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The Tick
Appears In: All Versions
Portrayed by: Townsend Coleman (Cartoon), Patrick Warburton (2001 Live-Action Series), Peter Serafinowicz (2016 Live-Action Series)

The boisterous big blue defender of The City no matter the version. Nigh-Invulnerable, Super strong, and a really cool set of head... thingies, he fights for justice, for The City, and for clean underwear. He is... The Tick.

  • All-Loving Hero: Cares greatly for all people alike.
  • Animal Motifs: As his superhero name implies, he dresses like a superpowered tick.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Evident in all adaptations, and explicitly described by Arthur in the comic "The Tick's Back".
  • Ax-Crazy: When The Tick is pushed to his absolute limit, he becomes a remorseless destructive force against whatever angered him. The only thing that snapped him out of this state when he first entered it was the revelation that Oedipus (whose critical injury pushed him there in the first place) was saved and in stable condition.
  • Blood Knight: The Tick relishes the chance for a decent fight and will respond to possible worthy opponents with absolute glee.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A hammy nigh-invulnerable bruiser.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer / Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: An idiot, a manchild, and a lunatic he may be, but regardless of the adaptation, he's the city's best hero. Not only that but in the animated series he is capable of being serious if the situation calls for it, capable of many things up to and including bending the laws of physics itself.
  • The Cape: In attitude. In appearance he's closer to The Cowl.
  • Captain Oblivious: In the comics, he is rather slow to recognize ninjas with swords pointed at him.
  • Chaste Hero: Due to not really understanding relationships. His inability to understand love as well as conceive a child ultimately destroyed his marriage and left Cloris a broken mess.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He originally escaped from a mental institution. Whether this was caused by receiving a Tap on the Head all too often or if he's clinically insane is unknown.
  • Decoy Protagonist: While the comics and cartoon are chiefly concerned with his gonzo antics, the live-action adaptations have Arthur as the actual protagonist who goes through character development and story arcs with the Tick acting as his comic relief or Hypercompetent Sidekick.
  • Destructive Savior: Downplayed, but the Tick's Super Strength in the cartoon means he sometimes causes more damage than he intends to. In particular, he has a tendency to break things when Roof Hopping.
  • Fluffy Tamer: In the cartoon, after being launched into deep space by an explosion, the Tick befriends Omnipotus, a gargantuan planet-devouring alien monster (and a parody of Galactus), and is even able to talk him out of eating Earth by appealing to their friendship.
  • For Great Justice: Talks about justice constantly, especially in the cartoon.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Tick was initially jealous of Arthur's relationship with Carmelita. He eventually gets over it, and even becomes a Shipper on Deck.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Arthur.
  • Idiot Hero: Luckily for him, Too Dumb to Live is combined with Nigh-Invulnerability!
  • Large Ham: A very hammy superhero. He often talks like he's in a big stage production.
  • Loon with a Heart of Gold: He often says bizarre and nonsensical things all the time, and has a VERY strange way of thinking, yet he's a chivalrous and kind-hearted hero.
  • Manchild: Has no understanding of romance and tends to be extremely naive.
  • Metaphorgotten: Has a tendency to launch into these.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: In the Comics and Cartoon.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In the live action series, due to mistaking some gay guys for superheroes. Discussed in the comics, where he specifically wants to avoid this with Arthur and anyone who sees them together.
  • My Greatest Failure: He deeply regrets how much he hurt his ex-wife Cloris, regardless of how unintentional it was.
  • Mysterious Past: In the cartoon and live action series, especially in the latter where a thorough police search found nothing about his past.
    • The comics have only filled in some of his past; up until The Tick: Luny Bin, all that was known was that he was an escapee of the Evanston Asylum and that he's married, but separated. Even now, much of his past is spotty.
  • Nice Guy: Unless he knows you're evil, he'll treat you with the utmost kindness.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In the comics, when his friend Oedipus is stabbed (the result put her in critical condition at the hospital), The Tick stops being a mere Cloudcuckoolander and instead shows just how dangerous an escaped mental patient with Super Strength and Nigh-Invulnerability can be (he single-handedly levels his foes' Amusement Park base).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Arthur's Blue
  • Super Power Lottery: Parodied
    • Super Strength: To a ludicrous degree.
    • Super Senses: Occasionally
    • Nigh-Invulnerable: Though someone sufficiently strong can hurt him, he can withstand lasers, gunfire and, most notably, a point-blank bomb blast going by the cartoon alone. Blows to the head seem to affect him particularly. Confusingly, in a different episode of the same cartoon, he survived going past the event horizon a black hole.
    • Heart Is an Awesome Power: In the comics, he has an inexhaustible supply of two-dollar bills in his pockets, which he uses for expenses.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The antenna on his head aren't just for decoration. Remove them and he loses his balance and becomes disoriented.

