YMMV / Tomie

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Tomie a bitch because she's an Anthropomorphic Personification of lust and violence, and the death and destruction she causes in her wake the whole point of her existence in terms of the reason she was put on the earth?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "Hair", as it spends an entire Tomie-less chapter exploring a property of Tomie that ultimately amounts to nothing—no advancement of the Tomie "species", just death.
  • Complete Monster: Tomie is a Humanoid Abomination who enjoys toying with men to get what she wants. She gets them so devoted to her that they'll commit murder and suicide for her, and then drives them to murder her, after which she always regenerates, usually with multiple bodies in one Hive Mind. One time, she experimented on a girl, attaching chunks of herself to her victim that proceeded to grow into more Tomies on her. This leaves her in such pain that her screams sound like thunder. Another time, a bunch of Tomie chunks grew into more Tomies at the bottom of a lake, where they proceeded to lure many men to jump and drown one young boy. She also uses transplants to take over girls' bodies and minds completely. In the final chapter, she turns an old couple who took her in against each other, leading to the wife being Driven to Suicide and the husband killing Tomie and the maid, all so she could get their money.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Tomie has a lot of similarities to Helen Vaughan, a beautiful yet sinister woman who is a humanoid abomination from the novella The Great God Pan. They use their great beauty to seduce males then corrupt both soul and body of their victims.
  • Designated Hero: Tsukiko and the male model character from the later stories. The former is involved in taking pics of her male classmates without permission to sell to her female friends and the latter is an arrogant asshole who not only tries to disfigure Tomie after she disfigures him, but also starts creating NEW versions of Tomie (who can age, and by infecting baby girls) simply to torment the new versions by watching them age and lose their beauty that way.
  • Faux Symbolism: There's an argument to be made for the series and its titular character being a metaphor about abuse, but it could just be a horror series.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Tomie crossed it in the fourth chapter by grafting pieces of herself onto a girl that grew into many more Tomies, which are so painful that her screams sound like thunder.
    • The Tomies in the lake eating a boy alive in the sixth chapter is another one.
    • Little Finger is this for one of the later Tomies, showing any kindness or vulnerability she shows is a lie to Bait the Dog.
  • Technology Marches On: In "Photograph" it takes one accidental photo from the only girl in school who owns a camera to make Tomie lose her cool. How on earth would Tomie cope with everyone owning a camera that can instantly send film and video to everyone else? However the implication seems to be that not every photographer can bring this out of her. Her "father" in "Mansion" admits his own pictures never turn out that way.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tomie, actually. Despite being killed hundreds, if not thousands of times, she still continues to mock and belittle those obsessed with her, eventually having them snap and kill her in return. One would think she would learn after awhile. Then again, her ability to piss everyone off (or make them so obsessed with her that they murder her and hack her to pieces) could be intentional, as it allows her to "reproduce" over and over. The same could be said for every Tomie duplicate's desire to kill any other Tomies they encounter.