| Character Information
Ed is, without a doubt, the strongest of the three Eds, and rivals up there with Rolf for strongest on the show itself, having lifted homes, cars, poles, and other heavy objects with little to no effort. In a nutshell, though, he can be described as kind-natured and absent-minded, barely paying attention to current situations enough to truly learn from them. Yet despite his lack of focus on the day-to-day activities and Eddy's scams, he is fully focused on his horror movies and scary comic books, and often misinterprets them as reality. Even worse, though, than his inability to differentiate reality and fiction, is his hygiene, which to say the very least is filthy. His low hygiene does provide humor though, even if a bathtub of gravy is quite disturbing.
Ed, in many ways, is the “entertainer” or “joy bringer” of the cul-de-sac, if you will. While he will do next to anything for a jawbreaker (Although we see in “Don't Rain on My Ed” that he will choose chickens over jawbreakers) just like Eddy and Edd, he has several other obsessions, most of which he takes to unhealthy levels. These other obsessions include:
- Buttered Toast, which he will say out of nowhere frequently, and eats almost as frequently. In “Run Ed Run”, for example, Sarah uses buttered toast dipped in egg yolk to convince Ed (who, for some reason, was the bus monitor) to let her and Jimmy have the front seats.
- Gravy, is another of his obsessions, taken to an even unhealthier level than his obsession with buttered toast. In Season 5, “All Eds Are Off”, he even looks through a catalog for purchasing gravy. Also in that episode, he carries numerous containers full of gravy, stashes what he calls "Gravy Cakes" on the side of his coat, stashes bowls of gravy which are taped to his belly, stashes gravy under his shoes, and he even had a box to make instant gravy with – which he spills into the swimming pool the kids were in. He also has been seen to have a bathtub full of gravy that comes with a ladle.
- Chickens are another of his obsessions, which go above and beyond his obsession for jawbreakers even, although it could be said that gravy and buttered toast do the same. He has dived into a herd of chickens before, instead of going for jawbreakers, as one would expect out of the three main characters.
- Monster Movies and Comics are his main obsession, though, and he even blends them into reality. His obsession for them has gone so far as terrorizing the Cul-De-Sac, truly believing himself to be a monster, in the episode “The Day the Ed Stood Still” and even went as far as to make a disturbing lair out of another obsession – chewed up Chunky Puffs!
- Chunky Puffs, being the next of Ed's numerous obsessions, have fed his Monster Movie/Comic Obsession to a disturbing point, going so far as being part of his lair that he builds as Edzilla in “The Day the Ed Stood Still” to literally glue his victims in place. And the worst of this is that he eats the whole box in numerous occasions, and as Edzilla it wasn't just Chunky Puffs – it was Chunky Puffs that he had chewed up already! He was definitely a 'cereal' killer for the other kids, they probably won't ever want it again!
- Pudding Skin; one of Ed's minor obsessions. We learn that Ed adores pudding skin in "Cry Ed" and later in "Little Ed Blue.
Going off of the obsessions for Monster Movies and Comics, his movies and comic series include- "Liver and Onions", "Space Clam", and "It Came From France", as movies, and the series "Ooze Action", "Slug-U-la ", "No Body Man", "Evil Tim", "Zorba", "Brain Eater", and "Marlene of the Deep" are just some of them.
Along with his obsessions, Ed also has a few fears of his own, some understandable, some... not so understandable. And these fears actually go so far as to be life-controlling phobias! He is afraid of, and will attack, wigs, as seen in “X Marks the Ed”, and we see in “My Fair Ed” that he's scared of broccoli (although Eddy is also scared of it too), and at the mere mention of soap and/or deodorant he is reduced to fleeing in terror. But these fears are nothing compared to his utter horror at the Kanker Sisters, the most understandable phobia that anyone could ever have. He also is evidently afraid of getting into big trouble and his parents, seen by his quoting of “Sarah will tell Mom and Mom will tell Dad and Dad will just sit there and watch TV!” in his terror during “Cool Hand Ed”, and in “Honor Thy Ed”, when Edd says he heard a shriek of terror, Ed says, simply, “Dad's home.”
Ed's personality though, despite his seemingly rough life at home, and bizarre obsessions, is one of an unyielding friendly force, determined to keep everyone around him happy – so long as they respect that he likes his collections of lucky, decaying fish bones and rotting cheese, that is. He is a very loyal person, doing almost anything for his friends and family, no matter how much they abuse him or misuse his obedience, and he's always ready to please.
Ed's appearance can be described as a tall, average bodied boy, with a bizarrely greenish-yellow skin color that has no true explanation. Perhaps it's his horrible hygiene, perhaps it's not, we don't know. He has buzz-cut, orange hair (as seen in Over Your Ed) that's somehow able to be combed out longer than usual. He also dons a monobrow, that assists in his comical expressions, and can also be used for numerous cartoon gags as well as defying the laws of nature. He typically wears a red-and-white striped shirt under a green jacket, even during the hottest days of the summer.
Ed, as a small child, retained his superhuman strength, having lifted toddler-Edd's home, and already had his steel-strong stomach, seen in “Every Which Way But Ed” where he eats a TV for their Bottomwess Ed Scam.
Upon reaching the age of his first appearance, Ed had changed only in his size and the addition of his green jacket, his intelligence staying just about the same and his personality never wavering. Even more interesting, is that he seems immune to pain and merely finds it amusing now, which we do not know if he had always thought or had acquired that during the years.