Appears In: All Versions
Portrayed by: Mickey Dolenz (Cartoon, Season 1), Rob Paulsen (Cartoon, Seasons 2 and 3), David Burke (Live Action 2005), Griffin Newman (Live Action 2016)

A former accountant, and current moth-themed (though everyone tends to assume he's a rabbit due to his wings usually being retracted) superhero, he's The Tick's roommate and sidekick. A little neurotic and far more reserved than his partner, Arthur provides a grounded perspective the Tick desperately needs.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Arthur occasionally makes references to how people in his pre-hero life have started treating him condescendingly since he acquired the costume. In the comics, his break from his old accounting job, for example, isn't totally his own decision; he was put on medical leave to seek psychiatric treatment.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: In the comics his Judaism is spelled out: it doesn't come up much in the live-action series, aside from him wearing a yarmulche a few times, while in the cartoon, it features fairly prominently in the episode about his sister's wedding.
  • Animal Motifs: He wears a moth costume. 90% of people confuse it with a bunny costume, though.
  • Art Evolution: While he's still a bit heavyset, Arthur was extremely portly in his first appearance - he's much slimmer than he used to be. Also, the antennae of his costume were serrated at the edges, making them appear much more like a moth's combed or feathery antennae in silhouette. The smooth edges of the antennae in later appearances make the "bunny suit" comments make more sense.
    • Remarkably, this art evolution seems to have continued into live action. His first portrayer, David Burke, was of average body type, and his second, Griffin Newman, is downright scrawny.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Subverted. Plenty of people take him for a near-literal case of this, but a) they're moth antennae, not bunny ears and b) he's an accountant who left his chosen profession to fly and save lives.
  • Butt-Monkey: At times.
  • Child of Two Worlds: He tries to maintain a quotidian lifestyle at the same time he tries to be a helpful superhero. Nobody quite gets it - his sister tries to get him to drop the costume and go back to work, his job puts him on leave for a psych evaluation, all while The Tick tries to rope him into increasingly outlandish adventures.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Arthur's just an ordinary accountant that bought a moth costume at an auction. All of his super abilities come from said costume.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: This varies upon both writer and adaptation, but Arthur isn't looking at reality like anyone else. Seemingly with one foot in the mundane world and one in the superheroic world, Arthur manages to come off this way to both sides, even as he acts like the Only Sane Man to both. Some of his statements, particularly in the original run, suggest that he's actually not quite all there in the head himself, even if he's clearly more normal than The Tick.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: The more sane sidekick to the loony Tick.
  • Cowardly Lion: Is usually terrified by whoever they're fighting, but will always do his best to assist Tick anyway.
  • The Goggles Do Nothing: Averted. He has goggles as part of his costume in the live action series, which are used to help him with wind resistance during flight. It's suggested in one comic that the blank white eyes in that version are also goggles to help with eye protection and wind resistance in flight.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With The Tick
  • I Am Not Weasel: He's not a rabbit no matter how many people mistake him for one.
  • Jumped at the Call: Is a better accountant than a superhero, but accountancy doesn't save lives.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: The origins of his suit vary from adaptation to adaptation.
  • Nice Guy: Probably one of the nicest characters in the series.
  • Not in the Face!
  • Official Couple: With Carmelita in the cartoon.
  • Only Sane Man: Zigzagged, and arguably Deconstructed. Arthur believes that both the "normal world" and the "supers world" have importance, and tries to live between them as best he can. This makes him a lot more aware of real world issues, like the need for money to pay for living expenses in between superhero stuff, and also makes him much more aware of the importance of what superheroes do than many "normals". However, those more fully immersed in one world tend to think of him as "the crazy one". Supers often look down on Arthur for not fully and unquestioningly embracing the madness of their world, whilst average people often call him a fool for getting involved in "superhero nonsense".
    • A secondary way in which Arthur's sanity is showcased is the costume. On the one hand, he is known to have worn it to work on several occasions prior to either quitting or being fired, which is kind of crazy. On the other hand, the suit lets him fly, so not wearing it as often as he can would also be pretty nuts.
  • Opaque Lenses: In all of the non-live action incarnations, Arthur's eyes are always obscured by his goggles/glasses. It's a subtle indication that nobody else really gets what's going through his mind.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to The Tick's red.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Shout-Out: When Arthur first meets The Tick in the comics, he calls The Tick "a wampeter for a world-spanning karass"
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • When Arthur took a villain's belt that gave him super-strength, he became a bigger and bigger jerk until Tick knocked him off a roof while fighting him, forcing him to turn the belt off. It's implied that the belt had some sort of mental effect as well, as the villain he took it from was immediately reduced to a cowering wuss without it.
    • The comic version has this when, in a parody of the opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur licks a black monolith and starts becoming a nascent Mad Scientist.
  • Weak, but Skilled: No inherent powers, but a keen wit who's saved the city dozens of times.

