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    Thomas "Tom" Cat
Voiced By: Harry E. Lang (1940-1943, 1944-1950), William Hanna (1941-1948), Daws Butler (1950, 1957), Gene Deitch (1961-1962), Mel Blanc (1963-1967), Chuck Jones (1965-1967), Abe Levitow (1966-1967), John Stephenson (1975), Lou Scheimer (1980), Frank Welker (1990-2010), Richard Kind (1993 film), Spike Brandt (2005-2017), Don Brown (2006-2008), Rich Danhakl (2014-present)

One of the titular characters, a blue-grey house cat who always hunts Jerry and never catches him.

  • The Ace: Notably, if he isn't a complete fool that Jerry runs circles around with ease, some shorts have made him extraordinarily skilled at certain feats relevant to the story at that moment. In particular, if he's playing a pool table or some sort of sport and not being a Butt-Monkey, then he's probably pulling off shots that go Beyond the Impossible and disobey the laws of physics. Casually. Other shorts bolster his intelligence to super genius IQ, to the point of creating highly elaborate traps and advanced technology - but it's almost never enough to beat Jerry.
    • Among shorts with other cats around, like Butch, Depending on the Writer Tom is either some sorta dimwit in their eyes that they laugh at and bully, or the guy that they can't hold a candle to. In certain cases they even hold him in high regard, often gathering at his home or grouping up with him in charge when Butch isn't speaking for all of them. Then Jerry inevitably gets involved and they all get humbled.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the original theatrical shorts, when it comes to Spike, Tom would rather use sneaky, backhanded tactics to deal with him due to the large difference in power dominance. In the 2014 series, however, Tom has become less likely to deal with Spike's stuff and deal with him head-on, sometimes giving it as good as he gets. However, this may be because of Spike's Adaptation Relationship Overhaul.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Some of the movies, including the first film outright portray Tom as being heroic, saving Jerry from harms way on occasion and caring for others besides himself.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the comics, he usually leaves Jerry and Tuffy alone, resorting to chase them only when he's provoked or ordered to.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: In "Puss Gets the Boot", he's barely recognizable as a four-legged cat, and has only subtle anthropomorphic mannerisms. His duration of shorts through the forties would gradually evolve him into his trademark more humanoid design.
  • Anti-Villain: There have been times where he does not start the conflict, only trying to protect the house, doing his job, or other things. His owners would also want him to catch mice so that they don't munch on their food. There was also an episode where Jerry tricked him out of anger into going to his owner's bed when Tom's snoring got on his nerves.
  • Arch-Enemy: His conflict with Jerry is considered to be among the most famous rivalries of all time. Rarely does a minute go by without at least one of them trying to kill or otherwise harm the other.
  • Big Eater: Not as much as Jerry, but he is shown to have a huge appetite.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has a pair of quite thick eyebrows, especially in comparison to most other characters, who have lines for eyebrows.
  • Buffoonish Tomcat: One of the many influences for this trope, because while he is presented to be just a typical clumsy cat and not an utterly foolish cat, he has had so many moments when he can hilariously or amusingly lack in common-sense, and characterized by humor when being a complete fool. He is perfectly capable of making himself look like a total buffoon, clown or an easy target with klutziness when making traps on Jerry, his enemies, or others easily deceiving him. But overall, he is STRONGLY slapstick-prone due to his cartoony nature in his clumsiness (See The Chew Toy, Butt-Monkey, and Iron Butt Monkey as examples of describing his slapstick-prone nature).
  • Butt-Monkey: He rarely wins, and suffers all kinds of slapstick and cartoon violence.
  • Cats Are Mean: Implied in most shorts, for better or for worse.
  • The Chew Toy: A large number of episodes have Tom chasing Jerry strictly so that Jerry will not mess up the house he's living in, thus resulting in not only Tom not getting dinner, but being beaten with whatever is handy by his owner.
  • Chick Magnet: Subverted. Tom's had several girlfriends but never manages to hold on to them for very long.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: Sometimes, when he comes close to killing Jerry, it'll be his own conscience that stops him from actually doing so.
    • In "The Night Before Christmas" and Chuck Jones' version of the short, "Snowbody Loves Me", he throws Jerry out of the house during a snowstorm, but when he realizes that the mouse might actually freeze to death, he brings him back inside and revives him with a warm fireplace and blanket.
    • A similar situation happens in "Puppy Tale", when he kicks Jerry and a stray puppy out of the house during a thunderstorm but goes out to rescue them and nearly drowns in the river. He's saved when Jerry and the puppy come to his aid.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As clumsy, buffoonish, unlucky, and slapstick-prone Tom can be, Tom generally does pose a credible threat to Jerry whenever he's able to and has more than a few victories over him, most notably in instances where Jerry goes too far with his antics or manages to pluck Tom's last nerve.
  • Determinator: He never gives up going after Jerry, even when it would probably be wise not to do so.
  • Depending on the Writer: In some shorts, Tom actively tries to harass Jerry, other times they would come into conflict by sheer chance and he would be happy to ignore the mouse otherwise. Also, his threat level varies in each short.
  • Did Not Get the Girl:
    • When he loses his love interest to Butch in an episode. Sometimes he loses her to Jerry.
    • A particularly depressing example happens in "Blue Cat Blues", when he falls for a gold-digging female cat. When she leaves him for Butch, because he has more money, Tom uses up his life savings to buy her jewelry and even sells himself into slavery to get her a new car, but none of it works. He drowns his sorrows in milk and the episode ends with him and Jerry, who also lost his girlfriend to another mouse, about to kill themselves on the train tracks.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Is this when facing Spike (though it's technically since both of them aren't evil. Played straight when against Butch.
    • You could also say the same about his rivalry with Jerry as well.
  • Enemy Mine: Isn't above teaming up with his rivals when the situation calls for it.
  • Face Death with Dignity: "The Duck Doctor" has it happening to Tom. Having no way of escaping a falling anvil, Tom digs himself a grave, blindfolds himself, and has a last smoke. Then the anvil hits him on the head (making him fall inside the grave, which makes the dug earth jump onto him, completing the burial) and falls into position to serve as a tombstone. In "The Bodyguard", he goes even further — after digging the grave and lying in it, he hastily scribbles a will, then clutches a flower while awaiting the inevitable, although in that case he actually gets the last laugh since Spike (who Jerry could summon with a whistle) ended up caught by the dog-catcher and leaving Tom free to pursue a fleeing Jerry in vengeance.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Tom seems to roll a lot of minuses on his spot checks. The number of misfortunes he suffers could probably be cut down by at least half if he would simply take the time to notice blatantly obvious dangers. And woe be to your household whether you're an owner, a would-be Love Interest, or even just some shmuck to Tom's antics because he will grab anything and everything to try to take down Jerry without even realizing what he's doing.
  • Fatal Flaw: Stubbornness, occasional gullibility, clumsiness, and obsession. Tom rarely ever knows when to quit and let his obsession with Jerry go, or even learn from his mistakes from being tricked, which results in him earning a karmic beatdown from someone, or in worst-case scenarios, being killed.
