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    Thomas "Tom" Cat 
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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), Eric Bauza (MultiVersus)

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 The Chew Toy, 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 a 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. He's also more likley to come out on top as the victor than before and even best Spike and especially Butch the cat, both of which had had previously dominated him in the original shorts.
  • 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 chasing them only when he's provoked or ordered to.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His irises are green in the original shorts but some adaptations, like The Tom and Jerry Show (1975), depict them as black instead.
  • Afraid of Needles: His response to learning he'll get a shot in "What a Pain"? Oh, Crap!.
  • 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-Hero: Depending on the episode and occasionally in the DTV movies, Tom sometimes plays a heroic role. He still wants to catch Jerry, but he has no problems teaming up with him whenever a bigger problem comes along.
  • 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.
  • Break the Haughty: He gets mocked and outsmarted by Jerry, who he clearly underestimated and toyed with, then kicked out by The Maid. And that's just the first short.
  • Buffoonish Tomcat: One of the many, many influences for this trope, because while he is presented to be just a typical clumsy cat and not an utterly dumb housecat, he has had so many moments when he can hilariously or amusingly lack in common-sense, and is mainly characterized by humor when being a complete fool. He is perfectly capable of comically making a fool of himself 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).
  • Cats Are Mean: He's often shown to be deceitful, self-serving, and catty. Nibbles/Tuffy even occasionally lampshades it in the 2014 series. Granted, he does have his better moments.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: A rare villainous example; his earlier, more genuinely cat-like incarnation often sported one of these, and had a mischievous attitude to match.
  • The Chew Toy: Textbook case. He rarely wins, and suffers various cartoon violence; he even provides the trope images for Amusing Injuries, several of its Sub-Tropes, and Fatal Fireworks. Many episodes also have him chasing Jerry strictly so the latter won't mess up the house he's living in. Not only can they result in Tom not getting dinner, but being beaten with whatever is handy by his owner. It's more noticeable in future adaptations though, which depict him as this slapstick-prone clown.
  • Chick Magnet: Tom's had several girlfriends though he 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, a blanket, and some strong alcohol.
    • 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, he 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.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Oddly enough, despite loving milk, Tom has a major aversion of cheese, another dairy product.
  • Eats Babies: He has zero qualms with eating a newborn woodpecker in "Hatch Up Your Troubles", though he managed to escape via exiting his mouth. Granted, he might've not known that woodpecker was newborn.... However, he also tries to eat Little Quacker after witnessing his birth in "Little Quacker" and "That's My Mommy". In "Calamari Jerry", he even tries to eat an octopus who looks around that age.
  • Enemy Mine: Isn't above teaming up with his rivals when the situation calls for it.
  • Entitled Bastard: He outright begs for Jerry's help in "Buddies Thicker Than Water" despite betraying him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first time he's seen (excluding the Episode Title Card) he's toying with Jerry, for the lulz.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: As unkind as he often is to other animals, "Un-Welcome Home" shows Tom does love his parents.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While he's no saint himself, even Tom is terrified of Dr. Malevolent as shown in Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale.
  • Evil Egg Eater: He tries to be this in "Little Quacker". After waiting for a mother duck to leave her nest, he steals her egg and intends to eat it...only for Little Quacker to hatch from it.
  • Evil Is Petty: He can rival his Arch-Enemy in the dog-kicking department. For instance, his Establishing Character Moment is him toying with him For the Evulz. Special note however goes to "Tomcat Jetpack"; for starters, he steals some ice cream, blows a raspberry at Spike and Jerry, throws said ice cream at them, and laughs.
  • 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.
  • 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 — upon realizing that going full-on Villains Want Mercy wasn't going to help, he digs the grave and lies in it. Then he hastily scribbles a will and clutches a flower while awaiting the inevitable, although in that case he actually gets the last laugh since Spike (who Jerry could summon via whistling) 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.
  • Final Boss: Some games with Jerry as a Player Character have Tom as the last boss.
  • 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).
  • Half-Witted Hillbilly: Has shades of Type II. According to "Un-Welcome Home", Tom is from a rural area. While he's not The Ditz, he can also be gullible.
  • Hated by All: A downplayed one as not everyone in the series hates him, but most characters do. It takes one hand to count how many of his owners don't mistreat him. The characters who actually are his friends vary from being his friends to his bitter rivals to even flat-out bullies towards him. Many other animals, like dogs (especially Spikenote ), cannot stand him and can team up with Jerry to defeat him. Granted, Jerry himself is an exception to this trope... but that's only when he and Tom are being Friendly Enemies.
  • 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.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Certainly! Occasional victories aside, Tom is very self-destructive; him generally not learning from his mistakes, his ego, cruelty, clumsiness, impulsivity, stubbornness, and naivete have all bitten him in the tail. This trope even extends to several of his boss fights.
  • Humiliation Conga: Many cartoons are this for him. 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's possibly rivaling the likes of Wile E. Coyote when it comes to durability and buffoonery. The narrator in "Domestic Kingdom" sorta lampshades it.
  • It's All About Me: For instance, in "Spike Gets Skooled", Tom wants to get Spike kicked out of the house just so he won't interfere when he tries to catch an innocent Jerry. He doesn't care he has to ruin Ginger's "important luncheon" while doing so, either.
  • 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.
  • Karmic Butt-Monkey: There are times where he instigates the rivalry between the duo, and thus he usually brings his mishaps on himself during those moments.
  • 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": He's a cat named Tom, which fits since 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.
  • Maniac Tongue: While not as often as some examples, there are instances when Tom sticks out much of his tongue when in the villainous mood.
  • 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.
  • Near-Villain Victory: There are times he gets close to winning, but something happens which thwarts it. For instance, he nearly axes Jerry in "Hatch Up Your Troubles", but he gets Hammered into the Ground before he could do so.
  • Offstage Villainy: According to the manual for Tom and Jerry Tales (the Nintendo DS game), he stole Jerry's "special cheese stash", not that it's shown in-game.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: According to his owner and other sapient characters, his name is Thomas.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Sometimes, he shows he doesn't want anybody (sans himself) to eat Jerry (e.g. "City Dump Chumps").
  • 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 nice moments 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.
  • Punny Name: A tomcat named "Tom Cat".
  • Recurring Boss: Expect to fight him frequently if you're playing the Game Boy Advance Tom and Jerry Tales, Tom and Jerry: The Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse!, or the SNES platformer. It's most egregious in the first example as its kinda a Boss Game.
  • 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: Sometimes, particularly in early shorts, where his blissful toying with Jerry was often his own undoing.
  • Species Surname: He's a cat and his last name is... well... "Cat".
  • Super-Persistent Predator: He just doesn't know when to quit trying to capture his prey.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: In several of his boss fights. During two confrontations with him in Tom and Jerry Tales (the Game Boy Advance game) for instance, he sometimes quits attacking to mock Jerry, which gives the mouse the chance to attack him.
  • 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: 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. 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. His tendency to not know when to quit also doesn't help.
  • 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.
  • Turns Red: As his health decreases in a couple of his boss fights in Tom and Jerry Tales (Game Boy Advance), he begins throwing more projectiles at Jerry.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Is prone to losing it whenever things don't go his way, albeit of varying intensities. Special note goes to him having kittens and going full-on Agitated Item Stomping in "Mouse Trouble" when his penultimate plan fails. He's also left laughing unstably upon being outwitted in "Jerry and Jumbo".
  • Villainous Crossdresser: Not as frequently as some examples, but Tom has his moments of going Disguised in Drag. Part of his plan to gobble up Jerry in "Flirty Birdy", for instance, involves him disguising himself as a female bird.
  • Villainous Rescue: Has his moments, like in "That's My Mommy" when he rescues Little Quacker from cooking himself in boiling water.
  • Villain Protagonist: The main protagonist of the shorts, but he is shown as a villain. But he does have heroic moments.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Occasionally. For instance, in "Landing Stripling", Tom tries begging a woodpecker (who he was previously attacking) to not launch him into a tub of boiling water.
  • 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.
  • 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 The Maid due to mistaking her for a disguised Butch.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: He has yellow eyes, which fit given his occasional underhanded methods in antagonizing Jerry and other characters.
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    Jerry Mouse 
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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), Eric Bauza (MultiVersus)

