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  • Rage Quit: Rolf does this during a spelling bee when he can't spell "colonial", which gets an applause from Rolf's nana.
    Rolf: Curse this monkey ritual of English words! (Nana claps) Thank you, Nana!
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Usually averted by the judicious use of beats, letting the jokes sink in before moving on.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: The Eds trying to explain to Jonny how they wound up trapped inside his wall. Eddy's version has him rich and successful, while the other kids are crude caricatures: (Kevin is a literal Butt-Monkey, "Stretch" i.e. Rolf is a super slim simpleton, Jimmy is still wearing diapers, Nazz is wearing bikini and Sarah looks the same but has lost all her toughness). Edd's version is in a pristine world where his crazy friends always screw things up and he has to lecture them (and most importantly, they cower and listen rather than argue and dismiss his lecture). Ed's is just... bizarre to say the least. His version was a greyscale world where Edd is The Unintelligible, The Kankers become rampaging Kaijuu by eating mashed potatoes and Ed has the ability to fly.
    • The funniest thing about it was that Ed's story had the most realistic portrayal of the kids' personalities. There was no abnormality of anyone's personalities, most especially Jimmy (Eddy made him a diaper boy with crude utensils around his mouth, Edd imagined him without his brace, and Ed saw him as the legit limp and dramatic boy he is). "Farewell cruel world!" Except dream Kevin used the word "dork" in a sentence not about the Eds ("I'm dorkin', man!"), and all Nazz did was giggle. Then again, this was Ed's view of the world. Meaning while he has a hard time understanding people, he doesn't look down on them.
  • Rationalizing the Overkill: In at least one case Sarah unleashes hell onto all three Eds (for a prank Eddy committed), she later laments that Double D probably didn't have anything to do with it, but "give those cute ones an inch and they take a mile!"
  • Restaurant-Owning Episode: At the start of many episodes, the Eds run mock restaurants all the time selling off food or inedible crap disguised to look like food (albeit poorly).
  • Retraux: One part of the hide and seek episode had Ed hiding inside a TV, where he winds up in a 1920's silent cartoon; Ed himself is even drawn to look like an old cartoon character in that brief scene. This even gets a "blink and you'll miss it" shout out in the movie.
  • Reverse Psychology: The Eds' weapon against the Kankers in "A Twist of Ed". It's epic.
  • Revival: The show was originally ended at 52 episodes, but fan backlash lead to the making of four specials, 2 more seasons, and a Made-for-TV Movie.
  • Rewind Gag: In one episode, Ed puts his finger on Edd's head to make him repeat a sentence, complete with the sound of rewinding a video cassette.
  • Rewind, Replay, Repeat: Played for Laughs; Ed presses down on Edd's head, causing Edd to rewind his statement about fruitcake and Christmas, especially the Christmas part.
  • A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma: In the comic book story "A Tree Grows in Ed", the Eds are wondering how a pair of shoes went up to a communication cable. Ed says "it's a riddle wrapped in an egg roll, sitting next to a fortune cookie".
  • Ring... Ring... CRUNCH: Eddy has a pile of smashed alarm clocks in the corner of his room, which he threw one more into.
  • Road Apples: An aversion:
    Rolf: What know-nothing would dimple the cookie-biscuit with the doohickey of a rabbit?
    Kevin: Those are raisins, dude.
    Rolf: Same thing!
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Eddy's scams are titled in this wording.
  • Rubber Man: The characters are able to stretch their cheeks and arms.
  • Rule of Funny: If something, anything, on this show disobeys the laws of nature or basic human behavior, it's this.
  • Rule of Three: Aside from the obvious Power Trio and instances of action, Ed occasionally makes comments to this effect:
    Ed: Dig a hole, dig a hole, dig a hole.
    Ed: Eggs, Eggs, Eggs.
    • And Edd
    Edd: Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh dear!
    Edd: Messy, messy, messy!
    Edd: Sleepy, sleepy, sleepy...
    Edd: (labeling a file cabinet) Dusty, dusty, dusty.
    • And then again when Eddy cops Edd's schtick:
    Eddy: Filthy, filthy, filthy...
    Ed: That's something Double D would say.
    Eddy: Don't remind me.
  • Running Gag: Ed falling off the treehouse and having to get pulled back up in "Vert-Ed-Go".
  • Ruritania: The Old Country that Rolf came from is shown in flashbacks to be this.
  • Sadist Show: The violence featured in the show borders on Refuge in Audacity. At one point, Sarah throws a car on Nazz.
