TomSka (real name: Thomas Ridgewell, born June 27, 1990) is a UK-based web filmmaker, producer, vlogger and actor known for his live-action and animated productions, particularly asdfmovies. He also voices his Author Avatar, Tom in Eddsworld and, after Edd Gould's passing, is the main producer and scriptwriter. He has also served as one of the executive producers on Don't Hug Me I'm Scared from episode three onwards.His main YouTube channel is here, his second channel, containing mostly vlogs and behind-the-scenes material is here. He also has a Twitter and Tumblr account.He also made a game called KatataK (deriving from Cat Attack) that can be purchased for iOS and Android devices.His short film Hit It has its own page.
Tropes present in his works or otherwise related to him:
- Action Bomb: Tom himself is revealed to be one at the end of "HOLY SHIT CATS".
- Adult Fear:
- The end of "What Happened?" The basis of the video is that a suicide has taken place. Whenever someone asks what happened, another person will take the gun and, while explaining, shoot themselves in the head. A particularly diabolical officer forces this fate upon Tom by asking the question. It turns out that Tom had a wife and a son. His son then asks what happened. And you know what that means...
- "The New Kid". Imagine mistaking your own child for a homeless man and mistaking a homeless man for your own child.
- "Where's the Baby?"
- Affably Evil: Tom as an assassin who kills a man named Khyan and cheers up Khyan and tells him to man up and go talk to his wife in a really friendly manner, only for it to be part of his plot to kill him.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Well, if you consider "HOLY SHIT CATS" to be idiotic.Tom: I was really drunk when I wrote this film.
- Alter-Ego Acting: He usually plays an exaggerated version of himself.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The content warning in the description of “Magical Dream Bed” states that it contains, “Suicide, graphic violence (towards children), gore, torture, and showtunes.”
- The Atoner: He's said several times that he was kind of a horrible person growing up, especially towards women and part of his sex-ed videos are basically him making sure that other people don't make his mistakes.
- And I Must Scream: Of sorts, near the end of "What Happened?" The video is based around someone who has committed suicide, but whenever someone asks what happened, another person will take the gun and shoot themselves in the head. Tom is the Only Sane Man in this situation. There's a particularly diabolical officer who asks the question and forces Tom to shoot himself, screaming all the while.
- Author Appeal: Tom really likes guns and half of his sketches use them in some shape or form.
- Baby Talk: The gag of "Where's the Baby?" is that everyone talks like this when discussing the missing baby.
- Badass Beard: As you can see in the page image.
- Bad Boss: Tom is sort of one to his coworkers in the KatataK vlogs, and it gets Played for Laughs.
- Baleful Polymorph: In "Cake", Ben is turned into a cake by a wizard, and Tom and Kathryn try to help change him back (and resist the temptation to eat him).
- Big "NO!":
- Tom in "Takeout Robbery" when he realizes that the phone robber isn't going to let him leave.
- From the same video, the phone cop lets out one when his co-worker, Bob, is shot and killed by the robber.
- Tom also does one accompanying a key change in "Musical Suicide" when the woman confirms that she plans to commit suicide.
- The ends of "Literal Drinks" and "Christmas Demolition".
- Tom in "Takeout Robbery" when he realizes that the phone robber isn't going to let him leave.
- Bittersweet Ending: "Sniper Pug". While Sgt. Pugsley does pull a Deus ex Machina and save the team from meeting a death at the hand of their enemies, they realize a bit too late that they forgot about defusing the bomb that was the basis of their mission. Just as they have their Mass "Oh, Crap!" moment, the bomb goes off.
- Black Comedy: One of his fortes.
- In "OH NO SPACE CATS":"So I always hear, 'Tomska, you're so attractive! Why aren't you making a game?' And to that I always say, 'Oh no, the voices are back. I should take stronger meds.' (internal whispers)"
(cut to Tom laughing with his coworkers)
"I've started this off making a joke about a mental illness. This is going well."
- The "fake suicide prank" in "EPIC GIRLFRIEND PRANKS".
- Immediately after said prank, Tom suddenly shoots himself through the chin.
- In "PIZZA TIME", when Tom decides to order chicken barbecue pizza, Future Tom appears with a robot arm...and full-blown AIDS.
- In "OH NO SPACE CATS":
- Bond One-Liner: Many examples, usually at the end of a video and accompanied by Tom putting on his pair of sunglasses and subsequent dubstep music.
