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Tom's Logo, a.k.a. the "Tom Face". He has lovely eyes.

Either way, you're not here for Smash Fighter. No one's here for that anymore...

Tom Charles O'Grady (born March 9, 1990), known online as Tom Fawkes, is an American Let's Player with over 112,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 50,000 followers on Twitch.

He originally started his YouTube career doing a Machinima called "Smash Fighter". He later decided to stop the series and focus mainly on Let's Plays as he felt nobody does machinimas anymore. Since then he has spent some time with Chilled Chaos and members of The Derp Crew. He has also done animations for The Runaway Guys and Versus, and has gained popularity since taking part in ProtonJon's streams.

Tom joins Jon, Stephen Georg, and The 8-Bit Drummer on the Disc Only Podcast.

Tom eventually made his Vtuber debut on September 22, 2023.

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His Let's Plays and streams provide examples of:

  • The Ace: Can be considered the best player when playing Mario Kart 8, and most multiplayer Nintendo games. The other Derp Crew members can attest to how many times Tom won over them. He's even bested Achievement Hunter's Matt Bragg, who himself is notorious for Mario Kart domination.
  • Aerith and Bob: Tom is a master of names, and they are all very odd names.
    • For Fire Emblem: Awakening he named his Avatar "...You" and in Fire Emblem Fates he named his characters "Oh, hey", "That girl", and "Your junk" in Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation respectively. He continued the tradition in Fire Emblem: Three Houses by naming his avatar "Canyunot".
    • And in his Monster Rancher 2 Streams he has "Fuck Me Hard", "Fish D'Lish", and then "What the...", in chronological order.
    • Not even Pokémon Colosseum is safe from this; he named the protagonist in that game "Help, I".
    • During his Ultra Sun Twitch playthrough, he named the protagonist Sbubby, then, thanks to him doing a nickname event for this playthrough, his Inkay later Malamar has the nickname "I, uh...", and his Alolan Vulpix has the nickname "Oh no, Jon".
    • The protagonist of Chulip is named "You jerk" and his love interest is "This guy".
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:invoked
    • According to Tom, Olimar is a dictator hoping to take over the universe with the help of the Pikmin.
    • Applies one to an entire Pokémon species In-Universe. According to Tom, Machamp take great pleasure in having their biceps touched and will demand that one touches their biceps.
    • Most of his fake Pokédex entries applies this logic as well, almost to a disturbing degree.
      Tom: [Technological Filter] Floette, the Single Bloom Pokemon. If you take away its flower, it dies. Now that I've armed you with that knowledge, don't take away its flower.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: ProtonJon's co-coms sometimes treat him like one saying things as "you'll understand when you get older", and so on.
  • April Fools' Day:
    • 2016: Tom releases a video showing Fire Emblem Fates' soon-to-be released (at the time of recording) fourth path, Shattered Kinship, depicting what would happen if Corrin abandoned both families trying to seize power for himself. It's Smash Bros for Wii U's classic mode with Tom acting as if he's playing Fire Emblem.
    • 2017: Tom releases a video showing a Shield Surfing Slam in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with face cam. The video actually consists of Tom blocking the view of Link with his face cam and being silent.
    • 2018: Tom releases a video showing him beating the Original Super Mario Bros. backwards. This means that the entire video is played in reverse order.
    • 2020: Tom plays Animal Crossing: New Horizons dressed in a chromakey body suit that covers everything except for his face
    • 2021: Tom cashes in on the VTuber trend with his own avatar. His avatar is the 2D Tom Face, commissioned just for the gag.
  • Ascended Meme: Screaming Quagsire was a one-off Twitter gag that now has both an emote on Twitch, a bit notification, and a t-shirt.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: When he upgrades Laslow in Fire Emblem Fates: "It also goes well with the fact that he'snote —(Notices his armor) JESUS!"
  • Berserk Button: Tom really hates when pity powerups are forced on him. This is especially apparent in Crash Bandicoot, where he rants about it whenever he receives a pity Aku Aku mask and even goes as far as intentionally taking damage just to get rid of them. In Parts 4, 6, and 19, it is unclear as to whether his rage is because of the levels that he is playing or if it is because he keeps getting Akus he doesn't want.
