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->''"Yes, evil comes in many forms, whether it be a man-eating cow or UsefulNotes/JosefStalin, but you can't let the package hide the pudding! [[AndThatsTerrible Evil is just plain bad!]] You don't cotton to it. You gotta smack it in the nose with the rolled-up newspaper of goodness! Bad dog! Bad dog!"''
-->--'''The Tick'''

1994 AnimatedSeries, a casual but incisive send-up of SuperHero shows (based on [[ComicBook/TheTick an independent comic]] by Ben Edlund written in the early '90s), featuring as its title character a super-strong, "{{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le" (or so he says), and (probably) insane moron with a hypertrophied sense of justice and {{melodrama}}, given to bold, thoughtless action and near-incomprehensible {{A|nAesop}}esop-[[SpoofAesop like]] pronouncements. Assisting [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} the Tick]] in his daily struggle against the forces of Evil is [[BunnyEarsLawyer Arthur]], a former accountant, now moth-themed hero/{{sidekick}}. Frequently joining their adventures are [[HandsomeLech Die Fledermaus]] and [[ActionGirl American Maid]], two fellow crimefighters [[{{Expy}} who bear a funhouse-mirror resemblance]] to a pair of well-known characters from Franchise/TheDCU.

[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} The Tick's]] adventures are evenly split between well-intentioned cluelessness and actual battles against supervillains. These villains -- such as [[DiabolicalMastermind Chairface Chippendale]], [[DashingHispanic El Seed]], [[MyBrainIsBig Brainchild]], and [[BadassGrandpa the Terror]] -- are frequently just as bizarre as [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} the Tick]] and his allies. Some, like the [[MadBomber Evil Midnight Bomber]] [[RepetitiveName What Bombs At Midnight]] (''"One of these days, baby! Milkshake! Boom!"''), have even developed their own fan followings.

In every episode, this program [[{{Deconstruction}} gleefully skewers the]] {{trope}}s and {{cliche}}s of the SuperHero [[{{Deconstruction}} genre, distorting and twisting them like Silly Putty until they can stretch no more and snap back to hit you in the face.]] The resulting lunacy has spawned a {{cult|Classic}} following that continues to this day.

In 2001, Creator/{{FOX}} attempted to revive the series in a live-action format with Creator/{{Patrick|Warburton}} "[[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Puddy]]" [[Creator/PatrickWarburton Warburton]] as The Tick, details are [[Series/TheTick here]].

Recently, the comic has returned as a bi-monthly, ongoing title, written by Benito Cereno and drawn by Les [=McClane=].

%%'''Someone should really go through and separate this page into examples from the Comic, the Cartoon, and the Live-Action'''

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!!This series provided examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The Sewer Urchin's domain.
* AccidentalMisnaming: In "The Tick vs the Uncommon Cold", the Tick kept mistaking Thrakkorzog's name until he purposely called him Susan.
* AchillesInHisTent: Handy isn't the TropeNamer - that was Homer - but he certainly re-popularized it.
* AdaptationDistillation: Most fans agree that the cartoon version was a great step for the franchise.
* {{Adorkable}}: Arthur.
* AlienAmongUs: Tick and Arthur get new neighbors in one episode: Thrakkorzog, some normal guy, and Thrakkorzog's brain-eating tongue.
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: In one episode, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} The Tick]] goes to see a psychiatrist. His "therapy" consists of being forced to wrestle the psychiatrist's assistant Shaft, er, [[CaptainErsatz Taft]] in various disguises.
--> '''Taft''' ''(in wig and apron):'' Come on man, I'm your mother!
--> '''[[CaptainObvious Tick]]:''' No, you're not! You're Taft!
* AltumVidetur: [[GadgeteerGenius Milo]] from the supervillain team [[TinyGuyHugeGirl Venus and Milo]] spouts Latin phrases constantly.
* AmazonianBeauty[=/=]StatuesqueStunner: Jungle Janet of the Civic-Minded Five. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0p_2i8qMh4 On one occasion,]] a smitten Tick tries to woo Janet with a rose and... a potato that grew on his armpit.
** There's also Belgian superheroine Eclair, a one-shot character from "The Tick vs. Europe." She is more androgynous-looking than Jungle Janet, though (for instance, compare her to her more traditionally feminine sidekick Blitzen), but this is never commented on by anyone and Die Fledermaus even hits on her (to no avail).
