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The Smith-Sanchez Family
Voiced by: Justin RoilandA cold-hearted, yet brilliant elderly scientist and inventor living with his daughter's family, and Summer and Morty's maternal grandfather. Rick constantly drags his grandchildren Morty and Summer along on adventures that serve purposes never usually expressed. He has access to all sorts of technology he's supposedly invented all on his own, or gained from alien species, and he is (in)famous among aliens as one of the most intelligent beings in existence. Despite that, he drinks and behaves like a Jerkass most of the time, and finds that his technology is really cut out for bigger problems than found everyday in the family, though when the two combine the result is never a pretty sight.
- Agent Mulder: In contrast to what you'd expect from a TV scientist he's surprisingly open to the supernatural things like vampires or Satan although he ultimately believes (correctly for the most part) that he can outdo them all with science.
- The Alcoholic: He's either drunk, chugging down whiskey from his flask or acting like a know-it-all asshole.
- Alcoholic Parent: And his daughter Beth is shown to have inherited some of the traits.
- Ambiguously Brown: "Sanchez" is a Latin American name and he has a very slightly different skin tone from the other characters, but that's about it. When asked about this, Roiland stated that he considers it irrelevant. In the commentary of "Auto-Erotic Assimilation", Rick was confirmed to be of Hispanic descent.
- And I Must Scream: In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", he puts his mind in a clone of a younger version of himself, which takes complete control and shoves our Rick to the back of the mind. While in this state, he can only communicate to the outside world through the clone's angst. This gets fixed at the end of the episode, of course.
- Anime Hair: You could have sworn that a blue, spikey up-do would have better suited an anime character, but then again, he is a Mad Scientist.
- Anti-Hero: He has a few good moments that just barely stop him from being a Villain Protagonist.
- The Anti-Nihilist: It didn't just take a lot of intelligence to get where he is supposed to be for someone who swam across the vast ocean of realities that make purpose of humanity very insignificant or even irrelevant by default. All awhile not driving himself to commit Seen-It-All Suicide after realizing this in his lifetime, as his grandson Morty learned in "Rick Potion #9".
- Awful Wedded Life: Rick's marriage to Beth's mother started out with them being very much in love but over time, the love faded and their marriage failed and Rick left her. Beth even states that her mom fought with Rick about his willingness to risk his family's safety for his experiments. It is rumored that Beth's mother might appear in season 3 and help Rick out in some way. So they could end up back together or at least on good terms.
- Ax-Crazy: "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" has Rick killing several inactive clones of himself with an actual ax before realizing he has to get Jerry and Beth and getting one more hit in before cheerfully declaring "one for the road!" He isn't like this most of the time but the right trigger could send him off the deep end as seen in "A Rickle in Time."
- Badass Bookworm: He is the most intelligent human alive on Earth, a prodigious scientist and he is very able to kick ass despite his age; see below.
- Badass Cape: When he beats the Council of Ricks (or really, 5/6ths of them and Mysterious Rick) in Pocket Mortys, he takes Mysterious Rick's cape as a prize.
- Badass Grandpa: He's unnaturally strong and agile for an 60-year old man, and can deliver an ass-kicking when needed. Also has access to many dangerous weapons he built himself. In "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind" he takes on several massive, alien beasts in melee combat and wins.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Whenever someone asks him to fix a problem, Rick generally uses one of his inventions to fix it. While these inventions do function properly, they often have unforeseen consequences that often endanger the user or make situations worse.
- Been There, Shaped History: In "A Rickle in Time", Rick beats a Forth Dimensional Being to unconsciousness. As a result, said being tries to beat Rick up in retaliation. Instead they accidentally mistake Albert Einstein for Rick (due to them have a similar haircut), prompting him to develop e=mc2. This means Rick inadvertently caused Einstein's most important discovery.Forth Dimensional Being: You don't mess with time, motherf[beep]er! (leaves)
Einstein: (gets up) I vill mess vith time! (begins to write "E=MC 2" on his chalkboard) ...I vill mess vith time.
- Berserk Button: Having his Pirates of the Pancreas idea criticized.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Justin Roiland stated himself that Rick is "well hung."
- Big "NO!": Immediately after Tammy guns down Birdperson.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Borders between both Type I & II.
- Boomerang Bigot: Generally sees humans as annoying and needy, and has briefly forgotten the word for humans more than once.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Rick refuses to spend any serious effort on things he sees as being beneath his talents, which is a lot of things, and quite a few plotlines are started by him being faced with a problem he finds inconsequential and whipping up a quick and easy solution in response. Said quick and easy solution then inevitably turn out to have some sort of disastrous side-effects attached to it. It's also possible Rick dropped out of school when he was younger and that's why Rick thinks school is a waste of time.
- Broken Ace: Rick is a genius scientist and inventor who builds robots for fun and invented inter-dimensional travel. He's also a raging alcoholic (being drunk almost all of the time) and snorts crystals (in a thinly veiled reference to crystal meth and cocaine) while being neglectful (if not abusive) to his family. His catchphrase "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub" translates to "I am in great pain, please help me" which is why he tries to numb his emotions with substances. Nevertheless he almost always is able to save the day (even if it was mostly his fault to begin with).
- Bungled Suicide: Rick attempts to disintegrate himself after Unity leaves him due to Rick's negative influence on everyone around him. Rick is only saved after passing out, missing the heat ray by a hair.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In spades. He's a massive drunk, has borderline Blue and Orange Morality, and has a habit of dragging his grandson along on dangerous adventures, but the guy is a very talented and accomplished Mad Scientist... even if a lot of his experiments are odd.
- Byronic Hero: Minor hints here and there, that Rick has a pretty troubled past. He is also moody, cynical, and very passionate about his science. However, while his scientific habits may not be self-destructive as much as they are outwardly destructive, his drug habits most certainly are, and he occasionally shows cracks in his narcissism that betray a strong self-loathing.
- "Don't think about it!"
- In later episodes, he tries to make "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub" his catch phrase. According to Birdperson, it means "I am in great pain, please help me." in his language.
- From the same episode he states that "I Don't Give a Fuck" is his new catchphrase.
- "Run, Morty!"
- "Total Rickall" shows that "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub" is apparently one of many nonsensical catchphrases he frequently utters, including (but not limited to) "And that's the way the news goes," "Grass tastes bad," "BurgerTime," "AIDS," and last but not least, "Lick-lick-lick my balls!"
- "And awaaaaaaaaaayyy we go!"
- Character Development: Seen towards the end of season one and even more so in season two. Rick goes from being vaguely concerned about his grandchildren to actually enjoying their company and obviously trying to look out for them (even though he tries to hide it). He even begins caring about what they think of him, as he tells creatures like the assassin to not mention some of his darker deeds while they are around. Taken Up to Eleven when he is willing to sacrifice himself to save Morty.
- Sadly not all development is positive for him; he's also shown hints of an abysmally lonely and broken side, as well as indications he really just wants it all to end.
- However, some positive character development has taken place over time, because in "Get Schwifty" he tells Ice T that he can't just "float around space forever, not caring". Since Rick was the one to proclaim how little he cared for everything all the time in Season One (particularly in "Something Ricked This Way Comes"), that's nice to hear coming from him.
- Comedic Sociopath: Certainly comes across as one, but it's implied to be a defense mechanism fostered over decades — if he ever stopped to empathize with those he's wronged over the years or consider the full consequences of his actions, he just might go completely insane.
- Cool Old Guy: When he's not being drunk, or a dick, or a drunk dick, which is rare. Ironically, when he's being these things, he's much more likely to be this to anyone except his own grandchildren.
- Cynical Mentor: To Morty, naturally. There actually is well meaning behind some of it such as him advising Morty to not get involved with love and instead focus on science, wanting to spare Morty heartache.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Rick has been through a lot in his life, to the point where he is numb to pretty much everything. It's also hinted that he had a troubled relationship with his parents who were unsupportive of him. He also had a marriage that failed, resulting in his disappearance.
- Deadpan Snarker: Does this a lot around Jerry or the inhabitants of any world he travels to.
- Death Seeker: In Season 2 especially, Rick is more or less waiting for the end to find him. However, he's also shown a fear of dying and has sought ways to cheat death such as his attempted Body Backup Drive in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez". He seems okay with the idea of dying if he has absolutely no way out of it but will quickly jump on any possibility of avoiding his demise.
"I'm okay with this. Be good, Morty. Be better than me."
- In "A Rickle in Time," he gives up his waveform collar so Morty can return home, dooming himself to certain death in a quantum void.
- In "Auto-Erotic Assimilation," he attempts suicide by disintegration ray (see Bungled Suicide above) after his breakup with Unity.
- In "Total Rickall," he angrily demands that Morty execute him while he's being held down by two memory parasites.
- Defrosting Ice King: While still a snarky Mad Scientist, Rick has slowly mellowed out over the course of the series, and the season 2 finale even has him making a speech about opening up to people for the first time. Even when the frost comes back after everything goes to hell, he turns himself into the Galactic Federation so his family can live on Earth in peace.
- Despair Event Horizon: Hits it in Wedding Squanchers. He'd managed to give a beautiful speech (Though it didn't seem that way at first) about emotionally opening himself up and enjoying himself and his friend's happiness... Only for it not to work out later. He refers to this as "letting his guard down", and says he'll never do that again.
- Determinator: Nothing stops Rick once he sets his mind to it.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: In "Something Ricked This Way Comes", he starts a business in which he removes the curses from the cursed items of Mr. Needful's store solely to troll him. He manages to drive the devil into attempting suicide.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: After Mr. Needful "Zuckerbergs" Summer, the two work out heavily and proceed to kick the shit out of him.
- Dimensional Traveler: His portal gun lets him hop between dimensions, universes, and timelines at will.
- Dirty Old Man: Rick is seen in BDSM gear, having wild sexual requests with Unity and in one of Morty's bad memories is hitting on some hot alien babes as Morty is being dragged away by a giant lobster.
- Disappeared Dad: He ran out on Beth and her mother when she was a child after growing bored with his marriage. There are vaguest hints that very deep down, Rick is actually deeply ashamed at this, and realizes he is a terrible father and grandfather, and this is one of the root causes of his alcoholism and self-loathing.
- Moreover, some episodes (most visibly "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind" and "Get Schwifty") show Rick with an infant and a young child Morty, strongly suggesting Rick had been keeping tabs on his grandson well before his official return to his daughter's life.
- Discard and Draw: His love for his daughter isn't nearly substantial enough to make him not abandon her so he can go to another parallel dimension that he didn't mutate to live with a near-identical Beth. Probably not the first time he has done this either.
- Ditzy Genius: Can easily qualify when it comes to his drunkenness and sociopathy.
- Doting Parent: The one person (at least in the Smith family) Rick is never seen disrespecting is his daughter Beth. He even calls her "sweetie" sometimes. He also doesn't think someone like Jerry is worthy of his daughter and isn't shy about expressing that.
- Driven to Suicide: See Bungled Suicide.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He evidently uses drugs and alcohol to dull his pain.
- Einstein Hair: Comes with being a Dr. Brown parody. There's even a moment where a pair of vengeful Time Cops mistake Einstein for Rick.
- Establishing Character Moment: In the pilot, Rick drags Morty out of his bedroom in an attempt to drunkenly nuke the world in order to start everything over, but tries to pass it off as a Secret Test of Character when it fails.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- He is, in general, a very morally-questionable man, but there are still lines he won't stand being crossed. For example, Mr. Jellybean's attempt to rape Morty clearly shocked him so much, and in the post-credits stinger of "Something Ricked This Way Comes", we see him that he loathes neo-Nazis, animal abusers, Westboro Baptists, and school bullies.
- He calls out Morty for using a Love Potion to get Jessica to like him, calling him a "creep" at one point. During his What the Hell, Hero? speech to his grandson, Rick compares the Love Potion to drugs used to commit rape. (Though as Morty correctly points out, Rick still made said Love Potion for Morty when he asked, so the point is kinda donwplayed)
- In the Council of Ricks episode, among the multiple Ricks, Rick is shown to be the only one who cares about his Morty beyond the kid being a resource for cloaking himself.
- He is horrified upon witnessing his despised son-in-law get shot brutally on TV.
- "Look Who's Purging Now" has Rick eagerly awaiting the violence of a purge night on the planet they're on but he quickly becomes disgusted a few seconds into it.
- He has an absolute breakdown when Birdperson is killed by Tammy.
- After hearing the lengths the family (at least the members he actually cares about) are willing to go to in order to keep him in their lives after Rick is discovered to be a wanted criminal, he decides to turn himself in so they can have a normal life.
- Evil Counterpart: A different Rick from another timeline was killing other Ricks and subjecting their Mortys to a Fate Worse Than Death to hide himself, before he and Morty put an end to him. This is ultimately subverted, as it reveals that that Rick's Morty was controlling the rogue Rick the entire time.
- Experienced Protagonist: Rick has been doing his thing long before the show began. He's explored The Multiverse extensively, knows all the ins and outs about existence itself, is often familiar with the antagonists that appear, and just has a storied past in general.
- He's basically Dr. Emmett L. Brown if he were an alcoholic sociopath. And/or combined with Dr. Thaddeus S. Venture.
- He shares very similar aspects with The Doctor in his fantastic use of science, inter-dimensional and space travel and being considered a renegade among his peers; that is, if The Doctor were constantly intoxicated.
- Extreme Omnisexual: According to Word of God, he is pansexual. Roiland even confirms it. Comes up in "Auto Erotic Assimilation◊", where among the things he ends up having an orgy with are a group of (presumably male) miners and a giraffe.
- Fan Disservice: Rick in after changing to blend in the pleasure chamber, a scene which also features fanservice from Summer. Him and Morty walking naked through a Zygerian simulation counts as well.
- Fantastic Racism: Rick does not like Gromflomites.
- Fatal Flaw: Rick's destructive tendencies (and his unwillingness to change) tend to put the lives of his family in danger and strain his relationships with them. Even Morty has his limits with Rick.
- Tying into the above is that Rick is very prone to Didn't Think This Through often causing problems by using his science for quick fixes and never giving forethought to trouble down the line, forcing him to solve things as they happen.
- First-Name Basis: While Summer calls him grandpa and Beth calls him dad, Morty only calls him Rick. It's an indicator of their relationship as they are more like friends than family.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Which is strange, considering that he once lectured the family about the importance of Jesus during Christmas, and that he and Morty have encountered vampires, demons, and all sorts of other supernatural phenomena. Not to mention he's flat-out scammed the Devil himself.
- It probably goes along with his ego and thinking he is above all that.
- "A Rickle In Time" has him (technically 2 of 64 instantiations of him) pray to God to have mercy on him when it looks like he's going to die, only to go back to mocking his existence when he is saved.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: There's some evidence that Rick is at least partially aware that he's in a TV show, usually in the form of saying goodbye to the audience at the end of an episode, even going so far as to celebrate the season 1 finale.
- Full-Frontal Assault: In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" he smashes up a series of clones of himself with an axe while nude. It makes a bit more sense in context, but only a bit.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He builds robots for fun, among other things. In one case, he built a robot for the sole purpose of passing butter, and endowed it with enough intelligence for it to become depressed by its lot in life.
- Gass Hole: He frequently belches in the middle of his sentences when he's drunk, which is often. This has been noticeably downplayed since the pilot, though. He's also capable of letting out massive farts on command.
- Gag Penis: In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", when his penis is shot fullscreen, in its blood-covered, censored glory, it's shown to reach well down almost to his knees.
- Genre Savvy: For the sci-fi/terror genre, since much of the show is based on Whole Plot Reference to various movies of the genre, he is very good in avoiding dangerous situations sometimes, and knows how the universe works.
- In "Auto Erotic Assimilation", he mentions that distress calls are 9 out of 10 times, a ship filled with dead aliens and a bunch of free shit, and 1 out 10 it's a deadly trap, but he's ready to roll those dice. This is something that fans of these genres are very familiar with.
- In "Something Ricked Comes This Way", he takes one good look on Mr.Needful's store and practice of giving free stuff with a cryptic warning to know that everything on the store is a cursed trap.