- Tom gets two in "Salon Shootout":
- "Sorry, kid. I don't make the condition..ers."
- "I'm glad we...straightened that out."
- (after defeating the Guitar Bandit) "You're a little flat. Don't fret about it."
- Tom gets two in "Salon Shootout":
- Book Ends:
- One of the first events of "HORSE" is Mrs. Johnson killing Tom with a knife. One of the final events is Mrs. Johnson killing a husband and wife with a knife.
- After the first gag in "The Confession", Tom says "I think that went well." After the final gag, Jenny says the same thing.
- Boom, Headshot: Tom has a special liking for this trope.
- Bottomless Pits: The titular hole in "The Hole", possibly.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
- Sort of.Here are some top tips for passing the time waiting for an ambulance: Read a book. Write a book. Book a holiday for your book.
- In "PIZZA TIME":Future Tom: The Nazis are back!
(Present Tom chooses another pizza)
Future Tom: The dinosaurs are back!
(Present Tom chooses another pizza)
Future Tom: Nazi...dinosaurs!
- Earlier in that short, Present Tom chooses a pizza that creates a future where gay marriage is mandatory. Later on, Tom chooses a pizza that creates a future full of...Future Tom: Gay Nazi dinosaurs!
- Earlier in that short, Present Tom chooses a pizza that creates a future where gay marriage is mandatory. Later on, Tom chooses a pizza that creates a future full of...
- Sort of.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The "Buy Some Shirts" song.Buy some shirts!
Buy a lot!
Buy some shirts so I can buy a-
Buy some shirts, and nobody gets hurt.
- "The Hole" appears again in "The Orb".
- The "Magical Dream Bed" song is the same as the "Magical Pony" song from asdfmovie6, with "pony" replaced with "dream bed" in the lyrics.
- Careful with That Axe: The result of Tom's "music phobia" in "Bad Singer".
- Catch Phrase:
- Mrs. Johnson has "I love it!"
- Tom has "Hey, you!" (formerly, "Hello, turbofans!"), accompanied with a little two-finger salute and usually followed by "My name is Thomas "TomSka" Ridgewell".
- Content Warnings: Tom has been using these recently for his videos.
- Curse Cut Short:
- In "Edd's Birthday", when Tom realises he's forgotten Edd's birthday.Tom: OH SHI - [title sequence]
- Also happens in "HOLY SHIT CATS", when he faces off against an army of cats.Tom: COME AT ME, YOU PUSSY MOTHERF- (explodes)
- In "Edd's Birthday", when Tom realises he's forgotten Edd's birthday.
- Deadpan Snarker: Tom has his momentsDanisnotonfire: What are all these dead bodies doing here?!
TomSka: Honestly, not much.
- In "Sniper Pug," Tom says that he's not comfortable with Sgt. Pugsy being on the team because he's a dog. This alarms his CO:Officer: How did you find out?!
Tom: It's kind of obvious.
- In "Sniper Pug," Tom says that he's not comfortable with Sgt. Pugsy being on the team because he's a dog. This alarms his CO:
- Delayed Reaction: Tom made a skit based off of it and named after it. It has a criminal that is about to be thrown off of a building, and when he is thrown off he actually lands on his two feet without a scratch. His reaction then kicks in, begging for his life, and as he tops it off with a Big "NO!" he suddenly throws himself into the ground.
- Deus ex Machina: Sgt. Pugsley's rescue in "Sniper Pug".
- Disproportionate Retribution: Chris stabs Tom in "STABBED" with a salty knife laced with tiny bees, then programs Tom's phone to order a mushroom pizza filled with more bees when Tom calls for an ambulance, all because Tom ate Chris's sandwich.
- Downer Ending:
- "What Happened?": Tom is forced to kill himself with the gun, and 10 years later his son inadvertently inflicts this same fate upon his mother.
- "STUPID JUSTIN BIEBER PARODY": Justin travels back in time to the Achterhuis when Anne Frank is hiding in it. He sings her a song and then leaves. The Gestapo most likely hear the song and decide to check behind the bookcase.
- "Where's the Baby?": Someone in a search party manages to find the baby, but it's buried in the ground. It then cuts to a headstone with "The Baby" written on it.
- "Musical Suicide": The Stinger reveals that the girl did go through with her suicide, as we hear a crash and a car alarm.