* AnAesop
* AnalProbing: {{Subverted|Trope}}. When [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} The Tick]] is [[AlienAbduction abducted by aliens]], he is enthusiastic about being probed to expand interstellar knowledge, but it turns out the aliens actually want him to help defeat their enemies. The thought of probing him never crossed their minds. When The Tick finally goads them into "probing" him they do so by tapping an electrical device against his elbow. He is sorely disappointed.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: The Tick... even if he doesn't actually suck blood. Also, Arthur is not a bunny, he's a moth (At least he could fly like one with his folding wings).
** Not to mention Sewer Urchin, Die Fledermaus, The Ant, Man-Eating Cow, Bumbling Bee, Caped Cod, Portuguese Man-of-War, Cockroach, The Praying Mantis, Blowfish Avenger, Caped Chameleon, Captain Lemming, Fishboy, The Angry Red Herring, The Fin, Octo-Raymond, Shiela Eel, and more.
* AnimatedShows
* AndThatsTerrible: "Eating kittens is just plain wrong, and no-one should do it! Ever!"
* AntiHero: Parodied with Big Shot, a satire on [[NinetiesAntiHero the type of gun-toting psychotic vigilantes popular in the 90s]], who's revealed to be deeply psychologically unstable and unsuited for crimefighting. Luckily, the show also averts ThereAreNoTherapists, and Big Shot switches from a skull motif to a turtleneck.
* AntiVillain: One episode had the mascot for an ice cream company, Uncle Creamy, mutated by its toxic product and literally turning into his costume. He's seen as the villain for most of the episode except by the Flying Squirrel, and eventually he reveals that he was attacking the company because he was trying to reveal that their ice cream is made from artificial sweetener and toxic waste.
* AscendedExtra: Several very minor characters from the comic took on bigger roles in the show. For example, Pineapple Pokopo and Multiple Santa were just henchmen of Chairface Chippendale and The Terror, respectively, but ended up becoming primary villains in their own episodes.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The {{plot}} behind "[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} The Tick]] Vs. Dinosaur Neil."
* AuctionOfEvil: Takes place in the episode "Coach Fussell's Lament."
* AxCrazy: The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight.
* BackseatDriver: Tick and Die Fledermaus in "The Tick Vs. The Tick".
* BadassGrandpa: The retired superheroes from "Grandpa Wore Tights," who despite their advanced age and failing powers, put up quite a fight against [[GiantMook The Human Ton]] and [[CompanionCube Handy,]] and actually managed to defeat him.
* BadassMustache: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZWXRIlAl9w This excerpt]] has [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} the Tick]] grow one.
** It didn't grow so much as... find its way onto his face.
** He seeks moustache advice from Taft, a man with a BadassMoustache [[CaptainErsatz who is totally not]] Film/{{Shaft}}.
* BadassNormal: In the cartoon at least, most of the heroes aside from [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} the Tick]] himself are this or at least trying to be this. Some have a gadget based gimmick like [[BunnyEarsLawyer Arthur]].
** Sewer Urchin is probably the closest when acting in his element, since he has faced off against those weird filth monsters and won.
* BadGuyBar: The Evil Eye Cafe.
* BadSanta: Multiple Santa.
* BalefulPolymorph: In the animated episode "Coach Fussell's Lament," Brain Child uses one of his inventions to turn the Tick into [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot a two-headed bluebird that only speaks high school French and lays chocolate eggs]]. Later, as Arthur tries to reverse the transformation, he is briefly turned into a flatworm, a chimp, an ant, a sock, and a cow before his sidekick finally finds [[ResetButton the button marked "NORMAL."]]
* BatSignal: [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} The Tick]] Signal first seen in "[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} The Tick]] vs. [[BunnyEarsLawyer Arthur's]] Bank Account."
** Die Fledermaus has one, as pointed out by the mayor, but leaves town and stops answering his phone whenever it's lit.
* BattleCry[=/=]CatchPhrase: ''''"SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!!!"''''
** "NotInTheFace! NotInTheFace!"
** "[[CatapultToGlory FIRE ME,BOY!]]"
** "Boom baby, Boom!"
*** [[MadLibsCatchPhrase "... And so he says to me..."]]
**** "I vote for JUSTICE!"
***** "Knock Off All That Evil!"
****** "I'm filled with tinier men!"
** "[Something]. Definitely [something]."
** The Civic-Minded Five had "Let's make a difference!"
* BilingualBonus: Die Fledermaus is German for "The Bat."
