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This image of Tik-tok the robot is from one of the original books in the Oz book series (not sure which) by L. Frank Baum, all of which have entered the public domain.

This image of Tik-tok the robot is from one of the original books in the Oz book series (not sure which) by L. Frank Baum, all of which have entered the public domain.

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Tik-Tok is a fictional character from the Land of Oz books by L. Frank Baum. He has been termed "the prototype robot," and is widely considered to be the first robot to appear in modern literature, though that term was coined after Baum's death.

Baum's character

Tik-Tok (sometimes spelled Tiktok) is a round-bodied mechanical man that runs on clockwork springs which periodically need to be wound, like a wind-up toy or mechanical clock. He has separate windings for thought, action, and speech. Tik-Tok is unable to wind any of them up himself. He becomes frozen or mute or, for one memorable moment in The Road to Oz, continues to speak but utters gibberish. When he speaks, only his teeth move. His knees and elbows are described as resembling those in a knight's suit of armor.

As Baum repeatedly mentions, Tik-Tok is not alive and feels no emotions. He therefore can no more love or be loved than a sewing machine, but as a servant he is utterly truthful and loyal. He describes himself as a "slave" to Dorothy and gives her deference.

Tik-Tok was invented by Smith and Tinker at their workshop in Evna. He is the only model of his kind before the two disappeared. He was purchased by the king of Ev, Evoldo, who gave him the name Tik-Tok because of the sound he made when wound. The cruel king also whipped his mechanical servant, but that simply kept Tik-Tok's round copper body polished.

Tik-Tok first appears in Ozma of Oz (1907) where Dorothy Gale discovers him locked up in a cave, immobilized. He becomes Dorothy's servant and protector, and, despite his tendency to run down at crucial moments, helps to subdue the Nome King. That novel also introduces Tik-Tok's monotonic, halting mode of speech: "Good morn-ing, lit-tle girl."

Later Baum published "Tik-Tok and the Nome King," a short tale in his Little Wizard Stories of Oz series (1913). In this story, the Nomes disassembled Tik-Tok and Ruggedo mistook the rebuilt Tik-Tok as a ghost. Ever after, he was colored whitish grey in color plates, apparently a mistake.

The Tik-Tok Man of Oz was a stage musical loosely adapted from Ozma of Oz; and an adaptation of that play back into a novel called Tik-Tok of Oz (1914). While Tik-Tok is a major character in that latter book, he in no way drives the plot. Tik-Tok also appears in most other Oz novels as a notable inhabitant of the Emerald City, most prominently in The Scalawagons of Oz, in which he operates the production of the Scalawagons.

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Automaton, Tiktok Servitor
Small construct
Hit Dice 1d10+10 (15 hp)
Initiative +0
Speed 20 ft.
Armor Class 15 (+4 natural armor, +1 size), touch 11, flatfooted 15
Base Attack/Grapple +0/-3
Attack Slam +2 melee (1d4+1 damage)
Full Attack Slam +2 melee (1d4+1 damage)
Space/Reach 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks Vicious Strike
Special Qualities construct traits, Unreliable, Darvision 60 ft., Lowlight vision
Saves Fort +0, Ref +0, Will +0
Abilities Strength 13, Dexterity 10, Constitution ---, Intelligence 8, Wisdom 11, Charisma 8
Skills Profession (Laborer) +7, Concentration +2
Feats Skill Focus: Profession(Laborer)
Environment Demiplane of Oz
Organization One plus Master
Challenge Rating 1
Treasure None
Alignment Usually Lawful Neutral
Advancement By character class
Level Adjustment +2

A mechanical creature trudges along by next to its master. It is golden in color, and vaguely man-like with a rounded appearance.

Tiktok Servitors are common automatons of Oz. They live to serve their masters. Like all automatons, Tiktok Servitors are created using clockwork parts and powered by the Plane of Shadows as opposed to Golems, who are powered by elemental spirits). Tiktok Servitors can be found in most major Gillikinese cities, including Shiz and Emerald City. They are created using the most advanced magical automaton technologies available, they are less likely to lose power in the middle of jobs as other, larger automatons (though this is still a possibility). For the most part, Tiktok Servitors work as menial laborers or personal assistants. Some, however, are enlisted into the Home Guard or the Gale Force, where they learn to wield muskets and crossbows.

It is rumored that a disgruntled tiktok servitor, going by the name Grommetik, is planning a revolt amongst the working class Tiktoks. It is said he and his followers meet at the remains of a Philosopher’s Club in Shiz weekly, where they plan the newest stages of their mechanical revolution.


Tiktok servitors rarely enter combat, but those trained to do so by their masters may be deadly fighters. They have a small mechanical flaw that actually allows them to hit with great force, but they cannot take advantage of this often, as it strains their interior clockwork gears.

Unreliable (Ex): The channeled shadow energy that keeps the automaton working is only quasi-real. While it is much more advanced than the mindless Automatons, tiktok servitors are still sometimes slow to react. At the beginning of each round, the tiktok servitor must succeed on a DC 5 Concentration check, or take no actions for the round. It is also treated as flatfooted for this round.

Vicious Strike (Ex): A minor technical glitch allows the tiktok servitor to fight with many times the strength it would usually have, granting it a +2d6 damage bonus when it actively chooses to take advantage of this glitch. To activate the glitch, the creature merely has to choose to do so right before attacking with its slam attack or melee weapon. The tiktok servitor can do this as many times as it wants per encounter. It must be careful, however, as doing this causes great strain on its internal gears, and it suffers 1d6 damage each time it tries to take advantage of the glitch (even if it misses after stating its attempt to use it).

Skills: Tiktok servitors gain a +2 bonus on Concentration checks.


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