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Tear Jerker / The Tick (2016)

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  • Arthur. The poor guy is hardly keeping it together throughout most of the series. It's understandable why the Tick is such a hugger. The few victories and genuine smiles he gets are enough to bring out tears of joy.
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     Pilot 
  • As a child, Arthur witnessed his father and heroic idols die in front of him, all in the same day. That moment has plagued him for all of his life.
    • The Flag Five's final moments. As a result of their eyes having been burned out, every one of them is blind and clearly scared. The Terror also demonstrates a Cruel Mercy by crippling Straight Shooter instead of just killing him.
    • The Terror eating Arthur's ice cream. Then he sadistically taunts him over he he has lost everything.
    The Terror: Oh, what you got behind your ear? It's nothing. (laughs in Arthur's face) YOU GOT NOTHING!

     Where's My Mind 
  • After another encounter with the Pyramid Gang, Arthur is left babbling, convinced that the Tick is imaginary and that he's on a deluded battle against untouchable criminals. Frankly it must be a massive weight off his shoulders when it turns out Dot can see the Tick as well.
    • Before that, Arthur miserably recounts what happened to his father and his superheroes to The Tick. When The Tick hugs him, Arthur is visibly tearing up.
  • In an Even Evil Has Loved Ones way, Miss Lint's flashback about the Terror implies that he was the only one to show her respect and support, and that she's still mourning him.

     Secret/Identity 
  • Arthur's psyche is so messed up that he has daily nightmares of the Terror. It's no wonder Arthur cannot forget about him.

     Party Crashers 
  • Arthur briefly asserting that Walter is not his father. Walter quietly backs him up, as though they've been saying this for a long time now.

     Fear Of Flying 
  • Arthur half-screaming, half-crying as he is falling out of the sky. What is really upsetting is him exclaiming: "I DON'T WANNA DIE!" Oh, Arthur...
  • Dot angrily confronting Arthur over all of the secrets he has kept from her and how he is getting way in over his head. It's such an emotional moment that Overkill no longer feels like fighting The Tick anymore.
    • Even worse near the end, where Dot is pleading with Arthur not to go after the Terror. As she quite correctly points out, people like them are just collateral damage... just like their father. And yes, she is in tears when she says all this.
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     Rising 
  • Arthur trying to discourage Dot from joining them on the mission to hunt The Terror. Presents a feeling of DéjàVu only from opposite sides.
  • The Tick's horrified reaction when the bus he is holding goes over... with Arthur still inside. A rare example of Adult Fear... even if Arthur proves to be okay seconds later.

     Tales From The Crypt 
  • The Tick's search for Arthur. He spends hours searching, but is so lost without him that he doesn't even think to search his apartment until someone else suggests it.

     My Dinner With Android 
  • A possible one depending on how you interpret Bakkup. Just when he and Tick seem to be getting along, his partner presses a button to set him on the attack again. If we assume this was wholly involuntary on his part, Tick would go on to destroy him, unaware that it wasn't their fault.
    • Downplayed, but this is also the first time Tick befriending someone hasn't worked out.

     Risky Bismuth 
  • The Tick is the most despondent we've ever seen him after his belief that he'd uncovered his origin is snatched away.
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