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  • 8.8: TOM gave Spider-Man (PS4) an 8 solely for complaining that he disliked the Peter Parker segments and would rather be playing as Spider-Man. Notably, he was more negative about Red Dead Redemption II after saying some aspects of the game weren't needed and not thought out, but still gave it a 9.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: The same fans who spent the last two years referring to TOM 4 as "TOM-ass the Toonami Engine" cried when he left. It was because a simple word ("Bang...") reminded the older audience - the ones who had watched Toonami through all eleven years - that they weren't forgotten. Sure, we thought they had when they started milking Naruto for all it was worth, (practically) changed hosts, and got rid of all the credible shows and original series. But what TOM said - what Steve Blum said - just meant so much more. The fact that 4chan practically broke down during the last hour or so of the final run, overwhelmed with nostalgia and begging each other to do something to stop Toonami from shutting down, simply adds to the heartbreak. In short, Toonami with a crappy looking host is still better than no Toonami at all. As of The Intruder II, he's the subject of Killed Offscreen / Bus Crash, as the Intruder gloats about killing TOM 4, and Word of God confirms that his fellow crewmembers Flash and D weren't spared after the events of the tie-in comic. Poor guy. Even worse was that he and his friends were stranded on the moon at the time, all they wanted was to get home, instead TOM 4 spends the last 36 hours of his life running from the Intruder, and just when things finally looked up... it's revealed it survived TOM 4's attack.
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  • Animation Age Ghetto: The [adult swim] version of Toonami attempted to avert this by airing Cartoon Network shows such as ThunderCats (2011), Sym-Bionic Titan, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, all of which were considered much more mature fare than Cartoon Network's other shows at the time. Unfortunately, such attempts were often met with derision and cries of Network Decay from fans, mostly those who think that Toonami is an anime block and that such shows are made exclusively for kids. Of course, if Toonami getting to premiere a brand new season of Samurai Jack and later airing gen:LOCK is any indication, they're still trying to avert this.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The techno music used to introduce each show was so awesome, they eventually put out several soundtracks.
    • Toonami borrows top-notch tracks from a handful of records labels and artists. (Ninja Tune, Ghostly, El-P, etc.)
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    • The Kids' WB! Toonami had that catchy piano riff.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: For the block itself, joked about by [adult swim]'s "Saturday Fanservice" bumpers, with a list of shows that air that night during regular [adult swim] and Toonami, and a "Fanservice Level" meter that instantly fills when the bumper highlights Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann.
  • Broken Base: Has its own page.
  • Complete Monster: TOM and SARA have faced numerous villains during their time hosting the block. These are the worst of the bunch:
    • The Intruder & The Intruder II: The Intruder, once a mindless, indestructible Blob Monster, became something far worse after consuming TOM 1. Gaining sapience after absorbing TOM 1, the Intruder plotted revenge on TOM for defeating him. Having become proud of the thousands of lives it previously absorbed, the Intruder found TOM 4's signal and gleefully absorbed him and his cohosts Flash and D. Finding the Absolution Mk. III, the Intruder sets out to make TOM suffer before killing him by assimilating SARA and bragging about it to TOM, before trying to kill TOM with the Absolution's canons.
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    • Endgame online comic: Orcelot Rex is a nasty Space Pirate who plans to become the galaxy's first emperor. Kidnapping SARA to use her abilities to harness the energy of multiple suns and gain more power, Rex destroys the GPS Absolution and later TOM once he tries to save SARA. Having also enslaved the Dronomeks after taking over their ship, Rex, after SARA continues to avoid assisting him, Rex threatens her with the destruction of Earth and every planet with lifeforms on it should she not comply.
    • The Forge: The Commander of the Forge, "Booger", is a battle-hardened alien who seeks galactic domination. Creating yellow, sentient TOM units to serve as disposable labor for him and his species, Booger destroys every Clyde unit and captures TOM, SARA, and the Vindication, planning to release the Vindication's true destructive power on the galaxy. Murdering TOM 5 after he starts a rebellion, Booger orders his men to destroy every TOM unit who rebelled, telling the new TOM 6 that he'll die a forgotten failure.
  • Creator Worship: Jason DeMarco and Steve Blum, TOM's voice actor, get a lot of this from Toonami's fandom, since the block's return.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • In 2000, when the O.G. Toonami still had a fan art segment, they implicitly said that they would not display artwork of any character that had not yet premiered on a specific show (namely "NO TRUNKS"). However, you could easily see the fact that they did display fan art of Chibi Chibi, who not only has never appeared in Toonami's Sailor Moon airings, but didn't appear in any airings inside of the United States, outside of fansubs, which some kids apparently watched back then. They may have assumed that since she had pink hair, she must have been existing character Chibi-Usa/Rini.
