Thomas "Tommy" Malcolm Pickles is the main character from the Nickelodeon animated television series' Rugrats and its spin-off All Grown Up!. Tommy is among the series' original characters, if not the central character. He is clad in only a T-shirt and a diaper and is bald with big, blank eyes. He translates everything adult into baby gibberish. Arlene Klasky said that she based the character of Tommy on her own son.
Having a Jewish mother and a Christian father, Tommy celebrates both Jewish and Christian holidays (Hanukkah and Christmas for example). However, the only members of the family that appear to be religious at all are Tommy's maternal grandparents.
Tommy's distinct features in Rugrats are a mostly-bald head with a few strands of hair and stubble, a sky blue shirt, a diaper, bow-legs, and pigeon-toed feet. Tommy wears a white diaper with yellow straps. Inside his diaper is a screwdriver collection, which he uses to get himself and his friends out of the play pen. He was the youngest character (although not much younger than Phil and Lil) until his younger brother Dil was born; despite that, he had a reputation for being the "bravest" baby, and would take the others along on adventures to wherever his imagination took him. These adventures of his usually involved stopping some sort of evil monster. He also stood up to his evil-minded cousin Angelica Pickles. He appeared in the most episodes of any character. In the pilot he wore a red shirt. Although every episode since he has worn a sky blue shirt.
In the Rugrats filmsEdit
Tommy is the leader and the main character of the movie. He and his friends are playing Okey Dokey Jones (a parody of Indiana Jones) at the beginning of the film. He gets a new baby brother, however, he thought he was getting a sister and while his mother is giveing birth he and his friends go through the hospital to "find her". Unfortunately, Didi has her baby and her baby is male. His friends (Lil and Phil) plan to take Dil back to the baby store (hospital). Tommy does not want Phil and Lil DeVille to take Dil to the hospital because his mom and dad want to keep him.
He and Dil are at Grandpa Lou's wedding. He is angry because someone took Dil's pacifier and buried it in the sandbox (although he mentions that the park is his favorite place). He and the other Rugrats help Chuckie find his new mother.
All Grown Up!Edit
Similar to Susie's talent for singing, Tommy also has a newfound talent: making films with his camcorder. A few episodes have been made around this fact: "Truth or Consequences" (first US tx: November 30, 2003), revealed he made his first film at the age of 37 months, then making a negative film about his friends. The main storyline of "Brother, Can You Spare The Time?" (first US tx: January 17, 2004) opened with him mentioning recently winning a young filmmaker's award; and one storyline in "Bad Aptitude" (first US tx: June 4, 2004) was about Tommy's sudden early retirement from filmmaking after making a flop and receiving an unfavorable (for his filmmaking aspirations) result on his career aptitude exam. However, he has not been seen with his camcorder since "The Big Score" (first US tx: April 25, 2005), when he was filming Lil at the soccer field.
In "Thief Encounter" (first US tx: December 6, 2003), he was discovered to be stealing goods from around the neighborhood, but that was because he was sleep walking; in "River Rats" (first US tx: December 13, 2003), he was shown to be afraid of water, stemming from an experience during a fishing outing with his grandpa; in "Dude, Where's My Horse?" (first US tx: July 16, 2005), he was the worst cowboy out of the regulars.
Up until early Season 2, Tommy was also either shown or mentioned as being part of the school soccer team, even trying to teach Dil how to play ("Fools Rush In", first US tx: June 5, 2004). Lately (more specifically since "The Big Score"), however, all the focus on soccer has involved only Phil and Lil DeVille. Also it is said that he may have feelings for his friend Kimi Finster and so does she in "TP + KF".
Tommy now has purple hair like his father, Stu. From season 2 onwards, his hair was changed to a lighter purple color. For season one, he wears a white shirt with yellow sleeves. For later seasons, Tommy (like most characters) expanded his wardrobe and began wearing many different outfits. He still keeps his screwdriver he had as a baby in his pocket. More recently, he had a keychain with a screwdriver on it. sack
Tommy has mixed religious heritage with a Jewish Mother and Christian Father (According to Jewish tradition, Tommy is technically Jewish because his mother is.) He is a Russian-American having Russian grandparents (Boris and Minka) and an American father (Stu). Tommy's Grampa Lou's mother is Scottish (as evidenced in All Grown Up! episode Bad Blood).
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- ↑ "Nic Turns 20". New York Daily News. June 27 1999. http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/entertainment/1999/06/27/1999-06-27_nick_turns_20__pass_the_slime.html. Retrieved 2009-05-27. "From his ankles-eye perspective on the world, "Rugrats" star Tommy Pickles translates everything adult into surprisingly understandable baby gibberish."
- ↑ "Rugrats". The Ledger. November 26, 1996. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=efkSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6fwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4048,5754327&dq=tommy-pickles+rugrats. Retrieved 2009-05-27. "Klasky and her baby son were the inspiration for Didi and Tommy Pickles. ..."
- ↑ "Room for a pet pig in the Hills". Los Angeles Times. May 23, 2009. http://www.latimes.com/classified/realestate/news/la-hm-hotprop23-2009may23,0,5921429.story. Retrieved 2009-05-27. "Daily, 47, is perhaps best known as the voice of Tommy Pickles on "Rugrats" (1991-2002) and "All Grown Up" (2003-07). She has a cameo in the movie "My Sister's Keeper," to be released in June, and performed a song in the movie's soundtrack."
- ↑ "Rug Rats Out in Force". San Jose Mercury News. November 22, 1998. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SJ&s_site=mercurynews&p_multi=SJ&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB7224B52007E04&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 2009-05-27. "If lines outside a theater mean anything, Tommy Pickles is a bigger star than George Clooney. Although Clooney, ER's heart-throb, repeatedly has failed to make the leap from boob tube to big screen, Tommy and his little cartoon pals from one of America's top TV kiddie show, Rugrats, had hundreds of wiggly, squirmy kids waiting impatiently Saturday to see their favorites in a venue where the popcorn comes in bags and..."