** This is averted in the Colombian Spanish dub, since they translated his name ''literally'' from German to Spanish and it's translated as ''La Rata Voladora'' (The Flying Rat).
** Also, the Fortissimo Brothers from "The Tick vs. Europe" are the [[SuperStrength superstrong]] henchmen of a musical-themed villain. ''Fortissimo'' is a musical term meaning "very loud" in Italian, but it has a second meaning: "very strong".
* BlobMonster: Thrakkorzog.
* BodyHorror: "ARTHUR! My mustache is touching ''my brain''!" [[TruthInTelevision Actually possible]]- a little bit of your brain actually does protrude into your sinuses (that's how you can smell). Also, The Tick's transformation in "Coach Fussel's Lament."
** In the animated episode "Armless But Not Harmless," the Tick and Arthur are struck by a ray [[BloodlessCarnage that causes their arms to fall off]]. The Tick takes his sudden debrachiation in stride. Arthur... not so much.
--->'''Tick:''' ''[clears throat]'' All right... uh... this is quite a pickle. But no reason to panic, Arthur.
--->'''Arthur''': ''[long, anguished scream]''
--->'''Tick''': ''[spots a {{phone booth}}]'' Ah... come along, Arthur! We'll call for assistance!
--->'''Arthur''': ''[screams again]''
** Not to mention the various, ComicStrip/DickTracy esque villains, such as Zipperneck, who has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a zipper on his neck]] that he can pull down to expose the inside of his throat to horrify his opponents, Chairface Chippendale, Bolthead and countless others. Also worthy of mention is The Deadly Bulb/Pig-Leg, who for some unknown reason has a live pig in place of his right leg. The pig is perfectly healthy and acts like a normal pig, but being attached to each other leads to some strife.
* BreakoutCharacter: [[MadBomber The Evil Midnight Bomber]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment What bombs at Midnight!]] ("Yeah, baby!") has a rather strong cult following.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Arthur is pretty competent in a variety of things, once you look past he's in a giant moth suit all the time.
** Averted in Arthur's backstory in multiple adaptations: he attempted to wear his moth suit all the time at his accounting position, and this bothered the higher-ups enough that he was "encouraged" to take a leave of absence and get psychiatric help.
** The Tick himself qualifies, as well. When compared to most of the other "heroes" in The City, at least The Tick has the drive and focus to get the job done, with most of the city's other heroes, excepting American Maid and Sewer Urchin in sewer-related crimes, are either too weak or too cowardly to be particularly effective.
* ButtMonkey: It seems that the Moon itself is this in the animated series. It's one thing having Chairface Chippendale using a laser to partially carve his name on it but a Galactus expy took a bite of it. So everytime something bad happens to the moon it stays this way thoughout the entire series. Lampshaded in the series' guidebook when the Tick responds "Hasn't the Moon suffered enough already?"
* CaptainErsatz: All over the place. Die Fledermaus for Franchise/{{Batman}} and American Maid for Franchise/WonderWoman and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica were already Expies in their own right. Also, Taft for Film/{{Shaft}}. The live action series had them for the major characters because of licensing issues preventing their use.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', of all places, The Tick gets one. Sentinel Prime is voiced by Townsend Coleman, resembles the Tick (he's large, blue and has a lantern jaw and antennae) and even speaks like the Tick at times. The biggest difference being that Sentinel is a {{Jerkass}} instead of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* CaptainGeographic: American Maid.
* CardCarryingVillain: Many of the antagonists, particularly Chairface Chippendale and The Terror.
* CatapultToGlory: The Human Cannonball.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The first episode has Die Fledermaus springing into action, among other superheroes, to stop the Idea Men. He was distracted by American Maid.
* ChefOfIron[=/=]EvilChef: The Breadmaster.
* TheCity: Called, oddly enough, "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The City]]." It's said to have been poorly Anglicized from the French "Les Citrons" (The Lemons). Apparently early French explorers found a large quantity of ''some'' kind of fruit in the area.
* CloserToEarth: American Maid, compared to Die Fliedermaus and most of the rest of the cast.
** Arthur, compared to the Tick.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: The Carpeted Man. With his suit on, he possesses the awesome powers of static electricity and overheating. Without it... he is ''nothing''.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Tick, turned to 11.
