I'm going to accomplish great things, Morty. And you're going to be part of them. And together we're going to run around, Morty, we're going to do all kinds of wonderful things, Morty. Just you and me, Morty! The outside world is our enemy, Morty! We're the only friends we've got, Morty! It's just Rick and Morty! rickandmorty.com! Rick and Morty and their adventures!"
Aborted Arc: An episode where Morty has to enter Jessica's bloodstream in an attempt to save her from an injury. It wasn't aired due to unknown reasons. The storyboard can be found here. Anatomy Park might have been inspired by this episode.
Abusive Parents: Morty accidentally became one in "Raising Gazorpazorp", as chronicled in his alien son's book "My Horrible Father".
Actually Pretty Funny: Subverted, Evil!Rick's henchman randomly makes a laughing noise every few seconds which our Rick mistakes for approval of his zingers.
Adam and Eve Plot: The very first thing we see Rick do in the series is drunkenly plan to exterminate the human race except for Morty and the girl he likes.
Aesop Amnesia: When Mr. Goldenfold became impotent from his woman-attracting Deal with the Devil, he learned a lesson about lust and hubris, but when Rick then cured his impotence, leaving him with no negative side effects, he instantly ran home with two armfuls of ladies, screaming "I haven't learned a thing!"
Apparently, there's an infinite amount and Rick exploited this by simply slipping into one universe where he and Morty suddenly died after curing the cronenbergs. Apparently, he hasn't managed to find very many universes where they both died in such a way that everything's okay afterward.
There's an entire group of alternate Ricks who have banded together to form a society known as the Council of Ricks. However, the Rick we know refuses to be affiliated with them. This refusal to join the Council makes "our" Rick the "Rickiest Rick there is." By default, that makes Morty the "Mortiest Morty."
Aluminum Christmas Trees: The Cesium-Water mixture in M. Night Shaym-Aliens! might not be enough to blow up an entire star cruiser, but cesium (and other metals of its type, like the more common lithium, sodium, or potassium) do combust on mixture with water. Maybe the Plutonic Quartz serves as an amplifier?
Always a Bigger Fish: When Morty was being chased by a giant version of Hepatitis A, it ended up getting crushed by Hepatitis C, which fortunately was a much more friendly disease.
Ambiguous Disorder: It's strongly implied that the reason Morty is underperforming in school is because he has some kind of learning disability.
Happens to Morty during an adventure. Luckily Morty kicks ass.
Happens to Summer on another adventure. Luckily Rick kicks ass.
Rick argues that love potions are basically this, though he takes his time before saying so.
In the same episode, everyone outside of his family is infected by the potion, turning the tables on Morty.
In yet another episode, Jerry is the victim of it. Luckily Beth kicks ass.
Badass Boast: From Jerry of all people - "No one's killing me until I catch my wife with another man!"
Badass Family: The Smiths. This trope is most evident in "Rick Potion #9".
Batman Gambit: In "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!", Rick looks genuinely distraught over having been fooled by a simulation inside a simulation inside a simulation, but he was in control the whole time. He knew that if Morty mixed the ingredients together just as he said, that he would have blown himself up, and that the aliens were only trying to get the recipe the whole time.
Be Careful What You Wish For: Mr. Needful's store offers magical items that ultimately screw people over (for example, cologne that makes you irresistible to women while making you impotent). Rick ends up starting a business where he removes said curses with science.
Because You Were Nice to Me: When the dogs take over the world, Snuffles/Snowball makes Morty his personal pet since he treated him well.
Bittersweet Ending: In "Rick Potion #9" Rick and Morty destroy the world with a plague and have to move to an alternate timeline where they fixed everything, but died shortly afterwards. They had to leave behind their family from the original timeline, but in the post-credits scene it's shown original timeline Jerry and Beth got over their marital problems and are happy without Rick and Morty around. It's a fairly disturbing ending, since it still involves real characters dying. Only to be replaced just like that. But as Rick says, just don't think about it. The irony to this is if Morty had followed through with helping Rick in the first place it would've killed them in their own universe, so he inadvertently saved their lives. Rather twisted indeed. The irony here is twofold: As Rick explains to Morty, if he hadn't screwed up as bad as he did (i.e. if he had managed to cure the Cronenbergs instead of abandoning the world to it's fate and traveling to a universe where his counterpart succeeded instead) then they (the original Rick and Morty) would be the ones who died and were replaced instead.
Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: The Gazorpazorpians. Male Gazorpazorpians are large brutish beings driven by violence while females are much more human-looking and are intellectual and empathetic.
Black Comedy: Most definitely. Most of the humor revolves around Rick's sociopathy and alcoholism and the resulting damage it does to Morty's psyche. After "Rick Potion #9", the show takes a realistic look at the traumatic damage that the pair's adventures can have on Morty.
Blatant Lies: Rick claims the bug security officers chasing them are robots. When Morty shoots one, it starts bleeding to death, and another bug starts yelling for the shot bug's wife and children to be notified. When Morty tries to call Rick on this, he says it was just a figure of speech.
Body Horror: The "Cronenbergs", which are genetic monstrosities Rick accidentally engineers by inaccurately replicating human DNA.
Bottle Episode: "Rixty Minutes", which consists almost entirely of Rick and Morty watching TV (though in staying in the spirit of the series, it is interdimensional TV). The majority of the dialogue heard on the shows was ad-libbed on the spot by the voice actors, something that Rick and Morty both lampshade.note Yet it still manages to have one of the most heartwarming endings in the series to date.
Might not actually be a Bottle Episode, as although the characters never leave their home, the shows on TV do result in plenty of new backgrounds and character designs, most likely making more work for the artists.
Brain Bleach: In "Lawnmower Dog" Rick and Morty run into a sexy dream version of Summer and get grossed out when she starts hitting on them.
At the end of "Ricksy Business", Rick ends the episode by ordering to roll the credits, and repeatedly yells that it's the end of the first season.
In-universe, the Titanic reenactment cruise that Beth and Jerry are on fails to sink as it was supposed to, and to make up for it the captain of the ship offers everyone free "James Camer-Onion Rings". This prompts Jerry to angrily say "...and now the fourth wall is broken."
Broken Ace: Various minor characters seem to hint that the combination of his constant alcoholism and casual world conquering/ending awesomeness amount to a reason for why Rick's Catch phrase translates to "I am in great pain".
The Bully: Frank Palicky. Frozen to death in his debut scene. And there was NO EVIDENCE that a Latino student did it. (Everyone wants to make this a race thing.)
Bully Hunter: The newly beefed-up Rick and Summer become this in The Stinger to "Something Ricked This Way Comes", taking out a racist skinhead, a schoolyard bully, a Westboro protester and an animal abuser.
Cerebus Rollercoaster: While the series never stops being dark, whether elements are played for laughs or treated seriously vary greatly. While most of Rick's actions and the horror Morty goes through because of them are treated as Black Comedy, things like his near rape experience, replacing himself in an alternate universe and the marital troubles between Beth and Jerry are not.
When Snuffles has Jerry threatened with a pair of surgical scissors, Jerry thinks they're threatening to cut his hair.
Rick is pointing out things that don't make sense to convince Morty that they're in a simulation, specifically a living Pop Tart with a toaster-themed house and car. Morty agrees, noting that a Pop Tart would be too scared of toasters to live in one. Rick clarifies his point: its car is also a toaster, and someone's car is not normally a smaller copy of their house.
The goggles that let people see through their alternative timeline doppleganger’s eyes the same one Rick uses to find a replacement universe after everyone gets Cronenberged in "Rick Potion #9"
One of the TV shows they watch calls back to the previous episode and the planet Gazorpazorp.
In "Rixty Minutes", Morty reveals to Summer his own grave in the backyard, explaining how him and Rick destroyed their own world in "Rick Potion #9" and crossed over to this reality mere moments after the local Rick and Morty died from one of Rick's inventions.
