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  • Accidental Aesop: While true Aesops are rare in Ed, Edd, n' Eddy, several episodes can act as cautionary tales about acting a certain way.
    • "Honor Thy Ed": Don't cry wolf. The Eds probably would have been able to get out of their situation easily if they hadn't pretended to be in danger at first to mess with the Cul-de-Sac kids.
    • "Stop, Look and Ed": Actions have consequences. It doesn't matter whether you like a rule or not, those who enforce them will take notice if you start breaking them. Even Double D ends up getting hit with this, as the kids were gonna face the repercussions of their actions when their parents got home anyway, but by calling them ahead of time and actively announcing it to the kids, he just ended up painting a massive target on his back.
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    • "Brother Can You Spare an Ed?": Has two. 'If someone is noted for being unreliable or easily swayed by others in the past, it's probably best to not entrust them with an important task.' And 'Don't take advantage of your friends for monetary gain. Even if they don't abandon you for it, you can expect them to pay you back in full.'
    • "Wish You Were Ed": Be upfront when you want to provide a service for monetary gain. If Eddy had been upfront about helping Rolf get over his homesickness by constructing a fake village based on his homeland in exchange for a small fee, they may have been able to avoid the pain they end up getting at the end of the episode.
    • "Dim Lit Ed": Twofold. Be upfront about the reward for your task, and have realistic expectations. Double D didn't do much to quash the idea that the reward would be a jawbreaker but at the same time, the kids shouldn't have expected a jawbreaker as a reward considering how the Eds are infamous for rarely ever getting any; let alone giving them away.
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    • "They Call Him Mr. Ed": Have an end goal whenever starting something. Eddy legitimately managed to win over a lot of the kids with his office space idea... Too bad even he didn't know how they were gonna profit off it, which causes the kids to lose interest.
    • "Little Ed Blue": If someone's in a bad mood, maybe ask why they're in a bad mood first before trying to cheer them up. Double D and Eddy's attempts to cheer Ed up without knowing why he was mad just ends up making him angrier. If they had simply asked him why he was so upset, they very easily could have saved themselves a lot of pain.
  • Accidental Innuendo: Though considering the channel it's on, it might not be accidental:
    • In the very first episode "The Ed-Touchables", lines like "There's a serial toucher on the loose!" have some very unfortunate implications if taken out of context.
    • Double D's name alone can be an innuendo, and is in fact used as one in a commercial featuring a blind date between Ed and Daphne.
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    • "An Ed In A Bush":
      Sarah: Mom says to come out of the closet, Ed.
    • In the episode "Button Yer Ed" For context 
      Rolf: Ed! You are disgracing yourself!
    • From "1+1= Ed":
      Eddy: Well, if you can't beat 'em, eat 'em.
    • "This Won't Hurt an Ed" gives us the following gem:
      Eddy: (eyes a hot dog) Hey, Rolf. That weiner looks dangerously hot. Let's poke it, just to make sure.
    • Can't forget this episode title: "Take This Ed and Shove It".
  • Adorkable:
    • Ed is a silly, lovable oaf with a playful and innocent personality and a number of odd obsessions like sci-fi movies, chickens, and buttered toast.
    • Double D. He's cute, geeky, neurotic, polite, and quite a Shrinking Violet, especially around girls.
    • Jimmy, being a cute, delicate, accident-prone kid who cries easily and has a lot of woobie moments.
    • Jonny's Cloudcuckoolander personality, especially when he's "talking" with Plank, gives him this status.
    • May, a naive Dumb Blonde with freckles, buck teeth, a Simpleton Voice, and goofy personality who's also the sweetest of the Kanker sisters.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Ed Lethally Stupid, a Cloudcuckoolander with a different way of thinking, or Obfuscating Stupidity? There's evidence for all three theories.
    • Does Jimmy framing the Eds just because he was wedgied prove his threshold towards being humiliated or has he had enough of being abused all the time?
    • The Kankers are very prone to this, due to their canon flatness. Are they just bullies tormenting everyone for kicks, or is it a facade, built because of (implied) abuse and poverty they had faced earlier in their lives? Do they care about the Eds, and if yes, to what extent? Or do they just want "men" to control and do their chores?
    • Is Plank evil (and alive) or just a piece of wood who only lives in Johnny's head?
    • Is Eddy's brother a simple case of Jerkass bully older brother or an abuser or worse?
    • Is Sarah as tough as we're made to believe? Despite the multiple times Sarah has beaten him and his friends up, Eddy never seems to be afraid of her. "High Heeled Ed" implied that the reason why Eddy never retaliates against her is because she's Ed's sister, and when Eddy does fight back against her in "Ed, Ed, and Away" and "One of Those Eds", he actually puts up a decent fight against her. Also supporting this are during the rare occasions when Ed actually stands up to her ("Pop Goes the Ed" and "Little Ed Blue"), she backs down, either because Jimmy tells her to (as in "Pop Goes the Ed"), or out of genuine fear (as in "Little Ed Blue").
    • Eddy's parents. Are they Abusive Parents or just very strict? Judging by Eddy's Brother asking Eddy if they knew he was visiting him in a rather concerned tone, it hints either one. Is Eddy's Brother's abusive behavior the result of being abused himself? Or did they kick him out because they knew he was abusing Eddy? For that matter, if they are just strict, is it because they deemed Eddy's Brother a lost cause, so they act much more strict towards Eddy with the hopes he'll turn out better?
    • Some episodes such as "See No Ed" imply the other kids' wavering treatment towards the Eds is from becoming unhinged and embittered from their perpetual stalking and scams. Jimmy admits remorsefully he constantly begged to be rid of them, while Kevin shows signs of outright insane paranoia from Eddy harassing him all the time.
    • Are the kids constantly changing fads in "It's Way Ed" because they're really getting bored with them that quickly, or are they deliberately screwing with the Eds by ensuring that they can't keep up?
    • Is Ed's father really an apathetic Jerkass or is he helping Ed by not bothering to punish him?
