A sociopathicyet brilliant scientist living with his daughter’s family. Rick constantly drags Morty along on his adventures that serve purposes never usually expressed. He has access to all sorts of technology he’s supposedly invented all on his own, 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 then found everyday in the family, though when the two combine the result is never a pretty sight.
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.
The Alcoholic: He's either drunk or acting like a know-it-all jackass.
Badass Grandpa: Surprisingly agile for an 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 freaking H2H's several massive, alien beasts.
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.
Berserk Button: Try to con Rick all you want but do not involve his grandson in your plans. It's also best not to physically violate him either or you'll end up with a deadly ray gun blow
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.
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 adventurers, 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, his passion isn't really self-destructive, as much as it is outwardly destructive.
In later episodes, he tries to make "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub" as his catch phrase. According to Birdperson, it means "I am in deep pain. Please help me." in his language.
From the same episode he states that "I Don't Give a Fuck" is his new catchphrase.
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.
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.
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.
Almost all versions of Rick are shown to have this trait, in fact - the moment they land in an alternate dimension hunting their other self as a fugitive, two members of the Council of Rick write distinguishing red X's on their forehead so they won't confuse themselves accidentally.
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.
He-Man Woman Hater: He's brutally misogynistic, which is one of the reasons why he wants nothing to do with Summer.
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.
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 grandson.
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".
Loners Are Freaks: The other Ricks think so due to the fact that Rick of Earth C-137 specifically avoids dealing with the Council of Ricks. However, while he's against the council itself as a whole, he's cool with a couple of the head members.
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.
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".
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.
Papa Wolf: Moreso towards Morty than his actual father, though this could be blamed on Jerry's absence in most of Morty's most threatening situations. 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 yeah, you can't. They blew up.
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.
Pragmatic Villainy: In "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", he frowns upon the wall of tortured Mortys used as a camouflage, mostly because he feels it excessive as he can achieve the same result with five Mortys and a car battery (which he then has to tell Morty that he's never actually done that). It's also revealed in the same episode that a primary reason that Ricks always have Mortys is because Morty's brainwaves are capable of camouflaging Rick's brainwaves.
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.
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. According to Evil!Rick, the Rick we know is only slightly less evil than he is and is considered a troublemaker even by alternate Ricks. Of course, "Evil Rick" does turn out to be a puppet for a highly resentful evil Morty, so this is probably an unreliable assessment
His hair may be colored blue because skin has a sickly grey tinge to it.
Voiced by: Justin Roiland
Rick’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Expy: He's one of Marty McFly, though it's less evident than with Rick.
Evil Counterpart: The version of him helping Evil!Rick kill other Ricks and taking their Morty's to hide Evil!Rick from other alternate versions of himself by torturing them. It is then revealed at the end that Evil!Morty was the one behind everything, controlling a robot Rick.
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: Arguably Morty's biggest flaw. He's a sucker for a pretty face and 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".
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.
The Chosen One: By virtue of being the only Morty with enough of a spine to stand up to a Rick.
Subverted in that Evil Morty may be the "one true Morty" that the captive Morty's spoke of.
Voiced by: Chris Parnell
The father of Morty and Summer, and the husband of Rick’s daughter Beth. Jerry 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.
Badass: In "Rick Potion #9" he easily manages to take down horrible monstrosities with little effort.
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, and dozens of problem-serving assistants from another dimensions couldn't take two strokes off his golf swing after two days of effort.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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).
Yank the Dog's Chain: Get's 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.
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.
Voiced by: Sarah Chalke
Jerry’s wife 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.
Berserk Button: Implying she's not a real doctor seems to be a sore spot.
Electra Complex: 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.
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.
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.
Bratty Teenage Daughter: Though mostly in the pilot. She has shown improvement in later episodes, but still generally carries this trope around with her.
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.
Women Are Wiser: Not at the same level as her mom, but it's there. And unlike Morty, she's well aware of her parents failing marriage.
Principal Gene Vagina
Voiced by: Phil Hendrie
The 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.
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 Ridley
A bully who appeared in the pilot episode of the series. Frank Palicki 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.
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.
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.
Morty'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 mechsuit, and mass-produced the devices in order to enslave humanity.
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.
Fluffy the Terrible: After rising up against the Smiths, Snuffles refuses to use his "slave name" and instead takes the name of Snowball.
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.
A monster found in the dreams of Morty's math teacher. (Well, 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.)
Expy: He's an obvious Freddy Krueger parody. Rick even calls him a "legally safe knock-off of an 80's horror villain."
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.
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.
Karma Houdini: Subverted. 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 has been told what happened) blows him to shreds with a ray gun.
Laser-Guided Karma: Literally, laser-guided. He really shouldn't have messed with Rick's grandson.
A race of creatures created by Rick for the purpose of fulfilling simple goals. They do what is asked of them, and then abruptly explode. They really don't like existing, so if the task given to them takes too long to accomplish, they may go insane and kill you.
And I Must Scream: Existence is so painful for them they'll go mad if they don't die.
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.
Happiness in Slavery: Perfectly happy with helping their master achieve their goal, then die. Should their master give up their goal or take too long (two days), they will quickly go insane.
It's All About Me:As Beth noted, they just say or do whatever to takes to accomplish their goal, without little to no consideration for the feelings (or ultimately the life) of the person who summons them.
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, it quickly develops the male Gazorpazorpian urge to kill and destroy.
Cultured Badass: While growing up, it spends its time watching the History Channel and develops knowledge on military history, to the frustrations of Morty.
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.
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.
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.
Voiced by: Justin Roiland
One of the many Ricks on the Council of Ricks. Unlike them however, he's a kindhearted bonehead who strikes up a friendship with Jerry. He also eats his own crap. Allegedly...Then again the guy knows a formula that makes brownies without an oven.
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.
Gonk: As he never fathered a Beth, Doofus Rick was given a Morty where everyone had lionitis ala Rocky Dennis. Doofus Rick himself also has some less-than flattering physical traits such as a bowl cut, a lazy eye and buck teeth.
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 smarter than Jerry.
Never Live It Downinvoked: 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.
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 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.
He 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.
A humanoid 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.