Appears In: The Cartoon

During a trip to the Amazon, the Tick was flung headfirst into the jungle by a catapult. Momentarily concussed, he encountered a 'wise spirit guide' in the form of a talking dog. When he came out of it, the 'spirit guide' turned out to be a passing capybara, whom he instantly adopted as a comrade-in-arms in his fight against evil. In reality (or what passes for 'reality' in the Tick's world), Speak is not an all-wise crime-fighting dog: he's a species of large native rat. Speak ends up living with the Tick and Arthur back in The City for the remainder of the series.

  • Informed Species: Looks nothing like a real capybara, his design looks more like a really ugly dog.
  • Team Pet: Against his will.
  • The Voiceless: Being an animal, he can't talk, he usually just communicates through grunts.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In Tick's fantasies where Speak is a superpowered animal sidekick.

American Maid
Appears In: The Cartoon
Portrayed By: Kay Lenz

The City's most competent hero. While frustrated with the Tick's antics, she respects his ability and drive to legitimately help the City.

  • Action Girl: If being the city's most competent heroine wasn't evidence enough.
  • Badass Normal: The single most competent hero in the animated series (and, apart from The Tick and Arthur, the only one who actually manages to get anything heroic done on-camera on a remotely reliable basis).
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Die Fledermaus. A romantic past is hinted at, though largely unexplored.
  • Canon Foreigner: Debuted in the cartoon.
  • Captain Patriotic: "The Most Patriotic Domestic".
  • Combat Stilettos: Which she frequently uses as projectiles.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially when talking to Die Fledermaus, she has a very dry wit and she's not afraid to use it.
  • Most Common Superpower: Averted, she's rather flat-chested for a superheroine.
  • Noodle Incident: As the cartoon makes it quite obvious that The City is the National Super Institute's dumping ground for washouts, failures and incompetents, and American Maid is the most overtly competent superhero in the City, one wonders what she did to get assigned there.
  • Punny Name: "American Made"
  • She's Got Legs: Fighting evil in a modified French maid outfit sorta draws attention to it.
  • Wonder Woman Wannabe: A pastiche of both Wonder Woman and Captain America (the latter mostly in personality), she is an amazonian warrior who dresses in a maid outfit patterned after the American flag. Instead of a lasso, she uses her high-heeled shoes as throwing weapons. Though, unlike most examples of this trope, she has no powers.

