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J.G. Quintel explains Thomas was created because many of the people that work on the show have been interns: "[laughing] I know! That’s another one where I feel like a lot of people didn’t get it or didn’t see it the way we saw it. A lot of us who work on the show have been interns in our lifetimes and remember those days.
As an intern – and as an unpaid intern, as most of us were – you don’t get treated with a lot of respect. You’re treated in a way that’s not overtly mean – though it can be perceived that way – but more that you’re going through the rounds of getting your chops busted, and that’s how you get into the workforce. And then people will accept you, and you’re brought up, and then you’re one of the crew, but for now, Thomas is kind of going through that phase of, 'He’s the intern!' [laughing]"
J.G. later explained in an interview that the idea of Thomas becoming a spy was not planned at the beginning of Thomas' creation, but was brought up later on in the writers room, deciding that there was more to Thomas than what the viewers knew, after seeing numerous fans online wonder if Thomas would develop more as a character.
Thomas officially starts his internship in "Exit 9B", intending to work under Benson to gain easy college credit. However, when Garrett Bobby Ferguson Jr. takes over to build his freeway exit, Thomas works for him, doing chores asked by him.
Despite the beginning of the episode, where he claims he's only doing it for "college credit", when the Park turns back to normal, he decides to stick with the internship, and is officially initiated as a park employee in "Starter Pack."
Throughout Thomas's start as a park intern, he was known to be pranked a lot in "Starter Pack." by Muscle Man, in which he didn't mind.
As explained in "The Real Thomas," he was actually a Russian spy named "Nikolai" (hinted at by his alias of "Nicholas" in "Thomas Fights Back") sent to America to infiltrate the Park and steal it for Russia using massive rockets so they could improve their parks. However, when it was discovered Russia actually intended to blow the Park up as a way around treaties, he turned the land mass around, saving his friends. At first in the end of the episode, he would like to be employed at the Park, however, he is unable to work there anymore due to his current status: now on the run from both the U.S and Russia. As he left to hide from U.S and Russia, Rigby notes, "You'll always be Thomas to us.", as they might see him again on another side.
Finally, after being able to hide his identity from both countries, Thomas did return to the park for a visit, such as attending Muscle Man's wedding, disguising as an elderly man.
He later attends the park's Halloween celebrations, dressed as Sub-Zero II/Kuai Liang/Thundra from the Mortal Kombat franchise.
Thomas's final major appearance was in "Guys Night 2", where Mordecai, Rigby, Pops, Muscle Man, and Hi Five Ghost gave him a guys night before he was to head over to the dam and go into hiding for good.
His last appearance features him sitting on the top of a Russia submarine while watching the park blasts into space. It can be assumed that he is now the navy official. As seen where he raises his drink and bids his friends to space. Thomas likely became aware of an outcome where danger lies ahead of his friends, involving Pops' origin and his relationship with his brother, Anti-Pops.
Thomas is a goat with tan fur and hair, grey horns on top of his head, and a small brown beard on his chin, standing 5'9". While undercover as an intern, he usually wore a black t-shirt, tan pants and red and white sneakers. As a spy, he has worn a ninja outfit and a black sweater.
Thomas can be viewed as the "straight-man" of the Park staff; he is usually seen tagging along with the gang on their outings and occasionally during staff meetings.
He is one of the more laid-back members of the Park. He is known for usually being oblivious towards any negative comments directed towards him, and often doesn't react to these, such as a usual running gag of being reproved by his park employees, as well as Rigby's criticisms towards his scary story everyone thought was terrible in "Terror Tales of the Park III." He also provides advice, usually to Mordecai or Rigby, albeit sometimes unhelpful. ("Wall Buddy", "I Like You Hi")
It is usually a running gag that Thomas asks a question that comes out the wrong way while he and others are in peril. These questions usually cause the gang to angrily yell out "THOMAS!" towards him. He also is known for making lame jokes, which causes the Park members to react likewise. ("Journey to the Bottom of the Crash Pit")
In actuality, his intern personality was just mask for his undercover mission. Being raised in as a Russian spy, he only carries out their orders, even when he receives bad treatment from his superior, Romanoff, and his ally turned enemy, Natalia. That is, until he reminisced the days of his time at the Park, such as being praised by the Park workers for saving the Park, and being treated nicely when spending time with them. Revealing his current loyalty belongs to the Park, as seen that he did care for them due to their kindness to him during his act as an intern. Despite following his mission, he decides that killing them and destroying the Park are not a part of something he signed up for.
Mordecai and Rigby started to like Thomas in "Exit 9B" after saving the Park, but after he pranked them in "Starter Pack", they got angry at him; although it didn't last long, Mordecai and Rigby have occasionally shown to not think much about Thomas positively, but they have also been on friendly terms as well, such as saving Thomas's life in "Cool Cubed" after he drank a very cold slushy.