    • Do not call him Tommy or Uncle Tom. He threw away a game in Among Us to the Imposters because the one remaining Crewmate called him Tommy just to get the point across on how much being called "Tommy" irks him.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": A catchphrase of his being how bombastically he wants the target of his annoyance to shut up. One was even deployed as 'the executive decision' during a Proton Jon stream of Death Road to Canada because "I'm at least in the car!" after getting away with the Ghost Fart; Emile, his target, promptly left the group.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Twice in the Persona 5 livestreams, when seeing Ryuji and Yusuke's Showtime attack and when a party member is turned into a mouse.
  • Brick Joke: The Keyblade Graveyard's ice cream truck. First appearing in the Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep livestreams during Ventus's story, when Tom notes that it would be funny if while exploring the place, you hear the echoing of an ice cream truck's jingle from off in the distance. The ice cream truck is referenced twice more, once during Aqua's visit to the world, and once in a Mood Whiplash moment during the Kingdom Hearts III finale when the full Real Organization XIII attacks the group.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": In many videos, such as episodes of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Randomizer, he calls cows "beef dogs".
  • Catchphrase:
    • For subscriptions on Twitch: "Bingo! [Twitch user], thank you for the x months of [Sub type]. Enjoy your tinted glasses and emotes; here is a Sub for your sub! Mwah!" He gives an additional kiss for Tier 2 subs, and another for Tier 3 subs.
    • "Put me back in the water" can be considered this, seeing as how there are many times where he says this, and is easily one of the most quotable things he has said.
    • Lampshaded in Fire Emblem Fates in Paralouge 5, noting and joking about "They'll Live, He'll Live, She'll live, They'll be fine." being his catchphrase for this particular LP.
    • Wonders out loud during an episode of Tri Force Heroes if he has one of these, eventually deciding it's "[Blank] me!"note  for that LP.
    • Two for his Danganronpa playthroughs on Twitch - "Clefairy" for when the announcement bell rings and "NO, DUMMY!" whenever the protagonist counters during a trial.
      • his Danganronpa 2 playthrough also adds "YES, DUMMY!" for whenever the protagonist agrees with someone during a trial.
    • "SOME RELATIONSHIPS HAVE CHANGED!" in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, parodying Lanz's use of the phrase, but in an accent that gets more and more exaggerated until the chat compares it to Xord from Xenoblade 1.
    • "I'm Tom." Spawned from The Runaway Guys Colosseum 2023 when he would repeat the introduction every time the Disc Only Podcast intro got replayed. Which was a lot.
    • "SUPPORT THE BRAND!" in Book of Mario: Thousands of Doors.
  • Couch Gag: For Fire Emblem Fates when he is showing off the featured castle of the episode he usually makes a Running Gag where he steals the the ore, crops, and card then running off like a bandit in the night.
  • Double Entendre: Whenever he visits Wumba in a new world in Banjo-Tooie he makes a innuendo based on the transformation of that world, but most of the time forgets and he makes the innuendo relating to the last transformation in the next world if he remembers to make on at all, also doubles as Running Gag, it is also intentional not making it Accidental Innuendo.
  • Drinking Game:
    • In a Twitch stream for the original Mario Party, Tom instigates one of these. He would drink each time that the following occurs:
      • Someone lands on Chance Time, Happening, or Bowser space.
      • An opponent gets a star.
      • An opponent wins a minigame and he doesn't.
      • invokedA control-stick spinning minigame comes up.
      • The Super Gaming Bros. would use similar rules for their drunk Mario Party games; their Mario Party 5 match would see the Star relocate on top of Mark after Elliott bought it.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: During Tom's early Twitch days, he contemplated on following ProtonJon's method of thanking subscribers by playing a sound clip. He was thinking of a clip from Pikmin 3 in which the ship sounded like it was saying "Fruit Bat". He did use that initially until he starts using Vegeta's "BINGO!", complete with Vegeta's "running-in-place" segment of the Bingo Dance on loop. That image eventually got replaced by a Substitute plush dressed up as Vegeta.
