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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛[[caption-width-right:350:The first Tom Swift book]]˛1910s to 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. ˛˛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Frank and Joe Hardy]] and Franchise/NancyDrew, perhaps because of how quickly his "cool technology" was superseded in the real world.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.˛˛The series was revived in the early 1980s, in [[HollywoodCalifornia Southern California]] in the 1990s and [[ in the first person]] in the 2000s.˛˛Origin of the "TomSwifty", such as ''"Pass me the shellfish," said Tom crabbily'' or ''"How was your colonoscopy?" asked Tom probingly.'' This is something of a BeamMeUpScotty (or "Play it again, Sam") situation, as while Stratemeyer was [[ eager to employ adverbs]] and [[ reluctant to use]] [[SaidBookism the plain verb "said"]], actual "Tom Swifty" puns were rare.˛˛As early as the 1910s, plans were made to adapt the books to live-action, but nearly every single one of them have failed, with progress being usually no further than a finished script. The only screen adaptation of the books to date is a 1983 television special called ''The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour'', starring Willie Aames and Creator/LoriLoughlin and airing on Creator/{{ABC}}. A television pilot starring Gary Vinson was completed in 1958, but it was not greenlit because of legal problems. Tom's unlucky streak may set to end in 2021, however, as Creator/TheCW ordered a series focusing on him, set as a spin-off of the network's ongoing ''Series/{{Nancy Drew|2019}}'' series.˛˛----˛!!Tropes: ˛* AlternateUniverse: In one of the 90s books, Tom accidentally swaps places with a MadScientist version of himself from one of these due to a black hole experiment gone wrong, with many of friends' analogues being criminals in the alternate universe (and his best friend being a police officer and implied recurring nemesis of his). ˛* 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 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. ˛* AntiquatedLinguistics: Inevitable, due to the time they were written. ˛* BadBoss: Roscoe in the final 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 80s series and Xavier "The Black Dragon" Mace in the 90s one, both CorruptCorporateExecutive's out to crush the Swift's.˛* BrainsAndBrawn: George and Len (whose names are a ShoutOut to ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''), the henchmen of Tom's evil alternate universe counterpart in the 90s book "The Negative Zone" are a thug and an engineer. They get tricked into helping the real Tom when he ends up in their world.˛* 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.˛--> '''Tom:''' Mandy, tell me what color bathing suit you wore on our date last Friday.˛-->'''Mandy:''' Tom, what are you talking about? Nobody wears a bathing suit to the movies, not even in California!˛* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: Probably the UrExample.˛* {{Deconstruction}}: Intentionally or not, many of the 1990s books did this to "ForScience" as a motivation for Tom's various inventions. Many of them prove to cause all manner of unforeseen problems for Tom and his friends to deal with. Tom can come off as a younger more idealistic version of a MadScientist. ˛* EitherOrTitle: All of the books in the original series, such as ''Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle; or, Fun and Adventure on the Road''˛* ForScience: Because what else would a supergenius teenager get up to in a series of adventure novels? ˛* FirstContactMath: Tom Swift Jr. and his father communicate with aliens this way.˛* GadgeteerGenius: Possibly the UrExample of this trope too.˛* 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. ˛* KidDetective˛* LukeIAmYourFather: In the nineties series, [[BigBad The Black Dragon]] attempts to recruit Tom, claiming that Tom is actually his son, from a past relationship between the villain and Tom's mother. After rolling the idea around in his head for a short bit, Tom decides he [[GenerationXerox takes entirely too much after Tom Sr.]] for the Black Dragon's claims to be anything but an attempt to mess with his head. ˛* MadLibsCatchPhrase: Mr. Damon in the first series always said some form of "Bless my [noun]!"˛* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: One of these characters appears in "Mutant Beach".˛* MightMakesRight: In ''Mind Games'', the human antagonist, Gary Gitmoe, says, "The strong get what they deserve. So do the weak."˛* MinovskyPhysics: The radiation-blocking Tomasite plastic can block radiation, and is a good neutron reflector. Period. Apart from that, it's just a strong, hard plastic. The repelatron device can do one thing: Push on the specific combination of elements it's been tuned to. The potential complications and the difficulties of keeping the things properly tuned are not ignored.˛* {{MST}}: ''[[ Tom Swift's War Tank]]'' is one of the more extensive {{MSTing}}s available. It has its own tropes page, [[FanFic/TomSwiftAndHisWarTank here]].˛* ParrotExposition: Notoriously overused in the earlier novels and the source for much of the humor in the aforementioned {{MSTing}}.˛* RaygunGothic including the inevitable {{Zeerust}}˛* {{Revival}}: Tom Swift Jr. in the 1950s, and again in the 1980s, and again in the 90s, and for good measure in 2006.˛* [[RecycledINSPACE Recycled IN SPACE!]]: The adventures of Tom Swift the Somethingth, interstellar traveller.˛* SaidBookism˛* {{Sidekick}}: Mr. Damon and Ned in the original series, Bud in the 1950s, Ben in the 1980s, Rick in the 1990s. Given who they're playing the Sidekick to, they also get to be TheWatson.˛* StoryArc: The "Jr." novels had an ongoing arc about Tom's interaction with the alien "Space Friends". Since the arc never really went anywhere before the series ended, it's arguably also an AbortedArc.˛* 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 Swift worker who resembles him and walks into their plant with the man's security pass, boasting that their security "makes a bank job look tough."˛* TeenGenius: Tom, of course, and his twin sister as well in the 90s version. Tom is probably the UrExample of this trope as well.˛* ThoseTwoGuys: The mutated assistants of the mad scientist in the 90s book "Mutant Beach".˛* TomSwifty: TropeNamer, though as mentioned actual examples are rare.˛* UncertainDoom: In the 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.˛* UngratefulBastard: ˛** 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 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.˛** Played completely straight in "Moonststalker" also from the 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.˛˛----


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