Cover of The Tick. The title superhero poses in front of a variety of absurd bad guys


Title: The Tick
Released: 1994

Fix: Superhero Parody
Platforms: Netflix

Netflix Summary:

Based on the popular comic book character created by Ben Edlund, this animated series follows the ever-unraveling adventures of the Tick, a blue-antennaed superhero whose loyal sidekick, Arthur, is also an accountant.

FYA Summary:

Muscle-bound lummox The Tick and his noodly sidekick Arthur protect The City from a variety of improbable supervillains, including El Seed, The Brainchild, and The Ottoman Empress

Familiar Faces (Superheroes):

The Tick

The Tick, a big, blue superhero

Defender of the City

Superpowers: Super strength, Nigh invulnerable, IQ of about 75

Quote: SPOON!


Arthur from The Tick. An accountant in a flying moth suit

Loyal sidekick

Superpowers: Flight

Quote: Not in the face!

American Maid (Wonder Woman parody)

The American Maid from the Tick

World’s Most Patriotic Domestic

Superpowers: Martial arts, can throw her shoes with deadly accuracy

Quote: I’ve got to hand it to you, Tick. You’ve really dropped the ball on this one.

Die Fledermaus (Batman parody)

Die Fledermaus

Cowardly Crusader

Superpowers: ???

Quote: Who dares intrude upon my night domain?

Sewer Urchin (Aquaman/Rain Man parody)

Sewer Urchin

Defender of the Underplex

Superpowers: Noxious secretions, can survive in the toxic sewers

Quote: Very poisonous, don’t touch me.

Big Shot (Punisher Parody)

Big Shot from The Tick

Heavily-Armed Vigilante

Superpower: Guns, rage

Quote: Let’s put our anger in the happy box.

The Human Bullet

Living projectile/suburban dad

Superpowers: Like the name says

Quote: Fire me, boy!

Familiar Faces (Villains):

Chairface Chippendale

Chairface Chippendale

Leader of The City’s underworld, kind of sensitive about the chair face thing.

Notable caper: Carved his name on the moon in the second episode (and it stayed there for the entire series)

The Breadmaster

The Breadmaster

Creator of things man was not mean to bake

Notable caper: Expelled from culinary school for violating the bakers’ code, once baked a muffin that stole the dean’s car

The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight!

The Midnight Bomber

Anarchist Bomber

Notable caper: Not so much a supervillain but still a fan favorite

Bad is good, baby! Down with government!

The Terror

The Terror poses with Joseph Stalin

115-year-old criminal

Notable caper: Once punched out Teddy Roosevelt

Couch-Sharing Capability: The Next Generation

I’ve enjoyed introducing my daughter to this fine cartoon from my college days. It was an underrated show, inspired by a comic book and which later spawned a live-action show.

Level of Inebriation: And so, may Evil beware and may Good dress warmly and eat plenty of fresh vegetables.

I somehow don’t think The Tick would approve of alcohol consumption.

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Annoy the Spouse

My wife claims to be a fan, but only in small doses. And she’s grown tired of my daughter and me constantly quoting the Midnight Bomber.

Two of three seasons are available on Netflix, and a couple of episodes are missing. Hello? Why is there a big bite taken out of the moon? Are we just supposed to accept that?

Arthur: You can’t fight crime with a macaroni duck!

Tick: I’ll be the judge of that!

Brian wrote his first YA novel when he was down and out in Mexico. He now lives in Missouri with his wonderful wife and daughter. He divides his time between writing and working as a school librarian. Brian still misses the preachy YA books of the eighties.