  • Schizo Tech:
    • The show is set in an ambiguous timeline. Sometimes it appears to be set in the 70s, sometimes the 90s and sometimes the 21st century.
    • According to a store in the prepare for school episode, it is most likely set in the 2000s.
    • In the beginning of the movie, Edd uses a commemorative glass in Eddy's brother's room to listen through the door. The glass has "Peach Creek Diner 2000 Best Eater" on it, thus adding more confusion to the exact date of the series.
    • If the KND-Billy and Mandy crossovers say anything, it's set in the present.
    • The show's creator states that the show has no set date because "[Danny] wanted the show to appeal to any generation."
  • Schmuck Bait: The Movie's Noodle Incident apparently involved Eddy pressing a Big Red Button.
    • Eddy removing the Kanker's bobby pin from the boat-like tire swing, causing it to deflate and leave him and the passengers in the water in "Avast Ye Eds".
  • Screen Shake: Played for Laughs as this often occurs when a character falls down. One notable instance is when Ed and Eddy fight over a balloon while Jonny watches as he eats some peanuts in "Ed, Edd, and Away".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • In "Is There An Ed In The House?", Eddy, having had his entire day wasted as Ed and Edd dash back and forth between the scam and taking care of an ailing Sarah, sees his fellows being pulled into the traditional end-of-episode beating, and decides to sit the rest of this out.
    Eddy: I wonder what's on TV? *Walks away*
  • Second Person Attack: Several examples.
    • At the end of "Who Let The Ed In?", Eddy hits Ed with an invisible potato in an invisible slingshot.
    • This trope also occurs in the Valentine's Day special when Kevin tosses the end of the gym rope towards Eddy, and it hits him in the face.
    • In "The Good, The Bad, and the Ed", Rolf challenges Eddy to a series of dangerous challenges. One of the challenges involved Eddy and Rolf getting giant boulders smashed against themselves in a giant Newton's Cradle. At the start of that challenge, Eddy's POV shows Ed tossing one of the boulders, smashing him hard.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    Eddy: How can you be so stupid?
    Ed: I watch cartoons Eddy!
    • The first scene in "Know It All Ed", where the Eds find a box of turkey basters, er, Canadian squirt guns:
    Eddy: (holding up a turkey baster) What we have here is a squirt gun.
    Edd: Please, a squirt gun?
    Eddy: What? Yeah! A Canadian squirt gun!
    Eddy: Watch and learn, boys. Just fill...
    Edd: Even if they were Canadian, Heaven forbid, I don't think they're...
    Eddy: (squirts Edd) And squirt! Canadian style!
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man:
    • Edd (sensitive) and Eddy (manly)
    • Edd (sensitive) and Ed (manly)
    • Ed (sensitive) and Eddy (manly)
    • Rolf (sensitive) and Kevin (manly)
    • Jonny (sensitive) and Rolf (manly)
    • Jonny (sensitive) and Kevin (manly)
    • Jimmy (sensitive) and everyone (manly)
    • Eddy (sensitive) and his brother (manly)
    • Edd (sensitive) and Kevin (manly) - a popular couple in fandom.
  • Series Continuity Error: While this show in general was very good with continuity, the first season struggled with it (benefit of the doubt could be justified since the show as just starting); a few specific examples are as follows:
    • Edd is actually referred to as "Edd" in the first episode by Eddy (Ed once called him "Edd-Double-D").
    • Edd had a crush on Sarah while she shows no interest in him at all, which of course is completely reversed later that season.
    • Although each of the Kanker Sisters already had designs on their respective Ed counterpart, in their debut episode, they don't seem to care which Ed in particular they impress, they each seem to like all three of them equally. Also, Lee and May seem to go back and forth between being the unofficial leader of the trio.
    • All of the cul-de-sac kids, particularly in the very early episodes, seem to hold contempt for the Eds, even without Kevin's influence (Jonny is the only exception).
    • In an early episode, Ed is fascinated by a rainbow wig he has to wear, and even asks if he can keep it. Ed then develops a phobia of wigs, and even attacks one that Eddy was wearing, fearing it was attacking his head.
  • Series Fauxnale: "Take This Ed And Shove It," and later "A Fistful Of Ed."
  • Sexo Phone:
    • Not used as you'd expect. In "Quick shot Ed" Edd looks through an old magazine and upon unfolding a full page is left frozen and speechless. Then we get the saxophone music as his expression changes and he seems to like what sees. "Perfect specimen" is what he calls it. Then we are shown that it was actually a detailed picture of an insect.
