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[[caption-width-right:290:The many hosts of Toonami, in charge of [[{{Slogans}} building you a better cartoon show]]. [[note]] From left to right, top to bottom: [[WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost Moltar]] (C. Martin Croker, 1997-1999), TOM 1.0 (Creator/SonnyStrait, 1999-2000) The rest are voiced by Creator/SteveBlum: TOM 2.0 (2000-2003), TOM 3.0 (2003-2007, 2012), TOM 4.0 (2007-2008), TOM 3.5 (2012-2013), and TOM 5, (2013-Onward).[[/note]]]]


-> ''"Welcome to the televised revolution,\\
As we drift through outer space aboard the Absolution,\\
With TOM back in active duty as captain,\\
In charge of bringing superior anime action.\\
Yeah... Toonami's back, bitches,\\
To celebrate TOM's return to television."''
-->-- '''Richie Branson'''[[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29MIkOROI0M "#ToonamisBackBitches,"]] which was used as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOnHfEP1Roc the intro to Toonami during its 2012 return premiere.]][[/note]]

''What's up [[FanCommunityNicknames Toonami Faithful]], [[DescribeTopicHere time to describe Toonami here]]. If you're new to the show, welcome. If you've been down from the beginning, all I can say is: Thanks. Time to push the button.''

'''Toonami''' is an influential programming block on Creator/CartoonNetwork consisting primarily of Western action-adventure cartoons and anime, airing on weekday afternoons from 1997 to 2004, and later Saturday nights from 2004 to 2008 and beginning again in 2012.

The block features ''incredibly'' high production values for its [[FramingDevice commercial bumpers, advertisements, and ARG campaigns]], which included high-end 3D graphics, a soundtrack consisting of then-uncharacteristic (for a children's block) drum-and-bass and ambient music, and a consistent setting and narrative. Toonami had a hand in [[UnCanceled uncancelling]] several syndicated series (''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'', and ''Anime/SailorMoon''), and it premiered several series on its own, both anime (''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', ''Manga/OutlawStar'', all three of the original ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' series) and Western animation (''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'' and ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''). In regards to anime, fans and historians both credit Toonami for single-handedly ushering in [[UsefulNotes/TheJapaneseInvasion the mainstream Japanophilia boom]] of the early-to-mid 2000s.

Toonami began life as a spinoff of ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', with Moltar broadcasting action cartoons from the Ghost Planet. Cartoon Network later {{Retool}}ed the block with an original host character, '''[[RobotBuddy TOM]]''' ([[FunWithAcronyms standing for Toonami Operations Module]]), broadcasting from the CoolStarship ''Absolution'' (with SpaceshipGirl '''SARA''' joining the cast later). The network also created story-based events and online games associated with TOM and the ''Absolution'' (the first of those events, ''The Intruder'', resulted in [[TheNthDoctor the upgrade of TOM to TOM II]]). The tenth anniversary of the block brought yet another [=retool=], relocating the FramingDevice to a jungle planet with a new incarnation of TOM and several other new Robot Buddies; fans widely think of this version's cast as [[ReplacementScrappy Replacement Scrappies]].

Cartoon Network exported Toonami to other nations' versions of the network; it even became an entire network thanks to a revamp of the spinoff channel CNX (before [[NetworkDecay degrading]] into "CN Too"). The ''Creator/KidsWB'' weekday afternoon block also tried to adopt Toonami's brand for about a year from 2001-2002, but the programming didn't fit the block's image, and the Toonami branding soon went away. On December 1, 2012, Turner launched [[Creator/ToonamiAsia another Toonami channel in Asia]], the success of which has led to [[http://www.regularcapital.com/2014/12/toonami-thailand-launch-14th-january-2015/ yet another Toonami channel being created in Thailand]]. Strangely, Toonami has [[NoExportForYou never been exported]] to Canada.

Fans of Toonami recognize the block -- or, more accurately, Toonami's "Midnight Run" -- as the [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Ancestor]] of Creator/AdultSwim. Several anime series that aired on Toonami ended up airing on [as] during the latter block's first year.

Cartoon Network eventually cancelled Toonami due to flagging ratings--a direct result of [[ScrewedByTheNetwork moving the block to Saturdays only and filling it with reruns]], then-flagship show ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' working through the now-infamous pre-''Shippuden'' FillerArc (ironically, Toonami was mere ''weeks'' away from the last filler episode at the time), and the [[ExecutiveMeddling higher-ups']] need to [[NetworkDecay retool the network itself]]. The final edition of Toonami aired on September 20, 2008 (surprising fans who had no knowledge the network had cancelled Toonami), and the "Toonami Jetstream" streaming video site subsequently went offline in January of 2009.

Toonami [[{{Cancellation}} was shut down]]...[[UnCancelled for a while, at least.]]

On AprilFoolsDay 2012, Creator/AdultSwim "revived" Toonami for one night; while it mainly reused clips from the past -- and showed episodes of classic Toonami shows -- it also featured new lines recorded, a special ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' bumper and an all-new review of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.[[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8bg-kOo6p0 Click this link to watch everything that happened, sans the shows.]][[/note]] At its 2012 upfront on May 16th, [as] officially announced the return of Toonami after the resounding success of the April Fools special; the block would rise again on May 26th, 2012, with a mix of old and new programming.

The new Toonami started off on a limited budget, with a lineup made up of anime left from the [as] action block (such as ''Bleach'', ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' and so on), cheaper new anime (like ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' and ''Anime/CasshernSins''), before expanding to a full six hours with returning CN original favorites ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' and the new ''[[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011 ThunderCats]]'' cartoon.

As of November 4, 2012, during the Daylight Savings hour, Toonami confirmed that ''TOM 4.0 is still around''. 3.5 and 4.0 are two different robots altogether. TOM 3.5 was seen chatting with TOM 4.0, asking how the latter was enjoying his extra hour. TOM 3.5 says at the end that they'll have to explain 4.0's story someday sooner or later. [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/45034419087/tom-5-is-coming-in-april On March 10th, a TOM 5.0 was confirmed to be coming in April.]] With a [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/45044747329/so-since-you-got-the-money-for-a-new-tom-might-we-have online comic that will tie him and all of the TOMs together.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgK__FB8h6A&feature=youtu.be TOM 5.0 and the new Absolution officially debuted on April 27th, and brought SARA back as well.]] TOM says it's been a long time since they last talked.

The Toonami budget has continued to increase, bringing high profile shows like ''[[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Shippuden]]'', ''Anime/SpaceDandy'', and ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', expanding to a 6.5 hour lineup, and seeing redesigned Toonami bumps to coincide with [adult swim]'s April Fool's Day 2014 bumper redesign.