Die Fledermaus
Appears In: The Cartoon
Portrayed By: Cam Clarke

A bat-themed superhero with a penchant for trying to hit on his fellow crimefighters (and failing at it) and for running away the second things get dangerous.

  • Animal-Themed Superbeing
  • Batman Parody: He's basically Batman if he were a massive coward.
  • Bat Signal: He has one, but the mayor notices that every time he lights it in an attempt to summon him, he instead goes on a tropical vacation for a week.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With American Maid. It's hinted they were involved in a relationship at some point in the past.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His name means, literally, "the bat" in German. Loosely, it can mean batman.
  • Canon Foreigner: Debuted in the cartoon.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Batman.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Hits on almost any woman in sight. Strikes out a lot.
  • The Cowl: Parodied; he has the standard trappings... but he's a bumbling, incompetent coward.
  • Dirty Coward/Lovable Coward: Played for laughs, as he ping pongs between the two.
    • Interestingly, in the first episode, he was among the many superheroes heading to stop the Idea Men until he was distracted by American Maid.
  • Dating Catwoman: Had a brief romance with a supervillainess who shared his stylish sensibilities, The Ottoman. Surprisingly, he does not indulge in this otherwise, despite him otherwise hitting on anything that moves.
  • Handsome Lech: He's implied to be fairly handsome, and he knows it, hitting on women constantly.
  • Hero of Another Story: Subverted. Unlike American Maid, who is obviously doing her own adventuring off-screen, and Sewer Urchin, who turns out to be an incredibly competent and brave adventurer in his native environment, Die Fledermaus is never shown to be anything but a cowardly, narcissistic poser.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He considers himself the City's greatest superhero, but rarely does anything truly heroic.
  • Shout-Out: To Die Fledermaus, a German comedy play.
  • Those Two Guys: With Sewer Urchin

Sewer Urchin
Appears In: The Cartoon
Portrayed By: Jess Harnell

Basically what you get when you combine Aquaman and Rain Man. One of the Tick and Arthur's closest friends, Sewer Urchin is a sewer-dwelling man who dresses in a prickly costume and aqualung. Mocked for his social awkwardness and clinging odor, it turns out he's actually a very skilled adventurer in the sewers, who just is out of his element in the surface world.

  • A Day in the Limelight: For the first two seasons, Sewer Urchin is just a gimmicky side-character. In season 3's "The Tick vs. Filth", we get to see Sewer Urchin in one of his own adventures, with the Tick and Arthur in the role of his sidekicks.
  • Canon Foreigner: Debuted in the cartoon.
  • Catchphrase: "[Something]. Definitely [something]."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Like all the characters in the series, he's kind of quirky.
  • Expy: Of Aquaman and Rain Man
  • Hero of Another Story: Tick vs Filth shows that he's had many successful adventures in the sewers unbeknownst to the rest of the city, aside from the city maintenance workers, who regard him as a great legend.
  • Nice Guy: Always willing to help out The Tick and Author on a case and doesn't seem to have a single mean bone in his body.
  • The Pig-Pen: Has a constant stench about him. In "The Tick vs. Filth", we also learn he scavenges most of his food from dumpsters and the like.
  • Secretly Wealthy: It turns out that Sewer Urchin is actually very wealthy; he's turned the Absurdly Spacious Sewer to his advantage by establishing a luxurious penthouse-style home down there, and he scavenges huge amounts of money from the sewers due to people losing wallets and cash bills. He just doesn't flaunt it because he's a Nice Guy.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Very skilled in his home turf. Once he's up on street level he devolves to a babbling dolt.
  • Those Two Guys: With Die Fledermaus. Despite the bat-clad hero's constant bullying of Sewer Urchin, he seems to be Sewer Urchin's closest "friend" outside of the Tick and Arthur.

Appears In: The Live Action Series
Portrayed By: Nestor Carbonell

A Dashing Hispanic version of Batman. A lecherous, cowardly, moron who hits on Captain Liberty constantly.