- In "Rixty Minutes", he shows disdain for the idea of looking in their lives on other timelines, the end implies that he knows this leads to people becoming disappointed with their own current lives.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Word of God states that one of the reasons why Rick is such a crazy bastard is the fact that his advanced intellect puts him above normal humans and lets him realize how truly chaotic the universe is. Similarly, one of the reasons that he treats others with contempt is the fact that he doesn't see anyone as particularly special since there are infinite versions of them in other realities.
- Hairstyle Inertia: He's had the same hairstyle, including grey hair, for his entire life.
- Heroes Want Redheads: While Rick isn't what most would consider a "hero", he does seem to have a fetish for red-haired people as seen in "Auto Erotic Assimilation", in which he has his hive mind lover fill a stadium solely with redheads.
- It's also speculated that Beth's mother was a redhead, due to both the above reason and because Summer's existence means that the redhead gene runs in the family some way or the other.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- Near the end of "A Rickle in Time", one of the singularity-Ricks follows Morty through the abyss. Thinking that there is no other way out, Rick gives Morty his own collar that would allow them to reemerge with the many realities, allowing Morty to leave as Rick continues to fall through time and is content with this fate. He finds the other collar and fixes it soon after to return himself, but he did not know that.
- In a possibly slightly less lethal way, he turns himself in to a Galactic Federation prison at the end of "The Wedding Squanchers" so that his family can live a safe and normal life on Earth.
- Hidden Depths: He occasionally makes remarks that hint at wanting to be seen as a good person, at least by his family. Season 2 also shows that he is incredibly aware of his own flaws and that he uses a partial Jerkass Façade to hide his troubles from others because he doesn't know how to cope with them on his own.
- "Auto Erotic Assimilation" has Rick horrified when a town gets destroyed For the Lulz.
- "A Rick-Le In Time" has him (technically 1 of 64 instantiations of him) pray to God to have mercy on him when it looks like he's going to die, only to go back to mocking his existence when he is saved.
- In addition, it is implied that Rick is insecure about his alcoholism; earlier in the episode, Rick claims that he is still in sync with his alternate reality self because he's never unsure, but when Morty makes an offhanded comment about his drunkenness, it causes Rick's certainty to falter just long enough to desynch.
- Hypocrite: Calls Morty "gay" despite being openly pansexual.
- The Insomniac: He is shown to frequently wake Morty up for adventures or just in general in the middle of the night and questions why Beth and Jerry think people need to sleep every single night. It's probably due to his alcoholism and general paranoia.
- Insufferable Genius: Oh definitely. Rick flaunts the fact that he is the smartest man around and that everyone is inferior to him.
- It Amused Me: What his motivation seems to be half of the time. He will casually abandon a plan or a scheme if he finds it to be boring.
- It's All About Me: Somewhat, as he's shown to be pretty selfish and is well aware that his intellect far surpasses everyone around him, though he doesn't make too big a deal about becoming the center of attention.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Rick has a very jaded attitude towards the weird things in his adventures. Even more so towards normal things, such as school, religion and love. Which is strange, since in some episodes he takes the exact opposite stance on at least two of these topics. It's probably to emphasize Rick's ego.
- Jerkass Façade: He is an actual Jerkass for the most part but he falls into this territory when he claims not to really care for Morty.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Rick may be an abrasive, self-centered alcoholic, but he knows more about how the multiverse works and how to survive in it than anyone else. Basically, if he tells you NOT to do something, such as trying to raise a human/alien hybrid that could potentially destroy humanity or freeing a sentient gaseous entity from space jail who ultimately reveals that its race considers corporeal life a disease fit only for extermination, it's a good idea to listen. Unfortunately, Morty and his family have yet to realize this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be an insane, abusive drunk who constantly drags his grandson on life-threatening adventures, but he clearly loves his daughter and grandchildren enough to keep them safe. In the episode "Mortynight Run", an alternate version of him even created a daycare center at an inter-dimensional junction for other Ricks to deposit their Jerrys at. In "Get Swifty," when the world is in danger of a floating head, he and Morty go straight to the Pentagon to help the President deal with the situation. In "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" Rick actually comforts Jerry over the fact that the best day of his life was a simulation. In "Wedding Squanchers" Rick turns himself into the Galactic Federation so that his family can have a normal life.
- Jive Turkey: He has a fondness for hip-hop lingo, with such examples as "Don't even trip, dawg" or "Riggety-Riggety Rekt". He also in one episode called Morty the "M-bomb".
- Kavorka Man: Invoked; while describing an alternate, technologically-advanced dimension where everyone was forever young, he mentions that his elderly nature made him the planet's biggest celebrity, and he "had a lot of fun with a lot of young ladies". He also had a past relationship with Unity, an entire hivemind. In a flashback in "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind" He is seen having sex with a beautiful blond woman, who turns into a monster. Rick also had a wife who he had Beth with.
- Kick the Dog: He murders an entire universe at one point. On a more personal level, he's physically and emotionally abusive towards those close to him, the severity of which is mostly dependent on his mood. He has his limits though.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Rick tells Summer and Morty to always respond to distress signal because often the aliens are dead and he can steal their stuff. Also in the Simpsons couch gag featuring them, Rick is seen stealing their stuff while waiting for Morty to come back.
- Knight Templar Parent: If Rick does go Papa Wolf for his grandkids, then he will invariably go straight for horrific overkill in the process. The scammers and King Jellybean got an instant death sentence for what they did with Morty and when he sets his car up to protect Summer the thing resorts to straight up Nightmare Fuel measures until she talks it down.
- In a deleted scene from "Interdimensional Cable", Rick kills Jerry in the alternate reality where Jerry and Beth achieved their dreams, saying afterwards "Hey, sweetie! I saw this creep on the news, was he bothering you?"
- A Lighter Shade of Black: According to an index of Ricks we see in "Close Rick-Counters", our Rick's not as evil as he could have been. Given an evil version of Morty actually compiled it, however, that should be taken with a grain of salt.
- Loners Are Freaks: Rick is a loner even by the standards of other Ricks. The Council of Ricks deems him a renegade because of his non-cooperation, and main Rick specifically mocks them for being too cowardly to go it alone. However, while he's against the council itself as a whole, he's cool with a couple of the head members.
- Mad Scientist: He is a scientific genius and astounding inventor. He's also an eccentric Heroic Comedic Sociopath.
- Man Child: Despite being in his 60's, Rick acts more like a teenage boy. He makes frequent toilet jokes, sex jokes, swears a lot, has a huge house party when his daughter and son-in-law are away, blows money at an arcade, disrespects authority and treats Summer and Morty more like his friends than his grandkids.
- Manipulative Bastard: One can interpret him as taking advantage of Morty's naivete to fool him into helping him with his work, though he pretty obviously tricks Morty's parents into letting him go on adventures with him.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Rick" is another way for saying "Dick," and, well, he can be kind of a jerk at times.
- "Rick" means 'mighty, brave ruler'.
- Morton's Fork: Forced into choosing between his freedom and his family's security in "The Wedding Squanchers". He chooses the latter.
- Mr. Exposition: Rick is usually the only person in the show that can make sense of the chaotic situations that befall the family, or the ones that he gets them into. He then proceeds to explain, contextualize and alphabetize everything in impatient tirades between belches and the vomit coming up."Well, it's possible that your dog became self-aware and made modifications on the cognition amplifier, then turned on Jerry, Beth, and Summer after learning about humanity's cruel subjugation of his species, but your guess is as good as mine, Morty."
- Mysterious Past: Beth even alludes to his "incredibly vague backstory" Exactly where he was and what he was doing during the years he was gone is unknown, even to his family. It's mentioned in "The Wedding Squanchers" that Rick and others were involved in numerous atrocities fighting for freedom from the Galactic Federation, to the point of being labeled a terrorist. Exactly what these atrocities were are unknown though.
- Never My Fault: He will be the last one to admit that he screwed things up (often because he was right to begin with), though he does give in on occasion.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Took his sweet time eliminating the mantis creatures in "Rick Potion #9" because of how cool they looked. Also, he got to be a literal nightmare fetishist in "Lawnmower Dog".
- Nobody Over 50 Is Gay: Averted. He's at his sixties and is casually pansexual.
- Noodle Incident: Prone to spurting these concerning his (sometimes disturbing) adventures in the past. For instance, he claims to have done something akin to Beth's incident with Mr Poopy Butthole, only on a planetary scale. He leaves it at that.
- Not So Above It All: While visit a "Purge World", he stops to check out the violence for some kicks, and when Morty refuses to watch, Rick says that is because Morty is afraid to face his own primal instincts. However, when a person is mangled off-screen, he is visually sickened, to the point of puking out the ship window, and admits he may have bitten off more than he could chew.
- Not So Different: Played straight and subverted with the Council of Ricks. Rick calls them all a bunch of sellouts, but admits that, like him, they all can't resist in tormenting Jerry. Similarly, Rick picks on Doofus Rick just as much as the Council Ricks do. The similarities end when Council of Ricks marks off Mortys as their main resource and not as their respective grandsons, the moment evil Rick/Morty baffled that C-137 Rick!Prime actually loves his grandson cements this.
- N-Word Privileges: He described the term "Glip Glop" as being to Traflorkians "like the N-word and the C-word had a baby and it was raised by all the bad words for Jews". Later in the same episode, he greets a large group of green aliens by saying "Yo! What up, my Glip Glops?" to absolutely no objections.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Jerry sees him as this. Rick himself isn't all that fond of Jerry since he did get his daughter pregnant when she was just a teenager. Even in the rare moments that Jerry tries to be friendly to him, Rick is quick to lash out and mock him. There have been times though where Rick has been at least pleasant to him such as in "M. Night Shaym Aliens" where Rick actually comforts Jerry over the fact that the best day of his life was a simulation. Unlike most examples, Rick never tries to break them up. He even signs them up for an off planet marriage therapist to help them fix their relationship and is pleased when he sees them happy together again.
- Odd Friendship: With Morty and later on, Summer. Doubles as an Intergenerational Friendship.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Destroys the Miniverse that powers Zeep's planet, thereby killing everyone in the Miniverse as well as everyone in the Teenyverse.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Gadgetry, chemistry, medicine, he can accomplish nigh-impossible feats with them all. That's... not always great.
- Out-Gambitted: Pulls this off against the aliens in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" and the Devil himself.
- Papa Wolf: In general, don't even think about harming or taking advantage of his grandkids. Anyone who does will get blown to bits or get a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Rick may not show it too often, but he doesn't take kindly to people messing with his grandson. Just ask the aliens who spied on a naked Morty to create a 100% accurate simulation in order to steal Rick's secrets and the jellybean king who tried raping him. Oh wait, you can't. They blew up!
- He's very protective of his granddaughter Summer, if the episode Something Ricked This Way Comes is of any indication.
- Rick doesn't think that Jerry is worthy of his daughter and is angry with him for getting her pregnant when she was only 17 and ruining her life.
- Pet the Dog:
- In "Meeseeks and Destroy", Rick convinces Morty to keep going on their adventure and blows up the Jellybean King when he knew that he did something bad to Morty that traumatized him. It's especially heartwarming due to Morty's original reaction in the first place.
- A somewhat strange example, because the dog in question wasn't really physically there, but after the aliens from "M. Night Shaym-Aliens" use Morty in their scheme to scam the recipe for dark matter out of Rick, he does not take this emotional deception lightly. As punishment for using his grandson, Rick ends up blowing up the aliens' spaceship instead of just leaving like he had in the past.
- In "A Rickle in Time", when Morty falls into a timeless abyss after his collar broke in one of the timelines, Rick does not hesitate in diving in to save him and sacrificing his own collar so that his grandson may live. He even calmly accepts his death and quietly begs Morty to be a better man than him. At least, until he finds Morty's collar and fixes it in time.
- In "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind," one of Rick's memories moves him to tears: picking up an infant Morty.
- In "Auto Erotic Assimilation" he is shocked when Unity bombs a town just for a fun and relieved when she reveals that that she had evacuated it beforehand.
- "Total Rickall" has him tearfully admit that he cannot kill a parasite that calls itself 'Pencilvester', asking Morty to do it for him.
- In "Look Who's Purging Now", he tells Morty that his murderous rampage was due to the candy bar he ate earlier filled with aggression-increasing chemicals, even though the wrapper states that the bars are Purginol-Free.
- In "The Wedding Squanchers", he calls the Galactic Federation pretending to be Jerry and claims the family was abducted by Rick (and therefore innocent victims) and then asks that the family be allowed to go back to Earth safely in exchange for tipping them off.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Invoked and discussed by Morty, but subverted in "Something Ricked This Way Comes". When Rick mentions the microscope would make him retarded, Morty says he can't talk like that, to which Rick explains he is not making fun of differently capable people, he is stating the fact that, were he to use the microscope, he would become mentally retarded in the literal sense.Morty: "Okay, yeah, but I don't think it's about logic, Rick. I-I think the word has become a symbolic issue for powerful groups that feel like they're doing the right thing."Rick: "Well, that's retarded."
- Power Trio: With Birdperson and Squanchy, and then with Morty and Summer.
- Pragmatic Villainy:
- In "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", he denies killing numerous alternate versions of himself, on the grounds that it wouldn't profit him to do so.
- In the same episode, he frowns upon the wall of tortured Mortys used as a camouflage, deeming it "barbaric overkill", because the same result can be achieved with five Mortys and a jumper cable (he assures Morty that he's never actually tested the theory).
- This is a mindset Rick often demonstrates, often criticizing excessive effort being put in towards reaching a goal or bemoaning when someone takes things too far.
- Prayer Is a Last Resort: In "A Rickle In Time", Rick and Morty's timeline gets split into 64 possibilities. At least two of those possible Ricks prays to God in desperation, despite claiming to not believe in God on multiple other occasions.possible Rick falling into a time abyss: "Oh, sweet Jesus, please let me live. Oh, my God, I have to... I've got to fix this thing. Please, God in heaven. Please, God. Oh, lord, hear my prayers."Second possible Rick: "Please God, if there is a Hell, please be merciful to me."
- Proud to Be a Geek: Wants to get his entire family limited edition Nintendo 3DS'es, just so they can play video games together. He also carries his 3DS around with him, so he can pull it out whenever he gets bored.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: He puts a big premium on HIS personal liberty. Other than that, he sees nothing wrong with enslaving an entire universe just to power his car battery. Deconstructed since there's rarely a time he isn't called on this by someone In-Universe.
- Pungeon Master: Shows shades of this, especially in the comics:
- In Rick and Morty Comics #19, Rick attacks a famed intergalactic space traveler named Peacock Jones with his Bee Gun (it shoots bees). What did he say? "Let it Bee, motherf*cker."
- Sadistic Choice: Indirectly gives one to Zeep in "The Ricks Must Be Crazy". After he and Morty escaped, Rick knew that Zeep would be forced to choose between either having his world destroyed just to spite Rick, or have the inhabitants continue to be unknowingly enslaved in order to generate power for Rick's ship. He ends up choosing the latter.
- Sand in My Eyes: While his memories are being played on a screen for Evil!Rick to watch, our Rick tears up at seeing the ones of Morty. When Evil!Rick blatantly asks him if he is "crying over a Morty", Rick says, "No, I'm just allergic to dipshits."
- Science Hero: Science definitely, the hero part is debatable.
- School Is for Losers: In his opinion. Not so much for losers, just not for smart people.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He has a tendency of running from his problems rather than dealing with them. This ranges from abandoning Beth and his wife to jumping to a new dimension after being unable/unwilling to fix the one he's in.
- Seen It All: He's seen so much crazy shit that practically nothing fazes him anymore.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man (a foul-mouthed, aloof Sociopathic Hero) to Morty's Sensitive Guy (an awkward, sweet All-Loving Hero).
- Shipper on Deck:
- Rick seems to be a Morty and Jessica shipper. The first episode has him drunkenly planning to destroy human civilization, except for Morty and Jessica, because they could repopulate the Earth together.
- Double subverted with Birdperson and Tammy. At first he was displeased of their marriage, but not because of his dislike towards Tammy, just his distrust towards the whole idea of marriage. But he later makes a toast saying that if Birdperson loves Tammy, then Rick loves her as well. Tragically, he was right to some extent — Tammy was undercover agent for the Galactic Federation.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Comes off as second nature to him. He has little inconvenience calling his grand kids "pieces of shit".
- Slasher Smile: Has a pretty good one in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", when he kills the clones he created at the end.