  • For the Evulz: Sometimes instigates conflict just cause.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Mostly subverted since he likes to chase other small creatures besides Jerry and mess around with Spike. However, when influenced by Jerry, he starts to show a soft spot for other animals, particularly in the short "Puppy Tale", Tom and Jerry Tales episode "Little Big Mouse" and the Tom and Jerry Show episode "Eagle Eye Jerry".
  • Friendly Enemy: Tom can be very friendly and laid-back towards Jerry when not chasing him.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Usually buffoonish, though to what degree varies. In some shorts, he is completely outclassed by Jerry; in others, he is a more feared pursuer and can actually run circles around Jerry for a long duration (or even score a victory).
  • Hero Antagonist: Tom is a house cat, so he's well within his right to stop Jerry from stealing the household's food.
  • Hidden Depths: Tom may seem like a typical clumsy cat, but he's been consistently portrayed as a decent musician.
    • The Chuck Jones shorts show that he's a talented opera singer.
  • Humiliation Conga: One major example would be "Tom's Photo Finish". When his owner finds out Tom framed Spike for eating chicken (from a photo taken by Jerry), not only is Tom kicked out of the house but Jerry takes a photo of him being kicked out by his master wearing boxers.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: So goddamn much. To put it tersely, Tom can take so much damage, he possibly rivalling the likes of Wile E. Coyote when it comes to durability.
  • Jerkass: In episodes where he starts things off by abusing Jerry for no reason. Though as those of you who have had cats will know, they can be sadistic little bastards to their prey.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sometimes. He can be nice to Jerry when he wants to be, like in the shorts where they team up against a common enemy. Also as a whole, Tom also had become a little more nicer overtime compared to his official debut.
  • Karma Houdini: While usually the designated Butt-Monkey, there are actually a handful of times Tom tormented Jerry and got away with it. Jerry is the loser in "The Bodyguard" for example, despite Tom pursuing him the whole cartoon.
  • The Klutz: His apparent clumsiness and occasional stupidity because of Tom being clumsy can make him out to be this kind of character in spite of Tom's average intelligence.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": A male cat is called a "tomcat".
  • Love Makes You Dumb: In "Blue Cat Blues", he gives up all his money to buy things for a Gold Digger female cat who didn't like him back. He also sells himself into slavery to buy her a new car.
  • Made of Iron: Tom has been crushed by anvils, pianos, lethally cartoony objects, and a lot of heavy things and still manages to stay alive in most shorts.
  • Motive Decay: In many early shorts, he wanted to eat Jerry or chased him at his master's orders (even if he enjoyed doing so either way). In many later shorts, he just seems to chase Jerry out of reflex or make him miserable just for fun, in some cases he may even be totally apathetic to chasing Jerry unless the latter annoys him in some way.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: According to his owner and other sapient characters, his name is Thomas.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: More often than not, the vast array of destruction that follows in his chases of Jerry are all Tom's fault, sometimes it's even unintentional. He singlehandedly tears apart houses, shops, bowling alleys, you name it. One recurring plot is quite literally running his owner(s) out of a home by the sheer collateral damage he inflicts, and one of his fastest methods to losing the interest of a girl he's got the eyes for is by destroying her place just to bring Jerry down. It's to the point that Jerry has his own recurring Batman Gambit of using Tom's tunnel-vision destruction to his own ends, ranging from the short-term of Laser-Guided Karma for Tom to even saving the both of them.
  • Pet the Dog: Tom had his fair share of these in later shorts, like "Puppy Tale".
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Due to his trademark buffoonery whenever he chases Jerry, rivaling another/etc, he always pulls this off a lot in his Iron Butt Monkey status and/or his countless, buffoonish/clownish moments.
  • The Rival: Butch (Depending on the Writer)
  • The Scream: He can really scream when he's hurt.
  • Simpleton Voice: On the odd occasion when he actually talks, he may speak in a low, simple voice.
    Tom: C... A... T... Cat.
  • Silent Bob: Like Jerry, he almost never talks, though he has a handful of lines here and there in a low Simpleton Voice.
  • The Slacker: Tom is extremely lazy (when not chasing Jerry, that is). Several cartoons have Tom be so much of a slacker that he doesn't even care about catching Jerry until his owners threaten to have him kicked out if he doesn't do his job.
  • Smug Snake: At times, particularly in early shorts, where his blissful toying with Jerry was often his own undoing.
  • Species Surname: His last name is "Cat".
  • Super-Persistent Predator: He just doesn't know when to quit.
  • Team Rocket Wins: Roughly 10% of the time, Tom actually got the last laugh on Jerry at the end of a short.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Tom has died in several shorts (being blown up by dynamite, crushed by a piano, and even decapitated off-screen), yet is still shown to be fine the next short. It helps that he, like all cats, has nine lives, it usually seems like Tom has more than the average amount.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: On a slightly more common level, he was allowed to occasionally end on a happy note or make a truce with Jerry. According to the Tom and Jerry Wiki, Tom wins in 24 cartoons (out of 164 shorts), be it alongside or against Jerry.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A lot of his defeats were from his lack of preparation beforehand and he's ridiculously easy to fool, which is how Jerry gets away with torturing him on many occasions. As noted in Fatal Flaw, Tom also never knows when to quit while he's behind, even when it would really be in his best interest to do so, which has actually gotten him killed a few times.
  • Troll: Sometimes took toying with his prey to an elaborate degree. In the first cartoon, for example, he replaces Jerry's mouse hole with a painted-on lookalike and watches him smack into it repeatedly.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: There have been times, like "Posse Cat" or "Buddies Thicker Than Water", when Jerry has stuck his neck out to help Tom and Tom promptly spat in the face of his generosity, betraying him afterwards. Since Tom is much less of a Karma Houdini than Jerry, his moments of being a selfish bastard are usually quickly followed by a karmic comeuppance.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Neither Tom nor Jerry are innocent during most of their rivalries.
  • Villain Protagonist: The main protagonist of the shorts, but he is shown as a villain. But he does have heroic moments.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • With Butch, though it depends on the short.
    • He has this dynamic with Jerry in the odd short where they hang a lampshade on their rivalry. It's especially prominent in the DTV movies, where they're often shown hanging out together without actively trying to harm each other.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Though probably not again after the beating Jerry gave him for hitting Nibbles. He has tried to catch and depose of Nibbles on several occasions afterwards. Jerry almost always stops him and turns Tom's attention onto him before he can act it out, however. He also tried to eat Little Quacker immediately after he was born.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Jerry is able to cross-dress to fool Tom sometimes, and Tom won't go after him because of this, until Jerry's dress falls down or something. He subverts this a few times in the series, though: in "Little Quacker" he runs over the mother duck with a push mower, and in "A Mouse in the House" he lays a hefty spanking on Mammy Two-Shoes due to mistaking her for a disguised Butch.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Appropriate, given Tom's occasional underhanded methods in antagonizing Jerry and other characters.

