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* BrainsAndBrawn: George and Len (whose names are likely a ShoutOut to ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''), the henchmen of Tom's evil alternate universe counterpart in the 90s book "The Negative Zone", and get tricked into helping the real Tom when he ends up there.

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* BrainsAndBrawn: George and Len (whose names are likely a ShoutOut to ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''), the henchmen of Tom's evil alternate universe counterpart in the 90s book "The Negative Zone", Zone" are a thug and an engineer. They get tricked into helping the real Tom when he ends up there.in their world.



* RealityEnsues: Particularly in the 90s series.
** Invoked in ''Aquatech Warriors'', in which the BigBad plans to use a massive conventional bomb to raise an island into the sea he can call his own. After his plan is thwarted, Tom tells the gang what would have happened if the plan had succeeded: No new island nation for the BigBad; "only" a tsunami that would have hit Jamaica, killing upwards of 50,000 people.
** In ''Death Quake'', being only eighteen, Tom has a difficult time being taken seriously by a visiting adult scientist.
** In Quantum Force: Tom Swift uses his newest invention to exact some payback on some muggers -- and gets grounded as soon as he gets home for doing something so stupid.



* SwissCheeseSecurity: In one "Jr." novel (the one with the giant robots) a villain knocks out a Swiftworks who resembles him and walks into their plant with the mans security pass, boasting that their security "makes a bank job look tough."

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* SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome: Particularly in the 90s series.
** Invoked in ''Aquatech Warriors'', in which the BigBad plans to use a massive conventional bomb to raise an island into the sea he can call his own. After his plan is thwarted, Tom tells the gang what would have happened if the plan had succeeded: No new island nation for the BigBad; "only" a tsunami that would have hit Jamaica, killing upwards of 50,000 people.
** In ''Death Quake'', being only eighteen, Tom has a difficult time being taken seriously by a visiting adult scientist.
** In Quantum Force: Tom Swift uses his newest invention to exact some payback on some muggers -- and gets grounded as soon as he gets home for doing something so stupid.
* SwissCheeseSecurity: In one "Jr." novel (the one with the giant robots) a villain knocks out a Swiftworks Swift worker who resembles him and walks into their plant with the mans man's security pass, boasting that their security "makes a bank job look tough."



** Zigzagged in "The Aquatech Warriors" from the 90s series. After Tom and the others save the surviving crewmen from The Black Dragons undersea base from drowning, they end up held at gunpoint. The leader of the group says its not that they aren't grateful, it's just that the'd prefer not to stand trial for privacy and murder by going quietly, although they ''do'' plan to leave Tom and the others with the materials to make a raft of their own (on the rapidly sinking land platform) as well as the scientific data which had brought Tom to the area in the first place. Naturally though, Tom and the others turn the tables.

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** Zigzagged in "The Aquatech Warriors" from the 90s series. After Tom and the others save the surviving crewmen from The Black Dragons undersea base from drowning, they end up held at gunpoint. The leader of the group says its not that they aren't grateful, it's just that the'd prefer not to stand trial for privacy piracy and murder by going quietly, although they ''do'' plan to leave Tom and the others with the materials to make a raft of their own (on the rapidly sinking land platform) as well as the scientific data which had brought Tom to the area in the first place. Naturally though, Tom and the others turn the tables.


* BluffTheImposter: in the 90s book ''Monster Machine'' in the aftermath of the main cast being kidnapped Tom and Rick are trying to rescue their girlfriends from a room when a computer sensor tells them it's filled with poison gas. They ask the girls to answer specific (trick) questions which they are unable to do. A little later, when they find the real girls (wearing gas masks) they ask the same questions just to make sure and this time they know the right answers.

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* BluffTheImposter: in the 90s book ''Monster Machine'' in the aftermath of the main cast being kidnapped Tom and Rick are trying to rescue their girlfriends from a room when a computer sensor tells them it's filled with poison gas. They ask the girls (really dummies lying next to a radio transmitter) to answer specific (trick) questions which they are unable to do. A little later, when they find the real girls (wearing gas masks) they ask the same questions just to make sure and this time they know the right answers.


* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The mutated assistants of the mad scientist in the 90s book "Mutant Beach".

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* ThoseTwoBadGuys: ThoseTwoGuys: The mutated assistants of the mad scientist in the 90s book "Mutant Beach".


1910's to 30's Creator/StratemeyerSyndicate kids' series following the adventures of boy inventor Tom Swift. Each book began with Tom inventing some new gadget that conveniently proved essential to resolving the plot. Invented or popularized many GadgeteerGenius tropes.

