Monday, February 20, 2012

Tom Haverford

Thomas Montgomery "Tom" Haverford (ˈhævərfərd/ hav-ər-fərd), born Darwish Sabir Ismael Gani, is a fictional character in the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. He is a sarcastic, underachieving government official for the city of Pawnee who is revered for his high levels of swagger and unmatched entrepreneurial skills. He is portrayed by Aziz Ansari.

Thomas Montgomery Haverford is an Indian American, who changed his name from Darwish Sabir Ismael Gani to be more appealing in politics. (It is possible Ansari chose the name "Darwish" for his character in honor of his cousin, with whom he is close. ) He is often assumed to be an immigrant by much of the Parks and Recreation staff, though, as he frequently reminds them, he hails from South Carolina, as does Ansari. He works as Leslie Knope's immediate subordinate at the Pawnee parks and recreation department, often serving as her right-hand man. Tom displays an extremely sarcastic, mischievous and cocky attitude, and frequently attempts to secure favors from local contractors.

He takes his appearance very seriously, often donning office-casual polo shirts. He also buys clothing from the boys' collection at Brooks Brothers ("Telethon"). In "Go Big or Go Home," Tom also boasted about ladies' sneakers he bought from his workplace during Pawnee's government shutdown. Though it is not explicitly said, it's assumed Tom worked at Lady Foot Locker, where his friend Jean-Ralphio Saperstein has a job too ("Woman of the Year"). Tom married his college friend Wendy, a Canadian resident, to get her U.S. citizenship (a green card marriage). Despite the marriage, Tom aggressively flirts with other women, which has prompted confusion from people unfamiliar with his arrangement with Wendy. He is constantly pursuing women even during his marriage, as far as going to strip clubs, hitting on Ann Perkins, and judging at the Miss Pawnee pageant. Tom has complete authority over the Pawnee tennis court reservation system, which has brought him into close contact with many attractive female tennis enthusiasts. Tom’s heroes include Tiger Woods, Vin Diesel, Michael Bolton, Flo Rida, Patrick Jane, and Jamie Foxx.. He has a very high image of himself and brags that people view him as a "Brown Superman with a Beard".

1 comment:

  1. This is awesome! Tom/ Aziz is the reason I started watching the show. And once I saw Jean Ralpheo's character, I knew they were going to shine! Such a well written show, Aziz plays his character to a... T.
    Hope to head back from you soon :D I will be fllowing for sure!