* AccidentalInnuendo: [[http://fuck-kelsifer.tumblr.com/post/39655448475 This bit]] from the first short, to the point that it was more than likely [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar intentional]].
** Similarly, [[http://darzeken.tumblr.com/post/121791169139 this particular scene...]]
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Several cartoons imply that Tom and Jerry are actually friends who enjoy their game of chase. TheMovie made it pretty explicit.
** Also, fans who view Jerry as the VillainProtagonist.
** Similarly, does Tom really chase and/or torment Jerry for the heck of it,or is he just doing his job under his owners' orders?
** Is Spike the world's worst guard dog? He spends more time helping Jerry out than guarding the house like he's supposed to.
* ArchivePanic: The original MGM series [[LongRunner lasted for the better part of 20 years]], and that's not counting the Deitch and Jones shorts, TV shows, and movies, [[OneHundredPercentCompletion if you're really a completist]].
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Jerry. Is he the victim to Tom's constant pursuit, or a jerk who provokes him?
* ContestedSequel: Or series in this case. Depending on who you ask there can be different cut-offs and zig-zags.
** The Deitch shorts are often contested.
** The Creator/ChuckJones shorts, while generally considered better than most if not all other post-Creator/HannaBarbera installments, are either loved or hated. Jones himself didn't care much for the Tom and Jerry shorts he did, but they did give him practice for when he created the TV adaptation of ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas''.
** The [[WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryShow 70s era]] has a lot of detesters, but seems to get ahead of Deitch and Filmation these days. It's also held in higher esteem by general Creator/HannaBarbera fans.
** The Filmation show gets more disowners. It started the trend of other MGM cartoon characters entering into the franchise, but it seems people think it was better handled later.
** ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'' is neck and neck with the Jones era for second best by most. But it still has some detractors.
** And finally in the recent incarnations, the DTV features and ''Tom & Jerry Tales'' are in decent standing with plenty of people on the other side.
** Similar to [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo others]], the CN reboot WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryShow seems to be very well liked by certain people and viewed as inferior to the DTV line.
* CriticalResearchFailure: "Tom and Jerry meet Sherlock Holmes" gets a pretty noticeable case of this if you happen to be a ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' fan. In one scene, Holmes mentions the case of the Red-Headed League and Watson responds that it was a crime perpetrated by Holmes' nemesis, Moriarity. The Red-Headed League caper was actually masterminded by a criminal named John Clay.
** Might be a genius bonus - at least one Holmes adaptation (the Jeremy Brett series) has retconned Clay into being an underling of Moriarty.
** "Rock'n'Rodent" really should've been called "Jazzin' Jerry"; the music in the cartoon sounded closer to upbeat jazz than what rock & roll sounded like when the cartoon was released in 1967.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: "Solid Serenade" and "Saturday Evening Puss".
** "Mouse in Manhattan" uses "Manhattan Serenade" for the bulk of the picture, and it has to be the most brass-heavy, upbeat version of the song ever composed.
** As far as the Deitch shorts go, his final cartoon "Carmen Get It" is light-years ahead of any of his prior shorts in the soundtrack department, swapping out the sparse, tinny music previously used for a decent-sized orchestra and some actually very good renditions of the music from ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}''.
* DesignatedHero: Jerry skirts this line in many cartoons. Nowhere is this worse than in "The Two Mouseketeers", which Tom's death is somehow treated as heroic despite Tom not doing anything heinoius and Jerry and Nibbles showing no remorse for him.
* DesignatedVillain: By the same token, we're almost ''never'' meant to be rooting for Tom, even if he didn't actually do anything to provoke Jerry (or if Jerry doesn't even have the right to be provoked, like in the short when he screws with Tom's piano recital because it was disturbing his sleep or ruined Tom's game of golf because again, it disturbed Jerry's sleep; never mind that Jerry's the idiot who decided to set up shop in a concert hall's grand piano or inside the hole at a golf course.
* DorkAge: The Gene Deitch shorts, which wreck the formula by giving Tom a {{Jerkass}} owner who beats the stuffing out of him whenever he slips up. Moreover, it suffered a lot of [[OffModel animation errors]]. Not to mention the 1970s TV series.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Tom never ever did ''anything'' wrong! Tom was only following his instincts, how ''dare'' Jerry object to being eaten!
