See Tom (disambiguation) for other related uses.
"I keep telling these people, if Mister Joey Drew keeps cutting corners like this, someone's sure to end up falling to their death. And it sure ain't gonna be me."
Thomas J. Connor is a gruff-voiced repairman, World War II veteran, manager of the Gent location in Atlantic City, and the husband of Allison Pendle. A worker tasked with making sure the endless piping of the Ink Machine stays in top form, he becomes frustrated with how unstable the system is as time goes on. He also tries to dissuade other workers from entering the unstable areas.
Currently, Thomas himself has never appeared anywhere in the games physically. In the Dreams Come to Life novel, however, he is described as a tall and broad man.
A master at his craft, Thomas is a disgruntled, ill-tempered, no-nonsense repairman with trust issues. In his audio recordings, his tone suggests that he is fed up about struggling against the workings of the Ink Machine for quite a long time, eventually declaring that he refuses to do anything more about it. Despite his volatile disposition, he is shown to be a hard worker and a careful observer, as revealed in his report-of-sorts to the Gent Corporation's as-of-yet unseen flagship headquarters. In terms of social skills, he had hardly a kind word for anyone, except for his superiors at Gent and Allison Pendle. In the Dreams Come to Life novel, it is also revealed that despite his normally serious, ill-tempered demeanor, deep inside, he is despondent, brooding, and nervous, as depicted during his explanation to Daniel "Buddy" Lewek about the true purposes of the Ink Machine. He also seems to lack a sense of kindness to Wally Franks.
Thomas Connor worked in World War II, creating and fixing machinery. Eventually, he gets a job at the Gent Corporation, and becomes the manager of the headquarters in Atlantic City.
Working at the Studio
Contributing with the studio, Thomas faces some a lot of issues. First, he complains about the endless floods of ink contaminating the structure of Joey Drew Studios, remarking that the pipes simply can't hold the volume. He also thinks that the Ink Machine, and all the things that have happened because of it, just does not seem natural. He declares that he will no longer do any more repair work for Joey.
Thomas has his own interpretation of Wally Franks' work ethic, believing him to be a loose cannon, given that he did not agree to the Gent Corporation/Joey Drew Studios partnership, to begin with, he could be a potential liability to the Ink Machine project. Later on, Thomas tried to explain to Wally Franks what to do when the ink pressure reaches 45, seemingly impatient and frustrated about both the confusion and Wally's misunderstanding about what to do in relation to the ink pressure. In the end, Wally then aggravatingly declares if he has to do his own work as well as Thomas', he will leave.
Thomas aggravates that the studio's elevators are yet more devices that keep breaking down. He assumes that it is because Joey was ignoring the safety of using the elevator that someone will fall to their death if not changed. He remarks that he would not be that "someone" and will, therefore, take the stairs.
Office Report and Ink Bendy's Birth
Thomas makes a progress report to the Gent Home Office, stating that their client's expectations keep changing, despite making progress with the Ink Machine's ability to create realistic cartoon characters. He then states that the machine is now teetering on "the edge of magic" compared to proper engineering, though Joey is convinced that magic and engineering are one and the same. He then reports that progress with the film reels being used by the Ink Machine to create the characters is so far going well, and they had several near-successes. Thomas reveals that the first creation of the Ink Machine was, in fact, a failed attempt to create a real-life version of Bendy, and no one at Gent has ever attempted a second try.
Later on, Thomas was told by Joey to lock Ink Bendy up in order to prevent him from getting publicly seen, due to the creature's appearance and behavior.
Dreams Come to Life and Temporary Firing
In 1946, Joey Drew escorts Thomas into his office for an important meeting. Later, Buddy overhears an argument between him and Sammy Lawrence, following an incident in which the latter was stealing ink bottles from the former.
In the following days, Thomas enters Joey Drew's company party with Allison Pendle unannounced, to which Joey Drew makes it clear that they were not invited. After Thomas infuriatingly snaps at Joey concerning the ownership of the Ink Machine, Joey then belittles and fires Thomas, before doing the same to Allison, for siding with Thomas in the first place. Sensing danger, Buddy exits the party and asks Thomas what was going on. Thomas then reluctantly proceeds to explain the dark truth behind Joey's plan with the Ink Machine, and its purpose, with Allison following suit, before they both leave.
On February 23, 1952, Thomas and Allison are married by the First Light Presbyterian Church. Other than that, at an unconfirmed date, both are later trapped in the Cycle and transformed into a caricature of cartoon characters (Thomas as Tom and Allison as Allison Angel), as to how it really happened remains unknown.
- Main article: Tom
Besides his physical appearance in his caricature reincarnation, his original human self's audio logs can be found in many places.
An audio log recorded by Thomas, where he criticizes Wally's work ethic, can be found randomly.
- In Chapter 1: Moving Pictures, before his first audio log is found in the basement's first floor after draining the ink, Thomas' name is first mentioned in his "ink output" signature by his short signature "T.C." above the "GENT OFF" message. According to his schedule, Thomas works every week but Sundays while outputting gallons of ink one by one;
- On Monday, he output 19, 13, and then 18 gallons of ink.
