Fan Fic / Thomas Abridged

This is the Island of Sodor as you've never seen it before.
—Synopsis, Thomas Abridged
Thomas is many things. A prat. A lover of many (or so he tells himself every night to try and make himself feel better), but he's also a tank engine, who lives at the Big Station on the Island of Sodor.
Now, many of you might be asking two things. One, what the hell is an engine doing living in a station? And two, what the hell's a sodor?
— Narrator, "Thomas and Gordon"
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Also, he'll want some more ciggies. He's nearly out and his driver won't give him any.
Thomas Abridged is a Thomas the Tank Engine Fan Fiction by ToonGuy, and as you might expect from the title, it's The Abridged Series of the misadventures of everyone's favourite attention-deficit-stricken tank locomotive.

As the page quote says, this Island of Sodor is quite different to the one we're used to on screen; the engines are decidedly more cynical and arrogant, and in some cases more alcoholic, than their TV conterparts. The Fat Controller also has it worse off, having to deal with his unruly engines, his matriarchial and irritable wife, and avoiding an aneurysm.

Along the way, though, a much, much Darker and Edgier subplot emerges in Season 2, which at first concerns the ghost of a background engine and Diesel getting possessed on his first week, and gets more and more significant as the story continues. There is a lot of things featured in the 'fic that you wouldn't ever see on the TV show; including time travel, parallel universes, portals, demonic possessions, and recreational drugs, just to name a few.

Filled to bursting point with British humour and an (un)healthy dosage of the Cerebus Rollercoaster, the longest Thomas 'fic on fanfiction.net (so much that it had to be split into two volumes, maybe even three) is most certainly worth a read.

The author has also written three (as of yet uncomplete) side-'fics; one is ''Now Playing, So Don't Go'', where a Humanised cast try to put on a production of Peter Pan in a run-down Knapford theatre, the keyword being 'try'. The other is ''Tales From The Abridgement'', set in the same universe as Abridged and where the cast get up to not-so-wacky shenanigans that more often than not involve alcohol, such as trying to pass the time when the power cuts out in Tidmouth Sheds, and enduring the abject horror that is "Comedy Night with Billy and Charlie". There's also ''TUGS Abridged'', which is... well, what do you think?


CUE THE TROPES!

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Edward disappears at the height of Season 4's mayoral race after a (supposedly) incriminating tape detailing what he did in the Second World War is on the verge of being released by Drampf and the Fat Director. Once the tape has been played to the inhabitants of Sodor, proving Edward's innocence, he returns to business a few days later.
  • Abstract Scale: James has two named after him: the James Level Of Smugness meter, which Emily nearly hits an eight on in "In Which No One Gets To Sleep", and the James Hatred scale, which Class 40 obliterates in "Bowled Out".
    • "Gallant Old Engine" makes mention of a Blandness Scale; Vanilla Ice is the worst possible level.
  • The Ace: Edward and Duck are among the most skilled engines on the railway; the first can be trusted with nearly any job and the second is part of the Iron Circle. On the other hand, you have Thomas, James and Gordon, who think they're this good, but in fact, they have little to no redeeming qualities.
  • Accidental Innuendo: Caroline is described as being "pounded" up a hill in "Train Stops Play". The narrator actually apologises for being immature.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Derek calls Bill and Ben "Bodger and Badger" the first time he meets them.
    • In "In Which A Grouch Steals Christmas", The Grouch (actually Diesel) addresses Peter Sam as Sir Handel.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Including, but not limited to:
    • The engines being able to shrug, write and punch despite the fact that they can only move their wheels and faces.
    • Thomas somehow being accepted as a candidate for the Mayor of Sodor.
    • Edward managed to write a book, titled "What Were They Thinking?! 100 Tales Of Stupidity From The Island Of Sodor", despite not having hands.
      • Edward's memoirs in said book include James' endeavours in religion and Gordon's Grand Designs-inspired attempts at building a shed.
    • Percy, Skarloey and Rheneas managing to carve an anatomically correct penis into the side of the quarry. Somehow.
  • Action Girl: Jinty and Duchess of Hamilton. Both of them are part of the Iron Circle, and the former even has twin AK-47s hidden in her buffer housings.
    • Mavis too, especially towards the end of Magic Railroad.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Henry, Gordon and James carry over their trademark catchphrase from the TV series of:
    Gordon: Disgraceful!
    James: Disgusting!
    Henry: Despicable!
    James: That was nice, the way you did that.
    Henry: You think? You know, maybe that should be our thing, you know, Gordon says Disgraceful, you say...
  • Affectionate Parody: Of the TV series, as the author dutifully points out in the author's notes for "Thomas and Gordon". All and any inconsistencies in the show are ruthlessly picked apart, including:
    • James being seen before his introduction, and whenever he tries to talk before the events of "Thomas and the Breakdown Train" the other engines refuse to acknowledge his existence or call him by his correct name.
    • Terrence the Tractor being a Perpetual Smiler, making Thomas wonder if there's something wrong with him.
    • Percy claiming he can see into the future when he correctly "predicts" the events of "Percy's Promise" a season early. Stepney later states that this is because of the immense amount of magic on Sodor.
    • Rheneas being seen on the Skarloey Railway when he's meant to be at the works getting an overhaul, so for the first half of Season 4 the narrator calls him "Rheneas' stunt double". It later turns out that the Stunt Double is an Other Railway spy, and then that it's a Brainwashed and Crazy narrow gauge engine engine-napped by the Other Railway.
  • Afterlife Express: The Death of the engine world is Ivor The Engine, whom Carlin meets in "Oliver's Find" when he goes back to 1944 with Mr. Benn to attempt to spare Edward the memory of being tortured by Germans.
  • The Alcoholic: Skarloey, to the point where BoCo gives him the name Drunky in his half-arsed bedtime story for Bill and Ben. In fact, Skarloey Lake got its name after he fell into it when extremely intoxicated.
    • Bertie is also one as of "Lady Hatt's Birthday Party", but he's in rehab, paid for using money he scammed off Thomas.
    • Derek is shown to be an even worse alcoholic than Skarloey in "Double Teething Troubles", as he is completely pissed throughout the episode.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Frequently.
