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Tom is a Bikini Bottomite, who first appeared in the episode "Ripped Pants." He wears a purple shirt and blue pants. His skin is regularly brown, but it has varied to an orange in "Pizza Delivery" to a lime green in "Patty Hype." His name was revealed in the episode "Patty Hype."
Tom appeared in the episode "Plankton!" where he eats a Krabby Patty. He is friends with Fred. Tom is a bartender in Goo Lagoon in "MuscleBob BuffPants." In "The Lost Mattress," Tom has a job as a mattress salesman. He is also a mattress salesman in "Ghost Host," but he has a mustache. He is also a cameraman for the Bikini Bottom News. In "Chocolate with Nuts," it is revealed that Tom is a chocoholic, constantly yelling "Chocolate!" whenever he saw SpongeBob and Patrick. Tom is a regular customer of the Krusty Krab, where he is seen most often. It was revealed in "Pranks a Lot" that Tom drives a tour bus in Bikini Bottom. In "I Had an Accident," Tom is seen in an "iron butt" complaining, "Oh man, it itches!" as Dr. Gill Gilliam or Purple Doctorfish shows SpongeBob how he might be treated if he "broke" his butt again. Like many other fish in Bikini Bottom, Tom serves mainly as a background character. In "Party Pooper Pants," he was the last guest to arrive at SpongeBob's party with only one bag of chips. Tom appears as a background character in "Something Smells" while Fred says the famous "Deauueaugh!"
In "Chocolate with Nuts," by far his most famous appearance as the anti-hero, Tom is the first customer SpongeBob and Patrick attempt to sell chocolate to, resulting in this famous scene:
SpongeBob: Good afternoon, sir! Could we interest you in some CHOCOLATE?
Tom: Chocolate? Did you say CHOCOLATE?
Patrick: Yes, sir! With or without nuts.
Tom: Chocolate?! CHOCOLATE?! CHOCOLATE!" (Repeatedly screams "Chocolate" in a psychotic rage while chasing SpongeBob and Patrick)
Also in "Chocolate with Nuts," he continues to stalk them throughout the episode, until at the end where he confronts SpongeBob and Patrick shortly after they had bought even more chocolate from the con man. It appears that he is going to kill them, until he says (reverting to his normal voice and appearance) that he simply wants to buy all of their chocolate. His role in the episode has led many people to call him the "Chocolate Guy."
In "Pizza Delivery," when SpongeBob gives the pizza to him, he said to SpongeBob "Where's my drink?," which SpongeBob didn't know, then Tom yells at him and hurts his feelings, and refuses to buy the pizza.
In "No Weenies Allowed," Tom is interrupted during a beach picnic at the Goo Lagoon by SpongeBob in his karate attire. During a match with Sandy, SpongeBob is knocked through the air and lands feet-first in two bowls of potato salad.
SpongeBob: I may be down but I'm not out.
Tom: Way to go buddy... it took us three days to make that potato salad.
SpongeBob jumps up to continue practicing with Sandy and Tom waves his fist angrily, screaming out "THREE DAYS!"
In "Bubble Buddy," Tom goes to the middle of the angry crowd to complain about bubble buddy.
Tom: He poisoned our water supply, burned our crops, and delivered a plague unto our houses!
Everyone: He did?!
Tom: NO, but are we just gonna wait around until he does?!
Mr. Krabs: I say, we tip something over!
He then goes to tip over the lifeguard stand with a small group of protesters.
In "Roller Cowards," Tom is seen standing in line for the bathroom right in front of SpongeBob and Patrick. They run in line shouting.
SpongeBob and Patrick: Woohoo! Oh yeah! One more time!
Tom: You know, this is the line for the bathroom.
SpongeBob: (Laughing) We've gone eight times!
Patrick: And I went three times all by myself.
Tom: I'm going to walk away now.
In "Breath of Fresh Squidward," he is shown to have a daughter, and is married to Sadie. When Squidward creepily asks how everything is, Tom answers with "What do you mean?" in a very skeptical tone.
In "I Had an Accident," Tom is seen in an "iron butt" complaining, "Oh man, it itches" as the doctor shows SpongeBob what might become of him if he "broke" his butt again.
In "The Battle of Bikini Bottom," when Patrick is telling the story of the battle, you can see him as part of the Blue (don't wash hands) Team.
In "Hocus Pocus," he was seen driving with Monroe crying, "I don't like pistachio!" which then Tom replies tensely "Then why did you ask for it?"
Tom makes a cameo in "Krusty Krab Training Video." When you eye every customer very closely in the beginning of the segment, "The Krusty Krab Today," he is seen drinking a soda. Fred is also seen eating a Krabby Patty.
Tom is seen in "Roller Cowards" after the scene where Old Man Jenkins complains of not being let on the ride.
