The Tick Tock is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the second obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 8 in Los Angeles.
The obstacle consists of a trapeze swing, in which competitors must swing from to reach a 100 lbs 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.
The Tick Tock proved 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 proved 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.
Swing SurferA 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 last season. However, unlike the Tick Tock, the obstacle featured:
- No trapeze swing,
- A thinner pendulum (almost shaped like a 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.
- 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.