Captain Liberty
Appears in: The Live Action Series
Portrayed By: Liz Vassey

A patriotic superhero working for the government. Has a complicated relationship with Batmanuel after a one-night stand at the beginning of the series. Her real name is Janet.


    Other Heroes 

Big Shot
Appears in: The Comics and The Cartoon
Portrayed by: Kevin Schon

A gun-toting psychopathic superhero with issues.

  • '90s Anti-Hero: A parody of them, particularly Punisher.
  • Abusive Parents: Heavily Implied. When he breaks down crying he cries about how he wishes his mother loved him, meaning she could've either been outright abusive or simply a neglectful moron.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Appears in the comic only as a one-off gag about the '90s Anti-Hero.
  • Berserker Tears: Whenever he starts firing guns he sheds tears. It eventually culminates in him breaking down about his mother.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Subverted. In the first episode he runs out of ammo before he actually fighting the villains.
  • Captain Ersatz: Though a parody of Nineties Anti Heroes in general, he's a specific parody of The Punisher.
  • Character Development: Takes the Tick's advice to seek some help in the cartoon to heart, and is much more friendly and mellow in his second appearance.
  • Clean Dub Name: He was called Hollowpoint in the comics, but that probably wouldn't fly on Saturday mornings.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Of '90s Anti-Heroes. Instead of his traumatic backstory turning him into a ruthless killing machine, it realistically just gave him genuine mental and emotional issues, making him dysfunctional.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He ends up running out of ammo right before a fight because he wasted most of it turning things into his skull insignia.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: A parody of such. His use of them makes him ineffectual and only underlies his serious mental issues, though mostly because he wastes all his ammo by stopping to shoot his logo on every wall he finds.

Carmelita Vatos
Appears in: The Cartoon
Portrayed by Jennifer Hale
The daughter of the man who designed Arthur's flying suit.

Appears in: The Comic

The daughter of a wealthy man who took ninja lessons instead of ballet.

  • Abusive Parents: Her step mother berates her, cares nothing for how she feels and proceeds to chastise Oedipus for getting injured keeping ninjas at bay, ninjas who planned to wipe out every last person present at said step-mom's party. Thankfully said stepmother leaves when Oedpius' father stands up to the woman.
  • Captain Ersatz: A parody of Elektra.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Downplayed. Her yellow outfit won't do her any favors stealthwise but she's leagues ahead of her incompetent competition.
  • Punny Name: Oedipus is the opposite of an Elektra complex. Ironically, she shows hints of having an Elektra complex (at the very least, she seems inordinately protective of her father and pleased at the idea that her stepmother might be killed).
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Oedipus outright admits that her name is pretty awful when The Tick reacts in surprise to it.
  • Wicked Step Mother: Has one. Oedipus is ecstatic at the thought of her possibly dying due to the ninja swarming her house.

Agrippa, Roman God of the Aqueduct
Appears in: The Comic and Cartoon
An obscure member of the Roman pantheon of gods who has turned to crimefighting.

  • Captain Ersatz: Of Thor and Hercules from Marvel.
  • Demoted to Extra: He didn't have a huge role in the comics, but he was reduced entirely to cameos in the cartoon.
  • Making a Splash: Appropriate for a god of aqueducts, he can instantly transport water from one location to another. He has enough control to weaponize it, dumping vast quantities at once onto foes.
  • Missed the Call: An odd example, he was apparently the last member of the Roman pantheon to be created, and was told to report for duty the next day, only to find the gates to Olympus locked, with a note saying the other gods left to "try and start something on Jupiter". He still retains all his godly powers despite this.
  • Super Power Lottery: Being a minor god, he has super strength, invulnerability, super speed, and as part of his original role, control over water.

The Human Bullet
Appears in: The Cartoon

The Caped Chameleon
Appears in: The Cartoon
A chameleon-themed superhero who doesn't do much.


Chairface Chippendale
Appears in: The Comics and the Cartoon
Portrayed by Tony Jay.

