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|Occupation||Gourmet Corp. Sous Chef|
|Partner||Parasite Emperor (formerly)|
|Japanese Voice||Akira Ishida|
|English Voice||Greg Ayres|
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|“||Anyone who can't serve a purpose is garbage, so ain't it ok to kill them?||”|
—Tommyrod, to Toriko.
Tommyrod (トミーロッド Tomīroddo), or simply Tommy, is one of the Sous Chefs of the Gourmet Corp. With an insectile appearance complete with wings, Tommyrod cultivates "parasite bugs" under his skin to deploy at his will. He is the first Gourmet Corp. member and Sous Chef to fight Toriko seriously and without using a GT Robo.
During a fierce battle of the Gourmet Corp.'s mass invasion of the Cooking Festival, he gets eaten by Sunny's Appetite Demon without regret, having enjoyed his battle and respecting his opponent to the fullest, but he is later expelled to join the battle for GOD against NEO.
Tommyrod is of lean build (although this is caused by the strain springs he wears), and a bug-like appearance complete with navy, cockroach-like wings. He sports a bob cut hairstyle with a pink pigment. After the Ice Hell arc, his hair becomes more messy. He has large compact eyes with black pupils and almost no visible nose (its surface can be seen depending on the angle), and appears to wear red lipstick. His large lips conceal a retractable set of deadly razor sharp fangs. He wears a dark blue polka dotted shirt dotted punk, a lavender veil around his waist, and cerise pants. He also wears a numbers of rings around his arms and legs which bind the size of his muscles. When he removes them, his muscles swell up to their true size, making him a muscle bound giant capable of towering over even Toriko.
Tommyrod has a tendency, moreso than any other character, to be drawn with distorted features and stylised anatomy to reflect his emotions.
Like most other Gourmet Corp. members, Tommyrod has a very cruel and ruthless personality and loves killing. He kills everything in his way, even if it is irrelevant to his mission. He had no hesitation in killing the parents of a baby Wall Penguin for no reason other than annoyance, or the other Bishokuya present in Ice Hell, and is even willing to kill fellow Gourmet Corp. if they prove to be a burden. He also has a reputation for being extremely efficient in his job, killing anyone who poses even the most miniscule potential threat to accomplishing his goals. He will not react to taunts and is emotionless to the point where Toriko likens his emotional state to that of an insect. He has a hatred of pesticides and admits to having trouble controlling himself in the presence of such. Despite all his negative traits, in his final moments he managed to prove that he was capable of showing his opponent sincere respect and showed no genuine anger or hatred when he is slain by Sunny to the point where he admits to having fun whilst battling him, a stark contrast to his behavior during his near death battle in Ice Hell, where he was driven into an extremely agitated state by Toriko's assault.
Powers and Abilities
As a Sous Chef of the Gourmet Corp., Tommyrod was extremely powerful and able to enter the Gourmet World. Proof of his survival skills is the fact that he effortlessly sustained the freezing cold of Ice Hell through shivering. He was the first Gourmet Corp. - and character in the series - to defeat Toriko in actual combat, although Toriko was weaken by several handicaps like fighting several high capture insects and combating in frozen area without a Lighter Suit and Tommyrod had lost an arm in that fight.
Despite his seemingly frail form, he was more dangerous than the insects he stored in his body. He has shown incredible reflexes and speed, creating multiple afterimages of himself and avoiding several attacks from Toriko and Sunny, as well as deceptively immense brawn, increased when he removes his bracelets, which allowed him to send Toriko flying a considerable distance with just one punch. However, his main strength lies in the nearly inexhaustible stamina he is endowed with. Not only was he never seen fatigued after fighting for long and sustaining serious injuries, but also he could spawn hundreds of insects despite each of them requiring the same energy expenditure as a triathlon. He could keep on fighting after being stabbed several times without even slowing down or growing weaker, showcasing amazing tolerance to pain.
Tommyrod's body has undergone insect-like mutations through unknown means, the most striking being his wings similar to those of a cockroach. They enabled him to fly and move at remarkable speed and were shown to be rather sturdy, as they withstood extremely low temperatures. After his Gourmet Cells evolved, the wings had become more durable, blocking Sunny's Hair Spit with ease. Moreover, in his mouth was concealed a set of razor-sharp fangs which could deal severe damage to the opponent. However, Tommyrod keeps them retracted in order for his insects to get out of his mouth without dying. He also had large clusters of nerve cells stored in every part of his body, which allowed him to control his body even when injured. This also makes him very difficult to paralyze with Knocking. With his ganglions, Tommyrod could even move a detached limb, the Capture Level of his left arm being no less than 200. Furthermore, his Compound Eyes (複眼 Fukugan) have one million individual lenses each; they can see even the smallest object, such as Sunny's feelers, and, like Coco's eyes, even the weaker electromagnetic waves. He is also capable of producing silk thread which he sprays from his mouth.
