Most of us remember Ed, Edd, & Eddy (at least vaguely). It was one of those cartoons from the 2000s that people will either swear is the best thing to ever happen to animation, or will try to pretend didn’t exist. While you might remember Eddy’s never-ending quest for jawbreakers and Ed’s outbursts of “BUTTERED TOAST,” you may not have thought about some of the show's more serious psychological implications.
See, Ed, Edd, & Eddy may be a kid’s show, but there are times when it’s too real. Prepare to have your nostalgic memories stomped on - things are about to get depressing. From social problems like child abuse and bullying to mental illnesses like obsessive compulsive disorder and PTSD, the kids from Peach Creek have problems no amount of jawbreakers can solve.DISCLAIMER: This was not written by a medical professional, so take what you read here with a grain of salt. Also, it's about a cartoon, so maybe stop taking silly stuff so seriously.
Ed's "Quirks" Could Indicate A Serious Intellectual Disability
While we don’t know Ed’s exact IQ, based on his behavior we can tell it’s pretty low. This could mean that he has an intellectual disability. In some cases, this is expressed through nonsense phrases like "I was a moose once,” and “an apple a day keeps the bus driver away, Double D!”This alone wouldn’t be enough to point to an intellectual disability, but there’s more. Ed doesn’t maintain basic hygiene or a proper diet, which would be normal for a pre-teen if it weren’t so extreme (the boy refuses to use soap). He’s extremely impulsive, and he has a poor memory.
Because he’s very friendly and kind (and because he doesn’t seem to learn from experience), he’s easily manipulated by people like his younger sister Sarah, or his "best friend" Eddy. He also has wildly angry outbursts when frustrated, which is another possible sign of a disability.
It’s possible that Ed has savant syndrome, which occurs when a person with a low IQ has exceptional abilities. Ed can play the flute and saxophone perfectly, for example, despite not actually studying either instrument.
Eddy Clearly Has Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Let’s take a look at some of the clinical signs for narcissistic personality disorder, according to the Mayo Clinic: requiring constant admiration, expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations, taking advantage of others to get what you want, and being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty, or the perfect mate.
If you think that sounds like Eddy, congratulations, you’ve watched five entire minutes of Ed, Edd, & Eddy. The kid’s whole character revolves around coming up with elaborate schemes to get money, power, and recognition. He expects the other Eds to be on call to help with his latest idea—which could mean hours of backbreaking labor, not to mention the threat of getting beaten up by Kevin. And the Team Rocket Syndrome ensures that whatever the scam is, it probably won’t work.
Another key component of NPD is an underlying sense of insecurity. Eddy is actually trying really hard to be like his older brother, who was effortlessly popular despite being cruel. Eddy’s self-aggrandizing behavior could easily be a cover-up for low self-esteem.
Plank Might Be A Delusion, Not An Imaginary Friend
Schizophrenia is a serious, lifelong disorder that involves hallucinations, delusions, agitated body movements, dysfunctional thinking, flat affect, and more. While Jonny 2' x 4' doesn’t have all of the symptoms - he absolutely does not have a flat affect (a severe reduction in emotional expressiveness), for example - he does have insanely detailed and involved delusions.A delusion is a persistent belief in something that is demonstrably untrue. In Jonny’s case, he believes that a block of wood with a face drawn on it (who he calls Plank) is his best friend. While Plank could simply be an imaginary friend, Jonny is well past the age where imaginary friends aren’t going to raise some eyebrows.
Bullying Is Rampant In Peach Creek
Everyone bullies everyone in this show, but the most consistent bullies are Sarah and Kevin. Sarah screams at, threatens, and physically assaults her older brother Ed on a regular basis, to the point where he’s afraid of provoking her wrath. Kevin is constantly insulting the Eds, usually with some variation on the word “dork.”
To be fair, this is often because the Eds were trying to “scam” the neighborhood kids, but it’s still bullying. Eddy and Kevin beat each other up regularly, so there’s that, too. In "Boys Will Be Eds," the Eds and Kevin mock Jimmy relentlessly until they're lectured into submission by the compassionate Nazz. Even Jonny gets in on the bullying, mocking Eddy for having a pimple in one episode.Bullying is usually played for laughs in this show, but it’s taken more seriously in the movie, Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show. This is most likely because in the movie, the bullying crosses the line into child abuse.