** ''11?'' The Tick's dial goes all the way to "Justice!"
* CombatStilettos: [[ActionGirl American Maid]] wears them and actually uses them in combat [[ImprobableWeaponUser as throwing weapons]].
* ContinuityNod: Countless examples, in addition to the DefaceOfTheMoon example below. In one case, Handy loses one of his eyes at the end of "The Tick vs. Arthur's Bank Account" and when Handy returns in "Grandpa Wore Tights," he's wearing an {{eyepatch|OfPower}}.
* CoolChair: The World's Most Comfortable Chair, no less. So comfortable that no-one would ever want to get out of it.
* CurbStompBattle: Tick versus the Infinity Orb.
* DashingHispanic: El Seed, to a certain degree.
* DatingCatwoman: Die Fledermaus meets his own personal Catwoman when he encounters The Ottoman, a stylish woman who knows everything about furniture.
* DeconstructorFleet
* DefaceOfTheMoon: An aborted attempt by Chairface Chippendale to write his name. The letters "CHA" appear on the moon as a ContinuityNod.
** Later the Tick successfully blows up the C, but is blown off the moon before he can complete his job, leaving a "HA" on the moon. Later that episode, a CaptainErsatz of ComicBook/{{Galactus}} takes a bite out of the moon, which also remains.
*** In the video game adaptation, the laser will manage to spell out "Chairface" on the moon if the Tick doesn't destroy it in time. If "Chairface" is spelled out, the time will be up and you will lose a life and start over where you left off when you fought the laser.
* DirtyCoward: Die Fleidermaus. Despite being a superhero we almost never see him fight crime, and for one very good reason: as soon as he sees a weapon he runs and hides.
* DisneyDeath: In "The Tick vs. Dinosaur Neil", [[spoiler:Arthur and the army think that the Tick is SwallowedWhole by a mutated Dinosaur Neil, though the "gulp" Neil makes indicates that it is not the Tick that he has swallowed, but rather the special aspirin pill that our blue hero tries getting him to swallow while struggling inside Neil's mouth, until he manages to get the aspirin down Neil's throat successfully. It's just that the army doesn't see the action inside Neil's mouth as much as we, the viewers, do; and just when they think they lost the Tick and are about to shoot Neil, our hero manages to open the dinosaur's mouth and escape unharmed (though covered in saliva) in front of everyone.]]
* TheDitz: The Tick.
** GeniusDitz: The Tick may be very, very ditzy in just about everything, but he has shown a certain level of philosophical thought in some cases. Especially so in the second episode of the live-action series, where he learns that everyone (even potatoes) can die, and after thinking about it for about a minute, gives Arthur a motivating speech that ''actually makes sense''.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength
* DopplegangerSpin: Multiple Santa, who duplicates whenever touched by an electrical spark.
* DumbMuscle: The Tick himself.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Most fans know The City as a place overcrowded with crazy heroes and villains. In the original comic, the City is shown to be a very boring place for a crime fighter (at least until The Tick shows up), while New York is crowded with heroes.
* {{Egopolis}}: Pineapple Pokopo and Pokoponesia.
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: In "The Tick vs. Brainchild."
* EnfanteTerrible: Charles/Brainchild, who was also a MadScientist.
* UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: "Actually, Tick, I've taught myself to speak all your Earth languages. Except Esperanto. (''chuckles'') You could see ''that'' one was going nowhere."
* EurekaMoment: Given the less than stellar intellects of many cast members, these tend to be gems such as "... Water. People swim... in ''water''!"
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Yank.
* EvilOldFolks: The Terror, a crazy old has-been supervillain who used to be buddies with Stalin. Back in the day he used to be a credible threat; these days, not so much, but he still gives Arthur and The Tick a good go of it.
* EvilPlan: Parodied in the pilot episode, when the heroes catch one of the Idea Men and demand he tells them his scheme:
-->'''Idea Man:''' Well, we thought we'd steal a lot of money, and then we'd be rich, and we wouldn't have to work anymore!
-->'''Tick:''' You ''cads!''
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight.
* ExpospeakGag: Google "acetylsalicylic acid."