A crime boss who has a chair for a head, also a sword fighting expert.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: According to Chairface himself, he was shunned by society due to having a chair for a head.
  • Arch-Enemy: He declares himself this to The Tick in the comics. Supplementary materials reveal that The Tick would be thrilled; it's the one element of the superhero lifestyle that The Tick fears he lacks.
  • Attention Whore: He tries to write his name on the moon just to show off. In the comics, just to tweak him over this trait, the attempt is blamed on Charo.
  • Body Horror: When he briefly switches bodies with Chrome Dome, who was occupying The Tick's body at the time, Chrome Dome points out how bizarre and horrifying Chairface's physical state really is and can't even figure out how he's talking.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In the comics, when The Tick was trapped in an asylum Chairface attempted to strike up a deal with Barry Hubris where his gang would acknowledge him as the "real" Tick in exchange for him ignoring their crimes. Unfortunately for him, Barry was so insane that he completely ignored this deal, leading to Chairface deciding to bust Tick out of the Asylum because he's at least predictable.
  • Homage: He is based on the various disfigured Dick Tracy villains, such as Flattop or Pruneface. Same with his henchmen. In fact, in Li'l Abner, the Dick Tracy parody "Fearless Fosdick" once encountered a murderous villain known as The Chippendale Chair, whose entire body took the form of... a chair.
  • The Don: In the cartoon, he basically runs organized crime in The City.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Or at least noticed. Apparently having a chair for a head isn't enough.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Always seen in a sharp vest, tie and white gloves.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: He's named for Thomas Chippendale, a famous furniture designer.
  • Non-Human Head: He's got a wooden chair in place of a head; it's right there in his name!
  • Wicked Cultured: Dresses sharply, eats fine food and is prone to sophisticated dialogue.

The Terror
Appears in: All Versions
Portrayed by: Rob Paulsen (Cartoon), Armin Shimerman (2001 Live-Action), Jackie Earle Haley (2016 Live-Action)

"The greatest villain of the 20th century... and maybe some of the 19th."

  • Evil Old Folks: When he first appears, he's already nearly 100. Previously assaulted Theodore Roosevelt and was friends with Josef Stalin.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Averted, he is incredibly disappointed that his son didn't become a supervillain himself, and instead became a regular white-collar worker.
  • Humongous Mecha: Travels in a mobile, spider-legged base, which is armed with a giant spring-loaded boxing glove he once used to try to punch the Roosevelt memorial on Mount Rushmore.
  • Legion of Doom: Put one together which consisted of The Human Ton and Handy, Tuun-La Not of This World, The Man Eating Cow and his old compatriot Joseph Stalin, though this was later revealed to be a former graduate student in Russian studies named Stalingrad, who based his supervillain identity on the original Stalin.
  • Ur-Example: In-universe, he was one of the first supervillains.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His son, who is in his 60's himself, tries to bond with his father in "Grandpa Wore Tights" by joining his supervillain group.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: His son Charlie calls him out at one point for never spending any time with him when he was a kid. Terror says that he had to work, but also because Charlie was such an annoying little dweeb.

Red Scare
Appears in: The Comics and the 2001 Live Action Series
Portrayed by Carrick O'Quinn

  • Adaptation Species Change: He's a robot in the live-action series.
  • Killer Robot: Originally built to assassinate then-president Jimmy Carter. In the present, the Russians decide to destroy the U.S. Postal Service instead, but was accidentally activated before they could reprogram it.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: In the comics, he was hired by The Running Guy to cause some chaos and take a dive for him.
  • Red Scare: Played straight in the live-action pilot, where he was a robot created in the later days of the USSR. Invoked and subverted in the comics; he's merely an actor who intentionally takes the fall for would-be heroes so that they have a "villain" to defeat and can gain street cred. As the comic appearance was in the late 80's, it was just the then-popular convenient villain choice.
  • Starter Villain: In the live-action pilot. In the comics, he's one as an attempted Invoked Trope - The Running Guy hires him to take a fall to be the stepping stone for what Running Guy hopes is a prosperous heroing career.