    • Is Nazz actually a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing? We all know she is supposed to be a nice girl, but there are times she can be pretty nasty to the Eds. However, it could be possible she only does it when the other kids (particularly Kevin) do it. Such examples of this can be seen in "Smile For the Ed" and ESPECIALLY "To Sir with Ed". The most jarring example is in the infamous episode "If It Smells like An Ed". She was among the ones who were laughing at Jimmy getting a wedgie but in in "Boys Will Be Eds", Nazz calls out the boys for laughing at Jimmy's misfortune.
    • Are the parents of the kids and Eds abusive... horribly neglectful... or both? Just ask Ed!
    • Kevin's parents are an interesting case. Despite being The Bully, he seems to have a good relationship with his father, but he doesn't spoil him either. When Kevin got his report card, he said that his dad would be proud of him, but there was never any mention of his mother there, or the entire series for that matter. Some have theorized that Kevin's jerkass behavior comes from implications that his parents are either divorced or his mother straight up abandoned him and his dad.
    • Jimmy's feelings concerning Sarah - is she a Living Emotional Crutch he is friends with to defend him, or does he have a crush on her? Several instances seem to point to the former - note that when Sarah goes off to follow Double D around, Jimmy isn't jealous, he's depressed. His best friend and the only person in the cul-de-sac who plays with him and wants to spend time with him just left him to go after Double D, a member of the trio of kids who make Jimmy's life miserable. Not only that, but when Sarah isn't around, Jimmy always gets picked on, usually by Kevin or Eddy, so without her his place in the pecking order of the cul-de-sac drops dramatically. In Jimmy's dream in "The Eds Are Coming", Kevin is seen shirtless and he and Rolf both compliment Jimmy's hair. Sarah, on the other hand, is simply running towards Jimmy looking happy and Jimmy calls her "my pummelling protector" and the dream turns into a nightmare when Sarah disappears and Jimmy is left alone and scared.
    • Kevin's antagonism towards Eddy. Does he hate Eddy for his tendency to scam him, or is he threatened by the fact that Nazz doesn't hate him? In "Pop Goes the Ed", he tells the Eds they weren't invited to Nazz's sprinkler party, but she didn't object when they showed up anyway. Or does he hate him because his brother used to bully him, and takes all that aggression he had against him on Eddy?
    • Did Nazz not take part in the wager in "All Eds Are Off" because she saw it for the disaster it was going to be...or was it because the writers legitimately couldn't think of a quirk for her to have to abstain from for a whole episode?
    • Is Ed's Mom really an abusive hag or is she a stressed parent on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to having to deal with an idiotic son, a spoiled whale of a daughter and a husband who does nothing but sit there and watch television and never gets involved with raising his kids.
    • For that matter, Sarah's JerkAss behavior may come from the fact that she is constantly enabled by her mother and is scared that her mother will treat her as badly as her brother if she makes any attempt to connect with him, as seen in this blog post
  • Americans Hate Tingle: According to YouTube, Japan doesn't like Ed Edd 'n Eddy very much, likely due to the show's disregard for authority, or rather the complete lacking of an authority whatsoever, with none of the Minimalist Cast being over the age of 18, which strongly clashes the aforementioned Japanese ideals of authority figures.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: Edd/Marie—the Token Good Teammate and his Stalker with a Crush.
  • Angst Aversion: While it is meant to be Played for Laughs, the sadistic slapstick humor and the needless cruelty from the kids, is tough to sit through for real life viewers who experienced bullying and lack of friends.
  • Angst? What Angst?: All three of the Eds are mostly well hinged despite their shortcomings. To specify.
    • Ed is commonly punished along with Edd and Eddy for things he doesn't do (which is occasionally because he sometimes goes along with Eddy's shenanigan while ignoring Edd's warnings against them), is treated horribly by his younger sister, and it's greatly implied that even his own family doesn't like him as much. Despite this, Ed still remains one of the nicest guys in the series. He even acts polite towards Kevin (and the other kids), despite Kevin hating his guts.
    • Edd rarely sees his parents in person and often communicates through sticky notes. His rocky relationship with his friends, Ed and Eddy, especially with the latter during "Your Ed Here" when a humiliated Eddy made fun of Edd's middle name and letting the kids join, and considering of how much he's mistreated and punished by the kids too whenever Ed and Eddy did wrong. It's a miracle that Edd never shows any resentment towards any of the kids, especially Eddy.
    • Eddy has a huge Freudian Excuse, undergoes constant failures and abuse and lives with parents who are implied to be abusive (or at the very least, neglectful), yet he always remains his egotistical, manipulative, smarmy self. Finally averted in The Movie.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Patric Caird's entire energetic, free-form jazz score. It's one of the big things about the show that helps it stand out among other cartoons of it's kind.
    • My Best Friend Plank. A nice song which will get you to feel so nostalgic.
  • Badass Decay: In the first few seasons, the Kanker sisters were The Dreaded, whose mere sight was enough to send the other kids screaming away in fear. However, in the school episodes their abusive tendencies are significantly toned down and they are treated with mild annoyance at best by the other characters. This is most obvious in "A Fistful of Ed", where Edd is more than willing to share his meal with Marie, and Eddy's rant is enough to send the three sisters packing. If these actions were performed in any earlier episode, the girls would unquestionably have started bullying the boys in response.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Eddy is either a Not Evil, Just Misunderstood Lovable Rogue or a selfish Jerkass who abuses two guys (Ed and Edd) that need to ditch him.
    • Nazz has a broken shipping base with fans pairing her up with various kids and haters claiming she is just—or decayed into—a Dumb Blonde stereotype (despite May also fitting this role) who doesn't deserve to be with anyone.
    • The Kanker sisters, between those who pair them up with the Eds and those who just find them annoying and hate them for being all one-note characters whose only use is a G-Rated rape joke, a Plot Device to make the Eds' life even more miserable and generally end as a Karma Houdini despite everything they do.
    • After years of being the show's fan favorite, Double D is slowly starting to gain a notable backlash to him because of how popular he used to be, due to a combination of him often stealing the spotlight away from the other characters (and most importantly, the other Eds) and having his positive traits cracked Up to Eleven (while everyone else has their negative traits Flanderized in turn) to the point he ends up becoming an insufferable character in almost any fanwork he appears in. The 2013 Kevedd craze certainly didn't help matters, either.