    Jerry Mouse
Voiced By: William Hanna (1940-1958), Sara Berner (1943-1945), Paul Frees (1951, 1956), Daws Butler (1957), Gene Deitch (1961-1962), Mel Blanc (1963-1967), June Foray (1965-1967), Chuck Jones (1965-1967), Abe Levitow (1966-1967), John Stephenson (1975), Lou Scheimer (1980), Frank Welker (1990-2002), Dana Hill (1993 film), Spike Brandt (2005-present), Samuel Vincent (2006-2008), Rich Danhakl (2014-present)

One of the titular characters, a brown house mouse who is always two steps ahead of Tom.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Jerry's no saint, but he's an absolute angel if compared with how he's portrayed in the comics. Even after Tom politely asks to be left alone, Jerry will often go to extreme lengths unprovoked to make his life as miserable as possible.
  • Anti-Hero: He falls into this in many cartoons, as he's not always the innocent victim he's supposed to be. Technically, he's not supposed to be in the house eating human food in the first place... though it's a bit justified considering he loves cheese.
  • Arch-Enemy: Jerry's prolonged conflict with Tom forms the basis of most of their shorts and is perhaps the most prominent part of his character.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: He may fight with Tom and be just as much of a dick, but when push really comes to shove, he'll always come through for him.
  • Badass Adorable: He may look adorable, but when threatened? Beware, especially if your name is Tom.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: He tends to come out on top even when he's the Jerkass instigator, especially in shorts that involve Spike (like "Slicked-up Pup").
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Often ends up protecting younger trouble-making animals from Tom, including seals, ducklings, canaries, and Nibbles.
  • Berserk Button: He got very angry at Tom when the latter gave Nibbles a painful swat on the posterior in 1946's "The Milky Waif". Guess what he did next...
  • Big Brother Instinct: Do NOT harm Nibbles.
  • Big Brother Worship: More Big Cousin Worship. It's implied that Jerry has a close relationship with his older cousin. At one point, he even called him for help because Tom was more aggressive than usual.
  • Big Eater: Often seen stealing a lot of food.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not nearly as bad as Tom, but there are times he takes as much as he dishes out. He becomes more of a Butt Monkey when he's around Nibbles.
  • Fatal Flaw: While Jerry's Heroic Comedic Sociopath persona is commonplace in cartoons, Jerry stands among the few that regularly has it come back to bite him. A lot of times he gets over-fixated playing out Tom, it ends up costing him the upper hand, either due to overestimating Tom's own sneakiness or outright Laser-Guided Karma turning onto him.
  • Friendly Enemies: In some shorts, Tom and Jerry actually coexist peacefully, either being forced into conflict by Tom's owner insisting on Tom doing his job as pest control since Jerry is technically a pest, if a mostly unintrusive one, or teaming up so that their live-and-let-live situation can continue.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Except cats (he makes an exception for kittens sometimes, though). Many shorts involve Jerry befriending a one-shot character, usually another stray animal.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Some of the things he does to Tom can come off as this.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Nibbles.
  • Humiliation Conga: Not as much as Tom, but whenever he loses, it can sometimes lead to embarrassing results.
  • Jerkass to One: Jerry can be pretty friendly to most animals but he is a jerk to Tom in numerous shorts. He's very fond of Disproportionate Retribution and often takes delight in torturing the cat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is often empathetic to other animals, especially those victimized by Tom, and tries to help them out. There are also moments he is repentant after going too far with Tom or even teams up with him.
  • Karma Houdini: At times when he's the bad guy and he gets away with things he shouldn't. Jerry is actually just as capable of being selfish, cruel or sadistic as Tom is, with a much larger success rate than the cat: like going out of his way to ruin Tom's day for his amusement, or putting Spike and Tyke in danger to sic them on Tom (without the dogs ever learning about his manipulation).
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: There are several times, especially in the later era, where this comes back to haunt him as badly as Tom, however. Jerry noticeably receives his comeuppance more often in the 2014 series, where he's even been on the receiving end of Spike's wrath, along with Tom.
  • Karmic Trickster: In the original shorts. He became more of a screwball in the Chuck Jones shorts, though still has bouts of this.
