Premiered November 25, 1995.
"Lowly wretch! This is the last time you make epic naughty in Santa threads!"
- The Tick
At Christmas time, a thief is on the run after robbing a bank. While fleeing from the police, he encounters a sidewalk Santa and steals his Santa costume.
The superhero duo known as the Tick (Townsend Coleman) and Arthur (Rob Paulsen) are Christmas shopping nearby. The robber, now wearing the Santa suit, accidentally bumps into the Tick. The hero thinks it's the real Santa! When Tick sees the police chasing "Santa," he intervenes and shields the robber.
The fake Santa flees, running over rooftops, but accidentally crashes into a neon sign.
Tick is distraught and screams "We fried Santa!" But the robber has survived and been given the power to clone himself. Multiple Santa (Jim Cummings) is born!
Later, Arthur and Tick are hosting a Christmas party, attended by other superheroes including American Maid (Kay Lenz) and Die Fledermaus (Cam Clarke).
|Fledermaus tries to get American Maid to kiss him under the mistletoe. It doesn't work.|
At the same time, Multiple Santa robs an appliance store. Arthur, Tick and the other heroes are caroling nearby and battle the Santas, but the Tick hesitates.
He can't bring himself to punch Santa, even if it's not the real Kris Kringle. Multiple Santa escapes, leaving the heroes battered and angry at the Tick for not fighting.
After flaking out on the fight, the Tick and Arthur receive a visit from a very special Christmas guest -- the real Santa! -- accompanied by secret service elves!
|The Tick sits on the real Santa's lap.|
Multiple Santa realizes his powers are generated by electricity. Each time he makes contact with electricity it gives him the power to create more clone Santas. The villain decides to visit the largest supply of electricity in the area -- the hydroelectric plant!
Can Christmas be saved? Can Tick and Arthur stop Multiple Santa?
J.A. Morris says:
Back in the 90s, I was a fan of The Tick comic book and I enjoyed this animated series. For those who missed the series, it was a parody of superhero shows, but it also existed in a wonderful absurd universe all its own.
|Santa's "Secret Service" elves case Tick & Arthur's apartment before "Big Red" arrives.|
|Arthur tries to explain Santa to the Tick.|
|The superheroes go caroling!|
|The Tick has sugar plums dancing in his head!|
This episode is recommended to Tick fans and any adult who never stops "believing" in Santa Claus.
J.A. Morris' rating:
3 and a half candy canes.
This is an enjoyably goofy episode of a fun and somewhat subversive series. I watched The Tick sporadically when it first aired, but somehow never realized that there was a CHRISTMAS episode of the series.
As with other installments of the series, this ep features jaw-droppingly silly (and awe-inspiring) puns and generalized hilarity.
|"It's a Yule tide!" *rim shot*|
|EVIL fake Santa!!|
The humor of the Tick may not appeal to everybody, but if you enjoy subversive silliness, "The Tick Loves Santa" is well worth including in your holiday viewing.
3 candy canes.