    • Edd's infamous strip tease scene from "Hand me Down Ed"?
  • Shake Someone, Objects Fall: Ed and Edd are hanging from a tree as pinatas. Jonny hits Edd three times; only a shoe falls. Jonny hits Ed once; a boatload of junk lands on him.
    Jonny: Check it out, Plank! COCONUT EARMUFFS!!
  • Shapeshifter Swan Song: Played for laughs after a prank involving joke gum. Ed gets harmlessly electrocuted in the movie, and ends up taking on nearly every notable form or persona he's ever donned.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Kevin and Nazz, especially in The Movie!
    • The Movie is full of blatant fanservice for Edd/Eddy shippers. Their Canon kiss from "Your Ed Here" must have induced at least half of it's fanbase.
    • "May I Have This Ed" was pretty heavy with the Edd/Nazz teasing. As well as in "The Day the Ed Stood Still", where she gives Edd a peck on the cheek when he's ready to sacrifice himself to the now monstrous Ed.
    • Eddy/Nazz was teased in a few episodes, particularly in "Don't Rain on My Ed", Eddy imagining her in her bikini in "Once Upon an Ed", the Christmas episode where she was willing to kiss him under the mistletoe (at least until he spat eggnog on her by accident), and he gets a Smooch of Victory from her in The Movie.
    • A little for Edd/Sarah too exists ("An Ed Too Many", "For Your Ed Only") and even Eddy/Sarah ("Hand Me Down Ed")
    • Of course, with Eds respective counterparts of the Kanker sisters. This usually isn't treated with any level of seriousness (more coming off as the Eds being assaulted), however Edd/May was the focus of the Valentine's Day episode, and Double D even keeps May's valentine after the cupid spell is broken.
    • In "May I Have This Ed?" Jonny seemed to try to ask Sarah out for the school dance, even though he canonically only has a crush on Nazz (like everyone else).
  • Shout-Out
    • At one point Edd uses the pseudonym "Walter Sobchak" to fool the Kankers.
    • In "The Day The Ed Stood Still", Ed turns into a monster and plasters all of the cul-de-sac kids onto the wall with chewed Chunky Puffs, a clear reference to Alien.
    • The letters "AKA" are found somewhere in every episode, usually on some sign or in a Blink-And-You'll-Miss-It moment.
    • The show has referenced The Wizard of Oz many times. Once in See No Ed, when Jimmy shouts "Follow the Yellow Brick Road!" when the kids follow a trail of bananas, another time, as Kevin and Eddy were throwing each other to one of Eddy's scams, and the last one in the movie.
    • And in the same scene:
    Ed: The hills are alive Eddy!
    Eddy: Yeah, with the sounds of an idiot.
    • And in the series proper:
    Rolf: (After learning Edd's middle name) Marion the Hungarian?
    Kevin and Jonny: No! Marion the Librarian!
    • Another one to Airplane!
    *while the other boys are thinking about Nazz*
    Ed: Hello? Echo! My name is Ed!
    • Ed pulls a reference in the episode "For Your Ed Only".
    Ed: I'm a Borg.
    Eddy: [Riding a rotating mirror] Jane, stop this crazy thing!
    • In "Avast Ye Eds", when Jonny tears apart the Kankers sail, Jimmy remarks "Just like Errol Flynn!"
    • In "Twist of an Ed", where Lee harasses him in the shower, you can see Eddy's hand slide down the fogged glass, which could be a reference to Titanic (1997).
    • In Boom Boom Out Goes The Ed, the mole mutants Ed was talking about were similar to that of C.H.U.D.
    • This is lampshaded in Big Picture Show when Eddy mentions that his brother was a fan of the television show Matlock.
    • In "Rent-a-Ed", Ed says "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da!" This is a reference to the Beatles song of the same name.
    • A few more Beatles references pop up in "Once Upon an Ed" when Jonny wants to hear a bedtime story with "octopuses' gardens, silver hammers, and Mr. Kite." These are all references to songs by the Beatles.
  • Shrinking Violet: Edd, most prominently in "May I Have This Ed?" where he gets horridly nervous of having to ask a girl to dance. At the end of the intro, he faints, probably because of embarrassment.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Ed and Sarah.
  • Sick Episode:
    • "Is There An Ed In The House?" has Sarah with a cold and Ed and Jimmy competing to take care of her.
    • "Flea-Bitten Ed" has Edd and Eddy helping ED out with his rabbit allergy.
