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* AccidentalInnuendo: The songs "See Me, Feel Me" and "Sensation".
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: For some reason, a good percentage of the Tommy {{Fandom}} seems to treat the Local Lad (''especially'' the Music/EltonJohn version) like he's a SissyVillain simply for being Tommy's rival when it came to being a champion at {{Pinball}}. As an unfortunate result, he occasionally ends up being treated like either TheScrappy or an AssholeVictim.
** To be fair, some versions of the musical do feature the Local Lad as something of an antagonist, but they're still pretty harmless in comparison to the other villains.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: "I'm Free" for one, which feels a lot harder than it sounds.
** Just about the entire soundtrack, really.
* CoveredUp: "Eyesight to the Blind" was originally by Sonny Boy Williamson II. The Who had also intended to use Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues" on the album, but couldn't find room for it, and so it had to wait until ''Live At Leeds'' to be covered.
** On top of that, when the Who performed Tommy on tour in 1989, they used Eric Clapton's arrangement of ''Eyesight'', from TheMovie, rather than their own arrangement from the album.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Uncle Ernie has a following, despite being a drunken child molester.
** Cousin Kevin occasionally gets this treatment as well, despite being abusive to Tommy.
* EarWorm
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Uncle Ernie, if you can believe it, has [[DracoInLeatherPants a whole host of fans]].
** Same with Cousin Kevin, though not as much as Ernie.
** Both the Acid Queen and the Local Lad have plenty of fans, too, despite the latter's hatedom calling him TheScrappy.
* EpicRiff
* FauxSymbolism: In the film, it's quite apparent that director Ken Russell has never met a piece of symbolism he couldn't beat his viewers over the head with.
* GrownTheBeard: Before this album, TheWho were considered a [[FifteenMinutesOfFame flash-in-the-pan]] BritishInvasion act known mostly for joke songs and [[RockersSmashGuitars destroying perfectly good musical instruments]]. Then along comes this record, really the first of it's kind, featuring rock n roll songs with tight composition and performance and a sophisticated overarching story, sending the band's popularity skyrocketing to the rock legends they are today.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** "Sally Simpson," where a girl is injured during a riot at a speech by Tommy. A real 1979 Who concert had several people killed outside the venue when people rushed to get in.
** "Fiddle About" is even squickier in light of Pete Townshend being investigated for child porn, and his revelation that he was sexually abused by a relative when he was a child.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Is there anyone who ''doesn't'' get choked up listening to "Listening To You"?
* HilariousInHindsight: In "Go To The Mirror!" the doctor thinks about the isolation shock caused when/if Tommy's senses return. When he does get them back, he mobilizes his cult of personality. {{Subverted}} later [[{{Foreshadowing}} when his followers leave him]] thanks to the unorthodox views he got from his experiences.
** In the movie, the [[OnlySaneMan Doctor]] was [[Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest played by]] [[Film/TheShining Jack]] [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Nicholson]].
** Another movie example: When Rod Stewart asked Music/EltonJohn if he should take the part of the Local Lad, Elton told him "don't touch it with a barge pole."
** In "Pinball Wizard", the question is posed if Tommy [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} sees by sense of smell.]]
* IAmNotShazam: A common mistake even among the fans is to call the character who sings "Pinball Wizard", well, the Pinball Wizard (or, [[IAmNotLeonardNimoy in the movie's case]], Music/EltonJohn). He's actually called the Local Lad according to the scripts for the movie and the lyric sheet for the original album.
** The lyric sheet of the original album also shows that the name of the character singing "The Acid Queen" is actually called The Gypsy.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: During the band's performance at {{Woodstock}}, the climactic moment of ''See Me, Feel Me'' happened to coincide precisely with [[CueTheSun the morning sun breaching the horizon]]. The group had a lighting rig (then a rarity) constructed to replicate this effect for later performances.
* OneSceneWonder: Music/EltonJohn's appearance as the Champion/Local Lad in TheMovie is one of the most talked-about parts of the film (he even got third billing after Daltrey and Ann-Margret), and he barely even gets five minutes of screen-time. It probably didn't help that it was released in the UK the day after his twenty-ninth birthday.
** [[TeensAreMonsters Cousin Kevin]], [[DisneyAcidSequence the Acid Queen]], [[OnlySaneMan the doctor]].
* {{Squick}}[=/=]NightmareFuel: Every one of the three {{Villain Song}}s. What Kevin, the Acid Queen and Uncle Ernie do to Tommy are one after the other on the album (though "The Acid Queen" and "Fiddle About" are separated by a ten-minute long psychedelic instrumental), making things worse.
** "Fiddle About" has Tommy's [[CreepyUncle Uncle]] {{E|vilUncle}}rnie [[{{Shotacon}} molesting]] him. Arguably, it's turned into a very dark SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} by [[CrazyAwesome Keith Moon]], the band's drummer, in TheMovie.
*** Made ''so much worse'' in the London Symphony Orchestra recording. Whose idea was it to cast [[RingoStarr the Beatle who sang all the cute kid's songs]] as Uncle Ernie? (Warning: may lead to constantly having to lift the needle off The White Album before it gets to "Good Night".)
* TastesLikeDiabetes: The ending to the Broadway version.
* TearJerker:
--> See me
--> Feel me
--> Touch me
--> [[TheWoobie Heal me]]
** Tommy's parents being killed by the angry mob at the end of TheMovie.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Could very well be part of why a lot of people in Music/TheWho FanDumb loathe the Music/EltonJohn version of "Pinball Wizard" with an immense passion. (That, and/or perhaps because at one point [[ItsPopularNowItSucks his version got almost as popular as the original]].) [[FridgeLogic Even though it was]] '''''[[Music/TheWho Pete Townshend]]''''' [[FridgeLogic who made most of the real changes]].
* WTHCastingAgency: For TheMovie, you have Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Music/EltonJohn, Tina Turner, Music/EricClapton, Keith Moon, [[CreatorCameo John Entwistle, Pete Townshend]]...[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and]] JackNicholson. [[TropesAreNotBad He does a pretty good job, for not being a singer.]]
* TheWoobie: Tommy might be the most epic example of this trope in music.

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