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.
  • Adaptational Karma: A Played With variant as he does have some Karma Houdini Warranty moments. 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).
  • 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". The results were anything but pretty.
  • 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. He once even called him for help because Tom was more aggressive than usual.
  • Big Eater: Often seen stealing a lot of food.
  • Brainy Brunette: A male one of sorts; he's a brown-furred Resourceful Rodent.
  • Butt-Monkey: While he's not nearly as slapstick-prone as Tom, but there are times he takes as much Amusing Injuries as he dishes out. He becomes more of a Butt-Monkey when he's around Nibbles, though.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: He's a cute mouse who often has a high-pitched voice.
  • Enemy Summoner: He serves as an enemy during most of Tom and Jerry in Infurnal Escape and he can blow a trombone to summon more enemies.
  • Fatal Flaw: While his 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.
  • The Gadfly: Sometimes he enjoys messing with other characters, especially Tom.
  • 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: Sometimes 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: He often comes out the victor in his conflicts with Tom, even in situations where he's the aggressor and Tom is the victim. However, shorts like "The Million Dollar Cat" and "The Year of the Mouse" end with Tom winning, and Jerry getting a suitable comeuppance.
  • 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 are 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. There are also episodes where he would even deliberately and spitefully sabotage Tom's chances to get with a girl, something Tom has never done to Jerry.
  • Killer Rabbit: He may be cute, but he can bring really big troubles.
  • Lovable Rogue: He's naughty, but he's cute too.
  • The Medic: In "The Duck Doctor", he treats Quacker's injuries after he's shot by Tom and has to keep doing so after the duckling keeps running back out and getting shot.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: He's occasionally capable of throwing Tom around, usually when pushed way too far.
  • Moment Killer: Frequently 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 was initially nameless. Meanwhile, MGM's press for the cartoon gave him the name of Pee-Wee.
  • No Sympathy: Jerry is generally a nice mouse, but he can be cold sometimes. 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. 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...
  • Resourceful Rodent: He's cunning, resourceful, and the rodent part is in his surname.
  • 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.
  • The Speechless: Like Tom, he rarely says anything, aside from a few nervous gulps.
  • Species Surname: His last name is "Mouse" and he's just that.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Tends to kiss 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, of course, considering how much he loves it.
  • Troll: Sometimes just causes trouble for Tom for no reason at all (e.g. "Beefcake Tom").
  • Typical Cartoon Animal Colors: A brown mouse.
  • 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 he 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 exploits the fact that Tom Wouldn't Hit a Girl, even if it's a mouse.