* EyeLightsOut
* EyeScream: One of the retired old heroes from "Grandpa Wore Tights", The Visual Eye, had the power to eject his eyeballs from their sockets with the phrase "Rocket From The Socket", and fly them around for scouting purposes. In his old age, he can no longer control them as well, and when he sends them out, they simply flop to the floor, where the Human Ton ends up slipping on them like a pair of marbles.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: Without as much shrinking, though, as the Tick needs to get into Dinosaur Neil's mouth and get him to swallow the aspirin in order to neutralize the dinosaur DNA in his body.
* {{Feghoot}}: The episode "The Tick Loves Santa." Dear GOD, the episode "The Tick Loves Santa."
* FelonyMisdemeanor: TheDreaded Infinity Ball, the most powerful weapon of the Hey Empire. Lampshaded by The Tick: "We have things like those on earth. We knock them into little pockets with sticks."
* {{Flanderization}}: Just compare The Tick from his earliest appearances (among other things, he actively hopes to avoid HoYay) to some of his later adaptations.
* FlightStrengthHeart: In the comics, The Tick is [[SuperStrength incredibly strong]], {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le... and apparently has an inexhaustible supply of two-dollar bills in his pockets (also, [[MundaneMadeAwesome he has pockets]]). The latter avoids [[CrimefightingWithCash the usual use of money for superheroes]]; The Tick just uses it for day-to-day expenses.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: In the episode "The Tick versus Pineapple Pokopo."
* ForScience: The primary motivation of most of the shows various mad scientists, most notably [[MadScientist Professor Chromedome]].
* FreakyFridayFlip: "The Tick Vs. Science." Also includes VoicesAreMental.
* GoodGuyBar: The Comet Club.
* GracefulInTheirElement: Sewer Urchin in the, well, sewer.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: "Arthur, my body is a weapon. Use it!"
* HandPuppet: Handy, the Human Ton's good pal. "Read a book!"
* HeroicBSOD: In the comic story "The Night of a Million Zillion Ninjas," The Tick's ally Oedipus gets stabbed by two of the ninjas, and she ends up needing medical attention. The Tick [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness completely drops his usual demeanor]]- he silently (and ruthlessly) defeats the two ninjas and forlornly carries her unconscious body, while whispering "This isn't supposed to happen." After handing Oedipus to paramedics, The Tick goes into a full-blown psychotic breakdown, complete with delusions of buildings questioning his worth, and he tries to deal with it by single-handedly destroying the theme park base that the ninjas built. [[spoiler: Eventually, he is snapped out of by Arthur, who reminds him that superheroes do not kill.]]
* HiddenDepths:
** Most of the dumb characters get at least one such moment. The Human Ton's hidden depths actually have their own personality, the hand-puppet supervillain known as "Handy".
** The Flying Squirrel superhero student in "The Tick vs. Education" proved to be pretty effective with her squirrels.
* HollywoodMagnetism: "A ''fish'' magnet?!"
* HotBlooded: The Tick, especially in his more scenery-chewing moments.
* HulkSpeak: The Protoclown is practically an {{Expy}} of [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Ol' Greenskin]].
* IAmNotWeasel: Arthur's moth costume is confused for a rabbit rabbit.
* IceCreamKoan: Many quotes by The Tick and The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight.
-->''"Gravity is a harsh mistress!"''
-->''"I hate broccoli, and yet, in a certain sense, I am broccoli."''
-->''"You know, when a tomato grows out of your forehead, it gets you thinking."''
-->''"I'm about to write you a reality check. Or would you prefer the cold, hard cash of truth?"''
-->'''EMBWBAM''': ''"AN OBJECT AT REST, CANNOT BE STOPPED!"''
-->''"SURF'S UP, SPACE PONIES! I'M MAKING GRAVY WITHOUT THE LUMPS!"''
* IdeaBulb: The terrorist group Idea Men have a light bulb logo.
* IdiotHero
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: "Sun-worshipping dog-launchers, you face... ''The Tick!''"
* InWithTheInCrowd
* InstrumentalThemeTune
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: In "The Tick vs. The Big Nothing", before going off to stop the Heys, Tick and Arthur have this little exchange while shaking hands:
-->'''Tick:''' Arthur, if we don't make it, it's been really nice knowing you.
-->'''Arthur:''' You too, Tick.
* JunglePrincess[=/=]NubileSavage: Jungle Janet.
* {{Kaiju}}: Dinosaur Neil.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: The Tick ''doesn't'' "know what they mean."