- Sociopathic Hero: Outright confirmed by Word of God—Rick makes a consistent effort to stay as unattached to people as possible and has become completely desensitized to mass death. He is considered a troublemaker even by alternate Ricks, upon whom main Rick frowns because they formed a government to protect themselves. According to Evil!Rick, the Rick we know is only slightly less evil than he is. Of course, "Evil Rick" does turn out to be a puppet for a highly resentful evil Morty, so this is probably an unreliable assessment.
- String Theory: In one episode we see Rick's bedroom. One wall has notes connected this way.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Rick prefers to emotionally distance himself from others, and normally is aloof and uncaring to someone else's problems. However, Rick does have a soft spot for his family that he shows at certain moments.
- Talkative Loon: Usually as a result of alcoholism.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Rick tends to bring the worst out in people.
- Troll: Towards the Devil in "Something Ricked This Way Comes". He even lampshades it by comparing it to "when Bugs Bunny fucks with the opera singer for 20 minutes", though even he didn't plan on driving the Devil into suicide.note
- Tsundere: He cares for Morty and the rest of his family, but it's almost certain that he will never say that out loud.
- Vague Age: It's easy to argue that Rick is beyond the supposed age group for a typical protagonist. Considering he has a daughter at his early adulthood who underwent Teen Pregnancy bearing her eldest daughter who is at 17, it is assumed that he is in his 60's.
- Verbal Tic:
- He finds himself constantly dropping Morty's name when talking to him. Just listen to his speech at the end of the pilot.
- Though it's hardly a tic, Rick can barely talk without constantly belching or tempting to throw up.
- Rick also has a stutter.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Rick and Morty are more like friends than grandfather and grandson. That doesn't stop Rick from using Morty to his benefit and constantly putting him in danger.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Hinted at in Auto Erotic Assimilation, when one of his sexual demands is to be observed by a stadium packed with "Every man that remotely resembles my father."Men: [chanting] Go, son, go! Go, son, go!
- What the Hell, Hero?: Chews out Summer for introducing Tammy to Birdperson, after the former revealed herself as an undercover agent for the Galactic Federation and killed him during their wedding reception, resulting in them out on the lam.
- Would Hit a Girl: Rick has no qualms over killing women if they should attack him or his family.
- Would Hurt a Child:
- Frank Palicky in the pilot, who was bullying Morty and got frozen to death by Rick. Played with since Rick assured Morty it was completely reversible (at least it would have been if Summer didn't accidentally shatter his body).
- His reaction to the baby created by Morty's sexbot is to try and kill it with his laser gun, believing it will grow up to be a threat. He's at least polite enough to back down when Morty names it, though he was also right.
- Every episode of the online flash game ends with Rick beating up Morty. (In Episode 3 he beats up Morty fused with Summer, but it still technically counts.)
- He brutally murders multiple clones of himself at the end of "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" with an axe. At least two of the clones were children.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It is unclear if he is supposed to have light blue hair or grey hair, since other characters with white/grey hair do not share this trait. His hair may look blue because his skin has a sickly grey tinge to it. As of "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", we learn that it was always this color, even in his youth.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Is an active rebel against the Galactic Federation led by the Gromflomites. When asked what he was incarcerated for after turning himself in, his response is simply "everything."
Mortimer "Morty" Smith
Voiced by: Justin RoilandRick's grandson who falls victim to playing the role of his sidekick. Morty is a young high school student who has trouble fitting in, especially given the circumstances he faces at home. He likely has a disability of sorts, and has trouble keeping up with the other kids in class, but he is proven to be pretty badass outside of school at Rick's side.
- Adorkable: While his morality can sometimes become skewered, Morty at his best is a sweet and kind, though shy and self-conscious kid.
- All-Loving Hero: Morty is a living deconstruction of the trope. No matter how hard he tries, he inevitably gets dragged into situations in which people (sometimes innocent people) get killed. In "Mortynight Run" he tries to save the life of an imprisoned living gas that Rick names "Fart". Not only does he accidentally kill the assassin but by freeing the gas he causes a dangerous chase sequence that kills several cops and Fart uses its abilities to kill several more as well as a handful of innocent bystanders. In the end, Morty kills the gas when he realizes it plans to lead an invasion that will purge the universe of all carbon-based life.
- Ambiguous Disorder: As shown in the pilot, he can rattle off complicated math and science facts instantly when Rick prompts him, yet can barely concentrate in his remedial-level classes. Hinted further when Rick yells, "He's just like me!" Parodied, in that he actually doesn't have a disorder - he's just feeling the side effects of dissolving alien spores in his rectum, and Rick took advantage of it. The pilot also has Jerry tactlessly state that Morty has a learning disability right in front of him.
- The Anti-Nihilist: The events of "Rick Potion #9" seem to have turned him into this if his speech to Summer in "Rixty Minutes" is anything to go by.Morty: I'm better than your brother. I'm a version of your brother you can trust when he says "don't run." Nobody exists on purpose, nobody really belongs anywhere, everybody's going to die. Come watch TV?
- Beleaguered Assistant: He is often forced by Rick to assist him with his science projects and often rather shady adventures where he is injured and traumatized on a regular basis. Despite this, he seems to enjoy going on adventures with Rick.
- Berserk Button: Not enough to drive him to violence, but still evident enough to piss him off in the first place: Moral Guardian-ish attitudes, which he calls "a one-way ticket to extinction".
- Blaming him for something he didn't do or when he did exactly what he was asked tends to set him off. As the feline Amish villagers learned.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Morty tends to snap if pushed too far. For example, when the Jellybean king tried to rape him, Morty eventually lost it and beat the crap out of him.
- The episode "Look Who's Purging Now" has Rick mention Morty having this tendency, to which Morty dismisses. Come late in the episode when the villager kicks Morty and Rick out of his house just for Morty criticizing his screen play, which the alien asked, he remorselessly kills him and when the Rick's Power Armor appears, mercilessly kills scores of the villagers, many of who were just hiding. Rick tries to play this off as a chemical in a candy bar they ate except it no longer has the chemical.
- Book Dumb: He may do poorly in school, but he does think quickly on his feet and can be pretty observant. He also has enough common sense to poke holes in Rick's ideas and think about consequences—even if Rick usually dismisses him. It's later revealed that his supposed stupidity is why Rick has him as a sidekick. Morty's brainwaves are capable of canceling out Rick's brainwaves and thus able to mask him from potential enemies. It gets to the point where Mortys are even treated as a resource by the Council of Ricks. Although, this may just be an excuse for Rick to spend more time with Morty so he can actually avert this trope for his grandson, considering he did spend most of the time without him in his younger days.
- Born Unlucky: Good lord, this poor guy has it hard. He's behind at school, can't get the girl, almost got raped, and gets used by his manipulative grandfather who takes him on adventures where he gets psychologically traumatized every day.
- Break the Cutie: In "Meeseeks and Destroy", Morty almost becomes victim to rape by the Jellybean King. Afterwards, he is practically crying and tells Rick that he just wants to go home.
- Brainy Brunette: Due to the increasing amount of time he spent with Rick, he's growing to be a strong male example.
- Butt Monkey: Rick's adventures generally leave him either deeply traumatized or incredibly humiliated.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Tries to do this with Rick, but his grandfather either outright dismisses these criticisms or pointedly ignores answering to them as he attempts to steer the conversation elsewhere. There was that one time in "Rick Potion #9", though.
- He often responds to Rick with "Oh geez, Rick".
- Caught with Your Pants Down:
- Jerry once walked into his room while Morty was under the covers looking at his laptop. Morty then gave an extended speech about how he should be more careful when entering his room.
- Summer once caught him jerking it in the kitchen, to which he answers that he's done it all over the house and he's thinking about her friend.
- Character Development: Compare him with the quivering, useless Mortys in "Close Rick-counters", and you can see that the experiences he's gone through have definitely matured him. Given his Rick is said to be belligerent even by the standards of other Ricks, it probably rubs off on this version of Morty. By Season 2, he's become fairly numb to a decent amount of the insanity around him, though he still has his limits and still maintains a moral compass that Rick for the most part lacks. He also seems more tolerant of Rick's antics only raising an issue if Rick has a direct hand in causing problems.
- The Chosen One: By virtue of being the only Morty with enough of a spine to stand up to a Rick. Though Evil Morty may in fact be the "one true Morty" that the captive Mortys spoke of.
- Cornered Rattlesnake: Morty is often meek and cowardly in confrontation, though can prove quite a threat if forced into a corner. After Jellybean King tried to rape him, he retaliated and rather quickly beat him to a pulp, all the while still terrified for his life.
- Cool Loser: Morty isn't seen bullied that much and even his crush when she talks to him is quite pleasant to him and was willing to go to the dance with him in the episode "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez".
- A Date with Rosie Palms: As a typical 14 year old boy, Morty is a chronic masturbator. He awkwardly warns Jerry not to come into his room when he's on the internet because who knows what he could be looking at, and only makes a half-hearted attempt to explain away that he's using an alien sex doll robot in his room before just giving up and going back to it. In Season 2's "Total Rickall", a flashback reveals Summer coming home early to find him masturbating in the kitchen. When she demands to know why the hell he's doing it in the kitchen, in embarrassment he angrily declares that he does it in every room of the house (and as she flees, he defiantly shouts after her that he was thinking of her best friend). In "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", after Morty spends a few months trapped on a primitive alien planet without his laptop, he admits to masturbating to "an extra-curvy piece of driftwood".
- Expy: He's the Marty McFly to Rick's Doc Brown, though he's wimpier than the original.
- Extreme Doormat: Rick will drag him to their adventures whether he likes it or not.
- Evil Counterpart: The version of him helping Evil!Rick kill other Ricks and taking their Mortys to hide Evil!Rick from other alternate versions of himself by torturing them. It is then revealed at the end that Evil!Rick was a robot being controlled by Evil!Morty.
- First-Name Basis: He always refers to Rick by his first name, whereas Summer generally addresses him as Grandpa Rick.
- Generation Xerox: Roiland has stated he believes an adult Morty will look like Jerry but have Rick's abilities.
- Going Native: Hilariously when he goes to live with a group of primitive aliens after getting fed up with Rick's feud against Zeep. Months later, Rick runs into Morty again, now part of the tribe and decked out in their native costume. Morty takes Rick and Zeep to the tribe's World Tree and starts to give spiel about it, then abruptly stops and grabs Rick by the lapels:Morty: You have to get us the f**k outta here! These people are backwards savages! They eat every third baby because they think it makes fruit grow bigger. Everyone's gross and they all smell like piss all the time! I-I-I miss my family, I miss my laptop... I masturbated to an extra-curvy piece of driftwood the other day!
- Heroes Want Redheads:
- His crush, Jessica, has orange-ish red hair.
- By Arthricia in "Look Who's Purging Now" he's at two for three on redheaded love interests.
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Jessica does like him back to some degree, but often the zany situations will unavoidably kill off any vibes and advances for Morty.
- Idiot Hero: Stated to be dimwitted by most people around him and according to his father has a learning disability of some sort.
- I'm a Man; I Can't Help It:
Rick: Kind of weird that you were that willing to sell my existence out for some trim, Morty.
- Arguably Morty's biggest flaw. He's a sucker for a pretty face, which often skews his priorities when his life isn't in immediate danger. It has even caused an apocalypse on one occasion. Him getting Rick to buy him a sex bot sets up the events of "Raising Gazorpazorp".
- As a horny 14 year-old male, this is one of his reasons for being a rather unapologetic masturbator.
- Informed Flaw: For all of Morty's supposed stupidity, he never really comes across as any dumber than the average 14-year-old and even seems to be talented at thinking on his feet.
- In-Series Nickname: Almost no one calls him by "Mortimer".
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Definitely in "Look Who's Purging Now".
- Kissing Warm Up: Beth has to tell him not to practice kiss the pillow.
- Loser Son of Loser Dad: He seems to take after his father, both physically and mentally. One of the reasons Beth puts up with his adventures with Rick is that she'd rather her father rub off on him than Morty becoming another Jerry.
- Lovable Coward: Very meek and easily intimidated. He's getting better though.
- Morality Pet:
- To the hyper-intelligent Snuffles in "Lawnmower Dog".
- While he might put him through a lot of crap, Rick does actually love Morty and can be quite protective of him.
- Nice Guy: Despite his flaws, Morty is a good-natured person who has a strong moral compass.
- Not So Above It All: Though normally very tolerant and the voice of reason, he will often breakdown and lash out when separated from modern convinces. For example, in "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", he launches into an epic rant about how the locals suck and how much he hates it there.
- Odd Friendship: With Rick.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Morty is 14, and has a close bond with his elderly grandfather.
- Older Than They Look: He's 14 and in high school, but has been mistaken for a preteen and is shorter than his crush and classmates. This is Truth in Television.
- Only Sane Man: Zig Zagged. Despite being "as stupid as [Rick] is smart", he's easily the most responsible person in the family; however out of him and Summer, she is more mundane and grounded.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Look Who's Purging Now", Morty lets out all of his pent up rage and starts murdering the inhabitants of the purge planet he and Rick were stuck on, a far different take on his usually calm and whipped personality. It's one of the few times we see Rick visibly shocked and concerned about his grandson. It culminates with Rick tazing him into submission when Morty threatens to kill an innocent girl as well as his own grandfather.
- Overprotective Dad: He lies to Morty Jr. about the outside air being poisonous for him, although it was really a matter of protecting everyone else from his son's homicidal urges.
- Papa Wolf: Even though Rick warned Morty that Morty Jr. is one of he most aggressive creatures in the galaxy (and is later proven right), Morty will attack Rick if he tries to kill Morty Jr. Morty even stated that if Rick wanted to kill Morty Jr., he have to kill him too.
- Parents as People: In one episode Morty has a half-alien son and tries to raise him well, but a combination of factors (Morty Jr. reaches adulthood in one day and his hyper agressive, and Morty has no experience with raising children) results in Morty Jr. having a pretty bad childhood. While they do reconsile when Morty Jr. is a young man, he still writes a book about his bad childhood literally called My Horrible Father. Upon learning of this Morty is very downcast, only saying that he hopes his son is eating enough.
- Rage Breaking Point: Morty is normally very in control of his anger, but this tends to slip out. Most prominently in "Look Who's Purging Now" where he was being blamed by Rick for the majority of the episode reaches it's breaking the Cat Folk villager that fostered them during the purge decided to kick them out just because Morty criticized his screenplay, which the villager asked him to critique. Leading Morty to push the villager down some stairs, killing him and later slaughtering scores of the villagers, many of who were hiding, with Rick's Power Armor. It gets to the point where Rick is forced to knock Morty out until the end of the episode.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: While not necessarily all the time, he is the slowly collected doormat Blue to his sister's feisty, rebellious Red.
- Seen It All: He starts to show signs of it in season 2. In "Auto Erotic Assimilation", once he gets past the potential threat of being assimilated by Unity, he just rolls with it. When Unity loses control of a town and a race war erupts, much to Summer's shock, he just says "First race war, huh?" with a chuckle.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy (an awkward, sweet All-Loving Hero to Rick's Manly Man (a foul-mouthed, aloof Sociopathic Hero).
- Shapeshifting: Rick implanted him with nanomachines that gives him the ability to transform into a car. It evidently automatically triggers at the sound of a car alarm.
- Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Beth and Jerry don't like the fact that Rick drags Morty out of school to go on his adventures in the pilot. In the second episode, "Lawnmower Dog", Rick incepts Morty's math teacher's dreams so that he subliminally convinces him to give Morty good grades all the time, even if Morty isn't there.
- Shrinking Violet: Being an exaggeration of an awkward teenager, Morty is very shy and anxious.
- Teens Are Short: According to "Pocket Mortys", the typical height of a Morty is 5'2.
- Took a Level in Badass: His adventures with Rick seem to be rubbing off on him, as stuff that would send him into a near panic attack early in the show is starting to be met with worry or curiosity rather than blind fear. For example, in "Auto-Erotic Assimilation" a comment after the nipple based race war reignites when Unity loses control of the species it has assimilated indicates that this isn't his first time dealing with race wars and during "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", after having enough of Rick's and Zeep's bullshit inside the Teenyverse, he opts to go off on his own and within a couple of months takes control of a local tribe of savage tree-people. He's still definitely The Woobie, but he's slowly starting to grow into an Iron Woobie.
