Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the duplex telegraph, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

A wax statue of him appeared in the Gravity Falls episode Headhunters. An animated version of him appeared in the Schoolhouse Rock! song "Mother Necessity". He was also mentioned by Oscar Diggs in the 2013 fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful and in the I Didn't Do It episode "Lindy & Logan Get Psyched". He was also mentioned a few times by Phileas Fogg in Disney's 2004 live-action movie Around the World in 80 Days.

In the film Tomorrowland, he is identified as one of the founders of Plus Ultra.