NOTE: This page is for characters in the Toonami universe, not for shows that Toonami has aired. Those go in Toonami's Recap page.
The Host of Cartoon Network's (now [adult swim]'s) action animation block, Toonami. He takes care of the Absolution and the Vindication and keeps it properly running, and is in charge of broadcasting action animation to our little blue planet. Starting out as a pudgy little Bomberman-esque robot, he eventually evolved through several different models (seven, to be exact) to become more human and battle-hardened.
- Action Hero: Shown in Trapped In Hyperspace. The GPSS Absolution is going to crash into Earth after it's infected by a sentient virus (Swayzak) who hates everyone onboard's guts. What does TOM do? He has the brilliant idea to hook up to the systems and gets a virtual ship and shoots the crap out of the virus.
- Badass Baritone: Once Steve Blum started voicing him, he has a deeper voice and gets more action scenes.
- Body Backup Drive: After TOM 1 got killed by the Intruder, his memories were downloaded into TOM 2, and he has since gone through four more bodies (Four if you count TOM 3.5). However, it's apparent that TOM 4 and TOM 3.5/TOM 5 are separate individuals now, as TOM 4 was seen conversing with the current host over a video chat. In The Forge,TOM 3.5/TOM 5 becomes TOM 6.0.
- Broke the Rating Scale: There are instances in his video game reviews where he gets stumped on what rating to give, and instead settles on a ?/10 (memorable examples include his reviews of Dropship: United Peace Force and Slender).
- The Bus Came Back: TOM 4 briefly returns in the revival, talking to TOM 3.5.
- Bus Crash: The Intruder added TOM 4 to his body count before The Intruder II.
- Caustic Critic: Averted with his video game reviews. He's willing to point out any flaws present, but his reviews are usually positive. The lowest score he's ever given to a game was a 6/10.
- Characterization Marches On: He was a lot more serious in the blocks early days before becoming a lot more laid back from his third incarnation onwards.
- Darker and Edgier: Now that Toonami is on [adult swim], TOM is able to curse and make much more mature jokes that wouldn't fly past Cartoon Network's censors.
- Deadpan Snarker: And oh, can he snark with the best of them, if his video game reviews, various Toonami bumpers, and interactions with Sara are any indication. The TI Es (except Trapped in Hyperspace, Lockdown, and IGPX)? Hell yeah. There is a LOT of Banter.
- Death Is Cheap: Three times: in The Intruder, Endgame, and The Forge. He gets the Body Backup Drive treatment in all three.
- Expy: Appearance wise, TOM 4 slightly resembles Wreck-Gar in everything but the face.
- The Faceless: TOM's "face" is simply a visor without a mouth. The redesign into TOM 4 averted this due to Cartoon Network wanting to appeal more to children, though it unfortunately didn't work out as planned with Toonami's older fans.
- Fun with Acronyms: His name, T.O.M., is an acronym for "Toonami Operations Module".
- Handguns: Wielded one during his TOM 1 years. Unfortunately, it didn't help much against a certain red blob monster...It is much more useful against "Bugger"'s buddy.
- Heroic Build: As he got updated, his body became more muscular, until he was set back to a more lean appearance with TOM 5, before going back to this with TOM 6.
- The Host: Oh, but of course. Who'd you think he was, the custodian?
- Improbable Weapon User: You're qualified as this when you've managed to beat a space pirate... with a fork.
- Lighter and Softer: As stated above, TOM 4's design was such because Cartoon Network was attempting to appeal more to younger audiences.
- Nice Guy: Hes usually a friendly robot who plays video games and broadcasts anime to the masses.
- Killed Offscreen: The Intruder killed TOM 4 in-between the character's brief reappearance and The Intruder II.
- Put on a Bus: TOM 4, when Toonami came back. He was HEARD, however, not seen. Well... he was briefly seen on the Absolution 2.5 screens, with words TOM 4 TRANSMITTING on it.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His reaction to having to broadcast Hamtaro (which can be blamed on the higher ups)? Minor confusion and Lampshade Hanging at first, but he ultimately didn't seem to mind. After all, "they are kinda cute".
