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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
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  • Author's Saving Throw: After the inconsistent designs of the Legacy Eddisodes, the Beyond Eddisodes recreating Edd Gould's original animation style was mostly welcomed by the fandom.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In one scene of the 2004 Christmas Special, Tom shoots down the Ku Klux Klan. This is never mentioned again.
    • An example in this already bizarre series that somehow manages to be justified: In Space Face Part 2, Matt's interlude with the voice changer gun comes apropos of nothing, doesn't really lead to a punchline, although it manages a couple of gags with different replacements for Edd's voice, and is forgotten almost as suddenly as it occurs, and yet, it's the explanation behind Edd's voice change after the real Edd's unfortunate passing.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Legacy Era of Eddsworld. Some fans felt that Tom Ridgewell betrayed the spirit of the series by incorporating too much of his brand and personality into the cartoons, while others think that he tried his best to fulfil his late friend's wish to continue the series.
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    • Was it a good idea to make Tord a villain in The End, or should he go back to being one of the (anti) heroes?
    • The art style of Saloonatics, some find it cute and refreshing, while others think the animation is too choppy and it doesn't fit the tone of the show.
  • Cargo Ship:
  • Designated Hero: Lampshaded in Zanta Claws:
    Santa: [giving the gang some presents] You earned these, kids.
    Edd: We didn't even do anything.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Zig-zagged with Tord. The slew of redemption fics for him shows that the fandom clearly wants him to come back and become a good guy again. That said, these same fans sometimes portray him as being more evil than he was in the show, with a popular subject of Slash Fic being him torturing, experimenting on or even raping Tom, despite there being no evidence for him being willing to do any of this in canon. Played straighter in works where he's shipped with Edd, wherein he'll almost always be depicted as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and most of his violent/malicious qualities will be removed.
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    • Paul is a downplayed case. He's mostly a background character, but the few times he does show his personality, he comes off as surly and rude. Yet, the most common portrayal of him in the fandom is as a lovable Jerk with a Heart of Gold who's also borderline Sickeningly Sweethearts with Patryck.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The Rule 63!main cast from Mirror Mirror has unsurprisingly become this, because who doesn't want cute girl versions of these guys!?
    • Tord. So much so the fandom was shocked when he left and basically drove him into hiding. His character, however, did return for the Two-Part Series Fauxnale. Also includes Tori and Todd, their Rule 63 and Old West versions respectively, despite appearing little and, in the case of the former, only in a voiceless cameo.
    • Spares:
      • The rejected clones (particularly "TomTord", "ToMaTorEdd" and "Scribble Tom") have been getting loads and loads of fan art, especially on Tumblr.
      • Bing and Larry from the same episode also have their fair share of popularity among viewers.
    • The unnamed punk girl from the comic's Junk Sale story arc only appeared in one strip, yet the fans ate her up the moment she arrived.
    • Laurel from Movie Makers, due to being a token cute girl, even though she only showed up once.
    • The Staring Kid from Fun Dead who Tom gives a gun to and who promptly guns down a bunch of zombies offscreen. Mainly because the latter makes him totally badass.
    • The future versions of the trio, especially Edd. Red Leader as well if not more, despite not even appearing.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: After The End, there have been a lot of fics where Tord returns again, either to finish what he started, change his ways, or both.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • "WTFuture", in spades. Where did Future Edd get his gun and time travel device? Why are Future Tom and Future Matt affiliated with Red Leader? Is Future Edd also affiliated with him? When/how did Tord perfect time travel? Was Red Leader the one who banned cola?
    • To a lesser degree, "Saloonatics" and the continued antics of Detective Edward Gold, Sheriff Thompson and Prince Matthew. Sometimes Barkeep Todd is added to the mix.
    • And, of course, the Rule 63 universe and the adventures of Ell, Tamara and Matilda (and sometimes Tori). Even better, their debut episode implies that the parallel universes are not completely identical, as the box the girls got had completely different contents from the one the boys did.
  • Fanon: A minor, but present example—with Tom being The Grinch and Jon being written as his polar opposite, a handful of fans like to portray Jon as The Anti-Grinch, who loves Christmas and gets downright scary in his love for it just as Tom gets scary in his hatred of it.
  • Friendly Fandoms: The Eddsworld fandom gets on well with the Osomatsu-san fandom. Perhaps not too surprising, seeing as both fandoms involve boys in colour-coded hoodies going on wacky adventures.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In this case (when it comes to social media), America, Korea and Japan love Eddsworld.
  • Growing the Beard: Eddsworld was always a rapid-fire comedy at best, developing a narrative structure by "Christmas Special 2004", but "Zombeh Nation" is when it really got good.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This fan drawing from 2014 has Tord among the villains harassing the Eddsworld crew. Fast forward to "The End', and guess who serves as the series' Final Boss?
  • Idiot Plot: In WTFuture, Coke is outlawed in the future. Edd has a time machine. He decides to go back in time to commit suicide by killing his past self, instead of, y'know, going to any shop in the present and getting the drink. No one calls him out on that. Or, if he's so determined to commit time-travel murder, how about killing the people responsible for banning Coke in the first place and preventing the horrible, Coke-free future?