* LampshadedTheObscureReference: A hand puppet compared The Tick to Achilles in his tent. When no one, even his ventriloquist, got it he said "It's from ''Literature/TheIliad''. Read a book!"
** Done again in a follow up episode where The Human Ton slips on The Visual Eyes ejected eyeballs, upon which Handy remarks that it was an "Oedipal moment." Once again, no one gets it.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Really, just look at the Tick's profile (preferably against the Tick-signal).
* LargeHam: Pretty much anytime that Tick opens his mouth. The scary part? His villains are often even bigger hams than he is! Done, as just about everything else in the franchise, as an AffectionateParody of super hero comics.)
* LensmanArmsRace: The CIA made a sentient mustache, because "[[UsefulNotes/ColdWar The Russians]] were working on a ''beard''!".
* LetsGetDangerous: "That'll be QUITE ENOUGH OF THAT!"
* LimitedWardrobe: Tick and Arthur, and most of the other superheroes for that matter, are NEVER seen without their costumes, to the point where they usually sleep in them. In Tick's case, its debatable if it comes off at all. Arthur was seen without the bottom half of his suit in "Little Wooden Boy", after [[ItMakesSenseInContext Swiss mercenaries stole his pants]].
* LiveActionAdaptation: See [[Series/TheTick the page]].
* TheLoad: Die Fledermaus isn't very helpful in the best of circumstances in the cartoon, but he's ''awful'' in the video game. You can pick up an item that occasionally gives you a helper, with whom you fight back-to-back. Most of them attack when you attack, but Die Fledermaus never attacks and flies offscreen if he's hit by a ''single'' bullet. (Also, because you're back-to-back, he restricts you to only facing left while he's around.)
* LoveFreak: The Tick. He avoids being a WideEyedIdealist simply by the world being only ''slightly'' less loony than himself.
* MadBomber: The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight (yes, that is his full title). "Yeah, baby!"
* MadScientist: The comic and cartoon being what it is, it has these guys coming out of its ears, but the most notable ones are the evil Dr. Chrome Dome, Brainchild and the mostly good but somewhat quirky Professor Vatos, the creator of Arthur's flying suit, as well as Dr Mung Mung, a less villainous take on the YellowPeril, and the trouser-obsessed Dr Strangepants.
* MagicPants: Subverted and lampshaded in "The Tick vs. Dinosaur Neil," where Dinosaur Neil's monstrous transformation renders him completely nude, causing a group of top scientists outside of The City to attempt to clothe him with the largest pair of pants.
** Well, they would. They carefully studied the situation, and came to the conclusion that the fact that he was pantsless was Neil's beef.
* MatryoshkaObject: The Living Doll.
* {{Mayincatec}}: [[http://home.jps.net/~lsnyder/7_tick.html#aztecs The Deertown Aztecs]] are classic examples of this, right down to the trap filled temple pyramid.
* {{Meganekko}}: Arthur's sister Dot.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: The Tick's aesops almost inevitably turns into this, if they are not coming off as straight up {{Non Sequitur}}s.
* MetaphysicalFuel: The Whats's starships run on fear -- their own.
* MilesGloriosus: Die Fledermaus.
* MiniDressOfPower: American Maid.
* MonsterClown: The Proto-clown.
* MoodWhiplash: The comic buzzes along as a pretty silly send-up of superhero comics... up until one of The Tick's allies gets stabbed and is sent to the hospital. It's then that the reader is reminded that The Tick is a recent escapee from a mental hospital, and he proceeds to have the kind of breakdown (fortunately focused on the bad guys' lair) that only a mental patient with SuperStrength could have- he spends at most a couple of hours to completely destroy an entire theme park, single-handedly. It's about a full issue before The Tick (character, not the comic) manages to stop being so serious.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: To escape the Infinity Ball (see FelonyMisdemeanor), they're forced to use a new drive to get to the Speed of Lint!
--> '''What Interpreter''': Right after you do your laundry, what's the first thing you find in your pockets?
--> '''The Tick''': Uh... Crayons? Change? Lip Balm?
--> '''What Interpreter''': Lint! And how does it get there?
--> '''The Tick''': Uh... I don't know!
--> '''What Interpreter''': IT'S THAT FAST!
* MyBrainIsBig: Brain Child and Professor Chromedome.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya
* NestedMouths: Thrakkorzog has a little face on his tongue that talks about eating brains.
