The title compounds, C19H21F3O2S and C24H19F3OS, were prepared via chemo- and regioselective [3 + 2]-cyclo-additions of the respective thiocarbonyl ylides (thiocarbonyl S-methanides), generated in situ, with (E)-4,4,4-trifluoro-1- phenylbut-2-en-1-one. The thiophene ring in the crystal structure of each compound has an envelope conformation. The largest differences between the two molecular structures is in the bond lengths about the quaternary C atom of the thiophene ring; in the spirocyclic structure, the C—C bonds to the spiro C atom in the cyclobutane ring are around 1.60 A ̊ , although this is also observed in related structures. In the same structure, weak intermolecular C—H....X (X = S, O) interactions link the molecules into extended ribbons running parallel to the  direction. In the other structure, weak C—H....Pi interactions link the molecules into sheets parallel to the (010) plane.