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Edward "Ed" Edsel Crosswire[2] is a wealthy businessman based in Elwood City. He is the husband of Millicent Crosswire, with whom he's had two children: Chip and Muffy. Ed was once involved with an affair with Jane Read, which resulted in the deterioration of her marriage. In 2023, Ed's son, Chip, committed suicide.

BiographyEdit

Marriage and familyEdit

Ed married Millicent, and they had a son, Chip, sometime in the 1990s. Around March 3, 2004,[5] they hired a butler named Bailey, and they had a daughter, Muffy, on May 25, 2006. The family lived in the Crosswire Mansion.

Chip later enrolled at Tallahassee Tech in Tallahassee, Florida.[2]

House fireEdit

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The Crosswire Mansion on fire.

On August 5, 2014, the Crosswire's butler, Bailey, began a mutiny by spraying Ed's daughter, Muffy, in the face with a mace-like liquid. Ed was alerted to scene, but he was helpless after Bailey shot darts into his side. Bailey then set the house on fire and fled the premises. Although the mansion seemed heavily damaged, Ed, Millicent, and Muffy all survived.[3]

Son's relationshipsEdit

On August 21, 2014, Ed was informed by Muffy that Chip was dating Catherine Frensky. Immediately, Ed strongly disapproved because he considered Catherine "poor as dirt."[6] Along with Catherine's mother, Laverne (who also disapproved), Ed forcibly prohibited Chip and Catherine from seeing each other.[7]

After returning to Tallahassee Tech, Chip became engaged to Jemima Jewels, only to call off the wedding several months later.[8][9] Jemima was later murdered by Catherine Frensky.

Affair with Jane ReadEdit

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Ed and Jane.

At some point before February 2015, Ed began an affair with Jane Read. Millicent, Ed's wife, starting getting suspicious after she found a romantic box of chocolates in the mail. When she accused Ed of cheating on her, he denied everything and called her "delusional."[10]

Jane and Ed, using sunglasses to hide their identities, attended a rally in support of interspecies marriage.[11]

Daughter's kidnappingEdit

On March 16, 2015, Muffy Crosswire was kidnapped from her home by Pickles the Clown. Ed was the one to stumble upon the ransom note left by Pickles, which demanded "your mansion and all your money."[12] Three months later, Ed believed that his daughter was dead. Millicent, however, wanted to appease Pickles and pay the ransom. After Pickles called Ed's phone, they eventually met at a Starbucks to make the translation. Pickles amicably returned Muffy after receiving the money (which was later revealed to be fake "Crosswire Bux").[13]

Continued relationship with JaneEdit

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Jane and Ed during their affair.

In June 2015, Millicent attached a wire to Ed's clothes as he went to a secret "tax meeting" with Jane. To Millicent's dismay, Ed and Jane truly were speaking about taxes. This seemed to end most of her suspicions of an affair.[14]

Some time after, Jane's husband, David, somehow learned about his wife's affair, causing the couple's separation.[15] Jane and Ed then decided to "stay away from each other," essentially breaking up.[16] Despite this, Millicent never found out and Ed's marriage stayed intact.[17]

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Jane and Ed on a date in Crown City.

In 2023, Ed surprised Jane while she was working at Chickin Lickin'. He expressed hope that they could get back together, saying "a part of me never stopped wanting you." Uninterested, Jane blamed Ed for her failed marriage and left.[16] However, Jane called Ed a few days later, saying "I'm ready. Let's make this work."[18]

Jane and Ed went on a date at Remy's Bistro in Crown City. Ed chose Crown City so he wouldn't risk being spotted by Millicent. During the meal, Ed told Jane that he had "missed" her.[17] On the way back to Elwood City, Jane suddenly told Ed that their new relationship would not "work out."[19]

Son's deathEdit

In September 2023, Chip Crosswire killed himself by jumping off a cliff in Tallahassee, Florida. His body was found a few days later.[20][21] Ed's reaction is not yet known.

RelationshipsEdit

Person Total tenure Status Status tenure Children
Millicent
Millicent Crosswire
Before Elwood–Present Dating (assumed) Before Elwood 0
Engaged (assumed)
Married Before Elwood–Present 2
JaneElwoodHigh
Jane Read
During or before Issue 135Between Elwood and Elwood High Extramarital affair During or before Issue 135Between Elwood and Elwood High 0
Broken up Between Elwood and Elwood HighIssue 173
Issue 173183 Extramarital affair Issue 173183
Broken up Issue 183–Present

AppearancesEdit

Key
Green This character made an appearance in this issue. (Type I)
Orange This character was only mentioned in this issue. (Type II)
Blue Alternative appearance: This character's name, likeness, or voice appeared in writing, a picture, or some other alternate form somewhere in this issue. (Type III)
Appearance Chart
001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012 013 014 015 016 017 018 019 020
021 022 023 024 025 026 027 028 029 030 031 032 033 034 035 036 037 038 039 040
041 042 043 044 045 046 047 048 049 050 051 052 053 054 055 056 057 058 059 060
061 062 063 064 065 066 067 068 069 070 071 072 073 074 075 076 077 078 079 080
081 082 083 084 085 086 087 088 089 090 091 092 093 094 095 096 097 098 099 100
101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140
141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160
161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180
181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200
  • In Issue 173, Ed only appears in hologram form. He is also mentioned by Jane in dialogue.

AccoladesEdit

Ceremony Category Result
1st Woody Awards Favorite Couple (with Jane Read) Nominated
Least Favorite Couple (with Jane Read) Nominated
Least Favorite Couple (with Millicent Crosswire) Nominated
2nd Woody Awards Best Male Character Nominated
Most Hated Character Nominated
Least Favorite Couple (with Jane Read) Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. Last seen in Issue 183
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Information from Arthur canon.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Issue 044
  4. Issue 177
  5. In Issue 044, Bailey says that August 5, 2014 is "Day 3,807" of working for the Crosswires. Although it is unclear whether or not Bailey was counting weekends, an approximation of the date he started can be calculated.
  6. Issue 054
  7. Issue 061
  8. Issue 082
  9. Issue 112
  10. Issue 135
  11. Issue 139
  12. Issue 148
  13. Issue 152
  14. Issue 156
  15. Issue 169
  16. 16.0 16.1 Issue 171
  17. 17.0 17.1 Issue 182
  18. Issue 173
  19. Issue 183
  20. Issue 180
  21. Issue 188