- Took a Level in Cynic: His adventures with Rick have slowly shaped Morty into a more apathetic person. See Seen It All section.
- The Unfavorite: In his original universe, as neither of his parents try to find him after the world is devastated in "Rick Potion #9".
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Morty is often the more sensible and reasonable one among his family. He convinces Summer to stay after she learns she was an unwanted pregnancy by telling her that she is no different than anyone else. He later tells Rick that he will be O.K. if Rick leaves but he won't forgive him for breaking his mom's heart.
Voiced by: Chris ParnellThe father of Morty and Summer, and the husband of Rick's daughter Beth. Jerry is an extremely insecure person who has trouble balancing his job, family, and marriage, none of which are helped by the influence of Rick's escapades, which he sometimes finds himself unwittingly weaseled into.
- Ambiguously Bi: Has a male lover in "Total Rickall" who turned out to be an alien parasite. Since their memories together were manufactured and the parasites are incapable of making unpleasant memories, it's hard to say if he would have actually enjoyed it.
- The Anti-Nihilist: Despite his life being rather... well... miserable, he refuses to give in.Jerry: Life is effort and I'll stop when I die!
- Berserk Button: Rick's actions in general annoy him but when Beth defends these actions, that drives him over the edge. In the episode "Auto Erotic Assimilation" he and Beth have a nasty argument when Beth tries to defend Rick having an alien locked up in a secret lab he built. Another example is in "The Wedding Squanchers" when Beth and the kids were willing to be galactic fugitives and do whatever Rick wants so that they could have him in their lives.
- Book Dumb: In defending his right to continue to call Pluto a planet, he quips that if he can't do so, we might as well burn Galileo at the stake for claiming the sun is round.
- Butt Monkey: Most likely the biggest example in the show, possibly more so than his son. Just to give some examples:
- The best day of his life was an alien simulation of life running at minimum capacity, which he never caught on to until Rick broke the illusion.
- Dozens of problem-serving assistants from another dimension couldn't take two strokes off his golf swing after two days of effort, driving them to homicidal misanthropy.
- In "Mortynight Run", it's revealed one version of Rick made a Jerry daycare if Ricks happen to find themselves with a Jerry they can't just send back home. According to our Rick, Jerrys tend to die quickly if allowed off Earth. The daycare is shown to work based on the fact that Jerrys are all unilaterally easily-controlled simpletons. When prime Jerry gets fed up and leaves (upon realizing that that was always allowed), he comes back in under five minutes because he can't deal with the weirdness around him.
- "Look Who's Purging Now" sums it up:Jerry: I'm this entire family's toilet paper.
- Bumbling Dad: He's not necessarily a bad dad, but he blurts out a pretty big bombshell in the pilot by telling Rick that Morty has some sort of disability right in front of his own son's eyes (in all fairness, he then gently told Morty that he'd always love him, but he felt the responsible thing was to be honest with Morty so he could take steps to address it instead of just ignoring the problem). In other instances he's shown to be a pretty effective dad, and the "bumbling" aspect of the trope is better applied to his role as a husband and his Butt Monkey status.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Like his father-in-law, he can kick some monster ass if needed. This is best demonstrated in "Rick Potion #9" where he takes on the mutant apocalypse- and wins. Jerry seems to do best when lives are on the line, and miserably the rest of the time. In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", despite starting off simply trying to cower in a hole, he eventually guns his way to rescue his wife while also thinking up how to deal with the monster version of Beth.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It's implied that Jerry was in a rape situation in the past.
- Deconstructive Parody: Arguably to the Unfazed Everyman. Jerry is openly adjusted to the changes his father-in-law commits to his family but the changes will always find a way to bite him as long as he is involved in the scenario.
- Dirty Coward: Downplayed compared to most. He tends to be somewhat cowardly in most dangerous situations, having once locked Beth out of the car when they were chased down by a crazed hobo. However, he can be doggedly determined when he has a goal in mind.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Jerry may be a ditz, but he's not wrong in saying that Rick's activities are dangerous and are going to get the family in trouble or that Beth's selfishness and fear over her father leaving again is the reason she turns a blind eye to his craziness even though said craziness puts the family at risk.
- Fatal Flaw: His need to feel important.
- Foil: To Rick. While Rick is a sociopathic, brave, and brilliant scientist who abandoned Beth when she was a child and the person who the family will go along no matter how crazy his ideas. Jerry is a normal, downplayed Dirty Coward who is a bit of a ditz, the family's resident Butt Monkey, and didn't abandon Beth after she was pregnant while they were both in high school.
- Good Parents: Though not exactly, he's still a better parent than Beth or Rick.
- Henpecked Husband: Has a fairly belligerent relationship with his wife. In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", Beth's mytholog of Jerry is a pathetic worm-like creature that is subservient to Monster!Beth, which even the actual Jerry finds utterly pathetic.
- Hidden Depths: In timelines where Summer wasn't born, Jerry has a tendency to make it big in Hollywood as an actor or a writer/director.
- Honor Before Reason: Pluto is still a planet to him, and he will argue that point endlessly, even if his son gets a bad grade on his report. Or if four billion lives are put in jeopardy. Almost. He's just insecure, you know?
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks a lot like his voice actor Chris Parnell.
- Insecure Love Interest: Jerry constantly fears that Beth may not truly love him.
- Not just his wife, he also fears that his children may favor Rick over him.
- It's All About Me: Jerry can be very, almost absurdly, selfish at times. For example, in "Look Who's Purging Now", despite Rick and Morty being in clear danger he still fixates on getting attention from Summer continually distracting her, ignoring their peril, and almost getting them killed. Made much worse when it's revealed he wasn't really even trying to reconnect with his grown-up daughter... he just wanted to mooch cash from her.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Subverted. Jerry is very sensitive about how smart he is (which isn't much) and doesn't take people pointing this out very well.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The feminine boy to Beth's masculine girl
- Mr Seahorse: In the opening sequence, Jerry is shown giving birth. It has yet to come up in any episode yet, but you can be sure it's on its way. Since Rick was seen delivering the baby, it was probably something Rick did that caused this.
- Only Sane Man: Where Rick is involved at least. While his wife and children welcome Rick's presence in their lives Jerry is the only one to recognize and bring up the concerns that having a Mad Scientist living in the house creates.
- Straight Man: Which is odd because he's also the dimmest of the main characters. But despite his awkwardness, he rivals Beth as the most normal of the family.
- Straw Loser: He rarely catches any breaks, no one in his family takes him seriously, and his marriage is constantly hanging on by a thread due to the fact that Summer was an accident.
- Strong Family Resemblance: When his parents come to visit the family for Christmas dinner, it's shown that Jerry got all of his facial features from his father.
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- The Season 2 premiere has the B-plot end with Jerry successfully performing a romantic gesture for Beth, and the final scene is him being consistently funny enough to put her in a laughing fit.
- The Season two finale has him getting a Federation-mandated job after him being nagged for being unemployed for the past season.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Rick Potion #9", though it apparently doesn't carry over to the reality Rick and Morty settle down in where the situation that turned him into a badass is resolved (or didn't go far enough for his badassery to happen). In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" he is fed up with Beth's perception of him as a meek worm and decides to fight back to rescue her from a monster perception of herself.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: It's implied that he married way out of his league. This isn't helped by the fact that the father of his wife very much thinks this and constantly reminds him of it.
- Unfazed Everyman: He is essentially surrounded by the family of a Mad Scientist, whose family pet named Snuffles even outsmarts him. While some of his moments do involve a Troubled Fetal Position, he takes Rick's realities comfortably well, but not for very long.
- Yank the Dog's Chain:
- Gets one in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!", when he has the best day of his life, but is pulled out right at the best moment by Rick, who reveals it was all just a simulation. It actually gets worse near the end when he tries to use the same "award winning" pitch from the simulation and is promptly fired over how bad it is.
- He gets yet another one (if you think about it from the perspective of the series) in "Rick Potion #9", when he wins the pure affection of his woman by becoming a total badass in a Crapsack World, only for Rick and Morty to completely ditch that reality altogether and return to one where he and Beth are apparently back where they started. Badass Jerry is still out there, he's just... never important to the show again.
- Yet another one in "Close Rick-counters" where he meets "Doofus Rick", the only person who respects him... who is then taken away by the rest of the Council, and Jerry is mocked by the other Ricks for being friends with him.
Beth Smith (née Sanchez)
Voiced by: Sarah ChalkeJerry's wife, Summer and Morty's mother and Rick's daughter, Beth faces the problems that follow her unstable marriage and her dad living with her family, though she's the least affected family member by the latter of the two. She has a job as a heart surgeon for horses.
- The Alcoholic: While not to the extent of Rick, she can really put away wine when things get down. In "Rixty Minutes", she goes through several boxes of wine while lamenting her lost opportunities. In "Total Rickall", Summer has at least one memory of Beth getting wasted and accidentally hitting her in the eye with a wine bottle, which is followed by her rushing to fill a wineglass after she shoots Mr. Poopybutthole under the mistaken belief that he's a shapeshifting alien parasite.
- Alcoholic Parent: She got it from Rick. She isn't bad as him though, but a flashback with her and Summer shows that she's had her problems.
- Berserk Button:
- Implying she's not a real doctor seems to be a sore spot.
- Also the few times that she has stood up to Rick come when he tries to pass off problems caused by his own carelessness as being Jerry's fault.
- Buxom Is Better: In the Rick and Morty rushed license adventure, Summer wears a DD bra believing she will grow into it because Beth herself has large breasts.
- Daddy's Girl: Deconstructed. She adores her father for the most part and is willing to put up with a lot of his crap, though even she has her limits. Word of God even notes that her adoration of Rick (who, ignoring the mad scientist aspect, is still an alcoholic absentee parent who was away for much of her life) is what truly makes her a messed up person. In "The Wedding Squanchers", she admits that the reason she puts up with her father and is willing to be a galactic fugitive is because she's afraid of Rick running out on her again.
- Deadpan Snarker: It seems to be a learned trait from her father, though it tends to come off more as complaining when she does it.
- Disappeared Dad: Rick was gone for a large portion of her life. She said that she used to draw him into family pictures with crayon. Once he returned, she was willing to do anything she could to keep him in her life.
- Freaky Is Cool: It's stated by the creators that Beth fetishes the abnormal and this is one of the reasons she likes having Rick around.
- Gasshole: She can burp just as well as her father to some extent, particularly when drunk. The Ricks are all quite proud of her for this.
- Generation Xerox: She's inherited her father's intelligence, his ego and alcoholism.
- Hospital Hottie: Her job as a heart surgeon for horses. It's shown that had she not given birth to Summer and married Jerry, she would have gone on to become a Nobel Prize-winning surgeon.
- Hidden Disdain Reveal: In the stinger of Rick Potion #9, Beth tells Jerry she doesn't care about what might have happened to Rick and Morty and now that they have gone, she feels finally happy. It is questionable whether the current Beth feels the same way.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Like Jerry, she strongly resembles her own VA.
- In the Blood: She's inherited her father's egocentric nature and predisposition for alcoholism.
- It's All About Me: Remarkably so. A standout moment was in Wedding Squanchers when Birdperson tells her about him and Rick being galactic fugitives wanted for terrorism who have committed numerous atrocities together, and she doesn't even acknowledge what he's saying, preferring instead to talk about herself and her problems.
- A recurring source of conflict between her and Jerry is the latter's belief she'd gladly let Rick's antics mess with the lives of the rest of the family so long as she was happy to have her father back. In said episode, she bluntly confirms that theory. It's a pretty normal reaction for someone in her situation though.
- Jerkass: The status quo of the show is that Jerry and Beth's marriage is always on the brink of collapse; as such, she is particularly venomous towards Jerry, even above everyone else and almost as much as Rick. The original Beth became indifferent to the fate of Morty after the events of Rick Potion #9.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Beth or at least the current Beth at least earnestly loves and attempts to make her dysfunctional family and marriage work, and given how selfish and egocentric Jerry himself is, it's a two-way endurance.
- Latino Is Brown: Averted, if her family background really is Latino (and not, say, Iberian Spanish). Beth has the most fair complexion out of her whole family.
- Lonely at the Top: Turns out, she does not take loneliness well, especially when she has no one to look down to. It's been revealed in "Rixty Minutes" despite her fame and fortune as an experienced human surgeon, she surrounds herself with only birds in cages while Drowning Her Sorrows with pints of wine for her lonesomeness.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Older than the typical example, but she's still a Daddy's girl.
- Mama Bear: In "The Wedding Squanchers" Beth defends Summer against a robot that tried to harm her.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The masculine girl to Jerry's feminine boy.
- Missing Mom: Rick states in the pilot that she is no longer alive, and it's mentioned in "Rick Potion #9" that Rick left her mom. In "Auto Erotic Assimilation" Beth mentions that her mom had an issue with Rick putting his experiments before the safety of his family, resulting in him leaving. Whether or not she is dead or simply not around is unknown
- Morality Pet: In at least some sense, Beth (with Morty) seem to function as one for Rick. He tends to genuinely compliment and flatter Beth. He never swears at her like he does with the rest of the family and even calls her "sweetie".
- Never My Fault: She seems to always blame Jerry for their strained marriage yet never admits her cold and distant behavior to him could be a factor.
- Not So Above It All:
- One of the comic books reveals that Beth regularly uses Rick's portal gun to meet up with alternate versions of herself. They even have their own rock band.
- In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" Jerry manipulates the device she is strapped into to present a mental image of what she idealistically wants him to view her as. That being an literal goddess!
- Oedipus Complex: An Electra Complex variant. Word of God has it that she grew up resenting her mother and idolizing Rick as she came to blame her for Rick running out on them. The bloom's probably off the rose at this point, though she's still more lenient than she ought to be, partly because she'd rather have Morty end up like Rick than Jerry.
- Open-Minded Parent: She is typically ok with her father taking her children on potentially dangerous adventures across the universe, mostly because she would rather her children be more like her father than their father. She also didn't want to intervene with Morty loudly using a sex robot in "Raising Gazorpazorp" because she thought it would affect him negatively. However, she did intervene when she thought Rick was using it to.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Much of a Daddy's Girl as she is Beth is fully willing to call out Rick when his antics lead to real trouble.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Beth is quite a narcissist. In the "Pilot" Rick is able to get her to stop being angry with him for taking Morty on his adventure by complimenting her breakfast. She tends to put her own needs ahead of others, such as insisting Rick stay in their lives despite his antics. In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" Jerry knows that she wants him to view her as a goddess.
- Teen Pregnancy: She was impregnated by Jerry when she was seventeen.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Jerry, who is implied to have married out of his league.
- Women Are Wiser: Downplayed. She obviously seems a more stable and intelligent being than Jerry, but even he is perfectly able to call her out on her flaws and arrogance many times over.
Voiced by: Spencer GrammerThe daughter of Jerry and Beth, the granddaughter of Rick, and the sister of Morty. Summer behaves the way a typical teenage daughter living in a house with a psychotic grandfather would.
- Action Girl: In the comic book B-plot (Summer Spectacular), she imagines herself as this. Issue 1 has her saving a man from a hostage situation, while Issue 2 portrays her as the commander of an army of anthropomorphic food. Gradually starts to grow into the role as the series goes on. Going so far as to be proactive at times given how morally compromised her grandfather is and how spineless or apathetic Morty tends to be. Culminates in the spin-off comic Little Poopy Superstar, where she gets to team up with Mr. Poopybutthole.
- A-Cup Angst: Wears double D bras despite her size being much smaller, claiming she'll grow into them because "Mom's got big boobs."
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: In the pilot, she has a crush on Frank Palicky. Too bad he got frozen to death by Rick.
- Alliterative Name: Summer Smith.
- Appeal to Popularity: Summer has a tendency to follow the crowd if only so she can get more attention. In "Ricksy Business" she encourages Morty as well as one of her geeky school mates, Nancy to traverse a dangerous dimension because she thinks they'll ruin her house party. In "Get Schwifty" she becomes a religious fanatic when the rest of the town starts worshiping the giant heads in the sky. It also might be why she is so disturbed with Unity, one mind controlling the minds of many.