In "Something Ricked This Way Comes," Rick can be seen watching Ball Fondlers, one of the shows he and Morty watch in "Rixty Minutes," near the end of the episode.
Cronenberg Rick is a member of the Council of Ricks.
In "Ricksy Business" there are two of the Councilman Ricks at the party.
Corpsing: In Rixty Minutes, you can hear the voice actors bursting into laughter on some of the alternate-reality TV shows.
Curse Cut Short: The head alien in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" says, "This is going to be one giant mind f——" cut to commercial.
Dead Alternate Counterpart: Rick takes advantage of this at the end of "Rick Potion #9"; when he causes a Cronenberg Apocalypse, he and Morty escape to a very particular universe where their counterparts cure the Cronenberg plague and are killed almost immediately afterwards by an unrelated incident.
Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Rick nonchalantly "buys" an ironically-cursed item from Louis Cypher (you don't pay for items in his store... not with money), analyses it, takes out the curse while keeping the supernatural benefits, and offers to do the same for other "customers" of Satan's store in exchange for cash. This almost drives Satan to suicide.
Averted in "Meeseeks and Destroy". A living jelly bean attempts to rape Morty in a restroom and, apart from the attempted rapist being a giant jelly bean (due to the setting), it is portrayed completely seriously, with Morty obviously traumatized.
Similarly averted in "Anatomy Park" when Summers boyfriend breaks down and confesses that his older brother "took him into the bushes" and "made him feel like a girl"
Dramatic Ellipsis: In "Lawnmower Dog", when Rick and Morty go from the completed A Plot to the developing B Plot.
Rick "Well, Morty, out of the fire, dot dot dot."
Dream Land: In "Lawnmower Dog", Rick and Morty traveled into the dreams of Morty's math teacher.
Dude, She's Like in a Coma: In "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" Jerry has sex with a simulation of Beth and seems to find it more enjoyable because she wasn't moving.
Dysfunction Junction: Rick is an alcoholic sociopath, Morty is a neurotic teenager who gets broken several times, Jerry's hopelessly insecure, Beth's thinking about leaving him and is slowly regretting marrying him, and Summer's starting to feel unwanted. Just another happy family!
E = MC Hammer: Parodied; an equation flies by in the opening credits to establish the sci-fi nature of the show, but it's "3 + 3 = 6".
Establishing Character Moment: The cold opening of the pilot has a stinking drunk Rick barging into Morty's room in the middle of the night, dragging him off to a flying machine he built out of "stuff in the garage" and revealing he built a bomb and plans to make Morty and his crush the new Adam and Eve. When Morty objects, he tries to pass it off as a Secret Test of Character.
True to his word, Rick only invited six people to his party.
Executive Veto: In-Universe example. The Stinger of "Anatomy Park" had Rick's Pirates of the Pancreas ride axed by the Chief "Imagineerian".
ExpendableAlternate Self: Evil Rick tortures hundreds of alternate Mortys in order to hide himself. But Evil Rick is himself a robotic mask for Evil Morty, who is thus expending his alternate selves in the worst fashion imaginable.
Expendable Alternate Universe: Parodied. Rick pretty much irreversibly ruins at least the Earth in an alternate universe. Worse than most examples in that it's the universe that all of the episodes were spent in until that point. Rick doesn't care at all. Morty on the other hand is horrified.
Rick is basically Doc Brown if he were an alcoholic sociopath, and Morty is Marty McFly if he were Doc Brown's dimwitted grandson.
Scary Terry is basically Freddy Krueger. Rick even says that he's a knock-off of some '80s horror film. It is also pointed out that Terry has miniature swords, not knives, on his fingers.
The Pop Tart living in the toaster oven looks like the one featured in current Pop Tart commercials.
Morty’s speech pattern and awkwardness are very similar to Bobby Calzone from Drowning Mona.
A less subtle one is Gazorpazorpfield. Although, Rick and Morty noticed that it's just an alternate version of Garfield.