- Robot Buddy: A robotic module broadcasting anime to all the kids of Earth. TOM will always be ours. "We are the TOM. Resistance is futile."
- Took a Level in Badass:
TOM: OK, firing up reactors, full burn.
- As TOM 2, he saved the Absolution from crashing into the Earth and rescued Sara from Swayzak. TOM 3, he rescued Sara yet again and kicked a space pirate's ass with a fork.
- He took another one, albeit a rather small one, when Toonami was revived on [adult swim] and he was brought back as TOM 3.5, thanks to not being held back by Cartoon Network's censorship standards and being able to finally curse.
- As TOM 5, he killed the Intruder... but destroyed the Absolution.
- The 3 Absolutions were all IN SPACE. The second one was built FROM SCRATCH. The Vindication however... TOM managed to get it into space.
- He even managed to get his "brothers" onto the Vindication in the middle of a alien ambush, though he unfortunately was killed in the process...before getting rebuilt again.
- Totally Radical: In his third incarnation.TOM: (in his review of Dot Hack Infection) Ride 'em, cowboy.TOM: (in his review of the IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix video game) Drop it like it's hot.
- Troll: He has his moments, such as denying that robots would take over the world, and even teasing a second cancellation of Toonami.
- True Companions: He's close enough to SARA that he's willing to risk his own life when Swayzak infects her and puts her (and by extension, the entire ship) in danger.
- The Intruder II is no different. When TOM heard that SARA was dismantled, He said that he will make the Intruder pay for it. He did so by destroying the Absolution MKIII to make sure he wiped out the Intruder.
- Again in The Forge. He attacks the ambushing aliens to give SARA and the other TOM units enough time to escape on the Vindication. Unfortunately though, he doesnt make it out alive.
- Vampire Hunter: Claims to have been one "way back" in his review of The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.
- The Voiceless: When Kids' WB! had their own version of Toonami, they included their own version of TOM (based on the TOM 2 model being used at the time)... who oddly never spoke.
- You Are Number 6: The TOMs are designated by their numbers. Overall, there's only been three unique TOM units: TOM 1, 2 and 4. TOM 3, 3.5, and 5 are all upgrades of TOM 2. TOM 6 seems to be a mix between TOM 3 and 5.
- You Don't Look Like You: This was the reaction that TOM 4 received from Toonami's older fans. In hindsight, the shorter and pudgier TOM 1 can also elicit this reaction from those more familiar with the more lean and muscular designs.
An A.I. matrix who runs the Absolution with TOM. She helps with broadcasting Toonami, and also enjoys playing video games like TOM does.
- Action Girl: She manages the external guns on the Vindication base/airship.
- Artificial Intelligence: She's the mind of both the Absolution and the Vindication and personality of its computer system.
- Benevolent A.I.: Her purpose is to help out with the broadcast.
- Deadpan Snarker: Just like her pal TOM, she has a witty comment or two. After the revival, she often does this in response to something TOM 5 said during the intro. This was shown every week... until Intruder II.
- Death Is Cheap: The Intruder rips out her core in The Intruder II. However, TOM managed to back her up and upload her onto the new base on Planet Shogo 162.
- Disney Death: As mentioned above, TOM managed to back her up and upload her onto the new Shogian "base" after the Intruder ripped her core out from the Absolution.
- Gamer Chick: She likes playing video games as much as TOM does, conducting her own reviews (notable ones being her reviews of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and Lost Kingdoms, and the Rez review featuring only herself and Swayzak) and even challenging TOM to a match in Forza Motorsport 5. She even gives her own opinions about The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp.
- Heart Drive: Enough of her memory and personality can be downloaded to a handheld device that, if her main core is ever destroyed, she can reconstruct herself from once plugged into a new network. This was shown during the final episode of The Intruder II.
- Hologram: During the TOM 1 and 2 eras, she was simply a floating head. The TOM 3 era (from 2004 to 2007) gave her a full body. When she was brought back for the TOM 5 era, she went back to being just a head. During The Intruder III, she upgrades herself to a full body again, albeit smaller and more fairy-like.
