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.
- 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).
- 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!"
- 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
- Deadpan Snarker: Does this a lot around Jerry or the inhabitants of any world he travels to.
- 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.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He evidently uses drugs and alcohol to dull his pain.
- Einstein Hair: Comes with being a Doc Brown parody.
- 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.
- 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.
- Flat Earth Atheist: Which is strange, considering that he once lectured the family about how 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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".
- 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.
- 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!Morty was the one behind everything, controlling a robot 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".
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: 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) that 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.
- 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.
- Ms. Fanservice
- 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.
- 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 tolerant of his 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Harmless Freezing: Well, it would have been, but Rick didn't feel like unfreezing him and he shattered while Rick was busy.
- 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.
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
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.)
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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, 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 to takes to accomplish their goal, without little to no consideration for the feelings (or ultimately the life) of the person who summons them.
- Well, keep in mind that Rick explicitly warned his family to keep their wishes "simple" because the Meeseeks "aren't gods". 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". 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: 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.
- Half-Human Hybrid
- Hereditary Hairstyle: The one feature it inherits from Morty 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.
- 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.
- Expy: Of Leland Gaunt from Needful Things, specifically the movie version, where Gaunt was the Devil in disguise.
- His design however is more based on Mr. Dark from the Disney adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 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
- The Comically Serious: He has a serious and sombre demeanor, which makes him stand out amongst Rick's other friends.
- Spock Speak
- Third-Person Person: Refer to himself as such.
- Interspecies Romance: With Summer's high school friend, Tammy.
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.
- 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.
- True Neutral: He was Rick's attempt at creating a morally neutral super leader. It didn't go quite as planned and just made him a jerk with conflicting emotions.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He admits to Morty that all he wanted to do was to have Rick acknowledge him.
Voiced by: Daniel BensonSummer's boyfriend from Anatomy Park. He's shown to be extremely clingy and dealing with his own insecurities.
- 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.