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Jerry the Mouse

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Full Name
Jeremy "Jerry" Mouse
Puss Gets the Boot
Tom's arch-enemy
Speed, Hammers, Bombs, Mousetraps, etc.
Running from Tom
To escape Tom and get him in trouble.
Type of Villain
Rodent, On & Off Villain

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Jerry the Mouse is the titular mouse character (and secondary antagonist) of the Tom and Jerry cartoon franchise, who is constantly in conflict with Tom. Like Tom, Jerry almost never speaks out loud. In almost every cartoon, Jerry is being chased by Tom and ends up severely harming Tom in retaliation. The Tom and Jerry cartoons have long been and continue to be the #1 archetypal example of cartoon violence in American culture.

While Tom is widely considered by default to be the "villain" between the two, many post-modern audiences have taken more and more notice to the brutal injuries that Jerry regularly inflicts on him, and sympathize more with Tom. Indeed, Jerry is technically a pest who shouldn't be living in the house, and Tom likewise is simply doing his job as a good pet by trying to get rid of him, and in a number of cases Jerry has arguably been the instigator of conflict. However, these cases are the exception rather than the rule, and in the vast majority of episodes Tom is clearly the instigator. Overall, the conflict between the two characters is closer to an equally two-sided, active rivalry than anything else. Even in Jerry's young age, his rivalry with Tom (as a kitten) stayed the same, as seen in the early 1990's show Tom and Jerry Kids.

The popular interpretation of Jerry as a villain has famously been parodied on The Simpsons by Itchy.


Little Jerry Mouse, seen in Tom & Jerry Kids

Skills and Abilities

Whether as an antagonist or not, Jerry shown as formidable opponent for Tom. Not only cunning, he also has amazing skill to overcome and deactivated any kinds of traps and formulating plans aside using various tools against Tom. Notable example of his amazing skills displayed when he able to grab a piece cheese that attached at the mousetrap without hurt himself (sometimes the trap not triggered at all until Tom check the trap himself). Compared to Tom, he is more skilled, calculating and less destructive, as every times he had conflict with Tom, Tom often unintentionally destroys everything that gets in his way while Jerry rarely does the same.

Villainous Acts

  • In a number of episodes, Tom is tasked with doing something (or not doing something) by his owner or he will be kicked out of the house, and Jerry will go out of his way to get Tom into trouble, even when Tom has yet to do anything to him in the episode.
  • In The Million Dollar Cat, Tom inherited $1 million, but would lose it if he harmed any creature, even a mouse. Jerry brutally exploited this, which Jerry is copying Tom after he inherited $1 million, constantly tormenting Tom and making him utterly miserable. Eventually, Tom got so fed up how humiliated he is that he attacked Jerry, remarking (in one of his few speaking roles) "Gee, I'm throwing away a million dollars...BUT I'M HAPPY!!" This is one of the few times where Tom gets the better of Jerry.
  • In The Two Mouseketeers, he tries to steal a feast that Tom had to guard. He succeeded and led to Tom to be decapitated because of the failure (which he knew already about) and he showed no pity nor remorse.
  • In Baby Puss, Jerry witnesses Tom be dressed as a baby and tormented by a little girl. Rather than help Tom, he calls over some neighborhood cats, who then ridicule and abuse Tom throughout the short.
  • In the Chuck Jones short Year of the Mouse, to amuse his mouse friend Jerry torments an innocent Tom in his sleep, even tricking Tom into thinking he's stabbed himself with a knife, shot himself with a handgun, and hung himself in a noose. This short is perhaps Jerry at his most villainous.


  • Jerry once wants to take a photo of Tom in embarrassing situation. He eventually forgets to recharge the batteries, but he still pretends to have the photo. Tom becomes afraid that Jerry will show the photo to his friends, so it is easy for Jerry to exploit him as his body guard, causing Tom to get injured or beaten up several times.
  • Tom once falls in love with his beautiful neighbor and writes a love letter to her. However, before he can send it, Jerry and Tuffy steal it and threaten Tom to copy it and send it to all his friends.
  • When Tom gets cold, Jerry visibly torments him. For example, Jerry lays something (peanuts, etc.) in front of Tom, so when Tom sneezes, his head hits to it strongly.
  • Tuffy and Jerry once bake a cake from Tom's apples, although Tom forbids them to. While trying to stop them, Tom is insulted many times. He eventually ends up with burn hands. The mises bandage them the way that Tom's hands are tied up together. At the end, they reveal to him that the cake is actually for him. When excited Tom thanks them, they simply throw the cake at him.

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