    • Anime fans thinking that Toonami is only for anime while ignoring that Toonami focuses on "action cartoons" and has aired Western stuff for years. There are also anime fans who mistake it for a general anime block. Bar the oddities like Hamtaro, Toonami is (mostly) action-aimed.
    • Sites claiming that Adult Swim's Toonami was losing relevance with anime fans or becoming a shell of its former self due to reruns. Toonami has less appeal to more intense anime fans due to being dubbed and not having immediate access to new shows and new episodes, but the main focus of Toonami has always been to be a gateway to action cartoons in general. With [as] Toonami, unless you're Cowboy Bebop, shows only really get rerun a limited amount of times and said shows have less episodes...unlike the good ol' days where constant DBZ reruns and the like reigned supreme. Toonami even acknowledged this when the Adult Swim version of Toonami was first starting off, with a remade version of a promo about reruns that originally aired when Moltar was still hosting.
    • There's the problem of anime fans claiming that with streaming sites and services like Crunchyroll and Hulu allowing them to watch an anime almost immediately after it airs in Japan, Toonami has become essentially pointless. This ignores the fact that 1) Toonami happens to be airing on one of the highest rated television networks, 2) anime distribution companies like FUNimation, Aniplex USA, and Sentai Filmworks actually want to have their shows air on the block, and 3) Toonami is one of the very few television blocks currently dedicated to airing action animation, and the only one aimed at mature audiences.
  • Dork Age:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Toonami itself was this to Cartoon Network and nowadays to Adult Swim, thanks to its shows sticking out from the rest, its surprisingly complex hosts, its beautiful CGI and the fact that its original run introduced so many American kids to anime guaranteed it to be listed here.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: TOM 4 never happened. Ever. It waned a bit after the reveal that TOM 3 and 4 are separate beings.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • A number of Toonami fans have expressed dislike for the FOX reruns on Adult Swim following the block's lost hours, citing poorer ratings as a result to suggest for the restoration of the block's previous length. A less noticeable but still there issue between Toonami fans and Boondocks reruns also surfaces on occasion, with Toonami fans seeing the show as a herald of bad Toonami rating periods when it is the last program between Adult Swim and Toonami programming.
    • Jason DeMarco revealing that Toonami often has to compete for broadcasting rights with Hulu and Netflix has also predictably lead to this.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • TOM 4.0's speech "Eleven years and counting! Raise your hand if you were alive during Toonami's launch" wasn't as celebratory when it eventually turned out to be the final year of the original Toonami's existence.
    • "Till the sun rises on a world without Toonami" was rather cringeworthy during the period of Toonami's cancellation when the sun actually rose on a world without Toonami.
  • Gateway Series:
    • Entire generations of fans learned about anime in general from the network. Without it, the anime boom of the early 2000s would likely have never happened. It's no surprise because of this that quite a few fans say that the original cancellation of Toonami marked the end of that anime boom, and the block's revival is proof that we are in the middle of another one.
    • Musically, the block was responsible for introducing many kids (and adults) to artists like Daft Punk, The White Stripes, Amon Tobin, Run The Jewels, and many, many others.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Toonami was almost single-handedly responsible for popularizing franchises such as Gundam, Rurouni Kenshin, Naruto, and above all Dragon Ball Z in the U.S. Shows that bombed in Japan like The Big O, Outlaw Star, and Deadman Wonderland made it big in America on the block.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Toonami's beard first emerged with the acquisition of its two killer app anime; Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z.
    • For the Framing Device itself, it was The Intruder miniseries for establishing everything that makes Toonami unique.
    • Toonami's relaunch grew its beard when they fully expanded to six hours in length. The beard thickened considerably when it gained One Piece to complete the Naruto-Bleach-One Piece trinity.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • When "Raise your hand if you were alive during Toonami's Launch!" was uttered by TOM 4.0, it was uttered during the last year of its existence... Then it got revived! Looks like we're still counting.
