Characters: Rick and Morty
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Voiced by: Justin RoilandA sociopathic yet brilliant scientist living with his daughter's family, and Morty's maternal grandfather. 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.
- The Alcoholic: He's either drunk or acting like a know-it-all jackass.
- 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.
- Anti-Hero: He has a few good moments that just barely stop him from being a Villain Protagonist.
- 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 attempt to physically violate him either, lest you end up on the wrong end of his ray gun.
- Having his Pirates of the Pancreas idea criticized.
- "Mortynight Run" shows what happens when someone betrays him: Groin Attack Up to Eleven.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Borders between both Type I & II.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- "Run, Morty!"
- "Total Rickall" shows that he apparently makes up random catchphrases all the time, including (but not limited to) "That's the way the news goes," "Grass tastes bad," "Burger time," and "AIDS."
- 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.
- Cynical Mentor: To Morty, naturally.
- 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.
"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.
"...So why don't you do us both a favor and pull the trigger?! Do it! Do it, motherfucker! Pull the trigger!"
- 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.
- 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 take super steroids and proceed to kick the shit out of him.
- Dimensional Traveler: His portal gun lets him hop between dimensions, universes, and timelines at will.
- Disappeared Dad: He ran out on Beth and her mother when she was a child after growing bored with his marriage. There are the 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.
- Ditzy Genius: Can easily qualify when it comes to his drunkenness and sociopathy.
- 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 Doc 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 offended him deeply, and in "Something Ricked This Way Comes", we see that he doesn't tolerate racism, animal abuse, or homophobia.
- He's basically Doc Brown if he were an alcoholic sociopath. And/or combined with Dr. Venture.
- One could also compare him to Stan Pines if he was unprotected by the TV-Y7 rating.
- He shares very similar aspects with The Doctor in his fantastic use of science, time 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. Comes up in "Auto Erotic Assimilation".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Claims to build robots for fun, among other things.
- 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.
- Genre Savvy:
- A vital component of the character. Rick figures out that Mr. Needful is the Devil upon seconds after meeting him simply by noting that he owns The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday and that he deals only in items that curse people in ironic ways.
- 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 Ricks 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 (at first; Character Development has helped their relationship).
- Heroes Want Redheads: While Rick isn't what most would consider a "hero", he does seem to have a fetish for red-haired women as seen in "Auto Erotic Assimilation", in which he has his hive mind lover fill a stadium solely with redheaded women for him.
- 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.
- 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 Fašade 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 64 instantiations of him) pray to God to save him when it looks like he's going to die, only to go back to mocking his existence when he is saved.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jive Turkey: He has a fondness for hip-hop lingo, with such examples as "Don't even trip, dawg" or "Riggety-Riggety Rekt".
- 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".
- 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: Goes without saying.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- Odd Friendship: With Morty and later on, Summer. Doubles as an Intergenerational Friendship.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Gadgetry, chemistry, medicine, he can accomplish nigh-impossible feats with them all. That's... not always great.
- Papa Wolf:
- Moreso towards Morty than his actual father, though this could be blamed by 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.
- He's also very protective of his granddaughter Summer, if the episode Something Ricked This Way Comes is of any indication.
- 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 "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.
- 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).
- 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."
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Morty's Sensitive Guy.
- School Is For Losers: In his opinion.
- 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. 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.
- Talkative Loon: Usually as a result of alcoholism.
- 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.
- Tsundere: He cares for Morty and the rest of his family, but it's almost certain that he will never say that out loud.
- 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.
- Would Hurt a Child:
- Frank Palicky in the pilot, who was bullying Morty and got frozen to death by Rick.
- 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.)
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair / Hair Color Dissonance: 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.
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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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. There was that one time in "Rick Potion #9", though.
- He often responds to Rick with "Oh geeze, 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Expy: He's the Marty McFly to Rick's Doc Brown, though he's wimpier than the original.
- 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.
- Heroes Want Redheads: His crush, Jessica.
- 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".
- Informed Flaw: For all Morty's supposed stupidity, he never really comes across as any dumber than the average 14-year-old.
- Kissing Warm Up: Beth has to tell him not to practice kiss the pillow.
- 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.
- Odd Friendship: With Rick.
- Older Than They Look: He's 14 and in high school, but has been mistaken for a preteen and is shorter than his crush. This is Truth in Television.
- Only Sane Man: Despite being "as stupid as [Rick] is smart", he's easily the most responsible person in the family.
- Overprotective Dad: Although it was really a matter of protecting everyone else.
- 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 to Rick's Manly Man.
- 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.
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.
- Badass: In "Rick Potion #9" he easily manages to take down horrible monstrosities with little effort.
- 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 prime Rick, Jerrys tend to die quickly if allowed off Earth. When prime Jerry gets fed up and leaves (not realizing that that was always allowed), he comes back in under five minutes because he can't deal with the weirdness around him.
- 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.
- 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.
- Henpecked Husband: Has a fairly belligerent relationship with his wife.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: It's implied that he married way out of his league.
- 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.
Voiced by: Sarah ChalkeJerry'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.
- 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. Poopy Butthole under the mistaken belief that he's a shapeshifting alien parasite.
- Ambiguously Brown: If her father is indeed Hispanic, at least.
- Berserk Button: Implying she's not a real doctor seems to be a sore spot.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the Blood: She's inherited her father's egocentric nature and predisposition for alcoholism.
