Thomas Everett Ross, best known as Tommy Ross is the boyfriend of Sue Snell and a student at Thomas Ewen Consolidated High School in Chamberlain, Maine. He took Carrie White to the Spring Ball in place of his girlfriend, at Sue's request. Prior to this, Tommy was a member of Ewen's track, football and baseball teams and was one of the most popular boys at the school. Sue also believed that she was pregnant with Tommy's baby.
Besides of all the descriptions in the novel, Tommy was also involved in beating another student called Danny Patrick in Kennedy Junior High School. Also, when Sue proposed for him to take Carrie White to the Prom, both were making love in his car. Later, during Prom Night, pig´s blood was dumped on Carrie, the bucket hit him in the head killing him later. He died at the age of 18.
Ross was portrayed by William Katt.
No mention of involvement in any physical altercations were made, although such incidents may or may not have occurred at a "previous" time. Like his book self, Tommy was very athletic and, seemingly, very poetic. His English teacher, Mr. Fromm, read a poem supposedly written by Tommy, and offered the class an opportunity to give criticisms.
However, when the teacher began putting too much into Carrie's calling the poem "beautiful," Tommy drew fire away from her in his own way when Mr. Fromm criticised her for that.
Sue approached Tommy one day at the running track and proposed that he should take Carrie to their senior prom. Tommy was against this idea at first, but later relented while he and Sue were doing some studying one evening.
Tommy approached Carrie in the library the following day and asked if she would like to accompany him to the prom that Friday. Poor Carrie could not believe what she had heard: someone actually asked her to the prom. But, it was difficult for Carrie to trust anybody at her school, after having spent countless years in the midst of cruel peers.
Anyhow, after a refreshing pep talk of sorts with Ms. Collins and Tommy's further pressure of the issue, Carrie finally decided to go with Tommy. Sadly, neither they nor Sue perceived that this particular prom night would be the most traumatic night of their young lives.
Prom night arrives: Tommy arrived at Carrie's house in his car and both proceeded to the Bates High School gymnasium, where the prom took place. At first, Carrie was having second thoughts about Tommy and her being together, saying it may have been a bad idea. Tommy assured Carrie that everyone at the prom was a "good crowd, and that she ought not be so nervous. With that, Tommy walked to the other side of his vehicle and opened the door for his lovely date.
The prom was off to a big start when Carrie and Tommy entered. They met Frieda Jason and George Dawson at the main doors and Frieda escorted Carrie to hers and George's table. Immediately during this exchange, Norma Watson (Chris Hargensen's "best friend"), started laughing. Some of the other prom-goers simply stared at Carrie, who became nervous again.
Later in the evening, just after Ms. Collins finished talking to Carrie, Tommy rejoined her and eventually asked Carrie, if she wanted to dance. She said, she did not know how and, once Tommy and her made it to the middle of the dance floor, began to turn back. But Tommy guided the shy Carrie along, gently...slowly. He kept her going even after she stepped on his foot. But, after a minute or so, the two stared at each other, and Tommy leaned over to Carrie and kissed her.
Carrie later asked Tommy about why she was at the prom with him in the first place. He told her (as he had when he came to her house to ask about the prom again) that she liked his "poem." But someone else wrote it, Tommy admits and that surprised Carrie. However, Tommy said that as long as Carrie and he were together, that was enough.
Carrie and Tommy eventually found out that they were on the ballot for prom king and queen. Carrie asked if Tommy wanted out, but he wasn't having. He even suggested that they vote for themselves. Carrie was totally against the idea, but Tommy managed to convince her that, if only for prom night, she should let go of false modesty. Carrie only smiled and grabbed the pencil out of Tommy's hand to mark their names on the ballot.
Of course, she and Tommy won the nominations and were called to the stage. Their procession was a "slow motion" event, which gave way to Sue's arrival at the prom; her view of Carrie and Tommy together; the discovery of the rope attached to a wayward bucket and its source; and Sue's eventual capture and removal by Ms. Collins.
Tommy saw Sue and thought she was there only to make trouble, but when he caught sight of blood spilling all over Carrie from above, his thoughts turned from Sue back to Carrie. He looked up and saw the bucket swinging from a rope attached to a rafter.
Tommy was furious at what happened to Carrie, but that same bucket he saw swinging from the rafter crashed down on his head, knocking him unconscious and fracturing his skull, possibly killing him while Carrie witnessed it. Later, Sue's mother revealed that Tommy was killed in the Bates Prom Night tragedy.
2002 TV Remake
Ross was portrayed by Tobias Mehler.
His mannerisms mimicked those of the novel. Contrary to the novel and the 1976 movie, Tommy has consideration and respect for Carrie before Sue's request, by knocking a book on the head of a bullying boy, who showed himself disrespectful to Carrie in the library school. Like in the novel and in the 1976 movie, he asked Carrie to go to the Prom with him at Sue´s request.
They also met in a similar fashion to the classic movie, but they went to the prom in a limousine instead of Tommy's car. They were both together with Helen Shyres and her boyfriend during the Prom Night until the election.
In this remake, Tommy was murdered by Chris and Billy with the complicity of others in their obsession to humiliate Carrie White with their prank and get away with it.
2013 Film Remake
Tommy Ross was portrayed by Ansel Elgort.
His characteristics were similar to the novel. He seemed to be very popular. Like the other films he asked Carrie to the prom at Sue´s request. He also made love with Sue Snell, causing her to become pregnant. However, during the prom, he was presumed dead in the Ewen Prom Night tragedy when a bucket hit him hard on the head and he was seen lying on the stage with aimless, vacant eyes.
Unlike the previous versions, nobody came to his aid except for Carrie. Realising he was dead, she mourned by his side before destroying the prom.
Like in the 2002 tv-remake, Tommy was murdered by Chris and Billy, with the complicity of others, but unlike the other movies, it was his murder that ignited Carrie's rampage, and not the laughter of the spectators, who, in this movie, laughed previously to this event.
After Tommy's death, Sue learned she was pregnant with his child, and decided to raise it.
In a deleted scene Tommy and Carrie kiss.