- Not Quite Back to Normal: After she reconstructs herself from TOM 5's back up and the Planet Shogo 162 base's matrix systems, she mentions that some of her data is still missing and there's new data she doesn't recognize. She uses this data later on to create a new body for herself.
- Oracular Head: Her first and third incarnations are just a floating head.
- Our Fairies Are Different: The events of The Intruder III see her upgrade herself to a mobile form that resembles a fairy. Sort of like Navi.
- Robot Girl: Her appearance from the TOM 3 era sported a full body as does her appearance post-Intruder 3.
- Sapient Ship: She's essentially the Absolution itself communicating with TOM via a hologram. As of 11.19.2016, this is no longer the case.
- Spaceship Girl: SARA's holograms are always female.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She was absent from the TOM 4 era, or at the very least never made her presence known. She was also absent when Toonami was revived on [adult swim] due to budgetary reasons, but has since been brought back when TOM was updated into TOM 5. The reasons why SARA went missing during the TOM 4 era are unknown.
A Space Ghost villain turned former host of Toonami, who ran the block from the comfy confines of his control room in Ghost Planet Industries before TOM came around.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is even deeper than Steve Blum-voiced TOM's voice.
- The Bus Came Back: After C. Martin Croker's passing, Moltar made his first (and final) appearance on Toonami in 17 years as part of a special memorial opening.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Nothing is known of his whereabouts after TOM took over as the host of Toonami, and unfortunately so far, the production crew has expressed no interest in explaining what's up with Toonami's first host nowadays. This includes other Space Ghost spin-off media such as the rebooted Cartoon Planet. The poor guy just kinda vanished altogether, and a return to Toonami in any form seems unlikely after the untimely death of his voice actor. Toonami's memorial commercial for his voice actor didn't explain in-universe as to why Moltar stopped hosting Toonami, but does give a permanent excuse for why he won't return in that he's going back home and isn't coming back.
- Crossover: Toonami is essentially a spin-off of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and it's implied that this Moltar is the same Moltar from that show.
- Evil Feels Good: In his villain talk bumper, he mentions that one of the pros of being the bad guy is that they usually have more fun along the way than the heroes.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Well, he is one of the villains from Space Ghost, and his voice is deep. Though, whether or not he can be considered a villain during his time as Toonami's host is debatable. He does state that he still considers himself a villain during his villain talk bumper.
- The Faceless: Shares this quality with TOM since that mask is their face.
- Interspecies Romance: Considering that he's a being made of lava wearing a containment suit, he's this trope with the human Sailor Jupiter.
- Necessarily Evil: Addresses this in his "Villains" speech, being a bad guy himself and stating Lotor and Mumm-Ra as his favorites (besides himself).
- Noodle Incident: He stated that he once dated Sailor Jupiter, though something happened that caused them to break up.
- Villain Protagonist: He's a villain from Space Ghost, though his actions while hosting Toonami are borderline Anti-Villain or at least shows he has hobbies beyond being evil. Judging by his final message to the more heroic TOM, he likes teasing him, but apparently hasn't really done anything overly malicious to him other than being an annoyance. TOM does have a bit of respect for the guy though, wishing him the best of luck when Moltar reveals he's going back home forever.
Around since the days when Moltar ran the block, the Clydes are satellite droids that transmit images of action from all over the galaxy back to the Absolution (and before that, Ghost Planet Industries). They are also the 'crew' of the USS Vindication.
- Blank Stare: Appears to be the TOM 5-era Clydes' default expression.
- Flying Saucer: The very first Clyde model from the Moltar era was a saucer ship with an expressive face.
- Mascot: They were something of an icon for Toonami before even TOM made his appearance.
- Robot Buddy: They serve as one to TOM himself, apparently enough for him to trust his life in their hands during Trapped in Hyperspace.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The TOM 3 era Clydes, with their cute faces and their beetle-like appearance.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Like Sara, the Clydes were initially absent when Toonami was brought back on [adult swim], appearing only in leftover TOM 3 era bumpers. They were still absent during the start of the TOM 5 era, until a special bumper revealed that they were brought back and and had their appearance updated.
