Web Animation: Edds World

Clockwise from top: Matt, Edd, Tord, Tom

Eddsworld is a British slapstick-heavy webtoon and webcomic that has been running since 2004 and is arguably one of the most influential online cartoon series on YouTube.

The series follows the lives of four (later just three) characters: the eponymous, cola-obsessed Edd, Matt, the square-chinned vain ginger, Tord, the trigger happy Norwegian (until he was Put on a Bus) and Tom, the sarcastic, eyeless alcoholic. "Eddisodes" were released sporadically and follow no real story arc.

They usually get involved in strange adventures, involving, in no particular order: Zombies, Evil Zombie Santa, Mummies, Future Counterparts, Talking Lemons, Clones, Canadians among other things, Hilarity Ensues.

Originally found on Newgrounds, its YouTube channel can be found here, and deviantART page, containing all of the EW comics can be found here.

After a long battle with cancer, creator Edd Gould passed away on March 25, 2012. His friends have confirmed he left half of a two part episode completed. His passing sparked a heavy reaction from the community, and many animations have been made in tribute to him, including a collaboration project between many major web animators. The final Eddisode voiced and animated by Edd was released on Youtube 2nd of June 2012. Luckily, the show continues, produced by Thomas "TomSka" Ridgewell and animated by various artists.

Has a Character sheet.

Not to be confused with another series starring a character named Edd (although he usually goes by Double D instead).

Tropes featured include:

  • Author Appeal: There are at least six films dealing with zombie apocalypses (Apocali?).
  • Adorkable: Edd can be like this.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Double-Subverted in Space Face; Matt is at first terrified of being eaten by their abductors, but is reassured by the aliens' seemingly-benevolent nature, with the Commander giving them a full tour of the ship. However, as soon as the aliens get their use out of the boys, they attempt to eject them into space through the garbage disposal.
  • Alternate History: In WTFuture, Matt goes back in time and makes it so he founds, invents, and rules everything. He even edits history in the present, so that he remains the founder, ruler, and inventor of everything.
  • Anachronism Stew: For some reason, the British Army uses Kalashnikovs and American helicopters, as seen in Moving Targets.
  • Art Evolution: Earlier animations were very blocky, but as time went on, the art style improved to be more smooth.
  • Art Shift: Paul's style is less sketchy than Edd's, and it's noticeable. He's been drawing like this as early as 2007, if you check out Paul's Jasper Green character.
    • Tom's Tales of Crazy is animated by Pearl Zhang, in a style closer to the late Edd's.
  • Author Avatar: All the main characters are named after, voiced by and vaguely based off the creator and his friends.
    • With Edd Gould's passing, the voice of his character is now Tim Hautekiet. The rest of the cast remains the same, though.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Super Smash 3 DS, real name Mark Lovallo, was the artist and occasional writer of a fan comic based on the show called Eddsworld Guest Comics. Come 2013, he's writing, directing, animating and overall creating the Eddsworld Movie.
  • Bad Future: Subverted, the Edd from the future sees it as a bad future because Coke's been banned. (Although he wants to kill himself in the past before it can happen), the other two seem just fine with the future.
  • Bad Santa: Zanta Claws fits this trope to an A. Fortunately the Real Santa also exists. It turns out that Zanta was the old Santa, and that after he died, Real Santa took his place.
  • Berserk Button: Tom loves Smirnoff but God help you if you give him Diet Smirnoff.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Tom used to have one.
  • The Blank: In Comic 82: Ignored. Lampshaded when Tom asks how Edd and Matt can breathe.
  • Bonus Stage: Parodied in Not-So-Special Stage, where it's the ENTIRE GAME.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Edd smashes Tom's bass in one episode. It's referenced two times in future episodes that release a good deal later.
    • In the first Zanta Claws episode Edd says he thought the real Santa died years ago, only to meet what is apparently Santa at the end. In Zanta Claws 3 Zanta offhandedly reveals he was the original Santa when he was alive.
  • Butt Monkey: Tom and Matt end up on the receiving end of a lot of abuse in the cartoons, although Matt may arguably get it worse because it's obvious Edd and Tom don't like him.
  • Call Back: In "Space Face Part 2," Tom is seen wielding Future Edd's weapon from WTFuture.
    • In the flashback in "Power Edd," you can see multiple Eddsworld cameos, including the actress from Movie Makers, Tord, and Paul.
    • The Legacy run of the show overall has a real knack for this, for obvious reasons. Almost everything in this image from The End is either some kind of inside joke or reference from a past episode. It's pretty swell.
    • When Matt is taking his... thing to his room in Hammer and Fail, he is heard muttering "It was better being ruler of everything, it was awesome.", referring back to WT Future.
  • Can't Take Anything With You: Referenced and averted in a deleted scene from WTFuture.
    Future Edd: I have no idea what those naked Austrian guys were talking about... "Your clothes cannot time travel with you because they are not made of biological matter!" Whatever that was about...
  • Captain Obvious: Captain State the Obvious in Tom's Tales of Awesome.
  • Cat Smile: In Moving Targets:
    Edd: Sir! Can I call you Hilary, sir! *Cat Smile*
    • And again in Hello Hellhole:
    Edd: May we call you Lucy? *Cat Smile*
    Ell: Can I call you Daisy? *Cat Smile*
  • Catch Phrase: Tom's "Holy X on a Y!" or "Kitten Shopping!"
    • Lampshaded in "Spares"
    Tom Clone 1: Holy bumblebees on a body board!
    Tom Clone 2: Holy carrot cake on a kitten!
    • Matt's "Not the face!", or alternatively, "Indubitably."
  • Censored for Comedy: Parodied in this comic:
    Tom: Have you ever noticed how we hardly ever swear?
    Edd: That's because it always [censored] comes up as these [censored] blocks.
    Tom: Well that's just [censored] stupid! Whose [censored] idea was that?
    Edd: Probably the same [censored] [censored] who thought it would be a good [censored] idea to [censored] [censored] [censored] and give you [censored] [censored] [censored] instead of [censored] [censored] [censored] and stuff.