2015 saw the block reduced to a 3-1/2 hour long lineup lasting from 12:00 to 3:30 AM due to what the higher ups at [adult swim] considered to be unsatisfactory ratings, removing the 11:30 PM timeslot and almost the entire back half, as well as resulting in many shows airing on the block suddenly going off the air. However, a string of high profile additions including ''Anime/KillLaKill'' and the second season of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' shows that the block is still going strong. The crew has confirmed that the block expanding and gaining back the lost hours is possible, though time will tell if the block reduction is truly permanent.

The [adult swim] block has now opened an official [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/ Tumblr site]] answering questions, presenting videos and pictures of the offices at Adult Swim where they work. Aside from TOM's messages on TV and William Street's phone and email, they state this is the only place online where fans can contact them and where they actually reply back!

[[CatchPhrase Stay Gold.]]

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!!Toonami currently plays or rotates the following series:[[note]]All times Eastern/Pacific.[[/note]]

As of August 8th:
[[index]]
* 12:00 AM - ''[[Anime/DragonBallKai Dragon Ball Z Kai]]'' [[note]]Airing with stylized pillarboxing to preserve the original aspect ratio. Encores of last week's episode currently air at 8:00 PM on Saturdays outside of Toonami[[/note]]
* 12:30 AM - ''Manga/AkameGaKill''
* 1:00 AM - ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin''
* 1:30 AM - ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline II''
* 2:00 AM - ''[[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Shippuden]]''
* 2:30 AM - ''Manga/OnePiece'' [[note]]Started airing at episode 207[[/note]]
* 3:00 AM - ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Upcoming Shows / Movies ]]

* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}''

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Regular Rotation ]]

* ''Anime/TheBigO'' [[note]]Only the second season, due to it being co-produced, and thus partially owned, by Creator/AdultSwim.[[/note]]
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop''
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''
* ''Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix''
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
* ''Anime/SpaceDandy''

[[/folder]]

[[folder: adultswim.com Live Stream ]]

* ''Kill la Kill''

[[/index]]

To see an index of past Toonami series, check out [[Recap/{{Toonami}} the Recap page]].

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!!Tropes related to ''Toonami'''s framing sequences:

* AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark: Averted hard with the [adult swim] version of Toonami. While the block can now air TV-MA rated fare like ''Black Lagoon'' and ''Hellsing Ultimate'' thanks to [adult swim]'s lesser restrictions, such shows are action shows with dramatic stories first and comedies second (assuming there's any comedy at all), a far cry from almost anything that airs on the regular [adult swim] schedule. The closest thing that arguably comes to playing this trope straight that Toonami has aired is the "special surprise" used as filler for Daylight Savings Time 2013 (consisting of ''King Star King'', ''Korgoth of Barbaria'', and ''Kick-Heart'').
* ArtEvolution: Toonami has kept on the cutting edge of CGI since it began, but state-of-the-art graphics in 1997 and in 2012 are very different things, so it stands to reason that this trope is in play. The fact that its characters and sets are almost entirely shiny metal, something CGI does ''very'' well, has certainly helped.
* ArcNumber: 49 is the Absolution deck on which the Intruder is first discovered in the Total Immersion Event that bares its name, and the protocol TOM asks SARA to enact in the trailer for ''Intruder II''. (Of course, it's ''also'' the number of the first Clyde model, so it's possible the production staff just happens to really like the number.)
** For a few weeks in the end of July/beginning of August 2012, the twitter accounts of assorted Toonami staff (e.g. Steve Blum, and especially Jason [=DeMarco=]) mentioned a couple things having to do with the number seven, and the latter revealed seven new things were coming down the pipeline. It was even mentioned in the "Life" speech. All of this turned out to be a buildup to the premiere of ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' and ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' on the block.
* TheArtifact: "We won't be intimidated by criminal threats!" comes from one of the WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons, which completely disappeared from the line-up around 2000 and never came back. Regardless, the audio bite continued to be and still is in a good number of promos.
* AprilFoolsDay:
** As stated, the block was dusted off for a one night stand on April 1st 2012 on Adult Swim! The fandom rejoiced so much, it's become known as [[http://p.twimg.com/ApYo1oyCEAAia-c.jpg the night no 90's kids slept]], and the movement afterwards has come to be known as [[https://p.twimg.com/ApnUsPFCAAAUFzs.png:large The Toonami Renaissance]].
** Ten years prior to the 2012 revival, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker sent a computer virus into the ''Absolution''. It forced the computer monitors to display Joker's image, and it played four episodes of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' back-to-back. TOM eventually removed the virus, and the block ran as normal.
%% Please don't add Cowboy Bebop under Anyone Can Die. It's been removed from the Adult Swim schedule many times before, and this page is about Toonami's own storyline and characters, not those of its shows.
* AscendedFanboy: During the fan campaign following the AprilFoolsDay revival, NerdCore rapper Richie Branson released a single called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlbbLFgiVQk Bring Back Toonami]]", which quickly got the attention of Creator/AdultSwim, who put the song on a few bumpers prior to the official Toonami return announcement. On the night of the return of Toonami, Richie released another single, ''"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29MIkOROI0M&feature=fvwrel #ToonamisBackBitches]]"'', which was used during the intro to Toonami for the first few nights. Branson has since said that more songs from him are to come for Toonami in the future.
** And of course, the makers of Toonami are ascended anime fans, having created ''the'' gateway to the fandom and even getting to have a hand in series like ''Anime/TheBigO'' and ''Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix''.
* AspectRatio: For 4:3 shows, Toonami tends to stretch them out vertically to fill out the 16:9 HD feed. Starting with ''Dragon Ball Z Kai'', they've begun using stylized pillarboxing to preserve aspect ratio.
* AudienceShift[=/=]GrowingWithTheAudience: The original Toonami aired during the daytime with programs aimed at kids and pre-teens, then when it was moved to Saturdays and its fan base grew up, its programs aged with it. Finally, when Toonami was {{uncanceled}}, not surprisingly it was placed in the Creator/AdultSwim {{watershed}} hours as the fanbase that demanded its return were now young adults or older.
* TheAsteroidThicket: One of these was seen in 2003.
* BackFromTheDead: The block itself.
** And Tom on at least two occasions.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: A good number of the anime series Toonami got its hands on suffered through this to get to air. A few shows got a reprieve from the censorship thanks to the Midnight Run (''Gundam Wing'', most notably). ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' made an interesting jump from Creator/AdultSwim for some 26 episodes before being transported to Toonami for the remainder of its run, and as such fans got to see the unedited version first. However, as of the new ''Creator/AdultSwim'' revival, censorship, while still present (mostly to censor nudity and heavy swears like "shit" or "fuck"), is much more of a non-issue.
* BrokeTheRatingScale[=/=]HilarityEnsues: When TOM did video game reviews (usually during commercial breaks) one game received a "?" rating, ''Dropship: United Peace Force'' for the PlayStation 2, as TOM had no idea how to rate the game since he could never get past the sixth level. This was accompanied by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygzh9DDaFJg repeated footage of TOM losing on that level.]] The synopsis on Toonami Digital Arsenal reads "A robot loses his mind over a video game. Hilarity ensues." And you know what's even more hilarious? To this day, [[https://twitter.com/Clarknova1/status/208662351057141760 they still haven't beaten Dropship.]]
** Amusingly, this trend would be repeated on the 7/22/12 broadcast [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoZQ0U1L0wM when TOM saw fit to review]] ''VideoGame/{{Slender}}'', he gave it a ?.?/10 because he was too scared to rate it properly.
--->'''DON'T LOOK! GAH!!'''
** Reviewing the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' expansion pack ''Dawnguard'', TOM plays with this.
--->''Toonami gives Skyrim One Hundred out of Ten, and Dawnguard an 8.''
** He gives ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' a score of ARRRRRR because he hasn't finished the game and doesn't want it to end.
* ButtonMashing: TOM complains about how much his thumb hurts at the end of his review of ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail''.
* CallBack: The new Toonami's "Building a Better Cartoon Show" promo is a direct update of several Moltar- and TOM 1.0/2.0-era promos. It even uses the same audio clip every similar promo shared, a line from the WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons: "We won't be intimidated by criminal threats!"
** When ''Bleach'' started rerunning again in December 2012, TOM lifted a line from when he referred to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in the original Toonami run: "If you squint hard enough, they almost look new."
** TOM 3.5's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGLQzt1GDh4 Reruns promo]] is a line-for-line recreation(or perhaps rerun?) of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_RHIBhljnE the same exact speech]] given by Moltar over ten years prior.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWUZZNpE62w teaser trailer]] for The Intruder II features the [[http://i.imgur.com/1fa5rKa.png same blaster]] used by TOM 1 in the original Intruder special.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sEIXyATLvc This Toonami promo]] for ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' uses the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1raAh0FELnI same music]] that was used in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmWF07oVHP0 Toonami promos]] for ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars''.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJvSW7rj6Dk The promo for the Cooler's Revenge movie]] used a soundtrack frequently used in old Toonami's DBZ [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7KoxmQBTv4 promos]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CtNsSo-aQs intros.]]
* TheCameo: TOM 1.0 appears in Cartoon Network's 20th anniversary music video.
* CanonDiscontinuity: When Toonami came back on the air, TOM went from his fourth iteration to an HD version of his third incarnation (known as TOM 3.5). No explanation was given for the switchback from the decidedly TOM 4 era ''different'' aesthetic, leading to this trope being assumed by the fans. However, the whole issue was completely flipped on its side when a conversation between TOM 3.5 and TOM 4.0 discussed the matter that the latter's story would have to be told sooner or later. In other words: ''[[DefiedTrope 4.0 is still around.]]''
