Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is a Canadian horror/comedy series created by Craig David Wallace, Charles Picco and Anthony Leo. The series is based on a short film of the same name, and is perhaps best described as Kevin Smith meets the Evil Dead. Appropriately, one of the series' regulars is Jason Mewes.Todd is a metalhead and underachiever attending Crowley High who discovers an Artifact of Doom known as the Book of Pure Evil. Soon, he is pulled into a struggle against the forces of evil, which include the creatures spawned by the book, the local guidance counselor and a secret cabal of Satanists. Todd is joined by his friends: a fellow stoner and amputee named Curtis; a science geek named Hannah who has a massive crush on Todd; and Jenny, the object of Todd's desire.The series is not one for the squeamish, as it combines copious amounts of Gorn, Toilet Humor and Black Comedy. It's also a loving tribute to heavy metal music, and numerous references to various metal bands can be found throughout the series.The second season was the last, judging by the season finale's climax in which Todd wishes for the Book to go somewhere it will never be found. The series will conclude with a crowdfunded movie, Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of The End.Support it here!
Tropes featured include:
Action Girl: Jenny, by Season 2. Notably, she even beat Todd to death in Loser Generated Content before a magical Reset Button was hit.
Todd develops shades of this after some character development.
Atticus when he's not being a psychotic douchebag.
Adults Are Useless: That, or they're utterly evil. Jimmy the janitor is something of an exception. He's often helping the main characters, despite usually not actually going on their adventures with them.
Lampshaded by Curtis in one episode where he comments that the staff at Crowley High don't seem to care about what goes on in the school.
Adults Dressed as Children: Atticus's attempt to blend in at a Wild Teen Party in "B.Y.O.B.O.P.E." might be the most halfhearted example ever. The only changes to his usual outfit are jeans with rolled-up cuffs instead of a more formal pair of pants, a leather football jacket over his usual sweater, dress shirt and tie, and insistence that his name is "Scooter". On one hand, nobody buys it, but on the other, they don't kick him out, either.
All There In The Credits: In case anyone was wondering, the three metal dudes (left to right, based on how they usually stand in front of the car in the parking lot) are named Brody, Eddie and Rob.
A Man Is Always Eager: Averted. Both Todd or Curtis were nervous about the prospect of having sex with their respective girlfriends.
Anti Anti Christ: Todd ironically only starts to become a better person after he learns that he's fated to destroy all life.
Almighty Janitor: Jimmy, who frequently dispenses helpful advice to the main character.
Ambiguously Bi: Although he is interested in girls, Curtis seems to have a crush on his best friend, Todd.
Todd: What the shit? My finger smells like ass!
Curtis: *takes a long sniff of it with a big smile* …That's not the smell of your ass, dude...
The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: And beheads one of the zombies in "Rock N' Roll Zombies Know Best." It gets luckier when you consider Hannah was actually trying to just throw the hatchet to Todd.
Broken Pedestal: Jenny's father is revealed to be a total douchebag obsessed with the Book of Pure Evil. He later uses the book to become a skin-stealing shapeshifter.
Todd also becomes one to Curtis at the end of season 2, after he accidentally kills Hannah.
Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: In the second season finale, Hannah died in Curtis' arms when Todd expelled the Book of Pure Evil from the school. In essence, saving the world ended Todd's friendship with Curtis.
Bury Your Gays: Inverted in the fourth episode, since the wish made by the Victim of the Week, who wanted the straight guys in school to understand what he was going through, ended up switching the sexualities of every guy in Crowley High... making him the only straight male when an angry mob of students killed him.
Butt Monkey: Atticus, Atticus, ATTICUS! He's guaranteed to get screwed over at least once in every single scene he's in.
To a lesser extent, Curtis, who regularly finds his life destroyed by his "best friend" Todd.
Canis Latinicus: The magic words that appear in the book. Lampshaded in the season 2 finale where (on the page but not read aloud) the inaction ends with "Makum Upus".
Catapult Nightmare: Todd experiences this in the first season finale, when he imagines slaughtering his friends.
Cat Girl: Hannah gets turned into one during Fisting Fantasy. Well, except for the giant cock.
Character Development: Todd grows from a useless stoner who only wants the book to get laid, to a legitimate hero who wants to save the world from himself from the end of season one throughout season two.
Atticus slowly goes from being The Mole to legitimately liking the gang across season one, to the point where he betrays the cult led by his father during the finally. Sadly, After the gang learns that he was The Mole, he gets kicked out of the group and all the previously mentioned character development vanishes.
Not quite, season two shows that Atticus desperately wants to rejoin the gang but hides it behind his Card-Carrying Villain persona.