** Jerry is a cute lovable mouse! It doesn't matter if he ruins Tom's life again, again, and again! [[note]] And in one occasion, got him ''killed''. [[/note]] It doesn't matter if he steals food and other things from the house's owners! That dirty tomcat deserves all the abuse he gets!
* EthnicScrappy: Mammy Two-Shoes. Later TV airings would dub her with a less "stereotypical" voice, but it didn't last long.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Stealing food is good. Punishing those tasked to stop you is good.
** It's arguably meant to act as TruthInTelevision. Jerry is a mouse and thus takes whatever food is available to survive, making him more of a LoveableRogue. Though granted there are shorts where he steals ''a bit'' more than his own means.
-->'''Human:''' Besides, a mouse doesn't eat very much...
--> ''*Jerry glances at a huge pile of stolen food hidden in his mousehole*''
** "Blue Cat Blues" more or less seems to suggest that [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]] is the best solution to a lousy love life, as Jerry's inner monologue laments, "It's better this way."
* FanficFuel: What would happen if Tom even ''caught'' Jerry? The possibilities have been speculated since the beginning.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: Tom and Jerry would in some of the original shorts be friends and speak, though the entire point of such an episode is that something would always come between their friendship, [[StatusQuoIsGod making them fight again]]. These elements are what are most reviled about ''The Tom And Jerry Show'' from the 1970's, and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie''.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: ''Tom and Jerry'' has always been an incredibly noteworthy part of American animation since its debut, but its use of MickeyMousing helps to grow its audiences outside of the United States, because so little of the series (including its [[{{Slapstick}} humor]]) has to be translated into foreign languages. A particular example is the [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2005-09-23/tv-asahi-top-100-anime series' popularity in Japan]], where (at one point in time) it was not only the ''only'' non-{{anime}} series to make an audience top-100 list, at #58, it beat out other series such as ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' and ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell''!
* GrowingTheBeard:
** The earliest cartoons featured Tom and Jerry looking more like a real cat and mouse, and making real animal sounds. Hanna and Barbera soon realized that this made them too much like laughing at animals getting hurt, and anthropomorphized them a little more.
** The fifties era Hanna Barbara shorts gained a better grasp of the grey dynamic between the two. The slapstick was more free game, Tom usually avoided being a DesignatedVillain, with Jerry either having a more benevolent personality or being punished whenever he surpassed Tom's mean streak. Their FriendlyEnemy chemistry was also displayed on a more regular basis. Most of the supporting characters had also been fully established and different backdrops from the usual household were frequently used, making for less formulaic scenarios.
** For some this even applies to Gene Deitch's shorts, as quite a few fans felt that "Carmen Get It" was where Deitch and the animators finally managed to nail the ''Tom and Jerry'' formula. Unfortunately for Deitch, that was the last short he worked on for the series; MGM pulled the plug on his team and gave the series to Chuck Jones immediately afterwards.
* HilariousInHindsight
** Used to be the #1 Cat Cartoon in Japan. Then from the shadows a [[WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball weirder talking cat]] took the crown.
** Tom and Jerry are widely considered to be the greatest silent comedy duo in animation. Their two creators would go on to [[Creator/HannaBarbera start an animation studio notorious for extremely dialogue-heavy cartoons]].
* HoYay: There's some of this as well, considering the fact that both Tom and Jerry are males. [[HilarityEnsues Jerry even kissed Tom more than once, just to annoy him]].
** In one episode of ''The Tom and Jerry Show'', Jerry is hit with a love potion and falls madly in love with Tom, to the point where he is willing to let Tom eat him.
* HypeBacklash: Widely considered to be one of the greatest theatrical cartoon series from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, but in the internet age, a handful of notable (and notably opinionated) animation personalities such as Creator/JohnKricfalusi and ''Cartoon Brew'' editor Amid Amidi have criticized the shorts for their [[StrictlyFormula formulaic stories]] and supposedly unimpressive "workman-like" animation.
* IronWoobie: Tom sometimes get his moments.