- Jerkass: The status quo of the show is that Jerry and Beth's marriage is always in the brink of collapse; as such, she is particularly venomous towards Jerry, even above everyone else and almost as much as Rick.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Older than the typical example, but she's still a Daddy's girl.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Voiced by: Spencer GrammerThe daughter of Jerry and Beth 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.
- 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 Palicki. Too bad he got frozen to death by Rick.
- Alliterative Name: Summer Smith
- 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.
- 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. As of season 2, Rick has much less of a problem including her on his and Morty's intergalatic escapades.
- Groin Attack: She once kicked Morty in the nuts because he went into her room.
- 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: Only in Mr. Goldenfold's dreams.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In "Lawnmower Dog" she says she gets C's intentionally.
- 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.
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.
- Flat Character: So far, she doesn't have much depth as a character and exists solely for Morty to have a crush on her.
- Gaussian Girl: Whenever we see her through Morty's eyes.
- Heroes Want Redheads
- 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.
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.
- Drunk with Power: After establishing the Headism Religion.
- Embarrassing Last Name: But don't let that fool you, he's very much in charge.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Frank Palicki is killed, he insists that there's no evidence a Latino student did it.
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.
- No Indoor Voice
Voiced by: Ryan RidleyA 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.
- The Bully: To Morty.
- 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.
- 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: Well, it would have been, but Rick didn't feel like unfreezing him and he shattered while Rick was busy.
- 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 admits his family is rich.
- Jerkass Victim: He's an absolute lunatic. Evidently, it was important that the first innocent bystander in the series that Rick slaughters was not sympathetic.
- 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: Is killed off in the very first episode.
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 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, "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: "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
- 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. (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.)
- Dream Walker: Rick notices that he is able to freely travel between the different dream levels.
- 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.
- 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 ends every other sentence 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 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."
- 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 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.
- Alien Blood: As shown during the fight scene in "Meeseeks and Destroy", their blood is white. Knowing how much the show indulges in Freud Was Right, the seminal imagery might be intentional.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 make 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.
- 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 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.
- Casting Gag: Tom Kenny voicing an asshole monarch in a universe partially populated by sentient candy? Now where have we seen THAT before?
- 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.
- Knight of Cerebus: His attempt to rape Morty is played entirely straight, and it's extremely unpleasant to watch.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Literally, laser-guided. He really shouldn't have messed with Rick's grandson.
- Warts and All: 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.
Mortimer Smith Jr.
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, hequickly develops the male Gazorpazorpian urge to kill and destroy.
- Cultured Badass: While growing up, he spends his time watching the History Channel and develops knowledge on military history, to the frustrations of Morty.
- Driven to Suicide: After getting in 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
- 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 pair on their torsos and a pair on their heads... Morty Jr. only has two pairs the pair on his torso and the pair on his head.
- 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.
- 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!"
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 smarter than Jerry.
- Lampshade Hanging: You thought the guy eating shit show in "Rixty Minutes" was too implausible? Well, Doofus Rick might be from there.
- 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 Comically Serious: He has a serious and sombre demeanor, which makes him stand out amongst Rick's other friends.
- 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.
- Interspecies Romance: With Summer's high school friend, Tammy. She even moved to his homeworld.
- Opposites Attract: Despite being stoic, calm and ratiional, Bird Person is shown to be a steady relationship with Tammy, Summer's raunchy party-girl friend from school.
- Spock Speak: Except for one instance of yelling, he always speaks in a flat tone. His lines also often falls into the Expospeak Gag.
- Third-Person Person: Refers to himself as such.
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarcheA 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.
- 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."
- 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.
Krombopulos MichaelA 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.
- Badass: As Rick says, if he wants to kill someone, there's not much you can do to stop him.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Psycho for Hire: As noted, he has absolutely no personal ethics and will gladly kill anyone he gets hired to.
- Tracking Device: 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.
- 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 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.
- Casting Gag: Jemaine Clement gets a chance to show-off his David Bowie impersonation with the "Goodbye Moonmen" song.
- 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.
- 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.
- Villain Song: "Goodbye, Moonmen" is actually about how he plans to cleanse the galaxy of carbon-based lifeforms.
- 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.
Voiced by Various, main body voiced by Christina HendricksAn alien hive mind who happens to be an old fling of Rick's.
- Casting Gag: The leader of the race it's currently inhabiting has massive breasts, in reference to Hendrick's own figure.
- 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.
- Hive Mind: Unity can control an entire planet's population, though its control loosens when intoxicated.
- 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 different shaped nipples, the latter of which was the topic of a race war.
- Toxic Friend Influence: It comes to realize that as much as it loves Rick, he also brings out the worst in them as it becomes subsumed by his own personality, ironically making him better at what it does.
The Alien Under The House/Blim Blam the KorblokA blobulous alien that Beth and Jerry find chained up under the garage.
- Eats Babies: He came to Earth because he is a baby eating murderer.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives an absolutely viscious 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! *Translation Device 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.
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.
- 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.
- Flight: If the form they shapeshift into is capable of flight, regardless of how nonsensical it might be.
- Polygamy: One of the parasites take 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.
- 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.
- he appears in the background of every episode of season 2 before the memory parasites even show up to begin with.
- 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.
- 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.
- Unfortunate Names: Do I really have to spell it out?
- Walking Spoiler: Dear lord.