Tick, The (Animated)

Season 1 Episode 12

The Tick vs. the Proto Clown

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Feb 04, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Tick vs. the Proto Clown
The Tick gets knocked into space and into a self-exploratory journey by a giant genetically-enhanced clown. The remaining superheroes are forced to try to fight off the evil proto-clown until the Tick returns.

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  • I always hated clowns, now I hate them still but boy am I scared of Proto Clown

    Most of the city has been evacuated except for a handfull of Superheros to fight the menace who made them evacuate. Unfortunatly it's a giant clown who knocks the Tick into orbit, where he goes on a mistic journey with his mind. After seeing the last three episodes (Tick Vs. Brainchild, Tick Vs. Pinnapple Pokopo, and Tick Vs. the Mole Men) I was debating if I should still watch the show, but this episode restored my faith in the entire series, and I'm glad I still watch it today. The best part in this episode is When the Ticks Defense Mechanism(Which look just like only smaller) attack the Tick by hitting him with fish. I also love the quote at the end when the Tick says "Why are clowns so funny, Why are Puppies so cute, Why do blue midgets hit me with fish?"moreless
  • And I bet you thought that the Joker was the meanest clown to come down the pike. Wait’ll you get a load of the PROTO-CLOWN! He smashes! He bashes! And he wears suspenders!moreless

    Once again, we are graced with another tremendously entertaining episode. I was completely caught off guard by the return of the Civic Minded Five. I don’t know why I like these guys really. They don’t do anything. They’re even more useless than Die Fleidermaus. But dammit…I like ‘em!

    The crowning achievement for this episode however, lies within the Tick’s existential experiences. He encounters his own id, which is really little more than a giant Tick head with three pairs of wings attached to it. The Tick must wander the planes of his own sub-conscience, which of course, is a desolate, barren wasteland.

    I also got a kick out of Proto-Clown. The primary meat of his comedic presence lies in the fact that he is a lampoon of the incredible Hulk. The shtick wears a little thin towards the end of the episode, but is still entertaining.

    I wouldn’t call this the best of the Tick episodes. It’s not even in my top-10. But it’s a damn fine episode.

Kevin Schon

Kevin Schon

Feral Boy, Proto-Clown

Recurring Role

Roger Rose

Roger Rose

Four-Legged Man

Recurring Role

Susan Silo

Susan Silo

Jungle Janet

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When The Tick first goes after Proto Clown he's wearing an "I love Wheat" shirt but when he first gets hit by Proto Clown the shirt is gone.

    • The Tick and Arthur borrow Arthur's sister Dot's car, just like in "The Tick vs. The Tick." Yet, in that episode her car is a bigger, yellower version than the small, purple car in this episode.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • The Tick (seeing a giant statue of himself) Whoa! What is that?
      Tick's Mind: Oh, sure. Now you wanna know. Tick, this is your self-image.
      The Tick: Hey, I look pretty good.
      Tick's Mind: You can ask it only one question.
      The Tick: Uh, what question?
      Tick's Mind: The "why are we here" question!
      The Tick: Oh, right. (to statue How ya doin'?
      (statue gives a thumbs-up)
      Tick's Mind: That's your big question?
      The Tick: Hey, thumbs up! We're doin' good!

    • The Tick: I'm here because a big clown hit me!

    • The Tick's Consciousness: Tick? Tiiick! Wake up!
      The Tick: Huh? Wha? Who are you?
      The Tick's Consciousness: I am your consciousness. Sorry I haven't always been there for ya. I get easily distracted by shiny objects.

    • The Tick: Well, it was clear... except for stuff...

  • NOTES (0)


    • The Tick's mind had an eye on his forehead. This is a reference to the Third Eye, a symbolic entry point of enlightenment in several Eastern religions.

    • The scene with the scientist looking over an incubator of hatching clowns is a nod to a similar scene in the film Jurassic Park.

    • In one scene, Arthur calls Bud (Proto Clown's creator) "Circus Boy". This could be an in joke to how Mickey Dolenz (the 1st voice of Arthur) as a child starred as the title character on the old series Circus Boy, then using his real name, Mickey Braddock.

    • The Incredible Hulk: The enraged Proto Clown shouts "CLOWN SMASH!!" in the manner of the Incredible Hulk's battle cry of "HULK SMASH!!"