The Tick is a wacky hero who escaped from a mental hospital and started fighting crime in the City. Not much is known about The Tick's past because he is amnesiac.
In an interview, the Tick recalls crashing the National Super Institute in Reno by demonstrating his nigh invulnerability in a dangerous device which explodes, destroying the entire building and leaving the judges astonished. The Tick is then assigned to the City.
The Tick is found patrolling a bus station. After receiving a bus ticket to the city, it is suggested he leave because he defeated his archenemy, the coffee machine. Doing so, he meets Arthur and inadvertently causes the activation of a killer robot.
Not much is known about the Tick. He doesn't recall his own past and assumes he has always been a hero stating that he doesn't know much else.
The Tick is never seen without his costume on, even when off duty.
The Tick is unfailingly polite and optimistic, and dedicated to the ideals of fighting for justice, as seen in many of his dramatic monologues.
hough sometimes absent-minded, The Tick has shown a surprising depth of philosophical insight into many a situation.
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