Rick also seems to have a few elements of The Doctor, having adventures through time and space with a companion and being considered a rogue by a high council of his peers.
Rick is pretty much Dan Harmon dialed up to 11. Between the alcoholism, the stuttering speech pattern, the nonchalant egotism and even the tone of his voice, Rick can be considered an impression of Dan Harmon. This is especially evident in episode 2, in which Rick mocks the film Inception in very similar fashion to Harmon's comments on his podcast Harmontown.
Implied in "Meeseeks and Destroy", where the giants seem to be very prejudiced towards "tiny people". Given that the villagers' only idea to get money boiled down to breaking into an innocent giant family's castle and stealing from them, this might be justified.
One episode features a universe where there are men with trunks surgically attached to their faces, who are forbidden to marry.
In "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" Jerry still has his suit which is a sign that he and Rick are still in a simulation.
Also, if you watch the episode a second time, the first one minute and twenty-four seconds are foreshadowing of the fact that Rick knew that simulated!Morty was a simulation all along, and the first line "this is just poor craftsmanship" referring to the rat he's dissecting is a complaint about the simulators - he's probably doing it to determine how many levels down he is.
Also, the alien simulation of Morty smiles knowingly as Rick brags that he's going to beat the aliens at their own game.
Also also, the aliens say that there's another human in the simulation, not a third human when they find Jerry. The language makes it ambiguous, but it sticks out on a re-watch.
Also yet again, Rick lampshades the Contrived Coincidence of Morty immediately finding the exact ingredients for concentrated dark matter, because he correctly suspected they were still in a simulation. The recipe was fake, but the aliens cluelessly try it anyway and get vaporized.
In "Rick Potion #9", Rick's skewed view of love, being "just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed" hints at what his love potion actually is.
In "Rixty Minutes", Rick makes a reference to "Raising Gazorpazorp", which proves that continuity does in fact exist in the show. This is important because later, recounting the events of "Rick Potion No. 9" allows Morty to bring Summer back from the Despair Event Horizon.
A more heartwarming instance is Jerry and Beth's first trip with the goggles both being realities in dimension C-500 A.
In "Close Rick-Counters", when Rick and Morty are on their way to the council, Rick is offered Morty insurance.
In the pilot Rick mentions that he builds robots for fun. In "Something Ricked This Way Comes" we see one - a tabletop model whose only purpose in life is to pass the butter.
When Rick is flipping through the channels in "Rixty Minutes", one channel has Game of Thrones on, except all the cast members are dwarves. Except for Tyrion who is the sole tall person.
"Something Ricked This Way Comes" has an unintentional one where a man is holding a "God hates fags" sign and it changes to "God hates you" for one frame. They changed it to "God hates fags" after the censors approved it, but they accidentally left in that one frame.
In "Rick Potion #9" Rick tries to cure a virus that made everyone infected want to have sex with Morty with a stronger virus mixed with praying mantis DNA. The end result turned the people into mutated mantis people who want to have sex with Morty and then bite his head off. And then Rick makes a cure for the virus (composed of the DNA of a myriad of different animals) which, although effective in making everyone stop being madly in love with Morty, Cronenbergs them into hideous, mutated monsters. Rick and Morty end up just abandoning the world to its fate and settling in an Alternate Universe where Rick succeeded in fixing everything only to kill him and Monty in a lab accident just as the prime duo arrive to replace them.
The Strawberry Smiggles commercial opens with the cereal's mascot desperately rushing to eat his Smiggles before any kids steal it from him. It doesn't help. Oh, BOY does it not help.
A rather milestone example for [adult swim] itself. [AS] used to be pretty hardcore about bleeping out swear words, but started testing the waters in late 2013 to see if they could get away with saying certain words just like Comedy Central. Then comes "Rixty Minutes", where "Shit" is dropped 3 times only a few minutes into the episode. There's even a depiction of a man eating shit out of a bowl with a spoon. Unlike Comedy Central, who only uncensors swear words after midnight(in the case of some shows like South Park, never censoring the word "Shit" on the TV-MA new episodes), Rick & Morty airs at 10:30 EST/9:30 Central. It could also be that Shit as a whole has become so commonplace the network's stopped CARING about it being used.
