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Thomas “Tom” Cat (originally known as Jasper Cat in Puss Gets the Boot) is a fictional character, the protagonist in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's series of Tom and Jerry theatrical cartoon short films, created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. He is a grey sometimes bluish anthropomorphic domestic short-haired cat who first appeared in the 1940 animated short Puss Gets the Boot. Tom was originally known as Jasper during his debut in that short, however, beginning from his next appearance in The Midnight Snack and onwards his current name was used. In the upcoming fighting game MultiVersus, however, Tom's full name is said to be Thomas Jasper "Tom" Cat, Sr.


Tom and Jerry cartoons

His full name Tom Cat is based on the word "tomcat", a phrase which refers to male cats there also was rumor that tom cat was named after the British soldiers however that just a rum. He is very rarely heard speaking with the exception of a few cartoons (such as the Tom and Jerry Tales episode "League of Cats") and Tom and Jerry: The Movie. His only notable vocal sounds outside of this are his various screams whenever he is subject to pain or panic. He is continuously after Jerry, for whom he sets traps, many of which backfire and cause damage to him rather than Jerry. Tom very rarely sets out to eat Jerry, but only to hurt or compete with him, going to great lengths in order to just strategically taunt Jerry (even as revenge), rather than the stereotype of a predatory cat and mouse pairing. However, Tom is shown to get along with Jerry, let alone bonding secretly with each other in terms of their friendship in reality over a mutual sentiment towards an unpleasant experience. Multiple times, the story will start with him having nothing against Jerry, and is merely chasing him out of fear of receiving abuse at the hands of his owner if he doesn't do his job as a cat.



Tom's personality has changed remarkably over the years, especially after the first episodes. For example, in his debut, he was quadrupedal and had normal cat intelligence. However, over the years (since the episode Dog Trouble), he has become almost completely bipedal and has superhuman level of intelligence. As a slapstick cartoon character, Tom has a superhuman level of elasticity. Tom is usually defeated (or very rarely, killed) with Jerry getting the best of him in the end, although there are some stories where he outwits, defeats, and gets the best of Jerry.


Tom is a bluish-grey anthropomorphic cat with white colors on his belly, mouth hands, feet & tail. His eyes have yellow & green colors.

In his earliest appearance, he looked more like an actual cat as he stood on fours more frequently and his design was overall more Disneylike, but by 1944 he was made more cartoony as he stood on twos and started resembling the Looney Tunes and Tex Avery characters.

Anchors Aweigh and Dangerous When Wet

Tom and Jerry appeared together in the 1945 Technicolor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical Anchors Aweigh where Tom briefly appears as a butler for Jerry, the latter who has a dance sequence with Gene Kelly, and also in another musical with the same studio Dangerous When Wet(1953), where, in a dream sequence, main character Katie Higgins does an underwater ballet with Tom and Jerry, as well as animated depictions of the different people in her life.

Voice actors

Love interests

Apart from chasing Jerry, Tom has multiple love interests with female cats. Their names start with "T", except in Tom and Jerry Kids. They are:

  • Toots, a fluffy beige cat who appears in Puss n' Toots and The Mouse Comes to Dinner, the latter being her only speaking role. This version of Toots also appeared in some 1940s Tom and Jerry comics.
  • Toots, a different cat by the same name who appears in The Zoot Cat. She has occasionally and erroneously been referred to as "Sheikie," but this is actually Tom's nickname, as seen on a gift card in the cartoon.
  • An unnamed, non-speaking cat who appears very briefly in The Bodyguard. She was made as a mere object of slap-stick humor, as when Tom gave her a wolf whistle, he ironically gave himself away to Spike, who was supposed to protect Jerry every time he whistles.
  • Tara, a non-speaking cat who appears in Texas Tom.
  • Toodles Galore, a non-speaking recurring cat who adores Tom(particularly in Love Me, Love My Mouse). She appears in multiple shorts. She also appeared in Beach Bully Bingo.
  • Sugar Belle, a beige kitten in the pre-Civil War era who once was enticed to Little Tom, but went to Beauregard, a fat dark brown kitten.
  • Cindy-Lou, a light brown kitten around Little Tom's age who wanted a mouse as a pet for a birthday gift, namely Jerry.
  • Lieutenant Lucy, a toupe kitten in a military outfit, as a Lieutenant at a U.S. Army training base, who did not turn a blind eye to Little Tom pestering Jerry.
  • White Tabby, A bi-pedal white kitten (a bit of a homage to Toodles), who wanted a mouse to cuddle with. After Little Tom gave her Jerry, she took the mouse to her boyfriend's Limo.


  • Name: Thomas Jasper Cat Sr.
  • Gender: Male
  • Species: Cat
  • Family: Thomasina Cat (Sister), Baby Booties (Niece), Tim Cat (Brother), Cousin George (Cousin)
  • Age: Adult (most of episodes)
  • Likes: Milk, Fish, Catching Mice
  • Dislikes: Getting injured, being retaliated
  • Friends: Jerry (sometimes; best friend/archenemy), Other Cats, Humans
  • Enemies: Jerry (usually; archenemy/best friend), Spike, Mice, and various other non-cat animal

War of the Whiskers

Tom appears in Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers, he is the one of the two skillful fighters alongside Butch Cat.


Main article: Tom Cat/Gallery