Animals

Major Animal Characters

    Spike 
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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.


  • Adaptational Intelligence: Spike in the original shorts seemed blissfully unaware of when Jerry would take advantage of him to defeat Tom. In this show however, Spike often finds out if Jerry uses him to mess with his rival and is more aware of Jerry's role in disturbing him and Tyke. This often results in him brutalizing both Tom and Jerry, or Spike teaming up with Tom to turn on Jerry if he knows Jerry is completely in the wrong.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Afraid of Needles: His Oh, Crap! upon learning he's going to get a shot in "What a Pain" says everything.
  • Androcles' Lion: He protects Jerry in a lot of shorts after Jerry does him a favor.
  • Angry Guard Dog: A bulldog with a bad temper.
  • 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.
  • 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 (he may chart even further back counting a very similar bulldog that rivaled Butch in "The Alley Cat"). 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 2014 show seems to fix this with Spike becoming more aware of Jerry's antics.
  • Berserk Button: Waking him up or taking his bone away. Usually, if he has any new trigger, Tom can find it and Jerry will exploit it. Also, do NOT mess with his son, otherwise he will SKIN YA' ALIVE!
  • The Big Guy: He's the burliest member of the animal cast.
  • 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 can often be 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 also has a negative influence on Tyke: 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 The Maid 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 (his son) until Tom meows in a failed attempt at barking. Lampshaded several times, like when Butch called him unintelligent; he and some other cats (including Tom) were watching 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.
  • Final Boss: He's the last obstacle faced in the game Tom and Jerry in Infurnal Escape.
  • Flunky Boss: In his boss battle in Tom and Jerry in Infurnal Escape, random enemies will appear to fight alongside him.
  • Game-Over Man: If you get a Game Over in Tom and Jerry in Infurnal Escape, Spike is one of the characters you'll see.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass to One: While not always without reason, he singles out Tom as object of his anger, regardless of how much Tom himself is at fault. This seems to be toned down in the 2014 show as Jerry often faces his wrath when he's proven to be the instigator.
  • 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.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Even if he sees Jerry is the cause of whatever action Tom is doing that bothers him, Spike's hostility will be towards Tom and only Tom.
  • 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. 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.
  • Unmanly Secret: Played for Laughs. While he's generally not a feminine character, Spike actually liked getting his nails painted pink in "What a Pain". Not that he wants it to be let out.
    Spike: [to Tom] No one has to know about the nail paint. Got it!? [...] It made me feel pretty; that's all.
  • 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.