  • Epic Fail: Episode 6 of Yooka-Laylee begins with Tom realizing he wasn't recording any game footage. Because the game autosaves, this forces Tom to start a brand new file.
  • Fanservice: He's done a few videos topless, and has cosplayed as Vincent Brooks wearing nothing but spotted boxers and ram's horns.
  • Helium Speech: Sometimes his mic messes up and he sounds like a squeaky 12-year-old, more usually on his own or when commentating ProtonJon's streams.
  • Iconic Item:
    • His blue tinted glasses.
    • Sebby the Substitute plushie. Sebby has gone on to replace Vegeta for sub notifications by cosplaying himnote , going Super Saiyan for Tier 2, and Super Saiyan Blue for Tier 3. Sebby also got a super-sized brother, which Tom now uses for Tiers 2 & 3 subs, and gift sub bombs over 5.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • At the end of his animation of TRG's first Panic Pinball game from their Mario Party 5 LP, he breaks out the vodka. His vodka pull even made the LP's official Top 10 at the end of the #3 moment.
    • After the gongshow that was the 2019 E3 Bethesda panel, Tom once again broke out the vodka.
  • Large Ham: Can really chew the scenery when provoked. Or when bored and something needs content.
  • Laughably Evil: Lord Dona'tor. His M.O. is taking hostages for ransom. Said hostages are lamps (although he has threatened to take the sun) and the ransoms are charity donations.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: As shown in Jon's streams, he has a wide variety of voices that he uses.
  • Million to One Chance:
    • In his Mario Party 1 stream, all four characters land on the same Chance Time space in one turn. This is all chronicled in the highlight, "Chance Time and Time Again". TRG nearly has this happen during their LP of Mario Party 6 (only AI Boo didn't land there).
    • In Fire Emblem Fates Paralogue 13, Tom experiences a 1% critical hit chance from a sorcerer on Caledon, which was the only way she would die, making him restart the ENTIRE CHAPTER OVER AGAIN. Though he didn't experience the 1% multiple times, he did have to restart the chapter over again several times, making the reaction priceless.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Tends to ham up slower scenes in games, especially rpgs.
    Tom: MORE STAIRS!note 
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to Arctozolt boils down to this, even before seeing the finished Mix-and-Match Critter.
  • No Name Given: In-Universe in the Fire Emblem: Awakening let's play, everyone refers to the Avatar as ...You because nobody can remember his name. Whenever the Avatar introduces himself, his "actual" name is blurred out.
    • Ditto for "Really?" in the Wind Waker HD Let's Play.
  • Official Couple: Was one with Donnabellez, but not anymore.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: During his Pokémon Sword playthrough, Tom replaces his Quagsire "The Voice"'s cries with the Screaming Quagsire noise. When she goes into battle for the first time after Tom becomes champion, she's oddly silent; Tom speculates that this is because she hasn't gotten over being one-shotted by Leon's Charizard.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Early on in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Tom voices his suspicions of Toko Fukawa, specifically saying "Someone is dead, and [they] had a hand in it." Toko never kills anyone during the killing game, but the statement is somewhat accurate thanks to her alternate personality Genocide Jack racking up quite a body count before the events of the game.
  • Running Gag:
    • "Put me back in the water" can be considered this throughout the channel as a whole, whenever water or fish are involved.
    • Whenever he says "For the time being." in Fire Emblem Fates he often times will follow up with "For the glory of the time bean." because, this happens a lot.
    • In his Back at the Ranch series whenever he gets Disk Chips on an expedition he will continually say Disk Chips (or even "Dik Chisps"), typically in an Australian accent because he usually goes on expeditions with the seemingly Australian Kavaro.
    • StephenPlays' obsession with teeth and Pac-man's hydrant in Tom's Custom Smash videos.
    • "Shapes" during the Playstation 5 reaction during the segues between game trailers composed of... well... shapes.
    • Telling the viewers to stop staring at the female player character's ass during Knights of the Old Republic.