  • Kick the Dog: There's times where Jerry's the instigator of conflict, and some of those times Tom wasn't even looking for trouble. And if he can sic Spike on the cat somehow, he'll even do this nigh-literally on both him and Tyke to frame Tom for his actions.
  • Killer Rabbit: He may be cute, but he can bring really big troubles.
  • Lovable Rogue: He's naughty, but he's cute too.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: He's occasionally capable of throwing Tom around, usually when pushed way too far.
  • Moment Killer: More often than not the reason why Tom fails at dating.
  • Nice Mice: Zig-zagged. A lot of his nastiness is in provoked self-defense from Tom, but some of it is just tormenting Tom for the hell of it. When it comes to other animals, though, Jerry is pretty universally nice. See Friend to All Living Things.
  • No Name Given: In ''Puss Gets The Boot", he's unnamed and its been debated as to what it was. Bill Hanna apocryphally claimed it was Jinx, but absolutely no other evidence exists to prove his claim, and Joe Barbera claimed he simply didnt have one at first. Meanwhile, MGM's press for the cartoon gave him the name of Pee-Wee.
  • Not So Different: Though generally more friendly and altruistic than Tom, Jerry can be every single bit as sadistic as him on numerous shorts.
  • No Sympathy: Jerry is generally a nice mouse, but he can be cold at times. Strangely enough, this often occurs in the Mouseketeer shorts and is Played for Laughs. When Jerry and Nibbles accidentally get Tom executed for petty theft, Jerry does not care, and when Nibbles is badly beaten every time he tries to deliver love letters to Jerry's girlfriends, Jerry does not care so long as the letters get delivered.
  • Obfuscating Disability: In "Love Me, Love My Mouse" he pretends to be defenseless to make Toots care for him.
  • Papa Wolf: When it comes to Nibbles. It's most apparent in "The Milky Waif", which is also Nibbles' debut. After Tom smacks Nibbles with a flyswatter, Jerry busts out of a glass bottle Tom trapped him inside earlier and lets out a beastly roar before giving Tom a brutal beatdown, unaided.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Harming Nibbles within his line of sight is a bad idea...
  • Relationship Sabotage: Any time Tom has a Love Interest Jerry will be on hand to interfere with and ruin things. His reasons vary a bit, with some level of jealousy involved, but usually come down to the fact that Tom usually targets him for the worse as a result. Some shorts even have the manifestation of Jerry's jealousy point out that Tom meeting a girl never goes well for Jerry, in one instance even planning to wreck his current flirtations before things reach that far.
  • Silent Bob: Although, like Tom, he occasionally speaks, usually briefly as a gag. One weird exception was a cartoon where Jerry narrated about Tom losing the love of his life.
  • Silent Snarker: Doesn't speak, but his facial expressions do imply snarky thoughts.
  • Species Surname: His last name is "Mouse".
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Tends to give these to Tom just to mess with him.
  • A Taste of Defeat: Jerry usually got the last laugh in every short. At times, however. he would lose or come to a bitter stalemate with Tom. These were almost always after he went too far in his retaliation and cost himself his Karmic Protection.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: He inverts them with the long eyelashes and cute face.
  • The Speechless: Like Tom, he rarely says anything, aside from a few nervous gulps.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, of course.
  • Troll: Sometimes just causes trouble for Tom for no reason at all.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He tends to torment Tom even if the latter wasn't bothering him.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Neither Tom nor Jerry are innocent during most of their rivalries.
  • Villain Protagonist: A few shorts, like "The Year of the Mouse", have Jerry harassing an innocent Tom; these are typically the shorts in which Jerry loses.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He tends to have this dynamic with Tom whenever they aren't trying to kill each other. The DTV movies are especially known for this, as they're often shown hanging out together with very little fighting.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He sometimes takes advantage of the fact that Tom Wouldn't Hit a Girl, even if it's a mouse.


Major Animal Characters

Voiced By: Billy Bletcher (1944-1948), Daws Butler (1949-1958), John Stephenson (1975), Don Messick (1975), Joe E. Ross (1975), Frank Welker (1980, 2005), Lou Scheimer (1980), Dick Gautier (1990-1993), Alan Marriott (2000), Maurice LaMarche (2002), Marc Silk (2002), John DiMaggio (2005), Kevin Michael Richardson (2006), Michael Donovan (2006-2008), Phil LaMarr (2010-2013), Rick Zieff (2014-present), Spike Brandt (2016-present), Bobby Cannavale (Tom & Jerry (2021))

A stern but occasionally dumb American bulldog who is particularly disapproving of cats, but a softie when it comes to mice and his son, Tyke.