Chubby Chaser: Jimmy the janitor. "When I want to grease my piece, I go obese."
Cluster F-Bomb: "Fuck you, you cock-sucker whore-porking piece of shit fucker!"
Covert Pervert: Hannah gets dreamy-eyed when watching Todd and Curtis kiss in Gay Day. Later, when Curtis expresses hesitation over having sex before Hannah is ready, she quickly answers "I'm ready" and pulls him on top of her.
Cross Player: Curtis's avatar in an MMO called Fisting Fantasy (which only appears in the episode of the same name) is a busty witch. He ends up merging with her when the gang gets transported into the game (or a world similar to it) by the Book.
Darker and Edgier: Season 2 makes fun of this trope with it's frequent declarations of being it, but still plays it straight none the less.
Deadpan Snarker: Jenny, from time to time. Or Todd, when Jenny isn't snarking.
Hanna got in on it during the opening of "How to Make a Homonculus", after her science teacher called a pair of Alpha Bitches "his two best students":
Hanna: I wasn't aware you gave extra credit for handjobs.
Demonic Possession: Has occurred twice in the series thus far, both in the series premiere (where Todd is possessed by the Book of Pure Evil) and in an episode where a basketball player is taken over by the ghost of a former alum.
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Sort of. While Todd wasn't really willing to have sex with Nikki, and she does somewhat force it on him, but she's also portrayed as evil. In addition to this, the show plays so many other things for laughs, that's its hard to say if this is really a double standard, or just the show's usual Black Comedy. It's safe to probably go with the latter.
Downer Ending: The season 2 finale has Todd banish the book to "somewhere faraway", but kills Hannah and loses Curtis' friendship in the process. The Metal Dudes are also still around and will know doubt find the book sooner or later which has Atticus sealed inside of it. All in all, Todd got kind of screwed.
Dumb Is Good: Averted in one episode, where the villain of the week is borderline retarded and intent on making everyone dumber than him.
Easy Evangelism: It proves laughably easy for Atticus to convert the students of Crowley High to Satanism. Notably, the illustrated pamphlet his minions distribute to their fellow students resembles the infamous Jack Chick tracts.
Everybody Must Get Stoned: One student tries to use the book to become the smartest kid in school. He ends up with the ability to emit smoke that turns people into morons and ends up infecting the entire school (except Hannah). Todd and Curtis initially assume that everyone is high.
Evil Mentor: The three metal dudes who perpetually hang around outside the school. At first they appear to be helping Todd, but their actual goal is to bring about the apocalypse.
Evil Old Folks: Virtually all of the residents of the Crowley Heights retirement home.
In the second season premiere, the Book of Pure Evil turns the retirement home residents into cannibal zombies.
Exposition Fairy: "Fisting Fantasy" gives the gang one: a Muppet-like critter named "Mischievio," who quickly degrades into The Loadand is actually the guy who used the Book to create the video game world.
Face-Heel Turn: Atticus turned to the darkside after dispatching his father in the end of Season 1 and begins earnestly working against the gang
Fake-Out Make-Out: Hannah and Curtis invoke this in one episode to avoid detection by Atticus, but Hannah feels a real spark from it and stops trying to attract Todd.
False Utopia: A weird example, as the town was founded to serve as a Utopia for satanists. However, as only the elderly are still satanists, this concept eventually collapsed; and it went from being a secluded village to a regular town.
Fate Worse than Death: The Book, being The Book, sometimes does this to its victims. For example, Jimmy used it to lock the metal dudes out of the school, so it locked him in. Granted, he's more or less made the best of it, but still...
Five-Man Band: During the various instances when Atticus is part of the gang, they form one as followed:
Fusion Dance: The three metal dudes can fuse and create an apparently new person complete with her own personality ("Never know what she saw in you").
Gender-Equal Ensemble: The gang is two guys and two girls. Atticus slips in and out of the group and Jimmy occasionally also pitches in, leaning it slightly towards favoring males.
Genre Savvy: Mainly Jimmy, but most of the characters get a moment or two, even Todd.
Jimmy (walks in to find a student holding the open Book of Pure Evil): "… Did you already read the freaky words?"
Jimmy: "Ok. Can you pass me my blood mop? I'm gonna need it later"
In one episode a teacher, openly states that when he sees Curtis and Hannah run out of the room, he knows it's time to hide in the teachers lounge.
Teacher: Well, none of the other will listen to me but every time those two run out of the room, it's bad news. So i'm going to go lock myself in the teacher's lounge and i'll see... some of you tomorrow.
Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Todd slaps Curtis and says this to him, word for word, to stop him from freaking out when there's no weed in the entire town.
Girl on Girl Is Hot: One episode revolved around Jenny hooking up with an aggressive lesbian classmate.
Todd also imagines Jenny getting felt up by her hot (and undead) friend.
Gonna Need More X: In "Invasion of the Stupid Snatchers," when Hannah vacuums up the smoke Jenny inhaled only for her to be reinfected.
Hannah: I'm gonna need a bigger vacuum.
Gorn: Very common. The teens who use the Book often meet incredibly grisly ends.
Grand Theft Me: Charlotte, who first used the book in "The Phantom of Crowley High," returns in "2 Girls, 1 Tongue" and switches places with Hannah. Everyone other than the two have been brainwashed to think it's always been this way, essentially bringing Charlotte closer to Curtis while framing Hannah as the Phantom.
Harmful to Minors: Todd once watched a home-made sex tape starring Curtis' grossly obese parents. The experience scarred him for life, giving him a crippling fear of fat people. Curtis, on the other hand, seemed to enjoy it.
Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Curtis seems to have one of these. He mentions in one episode that his parents are constantly trying to get rid of him. In another episode, when his friend Hannah questions how he learned to pick locks, he mentions that his parents lock him out of the house a lot.
Intelligence Equals Isolation: An incredibly dumb student who used the book to turn everyone into idiots asks Hannah if being smart has made her any happier.
Jackass Genie: The Book itself. Just as an example, a bullied gay kid wished that the straight guys in Crowley High understood what he was going through, and the book flipped the sexualities of every boy in the school... including the one that made the wish, who was left as a straight male minority.
At the end of "B.Y.O.B.O.P.E.," the Book makes an exception and doesn't even try to warp a blind kid's wish to be able to see... because the first thing he could see, he'd want to unsee. It even aided him by adding a Braille transcription of the Latin spell he needed to cast.
Jerk Ass: The main character, Todd. All the cast demonstrate shades of this from time to time, however.
Knight of Cerebus: Len Bergman, the Chess Club president/Prophet of the Pure Evil One in the second to last episode of season one is possibly the first villain played completely seriously, and is extremely creepy to top it all off. He's also used as an avatar for the book, which makes him considerably more important than the other Monster Of The Weeks.
Once the Three Metal Dudes get serious, they become this.
The Pure Evil One is also never used for humor when he's onscreen.
Know When To Foldem: A very subtle example. The town was founded by Satanists to practice their beliefs in peace and await the arrival of the pure evil one. However, considering that only the older generation (retirement age) are still satanists, the vast majority of the cultists eventually realized: he wasn't coming, gave up waiting, and abandoned the lifestyle.
Large Ham: While Atticus is pretty much always hammy, once Todd goes into the future in 'The Toddyssey', the whole show becomes a World of Ham. Special mention goes to Melanie Leishman (Hannah) in that episode, as she plays up every Villainess stereotype you can think of, and clearly relishes each moment of it.
Limited Wardrobe: The three metal dudes that hang out in the parking lot don't even swap out their band shirts. Possibly justified because they're not normal people, but it should probably make them stand out more than it does.
Mauve Shirt: Wanda Winterbanks, the head cheerleader, and Ms. Dempsey, the gym teacher. Notably, they're the only two other than Atticus and the gang that are still alive in the Bad Future in "The Toddyssey," and it wasn't until the series finale that Wanda got her hands on the Book... only for Atticus to tase her and snatch it up.
Metafictional Device: Weaponized by the two-person AV Club in "Loser Generated Content." This included warping a victim around the school using editing and later slicing him clean in half with a split-screen.
No Ontological Inertia: A spell that turned all the male students gay ends with the death of the student who cast it. Similarly, when the characters are transported into a fantasy RPG, they are returned to the real world by defeating the student who brought them there.
Ontological Inertia: A lot of other cases such as "Monster Fat" and "Rock N' Roll Zombies Know Best" aren't stopped when the students who made the wishes die. It seems to depend on the nature of the wish, with the ones that create a physical monster of some kind most likely to have Ontological Inertia.
All Periods Are PMS: In "Simply the Beast," where Todd speculates that an empty cheerleader uniform appeared with no traces of blood because the girl it belonged to wished to stop her period from occurring and had all her blood drained.
Nobody Poops: Indiscreetly averted as of "See You Later, Masturbator." When Atticus's back is turned, the kid that made himself invisible using the Book craps on his desk, with the Gang noticeably grossed out as they see it happen.
Noodle Incident: "The Incident" from "The Toddyssey." All we know for sure is it's not the threesome Curtis, Hannah, and Jenny had.
