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Tom Cat
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Character information
Full name Thomas "Tom" Cat
Other names Tom
Thomas
Cat
Jasper (prototype)
Personality
Appearance
Occupation Mouse catcher
Alignment Neutral (sometimes)
Affiliations
Nationality American
Birthday
Goal To catch his rival Jerry Mouse (failed many times)
Home
Relatives
Pets
Allies
Minions
Enemies Jerry Mouse (sometimes)
Likes
Dislikes
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Thomas "Tom" Cat is a fictional character and one of the two main protagonists in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's series of Tom and Jerry theatrical cartoon short films, created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Tom is a blue/grey anthropomorphic domestic short-haired cat who first appeared in the 1940 animated short Puss Gets the Boot. Tom was originally known as "Jasper" during his debut in that short, however, beginning from his next appearance in The Midnight Snack and onwards, he is known as "Tom" or "Thomas".

HistoryEdit

Tom and Jerry cartoonsEdit

His full name "Tom Cat" is based on "tomcat", a phrase which refers to male cats. He is very rarely heard speaking with the exception of a few cartoons (such as the Tom and Jerry Tales episode "League of Cats") and Tom and Jerry: The Movie. His only notable vocal sounds outside of this are his various screams whenever he is subject to pain or panic. He is continuously after Jerry, for whom he sets traps, many of which backfire and cause damage to him rather than Jerry. Tom rarely sets out to eat Jerry, only to hurt or compete with him, going to great lengths in order to torment Jerry. However, Tom is shown to get along with Jerry at times.

PersonalityEdit

Tom's personality has changed remarkably over the years, especially after the first episodes. For example, in his debut, he was quadrupedal and had normal cat intelligence.  However, over the years (since the episode Dog Trouble), he has become almost completely bipedal and has human intelligence. As a slapstick cartoon character, Tom has a superhuman level of elasticity. When acting as Jerry's antagonist, Tom is usually defeated (or very rarely, killed) in the end, although there are some stories where he outwits and defeats Jerry.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Anchors Aweigh and Dangerous When WetEdit

Tom and Jerry appeared together in the 1945 Technicolor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical Anchors Aweigh where Tom briefly appears as a butler for Jerry, the latter who has a dance sequence with Gene Kelly, and also in another musical with the same studio Dangerous When Wet (1953), where, in a dream sequence, main character Katie Higgins does an underwater ballet with Tom and Jerry, as well as animated depictions of the different people in her life.

FilmographyEdit

Voice actorsEdit

Love interestsEdit

Apart from chasing Jerry, Tom has multiple love interests with female cats. Their names start with "T", except in Tom and Jerry Kids. They are:

  • Toots, a fluffy beige cat who appears in Puss n' Toots and The Mouse Comes to Dinner, the latter being her only speaking role. This version of Toots also appeared in some 1940s Tom and Jerry comics.
  • Toots, a different cat by the same name who appears in The Zoot Cat. She has occasionally and erroneously been referred to as "Sheikie," but this is actually Tom's nickname, as seen on a gift card in the cartoon.
  • An unnamed, non-speaking cat who appears very briefly in The Bodyguard. She was made as a mere object of slap-stick humor, as when Tom gave her a wolf whistle, he ironically gave himself away to Spike, who was supposed to protect Jerry every time he whistles.
  • Tara, a non-speaking cat who appears in Texas Tom.
  • Toodles Galore, a non-speaking recurring cat who sometimes adores Tom and sometimes treats him badly (particularly in Love Me, Love My Mouse). She appears in multiple shorts. She also appeard in Beach Bully Bingo
  • An unnamed white cat appearing in Blue Cat Blues. Similar to the cat seen in Muscle Beach Tom, except with a personality like Toodles.
  • Sugar Belle, a beige kitten in the pre-Civil War era who once was enticed to Little Tom, but went to Beauregard, a fat dark brown kitten.
  • Cindy-Lou, a light brown kitten around Little Tom's age who wanted a mouse as a pet for a birthday gift, namely Jerry.
  • Lieutenant Lucy, a toupe kitten in a military outfit, as a Lieutenant at a U.S. Army training base, who did not turn a blind eye to Little Tom pestering Jerry.
  • White Tabby, A bi-pedal white kitten (a bit of a homage to Toodles), who wanted a mouse to cuddle with. After Little Tom gave her Jerry, she took the mouse to her boyfriend's Limo.

ProfileEdit

  • Name: Thomas "Tom" Cat
  • Gender: Male
  • Species: Cat
  • Family: Cousin George (Cousin)
  • Age: 30,31 (some episodes)
  • Likes: Milk, Fish, Catching Mice
  • Dislikes: Getting injured, being retaliated
  • Friends: Jerry (sometimes), Other Cats, Humans
  • Enemies: Jerry (most of the time), Spike, Mice, and various other non-cat animals

GalleryEdit

Main article: Tom Cat/Gallery

TriviaEdit

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Tom and Jerry
Media
Animated shorts: Tom and Jerry

Television series: The Tom and Jerry Show (1975) | The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show | Tom & Jerry Kids | Tom and Jerry Tales | The Tom and Jerry Show (2014)
Specials: Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration | Tom and Jerry: The Mansion Cat | Tom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers
Films: Tom and Jerry: The Movie | Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring | Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars | Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry | Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers | Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale | Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes | Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz | Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse | Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure | Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon | Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest | Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz | Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Main Characters
Tom Cat | Jerry Mouse
Other characters
Spike Bulldog | Tyke Bulldog | Mammy Two Shoes | Butch Cat | Toodles Galore | Nibbles Mouse | Jerry's Mother | Droopy | Barney Bear | Tuffy Mouse | Tim Cat | George and Joan | George and Joan's Baby | Toots (The Zoot Cat) | Toots (Puss n' Toots) | Toots (mouse) | Screwy Squirrel
Movie characters
The Alley Cat Gang | Straycatchers | Dr. Applecheek | Pristine Figg | Lickboot | Ferdinand
Guest/Crossovers characters
Locations
Songs
Video games
Video games:
Other
Home video
Companies and Distributors
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio | MGM Animation/Visual Arts | Turner Entertainment | Hanna-Barbera | Warner Bros. | Miramax Films | Warner Bros. Animation | Warner Bros. Television | Warner Home Video | Warner Archive Collection | Taft Broadcasting | Worldvision Enterprises | MGM Television | Turner Program Services | Filmation

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