  • Slapstick: In a similar nature to Tom and Jerry.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: While the Eds typically bear the brunt of it, no one in the cast is safe from physical punishment. The Kanker sisters stand out for this trope, particularly May.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: It is debatably which side this show leans more towards but this show is a little more cynical than your typical kids cartoon because apparently while the characters are not all horrible, it does show that at times Kids Are Cruel.
  • Sleepwalking: In "A Glass of Warm Ed", as well as the opening of "Run For Your Ed".
  • Small Town Boredom: All of the pranks, scams and random acts of aggression are just the resident kids of a sleepy little cul-de-sac trying to keep themselves entertained.
  • Smelly Skunk:
    • In "Sorry, Wrong Ed", when Eddy calls into his supposedly cursed phone, a skunk comes out and sprays him.
    Ed: Who stepped on a duck?
    • In "Every Which Way but Ed", Eddy shoves a skunk in Ed's mouth after he tries to eat his jawbreaker.
  • Something Person: When Ed is through being a monster, he makes use of this trope to try out other identities under Eddy's bed using his Survivalist Stash.
    Ed: I am Can Opener Man! No! Wait! I am Tissue-Head! I will blow your nose! No! Wait! I am Bed Buddy! Sleep on me!
  • Space Elevator: In "They Call Him Mr. Ed", Ed spends most of the episode building one from random junk. It reaches the moon.
  • Spit Shake: The Kankers seal a deal with Jimmy like this, much to his disgust.
  • Spit Take:
    • Eddy spits out a swig of coffee after tasting it in "They Call Him Mr. Ed".
    • During "Jingle Jingle Jangle" (the Christmas special), Eddy comes over to Nazz's house in hopes of getting her gifts. It all goes seemingly well, eventually leading to him and Nazz under the mistletoe. Upon realizing this, however, he ends up drenching Nazz with a mouthful of eggnog.
  • Spoiled Brat: Sarah, and to a lesser extent, Eddy.
  • Spontaneous Skeet Shooting: In "Stop, Look and Ed", after Eddy encourages the kids to break their parents' rules, Kevin disposes of dirty dishes by and launching them with a trash bin lid and hitting them with a slingshot.
  • Spy Speak
  • Squick: An in-universe example: Rolf pulls out a keychain made from one of his Great Nano's kidney stones. Nazz, with an appropriate look on her face, asks "What did he say that thing was?!"
  • Squirrels in My Pants: Occurs three times in the show itself
    • "Flea Bitten Ed:" Rolf's rabbits jump into Ed's jacket, causing him to squirm around
      • This can double into the Squick factor, because when the rabbits first did this, there was only 2, but when Ed gets up, there are 4 rabbits on his head. Edd references this at the end of the episode
    • "Urban Ed:" Ed tells Eddy to hold a worm for him, then drops it down his shirt
    • "Dueling Eds:" Rolf's way to patch things up after a feud involves putting eels down his pants and the pants of those he was feuding with.
  • Stalker with a Crush:
    • The Kanker Sisters.
    • Sarah to Edd in "An Ed Too Many".
  • Static Electricity: Zapity Zap Zap.
  • Stock Audio Clip: A few short lines are stock audio phrases reused throughout the series.
    • Ed: Gravy! Rolf: You crazy!, laughing Nazz: This is stupid. Kevin: Dorks! Jimmy: And it was such a cute squirrel, too. Ouch! Wah-ha-ha-haaaa (that whiny crying he does from time to time, such as getting hoodwinked by Eddy with "Smilyland" or after getting maimed by his own eyelash curler).
    • Eddy frequently makes a distinctive grunting sound whenever he's annoyed or surprised while Edd has distinctive gasps.
    • Ed: "Ah, it's a rerun!", with no pause.
    • Marie: "He's so cute!", heavy with malicious lust.
    • Parodied in "Honor Thy Ed", with Jimmy's identical cries of terror with each kid's explanation as to the nature of the haunted house. Eddy quickly notices, gets annoyed by, and puts a stop to it.
    • Nearly every line Rolf has that isn't directly vital to the scene tends to be foreign-sounding rambling.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Ohhh boy, this show LOVES using these, and always at the most inappropriate times.
  • Stylistic Suck: Quite a bit, most obviously with the shifting outlines and minimalistic backgrounds. Antonucci has said that this was all intended to be a tribute to classic cartoons. Lampshaded in the second episode, when Edd pops open a book to reveal standard cartoon textless pages.
    Edd: This book has no print... These pages are blank!
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Eddy does this a LOT.
    Eddy: Johnny! People really like it when you SAY WHY ALL THE TIME!!
