever she tells him about Ed's behavior (due to Sara's tattling) he will either "sit there and watch tv" or say "now now I just got home from work".
Horrible Judge of Character: Ed is genuinely loyal to his friends and family, but he's too stupid to tell the difference between right and wrong and his mother constantly punishes him for his behaviour. Meanwhile she treats Sarah like an angel who never does anything wrong.
Jerkass: Again, Ed's mother comes off as this (debatable about his father). Possibly where Sarah got it from.
Like Father, Like Son: Ed's dad is implied to be a huge slob (like Ed) and his mom is implied to be spoiled and nasty (like Sarah).
My Beloved Smother: Implied. Sarah's mother seems to encourage her to be "girly", despite Sarah's strong Tomboy streak and Sarah is seen playing up an "innocent", more childish personality in Ed's dream, hinting Sarah acts like how her mother wants her to at home, not how she actually feels.
Neat Freak: Possibly Ed's mom. She often leaves hints that she observes Ed because she tells Sarah to force Ed to clean up his room or a mess.
Pushover Parents: They never punish Sarah for her rude behavior. However, they aren't this to Ed, as they removed the stairs when they grounded him.
Doting Parents: Implied to be this when they are actually around. Edd mentions that his mother usually gives Edd warm milk, reads him a book, and massages his feet before bed, implying that she and her husband at least try to be good parents when they are around.
Good Parents: Edd mentions only good things about them, such as Edd's mother massaging his feet, reading him a book and giving him warm milk. What makes them as dysfunctional as the rest of the cast's parents is that they are rarely home and communicates to Double D via sticky notes. It still shows however that they do care about him, as some of the notes are personal advices.
Parental Neglect: Zig-zagged. Unlike Ed and Eddy's parents, Edd's parents seem to be...rather hands-off. They mostly communicate to Edd via sticky notes and often neglect to tell him important things, like telling him they were getting their bathroom remodeled, leaving Double D with no access to a shower. It's implied he does almost all of the housework for them, too. On the other hand, the sticky notes are the most consistent communication shown between any parents and children in the series and at least Edd's mother seems in tune with his well-being since she packs him a special lunch to cheer him up in "Too Smart for his Own Ed".
Sexless Marriage: Implied. They have separate beds. Probably at least once to have had Edd unless he's adopted. Edd even says that there's no kissing allowed in their room!
Abusive Parents: Several scenes and dialogues imply that Eddy may have trouble dealing with his parents. While it could be contributed to Eddy's attitude towards adults, The Movie showed that Eddy's Brother is a Domestic Abuser who admitted he beats up Eddy all his life and while his parents may or may not know about this, they certainly don't do a thing about it, instead constantly berating and punishing Eddy for his bad grades and behavior at school.
Though, considering the concerned tone Eddy's brother had when he asked if his parents knew where Eddy was, it's implied that they have a strained relationship with him, possibly because of his bullying.