Finally, his build was heavily altered to make him look slimmer, but he can revert to his original form: when removing the set of rings he kept around his arms, waist, and legs, Tommy's muscles and body grew to nearly double his own size, making him faster and much more physically powerful. During the Cooking Fest arc, Tommyrod's full power body grows large and sharp claws, this claws were powerful enough to take down with a single attack his own insect ace card, the Gourmet World hybrid insect beast Giant Parasite.
Tommyrod prefers to use his insects to capture his prey. He admits that the only reason he uses his insects to fight is fighting by himself is too much of a pain. He will only fight himself when against a tough opponent, or if his bugs are utterly useless against his target.
Tommyrod's Gourmet Cells are host to an Appetite Demon, a demonic, blue-skinned octopus-like being with a vein-filled, pulsing head.
For Intimidation, Tommyrod manifests his Appetite Demon. The color of his Intimidation aura is blue.
Tommyrod had the ability to store and hatch insects inside his body. He originally had approximately 10,000 parasitic eggs, which he hatched in his esophagus before sending out, through his mouth. He spent 1,500 kilo calories for each and because of this he could not produce more than somewhere around 1,000 insects without recharging his energy. The bugs' capture levels ranged from very weak to some in the 40s, with 44 being the highest seen, aside from the Parasite Emperor. He could control any bug, as long as he has it in his stomach. Tommyrod could also fire off the broken eggs, which explode on impact, like bullets by heating up his breath through shivering and spitting them out. He normally used this heat energy to cause the insect eggs inside him to hatch. When fired in clusters, they could easily obliterate a man's arm. After recovering from his wounds, he demonstrated the ability to hatch insects with higher capture levels, with some even coming from the Gourmet World, due to his Gourmet Cells having evolved.
|Bomb Egg (ボムエッグ Bomu Eggu): Tommyrod spits insect eggs hosted in his body that thanks to a previous shivering technique, they can explode like popcorn. The Bomb Eggs are powerful enough to make Toriko's arm explodes when spat in rapid succession.|
Bomb Egg Storm (ボムエッグストーム Bomu Eggu Sutōmu): Tommy fires a barrage of hot and explosive insect eggs in multiple directions.
|Wing Shield (ウイングシールド Uingu Shīrudo): Tommyrod hardens his wings and bends them to his front in order to block attacks. He was only seen using this technique to counter Sunny's Hair Spit.|
|Cocoon Preservation (繭保存 Mayu Hozon): Tommyrod sprays silk from his mouth at his opponent, sealing them inside a cocoon.|
List of Insects
Century Soup Arc
Tommyrod emerges from the Tundra Dragon's corpse during the Ice Hell arc. He subsequently enters the ice cave with Barrygamon and Bogie Woods. Tommyrod approaches Toriko's group, assaulting it with an array of bugs before killing two adult Wall Penguins, significantly angering Toriko. He then engages in a one-on-one match against Toriko, while Barrygamon and Bogie fight against Match and Takimaru respectively.
During his fight, Tommyrod attacks Toriko with a vast number of dangerous insects, seemingly overwhelming him before discovering that they were countered by the phytoncide emitted by Toriko's Gourmet Cells. Tommy then proceeds to engage Toriko directly, using shivering to blast bullets of hot insect eggs at him and his fangs to injure Toriko directly, ripping off parts of his left arm piece by piece.
After eliminating Toriko's left arm and significantly injuring his right, he expresses his respect to Toriko by removing his armbands, significantly increasing the amount of strength he is able to use. Tommy then proceeds to slug Toriko with his fists, before losing his right arm to Toriko's Leg Knife and sections of his chest to Toriko's Leg Fork. Interrupted at the last minute by Teppei, an enraged Tommy attempts to attack, but is quickly immobilized by the Saiseiya's Knocking. With the last of his energy, Tommyrod unleashes his Parasite Emperor, telling it to run amok before losing consciousness and being rescued by Alfaro.
Meteor Garlic Arc
Around seven months later, at the Gourmet Corp. Dining Kitchen which Niceny came on a visit, Tommyrod was shown to have made a full recovery, and has stated that he is storing even stronger insects in his body, demonstrating an improvement in his Gourmet Cells and wanting to a rematch against Toriko.
Tommyrod was seen sitting on a edge at the front lines, in the headquarters of the Gourmet Corp. that resides in the Gourmet World, to see the president of IGO for the first time arriving and stating that he looks old. When he was about to attack alongside his fellow Gourmet Corp. members, they were stopped by Midora as he appear behind them.
Cooking Festival Arc
He is then seen intercepting Sunny from saving Komatsu by using a new species of insect beast hosted inside his body to cut the Heavenly King's strong hair. He then faces off against Sunny using the many powerful bugs in his arsenal, along with his newest monstrosity, the Giant Parasites which greatly disgusted the Heavenly King.