  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the 2014 series. Depending on the Writer, Spike has become less abrasive than in the original cartoons and more friendly towards Tom and Jerry. This doesn't stop him from beating them up every now and then, though.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In Heavenly Puss, Spike became the model of the Devil Dog trying to tempt Tom to do violence which would drag him to Hell and he gets to torture him to satisfy his sadism and because he's supposed to be the Devil. A far cry from Spike who's mostly kind and usually doesn't resort to violence unless he's egged to do so. Seeing that this is just Tom's dream, the trope may be enforced because Tom sees Spike as a scary dog when pissed.
  • Androcles' Lion: He protects Jerry in a lot of shorts after Jerry does him a favor.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Much like how Tom started out as a four-legged cat in the earliest shorts, Spike's debut had him as a regular bulldog who antagonized both Tom and Jerry. Subsequent appearances would turn him into a biped like the other characters.
  • Angry Guard Dog: A bulldog with a bad temper.
  • Ascended Extra: Spike is probably the largest example of this trope in the franchise, since his character has evolved a lot over the decades. In his first appearance, he was a faceless, nameless, savage obstacle for Tom and Jerry to overcome. After that, he was bumped up to a recurring character; he gained the ability to speak, he started to grow more intelligent, and he eventually sired a son. Tom and Jerry's cat and mouse antics started to become cat, mouse and dog antics. As noted in Breakout Character, Spike and Tyke gained their own series of comic books and a very brief stint of theatrical shorts later, as well as their own segments in "Tom and Jerry Kids". In "The Tom and Jerry Show (2014)", Spike is the third most prominent character in the series after Tom and Jerry themselves.
  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Some argue that instead of going after Tom, he should be guarding the house, which is his job. TV Trash pointed out that at some point where he was beating on Tom, the house could have been robbed. In any case, he usually fails to notice Jerry causing problems, well-intentioned or not.
  • The Big Guy: He's the burliest member of the animal cast.
  • Berserk Button: Waking him up or taking his bone away. Usually, if he has any new trigger, Tom can find it. Also, do NOT mess with his son, otherwise he will SKIN YA' ALIVE!
  • Breakout Character: He and Tyke had a very brief series of shorts to themselves in the fifties. They also have solo episodes in Tom & Jerry Kids and a short stint of comics.
  • Brooklyn Rage: He speaks with a heavy New York accent. As for the "Rage" part, ask Tom.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's this with his pup, Tyke. He also shows his soft side to Jerry, and on the rarest of occasions, Tom.
  • The Bully: Depending on the Writer, Spike is usually this in "Tom and Jerry Tales" and "The Tom And Jerry Show (2014)" (notable examples in the latter series include "Entering and Breaking", "Bone Dry", "Dental Case" and "Tic, Tyke, Do'h"). He's a burly bulldog with a Hair-Trigger Temper who doesn't mind using violence to solve his problems or roughing up Tom and Jerry in the 2014 series, though he's also gained a hidden cowardly streak when it comes to anything other than beating up cats that's very much played for laughs. This version of Spike generally wants to appear tougher than he is, though he's not without his softer side or his redeeming qualities. He later has a negative influence on Tyke. In a bit of Reality Ensues, since his father is a hotheaded bully who spoils him, Tyke shows little to no regard for other people, which comes home to roost in the episode "Tic, Tyke, Do'h".
  • Bully Bulldog: Though when given a personality, he's usually a pretty nice guy, without one he's typically mean and angry at all times. In Tom and Jerry Tales and The Tom and Jerry Show (2014), Spike alternates between being this and the Only Sane Man in the room depending on the episode. Even on a good day, he can be quite thuggish and tough.
  • Butt-Monkey: Originally an inflictor of Misplaced or Disproportionate Retribution, but in most later shorts, he usually goes through enough torment that it's easy to understand his contempt with Tom.
  • Catchphrase: Prafaces his threats to Tom with "Listen, Pussycat..."
  • Characterisation Marches On: In his first appearance "Dog Trouble", Spike was a generic ferocious dog with only minor sapient traits. Also while he tended to be a Hero Antagonist in most later shorts and require some level of provocation, here he Hates Everyone Equally, chasing and attacking both Tom and Jerry and even defiantly throwing a tantrum in the face of Mammy Two Shoes after she lambasts him for wrecking her living room.
  • Depending on the Artist: Whether Spike's fur is grey or brown varies depending on the short.
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether or not Spike is a father varies from short to short, or episode to episode in the later TV shows.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: This is one incredibly dumb dog. On one occasion, he couldn't tell between Tom and Tyke until Tom meows in a failed attempt at barking. Lampshaded by momentarily replacing him with a Jackass figure when he realizes he's been fooled. Also lampshaded in a short where Tom and his friends watch a Clip Show highlighting the times of Tom making a fool of Spike.
  • The Dreaded: Tom, Butch and the rest of the cats they hang around with are all terrified of him, having been on the receiving end of his wrath before.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's not the smartest dog out there. Plus, he's a muscle-bound bulldog.
  • Good Parents: He's a good doting father to his son, Tyke.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Gets mad pretty easily by Tom's antics.
  • Hero Antagonist: Most of the time, from his perspective at least, the abuse he dishes onto Tom is provoked. Jerry sometimes exploits this, however.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Whenever Tom inadvertently encounters him at his attempt to pursue Jerry, Spike automatically assumes Tom's harassing him and his son, even though Tom makes it obvious that he's never looking out to get them involved in any way.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When Spike isn't an antagonist, he's a loving father to Tyke and a frequent protector to Jerry. He's also had some Pet the Dog moments with Tom.
  • Just Whistle: Makes this arrangement with Jerry on occasion, after Jerry gets him out of some sort of trouble.
  • Nice Guy: Surprisingly. In episodes that feature all three of them starring together, Spike will usually be played as a lot nicer than either Tom or Jerry, but constantly being forced to get angry. When there's an option to put aside their differences, he'll usually be all for it, if not the one trying to enforce the peace.
  • Only Sane Man: The 2014 series keeps some of his characterization from the later theatrical shorts (albeit he was portrayed as having intelligence in some shorts). In times of crisis, Spike generally tries the hardest of Rick and Ginger's pets to keep a level head and solve whatever problem is at hand. In episodes like "Cruising For A Bruising", "Pipeline" and "Hunger Strikes", he's the glue holding the household together.
  • Papa Wolf: Spike mellowed somewhat when they added his son, Tyke. But if you mess with him, you'll pay for it BIG TIME. Tom learns this the hard way in a few shorts.
  • Selective Enforcement: A recurring theme throughout most of the episodes that star him. Generally, he's just minding his own business, and ends up getting caught up in Tom and Jerry's antics. Even when he clearly sees Jerry causing trouble as well, Spike always singles out Tom and places all the blame on him, which Jerry proceeds to milk for all it's worth throughout the rest of the cartoon to make Tom's life miserable. Jerry's Karma Houdini Warranty starts to reach its limits by the 2014 series though.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Especially prominent in later shorts where he (and sometimes his son) are often genuinely the Butt-Monkey to Tom's antics.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Most of his appearances consist of Jerry manipulating him into acting as a shield against Tom.
  • Wild Card: Spike is usually a very neutral force — he only wants to be left alone and will only go after anyone (usually Tom, but on the rare occasion this can also include Jerry) if they bother him in some way, which leads to many of his appearances having him be an Unwitting Pawn as Jerry leads Tom to anger him. Likewise, he usually only helps someone (usually Jerry) if they help him in some way first. A few episodes have him being a danger to both Tom and Jerry, with Jerry being crafty enough to avoid pain while Tom is not.

