Tom Cruise Character Matrix

Are you writing a screenplay? Are you interested in having Xenu's most elfin foe in the starring role? See how well that character fits in with the only roles Tom Cruise plays with the Tom Cruise Character Matrix.

Crazy, but he can play one role in his sleep.

Just The Facts

  1. You'll get bonus points if the character has at least one set of double letters in his last name. Nine of his characters have at least one double letter in their last name.
  2. Extra bonus points if he gets a cool catch phrase.
  3. Super bonus points if he also gets a military rank.

The Character Matrix

Simply fill in the blanks below.

Tom Cruise is _______________, a talented but troubled _____________ with a(n) _________________ problem. Forced by circumstances, against his will, he decides to ________________. Along the way, he loses ________________ to ________________. He teams up with __________________ to defeat _________________. In the end, he wins by _____________________, gets ___________________, and everyone lives happily ever after.

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Minority Report: Tom Cruise is Chief John Anderton, a talented but troubled cop with a drug problem. Forced by circumstances, against his will, he decides to run away. Along the way, he loses his eyeballs to a crazy discount surgeon. He teams up with a psychic mutant to defeat Max von Sydow. In the end, he wins by forcing a suicide, gets his ex-wife pregnant, and everyone lives happily ever after.

Rain Man: Tom Cruise is Charlie Babbitt, a talented but troubled car salesman with an income problem. Forced by circumstances, against his will, he decides to kidnap his autistic brother. Along the way, he loses his brother to an institution. He teams up with his girlfriend to defeat Las Vegas. In the end, he wins by letting his brother go, gets visitation rights, and everyone lives happily ever after.

Valkyrie: Tom Cruise is Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, a talented but troubled Nazi with a loyalty problem. Forced by circumstances, against his will, he decides to kill Hitler. Along the way, he loses his eye to a battlefield incident. He teams up with other disgruntled officers to defeat facism. In the end, he wins by not really being a Nazi, gets executed, and everyone lives happily ever after.

Yep, There's More...

Risky Business: Tom Cruise is Joel Goodsen, a talented but troubled high school student with a motivation problem. Forced by circumstances, against his will, he decides to become a temporary pimp. Along the way, he loses all his household items to another pimp. He teams up with his pals to defeat boredom. In the end, he wins by getting an admission rep laid, gets into Princeton, and everyone lives happily ever after.

The Firm: Tom Cruise is Mitch McDeere, a talented but troubled lawyer with a legal problem. Forced by circumstances, against his will, he decides to overbill his clients. Along the way, he loses his innocence to Gene Hackman. He teams up with the FBI to defeat his law firm. In the end, he wins by photocopying billing records, gets his love of the law back, and everyone lives happily ever after.

We Could Do This All Day.

Jerry Maguire: Tom Cruise is Jerry Maguire, a talented but troubled sports agent with a money problem. Forced by circumstances, against his will, he decides to open up his own agency. Along the way, he loses his fiancee to his own screw ups. He teams up with his new girlfriend to defeat greed in the sports industry. In the end, he wins by being sweet and honest, gets rich, and everyone lives happily ever after.