    • Kevin gets a lot of hate from fans for being such a massive jerk to the Eds, on the other hand he's shipped with Double D quite a bit so he's not that hated.
    • Johnny 2X4. While his antics can be considered endearing or Adorkable, often times he can be quite obnoxious with his carefree attitude and frustrate a lot of the cast, including the Eds, with how oblivious he is to how irritating they find him. The fact he never really apologizes for his actions (such as destroying Kevin's bike, or taking Sarah's and Jimmy's shovel in the sand pit) only emphasizes how destructive he can be without a care in the world.
    • Even Ed of all characters is occasionally subject to divisive opinions by fans: While there are more fans who enjoy his ditzy personality and share of one-liners, there are some who find his stupidity to be obnoxious at times to the point where they don't blame Eddy for snapping at him. There are some people who find his Pig Pen tendencies to be more gross than funny as well.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The ending of "Dear Ed", where Jimmy and the Eds end up having their own personal dance party, complete with a 70s-esque disco song playing in the background. Even funnier when listening to the scene with the French audio track on DVD.
    • Also during the holiday special "Ed, Edd n Eddy's Jingle Jingle Jangle", when Eddy goes into Rolf's house, he's roped into a complete oddball of a song.
    • Eddy's bee hive scam in the beginning of 'Pop Goes the Ed'. It doesn't help with plot and if it were taken out, the episode will still be the same. The only allusions to it are them getting stung by bees at the end of the episode and a reappearance of the outfit in "To Sir With Ed" (with "Hive" replaced with "Snake"). Although every episode begins with something completely unrelated to the plot of the episode.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • "One + One = Ed" is where the series officially proves that the fourth wall can't stop them from messing with the laws of physics.
    • Though not to the same extent as "One + One = Ed," the season 3 episode "It Came From Outer Ed" is pretty weird, stemming from Ed being given free range to make his own "scam" (read: "curse") based on a comic book. Incredibly random elements occur, presumably from the comic, but lack the context that the comic would likely have. Even Ed doesn't know the point of some things, as he asks Edd what the rock that Ed gave to Edd is for.
    • "Every Which Way But Ed" threatens to top "One + One = Ed" in weirdness. The story involves Eddy trying to tell Ed and Edd about how he managed to get a jawbreaker, only for his flashback to be hijacked by Jonny telling his own flashback, then Kevin, and so on and on. The Eds try to get back to what Eddy was talking about, but they continue getting hijacked by flashbacks until they wind up going back to when they first met.
    • "Hand Me Down Ed" stands out. The episode revolves around a boomerang that drastically alters the personality of whoever is holding it. For example, Eddy becomes motherly while Ed gains a sudden boost in intellect. No explanation is given, but Edd and the episode's opening imply that the boomerang is an Artifact of Doom that has been travelling around the world on its own.
    • "Run Ed Run". The chase sequence is bizarre even by the show standards, with scenes like Eddy biting his own arm to stretch it and using it like a lasso, but the conclusion takes the cake. The Eds are propelled high into the sky and literally break the fourth wall, leaving a hole in the sky filled with TV static. The episode ends with Double-D researching what happened, Ed literally piecing the sky back together and Eddy being barfed on by Sarah.
  • Broken Base:
    • "If It Smells Like An Ed", full stop. Viewers are split between those who find it too cruel to be funny or a fan-favorite for being the first half-hour episode in the series and having elements of Detective Drama.
    • "A Fistful Of Ed". Some fans think it's one of the most sadistic episodes ever and hate it for being overly mean-spirited towards the totally innocent Edd, the hardcore scenes of violence and Eddy's obnoxiousness. Other fans like or praise it for exploring more seriously Edd's Character Depth, the emotional scenes, and the Bittersweet Ending (with Eddy actually standing up for Edd and saving the day by making The Kankers back off).
    • The final two seasons had the kids attending school. Some fans thought it was a refreshing change of pace, others disliked them for changing the status quo and location the show took place in. Similarly, did the series suffer Seasonal Rot after it was Un-Canceled? Reactions range from believing so to be the case, to others saying that they're either just as good as the pre-cancellation episodes or not quite as good but, overall, still pretty funny and enjoyable in their own right.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Jonny and Plank, of course.
    • Kevin and his bike, especially in the movie.
  • Catharsis Factor: Any time Sarah gets her comeuppance is unbelievably satisfying. Especially in "Little Ed Blue" when she's left terrified at Ed yelling at her.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Edd/Kevin (Kevedd) is incredibly popular, despite that there isn't too much talking between them on the show. True, Kevin seems to like Double D a little more than Ed and Eddy (like everyone else, including Sarahnote ), but there are still only three scenes where he's friendly to him in the entire show, and all their other interactions involve Kevin insulting or bullying Edd.
    • Nazz/Marie, which seems to exist to pair two of the prettiest girls in the show. Especially since the two of them have never had a non-hostile interaction on screen, and the Kankers in general regard Nazz as a hussie who's out to steal their boyfriends. It should be noted, that the Nazz/Marie pairing was established in the fandom, even before the 2013 Kevedd craze.
    • In-universe from The Valentine's Day episode we have: Edd/May, Kevin/Lee, Jonny/Nazz, Eddy/Plank, Ed/a sandwich.
  • Crazy Is Cool: Ed and Rolf. The two of them would not only be not half as entertaining without their kookiness, but they'd probably be incapable of functioning without it too.
  • Creepy Awesome: Jonny is one of the creepiest characters of the cast, but it can make him quite funny.
  • Delusion Conclusion: One prominent theory claims that the cul-de-sac the children live on is actually purgatory, and that every child there died sometime after 1900. It was based mostly on the lack of adults seen (though extremely rare, arms and silhouettes of adults were present). Furthermore, the theory was expanded for the movie and claimed that the theme park where Eddy's brother worked and their journey there was actually a journey into Hell.
