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TOM... is dead.

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  • The Intruder II has its own page.

  • The red blob creature that ate TOM 1 in The Intruder. Unlike in later parts, the audience was completely helpless, and the thought of TOM dying was a slim one.
    • A trailer for the event shown on the UK Toonami made it worse. The trailer consisted of shots of TOM following the blob's progress and cuts back to SARA asking "Tom?" in a worried voice, then ended on the final shot of TOM 1's hand disappearing into the slime with this voiceover before the trailer flickered into static:
    Help us. Save us...
    • Episode 1: Seeing the actual blob at the end of the episode in the dark.
    • Episode 2: The Impending Doom P.O.V. when the blob makes its presence known to TOM, followed by his Oh, Crap! as the camera bum-rushes him in the blink of an eye. There's also some suspense before when the camera shows the Intruder's POV as it's stalking TOM and shoves him out of the Absolution.
    • Episode 3: Seeing one poor Clyde get eaten by the Intruder, leaving behind only a camera lens. Wow. Just... Wow.
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    • Episode 4: The ultimate "shit just got real" episode as TOM 1 is eaten alive by the Intruder. There are a couple of nightmare-inducing feelings in this particular moment. For one, hearing TOM 1's agonizing, blood-curdling scream as he's eaten is pretty disturbing. Remember when TOM 5's arm was damaged by the same blob and he screamed in pain? This instance is more terrifying because TOM 1's entire body is being eaten away at. Second, when Sara calls out for TOM, the music for the episode stops and there's an eerie silence as his hand falls into the blob. Third, when TOM 1 desperately tries to evade death by forcing his hand up (as seen in the image above), his hand looks pock-marked and corroded like there are burn marks on his skin, and his body is submerged, leaving it up to the viewer's imagination as to what the Intruder's corrosive makeup is doing to TOM 1's body. Imagine if after this, TOM 1 managed to somehow escape the Intruder's corrosive makeup and returned to the bridge of the Absolution. TOM 1 would not look the same, as his entire body would probably be covered with cracks and burn marks, not to mention psychological scaring. The Intruder II more or less confirms this when you see TOM 1's eaten remains stuck to the Intruder, as his right hand, remaining torso, and visor have burn scars/marks, rust, charred skin and chipped paint (presumably his original white skin now being turned a grey color) on them. Think about that, TOM 1 was being burned alive when he was eaten.
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    • Episode 5: Seeing the Intruder take over the Starboard engine in such a short amount of time.
    • Episode 8: A small piece of the Intruder flies by and leaves the message "The End?"
  • Some of the bumpers have unsettling music and images. A good example is the "Blood" bumper, which is a wave of CGI red blood cells passing by to dark, brooding music while the Toonami logo fades in, followed by the Cartoon Network logo (yes, this was actually from the block's days on Cartoon Network) popping up accompanied by a minor Scare Chord.
  • Swayzak's Uncanny Valley appearance. Just... what is that thing?
    • Swayzak admitting he's going to cause the Absolution to crash into Earth at hyperspace speeds for fun.
    • The shots of the Absolution hurtling wildly out of control through Hyperspace during Day One's bumps.
  • TOM's review of Slender. Though TOM not being able to beat the game and give it a rating due to being too scared is funny, the idea that not even TOM is safe from the Slenderman, who may or may not be stalking the Absolution, is actually quite disturbing.
  • The Teaser Trailer for The Intruder II, showing The Blob returning much to Tom's shock and horror. His tone of voice has fear in it. In the teaser, the Intruder was only glimpsed once, dropping something. It's the laser-pistol TOM-1 wielded in episode two of the original.
    • In the original Intruder, Tom woke up in the TOM-2 body with no memory of his demise, suggesting his AI was backed up. Here Tom reacts with fear, which means not only are TOM-1-3.5 and 5.0 are truly inhabited by the same AI, implying a last second transfer into the Absolution's computer, it also means that at some point Tom started to remember dying.
  • The prequel comic that shows Tom 4 facing off against the Intruder has it display a malevolent sentience as well as robot-controlling powers.
    • As of episode 3 of Intruder II, not only is the Intruder intelligent like the tie-in comic, but it's adapted an outer shell from the surviving pieces of TOM's original body.
  • The promo they made for Hellsing Ultimate, quite possibly the most gory and violent show that Toonami has aired so far, makes it clear that there's a reason why the block now has an hourly Content Warning.
  • One of the new Clyde bumpers shows one of the new Clydes going about and doing its business out in the open. Then it's shown that there's a giant creature in the background burrowing through the planet.
  • The sixth Total Immersion Event, The Intruder III, brings us a giant sandworm that causes earthquakes. We're left on a cliffhanger as TOM begs SARA to unlock the Vindication's door.
  • The seventh Total Immersion Event, Countdown brings us to the fact that something invaded SARA's AI matrix, infecting her, and it's up to TOM 5 to stop her. Or it.


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