Spike's son.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Sometimes more of a Bratty Half-Pint in the 2014 series, compared to the oblivious pup who let his father do the dirty work in the original shorts. In cases like "Birthday Bashed" he causes enough hell for Tom and Jerry that they form one of their trademark Enemy Mines.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: In both his appearances in comics and Tom and Jerry Kids, Tyke undergoes the same Anthropomorphic Shift as his father, to the point of sometimes verging as his Hyper-Competent Sidekick. He also sometimes shows a more mild sapient or devious side in the 2014 series.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: In both the comics and Tom & Jerry Kids, he suddenly gains the ability to speak and walks on two legs, with him and Spike more or less acting as Expies for Hanna Barbara's later creation Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy.
  • Breakout Character: Shared the same solo appearances as Spike in cartoons and comics sans Tom and Jerry.
  • Chaste Toons: One of the scant few aversions in the Golden Age.
  • Cheerful Child: He's just so happy and innocent, even when he's barking at Tom.
  • Depending on the Artist: Much like his dad, Tyke's fur varies between grey and brown depending on the short.
  • Everything's Precious with Puppies: Goes without saying that Tyke's a very cute pup.
  • Missing Mom: We never see his mother.
  • Morality Pet: Quite literally with Spike when he became a lot nicer after Tyke was introduced to the series. In particular, he tolerated Tom a lot more and generally only went after him if he annoyed him.
  • Suddenly Speaking: In the comics and Tom and Jerry Kids, he speaks full English.


A young mouse that Jerry adopts.

  • Ascended Extra: Only shows up in the occasional cartoon, but in the licensed Dell comic you could count the stories that didn't feature him on one hand.
  • Big Eater: He has both Tom and Jerry beat in this department, which is quite a feat itself.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In the Mouseketeer cartoons, he sprinkles his sentences with French words. Some, but not all, later appearances have him keep this trait.
  • Canon Immigrant: Actually debuted in the comics before appearing in any shorts.
  • Catchphrase: The Mouseketeer shorts give him "Touché, Pussycat!" Occasionally also "Pauvre, pauvre Pussycat," when something bad happens to Tom.
  • Cheerful Child: Not quite to the extent of Tyke, but he's generally a happy and easygoing kid... especially if food is plentiful.
  • Children Are Innocent: While some cartoons (and definitely some comics) has him grab the Jerkass Ball, he's generally far less malicious than Jerry. While Jerry can be a Heroic Comedic Sociopath, Nibbles is a lot more likely to be friendly to Tom, or to just ignore him while focusing on his own goals (usually finding food). Depends heavily on the cartoon whether this means Tom will be nicer to him in return, or take the opportunity to grab him so that Jerry has to come to the rescue.
  • Composite Character: When he appears in modern Tom and Jerry adaptations, his name has usually reverted back to Nibbles, but he still speaks in a French accent, a nod to the Mouseketeer shorts.
  • Cousin Oliver: Though he doesn't seem to be widely hated for it. The fact that he only shows up in the occasional short may help.
  • Depending on the Writer: In some modern works, his name is Nibbles, he speaks with a French accent, and is treated like a toddler. In others he's named Tuffy, he speaks with an American accent, and is treated like an adult (or at least an older child).
  • Doorstop Baby: He gets left on Jerry's doorstep in "The Little Orphan".
  • Gratuitous English: Slipped in a few English phrases in some of the Mouseketeer shorts.
  • Gratuitous French: In modern adaptations where he's speaking English with a French accent.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Always wears what looks like either a diaper or a pair of white shorts.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: His parents are never shown, and he is very cute.
  • I Have Many Names: Well, only two, and they haven't been used with much consistency. He was Tuffy in the comics, in the Mouseketeer shorts, and some of the later shorts, but in his first animated appearances and in some of his modern ones, he goes by Nibbles. They could also be two different mice, since the short Two Little Indians features two young gray mice drawn with the same exact character model as Nibbles.
  • Jerkass Ball: He will sometimes join in with Jerry into tormenting Tom sadistically when he doesn't deserve it.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: He's adorable and a baby.
  • Motor Mouth: In some of his appearances, he talks a lot. Sometimes this is justified, since (especially in modern appearances) if he's in a cartoon he's far more likely to get all the spoken dialogue while Tom and Jerry remain silent, and as such has to carry on both sides of the conversation.
  • Silly Walk: One of his trademarks in his classic appearances is that he doesn't walk so much as he runs, and rather stiffly at that, shuffling his feet at a high speed. This trait is toned down for many later appearances, such as the Mouseketeer cartoons, but he still displays hints of it.
  • Take a Third Option: One iconic short involves Jerry trying to teach him how to steal food and avoid Tom, while Nibbles simply asks Tom politely for food and befriends him instead. Due to Tom oddly holding the Kindness Ball in this instance, this actually works.

    Little Quacker

An overly trusting duckling.

Voiced by: Frank Graham, Dick Nelson (Trap Happy), Daws Butler, Nicky Jam (Tom & Jerry (2021))

A black alley cat who is either an ally or enemy of Tom's.