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1910's 1910s to 30's 30s Creator/StratemeyerSyndicate kids' series following the adventures of boy inventor Tom Swift. Each book began with Tom inventing some new gadget that conveniently proved essential to resolving the plot. Invented or popularized many GadgeteerGenius tropes.



* BadBoss: Roscoe in the final 90's book is willing to brianwash his henchmen, use them as test subjects for a forcefield device (while using bullets) and even outright shoot a loyal one who hasn't done anything just to make his own attempted escape go smoother. And while none of this is completely unique to the series, Roscoe is a lot scarier because of how he ''succeeds'' [[KnightOfCerebus in killing multiple people.]]
* BigBad: David Luna, during the 80's series and Xavier "The Black Dragon" Mace in the 90's one, both CorruptCorporateExecutive's out to crush the Swift's.
* BrainsAndBrawn: George and Len (whose names are likely a ShoutOut to ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''), the henchmen of Tom's evil alternate universe counterpart in the 90's book "The Negative Zone", and get tricked into helping the real Tom when he ends up there.
* BluffTheImposter: in the 90's book ''Monster Machine'' in the aftermath of the main cast being kidnapped Tom and Rick are trying to rescue their girlfriends from a room when a computer sensor tells them it's filled with poison gas. They ask the girls to answer specific (trick) questions which they are unable to do. A little later, when they find the real girls (wearing gas masks) they ask the same questions just to make sure and this time they know the right answers.

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* BadBoss: Roscoe in the final 90's 90s book is willing to brianwash his henchmen, use them as test subjects for a forcefield device (while using bullets) and even outright shoot a loyal one who hasn't done anything just to make his own attempted escape go smoother. And while none of this is completely unique to the series, Roscoe is a lot scarier because of how he ''succeeds'' [[KnightOfCerebus in killing multiple people.]]
* BigBad: David Luna, during the 80's 80s series and Xavier "The Black Dragon" Mace in the 90's 90s one, both CorruptCorporateExecutive's out to crush the Swift's.
* BrainsAndBrawn: George and Len (whose names are likely a ShoutOut to ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''), the henchmen of Tom's evil alternate universe counterpart in the 90's 90s book "The Negative Zone", and get tricked into helping the real Tom when he ends up there.
* BluffTheImposter: in the 90's 90s book ''Monster Machine'' in the aftermath of the main cast being kidnapped Tom and Rick are trying to rescue their girlfriends from a room when a computer sensor tells them it's filled with poison gas. They ask the girls to answer specific (trick) questions which they are unable to do. A little later, when they find the real girls (wearing gas masks) they ask the same questions just to make sure and this time they know the right answers.



* TeenGenius: Tom, of course, and his twin sister as well in the 90's version. Tom is probably the UrExample of this trope as well.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The mutated assistants of the mad scientist i the 90's book "Mutant Beach".

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* TeenGenius: Tom, of course, and his twin sister as well in the 90's 90s version. Tom is probably the UrExample of this trope as well.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The mutated assistants of the mad scientist i in the 90's 90s book "Mutant Beach".



* UncertainDoom: In the 80's book, David Luna is presumed dead in the fourth book along with a sympathetic alien pursuing him during a dangerous hyperspace jump. Luna returns alive but his pursuer's chances were less good.

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* UncertainDoom: In the 80's book, 80s books, David Luna is presumed dead in the fourth book along with a sympathetic alien pursuing him during a dangerous hyperspace jump. Luna returns alive but his pursuer's chances were less good.



** Zigzagged in "The Aquatech Warriors" from the 90's series. After Tom and the others save the surviving crewmen from The Black Dragons undersea base from drowning, they end up held at gunpoint. The leader of the group says its not that they aren't grateful, it's just that the'd prefer not to stand trial for privacy and murder by going quietly, although they ''do'' plan to leave Tom and the others with the materials to make a raft of their own (on the rapidly sinking land platform) as well as the scientific data which had brought Tom to the area in the first place. Naturally though, Tom and the others turn the tables.
** Played completely straight in "Moonststalker" also from the 90's, when the BigBad and one of his men pull a gun on them after being rescued from their own destroyed spaceship and attempt to murder Tom and the others.

