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You can't kill the Boogeyman.
~ Tommy to Laurie in Halloween (1978).
When Michael Myers was six years old, he stabbed his sister to death. For years he was locked up in Smith's Grove Sanitarium, but he escaped. And suddenly, Halloween became another world for mayhem. One by one, he killed his entire family... until his nine-year-old niece, Jamie Lloyd, was the only one left alive. Six years ago, Halloween night, Michael and Jamie vanished. Many people believed them dead, but I think that someone hid them away. Someone who keeps Michael, protects him... and tries to control him. And if there's one thing I know, you can't control evil. You can lock it up and burn it and bury it and pray that it dies, but it never will. It just rests a while. You can lock your doors and say your prayers at night, but the evil's out there... waiting. And maybe... just maybe... it's closer than you think.
~ Tommy in The Curse of Michael Myers.

Thomas "Tommy" Doyle is a character in the Halloween film series, appearing as a supporting character in Halloween (1978), a minor character in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, a main character in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, a supporting character in the Rob Zombie Halloween remake, and the tritagonist of the 2021 film, Halloween Kills.

He is played by Brian Andrews in the original 1978 film, and later by Paul Rudd (who also portrays the title character in Ant-Man , and also voiced Mr. Prince in The Little Prince) in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. He also had a cameo appearance in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, played by Danny Ray. In the upcoming film, Halloween Kills, he will be portrayed by Michael Anthony Hall, who also played Brian Johnson in The Breakfast Club.

Tommy's history is complicated by the fact that the series follows several conflicting continuities. Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later and Halloween: Resurrection ignore the events of Halloween 4, 5, and 6, thus splitting the series into two separate timelines both originating from the original film and its sequel. The 2007 remake reboots the series continuity altogether, starting the timeline afresh and omitting the character altogether.

History

Halloween 1978

Tommy Doyle is an inquisitive, precocious eight-year-old boy. On Halloween, he runs into Laurie Strode on his way to school and asked what she was doing going that way. She told him that she was heading towards the Myers house to drop a key, so he tells her that it is a spook house and that Lonnie Elamb said that horrible things had happened there. At school, Tommy is bullied by Lonnie and his friends Keith and Richie, telling him that the boogeyman is going to get him. Without Tommy noticing, Michael Myers stalks him as he walks home.

That night, Laurie arrives to babysit him, and he wants to read comics and watch scary movies with her. Tommy is still afraid of the "boogeyman" and asks Laurie questions about him, who claimed that he did not exist. They are later joined by Lindsey Wallace, who is dropped off with them by Annie Brackett. Seeing Michael across the street at the Wallace house, Tommy believes him to be the boogeyman, but Laurie repeatedly dismisses his concerns.

Laurie eventually goes over to the Wallace house to check on her friends Annie and Lynda, and is attacked by Michael. Running back to the Doyle house, Laurie screams at Tommy to wake up and unlock the door, and he does so just in time. Laurie orders him to go upstairs and stay there with Lindsey, then goes to get them, believing Michael dead. However, after Tommy sees Michael, she gets both children to lock themselves in the bathroom. After Michael's apparent death, Laurie gets them out of the bathroom and tells them to go to a neighbor's house.

The Return of Michael Myers

In Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Tommy is seen at the Vincent Drug Store with his friends Wade and Brady. He makes a bet with Wade that Kelly would reject him, and he wins. After Michael Myers returns, Tommy became obsessed with the legacy of the Myers family.

The Curse of Michael Myers

In Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Tommy, now an adult, lives in the Blankenship Apartments, across the street from the Myers house. Following the disappearance of Michael and his niece Jamie Lloyd during the destruction of the Haddonfield Police Station, portrayed in the previous film, Tommy became obsessed with the Myers legacy.

Tommy meets Kara Strode, Laurie's cousin who lives with her parents and her six-year-old son Danny, in Michael's old house. Tommy calls in to the Barry Simms radio show, saying that he is one of the few people who survived Michael's rampage and that he knows that Michael will return one day. He later hears on the same show Jamie's plea for Sam Loomis' help. The following day, listening to the recording of Jamie's plea, Tommy figures out that she had called from a bus station. There, he discovers a trail of blood that leads to a restroom, where he found Jamie dead, having been murdered by Michael, and also finds her infant son in a cabinet. Tommy decides to adopt the baby, whom he believes has no other family.