Even more interesting is Ed's complete disregard of the laws of nature in the cul-de-sac, in which he seems to be the one in charge in some instances. When Ed wants Eddy's hair to turn into a helicopter, by simply pulling on Eddy's chain which hangs from the side of his pants Eddy's hair did so – to the amazement of Edd, who instantly wanted to know how Ed did that. And even more in ignorance and defiance of the natural laws, Ed built a giant elevator to the moon after Edd built the cardboard frame, merely adding random objects that should have fallen, let alone let the Eds traverse through ladders and trees and houses before emerging through a refrigerator and microwave at the top, right next to the moon (Even more interesting is that the moon was where it led to, when it was evidently daytime back in the cul-de-sac...).
Ed has a great artistic knack, as well, drawing portraits like an expert, forging Edd's parents' handwriting like a professional, and can dance better than one would expect for such a large fellow – in fact, the Hypnotizing Wheel from “Look Into My Eds” reveals he wants to be a dancer of some sort! However, the Eds still use him for manual labor, as earlier in that episode, they use him to pull a bus. And when he tries to use the wheel himself, he has Rolf do several impossible things, such as flying when he hypnotized Rolf into thinking he's a hairy bat.
However, Ed puts his family first – he'll make the other two Eds listen to his sister, in fear of his parents wrath if he doesn't, and they of course can't really object. After all, when your dealing with a family of two incredibly strong siblings, you can't really do much to make them upset with you.
Despite his good nature in most cases, he's always willing to pull a good joke on a friend, such as forging notes from Edd's parents to pretending that Edd is sick with a life-threatening Lackadaisycathro Disease , merely making up symptoms after a foolish attempt to annoy Kevin (Who was at the time grounded). On the same subject of disease, Ed finds chickenpox to be something interesting, as in “Laugh Ed Laugh”, when seeing the kids have gotten it, merely saying “Gross! Can I touch it?” as if it were an animal in a petting zoo.
Like numerous people, Ed has several allergies.
- Bunnies are one of these allergies, causing his eyes to water, sneeze powerfully, grow purple warts, and eventually bloat into a gigantic balloon, which in the end were soothed by tons of ice and talcum powder. The floating of his, from the allergic reaction, is questionably an unnatural cartoon antic, as seen in "Flea-Bitten Ed".
- Eels are another of his allergies, which have another profound effect – they make him transform into a fish-faced teenager, with scales, fins, and who knows what somehow. They also apparently make him itchy because he said, "Will somebody scratch my scales."
- Dandelions and cats are his two more-or-less normal allergies, resulting merely in sneezing. His sneezes, of course, are super-powered sneezes sending him and whatever he crashes into flying off.
- Butterscotch Pudding is another allergy of his, as seen in “All Eds Are Off” when he mistook a pot of it for gravy. he got itchy and his head and lips began to bloat unnaturally large, a somewhat normal allergic reaction.
Ed's also got a habit of sleep walking, which causes problems in his eating of all the food in a five-block radius of his bed, resulting in him being too large to fit through the window out of his room. However, he has sleep walked before, only in one event did he truly eat while sleep walking – during Season 1. In Season 4, he unknowingly sleep walks to the Trailer Park, and back, taking with him a certain ship in a bottle that belongs to the Kankers.
When it comes to how he gets along with the others, it's pretty simple, though. His best friends are Edd and Eddy, although him and Jonny get along well, and him and Jimmy don't get along all that roughly. He also has a crush on Nazz, although nearly every boy in the Cul-De-Sac does. Rolf seems to have a good opinion of him, but that may be because Ed works for him. Kevin truly doesn't like him more than the other Eds, though, it seems. However, unlike Eddy, who is truly malicious, Ed isn't bad. His lack of intelligence is pretty distressing, particularly to Edd, but a lot of Ed's wrongdoings are sometimes overlooked due to his misguided but well-meaning innocence as well as the fact Ed is prone to overstimulation which means he can't control himself. Ed doesn't do bad things on purpose. In "An Ed is Born", he didn't steal Rolf's chickens to be mean, but because he thought he was helping them. Only in "Little Ed Blue" and "It Came from Outer Ed" does he act in a deliberately aggressive way.
Old Ed still wears the same clothes (albeit patched as with the case of his jacket) and still has a low IQ but his monobrow is now white, has grown a long white beard with a mouse trap in it, has lost most of his hair, has to walk with a walker, and suffers from a uncontrollable colon. He states apparently that cribbage gives him gas, but he doesn't appear to mind playing the game. It is shown in a deleted scene of the episode "Take This Ed and Shove It" that he is married to Old May. Ed is seen at this age again in Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show, when he gets zapped by the electric prank gum.
Young Ed does not wear the usual green jacket. He is seen in the episode "Every Which Way But Ed" with the red and white shirt and a diaper. He has beaver-like teeth and superhuman strength, for he lifted Edd's house. He is also able to eat anything, including a TV set. He also has one long strand of hair. In the episode "Dear Ed", we can see a picture of Young Ed. The only difference from the Ed in the episode "Every Which Way But Ed" is that Ed has a bow on his head, he is a baby, and he is naked. The former is seen again in Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show, when he is shocked by electric gum that Eddy offers to him.