"Take the lift down. Say hello to an old friend."
"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 Connor is a gruff-voiced repairman associated with the Gent company and the husband of Allison Pendle, with his audio log only appearing in Chapter 1, 3, and later in Chapter 5 of Bendy and the Ink Machine. 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 is revealed to be transformed into a caricature of Boris the Wolf by the name of Tom for unknown circumstances, evidenced by himself and Allison Angel (Allison Pendle) accompanied together at all times along with one of the ink-drawn doodles seen in the prison area depicting Tom and Allison Angel holding hands to signify the fact that they are married couples.
A master at his craft, Thomas is a disgruntled, ill-tempered repairman, with trust issues, as evidenced by his conversation with Wally Franks in Chapter 3. 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. He is also fed up about the elevator's functionality issues, as evidenced by his solo recording in Chapter 3. 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. According to a letter from Allison Pendle (Allison Connor) at the end of Chapter 5, Thomas Connor is shown to be easily frustrated upon finding out that one of his old contraptions had been stolen by an unidentified assailant. In terms of social skills, he had hardly a kind word for anyone, save for his superiors at Gent, and Allison Pendle.
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, 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 astonishingly huge 423 gallons of ink.
Thomas' audio log is found on the shelves in the first floor of the basement after draining the ink for the first time. In Thomas' tape, 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 work for Joey.
The first appearance of Thomas in the third chapter is in a duo dialogue log where Thomas explained to Wally Franks (unsuccessfully) what to do when the ink pressure reaches over 45, seemingly impatient and frustrated about both the confusion and Wally's misunderstanding about what to do in relation of the ink pressure. In the end, Wally then aggravatedly declares if he has to do his own work as well as Thomas', he will leave.
Thomas' second audio log is found on a shelf near the bottom of stairs after Henry walks out of the lift on Level 9. In the tape, he complains that the elevators are yet another device that keeps breaking down. He assumes that it is because Joey was cutting corners to keep the Ink Machine going and warns that someone will fall to their death if not changed. At the end of the tape, he says that he would not be that "someone" and will therefore take the stairs.
Thomas's third and final audio log can be found inside the room on the right side of the pipe puzzle. In this log, he is making a progress report to 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 the same thing. 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 ever 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.
At the end of his audio log, Thomas reveals that he feels something "unworldly" about the failed first attempt.
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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Chapter 1: Moving Pictures
Chapter 3: Rise and Fall
Chapter 5: The Last Reel
- 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.
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 Chapter 4's release.
- The transcript of Thomas' recording in Chapter 1 has multiple spacing errors. It has multiple lacks of space after the punctuation. This was later fixed upon Chapter 4's release.
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.