* NighInvulnerability: ''Nothing'', not even a '''black hole''', can kill The Tick.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Parodied with Big Shot.
--> '''Tick''': Guns and superheroes don't mix. Seek professional help.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Sewer Urchin has Creator/DustinHoffman's "Rainman" voice. Definitely, Rainman.
** Die Fladermaus acts like the Creator/AdamWest Series/{{Batman}}.
** Mindy Moleford is more or less Creator/CindyCrawford.
* NoNameGiven: The Tick.
* OneSteveLimit: The premise driving "The Tick vs. The Tick". Tick encounters a superhero at the Comet Club named Barry, who also goes by "The Tick", and has to fight him for the privilege of keeping his name.
* OnlySaneMan: American Maid. She's likely the closest thing to a competant hero here.
** Arthur counts as well to an extent. Okay, the guy ''did'' want to become a hero on the first place, and was fired ("psychiatric leave") from his old desk job by showing up to the office in-costume, but next to the Tick, well...
* PaperMaster: Papercut.
* PaperThinDisguise: Often used by Tick and Arthur, who will usually just wear obvious disguises over their costumes, and in one episode, Die Fledermaus "disguises" himself and the Sewer Urchin with the contents of a potting shed (in order to get into a villainous auction).
--> '''Die Fledermaus:''' Greetings. I am ''The Rake.'' And my companion here is ''Buckethead.''
--> '''Sewer Urchin:''' Can't see! What's goin' on? Definitely got a bucket on my head. Yeah.
* ParodiedTrope: About half the SuperheroTropes were spoofed, as well as various other tropes.
* PinPullingTeeth: The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight does this with a smoke grenade when caught by Arthur.
* PlanetEater: Omnipotus, an obvious parody of ComicBook/{{Galactus}}.
* PlantPerson: El Seed.
* PokemonSpeak: The language of the Whats and the Heys.
* PrettyInMink: Supermodel Mindy Moleford has a fur-trimmed coat.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: The Living Doll is, as his catchphrase goes, "full of tinier men." Of course, that means that once the fighting's over he has to round himself up and make sure he's got all of them in the right order.
* PunnyName: Scarf Ace, a knitting supervillain.
** For that matter, the "Rive Droite" bank whose fitting slogan is "The Right Bank for You."
** Stalingrad, a graduate in Russian studies turned villain who looks and acts like Joseph Stalin.
** Sarcastro, a failed hero (literally, as he fails a course that The Tick offered) who looks like Castro and uses sarcasm as a weapon.
* ReinventingTheTelephone: Parodying the Bat Signal.
-->'''The Mayor''': You heroes keep sending us these things and they just don't work. Every time we flash the Die Fledermaus signal he unplugs his phone and skips town for a week.
* RetroRocket: A miniature one was used as a JetPack by [[ActionGirl The Suffragette]] during her hero career.
* RobotDog: Brainchild has one.
* {{Roofhopping}}: But tends to smash the parts he lands on, and they don't take too kindly to that in Europe.
* RunningGag: People thinking Arthur's costume is of a rabbit rather than a moth
* SantaClaus
* SapientCetaceans: "The Tick vs Nevada" featured a dolphin who, like Blowhole, wanted to conquer mankind rather than amuse it.
* SarcasmBlind:
-->'''American Maid:''' Oh well, I suppose I could do a lot worse.\\
'''Tick:''' Neat!
* ScienceIsBad:
-->'''Tick:''' But beware the other head of science; it BITES!
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Arthur in the live action series, making The Tick think it's a DamselInDistress.
* ShesGotLegs: American Maid.
** In "The Tick vs. The Tick", Die Fledermaus noticed those nice legs and tries to hit on the lady, until he saw [[OhCrap they belong to American Maid]].
* ShoutOut: To many sources, including ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' and Franchise/TheDCU.
* {{Smurfing}}: The Whats mistake Arthur for a Hey and he still manages to get through an interrogation.
* SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass: Evil giant ants plan to deliver {{Karmic Death}}s to all of humanity via one gigantic magnifying glass.
* SomethingPerson: There is even a superhero named "Door Man", although he's more of a {{Bouncer}}.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Baron Violence's costume.
* SpoofAesop: "You know, though today was the worst day of my life, I learned many things. First, the world looks a lot different when you're six inches tall and covered with feathers. Second, two heads are definitely not better than one. And finally, you can lay an egg and still feel like a man."
