The Tick

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The Tick is a famous comic book character who has been made into a M&M character played by me, Dave. My character is not a modified homage to or derivative of The Tick -- it is The Tick himself (albeit entirely non-canon). This is on purpose, but it occurred to me that I ought to mention that the actual character and most of the artwork we're using is © New England Comics and Ben Edlund, and as a fan, I wish to emphasize that what I do here is not any sort of challenge to the existing copyright or anything like that. I highly recommend you read some The Tick comics -- they're way funnier than the stuff I write here.

Dave's character: The Tick

The Tick
This is a big city, with lots of rooftops to jump on, and things happen in it every day. Sometimes several times a day, and sometimes at unpredictably irregular intervals. That's why I have to remain constantly vigilant, because in a city where things happen, sometimes things go rotten. When that happens, someone has to step up to the kitchen counter of life, pull on the rubber gloves of heroism, scrape whatever is rotten out of the fruit bowl of corruption and dump it into the great big trash compactor I call justice. That person is me. I'm a superhero.
It's not an easy calling, to bear the responsibility when things go pear-shaped. But then, "easy" is meaningless to someone like me. Despite the small size of the word, it's not one I can easily readily incorporate into my vocabulary. Because when things are easy, it means you're not doing them right. Superheroing is about doing the difficult things in life, so regular folk don't have to. I constantly find "easy" tasks challenging, and rightly so. I don't have time to figure out how to do arithmetic or work a telephone when there is evil to be vanquished.
Yes, a superhero's job is never done. There will always be evil in the world, no matter how thoroughly we eradicate it. And sooner or later, all evil comes to my front door. Sometimes it rings the bell and runs away, and sometimes it pushes its way inside to talk to me about Jesus. Once it brought me a pizza, but it was late. Either way, it is up to me to throw open my door, bellow my righteousness to the sky and chase after that evil, then beat it to death with its own bible. Because I am a superhero. That's what I do.

Arthur

Arthur
"Ah, my pudgy mothlike chum. With me through thick and thin. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, poking evil in the eye together and taking turns whizzing on its shoes."

Arthur is a doughy ex-accountant who accompanies The Tick, often doing damage control or completing missions when The Tick's attention wanders elsewhere. He wears a white moth suit, complete with large detachable wings and bunny-ear-like antennae. Arthur is quite clever and resourceful but lacks The Tick's nigh-invulnerability, and so tends to try to stay out of harm's way wherever possible.

On trying to mind-read The Tick

"It's like, there's just nothing there" --Letta
"Are you kidding? I don't even dare to try." --Deep Blue

The Tick Addresses the Nation

An excerpt from an interview between GNN's asian reporter Tricia Takanawa and The Tick, leader of a so-far-unnamed band of superheroes

Tricia Takanawa
Diane, I'm standing in the "minorities" section of the UN building talking to the heroes who just saved New York City. With me is their leader, Mister Tick.
The Tick
Thanks, Citizen, but it's just "The Tick."
Tricia Takanawa
Whatever. So tell us, Tick, what happened here?
The Tick
Evil, my tiny friend. Bald-faced, tousled-haired, short-pants-wearing evil. It dared to talk out of turn in this fair city, and it was up to us heroes to give it a bit of old-fashioned corporal punishment. Yes, Evil decided it hadn't suffered enough reprimanding since the last time we smacked its knuckles and sent it to stand in the corner, so we grabbed it by the ankles, stuffed its head in the toilet bowl of righteousness, and flushed until it stopped squirming. Now the citizens of this city can rest easy, knowing that this particular evil won't be showing its bloated, waterlogged face around here any more.
Tricia Takanawa
Thank you for that disturbing imagery. Could you be more specific as to what actually happened?
The Tick
Probably, my little friend. Probably.
Tricia Takanawa
Go on, then.
The Tick
Well, you see, Citizen, the specifics of exactly what happened, exactly who did what and exactly which species got wiped out aren't important. And frankly, I don't actually remember most of it. When you're a superhero you don't have time to think of such small considerations as how long it will take to rebuild 42nd street. What's important is that the city is safe from alien invasions once again, and me and the superheroes standing around the pile of smoking rubble next to that "ran C nt al S tio" sign are the ones responsible.
Tricia Takanawa
That's a little horrifying.
The Tick
Thank you, but it's all in a day's work for a superhero.