    Tyke 
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Spike's son.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 enough.
  • Precious Puppy: Goes without saying that Tyke's a very cute pup.
  • Suddenly Speaking: In the comics and Tom and Jerry Kids, he speaks full English.

    Nibbles/Tuffy 
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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.
  • Badass Adorable: Occasionally he actually is able to hold his own against Tom or outsmart him in unpredictable ways, often to save Jerry when he's bitten off more than he can chew. This is especially noticeable in the Mouseketeer shorts, where he may be the more inexperienced one between him and Jerry, but tends to be the one that has to fight or defeat Tom the most.
  • 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.
  • Kid Has a Point: He may be a child, but occasionally in the 2014 series he points out why Tom is an example of Cats Are Mean.
  • Mini-Me: Nibbles looks a lot like a smaller Jerry, just colored gray instead of brown.
  • 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.
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    Little Quacker 
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An overly trusting duckling.


    Butch 
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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.


  • Adaptational Wimp: As mentioned above, Butch in the 2014 is no longer the superior rival to Tom and has been made considerably weaker in comparison. He now has to rely more on underhanded tactics than before, similar to Tom's ordeals with Spike in the MGM shorts.
  • 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).
    • Mostly averted in the 2014 show where he consistently loses to Tom and ends up getting beaten up by him, Jerry and Spike.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Though he was always more of a Funny Animal than Tom, Butch similarly became less cat-like as cartoons went on.
  • 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. This has been made more apparent in the 2014 show where he's almost as unfortunate as Tom.
  • Butt-Monkey: He becomes this throughout the Tom and Jerry Show (2014). Almost to the same extent as Tom and is constantly losing against him. They seem to have swapped roles this time around.
  • Canon Foreigner: Butch actually originated from his own earlier MGM short "The Alley Cat" before becoming a regular in the Tom and Jerry series. He also crossed over into the Spike and Tyke shorts, where the duo were absent.
  • Cats Are Mean: If you take Tom and remove every single one of his likable traits, then you get Butch in a nutshell.
  • 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.
  • Dual Boss: You have to fight him and Meathead simultaneously in Tom and Jerry in Mouse Attacks.
  • Early Instalment Weirdness: In "The Alley Cat", he talks in a high pitched throaty voice, much closer to that of Quacker's voice than the gravelly Bronx voice he would be given in his Tom and Jerry appearances.
  • Friendly Rival: In several shorts a goal doesn't come between them, he is shown partying or hanging out with Tom.
  • 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.
  • Hates Baths: In one episode of the 2014 series, Butch got a bath from Ginger and didn't like it, prolly because he's a cat.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Yes, it was harsh for Butch to call Spike "dumb". However, it's still clearly true.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Tom and Butch try to do this to each other whenever there's a woman involved.
  • 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 
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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.


  • Anthropomorphic Shift: She went from a slinky cat that walked on all fours in "The Alley Cat" to a Humanoid Female Animal in her Tom and Jerry appearances.
  • Canon Foreigner: Like Butch she first appeared in "The Alley Cat" before crossing over to the Tom and Jerry series.
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted. She's a cat and 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. Otherwise, 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.
  • Mama Bear: In "Love Me, Love My Mouse", Tom offers Jerry to her as a present, but Jerry invokes this trope by acting cute, causing her to treat him like her child. It only lasts until she gives him a kiss, at which point she realizes he tastes pretty good.
  • Deadlier Than The Male: On the occsaions where she goes after Jerry herself, she is generally depicted as much better at it than Tom. This trait is composited into Toots in the 2021 film.
  • Mythology Gag: In many of her appearances, Butch is a rival for her affection, much like he was in "The Alley Cat" before Tom.
  • Neutral Female: In many shorts where either Tom and Jerry or Tom and Butch fight and cause shenanigans she almost always just sits in the background or off screen, and she usually doesn’t even appear in the endings except for for Casanova Cat and Solid Senerade.
  • The Speechless: She speaks in a deep sultry voice in "The Alley Cat", but is mostly mute in her Tom and Jerry appearances.

