The Tick was a popular parody super-hero, first seen in 1988. His “you’ve hit the jackpot, tiger” moment was getting his own animated series from 1994 to 1996.

Back during the Tick’s peak in the 1990s, we took quick notes about some of the minor, goofy characters. Such as this lot.


  • Real Names: Bernard, Franz, Hilda, Klaus.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Group Affiliation: None


Powers and Abilities

Each is a world class spy, with extreme hand-to-hand fighting prowess.

Their giant Swiss Army Knives provide them with many weapons and tools necessary for spying.


The Spies tracked Carmelita Vatos around the world as she searched for the second moth suit created by her father, millionaire inventor J.J. ”Eureka” Vatos. They hoped that she would lead them her father’s diary, which contained notes for all of his inventions.

After following her to The City, the Spies ambushed her and Arthur in the Bistro de Burden. They could get both the diary and Arthur’s moth suit (which contained the secrets for cracking Vatos’ diary’s code). But their plans were foiled by the Tick and American Maid.

Bernard attempted to escape with the diary and Arthur’s pants, but was stopped by Arthur using Franz’s Swiss Army Knife. They were arrested a short time later.


Each spy wears an all-black jumpsuit with the red and white swiss cross on the front. They all carry a large Swiss Army Knife.

Bernard has a gray mustache, Hilda has a lock of red hair that peeks out from under the jumpsuit’s hood, Claus is a tall, muscular man and Franz has curly blond hair. Each speaks with a light Swiss accent.


Each spy is quiet and methodical during a mission.

Bernard, the leader of the group, is the only one who speaks regularly, calmly giving instructions to the others. He also speaks as the voice of the group to their enemies.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Swiss Industrial Spies

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenaries
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Industrial Spies
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 008
Init: 019 HP: 020

All four spies have the same basic stats, except for the leader Bernard, who has 35 HP and the Leadership Advantage

Acrobatics*: 07, Detective*: 06, Martial Artist*: 07, Military Science*: 06, Thief*: 07, Vehicles*: 07, Weaponry*: 07

Intensive Training, Lightning Reflexes, Schtick (Quick Draw (Swiss Army Knife)).

Swiss Army Knife [BODY 07 STR 08, EV 06, Telescopic Vision: 03, Extended Hearing: 05, Claws: 12, Snare: 06, Projectile Weapons: 08, Flight: 06, Energy Blast: 08, R#02. Advantages – Also contains a toothpick [Body 1], and 2 8 AP C Omni-Gadgets. Bonuses & Limitations –

  • EV represents grappling hook (with 6 AP long line).
  • STR represents tweezers.
  • Projectile Weapons has Area Effect (determined on point of impact) and Ammo 1.
  • Snare has Ammo 1.
  • Claws represent various blades with EV ranging from 4-8, or a spinning blade at EV 12.
  • Powers, Str and EV can only be used one at a time (takes an automatic action to switch them), except for Telescopic Vision and Extended Hearing, which may be used together.]

By Danielle Mendus.

Source of Character: Tick Cartoon, Episode 201 The Little Wooden Boy and the Belly of Love.