The Tick should not be in this list. A tick is an arachnid, not an insect, but let’s take him in because of his sidekick Arthur, who wears a white moth suit (often mistaken for a bunny because of the long ear-like antennae).

It was created back in 1986 by Ben Edlund as a mascot to a newsletter. It moved fast from short stories on the newsletter to its own comic book in 1988. In 1994, Fox Network introduced The Tick as a Saturday morning cartoon series with 3 seasons. It soon appeared in brazilian cable TV, where I saw the character for the first time. In 2001 it became a live-action TV series, but that lasted only 9 episodes.

The Tick is a parody of a superhero. He doesn’t seem to have any memory of a life before assuming the persona of The Tick. He has super strenght and leaps from building to building making a mess. His friend and sidekick, Arthur, uses a costume with wings that enable him to fly. In the TV show, he had a support cast made of parodies of famous heroes and vilains, such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Aquaman and Galactus (who made The Tick his herald for a while).the-tick