  • Designated Hero: The kids may be Hero Antagonists, but their actions make them come off more or less like bullies. The Eds themselves are no saints either (this is especially true with Eddy), but they would torment them for little to no reason whatsoever.
  • Designated Villain:
    • The show has the unique distinction of having Designated Villain Protagonists, in the form of the Eds. They always lose and end up being treated horribly by the end of nearly every episode, and while it's usually Eddy who deserves any of it (although Ed and Edd aren't exactly angels either, to say the least), all three of them still suffer Disproportionate Retribution even if they didn't even do anything that bad. Add to this the fact that most of the rest of the cast gets away with being insufferable little assholes who are unconditionally mean to the Eds with little or no provocation.
    • Though Eddy's main schtick is scamming the other kids and being exceptionally greedy, he's often forced to pay the price for attempting legitimate business ventures. More often than not, he (or the other Eds) put a lot of effort into these businesses. An example of this is an incredibly elaborate theme park ride that showcases the sort of Bamboo Technology we might expect from the future, not unlike the kind people ride frequently at Disney World. They eventually manage to break out of their role in The Movie.
    • Jimmy sometimes. Although Jimmy was wrong for framing Ed and Edd (when he should have only targeted Eddy) in "If It Smells Like An Ed," we're supposed to feel sorry for Eddy since he was punished for a prank, while his unfortunate friends were guilty by association.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Of the three Kanker sisters, some would like to believe that May is a victim of circumstance who would actually be a really sweet girl if she didn't follow her sisters' example and became a regular Cul-de-Sac kid. This is further helped by her portrayal in "Hanky Panky Hullabaloo", where she's shown to be genuinely loving and sensitive in the beginning.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Marie - she has a much larger fanbase than any other Kanker, and possibly, any other female character in the show, probably because she dresses like a punk rocker and she gets some memorably snarky one-liners towards her sister's antics.
    • Jonny and Plank. Especially Plank! Most people when talking about this show remember and mention Plank and he's not even a real character.
    • Rolf is also one, mainly because he's one of the few kids who's actually fairly nice to the Eds...unless they scam him. He also tends to be Crazy Is Cool.
    • The great Baron O' Beef Dip, one of Ed's toys that Eddy put a walkie-talkie onto the back of to make Ed believe it was alive.
    • Despite being a Hate Sink for being a bully to Eddy for all of his life, Eddy's Brother takes the cake for being a rare character.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: One of the popular fan theories state that all of the characters are dead and the cul-de-sac is actually a purgatory, with The Kankers as the Satanic guardians preventing them from going to Heaven. See the WMG page for details.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: Many fans often get irritated when most people call Rolf "Ralph".
  • Fanfic Fuel: Kankers' backstory (why they are evil, what happened before they moved to Peach Creek, their father(s) etc.).
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • While the Kevin/Edd pairing always had a fanbase, in Spring 2013, it became extremely popular.
    • With the above KevEdd craze Nazz/Marie slowly becomes this.
    • Edd/Eddy and Edd/Marie used to be the most popular ships, but lost popularity in favour of Kevedd. They still have their fans though, especially Edd/Eddy, as many Edd fans ship him with both Eddy and Kevin.
    • A good amount of people, particularly the ones who prefer May Kanker over her sister Marie, seem to love Edd/May (noticing the pattern?), due to their Ship Tease in the Valentines' Day special.
  • Fountain of Memes:
    • Ed and his random non sequiturs.
    • Rolf, whether it be his ancestors' wives' tales or his native home's customs, his overreactions to other characters' weirdness, or his seemingly-infinite amount of nicknames for every character.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • A few offhand lines about Eddy's brother sound more unsettling after the Grand Finale reveals Eddy's abusive relationship with his older brother.
      • In the very first episode, Edd asks if they should feel guilty about Jonny's predicament. Eddy brushes it off, saying that a little childhood trauma builds character.
      • In "Ed... Pass it On", the kids seem thoroughly terrified of Eddy's brother, including Eddy at the end of the episode. Come The Movie, we now know there was a good reason for them to be terrified.
      • "Ed In a Halfshell" involved Eddy being pretty mean to Jimmy (and wedgying him repeatedly) to teach him how to be an effective scammer. When Ed and Edd call him out on this, Eddy retorts that he's just teaching Jimmy the way he was taught by his brother.
      • From "An Ed is Born":
        Eddy: No more beatin' up little Eddy, eh, big brother?
    • It is hard to watch episodes like "Smile for the Ed" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ed" after watching Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show and learning that years of abuse at the hands of his brother made Eddy believe that pretending to be a jerk was the only legitimate way to earn friendship.
    • The whole show is harder to watch in an age where the long-term effects of bullying are taken much more seriously, especially since most of the kids in the show are in fact harmful stereotypes of children.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Rolf's "Direct me to your music box." Is funnier when you know that "Music Box" used to be spy code for "Radio".
    • The soundtrack is also surprisingly sophisticated, being performed by a jazz orchestra and containing themes for each character, variations and combinations of said themes, and key transposition. The only thing most people will pick up on is that when Johnny's on screen, you hear a loud TOCK TOCK TOCK TOCK.
    • In "The Ed-Touchables", Eddy tortures Plank during the interrogation by dripping water on him with a squirt gun. This is actually an ancient Chinese torture method which is said to drive its victims to insanity.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is really popular in Scandinavia, still frequently airing the reruns on CN and absolutely everything the show has made is dubbed. To boot, it's pretty hard to find a person there who doesn't at least know what the show is.
  • Growing the Beard: While the first season is considered one of the most popular seasons of the show, the second season gave way for Character Development and cleaner-looking animation (come the time they went to junior high school, the animation was as smooth as it is in the opening credits.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "It's Way Ed", Double D finishes the episode by saying "In another ten years we'll be back in style.". He essentially predicted Big Picture Show 10 years in advance.
  • Ho Yay: An entire page for it.
  • Hype Backlash:
    • There has been this by some fans of Cartoon Network that cannot fathom why this show has been labelled as the best Cartoon Network show of all time by a huge number of people. Youtuber PhantomStrider lampshades this.
