Tick, The (Animated)

Season 2 Episode 9

Ants in Pants!

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Nov 18, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Ants in Pants!
Betty, Queen of the Ants, leads the ants of the City in revolt - it loses its major defender when the Tick is thoroughly creeped out and checks himself into Captain Sanity's Superhero Sanitarium. Betty and her minions capture the other heroes and lock them up in a giant People Farm, then collect enough glass to build a giant magnifying glass and use sunlight to fry them. Fortunately the Tick regains his (normal) sanity in the nick of time and saves the day.moreless

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  • Who's afraid of the big bad ants

    The Tick goes to an insane aslyum, after he see a bunch of ants crawl out of clothing, even though all he the doctor does is make his assitant Taft dress in suits and wrestle the Tick. Meanwhile the ants are stealing all the glass in the city, while Arthur, American Maid, Die flatormas, Sewer Urchin, and Fishboy try to stop them. When they get there they find out that the ants are making a giant magnifing glass and a people farm(just like an ant farm). This is a funny episode that brings back Fishboy from The Tick Vs. The Tick. My favorite minor non- suprehero character appears in this episode, Taft, one of the best satires of Shaft ever. My favorite quote in this episode is

    Fishboy(to Dieflator Mas): Hey you told my mom the Tick would be here

    Die Flatormas: Listen Fishboy I told your mom a lot of things alright.moreless
Cam Clarke

Cam Clarke

Die Fledermaus

Kay Lenz

Kay Lenz

American Maid

Townsend Coleman

Townsend Coleman

The Tick

Jess Harnell

Jess Harnell

voice of Sewer Urchin

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

voice of Arthur [2-3]

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The ant armies wear trench coats and fedora hats similar to those worn by Carmen Sandiego. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? was also airing on Fox Kids at the time this episode premiered.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Therapist: Just relax. I am a professional.
      The Tick: You're just some head in a water cooler!

    • Fishboy: Where's The Tick? You told my mom The Tick would be here.
      Die Fledermaus: Listen Fishboy, I told your mom a lot of things.

    • The Tick: My mind has always been my Achilles' heel!

    • The Tick: Isn't sanity really just a one trick pony, anyway? I mean, all you get is one trick, rational thinking! But when you're good and crazy… ooh hoo hoo hoo… the sky's the limit!

    • Die Fledermaus: Let me handle this.
      American Maid: You're going to handle this?
      Die Fledermaus: Of course, they're ant women, right? ...Hey Honey, I'm a Scorpio. I like long walks on the beach, good conversation and spelunking, how 'bout you?

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode marks the 2nd appearance of Fishboy, lost prince of Atlantis. He was first seen in season 1's "The Tick vs The Tick".


    • The Tick riding the falling ant and cheering is a nod to the famous scene of a man riding on a falling bomb from the film Dr. Strangelove. The recurring mad scientist character, who appeared in this episode, is also a parody of the titular character from the film.

    • Character: Taft
      Taft is similar to the 70's version of Shaft, even down to the theme song.