Web Animation / Eddsworld

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

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. The characters 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.

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 ("Space Face") 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 ("Space Face, Part 1") was released on June 2nd, 2012.

Luckily, the show continued afterwards, produced by Tom's voice actor Thomas "TomSka" Ridgewell and animated by various artists, most significantly through Eddsworld: Legacy, a successful fundraiser released almost a week after "Space Face, Part 1" with the purpose of continuing production of the series. (Well, successful aside from the controversy that brewed after there was considerable trouble getting perks out due to the overwhelming demand, with some apparently not getting anything after a year and a half.)

The series had some issues picking itself up following Gould's death, and, according to Tom, he stepped down from his title of showrunner following the release of the "The End" (the Grand Finale of Legacy and possibly Eddsworld as a whole), and will let Gould's family handle what to do with Eddsworld. Edd Gould's mother confirmed that she will become the new show runner in the future, possibly meaning that this world will keep on spinning after all.

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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.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: In "Saloonatics", Edward Gold, the ancestor of Edd, manages to gain superpowers by drinking a brand-new product called "cola". Cola as we know it was actually invented in 1886, and became rather popular, meaning it could have feasibly been a brand-new drink in the Western United States by the 1890s, near the tail end of the Wild West period.
  • 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. Take a look at this interactive fan-made animation to get an idea of the changes made over the years.
  • Art Shift:
    • After Edd's death the show was animated by various people, each of them with a somewhat different style.
    • The show enjoys switching back to the art style of older episodes whenever a past event is shown. It pops up in both "WTFuture" (when Future Edd travels back in time to an earlier episode) and "The End (Part 1)" (when showing Tord's in-universe departure).
  • Author Avatar: All the main characters are named after, voiced by (with the exception of Edd as of later episodes, and Tord in "The End"), and vaguely based off the creator and his friends.
  • Bad Future: Subverted; the Edd from the future in "WTFuture" sees it as a bad future because Coke's been banned. Tom and Matt seem just fine with the future.
  • Bad Santa: Zanta Claws, a zombie Santa. 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.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "The End: Part 1", Eduardo, annoyed at Jon, says to him "I wish you were dead." In Part 2, Jon dies after Tord fires a rocket at Eduardo's house. He doesn't take it well.
  • 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.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: During Tom's house-hunting montage in "The End (Part 2)", he rejects, in order, a room full of ghosts, a room that's on fire, and a room full of ghosts that also is on fire.
  • 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 "Zanta Claws", Edd says he thought the real Santa died years ago, only to meet what is apparently Santa at the end. In "Zanta Claws III", 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 "PowerEdd", you can see multiple Eddsworld cameos, including the actress from "MovieMakers", 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 "WTFuture".
  • The Cameo:
    • Eddsworld Legacy donators were given the opportunity to appear as a cameo in an episode if they contributed over a certain amount.
    • Nick Fury, of all people, gets one in The Stinger of "PowerEdd".
  • 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: Part of a Running Gag.
    • 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.
  • Christmas Episode: Many. The more prominent ones:
    • The "Zanta Claws" trilogy, dealing with the guys' encounters with a zombie Santa Claus.
    • "Xmas Day", a episode narrated like a Christmas story about a particularly bad Christmas.
    • "Christmas Eddventure", about Tom attempting to avoid getting roped into standard Christmas plots.
  • Companion Cube:
    • Tom calls his spiky head of hair "Steve".
    • Shoe from "MovieMakers".
    • Susan, Tom's bass guitar.
  • Couch Gag: The brief intro sequence has been changed several times, such as having characters talk in time with the tune, or by changing the tune to something relevant (for example, reversing it in "Mirror Mirror").
  • Continuity Porn: Both parts of "The End" contain a metric crapload of references to all the previous episodes, up to and including the crew recreating them with Tord
  • Crossover: "Trick of Threat" prominently features Kate Dexter, a character from TomSka's Crash Zoom webtoon series (both series being run by Thomas Ridgewell at the time). In Crash Zoom itself, Tom appears in "Orcs & Dorks" (albeit as the nuclear monster from "PowerEdd").
  • 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 awkward moments after the real Edd's death.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • Matt in "Hammer and Fail 2". Fortunately, he turned out to be too unbearable and was subsequently dumped.