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Toonami was pretty good at averting this, and seeing as most blocks don't bother with continuity at all, that's fairly impressive. However, the 2007 season dropped all pretenses of keeping the plot straight - TOM v.4 replaced v.3, and SARA and the Absolution both disappeared entirely for no apparent reason. Sometime over the course of 2013, Toonami plans on [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse explaining what happened to SARA and the Clydes.]]
** SARA's absence was due to her voice actress Sally Timms being unavailable. As of April 27, 2013, [[TheOtherDarrin that is no longer the case.]]
** As for Tom's [[ReplacementScrappy sidekicks]], Flash and D in the 4.0 era, they've basically been tossed to the wayside, because the fanbase believes they're [[DorkAge best left forgotten]][[invoked]] and the current Toonami asthetic is back to TOM 3. There's a very slim chance that they might be acknowledged if the staff gets the chance to explain what happened to TOM 4, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8CNClh_bMek which has just become much more likely]].
** The team states this is the case for the April 27, 2013 revamp with TOM 5, due to the low budget. No explanation will be televised for how TOM 3.5 is replaced with TOM 5, or the new Absolution. There will, however, be a comic in the future explaining things.
* ClusterBleepBomb: The first half of ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland's'' run on Toonami was essentially this, as the show contained vast amounts of heavy cursing that would have needed to be censored. It got so bad that, halfway through the show's run, Creator/FUNimation started rewriting the dialogue so that Toonami wouldn't have to bleep out a swear word every five seconds.
** ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is also this, considering how many times the F-bomb alone is dropped per episode. [[note]]And [=FUNimation=] rewriting the script to be less vulgar like they did with ''Deadman Wonderland'' is unlikely, since the six-year-old english dub was made when Creator/{{Geneon}} was still around and had the license, and there's also the matter of tracking down the original English voice actors to re-record lines and getting similar-sounding actors for the ones that can't or won't return.[[/note]]
* ColbertBump: A lot of cancelled series, shows disrespected by ExecutiveMeddling regarding their schedules, or short-runners that developed a cult following regularly aired or still air on Toonami in the late-night rotation slots, such as Creator/GenndyTartakovsky produced series and the ''Thundercats'' reboot.
** Toonami ''itself'' was given this treatment because of the April Fool's Day stunt and the hashtag campaign to revive it.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Five issues of ''Cartoon Network Presents'' were Toonami based. It featured stories based on the ''Cartoon Roulette'' with Moltar commenting in between them.
* ContentWarnings: The new Toonami begins with displaying one of these.
--> '''''Toonami''' may contain mature material some viewers may not find suitable''.
* CoolShip: All three ''Absolutions''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The 2012 revival, compared to the original run. TOM mildly swears, the shows are more mature, and the games reviewed are usually M-rated.
** To put it into deeper perspective, we're talking about a block that censored most of its mature viewer-oriented programming because it used to be on when the youngsters were still awake, and parents could get pissy about the content. Let's say the content warning is more of an excuse to avoid a LighterAndSofter image.
** The "Version 5" revamp is looking this way as well, with a darker color palette, a slimmer and angrier-looking TOM, and a smaller ''Absolution''.
** This effect is starting to show itself more in the block's acquisitions, with more gory and violent shows that would air with a TV-MA rating like ''Attack on Titan'', ''Black Lagoon'', and ''Hellsing Ultimate''.
* DeadpanSnarker: TOM and SARA were both very prone to snark during the story arcs.
** TOM's also very snarky when pointing out low points in his game reviews. He sums up the plot of ''VideoGame/{{Deadlight}}'' with a wry "Yawn."
* DistractedByTheSexy: Invoked in TOM's review of ''VideoGame/MetroLastLight''.
-->"Life can be pretty grim, but there are a few... distractions." ''[=*Shows a half-naked pole dancer swinging around.*=]''
* DoubleEntendre: Toonami commercials have stated that Toonami is the "[[ADateWithRosiePalms the second best thing you can do by yourself]]".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Toonami has always (mostly) stayed its course when it comes to its goal of providing action animation, but the block has certainly evolved since 1997, to the point that recent fans who look into the block's history might see something entirely different.
** A lot of modern Toonami fans assume that it's purely an anime block. While it currently airs a substantial amount of anime (and Toonami has always had periods where the lineup was nothing but, to the disdain of Jason [=DeMarco=] and the rest of the production crew), back in '97, it initially started off with mostly western animation, with the closest things that the block aired that could be considered anime being ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' and ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. It wasn't until it picked up ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and later the Ocean dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' that more and more anime started airing.
** TOM wasn't even the host when Toonami first started. The block was instead operated by a villain from ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', who ran things on Ghost Planet Industries. Even when TOM finally came around and the operations were moved over to the Absolution, TOM himself was shorter and more pudgy. It wasn't until The Intruder that TOM transitioned to a leaner, more muscular design that fans now associate with him.
** The [adult swim] revival of Toonami initially started off as essentially a rebranded [adult swim] Action block, holding over many of the shows airing at the time with only two new acquisitions, as well as airing a 3-hour lineup from 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM, with the block repeating itself at 3:00 AM.
* EndOfAnAge: The block's cancellation is considered by quite a few fans to be the end point of the '90s-'2000s [[UsefulNotes/TheJapaneseInvasion anime boom]], as well as a major sign of Cartoon Network's rapidly worsening NetworkDecay.
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: Toonami's airing of ''Deadman Wonderland'' and ''Casshern Sins'' the first night it was revived on [adult swim] established that this was a darker, more mature Toonami meant for older audiences.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: A simple title screen with the word "LATER" in the block's current text style.
* FanSequel: Several fan-run streaming sites exist or are in the works, some even doing original bumps. None of them are 100% legal, though, so no links for you.
* FanArt: During the TOM 2.0 and TOM 3.0 years, there was a period during which you could mail it into Cartoon Network and it'd be showcased on-air.
** Sometimes, Adult Swim also showcases the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dVFaKH3pmU fan art of the current era]] they receive during its bumps.
* FanVid: Toonami created several Fan Vid-styled montages of scenes from their shows, often revolving around dramatic monologues either from the shows themselves or written especially for the video (and read by Creator/PeterCullen). For example, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-d6djlsOcU "Advanced Robotics."]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYUM7h4SVsA "A boy has the right to dream..."]]
** [[RecycledINSPACE In]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a7clqqbHZI&playnext=1&list=PL36103FA919B7C863 Space!]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNFX9kCkfw0&feature=BF&list=PL36103FA919B7C863&index=2 TOM's speeches.]]
*** Moltar did these when he was host as well including:
**** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgIQOUrtLIA Teamwork]]
**** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXyBR3QHe3o Teaching]]
**** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qigOyUBlmZo Heroes]]
**** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DREPZvC-wKc ... and reruns]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hha9rEGO1XI&feature=BF&list=PL36103FA919B7C863&index=8 Pardon our dust...]]
** They've continued the tradition since the revival: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ5UB-rcwk0 Building You A Better Cartoon Show]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYW9KfCwpB8 To Hell With Fear]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGLQzt1GDh4 Reruns 2.0,]] a remake of the Moltar-era Reruns promo.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sot-yu9dIZE Life,]] the return of the classic "motivational" speeches.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Fv66O0MEcI True Story]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4Ai4G6ccfA Haters]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ltlIcWrX18 Live To The Fullest]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMmO6Sk85X4 The Choice Is Yours]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9t6rukMSFk Equality]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiT1Bee6GYA Respect]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbN6bqkfjc8 Positivity]]
** [[https://youtu.be/UfjHN52SVhE Bullies]]
* FasterThanLightTravel: The Absolution has a hyperdrive to travel through space. The jump itself looks like a tunnel in space, like how this trope is often depicted. TOM figures one of the best ways to pass the time during the jump is to watch a few movies.