  • Superhero Episode: "Robbin' Ed", where Captain Melonhead and Splinter the Wonderwood (Jonny and Plank) take on the notorious Professor Scam (Eddy).
  • Superstition Episode: An episode features Eddy being plagued by a cursed telephone. The worst part of it is, the bad luck is afflicted on him even if someone else answers it.
  • Super Strength:
    • Ed, Rolf, and Sarah have all been shown to be stronger than your average human. Rolf's backbreaking chores give him an excuse, at least.
    • In the first episode, "The Ed-Touchables", Eddy shows at least a temporary bout of Super Strength by lifting, and slamming down, Edd's bed in an attempt to stop him from panicking (an attempt which worked incidentally, though it did leave the bed damaged beyond repair). Eddy actually seems to have super strength similar to the above mentioned three, since several times it seems Ed actually fears Eddy harming him, he's fought evenly and bested Sarah several times throughout it the series, and he even can take just slightly less physical punishment than Rolf. It's likely that his fear of his brother causes him to immediately cave when someone tries to hurt him rather than fight back so his strength becomes less obvious.
    • Actually, every character in the show except Double-D and Jimmy have some degree of super strength. And yes, that includes even Nazz, since she's shown that she can kick or punch the Eds several feet away in the rare few times they've gotten her mad.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Eddy in "Ed Overboard" when Kankers drop by to fetch Ed for May.
    Edd: Did you see that?!
    Eddy: I-I didn't see anything! You see something? Cause I didn't! Kankers, huh?! What Kankers?!
  • Swallowed a Fly: In one episode, Eddy unintentionally swallows a fly and loses his voice because of it.
  • Sweet Tooth: Pretty much all the characters, but the Eds especially seem to treat jawbreakers like they're the holy grail.
  • Take Our Word for It: It is never revealed what Edd keeps under his hat, but it is certain that he has reason to do so from the times when his hat is taken off.
  • Take That!: This:
    Eddy: Ed, how can you be so stupid?
    • Also, in "Cleanliness is Next to Edness", when Double D has lost it, he speaks in a slight Southern accent.
    • In the words of Ed:
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: In "Stop, Look and Ed", the Eds wave despair signs for someone to break them free from a man-sized bird cage. Eddy's is "Help!", Edd's is "Please assist" and Ed's is, get ready to laugh... "Ketchup!"
  • The Talk: An entire episode dedicated to this: "I am Curious of This Ed". Sarah and Jimmy ask the other kids around the cul-de-sac where babies come from, with bland results. Nazz giggles and blushes, Kevin gets flustered, Rolf begins to tell them and then immediately states they are too young and kicks them out, Johnny explains but kind of misses the point using birds, Eddy tells a completely inaccurate story meant to scare them, Ed claims it's storks, and Double D uses bee reproduction to demonstrate childbirth from a scientific standpoint.
  • Terrible Trio:
    • The Eds. In the eyes of the cul-de-sac kids, they definitely are.
    • The Kanker Sisters, especially when they destroy the cul-de-sac trying to find their heirloom, the Ship-Inna-Bottle.
  • There Are No Adults: While the kids' parents were mentioned numerous times, no adult characters ever appeared on-screen. This becomes subdued by The Movie, in which we are finally introduced to Eddy's brother.
  • Thicker Than Water: Marie is initially really mad at May for flirting with Double D in the Valentine's Day episode, but when she and Lee find Double D's sock in her locker, they decide he's gone too far and go looking for May.
  • Third-Person Person: Rolf and occasionally Ed.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: "May I have This Ed" is actually this for the Eds and NOTHING BAD HAPPENED TO THEM IN THE END! Edd got to dance with Nazz, Eddy is delighted that the school got destroyed by May and Rolf and didn't even get hurt by the destruction... and Ed got Wilfred the Pig's phone number.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Sarah.
  • Title Drop: A Kevin-ified version pops up, describing the Eds as "Dork, Dork 'n Dorky".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • Sarah (Tomboy) and Nazz (Girly Girl). Sarah is one of the most powerful female characters, possessing superhuman strength like her brother, and is able to beat up almost every other character (usually the Eds). She is also reckless with a short temper. Nazz, however is gentle and caring, but is seldom seen getting in physical altercations with the other characters. Although there are moments that prove that Nazz can hold her own in a fight, she is usually interested in cheerleading, cooking, cute boys, and makeup.
    • However, in groups, it's The Kankers (Tomboys) to Sarah and Nazz (Girly Girls).
