The Tick Tock is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the second obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 8 in Los Angeles.
The obstacle consisted of a trapeze swing, in which competitors must swing from to reach a 100-pound pendulum, which was 11 feet apart (the pendulum has a ledge on it). Then, competitors must work their way around this pendulum and jump off to the cargo net (10 feet away from the pendulum), which was attached on the landing platform.
This obstacle is similar to the Double Pendulum, which was used from SASUKE 32 to SASUKE 34 and in KUNOICHI 10, except there is no trampoline at the start, the addition of a cargo net at the end, and a different type of the trapeze.
The Tick Tock was proven to be much tougher for competitors, who mainly failed to reach the middle of the pendulum. Several competitors also had trouble dismounting, as they failed to swing enough momentum to hang onto the cargo net. A total of 43 competitors fell on this obstacle during Los Angeles qualifiers. In Los Angeles finals, the obstacle was modified, where the cargo net was removed (similar to the Double Pendulum), and a larger distance between the trapeze swing and the pendulum. Only Natalie Duran and Steve Seiver failed on this obstacle during Los Angeles finals.
The Tick Tock (renamed as the Tic Toc) returned as the second obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 9 in San Antonio.
It was proven to be just as deadly as the previous season, with another 43 competitors failed on this obstacle during San Antonio qualifiers.
Only 4 women were able to complete this obstacle during San Antonio qualifiers (including Barclay Stockett and Kacy Catanzaro). However, no competitor failed on this obstacle during San Antonio finals.
A variation of the Tick Tock appeared as the fourth obstacle in Stage Two on American Ninja Warrior 9, and was named as the Swing Surfer, replacing the Butterfly Wall from the past three American Ninja Warrior seasons. However, unlike the Tick Tock, the obstacle featured:
- No trapeze swing,
- A thinner pendulum (almost shaped like an upholstery hammer, with one side of the foothold was being longer than the other), and
- The cargo net was replaced by a rope.
Competitors must make a run-up and leap to the pendulum, which was 13 feet away. Then, they must work their way around the pendulum and jump off to the rope, which was 12 feet away from the pendulum. Then, competitors must climb up using the rope (in a similar fashion with the Rope Climb, but with addition of logs placed horizontally to the wall), and finally dropped down to the landing platform.
Just like the Butterfly Wall in its first appearance on American Ninja Warrior 6, the Swing Surfer only eliminated 2 competitors (Ian Dory and Mike Bernardo). In both cases, they didn't get a good run-up from the starting platform, and failed to hold on to the pendulum.
Another variation of the Tick Tock, called as the Jumper Cables, appeared as the second obstacle in Los Angeles on American Ninja Warrior 10. However, unlike the Tick Tock, the obstacle featured:
- Nunchuck-shaped handles (similar to the one used on the Flying Nunchucks and Chain See-Saw),
- Punchbag-shaped pendulum with no ledge below it (similar to the one used on the Wall Drop and Bouncing Spider), and when the competitors grabbed the pendulum, it would slide down a track (much like the Log Grip), and
- No cargo net.
Compared to the Tick Tock during the past two American Ninja Warrior seasons, the Jumper Cables did less damage, as 22 competitors fell on this obstacle. However, among those competitors who failed, 3 of them (Jake Dyke, Natalie Duran, and Steve Seiver) had failed on the Tick Tock on American Ninja Warrior 8 (with Natalie Duran and Steve Seiver failed during that season's Los Angeles finals).
During Los Angeles finals, only 2 competitors (Selena Laniel and Samantha Bush) fell on the obstacle.
This variation of the Tick Tock was attempted early during Celebrity Ninja Warrior: Red Nose Day 2. However, the obstacle was named as the Grab Bag, and the nunchuck-shaped handles were replaced with a small trapeze swing, in order to make the obstacle easier for celebrity competitors. Among the 8 celebrity competitors who attempted the obstacle, only Colton Dunn failed to complete it.
On Ninja Warrior UK 4, the Jumper Cables appeared as the second obstacle during the finals' Stage 1, and was called as the Bag Catch. However, the nunchuck-shaped handles were replaced with a small handle (almost similar to the one used on the Spinball Wizard). Only Owen McKenzie failed on this obstacle.
American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja
The Tick Tock appeared as the second obstacle on American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja, but with few modifications. The trapeze bar was absent and the cargo net was placed lower, having the competitors to swing on the pendulum and then jump to the cargo net. These made the obstacle similar to the Swing Surfer.
SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia
On SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia 2017, the Tick Tock appeared as the second obstacle during Final Stage.
However, the obstacle was more similar to the Double Pendulum (with the absence of the trampoline). Among the 3 competitors who attempted it (Tri Mardyanto, Yosua Laskaman Zalukhu, and Angga Cahya), 2 of them (except Tri Mardyanto) could complete it.
During SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia: International Competition, the obstacle took out Asrul Sani from Team Indonesia, who was the only competitor to failed at this obstacle.
Ninja Warrior UK
On Ninja Warrior UK 4, the Tic Toc appeared as the second obstacle in Heat 1 and Heat 3. However, the obstacle featured no trapeze swing, requiring the competitors to make a run-up and leap to the pendulum (in a similar fashion with the Swing Surfer or the Tick Tock from American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja).
On SASUKE Vietnam 4, the Tick Tock appeared as the second obstacle in Stage 1, replacing the Log Grip from past three SASUKE Vietnam seasons. The obstacle had a similar specification from the Tick Tock used on American Ninja Warrior.
- The Tick Tock was designed/sketched after a punching bag.
- The obstacle originally was going to have two pendulums, but was decided to just have one pendulum due to it becoming far more difficult.
- In all of the obstacles originally made by American Ninja Warrior, the Tick Tock has the most variations with 3 (the original Tick Tock, Swing Surfer, and Jumper Cables).