* FollowTheLeader: Kids' WB's version of Toonami can be seen as a poorly-done and unsuccessful example of this.
** There's also the later {{Toonzai}}, a Saturday morning block ([[LastOfHisKind and one of the last ones that provided content solely for entertainment]]) ran by Creator/FourKidsEntertainment on Creator/TheCW. It was essentially a LighterAndSofter Toonami that consisted entirely of 4Kids shows and dubs (with the exception of ''[[Anime/DragonBallKai Dragon Ball Z Kai]]''). Al Khan even cited Toonami as [[SincerestFormOfFlattery an inspiration for Toonzai]].
* FourFingeredHands: TOM 2 and TOM 4 both had four fingers on each hand. TOM 1 had only 3 fingers, while TOM 3 and TOM 5 have all five.
* FourPointScale: Out of all the video game reviews done on the show, it was rare for anything to get a score below 7 out of 10. No games ever received a 5 or lower on that scale either. In fact, the majority of the games tend to receive a similar rating, either 8 or 8.5. When questioned about this, the creators have said that they just don't review games they don't like, because they prefer not to inject negativity into what they air. They don't have a dedicated game reviewer since they aren't mainly a video gaming program, so they have to be selective on what they review.
* {{GIFT}}: The core issue of this is discussed in TOM's "Respect" speech. Everyone wants to be right, everyone wants to win, but everyone always comes off as a jerk due to general Internet anonymity, instead of respecting others and giving kudos to those who deserve it.
* GenreThrowback: TOM's version of Moltar's "Reruns" speech.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar[=/=]PrecisionFStrike: Toonami's preview clip for the movie ''Oblivion'' has one uncensored use of the word "fuck".
** Toonami's review of ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCell Splinter Cell Blacklist]]'' had TOM calling the new version of Sam Fisher a dick.
* HappyBirthdayToYou: TOM says that he would gladly sing "Happy Birthday", but they don't have the budget for it.
* HateDumb: Invoked: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoJ5nayZoEQ TOM addresses the issues and differences between hatedom and criticism]].
-->Don't be afraid to listen to criticism, but always-'''ALWAYS''' ignore the haters.
* TheHero: TOM was always portrayed to be one through the years, especially during the story arcs.
* HistoryRepeats: Toonami began its earliest days with a limited budget and lineup strictly limited to shows whose licenses were cheap to pick up. Over ten years later, in 2012 during the re-launch? Well....
** Early Toonami ran a "Rerun" promo with Moltar stating how reruns are inevitable but they hate them as much as the fans do, and they try their best to get new stuff as possible. ... the new 2012 Toonami made a revival of that same promo with TOM 3.5 and footage of their current shows, but with ''the same script!''
** The original, Moltar-hosted Toonami had the original ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' cartoon as part of its lineup. Take a random guess as to [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011 what]] was added to the revived block.
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' is a similar case. The 2003 version premiered on Toonami during the TOM 3 era, and was popular enough to spawn [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars a similarly-named show in 2008]] that sadly never got the chance to air on Toonami (due to premiering just barely after the block was cancelled). During their latest Q&A, however, the Toonami crew [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/56970634019/what-is-replacing-eureka-7-you-cheeky-bastards-i-love announced]] what show would be replacing ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' after it ended...
*** One of Toonami's staples is ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', a tribute to the mecha genre of anime. A couple years after Toonami was cancelled, Cartoon Network aired [[WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan a similar tribute to mecha anime]], which was added to the revived Toonami along with ''WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats|2011}}'' when it expanded to six hours.
* HumongousMecha: In February 2003, Toonami dedicated an entire week to giant robots (referred to as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Giant Robot Week"]]), where they showcased popular mecha shows owned by Creator/ADVFilms throughout the week (specifically ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'', and ''Anime/DaiGuard'').
* InNameOnly: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2vOiqeJmvc Toonami]] on ''Creator/KidsWB''.
* JumpScare: TOM nearly jumped out of his own chair during his review of VideoGame/{{Slender}}... before he even showed any game footage. It just got worse for him from there.
* KillerApp: Toonami ''itself'' is cited as one, since its popular and acclaimed programming introduced the West to the [[JapaneseInvasion anime phenomenon]]. As far as the programs themselves are concerned, Toonami had ''three'' of these during its golden age.
** ''Anime/SailorMoon'', the TropeCodifier for MagicalGirlWarrior, was the first anime that aired on the block (unless one counts ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' and ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' as anime), and it had enough of a following that it got two more seasons and all three of its movies dubbed as a result of the newfound popularity. It paved the way for Toonami's airing of several other anime programs.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', widely considered the pioneer of the ShonenDemographic, was a smash hit, garnering some of the best ratings Cartoon Network had ''ever'' seen and at one point had become ''[[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2002-09-28/dragonball-z-tops-ratings the highest rated show on all of television]]'', beating out other prime time shows like ''The Simpsons''! While it was already well-liked in Japan, Toonami's airing of this series, along with some others, helped popularize manga and anime all throughout the West.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', aired back to back with ''DBZ'', introduced the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise and the HumongousMecha genre to the Western mainstream. It was one of the first "serious" anime to premiere largely uncut on a mainstream Western network, and its inclusion on the "Midnight Run" block indirectly led to the creation of Creator/AdultSwim as we know it today. Its success, alongside that of ''DBZ'', is cited as the source of the major anime boom of the 2000s. Its airing of the ''Endless Waltz'' OVA is, to this day, the second highest rated program ''ever'' in the history of Cartoon Network.
** During the TOM 3.0 and TOM 4.0 eras, ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was the block's biggest hit, garnering spectacular ratings (even during the filler arcs) and becoming a pop cultural phenomenon throughout the entire United States for quite some time. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONtEYSrLZkM They weren't shy about milking it for all it was worth]], either, and it's still doing well in the revival.
** Following the revival of the block, ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has been pulling the most weight as far as ratings are concerned. It's the first program to air on the block, straight at midnight, and it's used to anchor the other shows. ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and ''Manga/OnePiece'' have been doing great as well, with both even surpassing ''Bleach'' in ratings on a couple occasions. Though not to the same extent as the first three shows, ''Manga/SoulEater'' does impressively as well, occasionally garnering over a million views.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats|2011}}'' deserves a special mention for pulling off million view nights at several points, despite its shorter vintage and being a western show instead of a japanese anime.
** ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' also deserves a special mention for not only gaining over a million views, but also surpassing ''Soul Eater'' and ''One Piece'' on one occasion. Even when it wasn't gaining a million views, it still did impressively well, considering that it aired at 2:00 AM EST, which isn't the best timeslot for premieres.
** ''Dragon Ball Z'' has officially returned to being Toonami's killer app via ''Kai'', having broken the ratings record once held by ''Bleach'', with some speculating that the ratings will only get higher in the future since the show is still relatively early in its run. Even [adult swim] seems to have recognized this, and is taking advantage by giving the show encore airings of the previous week's episode at 8:00 PM (which in turn has lead to ''One Piece'' also getting an encore airing at 8:30 PM).
* KnightOfCerebus: The Intruder. [[spoiler:Cue justified OhCrap from TOM and SARA when the thing pulls a HesBack in 2015.]]