Atticus has a few that the show plays with. Each leads into an Imagine Spot, but it's always the same memory of him as a teenager, being intimidated by a snarling wolf in a forest. Doesn't matter what he said about it before the Imagine Spot.
Nothing Is Scarier: Type 1 and Type 2 are both used in "Invasion of the Stupid Snatchers," with some faint disembodied voices as the only sounds.
Occam's Razor: Todd and Curtis first think a cheerleader was eaten alive by something they name "the Beast," leaving just her cheerleading outfit. When Jenny points out there was no blood left at the scene, Todd decides the cheerleader wished for no more periods and suffered total blood loss... and then got eaten by this creature called "the Beast," leaving just her cheerleading outfit. That implies two separate wishes, when the cheerleader actually just wished to be stronger to stay on the team and ended up becoming "the Beast" itself.
Off with His Head!: In "Rock N' Roll Zombies Know Best," although with a hatchet instead of a sword.
And in the Season 1 finale, Atticus does this to his own father.
Offscreen Teleportation: When Atticus is pursued by a man-sized monster baby spawned by the Book. Although the Big Bad Baby is only capable of shambling slowly, it somehow manages to get in front of Atticus as he sprints down a school corridor.
Retcon: The story changes dramatically over the course of the series, partially because the concept of the "pure evil one" hadn't been written into it yet. Todd is the first shown wielder of the book, but it doesn't trigger the apocalypse as the second season predicted it would. Furthermore the subplot with Hannah and her connection to the book, was not present in the first season.
Refusal of the Call: Todd only agrees to help locate the Book of Pure Evil in order to score with his love interest. In subsequent episodes, he exhibits little interest in actually finding it.
Atticus: I can't believe the Book actually exists. It was totally like... POW! And then I was like... WHOA! And then the Book totally flew away, like... WHRR, WHRR, WHRR! (Motions with arms to show the Book ascending)
Shaming the Mob: Attempted during "Gay Day," when the student who used the book to turn every male student gay (except himself) makes a plea for tolerance to his fellow students. They tear him to pieces.
Take a Third Option: In the series finale. Todd accepts that he is the destined master of the Book of Pure Evil. He then uses his mastery of the Book to order it to go somewhere it will never be found.
Too Dumb to Live: Most of the students at Crowley High. Seriously, with all the deaths that occur in the school, does no one ever question the wisdom of casting a spell from a flesh-covered tome that mysteriously appears amidst your belongings?
The book only ever appears to those who are at their lowest point. It can sense those who are desperate enough to use it.
Except for B.Y.O.B.O.P.E, where it is used by 3 students in succession for petty things. But to be fair, everyone was drunk and the party was noted by Jenny to be a perfect place for the Book to thrive.
Triang Relations: Class 5, at least to start: Hannah has a crush on Todd, who has a crush on Jenny, who has no interest in Hannah or Todd. Later this gets more complex.
Twincest: The Girl on Girl Is Hot episode focused on a pair of incestuous identical twin sisters. When one sister chases after Jenny, the other sister ends up using the Book of Pure Evil to produce a clone as a replacement.
Weak-Willed: Curtis, when Atticus attempts to hypnotize him.
Welcome to Corneria: When Crowley High gets trapped inside a video game, most of the characters outside the gang— including Jimmy, who becomes a blacksmith NPC— fall victim to this.
Todd: Hey, Jimmy!
Jimmy: Hey, gang! What can I get you from the Secret Chamber of Stuff?
Hannah: Doesn't he recognize us?
Todd: Hey, Jimmy...
Jimmy: Hey, gang! What can I get you from the Secret Chamber of Stuff?
He also ends up repeating "Titty-Wizard just spent all your gold, dude" several times when Todd tries to make another purchase at the shop.
Wham Episode: Arguably, the first season finale, in which the three stoners reveal Todd's true destiny as the Pure Evil One, Jenny finds her father, Hannah and Curtis finally kiss and Atticus recovers the Book of Pure Evil and then usurps his father as the leader of the Satanists.
The second season finale is even, uh, whammier. Atticus becomes trapped inside the book during his showdown with Todd, who in turn rejects the Book of Pure Evil. As a result, Hannah dies because of her secret connection to the book.
Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Usually whoever uses the Book of Pure Evil ends up with a dose of karma near the end of the episode. In "The Phantom of Crowley High," Charlotte wishes for an angelic voice to score the lead in the musical and then gets her tongue sliced off in only 4˝ minutes. She goes on to spend the rest of the episode trying to eliminate the competition, and even fails to die by the end of the episode.