    Toots 
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Click here to see her new design in The Zoot Cat episode 
An attractive cat that Tom instantly likes.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: In Puss N' Toots, she began as a silent semi-anthropomorphic cat similar to Tom. In later appearances, she is more humanoid and has speaking roles.
  • Depending on the Writer: Toots can range anywhere between a Shrinking Violet who is visibly smitten by Tom or a Deadpan Snarker with a very blunt "No means no" approach.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Some episodes like “Tom Quixote” where she throws vases and pans at Tom when angered. Also in the 2021 movie where she gets very crazy and vicious when she sees Jerry.
  • Women Are Wiser: Even though in some episodes of The Tom and Jerry Show she can she can be shallow like the original Toodles Galore, she is shown to be at least slightly more smart then Tom. For example in “Here Comes The Bribe”, not only did Tom didn’t pick up the fact that she was talking about him at the beginning but he also acted pretty oblivious and rude later on, as one time he drank all of the drinks she brought for him and her dad, and somehow didn’t get that the drinks weren’t all for him. Tom also has been revealed to have previously forgotten her birthday and Valentines Day before, which makes Tom at best really stupid to forget, or a jerk at worst. Averted sometimes though like in “Toodle Boom” where she was oblivious to Tom wanting to continue their date and became obsessed with chasing Jerry and Nibbles.

    Lightning 
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    Meathead 
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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 
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Voiced by: Paul Frees

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


    Cousin George 
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Voiced by: Bill Thompson

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


    Porpoise 
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Voiced by: Mel Blanc

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.
  • The Voiceless: He never has discernable dialogue on-screen, but "Cannery Rodent" gives him an Evil Laugh, and has him muttering what sound like obscenities after Tom drops an anchor on his head.

    Circus Elephant 
A female elephant who befriends Jerry after he removes a golden tack that was stuck in her foot.

    Butch the Dog 
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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 
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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.

    Newt 
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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: Implied. 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.

    Hamster 
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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.

    Napoleon 

Humans

    The Maid 
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Voiced by: Lillian Randolph (theatrical release), June Foray (60's redubs) Thea Vidale (90's redubs)

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, The Maid 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), she 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, she 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 her 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 her original 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.
    The Maid: Thomas, if you're a mouse-catcher, I'm Lana Turna, which I'm not.

    Jeannie the Babysitter 
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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: Unintelligent 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. Granted, she doesn't know Tom actually helps.

    The Owner 
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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).
  • Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: He beats Tom (a feline) senseless for the smallest of slights, which are supposed to be funny, several times even doing so with a Slasher Smile. If he existed in real life, he'd be jailed for animal cruelty ten times over.
  • Berserk Button: Doing the following things listed below will get you into big trouble with him, especially if you're Tom.
    • Misbehaving during a fishing trip.
    • Messing with his barbecue.
    • Touching his guns.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Not only is he far more violent than The Maid 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, she usually only got especially angry at Tom when he damaged things.
  • Expy: Bears a damning resemblance to Clint Clobber, a character created by 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.
  • Fat Bastard: Overweight and a hideously abusive owner.
  • 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: He frequently pounds the snot out of Tom for any perceived slight, no matter how big or small it is. He also appears to enjoy hurting him, considering he's flashed Slasher Smiles before or after doing so. Indeed, his treatment of Tom is so bad that Spike and The Maid would be disgusted with how he treats Tom if they were to meet.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: He always evaded punishment for his mistreatment of Tom... until his final short, "Sorry Safari"; he gets mauled by a lion, attacked by an angry rhino, and ultimately tied to a stick alongside Tom and said rhino.
  • Lack of Empathy: Don't expect him to show any empathy for Tom when he hurts him. Also, his reaction to him 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!

    Rick 
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Voiced by: Stephen Stanton
One of Tom and Spike's owners in The Tom and Jerry Show (2014). He favors Spike, unlike his wife who favors Tom.
  • The Faceless: We never see what his face looks like, just like his wife.
  • Fat Bastard: He's fat and an utter jerkass to Tom.
  • Jerkass: Ill-tempered, hostile, and abusive towards Tom. Not as much as the above character though...

    Ginger 
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Voiced by: Grey DeLisle
One of Tom and Spike's owners in The Tom and Jerry Show (2014). She favors Tom, while her husband favors Spike.


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