* LampshadeHanging: Even TOM was puzzled as to why ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' was on the block.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: TOM's intro to a 2013 Momocon panel jokingly invites the audience to "guess which one's [TOM]." Of course, Creator/SteveBlum is actually attending.
* LegacyCharacter: Different versions of TOM have hosted the block over the years and a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8CNClh_bMek conversation between TOM 3.5 and TOM 4.0]] prove that the block has been hosted by completely different [=TOMs=] altogether.
* LevelGrinding: TOM's only (fairly minor) complaint about ''VideoGame/NiNoKuni'' is that there is a lot of grinding involved. Once the game picks up though, it feels like you're part of a StudioGhibli film just as you should, as they did develop the game, so it's really easy to overlook such a minor flaw.
* LuckySeven: How TOM describes ''Samurai 7'' and ''Eureka Seven''.
* MarathonRunning:
** When Moltar was still around, Toonami had the Lunar Eclipse, a marathon of the last 17 episodes of the english dub of ''Sailor Moon R''.
** Being one of the block's network darlings, ''Dragon Ball Z'' was often given marathons sporadically. They rang in one New Years Eve with a full showcase of [[Recap/DragonBallZGarlicJrArc the Garlic Jr. Saga]].
** In 2000, there was a marathon called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LrGYZNDMMo Full Cycle]], where Toonami took over Cartoon Network for ''an entire day''.
** In 2006, Toonami had the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsfHPvh-Xak&feature=related Naruto Hundo]], where the block celebrated ''Naruto'' reaching 100 episodes by marathoning every past episode for 3 days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).
** On the night when ''Trigun: Badlands Rumble'' was aired as part of A Month of Movies, the movie was followed by a best-of ''Cowboy Bebop'' marathon to help promote the world-premiere of ''Space Dandy''.
** On the night Season 2 premiered, ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' had a mini-marathon (airing the last two episodes at 11:30 AM and 12:00 AM, with the premiere of Season 2 airing at 12:30 AM), preempting ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' and ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' for one night.
** For [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/94838450088/one-night-only-august-30th-labor-day-weekend-attack Labor Day Weekend]], Toonami aired a new episode of ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' at 11:30 PM, and then marathonned the first 12 episodes of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' for the rest of the night.
** In light of the news that ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' was written off by Cartoon Network, Toonami gave the last 7 episodes of the show a marathon in order to let it reach its conclusion.
** For Memorial Day Weekend 2015, ''Anime/KillLaKill'' aired all night after ''[[Anime/DragonBallKai Dragon Ball Z Kai]]''.
** For the Fourth of July, 2015 ''[[Anime/DragonBallKai Dragon Ball Z Kai]]'' all night with ''Anime/AttackOnTitan'' ending the timeslot.
** Labor Day 2015 saw a marathon of the last seven episodes of ''Michiko & Hatchin'' that Toonami aired at that point.
** The adultswim.com stream that was used to stream episodes of Toonami Pre-Flight has been converted into a sort-of Toonami marathon stream, initially streaming the first 8 episodes of ''Attack on Titan'', and then airing the rest of that show's episodes before moving on to a marathon of ''Kill la Kill''. Episodes of Toonami Pre-Flight still air on Tuesdays, even interrupting the marathon stream when necessary, and continue to air every 8 episodes of whatever show is being streamed.
* MilestoneCelebration: Back when the block turned 10 years old, they aired a montage of old clips from over the years. What was thought to have suffered from ChuckCunninghamSyndrome was shown. TOM 4.0 even recalls taking over the ''Absolution'' after the Intruder.
** The 15th Anniversary gave a special airing of ''Evangelion 1.11''.
* MoodWhiplash: This effect is sometimes unintentionally achieved when Toonami airs certain shows in a certain order, such as when they at one point aired the light-hearted and comedic ''Space Dandy'' right after the ultra-violent and dark ''Hellsing Ultimate''.
* MusicalEpisode: Once in 2001, Toonami aired an animated music video block, consisting of videos by ''Music/{{Gorillaz}}'', clips from Music/DaftPunk's ''Anime/{{Interstella5555}}'' and original music video bumpers. They would later dedicate a Midnight Run night to airing the first four videos from Interstella 5555.
* MythologyGag
** When TOM introduces the Lucky 7 duo, the sad music from the first run's final night plays as he says once more "Well, this is the end, beautiful friends." After a RecordScratch, TOM assures us that Toonami isn't ending this time, just ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland''.
** TOM describes the new line-up as the "Midnight Run".[[note]]For those not in the know, the original Midnight Run ran from 1999-2000 (before the weekday strip) on Saturday nights from midnight-5AM.[[/note]]
** On the September 28, 2013 sign-on, SARA said "in the pipe, five-by-five". This is something that Flash (one of TOM 4's companions) said in the sign-on of every TOM 4-era Toonami block.
** According to the Momocon ''Intruder II'' teaser, the ''Absolution'''s registration key is "031797"--broken down into sets of two digits, it's March 17th, 1997, the day Toonami premiered.
* NeverSayDie: Much of its programs thankfully averted this, which contributed to its edgy factor. ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' received this for its daytime airings, but was fortunately allowed to say "kill" and "die" during Toonami's Midnight Run block.
** One of the rare and unfortunate examples of this trope played straight, however, was ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]''. Granted, it was Creator/BandaiEntertainment, NOT Creator/CartoonNetwork, who requested this to sell more toys. However, this forced American fans to wait for the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' [=DVDs=] to hear the words "kill" and "die", since Creator/AdultSwim (which replaced the Midnight Run) had no interest in showing the uncut version of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]''.
* NoodleIncident: When Moltar hosted the show, he mentioned that he used to date Sailor Jupiter, but something happened that caused them to break up.
** There's also no explanation for why TOM v3 was replaced with v4, or went back to v3 for the April 1st airing and subsequent relaunch (though CanonDiscontinuity is probably responsible for the latter). Making things worse is that [[TrollingCreator there was a bump showing that TOM v4 is alive and well, talking to v3.5, and they were discussing telling their story someday, but hasn't been mentioned since]]. There will be a comic explaining how TOM 3 became TOM 4 and how TOM 4 became TOM 3.5.
** During the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Dawnguard]]'' review, TOM mentioned he used to be a Vampire Hunter "way back," not just in-game but in his universe as well.
* TheNthDoctor: The Clydes are the most prevalent example--the 49 was a single satellite unit during Moltar's reign. Once TOM stepped in, Clyde 49 became Clyde 50s (floating security cameras around the Absolution). The [=DOKs=], unofficially Clyde 51s, added limbs to the design (amongst other things). The Clyde 52s were basically floating, solar-powered emoticons. The Clyde 53s were complex beetle-like structures with elements from each of their predecessors. The singular Clyde 54 vaguely resembled the Clyde 50s, but with a humanoid face (much like TOM v.4).
** TOM was destroyed and rebuilt twice. The presence of the fourth version was never explained.
** SARA also changed from a face on a screen to a full-on hologram (to better defend the Absolution), and even the Absolution was replaced once.
* OneOfUs: InUniverse wise, TOM is a huge fan of the ''[[SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' games, ''Franchise/MassEffect'', {{LEGO}}, and ''Franchise/StarWars''. His other game reviews also shed some light on everything he's a fan of. He even gave a real review of the fake game "Fix-It Felix Jr." from ''Film/WreckItRalph,'' giving it an 8.5 while describing the various features and objectives of the game.