  • All Just a Dream: In "In Which Bodies Hit The Floor", a B-Movie villain kills the engines one by one. It's actually just in James' head, fueled by a twenty-four hour binge of slasher movies.
  • Almighty Janitor: Duck may just be a tank engine, albeit a skilled and level-headed tank engine who's belittled and underestimated by the bigger engines, but he knows a hell of a lot about Sodor, especially concerning the Magic Railroad and Lady.
  • Alternate Universe: Played with in Season 5 in some of the Carlin and Benn subplots, but in Part 5 of "Thomas and the Magic Railroad", Mr. Conductor states that the titular railroad is a passageway throughout the Thomas Abridged multiverse. We get glimpses of the other universes as Edward travels through with Lily and the Conductors in tow, which are (assuming that the TV series is the current universe) The Railway Series, a genderbent version of the TV universe, a post-apocalyptic reality where the diesels win, a human version of the TV universe, Shed 17, and something with horses. Consecutive trips through the Railroad by Thomas reveals even more. Namely, The Adventure Begins, one where the engines are huge robots, one where they encounter strange Japanese creatures, a disturbing Nineteen Eighty-Four-esque universe where the engines rule over the humans, and an even more disturbing one with James and Edward tongue kissing. The return trip reveals Now Playing, So Don't Go, a Power Rangers-style universe (lampshaded by Lily), one where the engines are aliens, one where Thomas is a zombie and the official YouTube channel videos. But Burnett sees a final, seemingly unrelated universe, with nothing in it... except for a pair of pinprick glowing dots.
  • Ambiguously Gay: The other engines are convinced that James is gay, to the point that they place bets on when he'll come out of the closet to pass the time.
  • And I Must Scream: Marklin's fate, pre-Diesel. The details of what happened exactly aren't told to us, but a botched operation at the Works is what caused his death and left him, to quote the narrator, "gutted like a fish". After that, his restless spirit wandered the area, before he left for the Other Railway.
    • Boomer's fate at the end of Magic Railroad is downright chilling. After watching the Malevolence "reward" (read: ruthlessly murder) its followers, Boomer attempts to use his lightning powers to defend himself... only to have the Malevolence rob him of said powers and send him to the Magic Railroad. There, he finds Carlin, Hatt and Starr waiting for him, who beat the snot out of him and leave him to die. He slips and falls through one of the gaps in the ground, and, as rather nonchalantly noted by the narrator, he is still falling to this day.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Captain Zero's interests include making money, taking over the world, and Judge Judy.
  • Ascended Extra: Many, many smaller characters in the Railway Series and the TV series get more developed personalities and larger roles, like Jinty and Pug, the unnamed engines seen in "Edward's Day Out" in "The Three Railway Engines", the Fat Director, and characters like P.T. Boomer and Marklin that made no appearances whatsoever.
  • Asshole Victim: Hargreaves is abrasive and manipulative, and never really takes either side, which makes it all the more (strangely) satisfying when Boomer snaps his legs in two.
  • Author Appeal: The author's Welsh heritage means that a few in-jokes and references about the language and culture crop up throughout the series.
  • Badass Grandpa: Edward is one of the oldest engines in the 'fic, and can certainly pull his weight in doing work and controlling Bill and Ben. Not at all surprising considering his experiences in the Second World War.
  • Bad Boss: The Fat Director is so feared that even his equals (bar P.T. Boomer) dread having to talk to him.
  • Bad Dreams: James has a nightmare in "In Which Bodies Hit The Floor" where his friends are brutally murdered by a slasher movie villain.
  • Banned in China: In-Universe. Edward, Henry, Gordon and James are permanently banned from the city of Manchester after James told a joke that pissed off the entire city.
    James: What does Manchester United and a pile of poo have in common, aside from the obvious?
    • Thomas' talk show "Tankin' with Thomas" is banned in seven countries, and passed around on bootleg DVDs everywhere else.
  • The Bartender: Percy was one at The Sidings for a while. If that's even possible.
  • Bedmate Reveal: In James' Dream Within a Dream in "In Which Bodies Hit The Floor", after he wakes up from his first dream, he sees Busta Rhymes next to him, realises he's still dreaming, and promptly screams.
  • Berserk Button: James has a few: the other engines deliberately getting his name wrong prior to the events of "Thomas And The Breakdown Train", the other engines mimicking his pronunciation of "Rabbish!", and Dean Martin.
    • Gladys (a.k.a. Old Slow Coach) being called, well, Old Slow Coach, instead of her proper name.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Toby claims in "Bull's Eye" that only weird people like to get up close and personal with animals.
    Toby: I'm sure that there are some people who like getting stuck into farm animals, but those people are what we call weirdos. Or farmers. Or weirdo farmers, if you want to combine the two.
  • Big Bad: The Fat Director is the one at the head of the Other Railway, and is also the one leading the operation to capture Lady from Sodor.
    • Marklin is also shaping up to be one.
    • As of Season 5, the Malevolence is The Man Behind the Man, having upsurped the position of Big Bad from Marklin. Well, sort of, considering that the Malevolence is the thing controlling Marklin.
  • Big Damn Movie: "Thomas and the Magic Railroad", or to give it its full title, "Thomas and the Magic Railroad Abridged With 100% More Edward Than The Actual Movie".
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In-Universe. When the power goes out in Tidmouth Sheds in "In Which Bodies Hit The Floor", Percy attempts to liven up the ensuing conversation by asking how The Clangers procreate. The other engines respond accordingly, that is, by being very worried for Percy's mental state.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The Sodor Railway Worker's motto is "Confusio et mora", which is Latin for "confusion and delay".
  • Bi the Way: Henry is revealed to be bisexual in "Percy, James, and the Fruitful Day", but it isn't a major part of his character. Drampf, Thomas' opponent in the Sodor mayoral race, uses this against him in a newspaper article in "Bowled Out".
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: City of Truro is probably the most reasonable and nicest of Duck's associates, but it turns out he's a racist, backstabbing murderer who killed St. Eustace and routinely wipes his associates' memories if something goes wrong.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Just as Burnett and Tasha are getting married, a very angry Boomer and a resurrected Malevolence show up and proceed to fuck shit up. By the time the battle is over, Jock is dead, the rest of the Small Railway engines are entombed in a mountain with a Willo-turned-Boulder keeping guard, and Lady flees Sodor for Shining Time.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Repeatedly. Often in the form of the characters in-universe yelling at the narrator for an unflattering comment.