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Ed never seems horrified of any sort of punishment; in fact, he seems to enjoy it. It could be due to being used to parental abuse, though. Or that he's too stupid to comprehend pain.
  • Toon Physics: Drive the entire show, especially lampshaded in "1 + 1 = Ed".
  • The Tooth Hurts: Jimmy has to wear a retainer because one of Eddy's scams caused him to bite down on a bowling pin, ruining his teeth.
  • Torso with a View:
    Eddy: Ed, your stupid toy ate my breakfast!
    • In the beginning of the movie, Rolf has a huge bite taken off the side of his torso.
  • Totally Radical: Kevin. Nazz to a lesser extent.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Jawbreakers for everyone—they act as a sort of currency and/or prize.note 
    • Ed, meanwhile, loves buttered toast and gravy.
    • Eddy really likes omelettes and brags about how well he can cook them, though he nearly burned down Rolf's kitchen making them.
    • Edd prefers to have grapefruit for breakfast.
    • Rolf loves meat in the form of chickens, beef, pork and fish.
    • In the episode 'Brother, Can You Spare an Ed?', Sarah and Jimmy wanted Ed to buy them fudge instead of jawbreakers. So either that's their favorite food or the writers just gave them a craving for fudge for the sake of the episode.
  • True Companions: Eddy is very much the "dad" of the group, while Edd is the "mom" and Ed is the "child." In The Movie, their friendship is crucially tested for most of the movie, and after a tearjerking Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario, their friendship becomes stronger than ever, being the key to face the events of the climax.
  • Tsundere: Sarah is a type A, and Nazz type B.
  • Turtle Power: "Ed, do you know there's a turtle on your head?" "Yep."
  • Unabashed B-Movie Fan: Ed's a huge fan of cheesy monster movies.
  • Underwater Fart Gag: In "Hot Buttered Edd", Ed farts in the sea while Edd and Eddy glare at him.
  • Ultimate Evil: Evil Tim. If he exists.
  • The Un-Reveal: Applied to the secret of what lies beneath Edd's hat, TWICE.
    • In The Movie. Just what DID the Eds do that A) resulted in Jonny getting a bear trap on his head, Kevin getting set on fire, Nazz wearing a box and losing most of her hair, and Rolf getting a chunk bitten out of his torso; and B) that Eddy thought going to his abusive big brother was the better option over letting the other kids get back at him?
    • In one episode, Eddy is running for King of the Cul-de-Sac against Plank and resorts to Blackmail. We never see what the photograph is, but it horrifies everyone who sees it (except Rolf, who doesn't understand it at all).
    • In The Movie, Eddy's Brother is not given a name. He's just "Eddy's Brother". (Eddy himself calls him "Bro.")
  • Un-Cancelled: The episode Take This Ed and Shove It was originally meant to be the series finale, but due to fan demand the series was brought back for a final season. Recent news from the creator of the show, Danny Antonucci, has hinted at it being uncanceled yet again.
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode: The Movie of Ed Edd 'n Eddy reveals that Eddy's brother, who Eddy spoke highly of throughout the series, is a bully who was and is physically abusive to Eddy. This physical abuse is treated dead seriously as opposed to the series' usual Slapstick, with the Eds, the cul-de-sac kids, and even the other antagonists horrified.
  • The Unfavorite: Ed is implied to be this to his parents, who treat his little sister like a princess and constantly punish him, at one point going so far as to remove the staircase from his room in the basement!
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo:
    • In the Ed-Touchables, the first episode, it would appear that Edd has the crush on Sarah and she's just not interested. Five episodes later, this is reversed and intensified, with Sarah developing an obsession with Double-D who is scared that she won't leave him alone.
    • 59 episodes later with "Tight End Ed", Edd blushes heavily when Ed puts Sarah on his back, though this may be out of awkwardness due to Sarah's crush.
    • This seems to be the case for Kevin and Nazz. Throughout the show, Kevin is clearly enchanted by her, always nice to her and doesn't mind if she does his bike any harm. However, in the Movie, Nazz seems to want Kevin's attention a lot, and gets really mad at him when he shows concern for his bike more than her.
  • Unstoppable Rage: "Little Blue Ed" shows us that almost nothing in the world can stop Ed when he's in a bad mood... all because he ended up with a pebble in his shoe.
    • The Kankers rampage through the cul-de-sac throughout "Run For Your Ed!" and only stop when their Ship-Inna-Bottle is returned.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Eddy.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "That's my udder you're touching."