* InternetBackdraft: When news came of the release of Tom and Jerry Golden Collection Vol. 2 deliberately not including the long awaited shorts "Mouse Cleaning" and "Casanova Cat", Warner Home Video got hit with such rapid online backlash from fans and collectors (amazon.com's [[http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Jerry-Golden-Collection-Blu-ray/product-reviews/B008POPRS8 page for the set]] has ''155 one star reviews, all complaining about this'') that they decided to postpone its release (although its uncertain if it will get released with the shorts, or will be canned altogether).
** If the same internet legions are good at research it appears to be the selling people vs the legal people. It seems that set will not come unless the day comes the legal team allows those two shorts in it.
** Surprisingly averted that no completists are ragging about no The Mansion Cat either? Sure it's a modern short, but it's also indeed not out on home media for whatever reason. Making it the third we lack on DVD.
* JerkassWoobie: Both characters fall in this trope rather sadly. Jerry, for exemple, may be [[DisproportionateRetribution exceedingly vindictive]] on Tom, but he generally is only trying to survive, and be honest, Tom generally [[AssholeVictim deserves what comes upon him]]. Tom, on the other hand, is often punished for his own cruelty towards Jerry, [[HoistbyHisOwnPetard usually ironically]], but there times were he becomes the victim of Jerry without provocation, and as said before, Jerry can go way [[DisproportionateRetribution too far in his retalation]] at times. Also, Tom tends to be treated like crap by several other characters (like his owners and Spike) for little to no reason, and for the most times, Tom chases Jerry away because he's '''ordered''' so, rather than any actual malice towards the mouse. So, he doesn't deserved ''all'' the shit that happens to him, and let's not forget the infamous "The Two Mouseketeers", in which Tom '''dies''' because of Jerry's actions.
* MagnificentBastard: Jerry sometimes tends to be this.
* MemeticMutation: (from the movie) "We've ''got'' to have... ''[[LargeHam mmmmoneeeeeey]]''."
** Also from the movie: The VillainSong "What Do We Care" is apparently so much an EarWorm that it's spawned numerous {{Fan Vid}}s starring cartoon villains.
** [[NightmareFuel "Doooon't youuuu believe it!"]]
*** [[OlderThanTheyThink That meme was actually started by a radio show debunking WWII propaganda.]]
** [[EvilGloating Mwahahahaaa, in me power!]]
** [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench "Sigh... I love you. When I wiz you, I am, how you say, a hip cat."]]
*** "Boy, are you corny. How many times have you been told that?"
** An AsideGlance of Tom's from the cartoon "Bad Day at Cat Rock" became a Website/FourChan fad.
** So has the ending to "Blue Cat Blues".
** [[{{Earworm}} Is you is, or is you ain't my baby?]]
** A screencap of a [[http://i2.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/019/041/tumblr_my1j9fTt3u1s9gsijo1_400.png wedge-shaped Jerry]] (after eating a wedge of cheese) from the short "Fit To Be Tied" has become a photoshop meme called: "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-know-he-ate-a-cheese i know he ate a cheese]]".
* MoralEventHorizon: A rare equal opportunity example. While there are times Tom is just asking for a comeuppance, the shorts were often perfectly willing to exemplify when Jerry's antics crossed from karmic or mischievous to outright malicious, usually leading to a rare LaserGuidedKarma victory for Tom. In cases ''both'' characters had gone to vile measures against the other they would usually face equal punishment.
* MostWonderfulSound:
** The opening theme in the Hanna-Barbera shorts as a whole would fit under this, but it's the conclusion of the theme (as the "Produced by Fred Quimby" title card would appear) that's especially beautiful.
** One of the best inclusions of the Gene Dietch era was adding a closing fanfare version of the theme when the cartoon ended.
** Tom's iconic "leather-lunged scream" (as described by TheOtherWiki), performed by Hanna himself.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: The {{SNES}} game is just another bland platformer, where the player, as Jerry, plays through a series of stages, running around until he hits the end of each stage and fights Tom. Along the way, he can pick up peas that he can use to throw at his enemies. The music is composed of nothing but random beeps. The game's multiplayer aspect is no better; to quote a Website/YouTube commentator:
-->So, lemme get this straight, both players, not even playing at the same time, have to complete the level, and if one dies they switch.