An intense battle ensues with Sunny's hair killing and receiving damage from Tommyrod's various insects; after Sunny unleashes his Satan Hair (which quickly devours Tommyrod's Gourmet World level insect), Tommyrod realizes his opponent's true power (via his Appetite Demon and Gourmet Cells "awakening") and takes off his wristbands to increase his own strength. Tommyrod's left arm is suddenly cut off by Sunny, confirming his suspicions about Sunny's Gourmet Cells. Tommyrod is chased by Satan Hair, but the removal of his wristbands and various abilities allow him to take the upper hand (Tommyrod's severed arm manages to enter the fight and grab a hold of Sunny thanks to Tommy's unique nerve ganglions). When Tommyrod has seemingly delivered the deciding blow, Sunny's Appetite Demon comes out and gives Sunny the ability to control his hair more effectively via a new power called Hair Marionette. Using this newly awakened power, Sunny uses the floating strands that Tommyrod's insects cut off previously (which unlike Satan Hair, is the true hair he was trying to control) to immobilize Tommyrod. Sunny then gives Tommyrod the deciding moment of the fight: the minute his paralysis wears off would be the moment that the winner is decided.
Once the effects of the paralysis wear off, both quickly lunge at each other dealing fast and powerful blows that gravely damage both their bodies. During the fight there appears to be no genuine hatred or malice, both seemingly fighting like animals for the right to survive, but in the end Sunny gains the upper hand when his Satan Hair pierces numerous holes in Tommyrod's back. Sunny ensnares his hair around Tommyrod's body and respectfully bids him farewell. Tommyrod, with a smile and equal respect to his opponent, calmly reflects on the fun he had just had; Satan Hair completely ensnares and devours him, ending his life.
|“||Yeah...That was a lot of fun...||”|
—Tommyrod's final words to Sunny...
Tommyrod's face is shown among the locks of Sunny's Satan Hair, and Sunny says that he can expel what has been consumed by his hair.
After Joie summons Dores, Kuromado, and Niceny, Sunny uses Satan Vomit to release Tommyrod, who joins Grinpatch and Starjun to face NEO's chefs. Grinpatch and Tommyrod help takedown Kuromado and, after celebrating, are dissolved by Joie's microbes.
Anime and Manga Differences
- In the manga, the battle between him and Toriko was incredibly violent and had many excessive scenes featuring large amounts of blood and mutilation. However the anime toned down the violence considerably, removing all traces of blood, explaining that the cold environment of Ice Hell froze their wounds before they bled.
- In the anime's final episode (which greatly deviates from the canon of the manga), a small insect greatly resembling Tommyrod is seen flying next to Grinpatch, likely implying that in the anime's continuity Tommyrod or at least part of him survived somehow and reformed into this insect.
Appearances in Other Media
Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2
Tommyrod makes his video game debut in the PSP game, Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2, as a major antagonist and a boss. He, along with fellow Sous Chefs: Starjun, Grinpatch and Ryoutei are sent off to the Gattsuki Continent to seek rare ingredients while at the same time stopping the Four Heavenly Kings and their group from advancing their ingredient hunt.
Toriko: Gourmet Monsters
Tommyrod makes an appearance in the Nintendo 3DS game Toriko: Gourmet Monsters as an antagonist once again alongside Starjun and Grinpatch. In the game, while they antagonize the Four Heavenly Kings early on, they are eventually forced to form an alliance with them in order to take down the mutant monstrosity known as the Death Gore Chimera which threatens to consume all the world's resources.
- He ranked 9th in the first Popularity Poll with 275 votes.
- He is the only Sous Chef that fought unarmed in battle.
- Tommy's Capture Ability Data remains unknown as revealed in Volume 12, by the events of Century Soup Arc.
|Chefs||Starjun • Grinpatch • Tommyrod • Mamymaron • Otake • Bile • Mumimumi|
|Unique Ranks||Alfaro (Waiter) • Limon (Sommelier) • Faram (Bartender) • Zaragira (Food Management Office Chief, deceased) • Gur (Talent Scout, deceased)|
|Branch Chiefs||Elg (deceased) • Yuu • Jerry Boy • Barrygamon • Bogie Woods • Cedre|
|Subordinates||Bei • Zyper • Gido (deceased) • Dohsa|
|Beasts||Scum Beasts • Cage Beast • Jack • Starjun's Beast • Tommyrod's Insects • Niceny's Beast|
Chiyo's Beast • Big Bang Shark
|Headquarters||Human World HQ • 3rd Branch • 6th Branch • Starjun's Castle • Gourmet Corp. Dining Kitchen • Gourmet World HQ • Sea Mountain|