    • One of the Eds themselves; Double D/Edd was always one of the most popular characters, but some have grown sick of him given the amount of attention he gets and how he is Flanderized in fanworks. Especially as the most popular ships in the fandom almost always involve him.
  • Idiot Plot: If the kids just simply ignored the Eds' scamming announcements, most (if not all) of the show's plots could have been avoided.
    • Possibly the episode most guilty of this is 'Smile for the Ed' in which Kevin messes up Eddy's picture on the school's Picture Day. It's incredibly strange that the person or teacher taking the picture wouldn't have scolded Kevin and then took another photo of Eddy.
    • Flat-out lampshaded in "Knock Knock Who's Ed", in which Edd wonders why they don't just go to their house to watch the monster movie marathon instead of going to great lengths to watch it elsewhere:
      Eddy: What, and ruin the plot?
  • Informed Wrongness: Apparently, Edd in "My Fair Ed" is somehow put in the wrong for trying to change Ed and Eddy (which he even blindly acknowledges) even though not only was it false, as he only was trying to make them more well-behaved, he had no other choice since the neighborhood kids (primarily Kevin) threatened punishment on him if he doesn't get his friends to behave. It certainly wasn't helped by the fact that Ed and Eddy had set up the plan to fool Edd into thinking that he made them worse and even allowing the neighborhood kids to shift their frustrations on Edd alone. So really, Edd had every right to do what he did since it was Ed and Eddy's fault the whole conflict started in the first place and Edd was the one the kids held responsible for.
  • Iron Woobie: Eddy has a far more traumatic situation than Ed and Edd combined. In the movie, it's revealed that his brother is an Ax-Crazy, sociopathic Jerk with a Heart of Jerk who abused/tormented Eddy all his life, made worse by the fact that his parents didn't do a damn thing about it. Maybe they didn't know, but it seemed far too obvious to be held out for so long. Also, after watching the movie, and knowing the sad truth of how much shit he had to go through, it gives you a heartache to watch earlier episodes, where he was awfully humiliated ("To Sir With Ed" comes to mind...). Seriously, it's just painful to watch. If he hadn't had Ed and Edd as his friends all this time, he would be one of the biggest, and saddest, mental wrecks in the history of animation enough to give Shinji Ikari a run for his money.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Eddy. Yes, a lot of times he deserves punishment, but he's cruelly humiliated and/or beaten in pretty much every episode, even when he does nothing wrong ("To Sir with Ed", "Smile For The Ed", "X Marks the Ed", "Your Ed Here", "A Pinch To Grow an Ed", "Who's Minding the Ed"...) and usually suffers Disproportionate Retribution for his more minor actions. Up to Eleven when the movie gives him Hidden Depths and a Freudian Excuse: he had to deal with years of abuse from his older brother, and his parents apparently did nothing to stop him.
    • Sarah of all people is this in "For Your Ed Only," when she finds her room destroyed and she's genuinely sad and cries to Jimmy. Kevin also briefly becomes this in "This Won't Hurt an Ed".
    • May, being the most naive Kanker and often picked on by her older sisters. Up to Eleven in the Valentines' Day special.
    • All three of the Kankers could fall into this. Yes, they are temperamental, possessive and rude, but there have been moments that show they DO care for each other. They have barely any physical traits in common and it's heavily implied their mother Really Gets Around and they have three different dads who aren't around anymore, so as such they latched on to the Eds because that's all they know how to do. Notably, after spending most of the series violently pursuing them, the Movie shows them actually doing their best to protect the Eds from the wrath of the rest of the cul-de-sac; it can be inferred that dubious ways of going about it, they do genuinely have feelings for the Eds. Ironically enough, their first appearance ("Nagged to Ed") didn't portray them very negatively, as while they did scare the hell out of the Eds and exchanged their clothes with their dads' robes, they at least showed genuine care and kindness towards the Eds, without trying to make them too uncomfortable (NOTHING compared to what they do later on in the series.)
  • Jerks Are Worse Than Villains: Kevin and Sarah are usually the most hated characters from fans, because they are always mean and angry towards the title characters, and both are the most vocal haters of the Eds and their antics. The Kanker Sisters are the closest thing to recurring villains (until the movie), as they stalk, bully, and physically harass the Eds and everyone else For the Evulz, but they get much less hate than Kevin and Sarah. Out of the Kankers, Marie and May are particularly popular, and fans are generally more forgiving to the Kankers because they actually like the Eds and torment them in a Loving Bully way (instead of just hating them like Kevin and Sarah), and the whole Distaff Counterpart thing is interesting.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Double D being the most popular character. Shipped with everyone but Plank and Lee at least once. Yes, even Eddy's Brother. Over half of the shipping fics include him.
    • To a lesser extent there are: Nazz (shipped with Kevin, Edd, Eddy and Marie), Kevin (shipped with Nazz, Edd, Eddy and Rolf) and Eddy (shipped with Nazz, Edd, Kevin, Lee, Marie and, sometimes, Sarah).
  • Love to Hate: Eddy, whose mischievous schemes can be quite hilarious at times, but quite effective, and sometimes you have to feel like he deserves preoccupance.
  • Memetic Badass: Eddy's Brother, at least before The Movie came along...
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Like many other long-running animated shows, it has a bunch of moments, episodes, and characters that a good portion of the fandom fail to see the basic point:
    • While Edd is smart, sane and definitely one of the most sympathetic characters in the show, fangirls tend to crank his positive qualities Up to Eleven and turn him into a Marty Stu, totally forgetting about his flaws (Super OCD, physical weakness, judgmental nature, nagging and overreacting tendencies, lack of spine etc.). Also, some fans act like he never did anything wrong and think that every other character in the show is either a jerkass or a moron. Some people hate him for this exact reason.
    • A lot of fans tend to blame all of May and Marie's shenanigans on Lee's toxic influence. Because the former are forced to torment the Eds by her don't enjoy it at all, and have no conscience and free will to know better.