    • Edward attacks the author in "In Which There Is An Anticlimax" for making him waste an entire night on a murder mystery which didn't even have a death in the first place.
  • Brick Joke: James mentions early on in his Dream Within a Dream that waking up next to Busta Rhymes must be a shocking experience. Guess who he sees in the shed later.
  • Broken Pedestal: After Duck reveals his status as a spy to save Oliver's life in "The Magic Railroad: Part 2", the other engines, especially Edward, treat him coldly until he tells them the truth. Except Toby, who knew it all along.
  • Buffy Speak: Annie calls one of the features on Thomas' branchline "The Bridge With Urine-Coloured Water".
  • Burn the Witch!: Edward mentions a Noodle Incident in which James is nearly drowned for being a witch.
    • Gordon and Henry initially believed that Toby was an incarnation of the Devil, and the former suggested burning him.
  • Butterfly of Doom: Mr Benn mentions off hand that his time-traveling results in the extinction of The Clangers and the destruction of Mars in 2068.
  • Butt-Monkey: Since nearly every character has suffered equal amounts of humiliation, it's hard to name one of these, but under his workload and having to deal with idiocy on a daily basis, Edward is probably the closest.
    • As of late The Fat Controller has suffered a lot more than usual.
  • Cabin Fever: Gordon, James and Henry go straight off the deep end after being locked in their shed at the end of "Trouble In The Shed".
    James: I'M THE SPECIAL ONE!!!
  • Came Back Wrong: Marklin is confined to the spirit world after dying in an operation at a workshop on the mainland, but he returns to haunt Sodor and the Other Railway.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Both Percy and Gordon try and fail to woo Daisy. Percy gives up within a day after discovering how horrible she is, but Gordon manages to linger on a little longer.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The 'fic changes in tone repeatedly, and often with little contrast; see Cerebus Syndrome below.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The 'fic gets hit with this hard in Season 2, when it's revealed that Diesel was possessed. It gets Lighter and Softer during Season 3, though, but it gets Darker and Edgier at the end of 3 and throughout 4, where we get to see the Other Railway in more detail and learn more about Edward's past.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Marklin makes a few, largely unimportant appearances throughout Season 1. He returns to possess Diesel in Season 2 and becomes a major player on the Other Railway.
  • Church of Happyology: James invents the "Church of James" in "Tales From The Abridgement", after being inspired by Tom Cruise and his exploits in Scientology. While it does have a couple shreds of generosity (namely selling poorly-made, overpriced merchandise to its followers), it's a thinly-veiled attempt to further inflate James' massive ego.
  • Cloud Cuckooland: Sums Sodor up in one word.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Peter Sam is by far the Ditziest of the narrow gauge engines and has a tendency to retreat into the company of his numerous imaginary friends.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Being George Carlin, Henry's (and later Percy's) driver is susceptible to this.
    • Percy drops a huge one on the Fat Controller in "Percy's Predicament".
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Germans do this to Eagle, Albert, Biggles and Thistle in Edward's WWII flashback.
  • Comic Trio: The big tender engines have one. Gordon is the schemer, Henry is the voice of reason and James is the idiot.
    • Thomas' Branch Line has a more defined one. Thomas is the schemer, Toby is the voice of reason and Percy is the idiot.
  • Comical Overreacting: In "Thomas and the Rumors" the three big engines, Gordon especially, take things too seriously with the apparent rumor that Harold is out to try and replace them. Percy tries to get everyone to calm down...
    Percy: He's not trying to kill us!
    Toby: You see! Thank you, Percy! Someone smart, and sensitive, and thoughtful-
    Percy: He's just counting sheep!
    Toby: I give up.
    Gordon: PAH! HE'S JUST COUNTING HOW MANY LITTLE ENGINES HE CAN PICK OFF AND SKIN ALIVE!
  • Commie Nazi: Oliver accuses Bulgy of being one.
    Oliver: Evil commie Nazi!
    Duck: Oliver, I'm fairly sure that the terms 'commie' and 'Nazi' are mutually exclusive, but what the hell do I know about politics?
  • Comically Missing the Point: Happens many times.
  • Companion Cube: Tom Tipper the postman is really quite attached to his van. Perhaps a little too attached...
  • Composite Character: Smudger was revealed to have been converted into Bertram.
  • Couch Gag: Throughout Seasons 1 and 2, and part of Season 3, each chapter opened with a conversation between the narrator and the producers. This was eventually phased out, and chapters now just start with "CUE THE THEME!"
  • Crapsack World: The Other Railway is dark, grimy, and never sunny. Oh, and it's populated by "fakes", which are mindless clones of Sodor diesels with a taste for human blood, and it's also the headquarters of an operation trying to take over Sodor and capture Lady.
  • Curse Cut Short: Many times.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: It's probable that a lot of Edward's deadpan attitude and status as The Cynic came from being tortured during the Second World War.
  • Darker and Edgier: Things take a turn for the serious when "A Close Shave" reveals that Diesel was possessed by the vengeful spirit of Marklin. The latter is confined to the sideplot for the rest of the season and throughout Season 3 and 4, but still keeps a heavy presence.
  • Dark Fic
  • Dark Reprise: Oliver sings a menacing version of "Pop Goes Ol' Ollie" in "The Magic Railroad: Part 8" when he finishes off S.C.Ruffey once and for all.
    Trucks are dying all around, blood is flowing freely,
    Here's a fool who thought himself wise, and demeanor steely.
    But now he's really figured out, that he's no bloody toughie,
    His friends are gone, now he is too-
    (crushes face beneath his wheels)
    -pop goes S.C.Ruffey!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Practically every character has had bouts of sarcasm. Percy and Edward are particularly susceptible to getting snarky.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Edward and BoCo talk while the former is trapped at Shining Time in "The Magic Railroad: Part 5".
  • Delayed Reaction: From "Diesel Does It Again":
    Duck: I said to him, I said, 'now listen Gordon, you can be a prat to me, you can be a prat to the coaches', and here he turned red-
    Diesel: Good morning.
    Duck: Good morning, Diesel- and so I said, 'but you cannot, under any circumstances, call my friend a -DIESEL?!?
