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Thomas the Tank Engine is a Slave

The Gist of it: The Fat Controller - also known as Sir Topham Hatt- is a cruel dictator, and the trains he "employs" are little more than slaves brainwashed to fear and love him, despite his demonstrated willingness to dispose of them when they are either no longer able or willing to serve him.

Discussion: Give this some thought--what would happen if one of the engines in Thomas the Tank Engine decided he no longer
Thomas
wanted to work for the Fat Controller?  In the case of Henry, who in one episode didn't want to go out in the rain, the controller orders him to be bricked into a tunnel and essentially buried alive. You can't really argue that the trains are the property of the controller. If they are sentient beings capable of independent thoughts, emotions, and relationships, then forcing them to work there amounts to slavery.