    Tom: [censored].
  • Character Outlives Actor: Sadly, Edd. Also a rare example of the Character Outliving the Inspiration for the character.
  • Characterisation Marches On: In early Eddisodes, Matt's catchphrase was "Indubitably!". In Hammer and Fail 2, Tom is suspicious of Matt using a word with more than two syllables.
  • Companion Cube: Tom calls his spiky head of hair "Steve".
    • Shoe from Movie Makers.
    • Susan, Tom's bass guitar.
  • Curse Cut Short: Twice during Hammer and Fail 2.
  • Cut Short: Averted, despite the creator's death the show still goes on.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tom. Edd can slip into this.
  • Death Is Cheap: The cast are constantly killed off in the animations and comics, but are always back by the next episode or comic. It led to a bunch of "funny aneurysm" moments after Edd's death.
  • Demonic Possession: Matt in Hammer and Fail 2. Fortunately, he turned out to be too unbearable and was subsequently dumped.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In Power Edd, it's revealed the reason Eduardo hates Edd so much is because in Kindergarten, Edd beat Eduardo in a drawing competition and Edd made fun of him for being in second place. Yes, that is the reason.
  • Driven to Suicide: Edd's milkman in Zanta Claws I, Future Edd in WTFuture.
  • Eyeless Face: Instead of eyes, Tom only has two black holes in his face (although he can still see... somehow). His mother was a bowling ball and his father was a pineapple, explaining his lack of eyes (and round head shape).
  • Earworm: The main theme that plays before every Eddisode.
  • Fun with Subtitles: in the Flash version of WTFuture and Youtube version of Movie Makers:
    Future Edd: I am YOU from the far off year of two thousand and OH NO A BUS.
    Future Edd: Son of a BEAGLE.
    Tom's Brain: Now he's gonna find a way to read those before-SPAACE CAATS.
  • Gender Flip: Matt's Mirror in Mirror Mirror is a portal to a universe where the characters are all of the opposite gender.
  • Gilligan Cut: In Tom's Tales of Brilliance.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: used in Zanta Claws I, when he bit a kid's head off.
  • Green Aesop: Their video on Global Warming.
    • Played for Laughs though, as Edd is able to stop a tsunami by unplugging everything.
  • Heh Heh, You Said X: In Spares, while Bing explains his plan in the chalkboard, he writes "algeBRA". Then an arrow that points to "hee hee"
  • Hellevator: Hello Hellhole.
  • Internet Incorporated: Provides the page picture. Seen in Moviemakers
  • Late to the Punchline: In WTFuture, it takes Edd ten years to pick up on a not-so-Stealth Insult.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Subverted in Zanta Claws II, where Zanta gives the protagonists "their hearts' desires" (for Tom, a pair of eyes, for Matt, a heap of money, and for Edd a swiming pool filled with Coca Cola). All these gifts were physically real, and the painful side effects (It Burns!) were due largely to the trio's own stupidity.
  • Missing Steps Plan: In "Zombeh Nation" Edd's plan to dominate the world using bacon has: step 1: bacon, step 2: bacon with an arrow pointing to the world, step 3: ????, and step 4: world domination.
  • Monumental Damage: Defied. The demon possessing Matt's body wanted to but Matt likes monuments and refuses to go along.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Eduardo's sole purpose as a supervillain is to make it clear that he is better than Edd. Eduardo destroys the city, cuts off the factories that make Edd's favorite things, and nearly kills Edd...because Edd mercilessly taunted him about taking second place back in a primary school art contest.
  • No Ontological Inertia: In Climate Change, when the gang disconnects everything, not only does the tsunami stop BUT it goes backwards restoring all the destroyed buildings.
  • Not in the Face!: "Not the face!" is one of Matt's catchphrases.
  • The Nth Doctor: The in-universe explanation for Edd's Voice Change is his being zapped by a voice-changing raygun in Space Face Part 2.
  • Oh Crap!: Edd has a facial version when, in "WTFuture", he hears the guy from outside the diner say "Ey, Hed!". While Edd is still in his booth.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: When Edd, Tom and Matt tried to disguise themselves as fish in 25 feet under the seat. It actually worked for a time.
    • An even more extreme example is when Zanta Claws tries to disguise himself as normal Santa by just switching hats. It was enough to fool Tom.
  • Posthumous Collaboration: The real-life Edd apparently didn't want the series to end after his death. His friends now carry on his work with a new animator and a new voice actor for Edd's character.
  • Power Trio: As of 25 ft. Under the Seat.
  • Product Placement: Edd is obsessed with Coke and refuses any substitutes.
    • Same with Tom and Smirnoff. See Berserk Button.