- On Tuesday, he output 18, 9, and 24 gallons of ink.
- On Wednesday, there are no recorded numbers of ink gallons. Nothing else than a "back up".
- On Thursday, the same result as yesterday on Wednesday, saying with "hold".
- On Friday, he output 14 gallons of ink. He also did output another gallon of ink, but the number amount was not recorded.
- On Saturday, finally, he output 7, 103, and an astonishingly huge 423 gallons of ink.
- In Chapter 3: Rise and Fall, the first appearance of Thomas is in a duo dialogue log with Wally Franks Where Thomas attempted to explain Wally what to do when the ink pressure reaches over 45, which falls flat. Thomas' second audio log is found on a shelf near the bottom of stairs after Henry walks out of the lift on Level 9, where he feels concerned about the elevators' malfunctions.
- In Chapter 5: The Last Reel, Thomas's third and final audio log can be found inside the room on the right side of the pipe puzzle, where he sends a report about the Ink Machine's almost-successful functions and the witness of Ink Bendy's creation. At the chapter's epilogue, found in Joey's apartment home, a letter from Allison Pendle reveals that an opportunistic thief somehow broke into Joey Drew Studios and stole one of Thomas' inventions, much to his anger.
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Bendy and the Ink Machine
- Chapter 1: Moving Pictures
- Thomas' first audio log was not in the earlier versions of Chapter 1 and was added later in the Chapter 3 update.
- His "ink output" schedule was not added until the release of Chapter 4.
- Chapter 3: Rise and Fall
- Before the release of Chapter 4, there was no audio log for Wally and Thomas' due to the trailer room not being implemented at the time.
- Thomas and Wally are the only workers that have been shown socializing through an audio log.
- His name is likely a strong reference to Thomas Patrick "Tommie" Connor, a British songwriter known for writing Christmas songs.
- Thomas Connor is voiced by Mike Mood, the co-creator of the game. Furthermore, Mike's tweet claimed that himself voicing Thomas causes his throat to hurt as it puts quite a bit of strain on his voice.
- Thomas Connor is the only character to have his middle name revealed, although it's only the initial.
- Dreams Come to Life | Chapter 20
- From Thomas Connor | Memo to Staff Regarding Utility Shafts | To All Concerned | "We know that the noise from the Ink Machine and the new plumbing has made it hard for you all to get your work done, but just a quick reminder that the utility shafts scattered throughout the building are off-limits. It's really not safe for folks to be down there. If a pipe burst, well... you could find yourself in a sticky spot real fast. We've taken the liberty of boarding off some of them for your own protection. Just stay out of there, okay?" - Joey Drew Studios Employee Handbook, page ???
- Dreams Come to Life | Chapter 2
- CH_AudioLog_Thomas_01.ogg - Thomas Connor's 1st audio log | Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 1 - Moving Pictures
- CH3_AudioLog_Wally_Thomas.ogg - Thomas and Wally's audio log | Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 3 - Rise and Fall
- CH3_AudioLog_Thomas_CuttingCorners.ogg - Thomas Connor's 2nd audio log | Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 3 - Rise and Fall
- Ch5_audiolog_thomasconnor.ogg - Thomas Connor's 3rd audio log | Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 5 - The Last Reel
- Ch5_audiolog_joeydrew02.ogg - Joey Drew's 4th audio log | Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 5 - The Last Reel
- Dreams Come to Life | Chapter 7
- Dreams Come to Life | Chapter 19-20
- Joey Drew Studios Employee Handbook | Part 1: Surviving Your First Week | Page 114
- "my throat hurts" - Mike Mood. February 25, 2019. Twitter.
|Major characters||Allison Pendle (Allison Angel) • Bertrum Piedmont • Buddy Lewek (Buddy Boris) • Henry Stein • Joey Drew • Norman Polk • Sammy Lawrence • Susie Campbell • Thomas Connor (Tom) • Wally Franks|
|Minor characters||Boris Clone • Grant Cohen • Jack Fain • Lacie Benton • Shawn Flynn • Lost Ones • Balcony Lost One|
|Major characters||Buddy Lewek (Buddy Boris) • Lost One Player • Sammy Lawrence|
|Minor characters||Boris Clone • Emma LaMonte • Jack Fain • Norman Polk • Shawn Flynn • Thomas Connor • Wally Franks • The Patron|
|Major characters||Abby Lambert • Allison Pendle • Buddy Lewek • Dave • Dot • Irena Lewek • Jacob • Joey Drew • Mr. Schwartz • Mr. Unger • Norman Polk • Richie • Sammy Lawrence • Thomas Connor|
|Minor characters||Bertrum Piedmont • Lenny • Miss Rodriguez • Mrs. Panek • Wally Franks|
|Mentioned||Henry Stein • Mr. Lewek • Linda • Susie Campbell|