  • Demonic Possession: The ghost of Marklin does this to Diesel. He also takes control of Class 40, but nobody seemed to notice.
    • Thomas has these whenever someone insults him.
  • Denser and Wackier: Than the TV series.
  • Distant Reaction Shot: Happens three times in "Thomas, Percy and The Dragon" with Percy when he screams in terror. The first his scream reaches Brendam Docks, the second time it reaches Hatt Manor and finally on the third occasion in goes as far as London.
  • The Ditz: The average IQ on Sodor isn't very high, especially when James, Oliver, and most of all Peter Sam are thrown into the mix.
  • Doorstopper: So much so, that it had to be split into two volumes; the first volume alone consists of 140 chapters and over half a million words.
  • Dragons Are Demonic: The Malevolence's original form before it was 'killed' was a jet-black dragon.
  • The Dreaded: Having to work with Bill and Ben is viewed akin to the death sentence. Edward and BoCo are the worst off, considering they have to sleep in the same shed.
    • This is Played for Laughs with Terrence, who due to his permanent smile manages to unnerve everyone who meets him. At one point Thomas even calls him "a grinning demon from hell".
    Terrence: Also, does my face frighten you? People say I should smile less.
  • Dreadful Musician: Nobody (except the engine himself) can bring up James' disastrous singing career with a straight face.
  • Dream Within a Dream: In "In Which Bodies Hit The Floor", a serial killer stalks and kills the engines one by one. It's just in James' head, but when he wakes up next to Busta Rhymes he realises he's still dreaming and screams.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Bulgy and George are this. It doesn't exactly help that their driver works for the Fat Director.
  • Dwindling Party: In "In Which Bodies Hit the Floor", the engines are killed off one by one by a slasher movie villain, the order being: Edward, Neville, Gordon, Percy, Donald, Douglas, Emily, Oliver, Henry, Toby, Thomas, Duck and Rosie. James kills the murderer after Rosie dies... but it's just in his head, fueled by a 24-hour binge of B-Movies.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Malevolence's final form, which is created when Marklin and the soul inhibiting Diesel 10 rejoin, fits this to a tee. It's described as a giant, black cloud, with an innumerable number of limbs, a wide mouth stretching as far as you could see, and a lone, massive eye in the centre.
  • Enemy Mine: Duck and an unpossessed Diesel enact a truce in "Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday".
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Daisy puts on a faux French accent (that sounds more like Essex) to try and impress Percy and Toby. It dies a horrible death when she sees the shed.
  • Evil Knockoff: D1, D2, D3, and D4 are this to Mavis, Daisy, Bo Co, and Diesel respectively.
  • Fairy Tale Episode: BoCo tells Bill and Ben the story of "Mavis White and the Seven Narrow Gauge Engines" which is, obviously, a bastardisation of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" in "In Which A 'Story' Is Told". Daisy becomes the evil queen, whereas Mavis represents the eponymous White. Duke, Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, Peter Sam, Rusty and Duncan become Duke (again), Drunky, Blandy, Pissy, Pratty, Saney and Snarly.
  • Fat and Skinny: Pug and Jinty, in that order.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: Some of the major accidents are described in a lot of detail, as is the torture of Edward's friends by Germans during the Second World War.
  • Fantastic Racism: Bulgy is probably the biggest racist on the show. He only sells the Daily Mail on board, and his passengers are entertained by fake Margaret Thatcher speeches recorded by his even more racist driver.
    Bulgy: (spits at railway) Probably built by some bloody immigrant.
    • In "Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday", Diesel tells Duck that City of Truro is extremely anti-diesel.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The Fat Director is an evil, heartless man. Which he masks under an initially friendly demeanor, even when he's sending his workers to their untimely deaths at the hands (buffers?) of the Fakes.
  • Flashback: Edward has one in Season 4, about the torture of his friends by Germans in the Second World War.
  • Flat Character: Rheneas suffers from this badly. Especially since Skarloey can't even tell him apart from a piece of cardboard. His dwarf name that BoCo makes up for his half-arsed bedtime story in "In Which A 'Story' Is Told" is Blandy.
    • Toby, Mavis and several of the non-rail characters are also lacking in the personality department, but nowhere near as bad as Rheneas.
  • Freudian Excuse: The Fat Controller claims his father never loved him and uses it to get more sympathy from his employees.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: While James is friends with a lot of other engines (and we're really stretching the word "friend" here), there are few that can stand him. This is also the same case for Thomas, Gordon, Sir Handel and Duncan.
  • Future Me Scares Me: From "Paint Pots And Queens":
    Present!Gordon: Yes. Drink it in. This is your future! You only get better with age! I cannot promise I can answer any questions, but-
    Past!Gordon: When did I get so old?
  • Giver of Lame Names: James is usually quite witty when it comes to taking the piss out of others, but he has been shown to emulate this. In "In Which No One Gets To Sleep", he calls Emily "Miss Haggis".
    Emily: James, ye're losin' yer touch wit' tha insults!
  • Grand Theft Me: Marklin takes control of Diesel in an attempt to have Duck killed.
    • He also takes over Class 40 in order to infiltrate Sodor again.
  • Gratuitous German: Spoken by Nazis during Edward's WWII flashback.
    • Marklin, when either alive or dead, tends to pepper his speech with German phrases.
  • The Grim Reaper: Represented In-Universe by Ivor The Engine of all things.
  • Gone Horribly Right: A tank locomotive signing up as a mayoral candidate seems absurd, but every one of his friends bar Edward, initially, happily support it, and somehow Thomas becomes one of the prime candidates for the Mayor of Sodor. He comes third, though, with Bedella claiming victory.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Jinty and Pug are part of an organisation trying to save the very core of Sodor, but they're some of the most abrasive characters in the 'fic. This is also the case for St. Eustace.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: This is Rheneas' mode of speech. All the time.
  • Hand Wave: Done in the very first chapter.
    Narrator: Also, yes, there are talking trains on this island. There's probably a reason but I don't care, and quite frankly I don't think any of you want me to waste time with explaining it. Moving on.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: After getting possessed by an evil spirit, and then exorcised, Diesel goes from downright evil to relatively kind, but then he goes straight back to being horrible again.
  • He Knows Too Much: Duck knows a lot about the Fat Director's plans, so it's not surprising that he was at the top of Marklin's hit list.