The Evil Midnight Bomber (What Bombs at Midnight)

Portrayed by Maurice Lamarche

  • The Ghost: Whoever it was that "says to him" he needs to blow up the Comet Club. (Probably just a voice in his head.)
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Botches a number of common aphorisms to the point where they they become this instead.
    The Evil Midnight Bomber: AN OBJECT AT REST, CANNOT BE STOPPED!!!
  • Incredibly Obvious Bomb: Gas grenades and stick-on metal cylinders with blinking lights... carried in a huge black leather bag marked "BOMBS".
  • Large Ham: Even for this show, he stands out. Ranting, shrieking, and laughing like a lunatic are basically the whole of his character.
  • Laughing Mad: Seems to find the thought of blowing stuff just hilarious.
  • Mad Bomber: Self-declared and right in the name, in case you missed that. He's planning to blow up the Comet Club and all the superheroes in it.
  • Motive Rant: Played With — he's not delivering it to anyone in particular, just muttering to himself:
    The Evil Midnight Bomber: So he says to me, "You gotta do something smart, baby. Something BIG!" He says, "You wanna be a super villain, right?" And I go yeah, baby, YEAH! YEAH! WHAT DO I GOTTA DO? He says, "You got bombs, blow up the comet club, it's packed with super heroes, you'll go down in SUPERVILLAIN HISTORY!" And I go yeah, baby, 'cause I'm the Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight! Aaahhh-hahahahaha!
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: All things considered, he comes closer to killing the heroes than anyone.
  • One-Shot Character: Despite becoming one of the animated series' best-known and most memetic characters, his only actual appearance is in "The Tick Vs. The Tick". After that, the only times we see him are when he's being removed by a bouncer at a supervillain awards show and a cameo in the episode "Heroes", where he is shown being arrested by Agrippa in the intro of the COPS-parody HEROES.
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: Uses his teeth to pull the pin of a smoke grenade.
  • Talkative Loon: Is not, in fact, capable of holding in his insane ranting for more than a few seconds at a time. Sample dialogue:
    The Evil Midnight Bomber: I-I-I just, uh, I just uh, wanted to use the uh, heh, ah-AND SO HE SAYS, EVIL'S OKAY IN MY BOOK, WHAT ABOUT YOURS? AND I GO YEAH, BABY, YEAH! YEAH! I... I... uh, just wanted to, uh, wash my hands.
  • Talking to Themself: Seemingly incapable of not muttering and ranting to himself.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: The Evil Midnight Bomber isn't exactly pithy by itself, but he always adds "What Bombs At Midnight!" to the end.
  • Verbal Tic: A whole bunch of them. "And I go yeah, baby! Yeah!" "So I says to him, I says to him, I says..." He also repeats himself a lot in general.

The Breadmaster
Portrayed by: Roddy McDowall (1st voice), Jess Harnell (2nd voice), Martin Jarvis (3rd voice)

Just what a says, a terrorist bomber who makes expanding and explosive breads, Aided by a person named Buttery Pat, a man literally made of butter.

  • Evil Chef: He makes bread-bombs and targets any business he's insulted by.
  • Evil Is Petty: Went into villainy because the breadmaking school he went to kicked him out for making explosive bread (and other perverse baking experiment such as sentient pastries).
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Despite how ridiculous his skills sound, he's actually one of the most competent and dangerous villains, not just for the somewhat lackluster heroes of The City, but against far more powerful ones such as Flying Brick Eclair from "The Tick Vs Europe".
  • Honor Before Reason: His baked goods do not contain any artificial preservatives, even if it means that his gingerbread henchmen will go stale and no longer move. Though he is willing to cut corners on his soufflé when pressed for time and materials.
  • Nice Hat: A chef's hat.
  • Mad Bomber: Somewhat, his bread is less explosive and more expanding. Still has the same effect though.
    • His bread rolls fits this trope better, as they're essentially edible hand grenades.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Wrote out his Evil Laugh in a letter to the heroes.