- Ascended Extra: While she was always part of the main crew, Summer gets a major bump in screen time after "Rick Potion No. 9", and another one during season two, to the point where entire subplots were centered around her. Summer also appears quite often in the comics and is even getting a spin-off comic of her own: Lil' Poopy Superstar.
- Big Sister Bully: Zig zagged. Summer doesn't actively pick on Morty, mostly because neither one speaks to each other. At one point she groin kicks him for a very flippant reason. Even so, they do care for each other.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Though mostly in the pilot. She has shown improvement in later episodes, but still generally carries this trope around with her. She also has much more of a backbone than her brother and thus a lot less tolerance for Rick's bullshit.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Implied. Summer mentioned at one point she intentionally gets C grades and it's shown that Summer possesses superior intelligence.
- Brother-Sister Team: She and Morty are seen working together when the need calls for it, mostly against something caused by their grandfather.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: In chapter 3 of the game, one of the items is Summer's "relaxing massager," and it's made very clear what she does with it. Rick sees the item and doesn't think it's a big deal.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Raising Gazorpazorp" has her being involved in Rick's misadventure and future episodes have put a bigger focus on her such as Rixty Minutes and Something Ricked This Way Comes. As of season 2, Rick has much less of a problem including her on his and Morty's intergalactic escapades.
- Extreme Melee Revenge: After the events of "Something Ricked This Way Comes", Summer is scammed out of her business venture with Lucius Needful (aka the actual devil). The answer? Get jacked up on steroids with your grandfather and beat the living shit out of him in front of thousands of onlookers in Seattle.
- Fiery Redhead: Obviously, especially in episodes like "Something Ricked This Way Comes" and "Auto-Errotic Assimilation".
- Green-Eyed Monster: It is shown that Summer can be jealous of Rick and Morty's close relationship, and she can sometimes feel ignored by her grandfather. While Rick does his best to keep her at a distance, the two of them have gone on their own adventures, including on the planet Gazorpazorp. Her complex of being ignored by Rick manifests into a connection with the Devil in "Something Ricked This Way Comes".
- Groin Attack: She once kicked Morty in the nuts because he went into her room.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Summer is a strawberry blonde.
- Hidden Depths: Although Summer is not as scientifically-minded as Rick, she does possess superior intelligence. Summer is shown to be very whip-smart and nimble-witted, at least compared to rest of her family.
- Summer also seems to communicate with Rick better than Morty does, at least as long as neither party is being belligerent. Near the end of "Ricksy Business", Summer understands Rick's vague descriptions of a device much faster than Morty does even though the latter had spent much more time with Rick by that point.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Summer gets frustrated that when Rick won't allow her to go on adventures with him and is annoyed to find all her alternate reality selves to be rather boring. Or non-existent.
"I want to be special, Grandpa Rick! I deserve to be special!" "Yeah, Summer. Yeah. You do."
- Outright says it in Rick and Morty Comics #16 when she runs off with another space traveler. Rick, rather uncharacteristically, agrees and lets her go.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her outward bratty and aloof attitude, Summer does have a moral compass (which especially stands out when she goes on adventures with Rick and Morty) and does love her family.
- Morality Pet: While Rick can be a huge jerk to Summer, it's obvious that he does love her.
- Ms. Fanservice: Only in Mr. Goldenfold's dreams. Although it's not as sexy as it looks.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In "Lawnmower Dog" she says she gets C's intentionally. It might just be an excuse for her bad grades.
- Only Sane Woman: Along with Morty, Summer is by far the most grounded and "normal" person in her family, as she is the one that calls out Rick the most and is the one that has the least "zany" adventures opposite from her family. This causes Rick not to take her to his adventures with Morty, considering that she would protest more easily than her pushover brother.
- Potty Failure: Seems to have this pronlem.
- In "A Rickle in Time", when Morty knocks out Rick, he mentions that all the Mortys knocked out all the Ricks and all the Summers peed their pants.
- In "Total Rickall", during the flashback to when everyone got stuck in an elevator, she tells Morty "Just pee your pants. I did it the moment we got stuck."
- In "Look Who's Purging Now" she fondly remembers Jerry pushing her on the swings until she peed herself.
- Red Is Heroic: The only member of her family with red hair and has the strongest moral compass of them all (especially after Morty grew more apathetic).
- Strong Family Resemblance: She has Jerry's facial features and head shape.
- Token Good Teammate: Becomes this to Rick and Morty whenever she's taken along on their adventures due to her brother's growing cynicism making him unfit for the role.
- Trademark Favorite Food: The comic portrays her eating pizza a lot. In Issue 1, she accidentally burns herself because she's simultaneously daydreaming, straightening her hair, and eating a slice of pizza. In Issue 2, she holds the hand of an anthropomorphic piece of pizza as he dies on the battlefield.
- The Unfavorite: In the second universe it's shown that Jerry and Beth are very resentful of the sacrifices they had to make because Summer was born. It takes Morty's twisted consolation to make her stay. It's not long until where an alternate universe closely similar to theirs regret the abortion and has caused both parents terrible lives as the current universe watches it unfold.
Voiced by: Kari WahlgrenA popular and attractive girl in Morty's class. Morty is hopelessly in love with her but, unfortunately for him, she only rarely acknowledges his existence.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with concerning her and Brad. She hates how he always picks fights, and yet they're still together no matter what. It's possible though by "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" that they have broken up as she goes with Morty to the dance.
- The Cheerleader / All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Jessica is shown to be a cheerleader in the 20th issue of the comics. In the same issue, Morty actively seeks to win her affections by becoming stronger and joining the basketball team.
- Cool-Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Played with. While they aren't friends per say, Jessica is genuinely nice to Morty and seems to not mind his company, even going with him to the school dance in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez". She also is impressed by the fact that he is a sidekick to his Mad Scientist grandpa.
- Expy: Possibly one of Jennifer Parker from Back to the Future, Marty Mc Fly's girlfriend. Like Jennifer, Jessica is a bit of a Flat Character who happens to be the main character's romantic interest. Not much other than that.
- Flat Character: So far, she doesn't have much depth as a character and exists solely for Morty to have a crush on her.
- Freaky Is Cool: In the pilot episode, she is impressed with Morty for coming into the cafeteria through a portal and in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" when Morty tells her that tiny Rick is his grandpa in the body of a teenager, her response is "cool".
- Gaussian Girl: Parodied in "Ricksy Business". Jessica is introduced this way, only for Rick to scold Slow-Mobius for messing with time to create the effect.
- Girl of My Dreams: She is the object of Morty's teenage desires and humid daydreaming
- Hidden Depths: She reveals herself to be far from shallow in "Ricksy Business," where she expresses her exasperation with her Jerk Jock of a boyfriend and says she only wants to date someone who is nice and sweet, though it doesn't stop her from leaving the party happily with him at the end.
- Satellite Love Interest: She has almost no characterization outside of being Morty's crush, but "Ricksy Business" did add some depth to her.
Voiced by: Echo KellumA student at Harry Herpson High School. He is a jock who plays football for the school and dates Jessica.
Principal Gene Vagina
Voiced by: Phil HendrieThe principal of Morty and Summer's high school. A middle-aged, balding man with a shitty name that he constantly has to emphasize he has no relation to the female body part, Principal Vagina is a surprisingly level-headed person in such a messed up world.
- Dissonant Serenity: As stated in the description, he is very calm and brushes off stuff like hiring a vampire as a PE teacher as if it were an everyday thing.
- Drunk with Power: After establishing the Headism Religion.
- Embarrassing Last Name: But don't let that fool you, he's very much in charge. According to him, his best guess is that it's possibly Scandinavian.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Frank Palicky is killed, he insists — completely unprompted — that there's no evidence a Latino student did it. Especially considering Rick is implied to be latino.
Voiced by: Brandon JohnsonMorty and Summer's math teacher.
- Angry Black Man: If Da Chief was teaching math in a suburban high school, he'd be this guy.
- Badass Teacher: Only in his dreams.
- Butt Monkey: His existence is pretty sad both in and out of school.
- Ephebophile: Has a repressed attraction to Summer, and is in no particular hurry to stop Morty from rubbing his chest in the pilot.
Voiced by: Ryan RidleyA bully who appeared in the pilot episode of the series. Frank Palicky carried a knife around in school and threatened to make anyone who called his family poor pay the price for doing so. He was summarily frozen by Rick, then toppled over and shattered on his own, killing him instantly.
- Asshole Victim: Downplayed, despite being an an absolute lunatic, Frank's death is shown to traumatize Summer and results in the school being on edge for the rest of the episode.
- Ax-Crazy: Becomes angry enough over just ten seconds to try to "cut" Morty with a switchblade, right in front of everyone else in the hallway.
- Barbaric Bully: A greaser delinquent who threatens Morty with a knife over an imagined insult.
- Berserk Button: Don't call his family poor. Or say anything that might make him think you called his family poor. Or... it's probably best if you don't talk at all around him, actually.
- Expy: Of Biff Tannen from Back to the Future. Unlike Biff, however, Frank didn't last long.
- Greaser Delinquents: Leather jacket ? Check. Switchblade knife ? Check. Ducktail haircut ? Check. The dude just looks like he's stuck in the wrong decade.
- Harmless Freezing: Subverted, Rick responds to Morty's request to unfreeze by saying the freezing is harmless. Shortly after they leave, the frozen Frank tips over and shatters into a million pieces, horrifying the students.
- Informed Poverty: He goes Ax-Crazy if he even thinks you mentioned that he was poor. Though just as he is about to cut Morty, he claims his family is rich.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Thanks to being frozen then shuffled around, one of his feet cracks and he ends up in pieces.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's frozen about 20 seconds into his first appearance. 50 seconds later, he's shattered.
Voiced by: Alex HirschYet another boy that Summer obsesses over.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks like a slightly younger version of his voice actor.
A coach who's secretly a vampire that preys upon the school. Killed offscreen by Morty and Summer with Tiny Rick's help.
- The Ghost: He's dealt with entirely offscreen.
- Our Vampires Are Different: This is the first time vampires have been mentioned in the show, although Rick seems to take them for granted.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: His choice of name wasn't exactly subtle.
- Too Dumb to Live: His vampire master thinks as much when he hears what his assumed name was.
Voiced by: Rob PaulsenMorty's pet dog, whose intelligence Rick enhanced with a special helmet... who then turned it into a mechanical arm and translator by himself, then made that into a bipedal mech suit and mass-produced the devices in order to enslave humanity.
- Animals Fear Neutering: One of his main beefs with humanity comes from the fact that the Smiths neutered him, angrily demanding to Summer to reveal what did they do with his testicles.
- Badass Adorable: A vengeful aspiring world conqueror equipped with a mech-suit and Super Intelligence... who's still a cute and fluffy dog.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Since Morty was the only human who treated him well, Snowball made him his pet human and let him live a comfortable life.
- Didn't Think This Through: Rick's uplifting helmet is designed to carry more batteries than he intended, allowing Snuffles to supply more power to it to make him even smarter.
- Fluffy the Terrible: After rising up against the Smiths, Snuffles refuses to use his "slave name" and instead takes the name of Snowball, "because [his] fur is pretty and white."
- Freudian Excuse: Literally. "Where are my testicles, Summer?"
- Gone Horribly Right: Jerry just wanted the dog to be smarter so that it wouldn't piss on the rug. Rick made him smarter, alright.
- Heel Realization: When Rick incepts a dream in Snowball where Morty is dying, Snowball's right-hand dog tells him to let Morty die, because that's what humans would have done to a dog in the same situation. Snowball rebukes this idea - and when he wakes up, he realizes that subjugating humanity is just going to make him no different from them. He instead takes his uplifted dogs to live on an uninhabited planet, where he hopes their budding civilization can learn from and not make the mistakes of other sapients."We are not them!... We are not them."
- Shout-Out: Snowball's name to Animal Farm.
- Undying Loyalty: To Morty. When he believed Morty was dying, he states that he would gladly give up his empire to save him.
- Uplifted Animal: A dog uplifted by Rick.
- You Will Be Spared: Because Morty treated him well, Snowball declares that he will be allowed to keep his testicles.
Voiced by: Jess HarnellA monster found in the dreams of Morty's math teacher. To be specific, he was found in the dream of a centaur, who was in the dream of a T.V. character that Morty's math teacher was dreaming about.
- Captain Ersatz: He's an obvious Freddy Krueger parody. Rick even calls him a "legally safe knock-off of an 80's horror villain."
- Dream Walker: Rick notices that he is able to freely travel between the different dream levels.
- Heel–Face Turn: After Rick and Morty go into his dreams and stick up for him against his mean professor, he quickly befriends them and helps them escape the dream world.
- Heteronormative Crusader: Yells "Sex is sacred!" while cutting Mrs. Pancakes into five pieces. Though this may just be referring to the act itself, rather than a heteronormative affirmation.
- Punch Clock Villain: He's a devoted father and husband with the frustrating job of entering people's dreams and scaring them out of their wits. It's not even totally clear if he kills his victims.
- Pungeon Master: Subverted; unlike everyone else in his class, he's shown to be pretty bad at it, and just tends to yell, "You Can Run, but You Can't Hide, bitch!"
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: He usually ends sentences with the word "bitch". In his case, it's an uncontrollable Verbal Tic that caused him a bit of grief in school.
Dr. Xenon Bloom
Voiced by: John OliverAn amoeba-like creature who co-founded Anatomy Park. He ends up getting killed by a swarm of E. coli while operating a train to save Morty and Annie.
- Expy: Of John Hammond. He even has a near-identical walking stick.
- Stupid Sacrifice: He decides to make a Heroic Sacrifice by staying back and operating some train controls to allow Morty and Annie to escape, despite knowing he will be killed by the E. coli swarm. As he does this, he realizes that the train controls do have an autopilot setting, only to be attacked before he can get to the train. He fruitlessly yells that he felt like sacrificing himself anyway if only to comfort himself.
Voiced by: Daniel BensonSummer's boyfriend from "Anatomy Park". He's shown to be extremely clingy and dealing with his own insecurities. His body becomes the building site for the new Anatomy Park, but given Rick's frustration that it won't include a "Pirates of the Pancreas", that may not be permanent.
- The Bus Came Back: He's Put on a Bus after "Anatomy Park," and doesn't reappear until 15 episodes later in "Get Schwifty."
- Dark and Troubled Past: Ethan was molested by his brother.
- It's All About Me: He barges into the Smiths' house and demands to know why Summer hasn't been texting him. When she explains that Jerry took her phone away and wanted her to spend time with her family, his only response is to angrily ask if she stopped to consider how that might affect him.
- Rape as Backstory: In a tear-filled confession he admits that his older brother molested him as a child.
Voiced by: Justin RoilandA race of creatures created from a box for the purpose of fulfilling simple goals. They do what is asked of them, and then abruptly cease to exist. They really don't like existing, so if the task given to them takes too long to accomplish, they may go insane and try to kill their summoner.
- Alien Blood: As shown during the fight scene in "Meeseeks and Destroy", their blood is white. Knowing how much the show indulges in Freudian symbolism, the seminal imagery might be intentional.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Mr. Meeseeks are friendly, cheerful, and eager to please. But if they can't solve a given problem fast enough (as in a couple of days), they can get downright murderous.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While they're only intended to be used for the simplest of tasks, Meeseeks are capable of accomplishing surprisingly complex things within a short span of time, such as convincing Beth that her life is worth living and making Summer popular at school in a single day.
- Contemplate Our Navels: Implied. One of them says being alive as long as he has is 'weird' when explaining that he'd like to stop existing.
- Death Seeker: All of them wish to accomplish their goals as quick as possible so that they can die.
- Exact Words: The Meeseeks will try to do whatever their summoner asks of them, but they will also use the exact wording of their summoner to resolve the issue if they need to. Taking two strokes off Jerry's golf game? Well, if they can't make him a better golfer, they'll permanently remove all the strokes off his game through killing him.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Life itself is torture to them, and death is the only release. They'll go mad if they don't die.
- Happiness in Slavery: Perfectly happy with helping their master achieve their goal, and then dying. Should their master give up their goal or take too long (two days), they will quickly go insane.
- Instant Expert: It appears Meeseeks are good at pretty much everything from the moment they come into being. Unfortunately, when dealing with someone as neurotic as Jerry, this only goes so far.