Tom wears a dark purple shirt with blue shorts and has a solid body. He also has green golden fins and a back fin. His eyes are quite big and the pupil is small, but the surrounding area of the eye is golden brown.
Tom is a person with a good life and he enjoys being married to Martha. Tom also can be a bit insane. In the episode "Chocolate With Nuts," he got extremely mad. Tom is never upset when he eats at the Krusty Krab and the Shell Shack. Tom has been seen at the Bikini Bottom Hospital with a butt machine and looked aggravated. Tom also appears to have some obsessive compulsive disorder about his food. In most episodes such as "Chocolate With Nuts," "Pizza Delivery," "Fools in April," "No Weenies Allowed," and possibly others, he is seen obsessing almost violently over his food or his drinks.
Housing and growth
In the SpongeBob TV series, viewers have never seen Tom grow. The only growth/body difference was in "Patty Hype," his face was green and in "Sing a Song of Patrick," his face was dark green. Tom's house was seen in the episode "Chocolate with Nuts." The inside of the house was unknown, except for the plant and a poster of a fish inside his house.
In "F.U.N.," he is a large and fat fish being alarmed by Plankton's Krabby Patty robbery. In the episode "Pizza Delivery," Tom was orange in color, and in "Patty Hype," he appears a shade of bright green.
In "Pranks a Lot," it is revealed that he drives a tourist van. In "Skill Crane," it is revealed that he works at "R.A. Penny Pincher Vending Supplies." Tom's name was revealed in the episode "Patty Hype." He also was a member of the jury in the episode "Krabs vs. Plankton." In "I Had an Accident," Tom is seen in an "Iron Butt" complaining, "Oh man, it itches" as Purple Doctorfish shows SpongeBob how he might be treated if SpongeBob "broke" his butt again. In "Breath of Fresh Squidward," it is revealed that he has a daughter.
Tom was also one of the prison campers who tried to escape from Prison Camp in the episode "The Inmates of Summer."
Tom did appear in "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie," but only in a very minor role. Towards the end of the movie, his pants and legs are seen and the audience can know that SpongeBob freed him from Plankton's evil bucket mind control and came outside of the Krusty Krab 2 stepping on Plankton.
Tom's biggest role was in "Chocolate With Nuts," the first time he had a major role.
There was someone looking like Tom, possibly his ancestor, in "Pest of the West."
Tom didn't appear in "Friend or Foe" but one of the elementary students looked like him.
In "Fools in April," he told SpongeBob to give him a couple of ice cubes. However, SpongeBob put in only one.
In "MuscleBob BuffPants," he was the cashier and worker of the Juice Bar. In "Culture Shock," he was the news reporter cameraman holding the camera next to the news reporter introducing and encouraging the Squidward Tentacles Talent Show at the Krusty Krab.
In the episode "Best Frenemies," Tom was seen in the Krusty Krab drinking the Kelp Shake but when Mr. Krabs yelled out the new rule: No Outside Drinks, he marched out of the Krusty Krab and went to the Kelpshake restaurant.
In the episode "Plankton!," Tom was seen eating a Krabby Patty and he was drawn behind Squidward's lip. He also appeared in "Party Pooper Pants" as one of SpongeBob's friends who arrive at the party with a bag of chips, and he was 22 minutes late. In the episode "Graveyard Shift," Tom mistakes the Krusty Krab's "Closed" sign for being an "Open" sign, and it's partially his fault for making Squidward and SpongeBob work at the Krusty Krab all night (he told Mr. Krabs if they stayed open, he'd give them his money. Mr. Krabs' stingy ways couldn't resist the offer). He also was bitten by Gary in "Once Bitten." In "Wigstruck," he is an actor who plays John in the movie, "My Hair Lady." He was also in the audience in front of the Krusty Krab in "The Clash of Triton."
What did you do to my drink!?
Hahahahahahahahaha...I guess that is pretty funny!
Did you say... CHOCOLATE?!
April Fools, jerk.
(Laughs like Oscar Proud from the Proud Family) Finally! I've been trying to catch you boys all day. Now that I've got you right where I want you... I would like to buy all your chocolate.
Aw man, it itches.
Say, what's a Dog?
Way to go, buddy. It took us three days to make that potato salad. THREE DAYS!
Thanks, I've been dying for one of these.
Where's my drink?
He poisoned our water supply, burned our crops, and delivered a plague upon our houses!
No, but are going to wait around until he does?
My drink! My Diet Doctor Kelp?! Don't tell me you forgot my drink!
How am I supposed to eat this pizza without my drink!?
Didn't you ever once think of the customer?
You call yourself a delivery boy? WELL, I AIN'T BUYING!
Look I told your little friend I ain't paying for that!
Well fine, if you don't want my money!
You know, this is the line to the bathroom.
Pop that bubble!
Yeah, I'm ready to order. I'll have a squeakity-squeak