- Driven to Suicide: Tom tries to talk his lover out of this in "Musical Suicide", which is exactly what it sounds like. It turns out that Tom had mistaken her for someone else (after all, he had been looking at her from behind).
- The ending of "EPIC GIRLFRIEND PRANKS" has Tom saying "I love you" and shooting himself through the chin.
- Drop the Hammer: In one of Tom's KatataK vlogs, he opts to show the viewer some game footage. It then cuts to a hammer being dropped onto an iPhone. It's not pretty by the end.
- Dull Surprise: Tom throughout "The Hole". Alice even lampshades it.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: In "My Dream Funeral", Tom talks about how he wants to go out in this manner, such as in a bear fight...or from heart failure.
- E = MC Hammer: Parodied in "Cake". The whiteboard Tom used for "science" ends up filled with nonsense like a dollarsign, the infinity-symbol, the pi-symbol on a sticky-note, the phrase "A* in mafs", a pentagram, and crude drawings of - among other things - a cake, a cat, Earth, a cube, the TARDIS and a penis.
- Epic Fail: In "Baby with a Gun", Tom ends up threatening the titular baby with a gun of his own. Realizing how mean he sounded, Tom proceeds to give the baby his gun, and only then does he realize his massive fuckup.Tom: Now it's a baby with two guns.
- Fun with Subtitles: There's some fun to be had with some of the subtitles on Tom's videos. For a really good example, see "Sniper Pug".
- Gallows Humor: According to Tom's "dream funeral" video, he encourages this ten-fold with his death, wanting his friends to make the most crude and tasteless jokes under the sun.
- Gambit Pileup: On Valentine's Day, of all things.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Whenever Mrs. Johnson stabs someone in "HORSE".
- The Grinch: Exhibit A.
- Gun Nut
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: He suffered a bad one after Edd Gould died.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Edd Gould. Tom's mentioned how he and Edd were very close friends, collaborators, and even once said he was his muse. Makes it more tragic when Edd passed and Tom has struggled to keep himself up to spirits and continuing his show.
- Hurricane of Puns: "Rock Bottom". Unsurprisingly, starring Edd Gould.(Edd and Tom are stuck in a sunken house)
Edd: I got my grades back. They're below C level! *canned laughter*
- I Drank What?: In "Fire Man", Water Man reveals that his water supplies are actually from his bladder ("It's my big piss!")...right as his boss is drinking some of his water. He still decides to swallow it, though.
- Iconic Item: The dubstep sunglasses.
- I Knew It!: In-universe; Tom at the end of "Needles", when the time stopper finally appears.
- Incendiary Exponent: The second Banned University of Lincoln advert is nothing more than a lecture, where everything is on fire.
- Instant Sedation: Tom does this to himself in "The Confession".Tom: I chloroformed myself, didn't I?
Jenny: Yeah, you did.
(Tom holds chloroform up to his face, but Jenny slaps it away)
Jenny: Don't do it again!
- Killed Mid-Sentence: "What happened?" "Y'see, they took this gun, pointed it to their head, andBANG"
- Knife Nut: Oh, Mrs. Johnson.
- Manly Tears: While speaking of Edd Gould's death in My Friend Died.
- Meaningful Name: A real life version. "Thomas" is derived from an Aramaic word, which means "twin". As stated here, he had a twin sister who died in an accident before their birth.
- Mood Whiplash:
- In "The Confession":Tom: See, Chris, the thing is—(pulls out gun)—I'll just kill him.
- A rather shocking one at the end of "EPIC GIRLFRIEND PRANKS". We see Alice arriving at home, telling Tom that he has to stop pranking her. She goes into a dark room, turns on the light, and finds Tom hanging. It turns out to have been yet another prank.
- He starts "My Dream Funeral" by saying, "Hey you! We're all gonna die."
- In "The Confession":
- Motor Mouth: At times, during his vlogs:Hello Turbofans and welcome to the Turbovlog, the vlog where i talk Turbofast and you get Turboconfused... yay?
- Mummies at the Dinner Table: At the end of "Designated Driver", Tom confusing "dead" for "drunk."
- Naked People Are Funny: In "Edd's Birthday", Tom goes around asking his friends for present ideas. Matt suggests nudity as a present, and is naked when the camera turns back to him.