- It's All About Me: As Beth noted, they just say or do whatever it takes to accomplish their goal, without little to no consideration for the feelings (or ultimately the life) of the person who summons them. The example Rick used with the first Meeseeks was summoning him to open a stuck pickle jar, and they were intended for household tasks like fixing a dishwasher, etc. Beth completely ignored this by asking Meeseeks to help make her "a more complete woman", so it took the quickest route to making that happen. Jerry tried to keep his wish simple by just asking for help lowering his golf handicap... though he's so bad at golf that this drove his Meeseeks insane.
- Loophole Abuse: Jerry's Meeseeks figure that, since they can't improve Jerry's golf game, they can kill him instead. By their reasoning, they're taking two strokes off his game by removing the game entirely. In fairness to their strained logic, they were pretty desperate.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: What Jerry's Meeseeks ended up deciding, and probably what any Meeseeks will resort to after long enough.
- Never My Fault: "He roped me into this!"
- Purpose-Driven Immortality: You can rip them apart, you can smash their skulls in, you can tear holes straight through their body, but they don't get to die until they solve their task.
- Sanity Slippage: The longer they keep failing at their goal, the worse they get.
- Servant Race: Their entire purpose in life is to fulfill the goal given to them as quickly as possible and die in a puff of smoke afterwards.
- Stepford Smiler: Very chipper and eager to help — as long as things are going well.
- Verbal Tic: I'M MR. MEESEEKS LOOK AT ME!
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Hand-in-hand with Death Seeker, it's impossible for them to die unless they complete their task and it doesn't help that they're so content with leading very short lives in accordance with that.
Voiced by: Tom KennyA giant, sentient jellybean that Morty has an unfortunate encounter with. He is the king of a magical land who used his powers of being king to sexually assault those below him, particularly children.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Plays himself as an empathetic ear to strangers and a child loving monarch to his people, when in reality he is a violent natured sexual predator.
- Cerebus Syndrome: In "Unbelievable Tales", despite his actions being several times as dark and depraved, his characterisation is much more over the top and surreal. In his "Rick and Morty" appearance his portrayal of child molester is unsettlingly realistic and Played for Drama.
- Depraved Kids' Show Host: A big time case in his "Unbelievable Tales" appearance.
- Dull Surprise: He's so beaten down and dishevelled after his encounter with Morty, he can barely manage a deadpan grunt as Rick disintegrates him.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Originally appeared in one of Roiland's Unbelievable Tales shorts under the alias of "Crumply Crumplestein".
- Glass Cannon: Manhandles and sexually assaults Morty as he tries to escape. When the latter finally fights back, however, the kid beats him to a pulp.
- Humiliation Conga: Brutally beaten with a toilet seat by a child he tried to rape, then later blown up unceremoniously by Rick while he is paraded by his worshippers still battered and disheveled.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Near the end of the episode, he's been severely beaten by Morty, but apparently will still remain King despite his heinous crimes. A second after they depart and the portal closes, it re-opens and Rick (who realizes what happened) blows him to shreds with a ray gun. Under the implication of The Stinger he's been doing this for a long while until the two handed him his comeuppance.
- King Incognito: Darker example. Morty meets him at a bar, where he is seemingly Slumming It to molest children unrecognised.
- Knight of Cerebus: His attempt to rape Morty is played entirely straight, and it's extremely unpleasant to watch. His comeuppance reverts to the show's standard Black Comedy however.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Literally, laser-guided. He really shouldn't have messed with Rick's grandson.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: In The Stinger, it's revealed the good and kindly king had a statue of himself made in the town square with him licking an underage boy in his underwear.
- Nightmare Face: Compared to that docile grin shown above, he truly has a "rape face" when he doesn't get what he wants.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: One of the first to fall victim to Morty's hidden formidable side, getting beaten to a pulp with a toilet seat after he tries to rape him.
- Not Good with Rejection: Turns VERY nasty when Morty "teases" him and doesn't play along.
- The Power of Legacy: Despite the post-mortem discovery of Jellybean's Porn Stash - a box of Polaroids implied to be of underage kids - the mayor of the village orders the evidence burnt, for fear that the legacy which inspired the kingdom would be tarnished.
- Rape and Revenge: Attempted to rape Morty in a restroom, and afterwards was shot dead by Morty's grandfather.
- Sanity Slippage: Back when he was "Crumply Crumplestein", he implies he wasn't always the depraved child molester.
Voiced by: Finnegan Perry (Baby) / Will Jennings (Child) / Richard Christy (Teenager) / Maurice LaMarche (Middle-Aged)The result of Morty spending a lot of time with a Gazorpazorpian breeding chamber, which is more of a Fembot, Morty Jr. is a half-human, half-Gazorpazorpian creature that Morty takes the responsibility of raising.
- Blood Knight: All males of his species are totally driven by their destructive impulses. There's even a scene where he has a shouting match with his father, because Morty cares about love and kindness, as opposed to weapons and "dominating the enemy".
- Creepy Child: As a child, he quickly develops the male Gazorpazorpian urge to kill and destroy.
- Cultured Badass: While growing up, he spent his time watching the History Channel and developing knowledge of military history, to Morty's frustration.
- Driven to Suicide: After getting into an argument with Morty that ends with the latter hitting him, Morty Jr. walks outside the house to breathe in the oxygen that his father told him was toxic... then he finds out the truth.
- Former Teen Rebel: By the end of the episode, Morty Jr. has channeled his rage and aggression into becoming an author and has written a book titled "My Horrible Father" about Morty.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-Gazorpazorpian.
- Hereditary Hairstyle: The one feature he inherits from Morty, besides a more human-like face, is his hair.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Gazorpazorpians have three pairs of arms, two on their torsos and one on their heads. Morty Jr. only has two pairs, a pair on his torso and the pair on his head.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He has the urge to kill and dominate ever since he was a child.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He writes a book bashing Morty's parenting when it was Morty who told him to channel his destructive nature into creating something constructive.
- We Are as Mayflies: Inverted. Gazorpazorpians mature into adulthood within a day. If anything, Morty's human genes seems to slow the process down a bit as Morty Jr. only grows in his teenage years within a day. When he is later seen in The Stinger of his episode (implied to be some weeks later) he has grey hair.
Voiced by: Alfred MolinaSummer's boss who also happens to be the Devil himself, operating a store that gives people magical items, with the price being that said items usually screw them in ironic ways.
- The Devil Is a Loser: Rick continually makes a fool of him and even drives him to try and hang himself. At the end of the episode, Needful gets beat up by a roided-out Rick and Summer.
- Eviler Than Thou: Inverted. The Devil, who nearly committed suicide due to Rick's atrocities, openly admits to Summer that Rick is much more darker than he is.
- Jackass Genie: He always has an item that seems to solve any problem but always comes with an ironic twist for the user. Unfortunately for him, Rick is able to uncurse said items with his inventions (or at least remove the negative side-effects) and even starts a neighboring store doing just that solely to spite him.
- The Farmer and the Viper: That's what you get when you help out the Devil. In his own words:"I've been Zuckerberging people even before Zuckerberg's balls dropped!"
- The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: The store that he owns, which Rick lampshades as one of the things that makes him Obviously Evil.
- Louis Cypher: Rick immediately sees through his bullshit and outright asks him if he's the devil. Afterwards, he doesn't even bother hiding it.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: How do you take revenge against someone that outsmarts you and betrays you? You bulk up, track him down and beat the shit out of him; then Summer and Rick begin tracking bullies and beating the shit out of them too. Textbook grandfather-granddaughter bonding.
- Sophisticated as Hell: "I'm the Devil, bee-otch! What, whaaat!" Followed by a fiddle solo.
Evil Rick / Evil Morty
An eyepatch-wearing, sarcastic clapping, serial killer alternate version of Rick, along with an alternate Morty. In reality, he is a puppet being controlled by Evil Morty.
- Actually a Doombot: Evil Rick is just a drone being controlled by Evil Morty.
- Evil Counterpart: They both are alternate timelines to the duo. Moreso the Morty.
- Expendable Clone: Dear God, Evil Rick travels from one timeline to the next to eliminate other Ricks and kidnap their Mortys and subject them to the Morty-Dome to hide himself. The Reveal that the Rick's Morty was in control the entire time only makes it worse.
- Eyepatch of Power: Evil Rick's Morty has an eyepatch, and isn't subjected to the Morty-Dome or being locked in a room but able to walk around freely. It's presumably what he used to control Evil Rick in the first place since he crushes it in the end underfoot.
- Eye Scream: Underneath the Morty's eyepatch, his eye is revealed to be perfectly intact except for a few wires sticking out of the socket, which he was controlling the Rick with.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Evil Rick has a scar on his lips to contrast his Morty's Eyepatch of Power.
- Karma Houdini/Villain Exit Stage Left: Not Evil Rick but Evil Morty, gets away scot-free.
- Knight of Cerebus: Shares this spot with Mr. Jellybean. They have little funny lines and are excessively cruel and darker than any of the other villainous characters shown thus far.
- Lack of Empathy: Prime Rick makes note that the Morty-Dome idea can be achieved by a lot less Mortys and a jumper-cable. Evil Rick/Morty took the extra step by subjecting hundreds of Mortys to Cold-Blooded Torture.
- The Man Behind the Man: In The Reveal, Evil Morty was in control of the Rick the entire time.
- The Reveal: Evil Morty was the true mastermind; Evil Rick was nothing but a robot.
- Robotic Reveal: Evil Rick is revealed to be Actually a Doombot when the Council of Ricks investigates his body.
- Walking Spoiler: Evil Rick's Morty becomes this due to The Reveal above.
Rick J 19 Z 7 / Doofus Rick
Voiced by: Justin RoilandOne of the many Ricks on the Council of Ricks. Unlike them, however, he's a kindhearted bonehead who strikes up a friendship with Jerry. Then again the guy knows a formula that makes brownies without an oven. He also eats his own crap. Allegedly.
- Adorkable: ESPECIALLY compared to the other Ricks.
- All of the Other Reindeer: He gets picked on by the other Ricks for being the only Nice Guy of the bunch.
- Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: He has invented the Cure for Cancer in his universe.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Sure, the other Ricks drag him around for being stupid. He is friendly, somewhat knowledgeable and more personable than any other Rick... too bad he comes from a universe where everyone eats shit. If the other Ricks can be believed.
- Ditzy Genius: Less so than the other alternate versions, but he's still a Rick, as he proves when he shows Jerry how to make oven-less brownies.
- Dumb Is Good: Played with. He's the only Nice Guy Rick, and he looks, generally acts, and is treated like an idiot by the other Ricks, but if he's dumb at all, it's only by Rick standards - he's still a super-scientist, and his answer to Jerry's question about the collectable coins (which manages to be honest without hurting Jerry's feelings) shows he's a lot savvier than he seems.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Doofus Rick" is the name given to him by other Ricks.
- Gonk: As he never fathered a Beth, Doofus Rick was given a Morty that is from a timeline where everyone had lionitis a la Rocky Dennis. Doofus Rick himself also has some less-than-flattering physical traits such as a bowl cut, a lazy eye, and buck teeth.
- Informed Flaw: Doofus Rick is treated as a barely functioning idiot by several other characters, but generally seems only a little more naive than the other versions of Rick. This may also be intentional, especially given that it's mainly the other Ricks who treat him like shit, and they tend to do that with basically everyone dumber than them.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Which is probably why he and Jerry get along so well. However, it seems that he's only stupid compared to other Ricks, and is still a genius by normal standards.
- Lampshade Hanging: You thought the guy eating shit show in "Rixty Minutes" was too implausible? Well, Doofus Rick might be from there.
- Like a Son to Me: In the comics, it's shown that Jerry and Doofus Rick meet up once a month to have a fun time together, and at the end of the day Rick describes Jerry as the son he never had and would never abandon.
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe. The other Ricks mock him for eating his own shit. He claims this is made up, but at the end of the episode, Main!Rick says in a very matter-of-factly way that he does. It's ultimately if unclear if this is the truth or not. In interviews and commentary the creators have remarked that the "eats his own shit" thing really isn't true and is just a mean rumor circulating among the other Ricks. Then again we can never tell if the creators are telling the truth.
- Nice Guy: Which makes him an outcast annoyance among the other Ricks.
- Token Good Teammate: Every other Rick we see is a jerk, even the non-evil ones. This one gets along very well with Jerry, while the other Ricks are so compelled to insult/deceive him that Main!Rick counts on them doing so while he evades them. This suggests the jerkiness of a Rick is directly tied to self-esteem; each of the other Ricks are conditioned to being far and away the smartest person in their universe, whereas Doofus Rick is conditioned to being far and away the stupidest person in the council. It may also have something to do with loneliness, as this Rick never had a family.
Voiced by: Dan HarmonHe is Rick's friend and attends the party looking for a new mate after breaking up with his previous soul-partner spirit-bond. And he's a superhero of some sort being called to said party via a beacon.
- Bird People: Well, it is right there in his name.
- The Cameo: Appears in Pocket Mortys (complete with a line of spoken dialogue from Harmon) to get Rick back to the Healing Center when all of his Mortys are KO'ed.
- The Comically Serious: He has a serious and sombre demeanor, which makes him stand out amongst Rick's other friends.
- Death Equals Emotion: Inversion, his only visible facial expression (confusion) was right before he got shot up by Tammy.
- Fire-Forged Friends: They fought together against The Galactic Federation.Birdperson (to Beth): "The road your father and I walked together is soaked deeply with the blood of both friends and enemies. We have committed numerous atrocities in the name of freedom."Rick (to Morty): "Bird Person's big day, Morty, was at Blood Ridge at Glap-Flap's third moon against the Gromflomites!"
- Interspecies Romance: With Summer's high school friend, Tammy. She even moved to his homeworld. It, unfortunately, turned out to all be a ruse.
- I Owe You My Life: Rick saved his life in the past, which is why Bird Person is willing to look past Rick's surface flaws and see the deeply troubled person underneath.
- Honey Trap: He falls victim to this as Tammy is actually a galactic agent trying to bring him and his terrorist friends down.
- My Biological Clock Is Ticking: It must be severe, considering it is his wedding vow.Bird person: "Tammy, I was approaching infertility when I met you, but there is still time. I am yours until my death."
- May–December Romance: He's in his forties, and Tammy is 19. But that's probably the least unusual aspect of their relationship.
- No Sympathy: Generally comes off as this towards Morty due to his near blind loyalty towards Rick. Whenever Morty suggests drawing the line with Rick's treatment of him, no matter how justified, Birdperson will fully take Rick's side and usually passive aggressively guilt sling Morty.
- Opposites Attract: Despite being stoic, calm and rational, Bird Person is shown to be a steady relationship with Tammy, Summer's raunchy party-girl friend from school. Subverted when it's revealed she was actually a deep-cover agent for the galactic federation, running a honeypot operation to find him and a number of his friends who participate in galactic rebellion.
- Power Trio: With Rich Sanchez and Squanchy.
- Spock Speak: Except for one instance of yelling, he always speaks in a flat tone. His lines also often fall into the Expospeak Gag.
- Third-Person Person: Refers to himself as such.
- Undying Loyalty: No matter what kind of dangerous, selfish stunts Rick pulls, Birdperson will always take his side.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Mentions in "The Wedding Squanchers" that he and Rick have committed a number of atrocities in the name of freedom from the galactic federation.
Voiced by: Tom KennyOne of Rick's closest friends, Squanchy is a cat-like alien from the planet Squanch.
- Caught with Your Pants Down: Morty and Jessica catch him squanching in a closet during "Ricksy Business".
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may look like a silly cartoon character with a high-pitched voice and a goofy speech pattern (see below), but if the situation gets grim, he's perfectly able to turn into a 15 feet tall hulking beast while retaining his awareness and tear through mooks while shrugging off Frickin' Laser Beams.
- A Friend in Need: Distracts the Federation Forces so that Rick and his family can escape a shootout.Squanchy: "There's no time to squanch, get your family out of here! I got this!"
- Hulking Out: He has some kind of liquid in one of his teeth that turns him into a huge beast.
- Smurfing: His species uses the word "squanch" like this, which Beth brings up.
- Power Trio: With Rick Sanchez and Birdperson.