  • Hero of Another Story: When George Carlin comes to the Island in Season 1, nobody thinks much of him other than as a foul-mouthed, alcoholic engine driver. But once he leaves at the end of Season 4, it becomes apparent that there is much more to him than initially seems. For starters, he's not even the real George Carlin, and his possession of a whistle filled with gold dust cements his ties to Shining Time and the hunt for Lady. He goes back in time with Mr. Benn at the start of Season 5 to try and track her down that way.
    • Duck also counts as the reason he is on Sodor in the first place is because he is also involved in the search for Lady.
  • Hope Spot: Played for Laughs in "Bye, George!" when Percy takes said steamroller away. Skarloey and Rheneas are relieved to see the back of him... only to realize that they're stuck working with Sir Handel and Duncan.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: The theatre troupe embark on one in "Now Playing, So Don't Go". A whole host of things go wrong. Very, very wrong.
  • Hypocrite: In TUGS Abridged, Captain Star immediately believes Ten Cents neglected to deliver the barge in "Pirates"... after having just taught a moral about not jumping to conclusions. He apologizes, and says he probably shouldn't have done that, though excuses it because he was irritable from having to go to work so early.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every chapter in "Tales From The Abridgement" starts with "In Which A..."
  • I Knew It!: Toby figured out that Duck was a spy long before he was forced to reveal it.
  • Incoming Ham: From "The Runaway":
    Thomas: WHAT HO YOU LOT!
    Percy: Oh God, he's back.
    Toby: Well, it was nice while it lasted.
  • Incompetence, Inc.: Even more so than in the TV series.
    • The Fat Director sees the Other Railway as this.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Gordon and Henry make some really bad cow-related ones in "Cows".
    Henry: They'd have to moooove out of the way!
    Gordon: Yeah! 'Cause we're a cud above the rest!
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Edward tends to embrace the alcohol in stressful moments.
  • In-Series Nickname: Almost all of the engines call the Fat Controller "Fatty" when he's not listening.
    • The drivers and other railway employees tend to refer to him as "The Fat One".
    • One of the big engines' (although it's mostly James) many derisive nicknames include calling Percy "pea-green".
    • 8783 is called "Biggles" by Eagle, on the account of him liking to watch the planes go by.
    • Eagle and the others deliberately call Edward "The Blue Engine" to undermine him.
    • St. Eustace refers to James as "brake blocks".
  • Insistent Terminology: Bill and Ben don't work with drugs, they work with clay. CLAY.
    • Also, it's not a railROAD, it's a railWAY, as stated several times by Thomas in "The Magic Railroad".
  • It Makes Sense in Context: The Fat Controller purchases anti-aircraft guns for Sodor, despite the fact that the Cold War is over.
  • Jerkass: A lot of characters are any one of the following: rude, selfish, big-headed, just to name a few. In fact, it would probably by easier to list the characters who aren't one of these.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: James may be narcissistic and rude, but at least he had the kindness in him to get Edward a Dean Martin CD for Christmas. He also gets information from St. Eustace about Drampf being a draft-dodger after he revealed that Henry was bisexual during the election.
    • Sir Handel is one of the more disagreeable engines on the Skarloey Railway and frequently acts like a complete arse, but he does show genuine concern for Peter Sam after the latter's accident with the slate trucks. He was also very grateful to Duke after he saved him from falling off the side of a mountain.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Unsurprisingly, the Malevolence. After causing pain and strife for millenia, it promises to reward its loyal followers after Marklin and the soul in Diesel 10 rejoin in "The Magic Railroad: Part 10"... only to brutally murder the Mooks and rob the key humans, most of all Boomer, of any power they have.
    The Malevolence:'''I AM THE GREATEST EVIL THAT THIS UNIVERSE HAS EVER AND WILL EVER SEE. I LIE. A LOT.
  • Kafka Komedy: Percy often feels like his life is one of these.
  • Karmic Death: Gotch, a proud pro-road advocate, is cornered and crushed to death by Terence, Trevor, and Bertie - the three most prominent non-rail characters in the series.
  • Killed Off for Real: The Spiteful Brakevan, as per the TV Series in "Break Van"
    • 'Arry and Bert kill BoCo at the end of "Double Teething Troubles".
    • Eagle, Albert, Biggles and Flying Thistle are all brutally killed by Nazis during the Second World War.
    • Jinty and Pug die at the hands (buffers?) of Diesel 10 in "The Magic Railroad: Part 2".
  • Knight of Cerebus: Marklin, a background engine who made but a footnote in the early seasons and dies following a botched operation on the Other Railway at the end of Season 1, is arguably one of the most frightening characters the 'fic has come across so far. He makes his first non-corporeal appearance possessing Diesel in an attempt to kill Duck, and he seems to be one of the masterminds behind what goes on at the Other Railway. From then on, he appears as a dark, shadowy engine-like shape that makes even Duck shudder. Hell, even his speech is in bold writing to make it stand out!
  • Large Ham: The Fat Controller has done a great deal of shouting as the series has gone on.
    • Thomas, James and Gordon also tend to leave their inside voices at home.
    • The aeroplane Tiger Moth is also shown to leave his indoor voice behind.
    Tiger Moth: LOOK AT ME! I'M TIGER BLOODY MOTH!
  • Lethal Klutz: Bill and Ben are so accident-prone that they've managed to burn down Brendam harbour. Three times.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: All of the characters from the TV series make appearances, plus some RWS-exclusive ones and a lot of people that either made miniscule appearances in the TVS and RWS, plus a few that were invented by the author.
  • Local Hangout: The Sidings, Knapford's nearest pub. Percy has a short stint as a bartender in Season 1.
  • Long Runner: It has been updated at least fortnightly for over a year.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Fat Director is the first character to be introduced as an alleged Big Bad, but in Season 2 & 3, it's clear that Marklin takes that role. However, Marklin is upsurped in Season 5 by the Malevolence, which is also revealed to control Marklin.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Diesel is this during the "Duck & Diesel Trilogy". He was possessed at the time, explaining why he isn't like this in future appearances.
    • S.C.Ruffey also manipulated Bill and Ben into burning down Brendam Docks, as revealed in "Toad Stands By".
