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The Tick!

Gallery of Superheros and Sidekicks From the Tick Live Action Series

Arthur

Arthur

Arthur is the Tick's sidekick. He is a former accountant who sets out to become a superhero after he buys a flying moth suit at an auction. In many ways, Arthur is the most interesting character in the series, as he is the straight man who is often the victim of the Tick's quirks. He is the 'brains' behind their superheroic duo, and though he is insecure not very mighty, he is defiantly a crimefighter.

Arthur is one of the few characters that appears in the comic, the cartoon, and the live action series as himself, and he has write-ups in all three heroes sections (TV, comics, live).

Appearances: The Tick vs. The Red Scare, The Funeral, Couples, The License, Arthur Needs Space, The Big Leagues, The Tick vs. Justice, Arthur, Interrupted, The Tick vs. The Terror

Arthur is portrayed by David Burke.

Batmanuel

Batmanuel

Bat Manual is loosely based on the Die Fledermaus character from the cartoon. He is best known for not actually fighting crime at all and being obsessed with his own appearance; and he is having an affair with Captain Liberty below. He does fight crime a bit in this iteration, but he also perpetrates some crime as he steals newspapers and has thousands of unpaid parking tickets.

He is probably the funniest character in this incarnation simply because of his lines; his dialogue is always unexpected and funny.

Appearances: The Tick vs. The Red Scare, The Funeral, Couples, The License, Arthur Needs Space, The Big Leagues, The Tick vs. Justice, Arthur, Interrupted, The Tick vs. The Terror

Batmanuel is portrayed by Nestor Carbonnell.

The Cape

The Cape

The Cape is the older superhero who hangs out at the Lonely Panda. He isn't too developed; about the only thing you see him do is make tall stacks of shotglasses.

Appearances: The Tick vs. The Red Scare, Arthur Needs Space, Arthur, Interrupted

The Cape is portrayed by William Newman

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Captain Comet

Captain Comet is named in 'The Big Leagues' but I haven't picked him out of the lineup yet.

Appearances: The Big Leagues

Captain Comet is portrayed by Jack Armstrong.

Captain Liberty

Captain Liberty

Captain Liberty is loosely based on the American Maid character from the cartoon. She has an infatuation with Batmanuel, above, and like American Maid she has government ties. She also unwittingly kills the greatest superhero of all time in The Funeral when The Immortal keels over in her bed.

In all, though, as a character she is kind of shallow. Her interactions with Batmanuel are always hilarious, but mainly due to his dialogue, not hers.

Appearances: The Tick vs. The Red Scare, The Funeral, Couples, The License, Arthur Needs Space , The Big Leagues, The Tick vs. Justice, Arthur, Interrupted, The Tick vs. The Terror

Captain Liberty is portrayed by Liz Vassey.

The Champion

The Champion

The Champion is the leader of the League of Superheroes from The Big Leagues. He is an egocentric superhero who is racist and sexist, but he's also a lawyer known as Steve Filbert who agrees to sue the League of Heroes for discrimination oh behalf of Captain Liberty.

The best parts with The Champion are again spoofing Superman; whenever he puts on his glasses Tick asks 'Where'd The Champion go?' etc. It was pretty good, but I kept flashing back to all the Superman gags between Tick and The Caped Wonder in the comics, and this just isn't as good.

Appearances: The Big Leagues

The Champion is portrayed by Jonathan Penner.

Fiery Blaze

Fiery Blaze

Fiery Blaze is another hero of the city. He patrols with Friendly Fire and uses fire based weapons to stop villainy. He's also a domineering jerk who abuses his sidekick, but hey, who's perfect?

Appearances: Couples

Fiery Blaze is portrayed by Ron Perlman.

Fish Boy

Fish Boy
Lost Prince of Atlantis

Fish Boy is the third character to make it through comics, cartoons, and the live series. Of course, in the cartoon he was a superhero (he was in the Comet Club, right?) and here he is a sidekick who works for The Angler.

Appearances: Couples

Fish Boy Lost Prince of Atlantis is portrayed by Todd Felix.

Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire is the sidekick of Fiery Blaze. He gets tired of being yelled at and quits, after which he moves in with Tick and Arthur for a few days and generally drives them both crazy. Eventually, the two reconcile and go off on their dysfunctional way...

Appearances: Couples

Friendly Fire is portrayed by Patrick Breen.

The Immortal

The Immortal

The Immortal is (was) the greatest superhero in the world. He seems to be another Superman clone; he can fly, he has heat vision, etc. Unfortunately, during his brief visit to The City, he is killed in bed by Captian Liberty.

Appearances: The Funeral

The Immortal is portrayed by Sam McMurray.

Johnny Republic

Johnny Republic

Johnny Republic is the sidekick to Uncle Samson. He is also a member of the sidekick support group; he seems upset that his hero wears bulletproof armor while his own costume is brightly colored and spandex.

Appearances: Couples

Johnny Republic is portrayed by Antwon Tanner.

Kid Caboose

Kid Caboose

Kid Caboose is the sidekick for The Runaway Train. He is a member of the sidekick's support group and seems upset that his hero makes him punch in and out on a timeclock despite the fact that he doesn't get paid.

Appearances: Couples

Kid Caboose is portrayed by Michael Cornacchia.

Medusa

Medusa

Medusa is another hero of the city, but all that has been revealed so far is that her and Captain Liberty go to the same dry-cleaners.

Appearances: The License

Medusa is portrayed by Mari Morrow.

Metcalf

Metcalf

Metcalf is the accountant-turned-Superhero that both inspires and terrifies Arthur throughout The Pilot and The Tick vs. The Terror. Metcalf set out to vanquish evil but apparently ran into the Russians from The Pilot and now needs a machine to poop, which frightens Arthur greatly. In The Tick vs. The Terror, though, Arthur gets a chance so speak to Metcalf who still has a positive attitude and manages to convince Arthur that 'it's all worth it'.

Appearances: The Tick vs. The Terror

Metcalf was portrayed by Peter Bergman

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Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom is named in 'The Big Leagues' but I haven't picked him out of the lineup yet.

Appearances: The Big Leagues

Sonic Boom is portrayed by Robert Mailhouse.

The Tick

The Tick!

Of course, the most important character here is the Tick himself. The Tick is a huge blue superhero who is nigh invulnerable but not too bright. In this version, The Tick is even less bright than before, and in fact he's a bit too dumb if you ask me. I thought that they tried to make Tick a more extreme character by increasing his most salient features (his erratic behavior and his stupidity) but they may have gone too far. In the comic or the cartoon, when Tick did something erratic or stupid, it was funny because it was a bit different; but in the live series Tick never did anything that WASN'T stupid or erratic; and it ended up being a bit redundant. *sigh*

The Tick is the only character other than Arthur that appears the same in the comic, tv, and live series, but how could you change the Tick?

Appearances: The Tick vs. The Red Scare, The Funeral, The License, Arthur Needs Space, The Big Leagues, The Tick vs. Justice, Arthur, Interrupted, The Tick vs. The Terror

The Tick is portrayed by Patrick Warburton.

Tiny Man

Tiny Man

Tiny Man is one of the heroes who was excluded from the League of Superheroes. The reason? They said he wasn't tiny enough.

Appearances: The Big Leagues

Tiny Man is portrayed by Kevin Thompson.


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