    • During the April Fools' Day 2012 broadcast, Toonami aired a commercial advertising the Bandai Entertainment DVD release of Gundam Wing (which had went out of print literally the day before) that would initially be a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, saying to "pick up the DVDs wherever you can find them". Nozomi Entertainment later struck a deal with Sunrise to distribute almost all of the entire Gundam franchise in the U.S., Gundam Wing included, so the fans got another chance to buy those DVDs.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • At the end of each Tenchi promo, you hear the narrator say, "love stinks", keep in mind that that narrator was the voice of the original Optimus Prime! Mr. "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings"! A character who is known for being serious and almost entirely lacking in a sense of humor (at least in later Transformers shows and movies)!
    • Back at the height of the 2000s anime boom, some ads mistakenly labeled Cowboy Bebop as part of the Toonami block. It took a while, but it did finally happen in 2012.
    • There was once a obscure [adult swim] bump in the past, making fun of the fact that Toonami claimed to be cooler than Adult Swim, and had a pretty comical in-house rivalry (both being run by Williams Street). Cut to 2012, where Toonami has been Uncancelled and now runs on Adult Swim hours.
    • One of D's quotes, "Glad to see you stayed with us. Toonami loves you", could easily describe the revival.
    • In 2002, the Toonami review of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind had SARA praise it while TOM act completely dismissive towards it. ("...if you care.") Flash forward 10 years later, where TOM looks at Skyrim and not only showers it with praise, but gives it a rating of 100/10 (Dawnguard got an 8/10)
    • For April Fools Day 2014, the fan site wrote an article stating that the original Dragon Ball Z would be returning to Toonami. Fans went absolutely berserk, as despite being written in a very conspicuous manner (including fake quotes and a very nonsensical fake lineup), the article managed to fool a lot of people into thinking that Dragon Ball Z really was returning to the block. One month later, on May 24th (which was coincidentally the same night that Toonami aired Cooler's Revenge), Toonami confirmed at Momocon 2014 and on their Tumblr that the show really would be returning to the block in the form of Dragon Ball Z Kai.
    • Back in 2011, one of the first shows that NeoToonami (which was essentially a fan-made Toonami streamed on the internet) aired was Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. A couple years later, Gurren Lagann started airing on the official Toonami.
    • In 2013, around when the first season of Sword Art Online was announced to air, there were detractors claiming that airing the show would lead to the death of Toonami. Fast forward to the time of this edit. Not only is Toonami still around, but the second season, Sword Art Online II, has also aired in full.
    • Back in the TOM 2.0 era, there was a review for Super Mario Sunshine, during which TOM comments on the large amount of coins. ("I'm seein' coins in my sleep...") If he thinks that game has a lot of coins, let's wait until he plays a more recent Mario game...
    • TOM himself is a tough male character in blue without any eyes; cue the Eddsworld jokes.
    • When FLCL first aired on [adult swim] in 2003 and did gangbusters for the block, [adult swim] pushed several times for a second season. 13 years later, they finally got their wish.
    • It seems that whenever makes an April Fools' Day joke, said joke eventually becomes a reality. Case and point is this fake promo for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, made for April Fools' Day 2015. About a year later, it was announced that the show really would be airing on Toonami. Especially now that "Stardust Crusaders" (the season shown in the fake bump, which is actually Season 2) has aired as well!
    • Another JoJo's-related funny coincidence: The episode of Pop Team Epic that aired right before Okuyasu's introductory episode had a reference to Okuyasu in it (his voice actor in the Japanese dub of Diamond is Unbreakable played Part B Pipimi in PTE 's Japanese dub of that episode, so Kamikaze Douga snuck in the signature sound effect of Okuyasu's Stand, The Hand, when Pipimi got mad in the "Pop Team Cooking" segment).
    • The old DBZ movies Adult Swim Toonami aired before Kai were the first Cooler and Broly films. Toonami would later gain Super, a series with their own versions of an .other Freiza' and 'Legendary Super Saiyan' in the Universe 6 and Universal Survival Tournament arcs, respectively.
  • Hypocritical Hatedom: Those who use the rebuttal "ALL TOONAMI IS IS ADULT SWIM WITH TOM!" tend to be oblivious to the fact that the original Midnight Run eventually lead to the creation of Adult Swim. Then again, [adult swim] wasn’t a poster example of Network Decay back then.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Mis-blamed:
    • Some fans believe that Naruto was responsible for Toonami's original demise, when it was in fact Cartoon Network's fault for refusing to make or acquire more action cartoons and anime for the block. A lot of it had to do with the Network Decay Cartoon Network was undergoing at the time as they were heavily pushing a retool of the network with live action shows instead of cartoons, which evidently did worse for the network than whatever Naruto did. Plus, if Naruto did prove to be a block killer, it would not have been a part of the block's revival, much less be one of the headlining shows.
