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  • 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 and even had seen a particular popular DC character debut on it - 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 Steven Jay Blum said - just meant so much more. The fact that a certain imageboard 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.
  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: One of the biggest praises about TOM and the block in general is that they really knows how to please the fans. Such instances include:
  • Audio Erotica: TOM's voice. Even weirder when Steve Blum started voicing TOM, where this voice was coming from a 9 year old (TOM 2 was 9-12 years old for the duration of his run.)
  • Badass Adorable: TOM 1 and especially TOM 2. Sara 2 and 4 can also definitely count.
    • Depending on who you are, Swayzak from Trapped in Hyperspace is either really adorable for some reason or not.
  • Broken Base: Both TOM 4 and Swayzak are this, with fans split over if they were genuinely good characters or should be treated like trash.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The revival in general, but especially for people who are imaginative. Toonami's Midnight Run is sometimes thought of as the beginning of Adult Swim. Therefore, the revival could be thought of as a son bringing his father back to life.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The one-minute techno remixes used to introduce each show were so awesome, they eventually put out a soundtrack.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: My god, where do we begin with Swayzak. He was generally a mixed bag at first, with some people liking him, some people not, until circa 2016 when a few fans in the community made him the most requested character to return on the AS Toonami, and went on a neverending search to find the game tie-in to his TIE. As a result of these fans' persistence, Jason DeMarco hates Swayzak. Or so it seems.
    • TOM 2 is the most popular TOM in the fandom. No doubt about that.
  • 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.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Toonami was almost single handedly responsible for popularizing franchises such as Gundam, Rurouni Kenshin, Naruto, and above all Dragonball Z in the US. Shows that bombed in Japan like The Big O made it big in America on this program.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Nostalgia Filter: A lot of love for Toonami is because of this. But then again, a lot of this (and love for Toonami overall) is also because it was just that good, and because of TOM and Sara.
    • This is also part of the reasons why some fans want TOM 2 back.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Almost anything out of Swayzak's mouth is sure to become a meme. Especially the things he said during the Trapped in Hyperspace game; the most popular being "I love it when a plan comes together."
      • TOM's violent head shaking as he tries to resist Swayzak's control when he's being infected by him in the final level.
    • "Toonami's back, bitches!" "Wait, did you just say Toonami's back, bitches?"
    • From The Intruder II: "GYARGH! Ugh... AUUUUUUUGH... *heavy breathing*"
    • For some reason, D has become the most memetic character out of all the TOM 4 era characters. "If you leave now, you'll be sad; you'll be all cryin' 'Why did I leave?'"
    • TOM foreshadowed a meme during his review of Dropship: "I've played it, like, 9000 times and I just can't..." The "ehh" sound he makes afterwards has become memetic as well.
    • "Oh hai, Adult Swim! Got the results of the test back, and you definitely have April Fools!"
      • "He's got 99 problems, and these bitches are the main ones."
      • "Pick up the DVDs wherever you can find them."
    • TOM 1's narmy death scream in the first Intruder: "No, wait, no, no, NAOOOOOOOO..."
    • TOM talking smack about Jake Long.
    • How bad Countdown was is a reoccurring joke amongst the fandom.
      • "Just Vindication."
      • Dying by a nebula
    • The way people were informed of Sara 2's voice actress, Samantha Robson, after Jason DeMarco said he wanted her to remain anonymous.
    • TOM 2 being such a "cutie."
  • Moe: Sara's pretty moe, isn't she? Especially as Sara 2 and Sara 4.
    • TOM 1 also counts, especially in the first Intruder (in more ways than one.)
    • Don't forget TOM 2, who's a "cutie."
    • And Swayzak from Trapped in Hyperspace; a lot of fans think he's cute for some damn reason.
  • More Popular Spinoff: Of Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
  • Network Decay: In the United Kingdom, Toonami had its own channel for a while. Sounds awesome, right? Think again.
    • Then again, not many liked TOM's UK voice in particular.
  • Periphery Demographic: TOM's final farewell closed with a reference to Cowboy Bebop - a show that had appeared on Adult Swim, but never Toonami, until the relaunch, that is. Of course, Spike and TOM were voiced by the same guy, so...
    • The block has dedicated female fans (which is why Sailor Moon and Hamtaro aired on the block), and the AS block has fans younger than the intended target audience, especially kids who sneak downstairs and try to watch Adult Swim.
  • Replacement Scrappy: TOM for Moltar, and TOM v4 for TOM v3.
    • TOM v3 for TOM v2.
    • "Vindication" (Future TOM) from Countdown for Swayzak from Trapped in Hyperspace, at least when you don't remember Countdown was never meant to have any connection to any other TIE.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Most of the revamps got this, but the last revamp was the worst, no doubt thanks to the block being cut down to two hours a week, TOM 4, Sara's disappearance, and (finally) the cancellation of the block.
    • The 2012 revival has become a Base Breaker. Opposers complain about the Darker and Edgier - Hotter and Sexier elements (*cough* TOM *cough* if you're that type of person), 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 it's 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.
    • Sara not being voiced by Sally Timms or Samantha Robson.
    • Things were like this ever since day one of the TOM 3 era, as TOM 2 had grown onto many fans.
  • Uncanny Valley: The TOM 4 era Robot Buddies had movable facial features (made by Pixar's Renderman software) and gave the distinct impression that they would eat your face if you changed the channel. Or didn't change the channel.
    • Swayzak can definitely look straight out of the Uncanny Valley because of his hard to see pupils.

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