** The Toonami Tumblr gave out a TV Tropes link as well, making them "One of Us" in terms of being tropers as well. However, [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/40596819471/are-you-guys-tropers-seeing-as-you-linked-the-miguzi one answer]] had them confirm they were not tropers but they admitted the wiki is a great resource for information. Which they acknowledged by linking this page [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/faq in the FAQ]].
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: The Moltar era started each transmission as such:
-->''This broadcast is intended solely for the enjoyment of our audience. Any rebroadcast or retransmission without the expressed written consent of Toonami and Creator/CartoonNetwork is strictly prohibited.''
** Parodied and lampshaded in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxJoDA9GPJ0 TOM's review]] of ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai''.
-->"''Well, I just off the phone with our lawyer, and he said this isn't a conflict of interest. I heard of the show, so I checked out Dragon Ball Z Budokai for the PS2.''"
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: TOM describes ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' as the best "Trans-Human CyberPunk Cop Drama" on TV.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: TOM mused upon this while leading into a commercial break during the airing of ''Anime/SummerWars''
-->So maybe, "Password" isn't the best password to have?
* PodCast: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxGng0Wspzk&t=13 Toonami Pre-Flight]], a live-streaming show hosted by Jason [=DeMarco=] and Gill Austin that streams on [adult swim]'s website once a week, where Jason and Gill answer fan-submitted questions, provide sneak peaks at pieces that will broadcast on Toonami, and showcase fan-made promos and [=AMVs=]. It initially streamed on Fridays, and has now moved to Tuesdays.
** On the fandom side, there's the [[http://podcast.toonamifaithful.com/ Toonami Faithful Podcast]], which keeps track of the block's ratings and Twitter trends, and discusses any recently announced news regarding the block. The hosts also occasionally conduct interviews with the Toonami staff, as well as voice actors who play a role in any Toonami-related show.
* PrecisionFStrike: TOM begins the full revival on 5/26/2012:
--> ''Toonami's back, bitches.''
** His review of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', he mentions the new enemy of the series, the Promethians.
--> ''They. Are. A. BITCH. In the best Halo way.''
* RatedMForManly: The Toonami reboot is more focused on this. A bit justified though, since most American anime viewers demographically wise are male viewers ages 15-40.
* RealSongThemeTune: A variation. While Toonami has used a lot of music composed specifically for the block (by such artists as Joe Boyd Vigil, Chris Devoe, Danger Mouse aka Music/BrianBurton, and Pelican City), starting in 2003 Toonami started using songs by artists attached to the Ninja Tune label a lot for promos, bumpers, and intros. For the 2012 revival, Toonami seems to be mostly pulling from electronic labels Ghostly International and Warp Records along with using some classic tracks by Pelican City, Burton, and Devoe.
** There's [="#ToonamisBackBitches"=] by Richie Branson, a FilkSong that became a RealSongThemeTune by playing over the opening the first two nights of the revival.
* RecordNeedleScratch: One [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDhPzSgsptI Toonami bumper]] begins playing "Cascade" by Tycho, the music infamous for playing during TOM's farewell speech during Toonami's initial cancellation. Then he says "Well, all good things come to an end." Cue the scratch! TOM then reassures the audience that it isn't Toonami this time, and that ''Deadman Wonderland'' has run out of episodes, so they're bringing in ''Eureka Seven'' and ''Samurai 7''. Doubles as a FakeOutOpening.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* {{Retcon}}: The ''[[EasterEgg TOM 4 TRANSMITTING]]'' promo would seem to indicate that [=TOMs=] 2-3.5 and TOM 4 are not and never were the same person. This is a direct contradiction of TOM 4's reminiscing about the TOM 2 era during the tail end of the original run, but many fans think it's for the best.
** The official Tumblr stated that they were more or less twin brothers - the same AI in more than one body. Therefore, it stands to reason that based off of when [=TOM=] 4.0 was made, he'd have some of the other's memories as well as his own.
* {{Retraux}}: The 2012 April Fool's run recreated the TOM 3 era visually, but survived purely off recycled footage. However, the ''Tenchi Muyo'' episode came from the 3rd OVA, which wasn't around at the time the show was aired on the old Toonami.
* RobotBuddy: TOM will always be ours. Also the [=CLYDEs=] and Flash & D.
* SaturdayMorningCartoon: Toonami had a short-lived Saturday morning block called Rising Sun, introduced shortly after TOM 2 came along. Not even lasting a year, it was eventually cancelled the same year it started (2000) in order to prevent competition between Cartoon Network and its sister network Kids' WB.
* ShoutOut:
** During the final intro, TOM psychs himself up by chanting "Pagua Sanpha, Pagua Sanpha!", the chant used by the Kei Pirates in ''Manga/OutlawStar'', which TOM repeatedly mentioned was his favorite showcased series.
** The "Bang" quote is also the last line uttered by TOM during the "final" broadcast.
** TOM starts off his review of ''X-COM: Enemy Unknown 2012'' by quoting (and mimicking in a monotonous voice) the famously overused [[VideoGame/ZeroWing ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US!]] meme.
** [[Film/TheRoom Oh hi, Adult Swim! Got the test results back, and you definitely have]] [[AprilFoolsDay April Fools.]]
** One of the bumpers for ''Bleach'' had this line.
-->''[[WesternAnimation/MikeTysonMysteries Fight or flight?]] I choose fight.''
** "Ichigo's [[Music/{{ACDC}} back in black]], and more badass than ever."
* SilenceIsGolden: During the original run's final night, no one spoke during the ''Samurai Jack'' bumps.
** Starting with the promo for ''Kill la Kill'', the production crew appears to be taking this approach with promos, opting to leave out Howard Parker's narration and simply showcase clips from the show in question, resulting in promos very much reminiscent of classic [adult swim] promos.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Toonami's lineup for the Fall Daylight Savings Hour of 2013 was intentionally kept a surprise to the viewers, and consisted of ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria''; an Adult Swim pilot called ''King Star King''- which featured the same twisted animation and expected content of ''WesternAnimation/SuperJail!''; and the previously shown anime short ''Kick Heart.''
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: SARA and TOM, during their review of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''.
* SpaceshipGirl: SARA is the Absolution's AI and also has a holographic body.
* StockFootage: Due to the revivals much more limited budget, a fair amount of things have to be recycled. A lot of the off-Absolution-themed bumpers are the ones from the original Tom 3.0 era, and most of the talking animation is variations on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1LKkCB5-5w this]]. Thankfully, good editing and shifting camera angles make it not too glaring. As such, it becomes easy for Youtube users to do [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1BJwb2EgMk this]].
* StoryArc: Had three of them; a first for a what was essentially framing devices for the shows. These were usually considered special events and allowed audience participation.