El Seed
Portrayed by: Ed Gilbert

A humanoid flower bent on spreading a floral revolution.

The Bee Twins
Two bee-costumed women who work for El Seed.

Portrayed by: Rob Paulsen (1st voice), Stuart Stone (2nd voice)

A young evil genius who has an exposed brain inside a dome and schemes to make a name for himself for villainy.

  • Big Bad Wannabe: He aspires to be a major threat and his second (and last) appearance had him trying to prove himself to villain community by showcasing a transformation weapon and selling it to the highest bidder.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Since he's still a child, most non-evil adults assume he's just misguided, but as he'll tell you repeatedly, he really is a bad guy. The Tick realizes this during his first appearance, and his parents in the second.
  • Child Prodigy: Has a very high level intellect, though likewise is still pretty childish.
  • Colony Drop: His premiere episode had him trying to crash the moon into the Earth - for no reason beyond the fact that he wanted to do something evil and this was the first thing he thought of.
  • My Brain Is Big: His brain is so massive it's contained in a glass dome on his head.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite claiming his dog, Skippy, as just another minion. He was the one who gave him a robot body when he had gotten run over by a car, frantically saved him when his body was crushed in the collapse of his treehouse lair, and likewise built him a new body in his next encounter with the Tick.
  • Revenge: His second episode had him specifically targeting the Tick for stopping his plans the first time... and getting him grounded in the process.

The Idea Men
Portrayed by: Ed Gilbert

A group of thieves who wear iconic metal masks and tuxedos on their heists, and travel around in a huge blimp with their Idea symbol on it.

  • And Then What?: Unlike most of the other villains who usually have some cartoonish master plan, all the Idea Men want is money.
    Idea Man: [mask pops open] Well, we thought we’d steal a lot of money, and then we’d be rich, and we wouldn’t have to work anymore!
  • Boring, but Practical: Armed with standard machine guns rather than superpowers or super tech.
  • Cool Air Ship: Their blimp, which they use in their heists to literally airlift their ill-gotten gains away. Even the Tick is impressed.
  • I Lied: They hold the City Dam hostage with a bomb, which they intend to detonate even after they get paid, presumably to cause chaos while they make their escape.
  • Greed: Matching suits, custom masks, a getaway blimp and an elaborate scheme to hold the city hostage and then flood it anyway, and what's their ultimate motive? ...Ten million dollars. It's not trivial, but still, there had to be easier ways to get it.
  • Starter Villain: The villains of the very first episode of the animated series, with their generic villainy and the ease with which they're taken down being the joke — like all "idea men", they want to get paid just for having one big idea without having to put the work in.
  • Talking with Signs: They resort to this when making their demands.
  • The Unintelligible: They all speak muffled gibberish because their metal masks cover their mouths.

Portrayed by: Kevin Schon

A creature who happened to resemble a clown, but with superhuman strength who went on a rampage.

The Sewer Czar
Portrayed by: John Mariano

Lou Salazar was the most corrupt sanitation commissioner The City has ever known. He tried to take over with an army of filth — a species of Blob Monster created from the garbage and grunge that accumulates in the sewers, but was thwarted by Sewer Urchin at some point prior to the series' start. His first in-series appearance is in "The Tick vs Filth", where he tries to take over again, this time with an army of smart filth.

Smart Filth
Portrayed by: David Landers, Chuck McCanin

When The Sewer Czar's first foray in taking over the city failed, he decided that it was due to his minions' incompetence. So he whipped up a new batch of smarter filth. While they are able to follow his directives more effectively, they are also able to question why they should attack the surface world in the first place.

  • Blob Monster: They're basically quasi-humanoid masses of chemical sludge.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: They're fairly chill and friendly, following The Sewer Czar's orders more out of inexperience than anything.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Lou treats his Smart Filth like crap, and because they are smart enough to question his authority as well as the long term repercussions of destroying the surface world with whom they form a symbiotic relationship with, revolt en masse the moment Lou is put in a disadvantageous position by the heroes.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Soap can drive them off.