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** Zigzagged in "The Aquatech Warriors" from the 90's 90s series. After Tom and the others save the surviving crewmen from The Black Dragons undersea base from drowning, they end up held at gunpoint. The leader of the group says its not that they aren't grateful, it's just that the'd prefer not to stand trial for privacy and murder by going quietly, although they ''do'' plan to leave Tom and the others with the materials to make a raft of their own (on the rapidly sinking land platform) as well as the scientific data which had brought Tom to the area in the first place. Naturally though, Tom and the others turn the tables.
** Played completely straight in "Moonststalker" also from the 90's, 90s, when the BigBad and one of his men pull a gun on them after being rescued from their own destroyed spaceship and attempt to murder Tom and the others.


While popular in his time, Tom proved to have less staying power than his Stratemeyer stablemates [[Literature/TheHardyBoys Frank and Joe Hardy]] and Franchise/NancyDrew, perhaps because of how quickly his "cool technology" was superseded in the real world. An Atomic-age attempt to revive the franchise with a new series starring his son failed when people started questioning the wisdom of atomic-powered airplanes and automobiles. If anything Tom Swift Jr.'s Gee-whiz tech went obsolete even faster than his father's did.

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While popular in his time, Tom proved to have less staying power than his Stratemeyer stablemates [[Literature/TheHardyBoys Frank and Joe Hardy]] and Franchise/NancyDrew, perhaps because of how quickly his "cool technology" was superseded in the real world. An Atomic-age attempt to revive the franchise in the mid-1950s with a new series starring his son failed when people started questioning the wisdom of atomic-powered airplanes and automobiles. If anything Tom Swift Jr.'s Gee-whiz tech went obsolete even faster than his father's did.


* AndroclesLion: Prior to the second book of the fifth series, Swift Enterprises executive Yvonne Williams was kidnapped by anti-technology terrorists. One of her guards died after being bitten by a snake, and Yvonne used her cellphone battery to shock him back to life. The next day, that guard let her escape.

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* AndroclesLion: Prior to the second book of the fifth series, Swift Enterprises executive Yvonne Williams was kidnapped by anti-technology terrorists. One of her guards died was dying after being bitten by a snake, and Yvonne used her cellphone battery to shock him back to life. The next day, that guard let her escape.

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* ImpersonationExclusiveCharacter: In [[spoiler: "The Space Hotel,"]] a scientist invited to the eponymous location is kidnapped and replaced by an EcoTerrorist. While the real scientist is rescued, this happens off-screen, and he never meets Tom. 

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* AndroclesLion: Prior to the second book of the fifth series, Swift Enterprises executive Yvonne Williams was kidnapped by anti-technology terrorists. One of her guards died after being bitten by a snake, and Yvonne used her cellphone battery to shock him back to life. The next day, that guard let her escape.


--> '''Tom:'' Mandy, tell me what color bathing suit you wore on our date last Friday.

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--> '''Tom:'' '''Tom:''' Mandy, tell me what color bathing suit you wore on our date last Friday.


* BadBoss: Roscoe in the final 90's book is willing to brianwash his henchmen, use them as test subjects for a forcefield device (while using bullets) and even outright shoot a loyal one who hasn't done anything just to make his own attempted escape go smoother. And while none of this is completely unique to the series, Roscoe is a lot scarier because of how he ''succeeds''[[KnightOfCerebus in killing multiple people.]]

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* BadBoss: Roscoe in the final 90's book is willing to brianwash his henchmen, use them as test subjects for a forcefield device (while using bullets) and even outright shoot a loyal one who hasn't done anything just to make his own attempted escape go smoother. And while none of this is completely unique to the series, Roscoe is a lot scarier because of how he ''succeeds''[[KnightOfCerebus ''succeeds'' [[KnightOfCerebus in killing multiple people.]]


* BadBoss: Roscoe in the final 90's book is willing to brianwash his henchmen, use them as test subjects for a forcefield device (while using bullets) and even outright shoot a loyal one who hasn't done anything just to make his own attempted escape go smoother. And while non of this is completely unique to the series, Roscoe is a lot scarier because of how [[KnightOfCerebus He ''succeeds'' in killing multiple people.]]

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* BadBoss: Roscoe in the final 90's book is willing to brianwash his henchmen, use them as test subjects for a forcefield device (while using bullets) and even outright shoot a loyal one who hasn't done anything just to make his own attempted escape go smoother. And while non none of this is completely unique to the series, Roscoe is a lot scarier because of how [[KnightOfCerebus He ''succeeds'' he ''succeeds''[[KnightOfCerebus in killing multiple people.]]



* SwissCheeseSecurity: In one "Jr." novel (the one with th giant robots) a villain rocks out a Swiftworks who resembles him and walks into their plant with the mans security pass, boasting that their security "makes a bank job look tough."