    • Fans will also demonize the neighborhood kids for their disdain towards the Eds, forgetting that the Eds sometimes provoke the kids into acting hostile. Granted the kids aren't that innocent either, but fans would portray the Eds as victims in almost every situation, even when it is the Eds' (or more commonly Eddy's) fault. Some fans even depict the kids as Gaining the Will to Kill the Eds, despite the fact that the Eds themselves cause the kids to get serious injuries from their scams gone awry.
    • Certain episodes focusing on pointless torment of the Eds are understandably disliked, such as "If It Smells Like An Ed" note , and "Sorry, Wrong Ed" note . However, episodes such as "The Good, the Bad, and the Ed" receive flak from a portion of fans for Eddy's apparently unjustified torture despite him being the architect of his own torment note .
      • Another episode that comes to mind is "Brother, Can You Spare An Ed." Fans of the show (and even on this very wiki) tend to paint Eddy as a victim of Sarah's wrath and Ed and Edd's karmic retribution towards him. They argue that Sarah shouldn't have trusted Ed with her money and that the whole episode was her fault. While Sarah could've picked a better person to entrust her money to, Ed has actually been shown to be fairly responsible when it comes to caring about her. Not only was he more than happy to do the favor for her, but he refused to even let Eddy hold the money. Only Eddy's constant pestering made him give in, and he was extremely apologetic about giving in. Regardless of how you feel about Sarah, it's unfair to demonize her for her actually justified anger towards Ed and Eddy spending her allowance money for themselves when she is, again, for once, not looking to cause the Eds trouble and actually made a reasonable request in the episode. It was Eddy who set the plot in motion with his greed and selfishness.
    • For the episode "Pick An Ed," you can see fans on YouTube and the Wiki page commenting on how mean it was for the kids to celebrate and/or not care that Eddy went "missing"note . While the kids came off as harsh for disregarding Eddy's disappearance, fans are forgetting the fact that Eddy behaves like a jerk to not only the kids, but to even his own friends. It also helps that if you're a jerk to people in general, people won't enjoy your company and will normally be pleased when you are absent for a long period of time. Some fans also think Edd was a jerk for writing the insult about Eddy's alter-ego "Carl." Although the insult made "Carl" a target of bullying, Edd only did it because Eddy was willing to start a new life as "Carl", in order to hang out with Kevin while ditching his old friends (he even agrees with Kevin about Ed and Edd being "dorks"). If Edd is guilty of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, Eddy is just as bad at it.
    • In episodes where Eddy is being punished without doing anything wrong such as "Who's Minding the Ed" and "X Marks the Ed", some fans will either twist the story so that Eddy looks like the bad guy or celebrate that he "finally got what he deserved" despite the fact that, Laser-Guided Karma and all, he almost always gets punished for his actions while all the other characters, even Edd, have gotten off scot-free with their actions at times ("Smile for the Ed", "To Sir With Ed", "Sorry Wrong Ed"...). Even then, Eddy tends to suffer Disproportionate Retribution for his more minor scams, and gets battered and humiliated in pretty much every episode, even after the ending to "Brother, Can You Spare An Ed", some fans don't think he's suffered enough. It's a bit confusing to complain that a character doesn't get hurt enough when he always does.
  • Moe:
  • Moral Event Horizon: Near the end of the Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy series, Eddy's Brother crossed this within seconds of making his first appearance when he began to mercilessly beat the shit out of Eddy, and freely admit he's always done this to him.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Jimmy's Evil Plan in "If It Smells Like An Ed".
    • Also, Kevin blackmailing Eddy in "Your Ed Here."
    • Nazz humiliating Eddy in "To Sir With Ed."
    • The kids in general. Even after they finally accepted the Eds as their friends in the end of the movie, fans still refuse to let most of their treatment towards the Eds beforehand slide.
    • Ed standing up to Sarah in "Little Ed Blue.", of the "That kid is hardcore." variety.
    • Eddy's actions in "Brother Can You Spare An Ed" seem to have earned him his very own Hatedom.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures is actually a respectable video game adaptation of the show, emulating the look, feel and humor of the show successfully, mixed with some fun gameplay.
  • No Yay:
    • In the infamous episode "Your Ed Here," Kevin blackmails Eddy into making Eddy kiss Edd on the lips. Eddy does kiss Edd, and both of them act disgusted after the whole thing.
    • In the Valentine's Day special, Eddy sets up a kissing booth. Eddy puckers his lips up, only to find Kevin instead of another girl. Eddy's response?:
      Eddy: In your dreams!
  • O.C. Stand-in: Marie has shades of this. Within the show itself, she has the least distinct characterization of the Kanker sisters. But, thanks to a combination of her attractive design and interest in Edd, himself one of the most popular characters within the fandom, she is by far the most popular Kanker. Fanfiction tends to give her a lot of focus. It reaches a point where many mistake her being the Straight Man or The Smart Guy of the sisters, traits that exist exclusively within fanfiction, as being actual parts of her personality.
  • Older Than They Think: The "Subaluwa" sumo sound effect is often associated with this show, but it actually originated in the Genie Junkie sketch from Liquid Television.
  • One True Threesome: Ed/Edd/Eddy, Marie/Edd/Eddy, Kevin/Edd/Eddy, [Marie/Edd/Nazz], Kevin/Nazz/Edd, [Marie/Edd/May].
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Kevedd (Kevin/Edd), Nazarie (Nazz/Marie).
  • Refuge in Audacity: Even for this show, some moments and implications are so cartoonishly violent that they go from tasteless to Crosses the Line Twice. Some examples: the Kanker sisters setting up an elaborate trap to marry the Eds using a toy train and a haunted house in "Honor Thy Ed", Jonny's house collapsing after Ed breaks the support beam (because he's tied to it) in "Rent-A-Ed", and Sarah taking Nazz out with a car (as in she picks up an actual-sized car and throws it at her) in "Truth or Ed".
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Eddy gets hit with it a lot. Granted, he isn't exactly a saint and he does tend to get himself and the other Eds in trouble due to his scams and jerkass behavior, but lots of fans demonize him to make Edd look better in comparison. This is ignoring the fact that he does care about his friends deep down, even if he doesn't show it as much. Also, KevEdd writers usually portray him as a homophobe in fan-fictions.