    • Kate does this to the gang in "Trick or Threat". Tom is immune because he's already been possessed.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • In "PowerEdd", 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.
    • In "Trick or Threat" Kate tries to make the guys kill each other after Matt refuses to give her Halloween candy.
  • Drama Bomb Finale: While ultimately a Series Fauxnale, "The End" counts as one. The moment Tord gets into his giant robot almost all comedy is tossed out of the window.
  • Driven to Suicide: Edd's milkman in "Zanta Claws", 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).
  • Fun with Subtitles: in the Flash version of "WTFuture" and YouTube version of "MovieMakers":
    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", when Zanta bites a kid's head off.
  • Green Aesop: "Climate Change". Played for Laughs though, as Edd is able to stop a tsunami by unplugging everything.
  • Halloween Episode: There are several, including "Matt Sucks" (featuring Matt turning into a vampire) and "Trick or Threat" (a Musical Episode).
  • 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, as seen in "MovieMakers".
  • Killed Off for Real: Jon, as of "The End (Part 2)".
  • 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 in "Hammer and Fail 2" wanted to, but Matt likes monuments and refuses to go along.
  • The Movie: A fan-movie, but a movie nonetheless. It ain't no joke.
    Marc: I am not kidding. I am making this happen.
  • Musical Episode: "Trick or Threat", the 2015 Halloween episode, though it's more of a standard short with a song going along with it.
  • The Neidermeyer: Sgt. Hilarson from "Moving Targets".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Eduardo's sole purpose as a supervillain in "PowerEdd" 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, it also 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 him 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, Edd!". While Edd is still in his booth.
  • One Curse Limit: In "Trick or Threat", this is the reason why Kate can't possess Tom.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: When Edd, Tom and Matt tried to disguise themselves as fish in "25ft 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 "25ft Under the Seat".
  • 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..."
  • Product Placement:
    • Edd is obsessed with Coke and refuses any substitutes. Averted since Edd's death— Ridgewell stated on Twitter that he wants to avoid being sued for copyright infringement, so Coke became cola.
    • Same with Tom and Smirnoff. See Berserk Button.
    • 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 "25ft 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.
  • The Rival: EDUARDOOOOO... (Latin guitar strums).
  • Rule of Funny: A lot of the videos rely on this.
  • Rule 63: Courtesy of Paul.
  • Running Gag:
    • Matt frequently has gags involving pictures of himself.
    • Edd (or, on one occasion, a counterpart of his) giving someone an Embarrassing Nickname while bearing a Cat Smile.
    • The "Flaaaaash... baaaaaack" jingle and accompanying transition, first appearing in "Hammer & Fail".
    • The guitar sting that plays whenever the guys' Evil Counterparts appear in "Hammer & Fail". It's apparently their doorbell sound.
    • Tom's house-hunting montage in "The End (Part 2)" features him being attacked by a pack of dogs several times.
  • Sanity Ball: Passed rapidly between Edd and Tom.
  • Self-Deprecation: "MovieMakers" runs on this. Keep in mind both Tom and Matt make YouTube sketches.
  • Series Fauxnale: The End may turn out to be this, since Edd Gould's mother, Sue Gould, will be taking over as showrunner.
  • Shmuck Bait: Death in a Can.
    Matt's Grave: I REGRET NOTHING
  • Shout-Out:
  • 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."
    • Also, in "MovieMakers":
    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.
  • Theme Tune: This one, used in the full version of "Space Face", uploaded on DeviantArt.
  • Token Evil Teammate:
    • Tom tends to be the most sour and hateful out of all of them. Especially around 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.) Strongly implied to now genuinely be evil at the end of "The End (Part 1)", and then confirmed to have been evil all along in "The End (Part 2)".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Matt used to be a complete jerk, but is now a decent guy.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In "The End (Part 2)", Tord returns a little jerkier than before. Not only does he sock Matt in the face for nearly pressing a button, but it seems his interests now fall into the World Domination category.
  • Trigger Happy: Tord. He brings guns in almost every episode he was in.
  • The Unintelligible: The King of the Fish People from "25ft Under the Seat".
  • The Unreveal:
    • Future Edd mentions what year he's from in "WTFuture", but it's covered up by the sound of a passing bus.
    • At the last part of "The End (Part 2)", Tom tells his friends about why his eyes are black spots... while talking with a mouth full of popcorn.
  • 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 Episode: "The End (Part 1)". Tord returns after an eight-year absence and Tom leaves the house after Tord pushes him too far.
  • Wham Line:
    Tord: Hello, old friend.
    • "The End, Part 2":
    Tord: Besides, [the hat] goes really well with my giant robot.
    Tom: I am not! your! friend! *fires harpoon gun*
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Five 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.

Alternative Title(s): Edds World

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