He takes Danny to the hospital to get help, and finds Loomis there. Tommy asks him if Michael has indeed returned, and tells him of the baby and the Strodes living in the old Myers place. Tommy leaves with the baby and tells Loomis to meet him later that night at a rally at the local college campus. Once home, he cleans the baby up and names him Steven. Tommy then goes to find Kara and Danny, worried for their safety. He takes Danny home and discovers that Danny's grandmother Debra is not there, so he stays with the boy until Kara arrives. He questions her about what had happened in her home.

Kara and Danny go with with Tommy to his place, where Tommy tells Kara about the events that had happened in her house and his theory that Michael has been inflicted with Thorn, an ancient Druid curse. He goes to meet Loomis after telling Kara and Danny to lock themselves in his room. He finds a girl telling her mother that it is raining red, then he discovers Barry Simms' dead body. Loomis soon arrives as well and asks for the baby, so they return to Tommy's place. There they find Steven, and Tommy realizes that Kara and Danny are being pursued by Michael. Tommy saves them just in time, and hears a strange voice calling out to Danny. They all go to the living room to find Danny is with Loomis' evil former colleague Dr. Terence Wynn, who knocks Tommy out.

Tommy awakens to find Kara, Danny, and Steven gone, and Loomis says they have been taken to Smith's Grove Sanitarium. Once they get there, Loomis tells Tommy to wait in the hallway. Tommy does as told until he hears a woman screaming, and follows the sound. He finds a mental patient telling him that Michael is back and very angry. Tommy then notices that she has been stabbed. Tommy hears Kara letting him know the room she is locked in. Using a fire extinguisher, he breaks the lock, and he and Kara rescue Danny and Steven, even as Michael is in hot pursuit.

The only exit is a locked gate, so they run into another room and lock the door, which Michael proceeds to destroy. With the group hiding in different locations, Tommy comes up with a plan to trick Michael. He makes Michael believe he is getting the baby - until the real Steven cries. As Michael grabs Steven, Tommy injects him with tranquilizers and chemicals. Kara then jumps out and hits Michael with a lead pipe. Michael grabs Kara and begins to strangle her. Enraged, Tommy beats Michael with the pipe until he appears dead, then joins the others. Tommy, Kara, Danny, and Steven all get into their car and offer Loomis the chance to go with them, but he refuses, intent on destroying Michael and himself. As Loomis blows up the hospital, Tommy and his new family drive away to safety.

Halloween Kills

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Quotes

Evil dies tonight!
~ Tommy's catchphrase in Halloween Kills.

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Halloween (1978)
Laurie Strode | Dr. Samuel Loomis | Annie Brackett | Lynda Van Der Klok | Sheriff Leigh Brackett | Tommy Doyle | Lindsey Wallace

Halloween II (1981)
Laurie Strode | Dr. Samuel Loomis | Jimmy Lloyd | Bennett Tramer | Budd Scarlotti | Virginia Alves | Jill Franco

Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Dr. Daniel Challis | Ellie Grimbridge

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Jamie Lloyd | Rachel Carruthers | Dr. Samuel Loomis

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Jamie Lloyd | Rachel Carruthers | Dr. Samuel Loomis

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Tommy Doyle | Kara Strode | Danny Strode | Jamie Lloyd | Dr. Samuel Loomis

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Laurie Strode

Halloween: Resurrection
Laurie Strode

Halloween (2007)
Laurie Strode | Dr. Samuel Loomis | Annie Brackett | Lynda Van Der Klok | Sheriff Leigh Brackett | Tommy Doyle | Lindsey Wallace | Deborah Myers

Halloween II (2009)
Laurie Strode | Dr. Samuel Loomis | Annie Brackett | Sheriff Leigh Brackett

Halloween (2018)
Laurie Strode | Allyson Nelson | Karen Nelson | Deputy Frank Hawkins

Halloween Kills
Laurie Strode | Allyson Nelson | Karen Nelson | Deputy Frank Hawkins | Tommy Doyle | Sheriff Leigh Brackett | Cameron Elam | Lonnie Elam | Lindsey Wallace | Marion Chambers | Vanessa & Marcus

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