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Tommy Lomax
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General Information
Gender: Male
Age: 13 (as of Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue)
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Unknown
Occupations: Student
Aliases: Tommy (by all)
Family & Friends
Family: Unnamed mother
Unnamed father
Unnamed brother
Relationships: Sara Bolt (girlfriend)
Friends: Kellen Campbell (best friend)
Lance Alexander
Dwight Tharp
Mike Coley
Harvey Cunningham (sometimes)
Pets: Unnamed dog
Enemies: Harvey Cunningham (sometimes)
Principal Rabbski (books 1-4)
FunTime
Mr. Howell
Other Information
Interests: Writing case files
Star Wars
Origami
Clique: Origami Rebel Alliance
Education: McQuarrie Middle School
Talent: Writing
Vulnerabilities: Lack of intelligence
Strengths: Writing
Origami
Weaknesses: Sara
Series Information

Thomas "Tommy" Lomax is a protagonist of the Origami Yoda series. He is the author of most of the Origami Yoda files.

Biography

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

In the series' first installment, Tommy starts the first case file, trying to decide whether or not Origami Yoda's use of the Force is real. Origami Yoda saves him from getting embarrassed during the Fun Night and tells him to ask Sara to dance, which was successful.

Darth Paper Strikes Back

In the second book, Tommy makes a case file to try to get Dwight back into McQuarrie Middle School, because he was kicked out for "disrupting the learning environment". It turns out that Harvey and Darth Paper were the reason Dwight was kicked out in the first place. It is notable that from this book on Tommy has a buzz cut.
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The Emergency Yoda

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee

In the third book, Tommy makes another case file. This time, his case file is to find out how the Fortune Wookiee can give wisdom without Dwight and Origami Yoda. Caroline e-mails him with the news of Dwight becoming normal, and Tommy decides to help Dwight become his weird self again. He has to crawl through the doggie door in Dwight's house, who is acting boring in the eyes of Caroline. He then is surprised by the news that Sara, Rhondella and Amy made the Fortune Wookiee, not Dwight. She reveals that Dwight had nothing to do with the Fortune Wookiee; it was made by Sara. Sara advises Tommy to go and restore Dwight to his former self. Tommy convinces Dwight to come back to McQuarrie. In order to do this, he removed his Yoda from a picture frame that they he locked in. Dwight and Yoda warned Tommy that there will be "a battle with Rabbski". Tommy tells Sara about it all, and she mentions a letter from Principal Rabbski stating that all of the electives will be replaced by "FunTime". Tommy has a "bad feeling" that FunTime is somehow related to the battle that Origami Yoda predicted. 

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett

In the fourth book, Dwight helps Tommy make an Obi-Wan Kenobi puppet to lead the Origami Rebel Alliance. He writes a fourth case file, this one about the battle against FunTime. He ends up being appointed the official leader of the Origami Rebellion, along with Foldy-Wan. He prepares to lead the Rebels into victory against the FunTime and "Edu-Fun Empire".

Princess Labelmaker To The Rescue!

In the fifth book, Tommy and the gang go up against the actual Edu-Fun CEO and finds out about the extravagant cost of FunTime: $45,610 per year! Faced with the entire Lucas County school board, Tommy makes a speech explaining why the students of McQuarrie do not enjoy and are not benefiting from FunTime. When Nasty Guy, a school board member, takes away Foldy-Wan Kenobi, Tommy uses the force inside his head to produce "The Voice of Foldy-Wan". In the end, his speech persuades Mrs. Rabbski that FunTime wasn't what they needed, and she permanently suspends the program.

Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus

In the final installment of the series, Tommy is on the field trip to Washington D. C. He secretly wants to be Sara's bus buddy so that he could make things "official", but Sara goes with Rhondella instead, thinking that it was her last chance to make up for her best friend. Tommy ends up sitting next to Harvey for the whole trip, who has created an origami Emperor Pickletine out of a pickle. It supposedly leads Harvey to the dark side, and Tommy is just annoyed. When Tommy gets to finally sit with Sara at Wendy's, the "Twist" plays, giving them a chance to dance with each other. Going back on the bus, Harvey is extremely angry and also jealous, as he also liked Sara. Sara gets Tommy over just for a second so that they could have their first kiss. Harvey gets so overcome with jealousy that he punches Tommy in the nose, provoking his Dark Side. When the teachers ask what happened, Tommy decides to lie and save Harvey from possibly going to C.R.E.F. After Tommy lied, Harvey immediately regretted punching Tommy. Harvey apologized to Tommy and told him everything about his crush on Sara. After that, Tommy and Harvey made up. Unfortunately, after they all got home, Dwight mailed Origami Yoda to Micah, a kid that Dwight met in Washington, because Micah had a problem at his school. Although this was all very sad, Dwight tells Tommy to search his feelings. And he did, finding out that Origami Yoda might not come back until they really need him.

Personality

Tommy is kind and thoughtful. He is not very brave and is easily scared. He also gives up fairly easily, depending on the gravity of the situation. He is not very smart and often does dumb things, which is why he especially benefits from Origami Yoda's advice.

Relationships

Main article: Sara-Tommy relationship

Sara is Tommy's good friend and love interest. He met her when they were in elementary school they have been friends ever since. He had a crush on her throughout the first book and ended up getting the chance to dance with her at Fun Night. After that, they were sort-of dating, but not officially together.

In the third book, Tommy refers to Sara as his "semi-girlfriend".

In the last book, Sara kisses Tommy on the way home from McQuarrie's Washington, D.C. field trip. After this, it is assumed that the two are officially dating.

Main article: Kellen-Tommy relationship

Kellen Campbell is Tommy's best friend. They have known each other for a long time and know each other very well. Kellen and Tommy trust each other enough to discuss personal issues, such as embarrassing problems and girls.

Tommy is probably Dwight's closest friend. He always believes Origami Yoda, who is held by Dwight, and Tommy sometimes goes over to his house to look at his new origami (as seen in The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett.)

Main article: Rabbski-Tommy relationship

Tommy and Ms. Rabbski have a long history together. Tommy is one of Rabbski's frequent visitors due to misbehavior in class, along with Dwight and the rest of the gang. Tommy usually tries to stand up for himself and his friends, leading Rabbski to thinking he is a smart aleck.

In Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!, Tommy's case file helps Rabbski to realize she's had the wrong opinion of Tommy and his friends, and helps convince her to put an end to FunTime. After working together to bring down the program, the two became friendlier towards each other.

Trivia

  • He may be based off of the author Tom Angleberger, hence the name
  • He owns the website OrigamiYoda.com[1].
  • Some people think that he is the hero of the series because he believes in everything that Origami Yoda says.
  • He created his own Origami Yoda. The instructions for his Yoda is shown at the end of the first book.
  • He has an unnamed brother[2].

References

  1. Angleberger, TomArt2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling: an Origami Yoda Activity Book. Amulet Paperbacks, 2016.
  2. Angleberger, TomThe Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett. Amulet Books, 2016.