  • Massively Multiplayer Crossover: Every British TV show exists in this universe. Included, but not limited to, Count Duckula, Bagpuss, Postman Pat, Will-o’-the-Wisp, Alias the Jester, Noggin the Nog, and Tugs.
  • Medium Awareness: The characters in BoCo's bedtime stories for Bill and Ben know they're in a story.
    Narrator: He was lightning fast, and was there almost at the very moment she called for him.
    Narrator: I SAID, HE WAS THERE ALMOST AT THE VERY MOMENT SHE CALLED FOR HIM.
    Narrator: GORDON, THAT'S YOUR BLOODY CUE!
  • Memetic Mutation: In universe. James' mispronunciation of rubbish as "rabbish!" has become this.
  • Mood Whiplash: See Cerebus Syndrome and Cerebus Rollercoaster above.
  • More Dakka: Jinty has twin AK-47s hidden in her buffer housings. We only see her use them once before Diesel 10 kills her.
  • Motor Mouth: Oliver has a tendency to ramble on, mainly about how he escaped from scrap. This eventually gets on the nerves of everyone.
  • The Multiverse: The TV Series (i.e. the one we're watching) takes place in one of many similar, but different universes. The Magic Railroad acts as a passageway between said universes (see Alternate Universe above).
  • Mushroom Samba: Edward, Gordon and James endure one of these in "Toad Stands By" when Henry spikes their drinks.
  • Mute, but Not Silent: Bert can only communicate by grunting. For some reason, 'Arry can understand him completely.
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: Duck has been called Goose on two occasions. First by Class 40 in "Bowled Out" and again by Past!Gordon in "Paint Pots and Queens".
    • Stepney has been misnamed as Stepford by Thomas, and Shadnell by Class 40.
    • James is deliberately called Jerome before his proper introduction.
    • Derek accidentally calls Bill and Ben "Bodger and Badger" in "Double Teething Troubles".
    • Stepney calls Diesel, Roderick for some odd reason in "A Suprise For Percy"
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Malevolence, The Man Behind the Man and main antagonist.
  • Nice Guy: Sodor is severely lacking in these, and only a handful (Edward, Duck, BoCo, Rusty, and Peter Sam) can really qualify as 'nice'.
  • Never Live It Down: Nobody lets James forget the time that he mispronounced "rubbish" as "Rabbish!"
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The three big engines fill the role nicely, with Henry being the nice, Gordon the inbetween and James the mean.
    • The three tank engines also fall into this category, with Toby being the nice and Thomas and Percy alternating being the mean and inbetween.
  • Noble Fugitive: Stepney, a famous engine in preservation circles, gets kidnapped (enginenapped?) by the Fat Director's goons and held hostage on the Other Railway. As per the TV Series, he's eventually rescued by Rusty.
  • No Inside Voice: James loses the ability to talk quietly in Season 5, and every single announcement he makes is shouting.
    • The Fat Controller has also forgotten how to speak in a normal tone recently.
  • Noodle Incident: Edward mentions one in "Tales From The Abridgement" where James is almost drowned for being a witch.
    • Donald admits in "In Which There Is An Anticlimax" that he has experience of grave digging.
    Donald: Don't panic.
    Douglas: What?!
    Donald I think Thumper may or may not be dead.
    Douglas: WHAT?!
    Donald: I mean, I dinnae know what we were expecting.
    Douglas: WE'RE STANDING NEXT TO A HOLE WITH A CORPSE!
    Donald:...it wouldnae be my first time.
    Douglas: Donald!
  • No Sympathy: If a character is feeling down or ill, do not expect anybody else to care.
  • Not Your Problem: From "Granpuff":
    Edward: BoCo?
    BoCo: Hmm?
    Edward Island's on fire.
    BoCo: Huh.
    Edward: Bill and Ben are definitely locked in the sheds?
    BoCo: Uh huh.
    Edward: Then it's not our problem.
  • Off-Model: Whenever there is a mistake in the TV Series, expect its abridged version to comment on it.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In "Bye, George!", Percy, Skarloey and Rheneas managed to drunkenly carve a penis into the side of a quarry. Somehow.
  • Oh, Crap!: James in "The Flying Kipper", when he realizes that Henry isn't moving or responding after his crash.
  • One Crazy Night: "In Which No One Gets To Sleep".
    • "In Which A Dinner Party Is Held"/"In Which There Is An Anticlimax" also counts.
  • One-Winged Angel: Davidson lets loose his electrical power during his fight with Duck in "Mind That Bike". It ultimately kills him after a displeased Marklin rams him into the sea, electrocuting him.
  • Only Sane Man: While a hell of a lot of the engines are missing something in the smokebox, a few other engines are the only ones that can keep them from going (figuratively) off the rails, namely Edward, Duck and BoCo. Toby too, but he can only stop Thomas and Percy from doing stupid things and is just as prone as athe others to cocking up.
    • The Fat Controller is the smartest amongst the humans on Sodor, but he too makes just as many brainless decisions.
    • On the Skarloey Railway, Rusty is the only level-headed one there, especially when you consider that two of his workmates need psychiatric help, and the others are an alcoholic, an narcissist, and a Scot.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "The Magic Railroad: Part 7", the ever-cheerful Terrence gets a serious upgrade in badassery when facing down Lorry #2, all because he stops smiling.
  • Our Ghosts are Different: After his untimely death, Marklin returns to the corporeal realm as a ghost. Usually, he's confined to a misty silhouette of his former engine self, but his primary method of enacting the Fat Director's plans is taking control of the diesels that visit Sodor on occasion; so far, Diesel and Class 40 have been taken over by Marklin.
  • Overly Long Gag: From "Escape":
    Edward: Listen, Douglas, I wanted to talk to you about earlier.
    Douglas: Aye.
    Edward: Now, Trevor and I are old friends. I would appreciate it greatly if you could be perhaps a tad more polite? I think he gets the idea that you hate him.
    Douglas: Aye.
    Edward: (frowning) Douglas, Pancake Day is being transformed into National Reich Celebration Day.
    Douglas: Aye.
    Edward: You're saying aye just to get me to leave, aren't you?
    Douglas: Aye.
  • Parody Fic
  • Perpetual Smiler: Terrence the Tractor can often be seen "grinning like a loon", and everyone who sees him thinks he's a little off-the-chain.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Lampshaded by Percy in the finale of "The Magic Railroad" after Toby electrocutes Splatter.