    • Lee, being the least liked Kanker, gets hit with it as well, usually being portrayed as outright abusive towards her sisters, or at the very least worse than them. Marie is hit by this as well whenever May's the fic's protagonist.
    • In 90% of Edd/Marie fics Nazz is portrayed as either a slut, an Alpha Bitch, or both.
    • Kevin, who gets derailed into a flat Jerk Jock whenever he isn't shipped at the moment.
    • Jimmy gets this too. While he has some Bitch in Sheep's Clothing tendencies (like most characters, at some point), he is for the most part just a sensitive, gentle little boy. Yet fans still demonize him mostly because of the infamous "If It Smells Like An Ed" episode.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Eddy is disliked by pretty much everyone In-Universe for his scams and bullying (at least until the movie, when the other kids found out that Eddy's brother was worse than him in terms of bullying others). Yet many fans support him as opposed to the kids. This is understandable, as Eddy usually gets karmic retribution for his jerkass behavior and he's one of the three title characters, while the kids get away scot-free for theirs.
  • The Scrappy: Jimmy is heavily disliked by some fans for being "weak," "girly," and crying a lot. He also garners bile for his antagonistic role in the episode "If It Smells Like An Ed."
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Season 5 is seen as inferior to the previous four for some because of the sudden shift in the show's formula: instead of focusing on the Eds as they came up with creative, imaginative ways to scam their neighbours, most episodes centered around the children as they dealt with mundane problems at school. The writing also took a noticeable drop in quality, with many jokes that fell flat due to an overreliance on the Eds' Butt-Monkey status or the Flanderization of the rest of the cast.
    • Some argue the rot started to begin as early as late season 3 and season 4. While there are still a lot of great and iconic episodes in them, it was also when the humor of the show started to become more actively malicious towards the title characters, with Ed and Double D suffering repercussions for things they had no part in and even Eddy suffering Disproportionate Retribution for some of his more minor scams. The most infamous examples from these seasons are "If It Smells Like An Ed" and "Your Ed Here", which are single-handedly responsible for turning Jimmy and Kevin into The Scrappy for many, respectively. This was also around the time the characters started to become more Flanderized, and the Eds (especially Eddy) started to lose more of their redeeming qualities.
  • Self-Fanservice: Sarah and Jimmy get this in many deviantart works, despite not being liked that much in the fandom.
  • Ship Mates:
    • Edd/Kevin and Marie/Nazz shippers tend to get along pretty well.
    • To a lesser extent Kevin/Edd and Eddy/Nazz or Eddy/Sarah.
    • Many Edd/Eddy shippers like to pair Ed with May.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Nazz/Marie is the most popular girl/girl shipping, despite those two hardly interacting with each other. Kevin/Edd also could qualify.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Edd/Marie vs Kevedd. Supporters of the former have a very negative opinion about the latter, even though it's not like the former's pairing doesn't have some flaws of it's own.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Despite the Kanker Sisters earning the ire of many fans for playing sexual harassment of men for laughs, it still shows sexual harassment as being highly unpleasant.
  • Starboarding: Some fans seem to like the idea of Sarah having a crush on Edd as shown in canon.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • In "Oath to an Ed," Eddy is portrayed in the wrong for yelling back at Sarah after the latter constantly teases him. This ignores the fact that Sarah was being rude and unreasonable towards Eddy when Eddy wasn't doing anything to provoke Sarah.
    • Eddy again in "Will Work for Ed". Eddy was being painted as his usual greedy self for getting annoyed at Rolf's actions, except Rolf kept docking Ed's pay for every small mistake he made and gave him an unreasonable request (peeling a village's worth of potatoes before he got back) under the threat of termination.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • We have Ed (in a seriously bad mood due to a rock in his shoe) throwing everyone out of his garage. When Sarah yells at him:
      Sarah: You can't kick me out! I live here too!
      (Beat)
      Ed: SO MOVE!
    • Also many people liked Ed beating up Sarah when he thinks she's a vampire in "Boo Haw Haw". Same for the other kids. It would have been a good special if Edd and Eddy didn't get unfairly punished at the end.
    • The Eds utterly wrecking Sarah's bedroom in "For Your Ed Only" is also surprisingly cathartic. And then Sarah starts crying over the destruction...
    • In "Once Upon an Ed", post-radioactive-potato-eating Lee (who's about 200 feet tall) crushes Jimmy to death and sends Sarah flying.
    • A livid Ed beats up Kevin in "Little Ed Blue" for deliberately pitching a baseball off his head repeatedly to annoy him.
    • Seeing Kevin getting punished, after watching the following; "Smile For the Ed," and "Your Ed Here".
    • Lee getting a giant book dropped on her foot in "A Fistful of Ed", when she was just about to try and eat an incubating egg that possibly contained a chick.
    • Jonny getting pummeled by the gang at the end of the movie when he shows up in his melon man guise and attacks the Eds, whom everyone had just defended from the wrath of Eddy's sadistic older brother. He is left behind while everyone else returns to the cul-de-sac with the Eds.
    • "A Twist of the Ed" for giving the Kanker sisters A Taste of Their Own Medicine after a few seasons of stalking and harassing the Eds. Though, similarly to "Boo Haw Haw," the Eds still end up losing in the end.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Pretty much any scene involving Jimmy and his fairytale disposition qualifies as insufferably sweet. Too be fair, this seems to have been the intention.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Nazz has the distinction of being the only girl on the show who isn't depicted as being psychotic in some way and she's The Heart of the cul-de-sac all the boys (except Jimmy and Rolf) have a crush on. Unfortunately, throughout the show's run, very little is done with Nazz, she only has three episodes about her (Plank has more storylines) and until later seasons she was a relatively Flat Character. Later seasons turned her into a bit of a Dumb Blonde and The Cheerleader, but she remained quite unremarkable in a cast of wacky, memorable characters. The Movie seems to address this by giving Nazz a prominent subplot with Kevin, a last name (the only other character besides the Kankers to get one, in fact) and she Took a Level in Badass, but overall a lot more could have been done with her character besides being the Only Sane Man of the cul-de-sac kids.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The thought of Jimmy getting revenge against Eddy and devising a wonderfully complex plan to do so in "If It Smells Like An Ed" admittedly was a pretty cool concept, combined with the interesting detective elements. The main problem with the episode was that his revenge went way too far, as well as the fact that all three of the Eds were victimized.