    • Knocking out witnesses with cans in Hitman caused Tom to coin the phrase "can a man", and now brings up the phrase every time he uses a can to take out any potential witnesses to the crimes.
    • Saying "Shi-lear" when a successful kiss happens in Chulip.Explanation 
    • Always Supporting the Brand (upgrading Badge Points) rather than HP or FP in Book of Mario: Thousands of Doors.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: During the Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc streams, Tom's reaction to "Booblust". Explanation 
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: invoked
  • Shout-Out: Tom likes to reference things from pop culture, and often also things from other LP'ers' content (such as StephenPlays and ProtonJon). This culminated in TRG Colosseum 2022 when Jack's impression of Tom consisted of him talking solely in references.
  • Spoiler Cover: The title cards for his Pokémon Sun and Moon Nuzlocke with Druox change in the middle to spoil that Druox lost the challenge, as indicated by a gravestone and a crying Rowlet.
  • That One Level: invokedTom hates Grunty Industries in Banjo-Tooie due to being large, confusing, and overall not fun, dreading the concept of going there after finishing Terrydactyl Land, saying that the Washing Machine transformation being the only slightly redeeming aspect of it, though he grows less reviled the more he played.
  • The Scrappy: invoked
    • Invoked. Tom really hates Severa from Fire Emblem: Awakening and Selena from Fire Emblem Fates, who are incidentally the same person. Whenever they have a support conversation, he makes this clear for the most part, and gives them rather grating voices as well to emphasize this fact.
      • He gives Hilda from Fire Emblem: Three Houses the same treatment, with disparaging comments (since voice acting is on) every time he has to deal with her. This has softened somewhat after the time-skip, though he still has his moments now and then. He's notably rather annoyed that she gets to cameo in the Three Houses level in Smash Ultimate.
    • He's also not very fond of Kooper or Koops from Paper Mario. When he's not ignoring them, he'll often say something disparaging about them, whether in character or not. Kooper more so, since he gives him an annoying voice.
    • This is averted with Carbon, the google-translated version of Koops from Book of Mario: Thousands of Doors, who ends up being Tom's favorite party member since he goes from a shy, awkward teenager to a genocidal, would-be conqueror with ambitions to kill his father and rule the world.
  • The Story Teller: Takes on this role during all the loading screens of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), as to keep not only himself but audience entertained during the infamous load times, being three separate videos, one for each character's campaign.
  • Villain Protagonist: Chauncy Wellenuf, the main character of one of Tom's Skyrim role playing series. A selfish cowardly balding Thalmor who treats his (overworked) allies like servants (at one point using Unrelenting Force to throw Lydia off of The Throat Of The World for extremely petty reasons before leaving her behind) for the sake of getting out of Skyrim as soon as possible. Tom even describes him as a "Villain who stumbled into a heroic role".
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • Happens with some of his voices. Captain Olimar's voice became a bit less gravelly while retaining the refined tones while Louie's voice became higher and less slowed down during the course of Pikmin 2.
    • Zigzagged with the President of Hocotate Freight, whose voice continually drifted between a gaspy, older voice, and one that was notably less so.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!:
    • His reaction to Peach also getting chance time right after Yoshi got it.
    • He responds similarly when a Warp Block swaps Donkey Kong with Yoshi, triggering another Chance Time - and then again when another Warp Block swaps him with Donkey Kong, triggering a fourth Chance Time. Keep in mind this was all in a single turn, as noted above in Million to One Chance.


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I Took a Few Liberties

In this TRG Colosseum sketch based on a dream Stephen had, Stephen asks Tom to record an episode of Morning Mario for him, only for the video to be a snowboarding lesson that has nothing to do with Super Mario Maker. When asking Tom about it, he insists to Stephen that he, "took a few liberties," until he's left screaming the phrase over and over again.

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