    • A lot of viewers don't like that the intros and outros of shows get trimmed down or cut entirely and will usually blame Toonami for that. However, it's actually the distributors themselves who do that, due to TV time constraints. They even addressed this on an on air Q&A session.
    • Marathons. Ever since the start of 2015, Toonami has continually ran marathons during weekends with major holidays note  due to television ratings be traditionally low. Fans get upset with producers despite them being rather transparent about the limited budget they are working with.
    • Ratings. Jason DeMarco attributed part of the reason One Piece was suddenly removed from the block in 2017 was due to its low ratings. This led to a sudden rash of fear that low ratings will kill any of the show's placement on the block.note 
  • Moe:
    • It should noted that the block itself almost never airs any anime that has Moe art style or aesthetic, mainly because many of the Moe anime usually aren't action anime.note  That being said, several individual series such as Sword Art Online and Akame ga Kill! have characters that fit into this bill, as well as when Hamtaro aired in 2002.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Intruder ripping out out SARA's core, seemingly killing her. To make things worse, he gloats about killing TOM 4.
  • More Popular Spinoff: Of Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
  • Periphery Demographic: TOM's final farewell closed with a reference to Cowboy Bebop — a series that had appeared on [adult swim], but never Toonami (until the relaunch). The relaunch itself can also fit into this bill. Even though the relaunched Toonami is geared towards a more adult and teenage male audience, that doesn't stop the block having female fans or even fans that are younger than their intended audience, especially kids who sneak downstairs and try to watch Adult Swim. Basically, the block has fans of all ages.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • TOM for Moltar.
    • and TOM 4 for TOM 3.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
  • Sacred Cow: The block as a whole for a lot of anime (and action cartoon) fans, especially in The New '10s, and TOM and SARA, the hosts as well.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Most of the revamps got this, but the 4.0 revamp was the worst, no doubt thanks to the block being cut down to two hours a week (Toonami started out with fifteen), TOM 4, SARA's disappearance, and (finally) the cancellation of the block.
    • The 2012 revival caused a Broken Base. Opposers complain about the Darker and Edgier elements, the later time slot, the poor launch lineup, and the fact it's near indistinguishable from [adult swim]'s normal anime block. Supporters are just happy that [adult swim] is (showing interest of) returning to its roots after the whole Network Decay fiasco that ravaged Cartoon Network during the late 2000's, and say that it'll get better shows and an expanded timeslot if it gets support. Whether or not its lineup of shows improved is debatable, but it did get an expanded timeslot after a few months (and there's still support to get the timeslot to expand even further).
    • The Midnight Run from the early 2000s going from five hours long on Saturday evening-Sunday morning to one hour long on weeknights. It not only reduced the amount of viewers who were able to stay up and watch it, but by the end of its run, it became rather repetitive (Dragon Ball Z and another show, a Gundam show and some other show, Gundam and/or Cowboy Bebop, etc.) Plus its abrupt suspension due to the creation of [adult swim]...
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: While Hamtaro is not actually a bad series, it was completely out of place in the Toonami block. So when Executive Meddling gave them the series, the team decided to go for broke with the promos, using a Peter Cullen voiceover in a completely serious tone over heroic hamster antics in a valiant attempt to make lemonade out of the lemon they'd been given. The effect was actually pretty awesome... for the promos.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The TOM 4-era Robot Buddies had movable facial features and gave the distinct impression that they would eat your face if you changed the channel. Or didn't change the channel.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • If there's one thing Toonami has a reputation for outside of stellar programming and a kickass host, it's the CG effects. Ever since the early days with Moltar and TOM 1.0, Toonami has been provided with some of the best-looking CG this side of Pixar, with the CG work getting better and better with each successive retool. The TOM 4 era used Pixar's Renderman software, which at the time was usually too expensive for a TV budget!
    • Special mentions for the animation on the Intruder in the original event, and the Hyperspace vortex bumps seen in the TOM 2 era and the Trapped In Hyperspace event.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: While it was written by Gill Austin and didn't name names, the "Sometimes the Bad Guys Win" speech was interpreted by a few as being Jason DeMarco's opinion on Donald Trump's presidency, especially since he's openly stated his distaste for Trump on Twitter.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The decision to revive Toonami is one of the many things Cartoon Network as a whole has done to win back viewers after the whole CN Real fiasco.


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