    • In the begininning of "Hanky Panky Hullabaloo" we finally see a different side of one of the Kankers, when May cries after being rejected by Ed and there's a sweet moment with Edd trying to cheer her up. It could have been a good occasion to see more of May's Character Development and maybe a genuine friendship between her and Edd, at least for one episode. What we get instead is a silly Bizarro Episode about Edd and May being hit by tiny cupid's arrows and consequently acting like over-the-top Sickeningly Sweethearts.
  • Toy Ship: Most if not all of the main cast are pre-teens and frequently shipped with one another.
  • Ugly Cute: Everybody is this to some extent due to the art style, but May is the most evident example. Though she probably won't qualify for this (as much) if it wasn't for her buck teeth.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • Eddy in "Sorry, Wrong Ed" is considered this. People feel bad for him for all the curses he suffers from answering the cursed telephone despite the fact that he brought it upon himself for digging it up even after Rolf, former owner of the phone, has already warned him of the curse (to be fair, Rolf never told Eddy what exactly the curse was and Rolf is a CloudCuckoolander, which could be why Eddy didn't take him seriously). However, most of the fans that see Eddy as the sympathetic type in this episode seem to be more upset over the fact that Edd shows no concern over what happens to Eddy; even after everything that happened to Eddy was right in front of him, he approaches it all scientifically.
    • Also in "All Eds Are Off", Eddy doesn't win the money in the end of the episode because he tried to cheat, but can you blame him for being pissed off about Ed's eating habits when he got a detention when Ed spilled his gravy mix in the pool?
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Kevin in "This Won't Hurt an Ed". The viewer is supposed to feel sorry for him because Eddy kept exploiting his fear of needles. However, considering that the episode aired after "Your Ed Here" among his other Jerkass moments, more than a few viewers wanted Eddy to give Kevin what he deserves for once.
    • In "Tinker Ed", we're supposed to feel sorry for Jimmy because Kevin tells him that fairy tales aren't real. But maybe if Jimmy hadn't been running around the library and shrieking at the top of his lungs when Kevin was minding his own business and trying to write an essay, maybe Kevin wouldn't have messed with him in the first place. What makes it worse is that Kevin had already politely asked Sarah and Jimmy to keep it down, only for Sarah to start loudly reading the fairy tale just to irritate Kevin.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • While his nearly-lethal idiocy annoys nearly everybody in-universe and it's implied that not even his own family likes him that much, Ed is loved for being so stupid, lovable and providing a lot of memes and comedy.
    • Zig-zagged with Double D. He's the most liked Ed in fandom, but in-universe as well: the other kids really only dislike because he hangs out with Ed and Eddy (mainly Eddy), but still respect him more than the other two Eds. He's also the biggest Chick Magnet (in the Nerds Are Sexy-way) and he, of course, has plenty of fangirls in real life.
    • Eddy is the most straight-up example of the three. Nearly everyone in the show hates him, yet a lot of fans love him or at least sympathize with him.
    • Marie is this as well. While everybody but her sisters fears or loathes her, she's one of the most popular characters in this show. And despite her Abhorrent Admirer status on the show, plenty of male fans find her more attractive than the resident hottie Nazz. The same applies to May, to a lesser extent.
    • Jonny also qualifies, because even though he is liked more than the Eds, he is still not liked as much by the other kids either.
  • Values Dissonance: While the Kids Are Cruel nature are meant to be played for laughs. In the 2010s, bullying is taken more seriously, and any of the kids' actions would've gotten them either expelled from school or be sent to juvenile hall in real life.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Double D—it can be pretty easy for viewers to mistake him for a girl, due to a few things: 1.) His higher-pitched voiced, 2.) His hat resembling long hair and 3.) His somewhat feminine tendencies. Probably at least in part the source of the remark in the movie where Eddy's brother calls Double D his girlfriend.
    • There are a few fans of the show who believed that Jimmy was a girl due to his high pitched voice and his girly interests & hobbies.
  • Wangst:
    • Eddy's middle name.
    • Edd and Sarah overreacting over their lost items in the first episode...and finding them at the end.
    • Sarah bawling over her lost earring in "High-Heeled Ed."
    • Ed being in a bad mood over a pebble in his shoe.
    • Jimmy bawling and whining as if his foot was broken...when it only got slightly grazed by a clothespin in "Cry Ed".
    • For another Jimmy example, there's "It Came From Outer Ed." Sure, Jimmy has a right to be upset when Ed takes Mr. Yum-Yum, since Mr. Yum-Yum is a gift from Sarah, but for Jimmy to say he's "a mere shell of a man without Mr. Yum-Yum" is just pathetic.
    • Edd has an episode entirely dedicated to finding a shower after his parents chose to renovate the bathroom without his input. He can't seem to be unable to start his day on the right foot without a shower. If he can't get a shower, he'll whine, go insane, and invite all manner of germs and filth upon himself. This is pretty understandable, due to good hygiene being an important quality in human beings.
  • What an Idiot!: Enough to deserve its own page.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Keep in mind that this was a show created by the artist behind The Brothers Grunt and Lupo The Butcher on a dare from his colleagues that he couldn't create a kid's show. While not outright vulgar most of the time, the episode with Eddy's magazine and the Kankers "seducing" the Eds, as well as many other absurd things, suddenly make a lot more sense.
  • The Woobie: Since almost every character qualifies, even Sarah at one time, it now has its own page.
  • Woolseyism:
    • The Brazilian dub ignores Ed's love for buttered toast and gravy in favor of making his favourite food be chicken with okra instead. Not only is this a common dish in many regions of that country, but it also perfectly matches Ed's obsession with chickens. The dubber also gave him many original catchphrases, most notably "Didn't hurt" whenever he is injured, lampshading him being Made of Iron. It all fits the character surprisingly well.

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