The assistant co-hosts during the TOM 4 era.
A red, alien blob that attempted to invade the Absolution. Being the very first threat that TOM ever faced, it first appeared during Toonami's first T.I.E., The Intruder, and makes a return for The Intruder II.
- Arch-Enemy: To TOM. He's done critical damage to TOM's ship and considers it personal.
- The Assimilator: After he makes his second appearance in The Intruder II, he takes on a more humanoid shape as opposed to a formless blob...and he's evidently using parts of TOM 1 as his own. And he plans to do the same to TOM 5. He's even voiced by Sonny Strait, the voice of the original TOM.TOM 5: Oh man, I make a really crappy bad guy.
- Ax-Crazy: Given his obsession with making TOM suffer in every possible way, it's pretty clear that assimilating TOM 1 and nearly getting blown to bits didn't do wonders for his sanity.
- Big Bad: He is the villain of The Intruder and The Intruder II.
- Big Eater: He ate TOM 1, and was eating the Absolution until TOM 2 blew off the thruster it landed on.
- Blob Monster: What he started out as. Assimilating TOM 1 gave him a humanoid shape and a malevolent, sadistic intelligence.
- Came Back Strong: Assimilating TOM 1 has given the Intruder intelligence, and the ability to control technology. More like an EVO from Generator Rex
- Crazy-Prepared: After gaining sentience from absorbing TOM 1 and TOM 4, he makes sure to remove as many of TOM 5's options as possible before attacking him.
- Deader Than Dead: Is completely disintegrated by the Absolution's destruction at the end of The Intruder II, leaving nothing behind for even a From a Single Cell moment.
- The Dreaded: This thing killed TOM before and as such is the one thing both he and SARA fear most. The minute SARA realizes that it's the same intruder from before, she outright tells TOM to get out of there.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Who — let alone what — he is remains a mystery, except that he's... you know... an intruder.
- Evil Gloating: After killing Sara (it doesn't last.), he gloats to TOM about killing her, TOM 4, and how he plans to kill and assimilate TOM as well.
- Evil Laugh: Does this frequently and given that he's voiced by the original TOM, it's unbelievably creepy.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's an intruder.
- Expy: A cunning, malevolent, psychopathic red and black alien life form with the ability to corrode and absorb technology and a personal grudge with The Hero? Seems Malware has a relative in another universe.
- From a Single Cell: If even a tiny piece of him survives, he'll inevitably regenerate and be on his merry way. TOM 5 solves this problem via Nuke 'em, leaving no such pieces left.
- Hero Killer: He ultimately devoured TOM 1 and TOM 4. Thankfully, TOM can transfer bodies, which allowed him to blow off the part of the ship that the Intruder was on.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The very ship he used to lure TOM and SARA in The Intruder II has its engine overloaded and used to kill him.
- Humanoid Abomination: By Assimilating TOM 1, he now has a bipedal, humanoid shape with bits of TOM 1's body.
- Invincible Villain: TOM makes a valiant effort but he can't even scratch the blasted thing. The first round has TOM getting knocked offline and thrown into space while the rematch has him throwing everything he can at it, which doesn't even faze the blob, before it decides to kill him. TOM 2 ultimately has to jettison everything it's attached-to away from the Absolution, which actually damages his own ship more than the blob. And even that's only temporary, as revealed in The Intruder II.
- Kick the Dog: Assimilating SARA's A.I. core just to hurt TOM and even gloating about it.
- Knight of Cerebus: Despite his Starter Villain status, the Intruder has the biggest and darkest impact among all of TOM's enemies. Not for nothing that he's treated as The Dreaded in The Intruder II.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Nothing seems to hurt this guy. Blaster shots just tickle him and TOM ultimately has to jettison everything it's attached to away from the Absolution, but even that doesn't stop him. It ultimately takes TOM overloading the core of the Intruder's ship to utterly destroy him and the Absolution.The Intruder: Did you really think blowing off the engine of your ship would kill me? You can't kill me, but I can kill you. Oh yes, I can kill you.