** ''The Intruder'': The first and considered a WhamEpisode by many fans. A red blob attaches itself to the Absolution and slowly eats at the engine. TOM goes to fight it [[spoiler: but ultimately fails and his body is devoured. This releases his new body, TOM-2, who manages to jettison the engine and the blob out into space. Viewers were then allowed to pick the new engine for the ship.]]
** ''Lockdown'': The Absolution comes upon a distress signal that leads them to a spaceship graveyard. Their controls are locked down, trapping them there. TOM and SARA find that the problem is coming from a nearby ship and an entity whose signal is keeping the ships trapped. As TOM and SARA are stuck on the Absolution, they send their probes (controlled by their viewers) to destroy the entity and free them.
** ''Trapped in Hyperspace'': TOM tries out a new hyperspace function but a computer virus attacks the ship during so, leaving the Absolution stuck hurling through hyperspace. The only way to free themselves is for TOM to plug his mind into the computer grid and confront the virus directly. The confrontations were part of a flash game the Toonami site was holding.
** There were also two web-exclusive comics: ''Swarm'' and ''Endgame''. Swarm was TOM's OriginStory, while Endgame was TOM 3.0's Origin Story and the Absolution Mk. 2's creation. A third comic is in the works that will explain the TOM 4.0-era, its connection to TOM 3.5, what happened to Sara and the Clydes, and it will lead into TOM 5.0 and the Absolution Mk. 3.
** A ''mini'' story arc happened during the commercials during the 04-06-13 Toonami airing, having TOM slowly unscramble a garbled visual feed that apparently originated from Earth. He says that he'll have it finally [[CliffHanger ready to show]] for next week's airing. Unlike the other story arcs, this was actually promotion for ''[[Film/{{Oblivion2013}} Oblivion]]''. All the commercials of the story arc end with Adult Swim advertising "#Oblivion" at the end and next week's airing had TOM showing off the unscrambled visual feed: a clip from the movie, evidently the Toonami Faithful's award for [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/47337976546/toonami-and-oblivion-need-your-help getting the #Oblivion hashtag trending]] during the miniarc's broadcast.
** On February 5th 2014, Toonami announced on their official Tumblr page that a sequel to ''The Intruder'' is in the works, and will premiere supposedly in September 2015.
* SubbingVersusDubbing: An invoked example of the great debate. TOM and Sara answered a few questions while announcing to the world that Toonami has a Tumblr page...
-->'''SARA:''' [[http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/62618147363/why-cant-you-air-subs-on-toonami FNOG asks]], "why can't you air subs on Toonami?"
-->'''TOM:''' Yeah, we get that one a lot. Subs are subtitles, for those of you who don't know, and I know a lot of you guys would like to roll like that, but subtitled shows just don't work on TV. Sorry, can't happen.
** The Tumblr itself has tackled this one in more depth, pointing out that subs have been consistently proven to be a ratings killer.
* SuperOCD: TOM became so obsessed with ensuring that everyone had enough juice to survive in ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} 3'' that he wasn't going to give a proper review of the game until it was ''perfect''.
* TakeThat:
** When ''Naruto'' was on the air pre-cancellation, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONtEYSrLZkM Tom talked about how there were a lot of "False Heroes" or "Haters"]], probably to those criticizing the block, as well as making a few jabs at Disney Channel's ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', saying Naruto could beat him in a fight and throwing a video tape with the logo of the show on it. Amusingly, later on, after being uncanceled, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kb9PgeIiw4 he would talk about criticism and how it helps and how blind hatred does not]], and briefly [[HypocrisyNod cops]] to having done that himself.
** The line "Filler never felt so good!" from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sEIXyATLvc Toonami promo]] for ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' can be interpreted as a subtle one towards fans that constantly complain about filler episodes.
* ThatOneLevel: In-universe examples.
** TOM can't beat the sixth level of ''Dropship: United Peace Force''.
** TOM said that he usually beats a game before he reviews it, but decided that VideoGame/{{Catherine}} was worth reviewing while he was still playing. Giving the game a score of 7.0/10, he describes the puzzles as painfully annoying and the mechanics as super-cheap - a fairly obvious way of saying that he hasn't been able to beat it.... yet.
** TOM finds himself unable to beat VideoGame/{{Slender}} due to, [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos well...]]
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=0ly8Dsz4jm8&NR=1 TOM seems to have picked this up since the revival.]] It's part of the marketing campaign too, with the official hashtag for the start of the relaunch being #[=ToonamiIsBackBitches=]. The current official hashtag is simply #Toonami.
* TotallyRadical: while TOM says things like "Ride 'em Cowboy" and "Drop It Like It's Hot" when reviewing games, [[SoCoolItsAwesome he still sounds like a badass]].
* {{Trailers}}: Toonami was famous for putting together professionally well-made trailers for the programs it aired. The pre-debut trailer for ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' was so good that Bandai asked for--and received--permission to start using the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIa7bQfxiMQ Toonami trailer]] instead of its own to advertise the show's DVD release.
** Creator/PeterCullen's [[CompellingVoice narration]] makes [[LargeHamAnnouncer anything watchable]] ''Anything.'' Although Toonami came back, Peter Cullen didn't. He's gone lax on his voice-acting gig in his veteran age, save for anything ''Transformers'' related.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Toonami aired a commercial for ''IGPX'', telling of how Team Satomi was in the finals, facing off against [[spoiler:Team White Snow]] during the commercial break for Bleach. The episode of ''IGPX'' that would air later that night still had them fighting Team Velshtein just to even get that far.
* TwistEnding: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWRMppAyqHI intro]] for the AprilFoolsDay block.
* TheVoiceless: TOM, oddly enough, on the KidsWB Toonami.
* UnnecessarilyLargeVessel: The Absolution is incredibly huge, but it only has one operator (TOM) and a handful of assistants (The Clydes). Considering itís only used as a broadcast center, who knows what they need all that space for.
** Averted for the TOM 5 Absolution. It's much more compact.
* {{Watershed}}: For a while, Toonami aired specials after the watershed hour as a special block called the "Midnight Run". Among other things, they aired episodes of ''Gundam Wing'' uncut, as opposed to the slightly-edited versions that aired during the day. Midnight Run was essentially an early version of Creator/AdultSwim.
** During the TOM 4.0 era, Creator/AdultSwim shows were shown "coming up next" when Toonami was about done for the night. D even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this [[http://www.bumpworthy.com/bumps/5005 when he mentioned]] ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''.
* {{Webcomics}}: Toonami had two of them. The first called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIG_R-OgLgE Swarm]] explained the origins of TOM 1, while the next one called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri847-2ruuI Endgame]] explained how Tom 2 became Tom 3.
* WhamEpisode: Two sort of meta-examples.
** The first was the end of the initial run. The beloved block's cancellation had received little fanfare and was not widely known when it happened. So it took many people (''even 4chan'') totally by surprise.
** The second, much less depressing example, was the totally unexpected April Fools' Day revival. Most people expected [as] to air ''Film/TheRoom'' as it had for the past few years. Instead, we got TOM.
** In the more traditional sense, there was ''The Intruder'' miniseries for Episodes 4 and 5: where TOM ''dies'' and then gets reborn as TOM 2.0.
** The [adult swim] block's time being shortened to 3 1/2 hours. Quite a downer for the normally-optimistic Toonami fandom, especially as their acquisition of Anime/KillLaKill was announced just '''days''' before.
* WhamLine: "''[[HesBack Oh hi,]] Creator/AdultSwim!''"
** Before that was TOM's depressing and devastating farewell to all the viewers. Especially to viewers who didn't know of the block's cancellation at the time.
-->'''TOM 4:''' ''"Well...this is the end beautiful friends..."''
* WhamShot: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8CNClh_bMek TOM 4 TRANSMITTING]]''
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Around when ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' was still airing and both ''Manga/OnePiece'' and ''IGPX'' were confirmed to air, the Toonami crew announced that a "mystery show" was going to replace ''Tenchi Muyo! GXP''. From that point on, even long after ''Tenchi Muyo! GXP'' was replaced by ''One Piece'', every upcoming show announced (including ''One Piece'', as well as ''IGPX'', ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', and ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'') was speculated to be said mystery show, but the crew has disconfirmed all of them. As of this edit, the crew has not said what this mystery show will be, nor have they, if this is the case, admitted that any of the previously mentioned shows were actually the mystery show all along.
* WithThisHerring: TOM, after being rebuilt, was expected to (and proceeded to) destroy [[SpacePirate Orcelot Rex]] with a dinner fork. He did it and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome it was glorious.]]
* JustForFun/XMeetsY: In the review for ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'', TOM described the game as "''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' meets ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}'', with a little ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' thrown in for good measure".
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