Thomas "Tom" T. Anderson is the tritagonist who lives near Beavis and Butt-head. Mike Judge says he was inspired to create Tom because of an old man he met during his and his brother's paper route in his childhood. He has a wife named Marcy Anderson. Standing 6’3” and weighing 250 lbs., Tom is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War (And for once in Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, a veteran of World War I. ) A staunch conservative, He is often seen drinking beer or doing work with his tools. He has often been the victim of Beavis and Butt-Head's actions. They have cut down a tree that fell on his house, spray painted his pet dog, painted his pet cat's butt, taken his riding mower for a joyride, inadvertently run him down with a war drone after breaking into the drone's control room, stolen his golf balls and later sold them back to him for money, filled up a pre-dug pool with concrete, ruined his golf clubs, ruined his house by doing a sloppy job painting the outside of it, stolen his identity, caused him to be wrongfully arrested by the FBI twice, and have even gone to the store as an errand for him only to wind up putting back all the items he asked for. In one of the most memorable episodes, Beavis and Butt-Head took over for him at his yard sale and sold everything he owned, including a Purple Heart (evidence of his war heroism). Another episode where the boys took his bowling ball and they blew it up with dynamite. This caused the police to arrest Tom Anderson because the bowling ball came from him. Tom was screaming during his arrest and then Tom Anderson was called by the nickname of "The Mad Bomber." Anderson has been known to yell "What in the hell?!" and "Damn it!" when he gets angry, which appear to be catchphrases. Because of Beavis and Butthead, Tom Anderson's lawn, his house, and even his good name have been ruined (the town thinks Tom Anderson is a bad neighbor.) Beavis and Butthead have gotten Tom arrested a few times on the show including the movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America[edit | edit source]
Tom Anderson and his wife were going on their trip until Beavis and Butthead showed up. Beavis and Butthead ruined their vacation right from the start. The duo destroyed Tom's TV, destroyed the Hoover Dam, causing Tom and his wife to be washed away, having their camper destroyed by the ATF and getting a full body cavity searches, causing a traffic accident, getting kicked out of the Whitehouse, Beavis masturbated in his camper, and getting arrested by the ATF for being accomplices getting 60 years in jail while his wife gets a full body cavity search. Their camper is towed away.
After the movie, Tom and his wife return home after having been proven innocent of the charges.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
Because of Tom's poor eyesight, he is often unable to recognize the two without a working pair of glasses. He often says things like, "Are you those kids that have been whacking off in my toolshed?", "Are you the two that painted my cat's butt?", etc. The two always lie and he falls for it. They manage to get away with it and pick on Tom.
Due to his mild senility, Tom doesn't remember their names. Tom once reported to the police that: "One of them calls himself Butthole and the other one Joe." and that "I believe they're oriental."
According to Tom, every Thursday, he orders a large fries, pie, and a large coffee before he goes to the foot doctor.
In the episode "Steamroller", he is able to knock a man down with a single punch, which suggests that he is relatively strong for an old man. However, in the episode "Daughter's Hand", a man was able to defeat Tom in a fight.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
- "Hey, you look kinda familiar. You ain't the kids that spray-painted my dog last week, are you?"
- "Well, I can see you boys ain't like the usual hooligans hanging around here. Like these two fellas, uhh, Buffcoat and Beaver."
- "One of 'em calls himself Butthole. The other one's name is Joe, I think. I believe they were oriental."
- "Hey, you look kind of familiar. Aren't you the ones that ran off with my riding mower last week?"
- "What I'd give for five minutes alone with those two little bastards who took my mower."
- "Ain't you them boys that've been whackin' off in my tool shed?"
- "Must be one of them damn buzzard-hawks!"
- "Hey, what the hell's going on here?"
- "What in the hell?!?"
- "Damn it!"
- "...They're like a couple of spider monkeys!"
- "Hope you had enough, you damn ungrateful bastards!"
- "Get the hell off my property, you son of a bitch!"
- "And if I ever see that damn dog of yours peeing on my yard again, I'm gonna shoot both of you!"
- "You and I are gonna tangle!'
- "Dammit! Get the hell out of here, you damn son of a bitches!"
- “Boy, I’ll tell you what, Dusty. I felt like a one-legged cat tryin’ to bury turds on a frozen pond out there today,”
- "BWAAAH!! WHAT?! PULL YOUR DAMN PANTS UP, BOY!!! I DON'T WANNA SEE THAT, DAMMIT!!! GET OUT OF HERE, AND IF I EVER CATCH YOU WHACKIN' IN HERE AGAIN, I'M GONNA HOG-TIE YOU!!! Ahhh, dammit! Now I gotta straighten up in here, god damn it!"
- "TAKE YOUR DAMN PANTS WITH YOU!!!"
- "HEY! GET YOUR DAMN HANDS OFF ME!"
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- It was revealed in Good Credit on his credit card that Tom's middle initial is the letter T.
- Tom Anderson strongly resembles Hank Hill from Mike Judge's later show, King of the Hill - both were based on the same person from Judge's youth. In this case, Tom was obviously the inspiration for Hank Hill.
- Both characters have an important possession called "Betsy" - Anderson's is a shotgun, Hill's is a guitar. The two also have the same voice, except Tom's is deeper and Hank's is clearer.
- In Beavis and Butt-head Do America, Tom Anderson praises butane gas in a scene, while Hank praises propane.
- Also noted, that in King of the Hill was originally meant that Hank Hill was supposed to be the son of Tom Anderson; however, FOX was unable to get Tom because he belonged to MTV. They had to give Hank a different father, Cotton Hill.
- Interestingly, even though he is often nice to Beavis and Butthead, he is one of the Bosses in the SNES Video Game where he shoots apples at you and you have to throw the apples at him to defeat him. He also appears as a boss, of sorts in the Sega Genesis video game. He runs over the duo's concert tickets, with his lawnmower, during the prologue. Then, later, he rides his mower and throws beer cans, at the duo, when they are on his property. After being defeated, he is knocked out, allowing the duo to swipe his tool shed key.
Sources[edit | edit source]
Minor Characters: Hamid · Clark Cobb · Dave · Harry Sachz · Homeless Man · Madame Blavatsky · Redneck Lady · Crazy Farmer · Billy Bob · Principal Brown · President Bill Clinton · Biker Lady · Marcy Anderson · School Nurse · Sterculius, the Roman God of Feces · St. Peter · Unnamed Police Officers · Mr. Manners · Frog · Harry Buddisker · Hiro · Mistress Cora Anthrax · Biker Lady · Fork Injury Guy