    • The former is averted since Edd's death - Ridgewell stated on Twitter that he wants to avoid being sued for copyright infrigement, so coke became cola.
    • Parodied in "Ruined"
    Tom: What in the name of this delicious bowl of Eddsworld Cereal happened to my bass!
  • Puff of Logic: In Zanta Claws II, Edd, Tom, and Matt fly by car to the North Pole by way of the Zed Gear. Matt questions how a car can fly, and their flight is cut short.
  • Pungeon Master: Edd is a master of his craft, particularly in the comics:
    Edd: I can't beLEAF Matt got stuck in this tree! He was only trying to reTREEve our kite!
    Tom: This is no time to make ACORNy joke!
    Edd: Well, I'm STUMPed.
    Matt: Uh, guys, I'm still stuck?
    Narrator: Probably due to his linguistic... EDD-ucation?
    Edd: That's terrible.
  • Put on a Bus: Tord was part of their adventures, up until "25 ft. Under The Seat", where he left. When he found out that Edd died, he decided to make a video giving his reasons for leaving. Unfortunately, Tord deleted his Youtube account. For short explanation, see Fan Dumb on YMMV page.
  • The Rival: EDUARDOOOOO... (Latin guitar strums).
  • Rule of Funny: A lot of their videos rely on this.
  • Rule 63: Courtesy of Paul.
  • Sanity Ball: Passed rapidly between Edd and Tom.
  • Self-Deprecation: Moviemakers runs on this. Keep in mind both Tom and Matt make YouTube sketches.
  • Shmuck Bait: Death in a Can.
    Matt's Grave: I REGRET NOTHING
  • Shout-Out: In "WTFuture" the TARDIS appears in the background while the gang are being chased, and re-appears during the joyride sequence in "Space Face (Part 2)". In a later scene of the former episode, the words "Bad Wolf" are also graffitied onto a building.
  • Snowlems: All three versions show up in the winter special, "The Snogre" (get it? Because the ogre is made of snow?)
  • Tempting Fate: Most of the bystanders in WTFuture are killed off or maimed this way. The man who demanded extra crispy chicken gets his hand scorched to the bone via the laser (which also scorches the chicken), a man pushes past an old lady rudely (and is promptly vaporized,) and Superguy and the man with him are vaporized because Superguy is immune to "Everything in the world, except giant lasers."
    Tom: Even if they don't [like our film], it's not the end of the world. (cut to destroyed London)
  • That Poor Car: In Hammer & Fail Part 2, Tom gets flung backwards into his car, setting off the alarm until he turns it off.
  • The Cameo: Eddsworld Legacy donators were given the opportunity to appear as a cameo in an episode if they contributed over a certain amount.
  • Theme Tune: This one, used in the full version of Space Face, uploaded on DeviantArt.
  • The Movie: Being animated by Marc Lovallo. It ain't no joke. [1]
    Marc: I am not kidding. I am making this happen.
  • The Problem with Pen Island: "This is where the therapists are!" *Beat Panel* "They should really make the space between the E and the R bigger..."
  • Token Evil Teammate: Tom tends to be the most sour and hateful out of all of them. Especially around 'gulp'Christmas.
    • When he was around, Tord was pretty bad, maybe even worse. For example, in "Zanta Claws I," Edd got yelled at for ignoring his milkman's Christmas Card (mild apathy), Matt got yelled at for stepping on a bug, and Tom got yelled at for eating a pie that he wasn't supposed to eat. Tord got yelled at for playing paintball with real guns. (He seems quite proud of himself when reminded of this incident.)
  • Took A Level In Kindness: Matt used to be a complete jerk but now he is a decent guy.
  • Trigger Happy: Tord. He brings guns in almost every episode he was in.
  • The Unintelligible: The King of the Fish People from 25 Feet Under the Seat
  • Vehicle Vanish: Played with in Zanta Claws. Zanta is about to attack the four, until an entourage of Coca-Cola vans blasts by. When they clear, only Matt is left. After an awkward "Oh... um..." a smaller entourage comes along and he too vanishes.
    • Played with again in WTFuture where upon looking down an alleyway containing Future Edd, a truck comes along and he vanishes, only to appear next to the trio seconds later. It's also used as a sound effect censor in the same scene.
  • Visual Pun: A lot of the early comics consist of these.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Edd is saved from death by accidentally discovering the Grim Reapers' one weakness: Gravy.
    • Literally Weaksauce!
  • What Do You Mean, It's Phlebotinum?: Matt's vanity in Space Face. Played for laughs when it's shown that the reason the aliens knew this in the first place was thanks to Matt mowing an image of himself into the lawn that was so huge, it could be seen from space.
  • Wham Line: "Hey Eddheads. We have some bad news..."
  • Zombie Apocalypse: 5 videos - Zombeh Attack 1-3, Zombeh Nation, and Fun Dead. The first three form a complete story, whilst the latter two are mostly unrelated. Fun Dead is technically the only one to operate within the series' loose continuity, since the main cast actually survive its events.