  • Jerkass Woobie: "The Beaster Bunny" manages to turn Eduardo into this. He may be a jerk towards Edd and the gang, but he lost his girlfriend Laurel, his home, and Jon in a relatively short timespan, and he is very depressed over the entire ordeal.
  • Misblamed: There have always been some confusion about Tom "being the reason" that Tord left the series and how the two apparently had never gotten along, but that of course was never true. As Tom stated, Tord himself left the series due to a multitude of reasons from the fandom and also had to stress that he and Tord just weren't as close as he was with Matt or Edd. He (and afterwards Edd too) would admit that the way Tord was written out of the show (Tord just leaving with no explanation) didn't help matters.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Misblamed: Most of the criticisms towards the Eddsworld Legacy cartoons are directed solely at Tom, despite the fact that, as pointed out by Eddie Bowley, he and Eddie co-produced, co-wrote and co-directed the Eddsworld Legacy cartoons together.
  • Moe:
    • Edd himself, Matt (in the later episodes) and Jon are very cute cartoon boys.
    • Applies to the rest of the cast as well, to a lesser extent.
    • Ell and Matilda, Edd and Matt's female counterparts from Mirror Mirror, also qualify, obviously.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
  • Narm Charm: Without the nostalgia of internet history, Eddsworld comes off as a bit choppy and the like, something that Matt, Tom, and the staff of Eddsworld Legacy had commented on, however that's why it works. The series garnered a reputation and fanbase for being so charming with its simple stories and downright fun attitude. Edd's Nice Guy personality and overall demeanour really helped matters too.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • There was a grand total of one episode where Tom called Tord a "commie" and this was done in a flashback with Tord describing the event. In fanfics, especially Tom/Tord Slash Fic and Tord Redemption fics, this is nearly always Tom's go-to insulting nickname for Tord, sometimes to the exclusion of calling him anything else. To be fair, Tord implies that this was a regular occurrence, but it's never shown to be in the actual show. By the same token, Tord shooting back by calling Tom a "Jehovah's Witness".
    • The BBC email incident, where Tom would retell how Edd once received an email from the BBC, asking to make a deal on turning Eddsworld into a tv series and asked how he would monetize off his property. According to Tom, Edd emailed them back asking what "monetize" meant. Even for fans of the series, this was a rather cringy hilarious moment for Edd.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The Dudette Next Door has Kira Buckland voice the titular character and her girlfriend long before she made it big as a professional voice actress.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Tord, after his Face–Heel Turn, weirdly mixes this trope with Draco in Leather Pants, being depicted as committing horrific atrocities whilst looking both hot and cool. This includes him torturing/mutilating/sexually violating Tom or even Paul and Patryck despite there being no indication of him being willing to do this in canon. He is shown in canon to be a wanted criminal, but we don't know what he did to earn that status.
    • Downplayed with Tom, who tends to get this in Tord redemption fics. He's almost always depicted as the most openly hostile to Tord when he comes back, sometimes needlessly or even violently so (though justified given how Tord tried to murder him and his friends, of course most fanfic writers won't portray it that way), but he always tends to come around... especially if shipping is involved.
  • The Scrappy: Downplayed as he's certainly not hated, but you'd be hard-pressed to find people who like Mark as anything but an extension of the other two Neighbors. This is mainly due to the fact that he doesn't have a personality.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Eddsworld was one of the first web originals to feature a lesbian couple in Kim and Katya in the episode The Dudette Next Door, which originally aired in 2005, back when LGBT characters were still relatively uncommon in fiction and even web-based series. Fast-forward to the 2010s, and LGBT characters became more prominent in mainstream media, and arguably more so in web entertainment, and all of sudden, Kim and Katya didn't seem like a big deal anymore. It doesn't help that they only had a minor role in just one episode.
  • Self-Fanservice: All four of the boys get this on some level. Tom gets it the most, almost always being given a major buffness upgrade, with Tord being close behind, usually getting the Evil Is Sexy treatment when drawn as "Red Leader", which becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when Tomska's concept art for Red Leader!Tord came out and he turned out to be a Darth Vader Clone who's covered up from head to toe. Matt and Edd get this to a slightly lesser degree, with Edd (especially after Saloonatics) being depicted as a Big Beautiful Man and Matt being depicted as a Pretty Boy—though the latter kind of has some canon support. Humorously, none of these makes any attempt to change Tom's eyes.
  • Shallow Parody: Comic 226, referencing that other show with an Edd in it. The two characters are Ed and Edd, but the latter is introduced as Eddy, and acts in the exact same way as Ed, whereas in their original cartoon they were essentially foils to each other.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Fans were complaining about Space Face's Art Shift in between the two parts (which happened for obvious reasons). Paul explained this on his blog.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The Legacy era is mainly disliked for the stiffer pacing and barely comparing to Tom's earlier episodes, but others are okay with it.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Ringo, Edd's cat, is female. However, the Gender-Blender Name and lack of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics leads to confusion among fans.
  • What an Idiot!: The ending of Spares, which has the boys having to deal with a Matt clone.
    You'd Expect: The boys to figure out which one is the Matt clone. After all, one of them is clearly a clone.
    Instead: They dump Tom into the garbage.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The cartoon may look kid friendly, but there's mild swearing, and brief gore and nudity.
  • The Woobie: Arguably all the boys, sans Tord before his return. Although they can range into Jerkass Woobie depending on which episode and the like.

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