    Percy: Did you say something witty like "How shocking!" or "I think you'll find this electrifying!" while you were at it?
    Toby: Percy, an engine is dead in front of us.
  • Precision F-Strike: Duck does this on occasion to help get a point across.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When a particularly heavy cliffhanger is dropped, the "TO BE CONTINUED" is this.
  • Pyro Maniac: Just what is it with Bill and Ben and Brendam Docks?
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Percy unleashes an absolutely volatile one on the Fat Controller in "Percy's Predicament", thanks to several shots of morphine and his driver's foul mouth.
    • Diesel gives a harsh one to Gordon in "Tender Engines", which triggers the latter's Heroic B.S.O.D.
    • Edward delivers one to Thomas in "Thomas And The Special Letter" after the latter crashes through a wall thanks to his own sheer incompetence.
  • Red Herring: Sodor is this for the Other Railway and the Malevolence, which Stepney states might have been intentional; the last known location of Lady was on Sodor, so that's why it's crawling with OR informants and spies. But actually, Lady's true location is in a cave near Shining Time.
  • Revenge of the Sequel: In-Universe. Sodor's own slasher movie franchise, Scratch, has twelve sequels. The series is, as follows: Scratch, Scratch II, Scratch: Something Wicked, The Return of Scratch, Son of Scratch, The Return of the Return of Scratch, Scratch's Curse, Scratch In Da Hood, Scratch On Vacation, Scratch in Jail, Scratch IN SPACE, Scratch (remake), and Daughter of the Son of Scratch. It's actually in James' head, fueled by a 24-hour marathon of horror B-Movies in "In Which Bodies Hit The Floor".
  • Running Gag: Whenever a character says "Rubbish!" as an exclamation, it's pronounced as "Rabbish!", like the way James did so in "Duck Takes Charge".
    • Oliver mentioning that he'd escaped from scrap.
  • Sanity Slippage: Henry, Gordon and James go off the deep end when they get locked in Vicarstown sheds for two weeks straight after the events of "Trouble In The Shed".
    • Edward goes through this when the Fat Controller makes him work with Bill and Ben in "One Good Turn".
    • Percy suffers one at the end of "Percy's Predicament".
    • Peter Sam as well, in "Special Funnel".
    • Gordon goes through an existential crisis in Season 4 after he meets Sir Handel, believing he's come across a miniature version of himself.
  • The Scream: Percy manages three in "Thomas, Percy, and the Dragon". The first reaches Brendam Docks, the second Hatt Manor, and the third one goes all the way to London.
    • Edward's scream is apparently heard all around the world in "Heroes" after the Fat Controller forces him to work with Bill and Ben.
    • Duncan's scream of terror reaches the works and it wakes up Sir Handel, Duke and Betram in "Duncan Gets Spooked".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Henry seriously nopes out when he sees a light in an abandoned station in "Haunted Henry".
    Henry: OOOOOHH NO, I'M DONE, THE TRUCKS CAN DELIVER THEMSELVES, I'M OUT, I'M DONE, I'M BOTH! IT'S G-G-G-G-GHOSTS! EDWARD WAS RIGHT, I WAS WRONG, I DON'T CARE! SCOOBY DOOBY DOO, WHERE ARE YOU?! ANSWER: NOT FUCKING HERE! NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE!
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The reason why Diesel was so horrible to Duck in the D&D arc of Season 2? He was possessed by the vengeful and angry spirit of Marklin. He's later exorcised, though.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Willo The Wisp is transformed into Boulder after his fight with the Malevolence.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: In "Stepney Gets Lost", Captain Baxter and Adams argue over if nose is a necessary design for an engine.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Edward survived the Second World War and watched the torture of his friends with a pneumatic drill and a hacksaw at the hands of Germans and was unable to do anything. When he goes into hiding at the height of the Sodor mayoral race in Season 4, Gordon and Henry use the noise of a drill to "trigger" Edward back to his senses.
  • Shout-Out: There are a couple references to Ivor The Engine and Star Wars scattered throughout the 'fic and Now Playing, So Don't Go.
    • At one point in "Bye, George", George quotes Android 16's lines from Episode 55 of Dragon Ball Z Abridged, which was released the week prior.
    • Ivor the Engine/Death's mode of speech is based on that of Death from the Discworld books.
    • In "Duncan Gets Spooked", two of the slate trucks are named Steve and Perry.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Expect George Carlin to swear at least once per sentence.
    Narrator: He spoke in asterisks a lot, he was a very strange man.
    • Captain Baxter of the Bluebell Railway also tends to curse at everyone he talks to. Though according to Stepney it means he likes you.
  • Skyward Scream: Percy manages three in "Thomas, Percy and the Dragon".
  • Smoking Is Cool: Thomas tries to invoke this when he gets addicted to ciggies in Season 1. He gives it up come Season 2 after Edward got him nicotine patches for Christmas.
  • So Bad, It's Horrible: "Comedy Night With Billy and Charlie", which is a long, painful comedy act of bad puns and offensive jokes that Cross The Line Twice.
  • Soul Jar: Both Diesel and Class 40 have been taken over and controlled by the ghost of Marklin.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: From "Diesel Does It Again":
    The Fat Controller: YOU- (horn)! YOU ABSOLUTE CRAP EATING SON OF A- (horn again)! YOU UGLY SON OF A- (horn yet again)! AND A- (and again)!
  • Spin-Off: TUGS Abridged.
  • Spiritual Successor: To ''Tales From The Other Railway'', due to them both being cynical yet humourous twists on the original stories and giving several one-shot characters larger roles.
  • Taken for Granite: The Malevolence turns Willo the Wisp into Boulder during the fight at Burnett and Tasha's wedding. A heavily injured trio of the Small Railway engines entomb themselves into a mountain near the quarry, leaving a petrified Willo on the surface to guard them. When the rock around said mountain is quarried, Boulder starts moving to cause havoc and protect Rex, Mike and Bert.
  • The Stoner: Henry claims in "Henry and the Elephant" that he was high during the events of "The Sad Story Of Henry".
    • He also gets Edward, James and Gordon high on an acid-like substance in "Toad Stands By".
