Eddie Hunter: Shawn’s Forgotten Half-Brother from Season 3

Boy Meets World has its share of overlooked characters, but none is perhaps more worthy of discussion than Eddie Hunter. As Shawn’s less-heralded half-brother, Eddie represents a forgotten class of Boy Meets World characters.

Viewers see Eddie in Season 3, Episode 17, The Pink Flamingo Kid, at Shawn’s old trailer park when Cory and Shawn visit to film a video birthday letter for Chet. Eddie asks Shawn why he can’t be in the video, but Shawn blows him off.

While reviewing the film, Shawn and Cory notice Eddie in the film’s background with a stolen laptop. Initially, Cory wants to enter the video into a student news contest, but Shawn destroys the tape. Cory later returns to film Eddie in the act.

Unfortunately, Eddie notices Cory filming him from behind a bush and threatens to assault him and destroy the tape. However, Shawn shows up to protect his friend Cory. Eddie questions how Shawn can sell out his own brother for a friend.

Eddie Hunter’s Relation to Other Characters

The Hunter Family Tree is never detailed in the series, though the show introduces many members of the Hunter family for both one-time cameos and long-term recurring roles.

Let’s take a look at Eddie’s relation to these other characters.

Shawn Hunter

Eddie and Shawn both admit to being half-brothers during the episode and share the same last name, indicating that they are both the sons of Chet Hunter. It’s also clear that Eddie is older than Shawn, which would make him Chet’s first-born son.

Chet Hunter

Although it is never explicitly confirmed, Eddie is likely Chet’s son, seeing that he lives in the same trailer park and shares the same last name. Chet never mentions Eddie throughout the series and does not appear in Eddie’s only episode.

Jack Hunter

Jack Hunter is Eddie’s half-brother because they share the same father. We learn in Season 5 that Jack is Chet’s son and Shawn’s half-brother, making all three brothers. However, the characters never reference each other.

Virna Hunter

The presumption during Season 2 is that Eddie is not related to Virna because he is Chet’s son and Shawn’s half-brother, meaning he has a different birth mother.

Keep in mind that Virna did not appear on-screen until Season 4 and did not overlap with Eddie’s only appearance.

Furthermore, Virna reveals in Season 7 that she is not Shawn’s birth mother, further removing herself from any potential association with Eddie.

Uncle Mike Hunter

Uncle Mike is presumed to be Chet’s brother, making him a blood relative to both Shawn and Eddie Hunter.

Although Uncle Mike and Eddie both appear in the same episode during Season 2, they never actually interact with one another.

Eddie Hunter’s Legacy on Boy Meets World

Eddie’s short-lived existence within the Boy Meets World universe is often mocked and criticized by fans and critics of the series.

The Pod Meets World hosts were unimpressed with his character and suggested that he never should have been introduced.

In contrast, fans of Seasons 2 and 3 (which is a distinct segment of the fanbase) view Eddie’s presence more favorably and look back at his lone episode fondly.

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