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''Tom Goes to the Mayor'' is an animated comedy show on Creator/AdultSwim by [[Creator/TimAndEric Tim Heidecker and Eric Warheim]], the creative team that later did ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob!'' The show revolves around Tom Peters, resident of Jefferton, and Jefferton's [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Mayor]]. Nearly all of the show's plots revolved around an idea Tom wanted to implement for the city of Jefferton, or for seeking help with the Mayor, whom he considers a friend, for personal problems. However, the Mayor has other plans, whether intentional or not, and usually things don't work out for poor Tom Peters.

''Tom Goes to the Mayor'' was unique for its animation style - instead of using more traditional methods, pictures of live actors would be taken, and then be filtered through Photoshop to look like mimeographs. These "mimeographs" would then be "animated" in what was in effect [[StylisticSuck about a frame every two seconds.]] All other objects and backgrounds were typically animated using [[GISSyndrome stock clip-art]], and [[ShowWithinAShow shows within the show]] would be [[ArtShift live-action]].

Lasted about 30 or so episodes before Tim & Eric decided to go for ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'' instead, though some elements and characters were essentially transferred to the new show, such as Channel 5's "Married News Team" and various skits. The ''Awesome Show'' episode "Pepperoni" opened with a live-action mini-sketch based on ''Tom Goes to the Mayor.''
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!!This shows provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Dr. Ian Black constantly calls Tom 'Steven'. Though this may be intentional, as "Steven" is also slang for a potential prank target. The Mayor never remembers Tom's name at the beginning of episodes.
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Tom, when he becomes a model for anti-arousal pills in "CNE".
* AdultsDressedAsChildren: "Undercover". [[spoiler: This includes shortening Tom's legs and altering his vocal cords.]]
* AlmostKiss: Tom and Barb in "Pipe Camp".
* AmbiguouslyGay: The Mayor
* ArtShift: Any character [[ShowWithinAShow seen on television]] is done in live action.
* BigBad: Joy Peters. With the possibility that the Mayor is a BiggerBad.
* BigEater: Joy Peters.
* TheDitz: Joy's Boys.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Tom. The dude's such a doormat.
* CloudCuckooLand: Jefferton. No one is normal.
* CloudCuckooLander: The Mayor, and one of the reasons Tom's ideas go awry.
* CosmicPlaything: Tom: the universe just hates him.
* CrapsackWorld: Jefferton seems to be an unpleasant mix of {{Suburbia}} and IndustrialGhetto. WordOfGod says not only is it an amalgamation of every real-life crapsack town the creators had been to, it is actually the titular character's own personal Hell.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Tom masturbates to Barb in "Pipe Camp".
* DomesticOnlyCartoon
* TheEeyore: Joy Peters. Nothing she says is ever positive. Especially when talking to Tom.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: As said above Tom's goals never really seem to come to fruition.
* FatBastard: Tom's wife Joy.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: the entire "Porkin' with the Peters" scene, which resulted in a TV-MA rating without showing anything the name implies on-screen.
** Being unable to show the characters taking bong hits on-screen in "Joy's Ex", the characters call them "didgeridoos" and "play" them as such.
* {{Gonk}}: Several characters, most notably Joy and her sons. On top of being unattractive in a real-world way, their appearances are slightly edited--usually their mouths are too high up on their faces.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Tom. Even referring to the town Dam as a 'Darn'.
* GRatedDrug: Garry Friendly tricks Tom into signing a bogus development contract by getting him drunk on...cheese fries.
** Tom hallucinates his dead son by eating large quantities of pudding.
* HenpeckedHusband: Tom.
* {{Hobos}}: While the trope questionably applies to Jefferton's sizable homeless population, the Mayor infiltrates them by wearing a bunch of patches and carrying a bindle on a stick.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Joy Peters in "Rebirth" and "Zoo Trouble".
* InfantImmortality: Averted when the Mayor had the park completely covered with bear traps, causing the deaths of many children. Ironically, a bear that happens to come by remains unharmed.
** And averted again with the death of Tom's stepson when he literally explodes from eating too much at the buffet.
* InkSuitActor: Because the animation technique involves filtering photographs of the actors, all characters inevitably look like the actors voicing them.