- Nuke 'em: How he meets his end, as TOM uses the ship the Intruder used as bait to kill the Intruder.
- Put on a Bus: He hasn't been seen since The Intruder, a fact that changed with its return in The Intruder II.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: It's body is mostly red with hints of black on it to make him look intimidating.
- Revenge: His main motivation in The Intruder II is payback for being blown up.
- Sadist: The Intruder, in his own words, wants nothing more than to make TOM suffer and is downright gleeful at the prospect of killing him. He even kills SARA and absorbs her A.I. core not only to control the ship, but also to hurt TOM.
- Stalker Without a Crush: After nearly getting blown to bits and assimilating TOM 1, the Intruder developed both a personality and a murderous obsession with TOM and spent 15 years tracking him down just to make him suffer any way he can, even killing TOM 4. Also, some of the things he says to TOM sound downright stalkerish, and his end goal is to assimilate TOM.The Intruder: Do you know how long, TOM? Do you know how long I've been out there looking for you?
Just as your last body and consciousness became a part of me, changed me, your new body will do the same. And we will do such great things together, TOM.
Oh TOM, we share the same consciousness. There's nothing you can do that I won't think of first, and I've been chasing you for far too long to let you go now. I tracked your other self down on that distant moon where you were hiding and killed him. But that wasn't enough. I found a record of a broadcast that led me to you directly. I've absorbed thousands of life forms and never had the trouble I had with you. But that's all over now. Where you headed? The bridge? (Evil Laugh) I'll beat you there, TOM.
Oh TOM? You're not on the bridge. Where could you be, huh? I damaged the escape pod, so you can't be hiding there. The engine core drive has been sealed off, so you won't be blowing me up. Where are you? I. Will. FIND YOU!
I'm coming for you, TOM. Be ready!
- Starter Villain: Up until The Intruder, TOM simply sat in his chair and broadcasted action cartoons. The Intruder's arrival marks the first time that TOM got out of his chair and went into action (and ultimately, to his temporary death).
- Suddenly Voiced: He talks during The Intruder II, unlike his previous appearance, where he was just a giant, voiceless blob monster.
- Thrown Out the Airlock: Ultimately how TOM dispatches the creature and he does it by jettisoning everything its attached to.
- Took a Level in Badass: Before, the Intruder was a mindless giant amoeba set on "Eat". Assimilating TOM 1 has made it smarter, stronger, and far more dangerous than before.
- Voice of the Legion: In The Intruder II, his voice is a combination of Sonny Strait and Steve Blum, after assimilating TOM 1 and TOM 4, who they respectively voiced.
The antagonist of the third T.I.E., Trapped In Hyperspace. He's a virus that attempts to make the Absolution crash into Earth by infecting the ship and taking control, forcing TOM to take action.
- Arc Villain: Of Trapped in Hyperspace.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He matches all the standard villain cliches, with the added bonus of taking over the Absolution and thousands of other ships for fun, what the hell is wrong with you Swayzak?
- Contagious A.I.: A sentient computer virus character that infects and takes the place of SARA; gets to the DOKS in episode 3, and later TOM.
- The Corrupter: He manages to infect TOM in the Trapped in Hyperspace game and have him perform a FaceHeel Turn! How many villains have done that to TOM?
- For the Evulz: He admits to taking over ships simply for fun, but it seems like it's moved beyond that.
- Evil Is Hammy: You can tell his voice actor was having some fun with the character, although this is given as the same actor voiced IM Weasel.
- Pride: Thinks he can't be defeated. That isn't true.
- Villainous Breakdown: TOM invokes this to throw off his game, implying that SARA is also fighting back. He completely loses it, however, once you beat stage 5 in the game. "Noooooooooooo! Whyyyyyyy?"
- Vocal Evolution: He has a different voice when he cameos in SARA's review of Rez. This is actually the voice he had in the flash game tie-in.