Edward is an artificial and seemingly ageless man who serves as the main protagonist of Edward Scissorhands. Despite his artificial nature, his emotions are quite real and the love he has for those he cares for is very strong.
Edward was created by an eccentric inventor. The inventor dies before he is able to complete Edward, leaving him with scissors instead of hands. After this, Edward lives alone in the inventor's mansion for an unknown period of time. He keeps busy by making art out of plants.
Edward is discovered by an Avon saleswoman named Peg, who takes pity on him and invites him to live in her house. Peg's neighbors are fascinated by Edward. Edward becomes attracted to Peg's teenage daughter, Kim.
Edward becomes popular around the neighborhood by giving free haircuts to dogs and women. However, he gets in trouble when Kim's boyfriend Jim convinces him to assist in a burglary by using his hands to pick a lock. His reputation suffers further when his neighbor Joyce falsely accuses him of rape after her unsuccessful attempt to seduce him.
Jim, jealous of Kim's relationship with Edward, pushes Edward and tells him to leave Kim alone. Edward is initially upset, but after calming down returns to Kim's house. When a drunken Jim almost runs over Kim's brother Kevin, Edward saves him but accidentally cuts him in the process. Edward's neighbors now believe him to be dangerous, prompting Edward to run back to the mansion.
Kim follows Edward to the mansion, concerned for his safety. Jim has followed her as well. He shoots at Edward and misses and then begins to beat him with a piece of wood. Jim hits Kim when she comes to Edward's aid. Upon seeing this, Edward stabs Jim in the torso and pushes him out a window, killing him.
Realizing he can never return to the neighborhood, Edward tells Kim goodbye. Kim kisses Edward and tells him that she loves him. Kim then tells the townspeople that Edward is dead, allowing him to live in the mansion in peace.