  • Always Someone Better: He nearly always wins when competing with Tom for a woman. He also usually is able to be better than Tom in a fight. His losses can also result from a stronger force defeating him (Spike for example)
  • Arch-Enemy: Tom, Depending on the Writer. He's also pretty much always antagonistic towards Jerry.
  • Big Eater: Eats Tom and Jerry out of house and home while pretending to be a Doorstop Baby in one short.
  • Buffoonish Tomcat: Like Tom, Butch can be prone into having his moments of stupidity & short-sighted reactions (mostly around Spike), and can be prone to slapstick when being tricked by Jerry especially.
  • Cats Are Mean: Basically Tom, minus the likable and traits about how we can sympathize with Tom, all in comparison to Butch.
  • Dark Is Evil: What else do you expect from a black cat who sometimes acts all antagonistic and malicious towards Tom?
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • He and Tom are often at odds with one another, but in some shorts, he's part of Tom's group of buddies.
    • Exactly what role he plays is often subject to variation depending on the short: he can be anything from a mere alley cat to an accomplished mouse exterminator to being incredibly rich.
  • Gang of Bullies: His group of alley cats consisting of himself, Meathead, Topsy, Lightning, and sometimes Tom (when he's not the target of their abuse) could be seen as one of these.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Tom and Butch try to do this to each other whenever there's a woman involved.
  • Jerkass: Kind of like Tom, except not at all sympathetic, and a double-crossing louse as well. In which he could be a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk at times.
  • The Rival: To Tom (Depending on the Writer).
  • The Scream: Usually lets of the same screams as Tom.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tom (also Depending on the Writer).

    Toodles Galore

Toodles Galore is an attractive white female cat and Tom's usual love interest, although Tom is a reputed playboy and has had other love interests before and after Toodles.

  • Cats Are Mean: Averted. She clearly has no interest in eating Jerry, and therefore never shows any aggression towards him any time they interact and her only real negative trait is that she's shown to be quite shallow, going with whichever cat out of Tom and Butch impresses her more. Other than that, she's always shown to be very laid back and mild-mannered.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Tom and Butch are instantly smitten with her, and even Jerry and Spike were attracted to her.
  • Humanoid Female Animal: Her design is much more humanoid than most of the other characters.
  • Interspecies Romance: A few shorts end with her and Jerry becoming a couple.
  • The Speechless: Like most animal characters.

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An attractive cat that Tom instantly likes.

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An alley cat who usually appears around Tom or Butch, Meathead is generally the least intelligent member of the gang.


Minor Animal Characters

    Muscles Mouse

Jerry's super-strong cousin who has never been defeated by any known cat.

  • Badass Adorable: He looks almost as cute as his cousin, but is much stronger and can easily defeat cats much bigger than he is.
  • Badass Baritone: He's got a rather deep, gruff voice and can effortlessly punch out cats much bigger than himself.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He seems to have this for Jerry, as he willingly came to his cousin's aid when Jerry reached out to him asking for his assistance with Tom.
  • The Dreaded: Given his immense strength and the fact that no cat can best him, he is feared by any cat living in his neighborhood.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a green bowler.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He gets smashed by Tom's fist, a bowling ball dropped on top of him and beaten up by the members of Dirty Work Inc. and each time he shrugs it off like nothing.
  • One-Shot Character: Of the original shorts, he only appeared in "Jerry's Cousin", though The Tom and Jerry Show (2014) brought him back for several more episodes.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Almost to exaggerated levels. He can punch Tom across an entire room, and even took down three members of the Dirty Work Inc. who were essentially the feline equivalent of him.

    Cousin George

Tom's identical cousin who happens to be afraid of mice.


A shark who occasionally goes after Tom and Jerry (usually the former) in the Chuck Jones shorts.

  • Always a Bigger Fish: As soon as he enters the picture, the story usually becomes about his efforts to chase Tom, rather than Tom going after Jerry.
  • Canon Immigrant: Zig-zagged. Chuck Jones originally designed him for some Bugs Bunny comics in the late 1950s, but his Tom and Jerry appearances are the first time he actually appeared on-screen. Jones would then use him again for some of his latter Looney Tunes cartoons in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Depending on the Artist: The shorts directed by Jones himself give Porpoise a more cartoonish look, while the ones directed by Abe Levitow depict him as a more realistic shark.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Subverted. He's a shark named "Porpoise"; porpoises are more closely related to whales than sharks.
  • Stock Sound Effects: His roar is actually the MGM lion's roar, just sped up very slightly.
  • Troll: At the start of "Cannery Rodent" he seems content to just terrorize Tom whenever he falls into the water. That quickly changes when Tom drops an anchor on his head, causing Porpoise to switch to actually trying to kill and eat him.

    Butch the Dog
Voiced by: Joe Alaskey
A bulldog who often serves as a minor antagonist. He is featured in several of the movies, and the most recent TV show.
  • Berserk Button: Butch hates being called a liar and will respond with violence.
  • Identical Twin Mistake: One short has Butch and his littermate Spike being mistaken for each other a few times.
  • Oireland: Butch always has a thick Irish accent. In some versions, he's also an Irish Cop.
  • One Steve Limit: Butch has the same name as Tom's cat frenemy. He also has a brother with the same name as Spike.
  • The Old Convict: In one short, Tom is sent to the pound and shares a cell with Butch, a long-serving inmate (due to leash law violations) who befriends Tom and tells him about the place.

    Tin, Pan and Alley
From left to right: Alley, Pan and Tin
Voiced by: Greg Ellis (the voice of Tin), Jess Harnell (the voice of Pan) and Richard McGonagle (the voice of Alley)
A trio of Siamese cats who serve as henchmen to several movie antagonists.

Voiced by: Rene Mujica
A newt owned by a pair of witches Tom belongs to in some of the 2014 shorts.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Newt is his name because of being a newt.
  • Eye Scream: Newt wears an eyepatch, presumably due to the witches needing the eye of a newt for a past spell.
  • Only Sane Man: Newt often provides advice and insight to Tom and Jerry as the two of them indulge in wild antics.

An intelligent but arrogant hamster who lives in the lab of a scientist in some of the early The Tom and Jerry Show (2014) shorts.


    The Maid
Voiced by: Lillian Randolph, June Foray (TV redubs of several old shorts)

One of Tom's owners.

