History Literature / TomSwift

17th Aug '16 11:24:38 AM esq263
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* RealityEnsues: Particularly in the 90s series.
** Invoked in ''Aquatech Warriors'', in which the BigBad plans to use a massive conventional bomb to raise an island into the sea he can call his own. After his plan is thwarted, Tom tells the gang what would have happened if the plan had succeeded: No new island nation for the BigBad; "only" a tsunami that would have hit Jamaica, killing upwards of 50,000 people.
** In ''Death Quake'', being only eighteen, Tom has a difficult time being taken seriously by a visiting adult scientist.
** In Quantum Force: Tom Swift uses his newest invention to exact some payback on some muggers -- and gets grounded as soon as he gets home for doing something so stupid.
6th Aug '16 7:07:00 AM AFP
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* LukeIAmYourFather: In the nineties series, [[BigBad The Black Dragon]] attempts to recruit Tom, claiming that Tom is actually his son, from a past relationship between the villain and Tom's mother. After rolling the idea around in his head for a short bit, Tom decides he [[GenerationXerox takes entirely too much after Tom Sr.]] for the Black Dragon's claims to be anything but an attempt to mess with his head.
6th Aug '16 6:37:25 AM AFP
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* AlternateUniverse: In one of the 90s books, Tom accidentally swaps places with a MadScientist version of himself from one of these due to a black hole experiment gone wrong, with many of friends' analogues being criminals in the alternate universe (and his best friend being a police officer and implied recurring nemesis of his).


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* {{Deconstruction}}: Intentionally or not, many of the 1990s books did this to "ForScience" as a motivation for Tom's various inventions. Many of them prove to cause all manner of unforeseen problems for Tom and his friends to deal with. Tom can come off as a younger more idealistic version of a MadScientist.


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* ForScience: Because what else would a supergenius teenager get up to in a series of adventure novels?
4th Feb '16 2:20:39 PM jayoungr
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* {{MST}}: ''[[http://keithpalmer.ca/mst3k/favourites/tom-swifts-war-tank.txt Tom Swift's War Tank]]'' is one of the more extensive {{MSTing}}s available.

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* {{MST}}: ''[[http://keithpalmer.ca/mst3k/favourites/tom-swifts-war-tank.txt Tom Swift's War Tank]]'' is one of the more extensive {{MSTing}}s available. It has its own tropes page, [[FanFic/TomSwiftAndHisWarTank here]].



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!!The ''Mystery Science Theater 3000'' presentation of ''[[http://keithpalmer.ca/mst3k/favourites/tom-swifts-war-tank.txt Tom Swift's War Tank]]'' has examples of:
* TheDitz: Ned.
* FourthWallBreaking: Ned's stupidity becomes so severe that Joel and the bots run out of ways to riff him and are forced to ask the readers for help.
* IdiotBall: Ned and Mr Damon keep a firm grip on this at all times, but it seems that anyone who isn't Tom gets their sticky mitts on it at some point.
-->'''Servo''': Ah, it all becomes clear, now. The residents of Shopton, except for the Swifts, share a collective intelligence. Someone else in town must be buttoning their coat and thereby placing a strain on the town's remaining IQ resources.
* InvincibleHero: Lampshaded by Servo:
-->'''Servo''': I've never read any of the books in this series, and I'll bet I know everything there is to know about him already. He's really good at everything that he does, which is everything done by any American of his age and class. Girls admire him, but he only has pure love for one. He's RogerRamjet played straight. He is, in effect, every bit as annoying as every MarySue ever penned.
* ObfuscatingStupidity:
-->'''Joel''': Meanwhile, back on the Swift plant, Eradicate and Koku had undergone a change since their Master had been away....
-->'''Servo [as Eradicate]''': I disagree -- even given Rossini's questionable reusage of material from his earlier operas, "The Barber of Seville" is one of the greatest Opera Buffas ever written; even the renowned Verdi himself said as much.
-->'''Crow [as Koku]''': True, my friend, but I still think you're downplaying Mozart's "Don Giovanni" too much -- that raised the level of Opera Buffas to unknown levels which Verdi himself only matched with "Falstaff," some eighty years later.
* OverlyLongGag: Crow, Servo and Joel's description of Swift's ColdBloodedTorture. Justified in that it lasts as long as it takes for Mr Damon and Ned to realize that Tom Swift, inventor extraordinaire and tank engineer, may have ''possibly'' been kidnapped by the German spies they know full well are prowling around Shopton.
* RunningGag: "I get paid by the word, you know."
* StuffBlowingUp: [[RuleOfFunny Crow destroys Tom's airfield as revenge for ditching him in a biplane over the no-fly zone in southern Iraq]].
* TooDumbToLive: Ned. Oh ''boy'', NED.
* WhatTheHellHero: Tom Swift has a tank to test. He wants to see how it fares when driven through a building. He spots a barn in a farmyard. Does he stop and ask the farmer's permission first? No.
2nd Jan '16 12:56:03 AM allium
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* TheRedStapler: [[StunGuns "TASER"]] is an acronym for "''T''homas ''A''. ''S''wift's ''E''lectric ''R''ifle; the inventor, Jack Cover, got the name from the title of the 10th book of the original series (which he read as a child).
2nd Jan '16 12:55:21 AM allium
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* TheRedStapler: [[StunGuns "TASER"]] is an acronym for "''T''homas ''A''. ''S''wift's ''E''lectric ''R''ifle; the inventor, Jack Cover, got the name from the title of the 10th book of the original series (which he read as a child).
30th Sep '15 1:58:57 PM Whitewings
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* {{Unobtainium}}: Tomasite. The supermaterial that can do almost anything
12th Sep '15 9:50:27 AM JustKnown
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* RaygunGothic

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* RaygunGothicRaygunGothic including the inevitable {{Zeerust}}



* TeenGenius: Tom, of course. His twin sister as well in the 90's version.

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* TeenGenius: Tom, of course. His course, and his twin sister as well in the 90's version.version. Tom is probably the UrExample of this trope as well.
12th Aug '15 5:10:57 PM Twiddler
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While popular in his time, Tom proved to have less staying power than his Stratemeyer stablemates [[HardyBoys Frank and Joe Hardy]] and NancyDrew, perhaps because of how quickly his "cool technology" was superseded in the real world. An Atomic-age attempt to revive the franchise with a new series starring his son failed when people started questioning the wisdom of atomic-powered airplanes and automobiles. If anything Tom Swift Jr.'s Gee-whiz tech went obsolete even faster than his father's did.

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While popular in his time, Tom proved to have less staying power than his Stratemeyer stablemates [[HardyBoys [[Literature/TheHardyBoys Frank and Joe Hardy]] and NancyDrew, Franchise/NancyDrew, perhaps because of how quickly his "cool technology" was superseded in the real world. An Atomic-age attempt to revive the franchise with a new series starring his son failed when people started questioning the wisdom of atomic-powered airplanes and automobiles. If anything Tom Swift Jr.'s Gee-whiz tech went obsolete even faster than his father's did.
21st Jun '15 6:21:16 AM ScrewySqrl
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* {{Unobtainium}}: Tomasite. The supermaterial that can do almost anything
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