- Tom canonically talks at least once (Million Dollar Cat, I believe). I think it's a mix of them generally chasing, and they simply don't want to. They just seem to "get" each other. Depending on how dark you interpret their "game," it could also be neither wants to "humanize" the enemy.
- Tom = Id
- Jerry = Super Ego
- Spike = Ego
- I could guess Spike has this kind of setting to Tyke.
- Perhaps he has joint custody with Tyke's mother. They were divorced which is why we never see her.
- Jossed: It really was an accident. The upcoming Golden Collections are going to be presented completely uncut, hence why "Mouse Cleaning" (which was deliberately left out of the Spotlight sets) is already planned for the future release of Vol. 2.
- Actually, now that it's confirmed the banned shorts will not be on the Golden Collections after all, this guess may well have been reopened.
- After Mammy threw Jasper out at the end of Puss Gets the Boot, she bought a new cat; Tom. This explains why they look so different.
- Alternatively: Tom and Jerry are the children of Jasper and Jinx (the mouse in that short.) Both Tom and Jerry learned their craft from their parents. However, since Tom and Jerry grew up in the same household, they sometimes met as very young children and developed a minor friendship that they had to abandon. This is why Tom can never actually bring himself to kill Jerry. They know their relationship would be frowned upon by both, so channel their frustrations into increasingly violent, but never (kind of) fatal games of chase.
- This. Makes. So. Much. SENSE.
Watch Two Little Indians and you see two different mice. They act differently in different shorts too.
- Not to mention, he got his entire body sliced in half earlier in the episode. If he could survive that, he can probably survive anything.
- In truth, we hear the guillotine fall, and watch the mice nod their heads a moment in sorrow, but you never actually see first hand Tom lose his head. Maybe Tom escaped or was pardoned and someone else was executed; the mice had assumed it was Tom.
- Which one of Tom's lives was that one?
For example, Tom will want to consume living prey and eat out of the refrigerator or other food stashes without permission indicating Gluttony, he will devise horrible schemes such as building a mousetrap or selling away an escaped animal for money indicating Greed, he will become attracted to any female cat that he sees without paying any attention to what she really wants indicating Lust, he will use whatever violent force on both Jerry and anything and anyone around in order to catch Jerry indicating Wrath, he will often be sleeping around the place when he should be keeping an eye out for Jerry indicating Sloth, he'll get jealous of the fortunes of others around him very quickly (especially Jerry's) indicating Envy and he'll care about himself over others over what he gets and how he looks at himself indicating Pride.
This could also explain why whenever Tom has had a part in harming others around him, he is the one who is always punished instead of Jerry, even when he didn't really mean it to them. Even talking and explaining things to them will not change their stance when Jerry is pulling the strings because of who Jerry really is.
- And of course there is the Negative Continuity that many of the shorts operate on.
- Then again, There have been a few shorts where bad things have happened to Jerry alone, maybe he's just another lost soul in purgatory who isn't so much different from Tom?