* StrawNihilist: The Heys, an alien race that coincidentally happen to look exactly like Arthur, who have a species-wide obsession with non-existence and the lack of purpose of life.
* SuperBreedingProgram: El Seed had an ultimate goal of creating an army of super-strong animated plants.
* SuperHero
* SuperheroPackingHeat: Parodied with Big Shot.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Literally--the Swiss Army mercenaries use gigantic Swiss Army knives with attachments like telescopes and helicopter blades.
* TheTalk
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Sewer Urchin, normally somewhat useless and meek, becomes a Badass in the episode where they have to battle his sewer-based archnemesis. Here, he is largely unflappable with just the right tools for the job and a pretty cool base of operations.
-->'''Arthur:''' ''[sotto voce]'' Who knew Sewer Urchin of all people would be this cool?
-->'''Sewer Urchin:''' ''[revealing that he heard Arthur just fine]'' Down here I'm the apotheosis of cool.
* TitleMontage: With most of the clips coming from "The Tick vs. Chairface Chippendale", "The Tick vs. Dinosaur Neil", "The Tick vs. The Idea Men", and "The Tick vs. Mr. Mental".
* TheUnintelligible: The Idea Men, while their helmets are closed anyway.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Die Fledermaus and American Maid. It's implied they previously had quite the intimate relationship, but broke up before the beginning of the series and are still bitter about it. [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther Every once in and a while, though]], [[ShipTease they have their moments.]]
* ViewersAreGeniuses: You don't ''have'' to know the then-obscure[[note]]this was a few years before the ''SouthPark'' creators popularised the story and turned it into a musical[[/note]] historical footnote concerning the Donner Party and their descent into cannibalism, when they were trapped in the Rocky Mountains in the winter of 1846 on the way to California. But it helps your appreciation of Keith [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty Donner]], cannibal villain. [[note]]And of course a "doner" is also a style of kebab, made from what you hope is meat.[[/note]]
* VillainsOutShopping: Which can turn even that into doing unspeakable evil.
* WatchWhereYoureGoing: Arthur manages to crash into ... {{Leonardo da Vinci}} [[ItMakesSenseInContext while flying. Twice.]]
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: American Maid.
* WebcomicTime: "I dreamed I stopped existing for ''eight months!''"
* WeNeedADistraction: "Hi, I'm Arthur, and this is my diversion!"
* WeWantOurJerkBack: With the ''villains'' bringing him back. "We've got to rescue the Blue Tick, who is also mad, but in a much more goal-oriented way."
* [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway What Kind of Lame Power Is xxx, Anyway?]] Many heroes and villains have weird/marginal abilities: The Indigestible Man, Pig Leg/The Deadly Bulb, Bi-Polar Bear, the Caped Chameleon, the Carpeted Man, Four-Legged Man, Baby Boomerangutan, loads more...
--> '''Tick:''' Oh, Arthur! A little spit never hurt anyone. ({{Beat}}) Except for Edible Lad. Poor guy.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The Tick fights crime in a city named The City.
* WorldOfPun: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hN-uCyWbjo "It's a YULE TIDE!!"]]
** Another episode had a gun that turned half The City into "[[RayGun some guy named Ray]]."
** Apparently there was also a "Tommy Gun" that did something similar.
** "The Tick vs. Europe" was this mixed in with VisualPun and BilingualBonus. The Belgian superhero-sidekick duo of Eclair and Blitzen [[MeaningfulName both have names referring to lightning]] (éclair is French for "(flash of) lightning", blitzen is derived from the Germanic word blitz[[note]] ''blits'' is also a valid word in Flemish Belgium, as it is a Flemish/Dutch/Afrikaans word for "lightning": so the producers either got lucky here or did their homework.[[/note]]), with Eclair actually being a [[ShockAndAwe lightning user]]. On top of this, an éclair is a French pastry (which is the first thing Tick thinks when he hears her name). Naturally, Eclair and Arthur have to take down a villain known as The Breadmaster.
** As well as the [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty Donner Party]] association, Keith Donner, cannibal, also has a name evoking the "doner kebab", a Turkish/Greek fast food item made from reconstituted meat of unknown provenance served in a pitta bread.
* TheWormThatWalks: "ANTS IN PANTS!"
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