- "The truth about the truth is that it's a choice. You choose love or you choose fear. Everything after that is up to destiny. Hobbes choses fear. The Tick chooses love."
- ―The Tick[src]
The Tick is a superhero dedicated to defending justice in The City.
The Tick appears to Arthur Everest when he is investigating Miss Lint's criminal operation. He is planning to stop the criminals until the police arrive. The Tick disappears, and Arthur is arrested for trespassing. At the police station, The Tick arrives and offers to help Arthur leave, but the police are already planning to release him into the custody of his sister, Dot Everest.
Going back to Miss Lint's warehouse, The Tick effortlessly defeats the criminals and causes a massive explosion that destroys the facility. He also takes a case that contains a winged supersuit.
Arthur wakes up to find The Tick laying next to him. Arthur thinks he is going crazy, but The Tick tells him he is actually going sane in a crazy world. As the Tick looks around Arthur's apartment, trying to find the access to his secret lair by pulling random objects, he finds Arthur's wall of newspaper clippings about The Terror. Once more asking Arthur to join him as a crime fighting duo, he points to the case containing the supersuit. Believing that Arthur is a hero at heart, The Tick tells him to put on the suit.
The Tick is unfailingly polite and optimistic, and dedicated to the ideals of fighting for justice, as seen in many of his dramatic monologues. However, his much more lenient views of fighting crime put him at odds with his polar-opposite the dark, brooding and bloodthirsty Overkill. He seems to have a strong moral code as he was very upset when he saw how Overkill easily slew and/or mortally wounded thugs and also described acts like murder as being "Just not cool."
Though sometimes absent-minded, The Tick has shown a surprising depth of philosophical insight into many a situation.
Powers and Abilities
The Tick is nigh-invulnerable as he was able to survive being shot numerous times and then consumed by a flammable gas-induced explosion and later a multi-story drop from an office building's window; he has the agility of an Olympic-level jungle cat, enabling him to perform high leaps. He stated himself to have the strength of ten or twenty burly men – or an entire crowded bus stop of men. So far, his only known weakness is when someone grabs the nerves shaped like antennae on his head as shown during his fight with Overkill.
Behind the scenes
- The Tick wears a different version of the costume in the pilot than in the rest of the series. This is referenced during an exchange with Arthur in the second episode, "Where's My Mind".
- His costume evolves further, becoming more like his appearance in other media in the second season. This is again explicitly called out in the second season first episode.