|Pairing:||Richie Tozier/Eddie Kaspbrak|
|Alternative name(s):||Reddie, Kaspzier, Tozbrak, Trashetti|
|Other:||Eddie Kaspbrak & Richie Tozier (platonic)|
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Richie and Eddie have been friends since kindergarten and met through their friend, Bill Denbrough. Richie often teases Eddie and calls him "Eds" or "Eddie Spaghetti" to get a reaction from him. They are all part of the "Losers Club" and fight with their friends to defeat Pennywise the clown.
Many fans have argued that Richie and/or Eddie are subtextually implied to be gay or bisexual and have feelings for each other in canon. There is much analysis of the book in this regard. Based on the book and before the 2019 film, most interpreted Eddie as gay and Richie as bisexual, and Eddie in particular as having issues and fears regarding his own sexuality.
Some meta on this subtext:
- Some things in the book that may point to Eddie being gay by EddieKasp, 13 October 2017. Archived on 2020-03-08
- Eddie Kaspbrak is fucking gay folks by DennisChristpher & EddieKasprzak, 14 March 2018. Archived on 2020-03-08
- Proof of Richie's Bisexuality by Dear-Wormwoods, 20 February 2018. Archived on 2020-04-11
- Anonymous: In your opinion, what was the biggest giveaway of Eddie’s sexuality? by Dear-Wormwoods, 29 July 2018. Archived on 2020-03-08
- Textual Reddie & Queer!Eddie: A Masterpost by WordsSomeTimesFail, 02 May 2019.Archived on 2020-03-08
- Masterlist of Reddie Analyses by ReddieAnalysis, 22 March 2018. Archived on 2020-03-08
This is basically canon according the Mr. King himself. They aren’t dating or anything but as you can clearly piece together there was more to their story than just reeeeallly good friend with nooooo subtext or underlining sexuality issues. Anyone who read the book could spot it. No boys would call another boy cute in the 80’s nor would a man kiss another man’s cheek during the aids and “frick the gays” era.
2017 & 2019 Films
In advance of IT Chapter 2 in 2019, rumors that the relationship would be explicitly romance grew. Upon the release of the film, it was confirmed that Richie Tozier is gay, repressed his sexuality due to fear as a child, and comes to terms with being gay as an adult during Chapter 2.
Many also interpreted him as having had feelings for Eddie since childhood. Speculation increased even further after an image of Richie carving "R + _" on the Kissing Bridge (said to be know for "sucking face and carving names") was leaked. Fans argued that it would not make sense for Richie to carve the initial of any of the other Losers since his closest relationship in the movie was with Eddie. It was later confirmed that what Richie was carving was, in fact, "R + E". This is taken as confirmation that Richie has feelings for Eddie, but not that the feelings were reciprocated.
Richie seems to be the member of the Losers Club the most affected by Eddie's death. At the end of the film Richie re-carves the letters, seemingly to reestablish the connection they had.
In addition to the film, fans were very interested in the actors' comments about how they chose to depict the characters and their relationship. In anticipation of IT Chapter 2, there was much speculation in the fandom over whether or not Richie and Eddie's feelings for each other would be made explicit in the new movie, especially after it was revealed that Richie was gay. This news was immediately celebrated by fans.
While Richie was explicitly gay in IT Chapter 2, it was not confirmed that Eddie is not straight or felt the same way about Richie. However there is much fan analysis of Eddie that reads him as gay or bi and reciprocating Richie's feelings.
Prior to the 2019 film, fans commonly interpreted Eddie as gay and Richie as bisexual. After Richie was revealed to be gay in the 2019 film, it was considered more appropriate the depict Richie as gay in fanworks.
Since its first appearance on the Fandometrics charts on the Week Ending September 18th, 2017, Archived version, the first week Reddie fell off the charts completely was the Week Ending March 12th, 2018, Archived version. It did not reappear on the charts until the Week Ending August 5th, 2019, Archived version. In the Fandometrics "2018’s Top Ships" Reddie was listed as #29. 2018’s Top Ships, Archived version
Tropes & Fanon
- Act of Affection
- Angst / Break Up
- Blanket/Pillow Fort
- Butt Touching
- Canon Divergence
- Coming of Age
- Dark AU
- Education AU
- Established Relationship
- First Time
- Flipping the Bird
- Friends to Lovers
- Heart Eyes
- Height Difference
- Hockey AU
- Huddling For Warmth
- Incorrect Quotes
- Looking Up a Skirt
- Love at First Sight
- Love Confession
- Magic AU
- Matching Clothes
- Meet Cute
- Musician AU
- New Kid AU
- Roommates AU
- Royalty AU
- Sharing Clothes
- Shower Sex
- Social Media AU
- Species Swap
- Stepping Kink
- Time Fuckery
- Wardrobe Swap
- What If Richie Turned the 'O' on Eddie's Cast Into a 'V'
- Your Mom
- Beep-beep, Richie
- Big Spoon Eddie Kaspbrak
- Blond Eddie
- Bottom Eddie Kaspbrak
- Bottom Richie Tozier
- Caretaker Eddie Kaspbrak / Dr. K
- Don't Call Me Eds
- Eddie Kaspbrak Moves to California
- Eddie Kaspbrak's Cast
- Eddie Kaspbrak's Fannypack
- Eddie Kaspbrak's Shorts
- Fourth of July Ice Cream
- Little Spoon Richie Tozier
- Neibolt Eddie
- Pastel Eddie Kaspbrak
- Reddie in a Hammock
- Redhead Richie
- Richie Loves Eddie's Thighs
- Richie Tozier Wears Button Ups
- Richie's Rocket
- Top Eddie Kaspbrak
- Top Richie Tozier
- See: Fusion
- Ask-Eddie-Kaspbrak, Archived version, an ask blog/fancomic as Eddie in which Eddie and Richie are boyfriends.
- Ask-Reddie-Blog, Archived version, an ask blog/fancomic run by CatradoraCore, Archived version as Eddie and Richie.
- Ask--Reddie, Archived version, an ask blog in which Eddie and Richie are boyfriends.
- Ask Reddie Or Nah, Archived version, an ask blog in which Eddie and Richie are love interests. Eddie is voiced by Tree-Evan. Richie is voiced by Mminyrds, formerly RichieTozlr.
- Ask Reddie Tozbrak, Archived version, an ask blog in which Eddie and Richie are engaged.
- Reddie For Asks, Archived version an ask blog in which Eddie and Richie are boyfriends.
- Tired Eddie, Archived version in which Eddie and Richie are boyfriends, run by Eddie-Is-Tired.
Date Published Unknown
Fanmixes Without Official Cover Art
Links & Resources
- comment by Vengetti[Dead link], July 2019
- fandom. Fandometrics Ships: Week Ending September 9th, 2019, Archived version. 09 September 2019.