- Name's the Same: Chris 'Bing' Bingham, and Chris 'Crabstickz' Kendall have both featured repeatedly in his videos. Somewhat alleviated by Bing falling out with Tom before he started working with Crabstickz.
- Noodle Implements: "Picture Perfect" has a variant. Police arrive on the scene of Chris and Tom's double-suicide.Officer 1: They must've painted their killers before they died.
Officer 2: So we're looking for a centaur, an antisemitic cat, and the alphabet.
Officer 1: My god! They're back!
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Yes, Sgt. Pugsley does take out all those enemies in "Sniper Pug", but we never do see him behind the rifle.
- Oh, Crap!:
- In "Takeout Robbery".
- The end of "Sniper Pug". The team is celebrating Sgt. Pugsley's gallant sharpshooting that saved them from their enemies, only to realize that they never took care of the bomb that was the basis of their whole mission. And it's about to detonate.
- One-Man Army: Tom in "Christmas Demolition".
- One Steve Limit: Discussed in this video.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If Tom is speaking slowly in a vlog, you're gonna get some heavy subject matter.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Tom visits Alice at work dressed up as a delivery man in "EPIC GIRLFRIEND PRANKS". However, she actually falls for it.
- Police Are Useless: In "Baby with a Gun" the police are unconcerned that a minor wielding a firearm has broken into Tom's apartment.
- Precision F-Strike: In "Fire Man", the titular character played by Tom sums up his feelings towards Water Man in one sentence."I fucking hate you."
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
- Tom says "Christmas pun." before killing Santa with his own candy cane cannon.
- Tom says "No need to make this hairy!" before shooting an alien disguised as a female barber.
- Pun: The climax of "Guitar Bandit" features the line "Drop the bass!"
- Rapid-Fire Comedy
- Rearrange the Song: One of his scrap'd videos, "The TomSka Song" (made from a collab between Tom and The Living Tombstone), would later be released as "Tom's Dog", with all of the video samples extracted.
- Recurring Extra: Ever since "Mrs." Johnson appeared in The Fallen, the horse-headed person has appeared in many future sketches, always giving a thumbs-up and announcing "I love it" to whatever event is occurring. According to Meanwhile 2, she's also an exile from a parallel universe for unexplained crimes against her country.
- Roger Rabbit Effect: "Imaginary Friend" plays this straight, with Mr. Tibbles, his parents, and Dr. Unicorn Duck being 2D cartoon characters in a live-action setting.
- Running Gag:
- His hatred of Christmas.
- The "dramatic sting" in "The Hole".
- The fact that the party serves free drinks in "XBOX RUINED ME".
- Sadist Teacher: In "EAT YOUR FEELS", Tom briefly talks about a teacher that he had that would go to great lengths to crush his spirit: "Miss Trunchbull levels", as he describes it. The effects that the teacher forced on Tom got so bad that his parents pulled him out of that school to get away from her, but by this time Tom was already a husk of his former self.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: In "The Omega Diet", one of his "scrap'd" videos."I don't care if the rules contradict each other! I make the rules!"
- Screw Yourself: Wants to practice kissing with himself.
- Self-Deprecation: How I "Make" Cartoons.
- A much more serious case in The 7 Flaws of TomSka.
- Shower of Angst: The penultimate scene in "XBOX RUINED ME" is of Tom taking one. It comes out of nowhere as well.
- Signing Off Catchphrase: "TomSka OUT!"
- Slasher Smile: The officer in "What Happened?" who forces Tom to shoot himself after asking the titular question. He's in the video thumbnail, no less.
- Stylistic Suck: "Super Good Impressions", a video made for YouTube's Lo-Fi Week, was made to look like it was made earlier than it actually was.
- Subverted Kids Show: “Magical Dream Bed” starts out innocently enough, with the boy flying on the titular bed as they sing a Disneyesque showtune note That is until the airforce shows up, frightening the boy. The pillow (voiced by PewDiePie) then says he's not going back to jail and shoots himself. The boy (who is clearly suffering emotional trauma, not understanding what is going on) is then caught and interrogated by the police, who also killed the bed (with an axe, no less) shortly after he was caught. This revelation causes the boy to freak out even more, prompting the interrogator to restrain him and violently break his arm as he screams in agony. Yikes!
- Also, "Imaginary Friend", which starts with Lily and her cartoon cat friend Mr. Tibbles in a setting that is absolutely saccharine. Problem is, Lily is insane and has made a bomb as a gift for her friend, who is desperately trying to convince her to do something other than use it to blow up people. Also, it isn't made very clear just who the imaginary friend is...