  • Unwanted Harem: Edd, who has managed to attract Marie, Sarah, Nazz and May in the Valentine's Day episode, seems less than thrilled of the idea, though he did seem happy he got to dance with Nazz before the school collapsed in "May I Have This Ed?"
  • Urban Fantasy: Sort of. The lack of adults, Plank, Evil Tim's possible existence.

    Tropes V to Z 
  • Vague Age: Averted with the main trio (they're all 12), but played straight with all the other characters (All of them are junior high age, apparently).
    • Based on the episodes that the Eds are in school, Nazz and Kevin at least are the same age as them since they're in the same classes with them. The Kankers and Rolf may be the same age or they might be older and have been held back for some reason (likely bad grades or failing to have some other requirements to go to the next grade; in Rolf's case, it's not uncommon for foreigners to end up in a class with kids younger than they are in their new country).
  • Visual Pun: While Edd is giving a morality lecture, Eddy simply reaches down, picks a sock up, and shoves it in Edd's mouth. There are several similar gags throughout the show.
  • Vocal Evolution: Although almost all of the characters' voices are consistent throughout the entire series, there are some subtle examples of this trope, such as follows:
    • Ed's voice is slightly deeper in the beginning, and he can also speak a lot more coherently, especially in the earliest episodes.
    • Edd, similarly, has a slightly deeper, more wooden and withdrawn voice (making him sound almost like a higher pitched Og), and also has much less of a nervous and neurotic twang. He also speaks far more slowly.
    • Eddy is the opposite, although always shrilly, Eddy's voice in general is a little higher in the earliest episodes, and even a bit nasally at times. He was also far less prone to Suddenly SHOUTING!.
    • Jimmy. Throughout the first season, his voice is deeper, and sounds rather muffled (as if he's speaking through a cup or something) sounding quite similar to Chao voices found in the original Sega Dreamcast release of Sonic Adventure. Towards the end of the season, his voice becomes much higher and squeakier, and the muffled quality completely disappears by the middle of the second season. By the time "If It Smells Like an Ed" had aired, and for the rest of the series, his voice slowly, yet progressively, becomes deeper again, though not muffled and still squeaky to the point he sounds like a higher pitched version of Bob Bergen's portrayal of Porky Pig.
    • Jonny has a slightly deeper and more wooden voice at first, and far, far less hammy than later on.
    • Sarah would occasionally deepen her voice drastically when provoked in the first season, but this didn't last for too long. Later on, her voice in general becomes less screechy and more mature-sounding as the show goes on - compare her Season One voice with her Season Five one and the difference is obvious.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot:
    • Invoked in the episode where the kids go on a field trip to the jawbreaker factory. Near the end, Sarah is literally bloated with jawbreakers. As she starts shaking and holding her stomach, Edd warns Eddy to get out of the way, to no avail. After Eddy pretty much braces for impact, a splash/belch can be heard as the screen flashes a sickly green color before fading to black.
    • Implied in the episode where Kevin gets grounded. Eddy taunts Kevin by mooning him. The camera turns to Kevin for a few seconds, where his cheeks are bloated and green before the cutaway.
    • Implied in the episode where the Eds read Sarah's diary when Ed holds both Edd and Eddy upside down and accidentally drops the former.
    Ed: Double D just lost it all over the ground, Eddy.
    • Ultimately averted in the episode where Ed's tooth comes loose and eventually comes out (after Eddy's). The two teeth get stuck in a gutter. Ed's solution? Sucking everything down the drainage pipe and eating it. Edd's reaction is his cheeks swollen and green in one shot. In the next shot, he switches to a classic cringe.
    • Implied in the episode where the Eds try to satiate Plank's daredevilry by building a bunch of things and eventually a rollercoaster. They were all tricked by Plank into riding the rollercoaster which has Edd holding his mouth with green cheeks.
    • One of the show's morning and afternoon bumpers for Cartoon Network features the Eds riding another rollercoaster, which ends with Edd's cheeks swollen and green, then vomiting in a lunch bag.
  • The Voiceless: Plank, at least to everyone who isn't Jonny. Eddy also becomes this in "Button Yer Ed", when a fly gets lodged in his throat, only allowing him to make wheezing, squeaky noises.
  • Wacky Sound Effect: One of the show's trademarks was frequent use of deliberately inappropriate sound effects. One gag had Double D slowly backing away from Ed to the sound of a semi backing up. In another, Ed smacks Eddy's face around, with the sound of a doll saying "Mama" on impact.
  • Walk Into Camera Obstruction:
    • "A Twist of Ed" with Marie when she is kissing Edd near the beginning of the episode.