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* SwissCheeseSecurity: In one "Jr." novel (the one with th the giant robots) a villain rocks knocks out a Swiftworks who resembles him and walks into their plant with the mans security pass, boasting that their security "makes a bank job look tough."



** Zigzagged in "The Aquatech Warriors" from the 90's series. After Tom and the others save the surviving crewmen from The Black Dragons undersea base from drowning, they end up held at gunpoint. The leader of the group says its not that they aren't grateful, it's just that the'd prefer not to stand trial for privacy and murder by going quietly, although they ''do'' plan to leave Tom and the others with the materials to make a raft of their own (on the rapidly sinking land platform) as well as the scientific data which had brought Tom to the area in the first place/ Naturally though, Tom and the others turn the tables.

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** Zigzagged in "The Aquatech Warriors" from the 90's series. After Tom and the others save the surviving crewmen from The Black Dragons undersea base from drowning, they end up held at gunpoint. The leader of the group says its not that they aren't grateful, it's just that the'd prefer not to stand trial for privacy and murder by going quietly, although they ''do'' plan to leave Tom and the others with the materials to make a raft of their own (on the rapidly sinking land platform) as well as the scientific data which had brought Tom to the area in the first place/ place. Naturally though, Tom and the others turn the tables.


* BadBoss: Roscoe in the final 90's book is willing to brianwash his henchmen, use them as test subjects for a forcefield device (while using bullets) and even outright shoot a loyal one who hasn't done anything just to make his own attempted escape go smoother. And while non of this is completely unique to the series, Roscoe is a lot scarier because of how [[KnightOfCerberus He ''succeeds'' in killing multiple people.]]

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* BadBoss: Roscoe in the final 90's book is willing to brianwash his henchmen, use them as test subjects for a forcefield device (while using bullets) and even outright shoot a loyal one who hasn't done anything just to make his own attempted escape go smoother. And while non of this is completely unique to the series, Roscoe is a lot scarier because of how [[KnightOfCerberus [[KnightOfCerebus He ''succeeds'' in killing multiple people.]]



* UncertainDoom: IN the 80's book, David Luna is presumed dead in the fourth book along with a sympathetic alien pursuing him during a dangerous hyperspace jump. Luna returns alive but his pursuer's chances were less good.

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* UncertainDoom: IN In the 80's book, David Luna is presumed dead in the fourth book along with a sympathetic alien pursuing him during a dangerous hyperspace jump. Luna returns alive but his pursuer's chances were less good.good.
* UngratefulBastard:
** Zigzagged in "The Aquatech Warriors" from the 90's series. After Tom and the others save the surviving crewmen from The Black Dragons undersea base from drowning, they end up held at gunpoint. The leader of the group says its not that they aren't grateful, it's just that the'd prefer not to stand trial for privacy and murder by going quietly, although they ''do'' plan to leave Tom and the others with the materials to make a raft of their own (on the rapidly sinking land platform) as well as the scientific data which had brought Tom to the area in the first place/ Naturally though, Tom and the others turn the tables.
** Played completely straight in "Moonststalker" also from the 90's, when the BigBad and one of his men pull a gun on them after being rescued from their own destroyed spaceship and attempt to murder Tom and the others.

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* BadBoss: Roscoe in the final 90's book is willing to brianwash his henchmen, use them as test subjects for a forcefield device (while using bullets) and even outright shoot a loyal one who hasn't done anything just to make his own attempted escape go smoother. And while non of this is completely unique to the series, Roscoe is a lot scarier because of how [[KnightOfCerberus He ''succeeds'' in killing multiple people.]]


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* BrainsAndBrawn: George and Len (whose names are likely a ShoutOut to ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''), the henchmen of Tom's evil alternate universe counterpart in the 90's book "The Negative Zone", and get tricked into helping the real Tom when he ends up there.


* TheMadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: One of these characters appears in "Mutant Beach".
* NightMakesRight: In ''Mind Games'', the human antagonist, Gary Gitmoe, says, "The strong get what they deserve. So do the weak."

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* TheMadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: *MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: One of these characters appears in "Mutant Beach".
* NightMakesRight: *MightMakesRight: In ''Mind Games'', the human antagonist, Gary Gitmoe, says, "The strong get what they deserve. So do the weak."

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* NightMakesRight: In ''Mind Games'', the human antagonist, Gary Gitmoe, says, "The strong get what they deserve. So do the weak."

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