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: "Buy some shirts! Buy a lot! Buy some shirts so I can buy a boat."
- Surreal Humor: One of his fortes. Take HORSE, for example, in all its sociopathic glory.
- Take That!: One against The Hangover Part II in "I Got Drugged".So I don't really remember anything from the night, but little bits kind of came back to me over the next couple days, including flirting with an assortment of people. I'm very sorry if that was you, I don't remember who you are, though, 'cause I got roofied, and it wasn't good, it wasn't like The Hangover 1, it was like The Hangover 2... forgettable.
- Tele-Frag: Happens in "Meanwhile 2".
- MANY TIMES in Time Trouble.
- That Came Out Wrong: In the description for "The Hole".Holes. Everyone's got one. Wait that came out wrong...
- They Called Me Mad!: Pretty much Lily's entire character in Imaginary Friend. To the point where she builds a bomb for the express purpose of "proving" her friendship with Mr. Tibbles is real by blowing people up. Bonus points for the line "To show them, Mr. Tibbles! To show them all!"
- The Stoic: During The Hole, Tom is completely stoic and deadpan about there being a hole in his floor, his favorite mug being thrown into the hole and shooting a hole person. Turns out he's more worried about the space octopus.
- The Talk: He has a series of videos where he discusses sex, foreplay, puberty, and porn.
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Despite his best efforts to convince his friend to go away in Le Alien, the frantic message for help he left on the friend's phone specifically mentioned that it was not a joke and that his friend shouldn't let him smash his phone (which Tom is in the process of shooting).
- They Killed Kenny Again: Tom dies a lot in his videos, but he's always fine by the next one.
- Too Soon: When it comes to Tom's dream funeral, he says that there is no such thing, freely allowing everyone to made the crudest jokes under the sun about his demise.
- Trade Snark: A now common occurrence in the subtitles is that any original proper noun has TM on the back of it.The Orb: *The Actual Sound Of Death Itself*
- Trauma Conga Line: In What's Wrong, Tom admits that not only are his parents divorcing, but his dog Dudley died shortly after he found out about the divorce. Tom then decided to break up with his girlfriend, and returned to his unhealthy habits of excessive eating and drinking (3 bottles of rosé wine a day). He also noted that he's having terrible thoughts that are bleeding into everything he writes.
- Trigger Happy: Just ask Bing, whom he shot at the end of "The Confession".
- In "Needles", he reveals that his preferred method of washing the dishes is shooting them.Jack: That explains what happens to the dishes...
Tom: Yeah I was...poorly raised.
- In "Needles", he reveals that his preferred method of washing the dishes is shooting them.
- Troubled, but Cute: Has admitted to being depressed and having a drinking problem, and comes off as a bit of a Sad Clown. He's still a good looking guy, however.
- Tranquil Fury: Displays this in Christmas Demolition.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Tomska is Sad: The Cycle, a minicomic he released on Tumblr.It’s also all true. Well, in one way or another. Everything that happens in the comic was based off of a real event or conversation. I really did shoot myself - but it was in the leg (and in 2011); I really did have that nightmare - but it was a lot longer than implied (and in 2014); and I really did play Smash Bros - but… Actually that one’s pretty straight forward.
- Vocal Dissonance: Parodied in "Bad Voice Actor".
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: The first gag in "The Confession", supplied by Tom.
- Wall of Weapons: Standard background for his vlogs. Interestingly, the guns on the wall are replicas, and because he is a registered filmmaker, he doesn't need a licence for them.
- We Used to Be Friends: A tragic case with him and Bing. It's implied the two suffered an immense fallout following Edd Gould's death, Tom remarking in one vlog he "lost a slew of friends", Bing probably being one of them. The fact he changed credits to Bing as "Chris" and the fact the two haven't had contact since 2012 seems to be the case as well.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: In "Guitar Bandit", Jenny plays a ukelele that summons an aura of hearts. She is kicked out almost immediately.
- Wishing for More Wishes: Subverted in "The Wish" as the genie makes it perfectly clear you can't do this, can't use a loophole to get around it, and in fact reduces the amount of wishes he'd grant to one for being pestered about it. The girl who found the lamp however is determined to get infinite wishes, by any means necessery