** With the exception of Joy, who is voiced by Stephanie Courtney but played by Michael Q. Schmidt.
* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: in "Pipe Camp", Tom pronounces "aerobics" as "uh-roobics".
** In "Calcucorn" entrepreneur is pronounced "entreprenyer", or "entreprenoir" by Joy's ex.
* {{Jerkass}}: The Mayor, along with most of the residents of Jefferton.
** Gibbons is possibly the only person who can rival the Mayor in that regards.
* KarmaHoudini: Anyone who isn't Tom.
* LimitedAnimation: Characters hop to completely different poses with no in-between frames...usually. The few occasions where the humans are fully animated are extremely creepy.
* ManChild: The Mayor
* NegativeContinuity: Each episode is apparently the first time Tom and the Mayor are meeting.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in an episode wherein both reminisce to past times, Tom thinks back to events of past episodes and the mayor thinks back to only a few minutes prior.
** Actually, when you pay attention; it's only negative continuity as far as the Mayor's concerned. Tom's too weak-willed and passive to ever call the mayor out on anything (up to and including his forgetting who Tom is, even part-way through an episode). The Mayor just really is just so far off in his own world that he legitimately thinks it's the first time he's ever met Tom, each time. Tom just never has the insight or backbone to realise that including the Mayor in anything is begging for disaster.
* OncePerEpisode: Every time Tom mentions his plans to improve Jefferton, someone will respond with an expression of disdain or disgust.
* OnlySaneMan: Poor Tom. Although, his "sanity" is just in comparison to everyone else.
* PermanentElectedOfficial: The Mayor of course.
** With a very brief interlude from interim mayor Zynx.
* QuarterHourShort
* SanitySlippage: The Mayor gets ''weird'' during the balloon trip in "Boy Meets Mayor".
* {{Scotireland}}: Presumably the "Irishland" mentioned in "Boy Meets Mayor".
* SeriousBusiness: Anything the Mayor gets involved in gets an automatic Serious Business upgrade.
* SeverelySpecializedStore: This was a common gag; Tom opened a store called "Big Cups", which only sold big cups. There was also a store that just sold bear traps.
** And that bear trap store was inexplicably located next door to ''another'' bear trap store. The mayor seems to be the only client to keep them ''both'' in business.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Despite [[strike:Thaum Pieders]] [[strike:Tump Eaters]] Tom Peters being such a simple, obvious name, it will get inexplicably misspelled at every single occasion shown onscreen.
** A rare aversion occurs with the giant 200 dollar check from the Mayor to sponsor "Pipe Camp". There's a high probability that it's spelled correctly because [[spoiler:the Mayor wanted to be sure to frame Tom for providing tobacco to kids when the police inevitably cracked down on the camp.]]
* SuckECheeses: This is what Tom's historical-themed restaurant project becomes after he slumps into a coma for several weeks and the Mayor's nephew turns it into the [[XtremeKoolLetterz "WW Laserz"]] fast-food joint.
* ThemeTuneCameo: The Mayor sings "me, me, me, me, me!" to the tune of the theme song in "Vice Mayor".
* TooDumbToLive: The Mayor, roughly. No matter how dangerous most of the plans are (usually due to his meddling) he'll go through with them regardless--pretty much wrecking Jefferton, or dooming the town to destruction.
* TheVamp: Barb in "Pipe Camp", despite being nothing remarkable in a pair of mom jeans, uses her sex appeal to manipulate Tom into getting children to smoke pipes.
* TheVoiceless: Apparently Tom's Stepsons rarely speak but they can be heard crying in some episodes.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Tom vomits onto the camera in "Boy Meets Mayor". At least it's not very detailed.
* WellDoneSonGuy: One episode has Tom trying to do this to his estranged father. Course thanks to the Mayor, it only leaves their relationship worse off than before.
* YouLookFamiliar: Actors see a lot of recycling.
* YouMeddlingKids: Tom and the Mayor do this as they expose the city zoo's competing attraction, Bernie Fusterillio's Real Live Animal Experience. As they expose him in a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''-style DramaticUnmask, the conclusion turns into a GambitPileup of successive costume reveals.
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