- True Companions: Squanchy personally hosts, caters, and acts as the officiant at Birdperson's wedding. When Rick calls Birdperson his best friend, Squanchy disappointingly takes off a bracelet that says "Rick's BFF". Though he still doesn't hesitate to stay behind in the resulting shootout so that Rick and his family can escape.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Last time he's seen, he was doing pretty well against agents of the Galactic Federations while covering Rick's escape, but he's not seen again in the maximum security prison at the end of the episode, meaning he's either dead or on the run.
Voiced by: Cassie SteeleOne of Summer's friends in high school who ends up hooking up with Bird Person.
- Action Girl: Able to use a laser rifle with deadly accuracy during a shootout with the Anti-Federation Insurgents at Birdperson's Wedding. It takes Squancky in Super Mode to finally take her down.
- Ambiguously Evil: Depending on how you regard the Galactic Federation vs. Rick and his allies. At the very least, Good Is Not Nice.
- Ambiguously Human: Works for the Galactic Federation, so she's probably not human at all.
- Bolivian Army Ending: The camera cuts away before we see what Squanchy does to her, but it sure ain't looking good.
- Deep Cover Agent: Stayed on Earth long enough to become one of Summer's best friends, and entered a long-term relationship with Bird Person.
- Enormous Engagement Ring: Subverted. The stone is big because it's a pine-cone. Though Birdperson's grandmother did fight a squirrel for it ...
- Honey Trap: Seduced Bird Person in order to get him and his allies all in one spot.
- Likes Older Men: Bird Person's at least forty, and she's still in high school. Or maybe not so much...
- Really Gets Around: Gives off this impression at Rick's party. Intentionally.
- Stop, or I Will Shoot!: Blows a shocked and heartbroken Bird Person away, and starts mowing people at the wedding down without giving any of them a chance to surrender. Granted, they are all very dangerous people.
- Vague Age: Given that she's an undercover agent, she may have been trained from an early age, or simply Older Than She Looks.
- Walking Spoiler: As of the second season finale.
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarcheAn experiment created when Rick combined the DNA of Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler, in an attempt to create a morally neutral super leader... What resulted was an awkward being of ambiguous moral standings.
- Badass Boast: "Prepare to be emancipated from your own inferior genes!"
- Composite Character: In-Universe of Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler. The fact that he's living with completely conflicting ideals has left him deeply confused.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To protect Morty and Summer's friend from a two-headed monster while they gathered crystals. He got better, although he suffers A Fate Worse Than Death.
- Jerkass: Being the amalgamation of two different leaders has lead him to be an emotionally stunted jerk.
- Mistaken for Racist: By Brad when he addresses him as "boy." Pointing out he's half-Abraham Lincoln just made things worse.
- Not Quite Dead: The Stinger of the season one finale shows him awakening while chanting "Revenge", only to be used in what can be considered an alien circle-jerk.
- Tragic Monster: As he says, he's an abomination tortured by the duality of his own being.
- True Neutral: He was Rick's attempt at creating a morally neutral super leader. It didn't go quite as planned and just made him a jerk with conflicting emotions.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He admits to Morty that all he wanted to do was to have Rick acknowledge him.
Voiced by: Andy DalyA trigger-happy yet extremely personable assassin that Rick sells guns to.
- Affably Evil: It is really hard to hate an assassin who absolutely loves his job, is the friendliest guy you'll ever meet off the job, and hands out his business card while wishing you a good day.
- Blood Knight: "I just love killing!"
- Card-Carrying Villain: He boasts, extremely politely, that he has no ethics and will kill anyone or anything, then hands Morty a literal business card.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: If the picture in his locket is anything to go on.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Averted; he happily tells Morty he has none.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The business card he gives Morty ends up allowing Morty to locate him and run him over (though Krombopulos was completely oblivious to Morty being against him, to begin with, and Morty didn't mean to run him over anyway).
- Laughably Evil: "Oh boy, here I go killing again!"
- Neck Snap: Seems to have a fondness for it; he snaps five necks on his way to his target without missing a beat.
- Professional Killer: He's an assassin for hire who happens to be incredibly open and cheerful about what he does, but Rick makes it clear that he can and will kill anyone he gets hired to.
- Psycho for Hire: As noted, he has absolutely no personal ethics and will gladly kill anyone he gets hired to.
- Tracking Device/Idiot Ball: His business cards have tracking technology to lead whoever has them to his location. An odd thing for an assassin to pass out.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only gets two scenes before he gets unceremoniously run down by Morty. Then again, since it took place in an alternate reality (which you can tell thanks to a Freeze-Frame Bonus earlier in the episode), he's likely still alive in the main continuity.
- Would Hurt a Child: He explicitly points out that he has no qualms about killing children if someone was to hire him for such a job.
Voiced by: Jemaine ClementA telepathic, gaseous life form who was the target of Krombopulos Michael before Morty saves him.
- Appropriated Appelation: Rick mocks him as a "mind-reading fart". Despite Morty's protests, the cloud decides that he likes being called Fart and decides that it's his new name.
- Final Solution: His species sees carbon-based life as a threat to higher lifeforms like himself, and will purge carbon-based life from the galaxy whenever they find it.
- Mellow Fellow: Speaks in a constant calm monotone, until Morty disintegrates him at least.
- Obliviously Evil: He genuinely sees no wrong in his Final Solution plan, even stating it openly to Morty under the belief he would see its logic.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: One of his powers. He drives a police officer into suicidal despair by showing him images of his best friend having sex with his wife.
- Tautological Templar: He openly and nonchalantly reveals his plan to eliminate all carbon-based life to Morty (including him), confident that, given his own altruistic nature, he would understand it is for the best of the world. He is dumbfounded and horrified when Morty turns on him.
- Villain Song: "Goodbye, Moonmen" is actually about how he plans to cleanse the galaxy of carbon-based lifeforms.
- Villainous Breakdown: As Morty disintegrates him, he breaks his mellow speak and coughs a dumbfounded "Why, Morty?!?"
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: How he comes to view Morty. It doesn't stop him from wanting to kill him along with all other carbon-based life, however.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In a sense it states this to Morty as he prepares to leave and prepare his Final Solution, believing Morty would accept it. It is his own undoing, however.
Voiced by Various, main body voiced by Christina HendricksA hive-minded, intangible being and an old fling of Rick's.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Deconstructed. Unity is attracted to Rick, but his influence on it causes it to lose control over the species it's taken control over. Unity ultimately decides that they can't be together because, unlike it, Rick can't change.
- Big Eater: Unity offhandedly mentions that it is running twelve million deep-fryers.
- Bizarre Alien Sexes: For obvious reasons, understanding Unity's gender gets a little confusing. It appears that the proper way to refer to a collective is "it", but the fact that Unity's main body is female has a lot of fans calling it a "she".
- The Extremist Was Right: While Summer finds what Unity does abhorrent, the race it is currently inhabiting were formerly involved in a self-destructive race war. It also turned dregs of society, such as sex offenders and the homeless, into productive members of society even if the society is made up of nothing up Unity's puppets.
- Hive Mind: Unity can control an entire planet's population, though its control loosens when intoxicated.
- Ink-Suit Actor: The leader of the race it's currently inhabiting has red hair and massive breasts, in reference to Hendricks' own figure.
- Meaningful Name: Unity has entire species in perfect unity.
- Morality Pet: Unity is one of the few people Rick is nice to.
- Power Perversion Potential: Up to Eleven. Rick takes full advantage of the fact that with its ability he can have endless orgies.Rick: I need a hang glider and a crotchless Uncle Sam costume, and I want your largest stadium filled end to end with naked redheads, and I want the stands packed with every man who remotely resembles my father.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: The unnamed race it's currently controlling are humanoids with blue skins, three head tentacles, and differently shaped nipples, the latter of which was the topic of a race war.
- You Will Be Assimilated: Before crossing paths with Rick, Unity was planning to join its planet to the Galactic Federation in order to gain access to countless planets and unify them one by one.Unity: I'll become the Universe, and I'll be what the single-minded once called "God".
Blim Blam the Korblok
Voiced by: John KassirA blobulous alien that Beth and Jerry find chained up under the garage.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in regards to the slowly opening garage door.
- Eats Babies: He came to Earth because he is a baby eating murderer.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite the above trait, even he finds Beth and Jerry absolutely insufferable to the point that he feels sorry that Rick has to deal with them on a daily basis.
- Jerkass: When Morty and Summer help him open the garage door, he complains about the door's speed with obnoxious sarcasm, then flips them the bird.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He may be a Jerkass who Eats Babies, but he makes valid points about Jerry and Beth in his vicious "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Mic Drop: Played straight, and then subverted when he realized he needed it to speak.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives an unbelievably vicious one to Beth and Jerry after they devolve into one of their spousal arguments regarding both their marriage and Rick's place in their lives, which leads to him tearing his chains out of the walls, stealing a translator device, and laying the fuck into them.Blim Blam the Korblok: Um, first of all, hello. Uh, my name is Blim Blam the Korblok. Second of all, cards on the table, I'm a murderer that Eats Babies, and I came to this planet to eat babies. However, I am also carrying a highly infectious disease that I suppose you could call "Space-AIDS" as you put it. And Rick did chain me up so that he could attempt to cure it. At the same time, Rick's motivation to cure my disease was not to save my life or anyone else's, but to patent and sell the cure for billions of Blemflarcks. But you know the reason why I ripped my chains out of the wall? And do you know why I'm never coming back to this planet? Because the two of you are the FUCKING WORST! You both hate yourselves and each other, and the idea that it has anything to do with Rick is laughable. I'd laugh, but I'm biologically incapable - that's how alien I am. And even I'm sitting here listening to the two of you and being like, "What the fuck?!?" So, good luck with your shitty marriage, and tell Rick I'm sorry he has to deal with either of you. Blim Blam out! *mic drop*
- Secretly Dying: The other reason he came to Earth; he apparently has what we could accurately term "Space-AIDS" and Rick was trying to cure him. Although the only reason he was doing so was to patent and sell the cure for profit, which Blim Blam is totally cool with.
- The Unintelligible: He can't speak properly without a translator device, and his vocal processes are apparently so alien that he is biologically incapable of laughter.
- Would Hurt a Child: He eats infants.
Voiced by: Various (Pencilvester by Tom Kenny, Reverse-Giraffe by Keith David, and Tinkles by Tara Strong)An unnamed alien parasite that multiplies by disguising itself as a zany side character and implanting false memories into people's brains.
- Alien Blood: Their blood is hot pink.
- Animate Inanimate Object: Several parasites take on this form.
- Cousin Oliver: Most of the characters that the parasite takes the form of are parodies of Cousin Oliver-style characters, complete with wacky catchphrases and gimmicky personalities.
- Empathic Shapeshifter: In a sense. They create memories and then assume the forms of people in those memories, but appear to be unable to change shape after they've done this. Likewise, impersonating real people also seems to be out of the question.
- Fake Memories: They reproduce via getting people to suddenly remember wacky misadventures they had. Their flaw is the fact that they can only create positive memories, meaning that anyone you have a negative memory of has to be real.
- Faux Affably Evil: They each take the form of a wacky side character, and multiply by telepathically implanting fake good memories into people's minds to take over the world. According to Rick, this is all for the purpose of leeching off their victims and to ultimately multiply and take over their planet.
- Flanderization: Invoked as a result of their multiplication. The more parasites appear overtime, the more exponentially zany their pretend attributes and personalities become.
- Flight: If the form they shapeshift into is capable of flight, regardless of how nonsensical it might be.
- Manipulative Bastard: Not only do they exploit their victims' minds to pose as supposed loved ones, they are smart enough to place doubts into suspicious minds and even shrewdly place paranoia onto other people. Reverse Giraffe in particular single-handedly convinces everyone that Rick is the only parasite and almost has him executed if not for Morty's Eureka Moment.
- Mundane Utility: They instantly devise convoluted backstories and incredible Lotus-Eater Machine scenarios just to mooch off food from their victims. That's it, no more, no less.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Many of them have one, particularly Tinkles.
- Polygamy: One of the parasites takes the form of Sleepy Gary, who is Beth's "real" husband, with Jerry just being a guy who lives with them and is having a secret affair with Gary.
- Remember the New Guy: Has the power to invoke this at will.
- Squishy Wizard: They die instantly if shot, even from wounds that wouldn't kill the forms they're masquerading as. A shoulder wound is sufficient to kill one of them, with Rick justifying his uncertainty by the logic that it wouldn't have killed a real person.
- This Was Their True Form: They revert to their actual form upon being killed.
Voiced by: Justin RoilandOne of the many new characters that show up after the parasites get into the house. He is a diminutive yellow rod-shaped being dressed in a light blue shirt, knee-high blue pants, brown shoes and a blue-rimmed top-hat.
- Continuity Nod: He's still shown requiring treatment for his injury from Beth in "The Wedding Squanchers".
- Catch Phrase: "Whooo-wheee!!!"
- Doesn't Like Guns: His apartment feature a framed picture with a handgun and the words "Guns Aren't Fun", understandably from his experience with Beth.
- He's added to the introduction, implying that he's more real and important than the other new characters.
- His flashback to the incident in the elevator is unpleasant until one of the parasites shows up, foreshadowing that he's real.
- He also has a phone, when none of the parasites carry one.
- Additionally, he attempts to snag a treat from Mr. Beauregarde's tray before getting slapped away, implying that he's not completely selfless like the other guests appear to be and can produce at least minor negative behaviour.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: The Stinger to the Season 2 finale shows that he was watching the episode on TV, telling the audience to tune in for season 3.
- Functional Addict: The season 2 finale implies he is addicted to some kind of painkiller.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After Beth shoots him, his cheery attitude is left broken and he secludes himself from the family. Abiding by "The Wedding Squanchers", he's recovered his cheery attitude, if still left a tad unhinged.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Has a little grey cat that he affectionately calls "Kitty."
- Nice Guy: So nice that no one has a single negative memory of him—at least not one where he's the cause of the unpleasantness. After he's shot, he even apologizes for this.
- Nice Hat: Wears a top hat.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Jumps and clambers onto a pizza delivery guy in excitement over the season two finale in its stinger.
- Red Herring: Despite being just as wacky as any of the parasitic beings, Mr. Poopy Butthole turns out to not be one of the parasites. When Beth shoots him, he bleeds red blood and is left severely crippled.
- Remember the New Guy: Parodied and later played straight when it turns out he isn't a parasite.
- Take That, Audience!: The season 2 stinger has Mr. PBH grapple with his pizza delivery man using questions and antics like a stereotypical fan might, before getting rather unhinged thinking about the lengthy wait for Season Three, outright mocking the fans who would/were acting the same way.
- Unfortunate Names: Do we really have to spell it out? Notably, when Jerry calls for an ambulance after Mr. Poopybutthole has been shot by Beth, he audibly stops himself from saying "Mr. Poopybutthole" to the dispatch, instead referring to him as a "longtime family friend."
- Walking Spoiler: Dear lord. He was not a parasite!
Voiced by: Keith DavidThe president of the United States.
- Code Name: Goes by Blue Bird.
- The Ditz: He briefly considers that people die when he names them after being informed that the musicians he name-dropped are dead, was unable to tell that the planet was teleported until someone physically turned him towards the monitor, and is way too willing to trust the fate of the planet to Rick rather than consider any other option.
- Dumbass Has a Point: He may be The Ditz but raises several good points during the episode, mainly that Rick does know what is going on and that his knowledge of top secret projects isn't surprising given his level of technology. He also refuses to resort to nuclear warfare against the alien force threatening Earth, which proves to be a wise choice.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks almost exactly like his voice actor.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: After Rick saves the world, the President bluntly tells Morty that he is not allowed to speak of their involvement to the public and that the government will deny everything they say.
- No Name Given: His actual name is never given.
- Our Presidents Are Different: He's a decent enough person to be President Personable but also foolish enough to be President Buffoon.
Ice-T / Water-T
Voiced by: Dan HarmonIce-T, one of Earth's most famous rappers. It turns out he's actually an alien from the planet Alphabetrium, a planet where everyone is a letter of the alphabet. Originally named Water-T, he was turned to ice and exiled from his homeworld by his father, Magma-Q, for not caring enough about others.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Who knew that one of the most prominent rappers happens to be an alien prince?
- Changed My Mind, Kid: He returns to protect the Earth from the Cromulons in order to let Rick and Morty perform their song.
- The Exile: He was exiled from his homeworld of Alphabetrium by his father.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Spoken before laying a smackdown on the invading Numbericons, a rival race of number people:"Then I guess I'd better crunch the numbers!"