  • Accent Adaptation:
    • In the Mexican Spanish dubs, she normally speaks with an over-the-top Cuban accent, as a way to remind the audience that she's black.
    • Downplayed for the 90s English redubs, where she is still a Sassy Black Woman, but has some of her more outdated mannerisms and dialect edited out.
  • Audience Surrogate: In the sense that she was written to be a bridge between the everyday human world and the insane antics of Tom and Jerry, and is often the only human character present in the shorts she's in.
  • Butt-Monkey: Sometimes, when she has to deal with Tom and Jerry's antics.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Often subjected to this.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: She hates mice. Especially Jerry.
  • The Faceless: And who never wanted to see her face as a kid? Come on, hands up! Her face is very briefly seen in "Saturday Evening Puss". She was also sometimes drawn in full view in early comics.
  • Jerkass Ball: When she ends up punishing Tom for something he didn't even do!
  • Large Ham: "And when I says 'Out,' Jaspah, I mean 'Out!' O-U-W-T, out!"
  • Mammy: Though it wasn't made apparent whether she was a housekeeper who lived in a nice house or if that was her house. Given the time period, one would assume the former, but evidence such as the non-appearance of the white family she supposedly works for seems to indicate the latter would be more accurate. At the very least, most of her later appearances heavily suggest that she is the homeowner.
  • Named by the Adaptation: While she was never named on-screen, the comic books made during the cartoons theatrical run gave her two different names; Mandy for very early on, and Dinah afterward.
  • No Name Given: The Maid is never named on-screen in any of the cartoons. Its become a modern misconception that her name was Mammy Two-Shoes (a name that actually belongs to a very similar character from the Disney Silly Symphonies short "Three Orphan Kittens"), but absolutely no evidence exists, whether it be in production art or interviews, that she was ever intended to have a real name in the cartoons. For what its worth, the comic books of the time gave her two different names: Mandy and Dinah.
  • Only Sane Woman: Not that she has much choice, with Tom and Jerry in the same house. Downplayed in some shorts, as she can pursue quite horrifying punishments against Tom.
  • Put on a Bus: Her original character is replaced after 1952, with Push-Button Kitty serving as her final appearance.
  • Race Lift:
    • In Tom and Jerry Tales, Mammy Two-Shoes became a white version of herself, whose accent now sounded like a mix between Irish and Southern U.S. Here, she is explicitly named "Mrs. Two-Shoes"
    • In the 1960s edited for TV versions of some Tom and Jerry cartoons (done by Chuck Jones when he was hired by MGM), Mammy was redrawn, usually as a white, Irish-accented version of herself (similar to the one that would be used in Tom and Jerry Tales). In "Saturday Evening Puss", however, Mammy was redrawn and redubbed as a teenaged white girl named Jeannie who's going out to dance with her boyfriend instead of playing bridge with her club. This is an odd decision given that her face was still kept off-camera (even going to the effort of keeping it obscured in the very brief scene where Mammy's face could originally be seen), and an even odder one given that the story now had a slim teenage babysitter breaking down a door with her bare hands.
    • Inverted on the Turner versions which keeps the original Mammy design. Their versions just have her voice redubbed by African-American voice actress Thea Vidale.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Talks like one and has many of the mannerisms.

    Jeannie the Babysitter
Voiced by: Julie Bennett

A teenage babysitter.

  • Babysitter from Hell: She's something of a downplayed case, but the same standard applies since she spends all her time talking on the phone rather than doing her job. If it wasn't for Tom and Jerry watching out for the baby, it probably would have come to harm a long time ago due to her irresponsibility.
  • Dumb Blonde: Airheaded and has blonde hair.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She always thinks Tom is bothering the baby, unaware he's either chasing Jerry or the two are putting the baby back on the crib or carriage. She would hit him on the head with a broom afterwards, and tell her friend on the phone about the "mean cat" before resuming their chat.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Very noticeable.
  • Karma Houdini: She's never punished or even called out on for her neglectful behavior to the baby.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: She's too busy on the phone to even keep an eye on the baby she's supposed to be watching. Babysitter of the year, everybody.
  • Sweater Girl: She does have a snug sweater that shows off her figure.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: She gives no gratitude to Tom whatsoever whenever the latter helps lookout for the toddler she neglects while she spends hours on the phone and often beats him over the head with whatever object is handy.

    The Owner
Voiced by: Allen Swift

Tom's owner in several of the Gene Deitch-directed shorts.

  • Ax-Crazy: God help you if you make him mad. Luckily, he's not this trope when laid-back and relaxed (which is... rare to say the least)
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Not only is he far more violent than Mammy Two-Shoes was when it comes to punishing Tom, but he tends to do it in response to even just being mildly irritated by him; in contrast, Mammy usually only got especially angry at Tom when he damaged things.
  • The Dreaded: Tom visibly fears him, and the things he does in retaliation, to an extent that he never came close to doing with Mammy Two-Shoes.
  • Expy: Bears a damning resemblance to Clint Clobber, a character created by Creator/Terrytoons in 1957. The only thing he lacks is the heart of gold Clint could sometimes display. In fact, Gene Deitch himself confirmed they are not the same character, and it shows.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He is easily angered, especially when set off by Tom's antics toward Jerry. He never sees Jerry, which means he thinks Tom is misbehaving for no reason at all and will severely punish him for it.
  • Jerkass: The Fat Bastard, BIG TIME. If there's any reason for Tom to anger him, he'll be eager to pound the snot out of him. "Sorry Safari" strongly implies that he gets a kick out of torturing him.
  • Karma Houdini: The main reason why fans are so turned off by him. Seriously, he's committed several acts of outright animal cruelty to Tom that would get him in trouble today, yet he evades karma like it's nothing...
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: …until "Sorry Safari" (his last time as Tom's owner, to boot) finally rectified this by ending the cartoon with him getting attacked by an angry rhino and eventually tied to a stick alongside Tom and said rhino.
  • No Sympathy: His reaction to Tom dangling on a tree by his shotgun stuck to his nose, in danger of being shot?
    Owner: That's MY GUN! Give it to me!

Voiced by: Stephen Stanton

One of Tom and Spike's owners in The Tom and Jerry Show (2014).

Voiced by: Grey DeLisle

One of Tom and Spike's owners in The Tom and Jerry Show (2014).


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