  • Watch Out for That Tree!: Happens to Ed twice while he's looking for Sarah in tall grass in "Keeping Up with the Eds".
  • Weaksauce Weakness:
    • Sarah flies into a rage claiming Ed "hit" her when a rolled-up newspaper simply taps her legs. Similarly, Jimmy's foot gets broken by a clothespin lightly tapping it.
    • Ed is fearful of broccoli and bathroom products. He is also allergic to rabbits, eels, and butterscotch pudding.
    • If you listen carefully in "It Came From Outer Ed", Nazz says that she is allergic to shellfish.
    • In "Pass it on Ed", Eddy implies that his brother is lactose intolerant.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Edd tries to reform Ed and Eddy, and eventually realizes they were better as they were before, but it turns out they were just playing him the whole time and hadn't really changed.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Eddy in regards to his brother. It becomes a dramatic deconstruction: Eddy wanted his brother's love and respect so much that he pulled off a supreme jerkass act, being hated by his peers and nearly losing his two best friends due to his behavior. And when he realizes his brother doesn't give a damn about him, making his efforts pointless, he breaks down.
  • Wet Cement Gag: In the episode "Stop, Look Ed", Eddy shows his contempt and disregard for rules by casually walking into wet cement despite the caution signs (and Edd) telling him not to. As he gives his sermon on "rules being meant to be broken" to the other kids, Eddy walks out of the cement, his feet encased on two rectangular cubes of solid concrete.
  • Wheel o' Feet: Played with in "1 + 1 = Ed" when Eddy pulls this off, and then throws Sarah into the wheel blur, causing her to speed off out of control. Played straight in The Movie. In a car.
  • When It Rains, It Pours: Done in "Read All About Ed":
    Double D: Summer rains, you can never predict them. (cue flash storm every time he says that)
  • Who Dares?: In "Ed... Pass it On...":
  • Wild Take: Used by every character in at least one episode, which should be expected, given it's a slapstick cartoon.
  • With Friends Like These...: Edd with Ed and Eddy. Up to Eleven in the movie but subverted near the end.
  • Wham Episode: "Ed, Edd, n Eddy's Big Picture Show", in spades. Ed's scheme goes horribly-horribly wrong, destroying the cul-de-sac, and seriously injuring all the other kids. The Eds know they've finally crossed the line and are forced to run away for fear of the other kids' wrath. The situation IS NOT, made light of with the Eds' friendship being strained and them breaking down in tears multiple times. Meanwhile the other kids are chasing them down to get revenge before they can reach Eddy's brother for protection. As if that wasn't enough, it turns out Eddy's brother is an abusive jerk-ass, who beat him up regularly. All the cool stuff Eddy ever having said about him being a lie. Including being a loving big bro. Eddy breaks down crying and admits that everything he ever did was just to make the other kids like him. It mercifully all works out in the end, but its far from a pleasant ride.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Purposefully invoked by the creator. There is no real clues to exactly where Peach Creek is located, but in the movie alone we see that just outside the suburb confines is a large stretch of badlands, then grassland, then farmland, and then a swamp.
  • Wrap It Up: The Movie.
  • Yandere: The Kankers, especially Marie.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Eddy always suffers this when it comes to his scams, although he does deserve it sometimes.
  • You Are Grounded: "Three Squares and an Ed". Eddy and Edd attempt to bust a grounded Ed out of his house. They get caught and are all grounded in the end. Ed and Eddy are grounded for unknown periods of time, while Edd gets off easier because he gets 3 days, which is plenty of time to spend with his thousands of ants.
    • For some reason, his parents decided to punish him... by removing the stairs. Edd even comments on how bizarre this is.
    • In "A Case of Ed", Kevin, for unknown reasons, has been grounded, and Eddy is not above taking advantage of this to torment him throughout the episode. However, Kevin gets off early for good behavior, and uses this to get even with Eddy.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • Marie and Rolf both have blue hair. When Rolf was a barber in "Take This Ed and Shove It", he also gave his patrons blue hair.
    • In an odd variation, the characters also have pastel-colored tongues. Word of God is that the reason for it is Danny Autonucci's sons and their friends had eaten a bunch of candy that had colored their mouths and Danny thought it was amusing, so he gave the characters colored tongues.
  • You Got Spunk: In "They call him Mr Ed" Eddy says this to Nazz.
    • And Eddy's brother says this to Edd before smashing him into the ground with Eddy.
  • Zany Scheme: The majority of the episodes.


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