* {{Defictionalization}}: [[ShockAndAwe Thomas A Swift's Electric Rifle]].
* EthnicScrappy: [[UncleTomfoolery Eradicate Sampson]] - the, er, "eccentric colored man".
* MemeticMutation: The "Tom Swifties," mentioned in the main page, are now the most memorable thing from the series. [[BeamMeUpScotty Even if they didn't actually appear like that in the originals]].
* ValuesDissonance: The [[RaceTropes race relations]] in the 1950s books are fairly cringe-worthy now. ThomasPynchon called this out in his 1964 short story "The Secret Integration".
** Also, in the original pre-{{WW2}} stories, the [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms raygun]]-powered ImprobableAimingSkills and ATeamFiring of the later stories were averted as both sides regularly racked up an impressive body count with rather nonchalantly employed machine guns and artillery.
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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]]'':
* CanonSue: Tom Swift.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny:
-->''The lad observed that the stranger was clean shaven, except for a small moustache which curled up at the ends slightly.''
-->'''Joel''': [Gasp!]
-->'''Servo''': A GERMAN!
-->'''Crow''': KILL IT BEFORE IT BREEDS!
* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[EthnicScrappy Eradicate]] may be a walking, talking [[UnfortunateImplications ethnic]] [[UncleTomfoolery slur]], but he is the only one to successfully deceive and capture a German spy unaided - with nothing but a shed, a donkey and promises of sauerkraut. Tom and Crow are inspired to create their own German spy trap, [[MST3KMantra which somehow works despite being on a satellite]].
* WhatAnIdiot: [[OverlyLongGag Ned]].
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