** Averted with "The House Trap" on the PS1, which is a decently fun Spy vs Spy clone with well designed home level.
** Also averted with Fists of Furry on the N64. A Tom and Jerry fighting game might sound like a recipe for disaster, but the end result is a competent PowerStone clone with the cartoon's slapstick elements mixing into the formula very nicely. Later got a spiritual sequel in PS2 and Gamecube as War of the Whiskers
* RootingForTheEmpire: Tom. This actually made its way in-universe to some extent. Allegedly Hanna and Barbera got several letters from fans rather irked by the heavy punishment Tom suffered in many early short. As a result many more later shorts actually let Tom [[TeamRocketWins get the last laugh]] (most of which were karmic victories due to Jerry starting the feud).
* TheScrappy:
** Mammy Two-Shoes.
** The Babysitter who would ignore the baby and talk on the phone while [[EnemyMine Tom and Jerry would work together]] to try to steer the baby away from danger qualifies. She also repeatedly abuses Tom for [[UngratefulBitch saving the baby]] and blames [[NeverMyFault Tom and Jerry for endangering the baby when she's the one who never watches it]].
** Spike could probably count, as well, always putting the blame on Tom even when there's no proof he bothered him.
** Heck, anyone who touches the cat. (And isn't the mouse.)
** Heck, ANYONE who is a human! For [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie various]] [[HumansAreBastards reasons]]. The worst being Clint Clobber who would assault Tom in ways that are way too harsh to be funny.
* SophomoreSlump:
** The second major ''Tom & Jerry'' era, Gene Deitch's run, is often considered one of its worst eras, if not the absolute worst.
** Oddly enough, Chuck Jones's era has something of an inversion -- his second short, "The Cat Above and the Mouse Below," is often regarded as the best one that he did.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The direct-to-video films (such as "Tom & Jerry & The Magic Ring") feature a sound-alike to the classic Tom & Jerry theme.
** In the case of "The Karate Guard", not only does the opening horn fanfare sound similar to the ones in the classic cartoons, but Warner Bros. designed their VanityPlate to look ''very'' identical to MGM's blue-background cartoon intro (they can't use the logo itself because MGM is still a separate company- they just own the pre-1986 stuff thanks to the 1996 merger with Turner Broadcasting, who acquired the library in 1986 after having MGM/UA for 74 days, then returning it).
* {{Squick}}: ''Heavenly Puss'': the implied causes of death of the cats in line for the train - most particularly the kittens in a burlap sack.
** In ''The Karate Guard'', the samurai bulldog slices through Tom top-to-bottom at one point. Tom is facing the camera and we don't see anything, but we heard this disturbing ''wet'' sound of stuff falling out before he passes out out of frame. Jerry stares at the audience with a wide-eyed look of shock!
** The infamous "The Two Mouseketeers" cartoon, in which Tom is [[KilledOffForReal '''beheaded for real''']], albeit left off-camera for obvious reasons.
* TearJerker:
** "Blue Cat Blues", no doubt about it.
** The ''Heavenly Puss'' kitten scene.
* ToughActToFollow: Like most cartoon seires' from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, the original shorts are iconic. Any re-imaginings that followed are up for interpretation.
* UglyCute: [[BadassAdorable The tiny bulldog]] in "The Cat's Me-Ouch" and "Purr-Chance to Dream.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Tom. It's been said that you know you're a grown-up when you watch [=T&J=] and start rooting for him.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Jerry under similar stipulations.
* ValuesDissonance: The many BlackFace gags and Mammy Two-Shoes' original voice.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: It is easy for first time viewers to assume that Jerry is a female since he has long eyelashes, [[MasculineLinesFeminineCurves round features]], [[PaleFemalesDarkMales a light color palette]], a tendency [[TakeThatKiss to kiss Tom,]] and a [[MamaBear motherly protectiveness]] over his sidekick whether it be a younger mouse, baby bird, duckling, or puppy.
** In ''Tom and Jerry: The Movie'' as well as his cameo in Anchors Aweigh, he even has a female voice actress.
** Let's not forget, his original name was the gender nonspecific Jynx.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Thanks to MGM's hefty budgets and the skilled work of several master animators, the original shorts feature some of the best character animation by a non-Disney studio. The effects animation in ''Heavenly Puss'' for the hell scenes is still stunning 70+ years later.
* TheWoobie: Tom, in a lot of the Gene Deitch shorts.
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