The AI (Ship)
An artificial intelligence that Rick created as a security system for his car. It is completely obedient to Rick and as well as anyone Rick tells it to protect.
- A.I. is a Crapshoot: Averted. While most people would consider a security system that immediately kills anything it considers a threat to be deemed a mistake of bad programming, considering that Rick created it, its homicidal programming is most likely intentional.
- Badass Boast: After releasing a decaying clone of a SWAT officer's child:"All of you have loved ones. All of them can be returned. All can be taken away."
- A Day in the Limelight: Since either Rick or Morty fly the ship manually, Ship is generally just a Living Prop. In "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", Ship shows it is just as ingenious and maniacal as its creator.
- Comically Missing the Point: Summer is brought to horrified tears by watching the ship go to gruesome lengths to keep her safe, and protests that she doesn't feel safe. The ship responds by leaning her seat back and playing calming music.
- Deadpan Snarker: It starts acting petty as Summer's orders make it harder to maintain its objective.Summer: You know you're kind of a dick, right?
AI: My function is to "Keep Summer safe", not "Keep Summer being, like, totally stoked about, like, the general vibe and stuff". That's you; that's how you talk.
- Exact Words: Whenever it's given an order, Ship obeys it without hesitation and proceeds to pursue whatever action is the quickest way to meet its objective. Unfortunately, it does not consider law or morality as impediments to its objective and it has a number of murderous and traumatic inventions at its disposal.
- Expendable Clone: Its "melting ghost babies", as Summer puts it, which are used for emotional torture.
- Expy: If GLaDOS was more obedient and built into a car, then the result would be Ship.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: After having its more dangerous and traumatic functions forbidden by Summer, it reluctantly creates a peace agreement between humans and the giant telepathic spiders they are at war with, which makes the population overlook its past mutilation and murder.
- Just Eat Gilligan: It could likely very easily just use its technology to shield Summer non-violently. Somewhat justified as it has one major flaw; it finds unaggressive methods tedious (and was created by Rick).
- Knight of Cerebus: Zig-zagged. Its first appearance was rather...horrific. However, it has some comedic moments, even if it is pretty dark.
- Madness Mantra:AI: "Keep Summer safe."
- Mind Rape: It switches to emotional manipulation when Summer forbids it to use violence. It scans the identity of one of the SWAT officers and releases a canister containing a clone of his dead child. The child then tells him to leave the car alone before melting into goo. It then threatens to repeat this if they don't back off.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: It considers the fastest and most efficient way to fulfill Rick's orders to "keep Summer safe" is to kill anything that gets too close to the vehicle. When Summer forbids the AI to kill people, it settles with crippling its next victim.
- Restraining Bolt: Summer's orders are the only thing keeping it from murdering the general population.
- Technical Pacifist: When ordered to not kill people, the AI settles for permanent crippling via a laser to the spine. When that's no longer an option, it resorts to emotionally breaking an enemy. When THAT'S also no longer an option... It negotiates a peace between the humans and the telepathic spiders in that dimension, causing everyone to forgive it.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: It's default response to anything it deems a hostile target is to use lasers to dice them into bloody meat cubes.
- Weaponized Car: Rick has outfitted it with enough firepower to make it more than a match for Earth's military.
Voiced by: Stephen ColbertThe greatest scientist of Rick's microverse, and the creator of the miniverse which threatens Rick's power supply.
- Badass Bookworm: Holds his own against Rick in a fist fight, though ultimately loses to his creator.
- Determinator: He keeps up his feud with Rick for months on end, even still wanting to fight while exhausted and crippled.
- Enemy Mine: After fighting with Rick in the tiniverse for what Rick describes as several months, Morty forces Zeep and Rick to work together to get them back to the miniverse. Immediately after they succeed, Zeep betrays Rick and ultimately it leads to a fist fight between the two.
- Flipping the Bird: After Rick forces his people to go back to using pedal power, Zeep flips off the sky, being perhaps the first of his people to use it in the correct context.
- Functional Addict: Off handily mentions that he's an opium addict. Considering that he's considered one of the best minds of his world despite this, he seems to be functioning fairly well despite that.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Zeep can craft pretty much anything if given enough incentive. He created a handheld catapult to assault Rick after learning he created his whole universe merely to power his car, Destroying half of Rick's workshop all the way across a gorge.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Arrogant and condescending as he is Zeep did create his miniverse out of a desire to better his world.
- Naytheist: Despite Rick being seen as a god-like figure among his people, Zeep treats Rick with irreverence and later outright hatred after learning that he created his world and their impractical power source solely as a battery for his car.
- Not So Different: He is essentially the alien version of Rick. Not only are they egotistical super-scientists, they also share similar substance abuse issues (Zeep being an opium addict). When the two have a quiet moment together, they're able to get along well enough. Even then, Zeep is at least somewhat more moral than Rick. He built his miniverse to help his planet. Rick built his to power his car.
- Mini-Mecha: Created his own in the wilderness of the tiniverse world for hunting out of Bamboo Technology. It was built not just to hunt but to also counter everything Rick's own Mini-Mecha had.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Spitefully calls Rick his god in a fight after learning Rick created his universe. Doesn't stop Zeep from hating Rick after finding out what an unrepentant and unapologetic asshole Rick is. He also calls Rick a monster after he destroyed the miniverse.
- School Is for Losers: He dropped out of school, which is why he never learned about Rick. At the end of the episode, Rick uses this against him as he readies himself for a fight.
- Skilled, but Naïve: He's as smart as Rick and just as clever, but Rick's been at this longer and knows tricks that Zeep doesn't even think are possible.
- Tomato in the Mirror: After seeing his own miniverse rendered useless by the tiniverse of a scientist within, he realizes that Rick pulled the same scam on his world.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Like Rick, he created a planet filled with intelligent life for the sake of exploiting them. The difference between the two of them was that Zeep did it to provide free energy to his people, freeing them from the obsolete and physically demanding source of power that they were stuck with, while Rick did it just to power his car.
- What You Are in the Dark: Faced with the choice of letting his universe be destroyed or remain as a slave force for Rick he ultimately chooses the latter rather than gratify himself at the expense of his people.Zeep: Peace among worlds, Rick.
Voiced by: Justin RoilandA younger clone of Rick with Rick's consciousness in it.
- The Ace: He quickly becomes the most popular kid at school. Morty also notes that he is an extremely good wingman, having managed to set up a date between him and Jessica.
- Body Backup Drive: Tiny Rick was a part what Rick had dubbed "Operation Phoenix", a series of clones of himself at different growth states he could transfer his consciousness to in the event he died. The whole Split-Personality Takeover business that happened with Tiny Rick, however, leads Rick to conclude that the project was a mistake, so he destroys all the clones with an axe.
- Enemy Within: His "teenager" personality eventually gets in a battle for dominance with his real personality.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: The teenaged clone body's hormones is the reason for the emerging of the Tiny Rick personality and said personality's eventual takeover.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Though the clone has the original Rick's consciousness, the teenage hormones in his body cause a different personality to develop and take over. The real Rick communicates through Tiny Rick's subconscious, causing him to beg for Morty and Summer to save him from himself through Tiny Rick's artistic endeavors.
- Teen Genius: He's still Rick, after all, so this logically applies.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Everyone is fully aware that he's an 80-year-old man in a child's body. They just don't care.
- Verbal Tic: He frequently interrupts himself to remind everyone that he is, in fact, Tiny Rick.
Voiced by: Chelsea KaneA Cat Girl from an alien planet. She is rescued from the Purge by Rick and Morty. She secretly plans on killing the aristocrats who organize the purge.
- Action Girl: Can be quite deadly when given access to proper weaponry.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Morty likes her, but she doesn't reciprocate. She claims to already have a boyfriend, but the way she says it seems to imply that she's lying and is just not interested in him.
- Bad Liar: Very awkwardly claims she to have a boyfriend when Morty asks her out. Eventually, Morty feels so patronised he just tells her to knock it off.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is pretty nice most of the time, but she does not hesitate to shoot Rick and steal his ship to accomplish her plan to end the purge. Later on, she goes on a rampage when given access to Powered Armor, and literally dances in the blood of her victims.
- Cat Girl: She comes from a race of Cat Folk.
- Damsel in Distress: Is first seen helplessly cornered by a mob intent on murdering her for fun during the purge.
- Didn't Think This Through: Killing off the aristocrats who started the Purge was meant to be the end of atrocious event, but the event itself has already sink into her race as a culture, ensuring the Purge will continue by her own people despite no dominant source is in control.
- Easily Forgiven: Rick is pretty laid back when confronting her given she shot and left him for dead. Morty threatens to kill her, but more out of his psychotic rush from the purge, and even tries to ask her out later. This is played oddly straight in a show that either Deconstructs or mocks the use of the trope.
- Karma Houdini: Apart from a harmless crash and a very half-hearted retort from Rick, she gets no punishment for screwing over and outright trying to kill the people who saved her life, they in fact outright help her get exactly what she wanted.
- Knight Templar: Her village is condemned by the purge. Her plan to solve it is to brutally kill the aristocrats who organised it, with anyone else as a pawn to meet that end.
- Space Amish: Her race is Amish-inspired and they have a fairly low-tech culture, likely due to the Festival severely crippling societal and technological progress.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is perfectly willing to shoot one of her rescuers and steal their ship, leaving them to die, in an effort to kill the aristocrats exploiting the villagers to end the purge once and for all.
- What You Are in the Dark: She is not after active bad guys, she's after people who authorise her town to do bad things, and even in doing that her approach is almost as morally ambiguous and gleefully sadistic. It is ultimately for nothing since her people are bloodthirsty imbeciles and prefer to keep the purge ongoing anyway.
The Galactic Federation
Voiced by: VariousAn organization that governs thousands of planets throughout the universe. Rick and his family have occasionally interacted with its operatives throughout their adventures. As of the second season finale, they have emerged as a major antagonistic force — particularly toward Rick.
- Ambiguously Evil: Most Federation officials seem fairly benevolent, only opposing Rick and Morty whenever they do something illegal like the smuggling plot in the pilot. Even hunting down Rick isn't necessarily evil, considering he's a wanted criminal. It's implied through dialogue and Tammy's actions that they are more villainous than they seem. However, it becomes far less ambiguous with the official G-Fed tumblr showing that they'll gladly steamroll over human rights and happiness for their own profit and amusement, and the wide makeup of the Resistance against them suggests that Earth isn't the first planet to fall victim to these offences.
- Big Brother Is Watching: A Galactic Federation tumblr started up to promote Season 3 shows that the G-Fed graciously offers complementary mandatory surveillance to everyone under their rule, with a pair of camera feeds on their tumblr showing feeds of Mr. Poopybutthole's Living Room and Jerry playing with his iPad on the toilet.
- Book Burning/Culture Police: The McGlaargle the Crime Gromflomite comic on Rickstaverse shows a PSA comic explaining that Pornography, Religious Works like the Bible, and Textbooks not approved by the Federation are all banned publications that are to be burned and possession of such material is a prisonable offence as a light sentence.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Its Gromflomite Mooks can be seen throughout the series long before the organization itself becomes relevant.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: According to Rick, they'll do this to the Smiths to get his location out of them. It never comes to that, though, but their casual cruelty towards humans suggests he wasn't wrong.
- Greater Scope Villain: Rick and his friends believe it to be this, and the official Galactic Federation tumblr feed suggest they have a more than valid point. It's suggested that Rick's rebellion against them has contributed significantly to his current state of mind.
- Hellhole Prison: They keep criminals chained to wall segments and stacked like Jenga pieces.
- The Infiltration: They manage to infiltrate both Rick's and the Smith family's friends through Tammy, whose charade manages to fool everyone.
- Knight of Cerebus: An entire federation of them. Their plans ultimately lead to the death of Birdperson, the occupation of earth and the biggest Downer Ending in the series.
- Mooks: The Gromflomites, a race of humanoid insects, serve as their rank and file. Specifically, Gromflomites with hunchbacks serve as basic infantry and scientists, while ones that stand erect like Krombopulous Michael serve higher and more public functions such as Elite Mooks, Newscasters, and Politicians.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: One of the main reasons Rick hates them. He even sees their bureaucracy as a sufficient excuse to murder off their Mooks without mercy.
- Vichy Earth: After they assimilate Earth we see a massive increase in alien tourism, wide-ranging distribution of antidepressants, and improved job placement programs. However, this also comes with heaping helpings of Fantastic Racism, as we also see two alien tourists playing keepaway with Mr. Goldenfold's hat at the end of "Wedding Squanchers" - and that turns out to be the tip of the iceburg. The G-Fed tumblr shows them treating Humans as little more than clickbait fodder, invading their homes and brodcasting their memories for entertainment (before erasing the memories of the abduction), performing "Shape Optimization" on them (ie turning humans into cube shapes), and providing their other subjects with wildly inaccurate facts about Earth and Humanity (such as Dinosaur's having been a hoax by Ancient Astronauts or claiming the OK hand sign to mean "please examine my various holes") a story about the Feds forcibly appointing a non-human to a CEO position in an Earth Corporation - and all this in addition to a security feed of a despondent Beth drinking wine in the dining room showing that multiple pictures of Gromflomites have been added to the walls or used to replace family portraits.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Its soldiers are generally treated sympathetically, such as when one is injured during Rick and Morty's escape in the pilot. Rick couldn't care less about them, though, brushing them off as soulless bureaucrats.
- Walking Spoiler: For manipulating the characters through Tammy, a Walking Spoiler herself.
- We Will Spend Credits in the Future: In "Wedding Squanchers", their main unit of currency is referred to as "Fed Creds". It's implied that they have undergone some form of Ridiculous Future Inflation, seeing as how they charge Jerry 7,000 credits for a couple pills. That, or they're some damn good pills. Considering Jerry was immediately issued a job to pay off the debt, it's unlikely that they were only worth a couple of bucks. It's also unclear whether the 7000 credit debt was for the "complimentary" pills, or if all families on a planet are issued that when they join the Federation.
- The debt could have also been the Smiths' previous debt since Jerry was unemployed for quite some time.
- Would Hurt a Child: McGlaargle the Crime Gromflomite states that force is authorized against children who resist arrest, regardless of how much actual threat they pose to the Federation Authorities.
Pocket Morty Mortys
The various Mortys that will fill up your Morty Deck in Pocket Mortys. Some serve as a Call Back to alternate universe Mortys in the show, while others are unique to the game.
- Ambiguously Gay: Asleep Morty is under a spell which can only be broken by a kiss from a handsome Prince.
- Badass Biker: Biker Morty.
- Body Horror: Some of the Mortys are less lucky than others, such as the Exo-series Mortys or the Big Head Mortys.
- Cats Are Mean: To Stray Cat Morty and Two Cat Morty. His orange tabby even has an Evil Grin! By the time he becomes Crazy Cat Morty, though, he's actually better at socializing with cats than he is with humans.
- Distaff Counterpart: Morticia
- Fish Person: Aqua Morty.
- Funny Afro: Afro Morty.
- Ill Girl: Flu Morty and Mutant Flu Morty.
- Magikarp Power: The Egg Morty, which is functionally useless in combat until it evolves into the One True Morty, the most powerful Morty of the game.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Old Morty looks like a short and decrepit version of Rick.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green Shirt Morty has green hair, Purple Shirt Morty has magenta hair.
Council of Ricks
A large group of Ricks who sought refuge from governments by becoming a government.
- Affably Evil: They're at least this to Beth.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: C137 Rick describes the Council as this.C137 Rick: I'm the Rick, and so were the rest of you before you formed this stupid alliance! You wanted to be safe from the government, so you became a stupid government! That makes every Rick here less Rick than me!
- Genre Savvy: Two council guards place red Xes on their foreheads in the even that the chair waiter needs to shoot one of them so they aren't confused with C137 Rick.
- Hero Antagonist: Of "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind". They genuinely believe that C137 Rick killed many different Ricks. And given who C137 Rick is, it's hard to blame them (Even Evil Rick/Evil Morty says C137 Rick is marginally less evil than him). They did apologize for the mix up, though.
- Oh, Crap!: Twice in the same episode. When C137 Rick finds Evil Rick and when Evil Rick turns out he was just a puppet.