|First Appearance:||"Zanta Claws"|
|Last Appearance:||"Christmas Eddventure"|
|Voice Actor:||Josh Tomar|
Zanta Claws was a Christmas-themed villian who closely resembles Santa Claus, in terms of attire that is. His first appearance was his own titular flash Zanta Claws. He returned as the antagonist in Zanta Claws II, and made his final appearance in Zanta Claws III, where he put himself to rest in Edd's living room.
He takes on Santa's place in checking who's naughty or nice. Unlike Santa, who puts coal in naughty children's stockings, he eats their heads. At one point, he devours yet another victim's head and eventually encounters the Eddsworld gang as they sneak up to the window and see what's going on. Unfortunately, the Eddsworld gang are apparently not "good" this year and so, Zanta Claws gives chase. Later, he corners the gang on a Coca-Cola truck. Then, after getting hit on the head while trying to say something, the real Santa Claus comes out and sucker punches him in the face.Zanta Claws II, where he kidnaps Santa Claus, and tries to have his revenge on the Eddsworld gang. He does so by giving the Eddsworld group "just what their heats desire."
The presents he gave them made them happy at first, but ended up burning them in some way, the cola pool burning Edd's skin and clothes, the sun burning Tom's new eyes, and Matt's money spontaneously combusting. Once everyone confronts him, he swaps hats with Santa Claus in hopes that the gang wouldn't be able to tell the difference between them. Tom shoots the wrong Santa and Zanta pulls out a laser gun to "finish the job". Tom quickly jumps in front of the laser which bounces off his new eyes and hits a chandelier which crushes Zanta.Boxmas bot which is used to combat Tom. When that fails, he is fired onto his sled to take part in a guitar duel with Tom, where he proves to be very skilled at playing the guitar, even more skilled than Tom and his bass. Zanta is blown up on the sled with Tom when Matt, Edd and Santa realise they were both bad guys.
In the end of the episode, he reveals he hated Christmas because ever since he died, Santa had taken his place. He makes the decision to stay dead and digs his grave in Edd's living room. From there on, he lies dead. Prompting Matt to ask "Is that going to be there FOREVER now?", prompting Edd to say "Oh, Matt!"
Zanta reappears as a cameo in the episode Christmas Eddventure. He came out of the ground inside the house and said to Edd and Matt angrily about the emergency about the danger of the bad penguins but Tom hitted his face with his shoe and then put the couch at the buried area where he came back to be dead.
- The name of Zanta Claws represents him like a zombie version of Santa.
- Claws rhymes with Claus and he's a type of Santa with claws, Zanta rhymes with Santa and he's a zombie type of Santa.
- His favorite Eddsworld character is Tord, as Zanta was disappointed when he heard that he couldn't take his place, and that he left the group. Coincidentally, in Zanta Claws III, he briefly wears one of Tord's hoodies while the group is inside Edd's house. This may imply that he unknowingly killed Tord or simply bought a hoodie to mimic him since he is a big fan after all. The latter is more likely to explain this.
- Edd denied him the opportunity to replace Tord in Zanta Claws II. However, in Zanta Claws III, he technically does take Tord's place as he becomes part of the group for an episode.
- Zanta seems to have the ability to survive all of his defeats. Most notably, being blown up by a rocket. He is a zombie, after all.
- His zombie nature also explains why he ate a brain in his most recent appearance.
- Zanta also seems to be able to predict every child's most wanted present. This could be the reason why Tom got new eyes, Edd gets a Coca Cola swimming pool and Matt gets millions of cash.
- Zanta doesn't have a visible lower jaw, so he speaks through his beard.
- Zanta admitted that he hated Christmas ever since he died and Santa took his place, and in Zanta Claws Edd commented to Tom that surely the original Santa must've died centuries ago, meaning he could be the original Santa.
- Zanta's laser gun gave Tom cancer that would develop in a few years when the gun hit his eyes.
- Though Zanta has no lower jaw, a second row of lower teeth was briefly shown in Zanta Claws. (See the image above)
- Zanta's skin (or skeleton) color gets darker each year, starting out at lime green and ending at a greenish-gray.
- Josh Tomar voices Zanta Claws; ironically, he's a voice actor in both Road of the Dead and Zombies in the Shadows, which both involve zombie killing.
- Zanta appeared as a cameo in the episode of Dr. Monster titled "Christmas is Cancelled" by LilDeuceDeuce where he is shot out of the Boxmas Bot toward the Missile Toad similar to when he is shot toward his sled in Zanta Claws III.