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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Tomie a bitch because she's an Anthropomorphic Personification of lust and violence, and the death and destruction she causes in her wake the whole point of her existence in terms of the reason she was put on the earth? Or is she just a cruel and petty sociopath with horrifying powers?
    • Is Tomie's regeneration a supernatural means to protect herself from the men who want to chop her to pieces? Or does she cause people to chop her to pieces as a form of reproduction (also explaining why she's so pointlessly aggravating to her "boyfriends")? The former was suggested in "Mansion," although the speaker was hardly a reliable source of information, but there's a lot of evidence in her behavior that indicates she lives to be killed and chopped up so she can replicate.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "Hair", as it spends an entire Tomie-less chapter exploring a property of Tomie that ultimately amounts to nothing—no advancement of the Tomie "species", just death.
  • Complete Monster: Tomie is a Humanoid Abomination who enjoys toying with men to get what she wants. She gets them so devoted to her that they'll commit murder and suicide for her, and then drives them to murder her, after which she always regenerates, usually with multiple bodies in one Hive Mind. At one point, a bunch of Tomie chunks grew into more Tomies at the bottom of a lake, where they proceeded to lure many men to jump and drown one young boy, to say nothing of the child she drives insane in the "Boy" chapter. In another chapter, she turns an old couple who took her in against each other, leading to the wife being Driven to Suicide and the husband killing Tomie and the maid, all so she could get their money.
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  • Designated Hero: Tsukiko and Ryo. The former is involved in taking pics of her male classmates without permission to sell to her female friends and the latter is an arrogant asshole who not only tries to disfigure Tomie after she disfigures him, but also starts creating NEW versions of Tomie (who can age, and by infecting baby girls) simply to torment the new versions by watching them age and lose their beauty that way. Granted, This is downplayed with Tsukiko because she’s not nearly as bad as Tomie, but still.
  • Faux Symbolism: There's an argument to be made for the series and its titular character being a metaphor about abuse, but it could just be a horror series.
  • Funny Moments:
    • The chapter that has a man named Tetsuo "rescue" a Tomie that was growing out of the body of another murdered Tomie, and eventually he ends up keeping it around, even "planting" it in a pot. All the same Body Horror of the series applies in this chapter, but there's something hilarious about a disembodied head yelling at poor Tetsuo like a spoiled brat, demanding expensive jewels and food.
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    • There's a chapter later in the series that shows Tomie having gotten sway over a crowd of male thralls who do whatever she wants. She even gets to have the caviar and foie gras that she demands in almost all of her appearances... but now she's sick of it because she has it so much.
  • Jerkass Woobie: The male fashion model from the final arc. He’s horribly burned to a crisp due to a dare with Tomie, but afterwards begins infecting innocent babies simply so he could watch them age.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I've got more demons where that came from".
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Mr. Takagi crossed it in the fourth chapter by his Tomie experiments, including grafting pieces of Tomie onto a girl that grew into many more Tomies, which are so painful that her screams sound like thunder.
    • The Tomies in the lake eating a boy alive in the sixth chapter is another one.
    • "Little Finger" is this for one of the later Tomies, showing any kindness or vulnerability she shows is a lie to Bait the Dog.
  • Tear Jerker: In an early story, a girl has parts of Tomie grafted onto her. The girl herself doesn’t become a Tomie, but instead has them grotesquely grow out of her. The final panel is of her sadly walking without the Tomies being captured by camera. Also counts as Nightmare Fuel
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tomie, actually. Despite being killed hundreds, if not thousands of times, she still continues to mock and belittle those obsessed with her, eventually having them snap and kill her in return. One would think she would learn after awhile. Then again, her ability to piss everyone off (or make them so obsessed with her that they murder her and hack her to pieces) could be intentional, as it allows her to "reproduce" over and over (except for those burned to death, who are definitely too dumb to live). The same could be said for every Tomie duplicate's desire to kill any other Tomies they encounter.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This ran in a magazine in Japan called "Monthly Halloween"... a Shoujo publication. SHOUJO.
  • The Woobie: Pretty much any character that comes into contact with Tomie and isn’t a complete asshole is this, and maybe even them. Special mention goes to the little boy who is manipulated by her into killing a man, and has his father leave him and his mother, growing up into a violent felon who is executed at a young age.


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