    • In "Thomas & Stepney", Rusty reveals to Stepney that they've been trying to stop Rheneas sniffing glue.
  • Team Dad: Edward and BoCo are begrudgingly this for Bill and Ben.
  • Time Travel: "Paint Pots And Queens" nicely explains away the problem that arised when "Down the Mine" and the former episode were adapted three seasons apart by having a Past!Thomas and Gordon and a Present!Thomas and Gordon. While the Present pair are away in London, the Past pair emerge through a portal at Bluff's Cove and go back to the past when the Queen has left. Marklin also enters the portal and witnesses the future, and the events of Misty Island Rescue, Day of the Diesels, and The Great Race, all of which happen more than ten seasons in the future.
    • Carlin leaves Sodor at the end of Season 4, only for him to join forces with the main characters of classic British animation and join the hunt for Lady. At one point he goes back in time to witness the Malevolence's original form and the beginning of anthropomorphic machines.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Trevor feels that saying "I like children" is this.
    Trevor: You know, I keep forgetting that that sounds rather wrong.
  • There's No "B" in "Movie": The engines watch a twenty-four-hour marathon of cheesy horror movies in "In Which Bodies Hit The Floor" which indirectly gives James a nightmare where all of his friends are brutally killed by a stereotypical slasher villain.
  • Those Two Guys: You'd be hard-pressed to find an instance where Bill and Ben aren't seen together.
    • Jinty and Pug also count. Well, sort of, since Jinty's female.
    • Donald and Douglas as well, but to a lesser extent.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Brutally averted in "Passengers and Polish"; the Germans that torture and kill Edward's friends during WWII are not Played for Laughs.
    • Played straight when Oliver calls Bulgy a Nazi.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Donald and Douglas can be this if they're particularly angry. Duncan is this more often.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The main cast, while they all have something against one another, do have a solid friendship between them.
    Henry: If we hurried across the viaduct, it might collapse! And then, not only would you have no passengers at all, not only would you be lost a dear and close friend who puts up with your crap far more than he ought to, but you'll also be seeing the backside of a lawsuit for an unsafe working environment and several from the victim's families! What would you do then?!
    Thomas: Run my train on time for one thing!
  • Was It All a Lie?: This is what Percy asks Duck when the latter reveals he's been a spy all along. Thankfully, it wasn't.
  • Wham Episode: There are an awful lot of these, often in quick succession.
    • "A Close Shave" reveals that Diesel was possessed by the angry and vengeful ghost of Marklin.
    • "Mind That Bike" brings about the end of the Sodor mayoral race, Davidson's and Drampf's deaths, the destruction of Knapford harbour, and the 'trailer' for Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
    • "Cranky Bugs" reveals that George Carlin isn't the real George Carlin, and that all classic British animation series exist in the same universe.
    • "Double Teething Troubles" sees BoCo leave Sodor, only to be killed by 'Arry and Bert, who intend to use his body to help build Diesel 10.
    • In "Toby's Discovery", it's revealed that Bertram is actually a resurrected and rebuilt Smudger, sent to infiltrate Sodor by the Other Railway and to get revenge on Duke.
    • In "A Suprise For Percy", Stepney tells Duck that he has discovered an old prophecy, telling that Lady has the ability to grant great power to seven engines in order to defeat the Malevolence. In a flashback in the same episode, this is revealed to be true.
    • In "Busy Going Backwards" it's revealed that City of Truro was indeed involved with St. Eustace's death. Truro also reveals that there are two Juggernauts, which are actually two of the engines that worked on Sodor during the war, then resurrected (although nowadays they go by Alfred and Cecil). Duck then gets his mind wiped, though not before Truro reveals this is not the first time he's had it done to him, Diesel (who fails to get away) is brought back to the Other Railway to be reprogrammed. Furthermore (if this episode wasn't whammy enough by now), Alfred and Cecil are actually working for the Other Railway and not for Truro (as he thought).
    • In "Rusty and the Boulder" a flashback to 1955 sees the return of the Malevolence (this time back in dragon form, pre-Marklin, who battles it out with Lady and the small engines. Jock is killed while Bert, Mike and Rex are all badly wounded in the ensuing battle. Lady is seriously injured by Boomer and The Malevolence, but still strong enough to move under her own steam. Carlin, Benn and Tasha get involved in the battle too, allowing Burnett to hightail back to the Magic Railroad. Willo is then transformed into Boulder, while the three small seal themselves into a mountain to recover from their injuries while !Boulder/Willo acts as there guardian, as Carlin and Benn chase after the Malevolence.
    • In "Snow", continuing on from the previous episode, The Malevolence continues to tail Lady and Burnett. Lady uses her last bit of magic on The Malevolence, which allows her, Burnett and Tasha to escape to Shining Time. The Malevolence then transforms himself into a smoke-ikel apparition and makes a beeline for a newly opened time portal. Carlin and Benn quickly give chase in a hot-air balloon, but almost immediately after Boomer shoots Benn dead, and the Malevolence makes it through the portal. It then cuts to the modern day at the smelters where 'Arry and Bert are completing the final touches to Diesel 10 by adding his claw. The Big Bad Ensemble of the series is present (The Fat Director, Captain Zero, present day Boomer, Gotch, Marklin, one of The Juggernauts, Class 40, George, The Three Horrid Lorries, Scruffy and several other trucks and Other Railway workers); The Malevolence then comes through the portal and enters Diesel 10's body. After a few a seconds Diesel 10 opens his eyes and smiles as all the villains cheer in triumph.
  • When It All Began: Stepney tells a story in "Train Stops Play" about how the steam train came about, explaining that magic is the reason for the engines' sentience, and that Sodor is the place where the steam locomotive was invented. It's also said that Lady and Proteus were the first of their kind. After all, Stepney said it was just a story, but it's implied to be much more than that...
    • It's solidified as being real in "James and the Trouble With Trees", when Carlin goes back in time to when Sodor was uninhabited and witnesses the beginning.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: After trying and failing to ruin Edward's reputation by informing the public about his experiences in the Second World War, the Other Railway takes a new approach by planting a bomb in his tender. Edward first notices the ticking in "Fish", but it could go off any time...
    • It detonates in "Mind That Bike" with enough force to destroy Knapford harbour, but instead of killing Edward it kills Drampf.
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