Benson told Thomas he'd be a great addition to the team in "Exit 9B." However, he has occasionally been on bad terms with him, such as calling him out when the golf carts were taken in "Country Club", and due to being an intern, Benson sometimes doesn't see much use in Thomas to a point where he was ready to fire him in "Thomas Fights Back". However, he has occasionally seen him as a valuable member, especially after the events of the latter.
Due to being an intern, Thomas is usually bullied by Muscle Man, and likewise, Thomas has shown some negativity towards Muscle Man, such as not wanting to help him in "Trailer Trashed" because he didn't know him that well, as well as putting him in a headlock after being called a "Momma's boy" in "Thomas Fights Back". However, they have treated each other with respect, such as Muscle Man helping him out in "Country Club", Thomas seeming worried about him in "Sleep Fighter", and in "New Year's Kiss" when Rigby said Thomas' resolution was lame, he told Rigby to give Thomas respect. After returning from hiding, Muscle Man begins to see how cool Thomas really is and gets emotional when he has to leave them.
Skips and Thomas haven't interacted much; however, in "Starter Pack" he told Mordecai and Rigby to let Thomas fight his own battles. Skips has yelled at him with the others before, but has also been on friendly terms with him, such as in "Country Club" when he stops Benson from yelling at Thomas.
Pops and Thomas haven't interacted much, but, although Pops does yell at Thomas like the rest park workers sometimes, they have worked together and have been on good terms. After Thomas became a navy, and shown when the park which includes his friends and Eileen are launched to space while he bidding his friend a good luck, Thomas is now likely aware of Pops' origins as the Chosen One.
Cody is a "friend" of Thomas in Expert or Liar, which the latter claims is an intern at said game show. It is never revealed how Cody and Thomas met, if Cody is aware of Thomas' true nature or actually is who he seems.
In "Exit 9B" and "Starter Pack", Thomas was seen speaking to his mom via cell phone, and she wasn't heard from again until she made her first official appearance in "The Thanksgiving Special". It is revealed in "The Real Thomas" that Thomas' mom seen in the aforementioned special is a robot. The "mom" he was seen speaking to in "Exit 9B" and "Starter Pack" was actually a ministry in Russia, known as "M.O.M.M" which stands for "Ministry of Mental Management".
- "Exit 9B" (debut)
- "Starter Pack"
- "150 Piece Kit"
- "Cool Cubed"
- "Trailer Trashed"
- "Country Club"
- "World's Best Boss"
- "Sleep Fighter"
- "Steak Me Amadeus"
- "Terror Tales of the Park III"
- "The Thanksgiving Special"
- "Dodge This"
- "Journey to the Bottom of the Crash Pit"
- "Saving Time"
- "Return of Mordecai and the Rigbys"
- "Expert or Liar"
- "Catching the Wave"
- "Take the Cake"
- "Thomas Fights Back"
Minor or Mentioned
- "Terror Tales of the Park II"
- "Guy's Night" (cameo)
- "The Christmas Special"
- "TGI Tuesday" (cameo)
- "The Longest Weekend"
- "Carter and Briggs" (cameo)
- "Laundry Woes"
- "Benson's Car" (cameo)
- "Wall Buddy"
- "A Skips in Time"
- "Survival Skills"
- "New Year's Kiss"
- "The Postcard" (cameo)
- "I Like You Hi"
- "Play Date" (mentioned)
- "Gold Watch"
- "Tent Trouble"
- "Terror Tales of the Park IV" (cameo)
- "Merry Christmas Mordecai" (credits only/no appearance)
- "Dumped at the Altar" (cameo)
- "The Dome Experiment" (indirectly mentioned)
- "Terror Tales of the Park V" (cameo)
- "Snow Tubing" (mentioned)
- "Rigby's Graduation Day Special" (cameo)
Overall: 45 Appearances
- He was the only worker at the Park who is considered a supporting character.
- He, Benson and High Five Ghost are the only workers who didn't sleep in the park.
- Furthermore, Benson and Thomas are the only workers who have never lived at the Park.
- Thomas drives a 2001 Subaru Forester, but it was destroyed in "Starter Pack".
- Upon losing a bet in "Terror Tales of the Park III", Thomas had to wear his Halloween costume (a slice of pizza), until Thanksgiving Day.
- He wears the suit in every episode he appears in until "The Thanksgiving Special", where he can be seen taking it off near the end of the episode.
- In "Benson's Car", he was seen wearing the costume. However, this episode came before "Terror Tales of the Park III"; the reason for this was these two episodes were aired out of production order.
- In "The Real Thomas", it was revealed that his pizza costume was actually spy wear that he used to gather information from the Park workers.
- He is one of the few anthropomorphic characters to regularly wear clothes.
- In "I Like You Hi", it's revealed he has had at least four girlfriends, although viewers can assume this was also a lie after watching "The Real Thomas."
- Thomas spoke in an American accent until his true identity as a Russian spy was revealed. From then on, he switched from using his American accent (while incognito) to his actual Russian accent.
The gallery for Thomas can be viewed here.