One of the Adult Swim bumpers during the Sunday night rebroadcast on March 23, 2014 went as follows... Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars./ Actually/ We really don't give a shit/ [adult swim].
And let's not forget Ass World in "Close Encounters of the Rick Kind." Not because of the fact that it's a world with bare asses growing out of the ground, but because of that brown stuff that's on the ground. Despite all of this, every episode has a TV-14 rating rather than TV-MA.
Played straight in "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind" when one of the Ricks freezes Jerry and unfreezes him with no ill effects.
Harpo Does Something Funny: The alternate universe trailers, TV-shows, and commercials in "Rixty Minutes" are mostly the voice-actors improvising.
Heroic BSOD: Morty suffers one at the end of "Rick Potion #9" as he tries to cope with his entire world going to hell, and then suddenly finding himself in a world where nothing went wrong except that he just replaced his own self, who had died just moments before.
Principle Vagina: Please note: if you have the flu, do not attend this dance. It's about awareness, not endorsement.
Hobos: Reuben from Anatomy Park is one. Justified since you don't agree to have a theme park built inside you if your life is going great, though he is a more modern variant
Robot Reuben Tour Guide: My story begins in the Dot Com Crash of the late '90s...
Humble Goal: When Rick introduces the problem-solving Meeseeks to the family, he tells them to keep their requests simple. Summer asks to be more popular at school, and Beth asks to be a more complete woman. Trying to heed Rick's warning, Jerry just asks to take two strokes off his golf game. Guess which problems are solved easily and which one persists throughout the episode.
It Only Works Once: Rick tells Morty that they can only do the jump into another reality after irreversibly ruining our own thing three more times, four tops. He knows the viewers wouldn't be impressed if they did it more than that across the series.
It's a Wonderful Plot: In Rixty Minutes, Beth, Jerry and Summer witnessed how their lives would be like if Summer was never born.
Jerkass Has a Point: In "Rick Potion #9" Rick calls Morty out for using the equivalent of a roofie to make a girl like him. Although Morty fires back by noting that Rick still made it for him (and his only initial objection was that it was a waste of his talent), while also noting that Rick wound up turning the whole planet into David Cronenberg-ian monstrosities through his own carelessness and a lot of bizarre assumptions in regards to biology.
Jerk Jock: Morty runs into one in "Rick Potion #9" when trying to ask out his crush, Jessica, to the Flu Season Dance. He's actually pretty self-aware
Lance: Man, stay in your league! Do you see me going to higher class school ditricts and hitting on their hottest girls? Jessica:Gee, thanks Lance. Lance: I throw balls far. You want good words, date a languager.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Decidedly more gravitated toward the "jerk" part of a spectrum, Comedic Sociopath Rick is shown on occasion to have a bit of leftover humanity in him, occasionally reaching out to Morty in a more thoughtful, sympathetic manner than usual(usually with traumatizing results).
Kissing Warm Up: When Morty falls asleep at the breakfast table after one of Rick's escapades, his mother asks him if he's feeling well, and then asks if he's been kissing the pillow that the dog sleeps on.
The Lancer: Morty is decidedly a foil for Rick, described by the latter as "as dumb as [Rick is] smart." This is actually one of his key motivations for bringing Morty along on adventures.
In the episode Rixty Minutes, the characters in Hamsters in Buttland resemble the 30 Second Movies bunnies.
LEGO Genetics: Played for Laughs in "Rick Potion #9". First Rick tries to use praying mantis DNA to counter-act vole DNA (with the theory that mating once and then killing your mate is the opposite of living only to mate), then he admits genetics is more complicated than that, and so develops another cure:
Rick: It's koala, mixed with rattlesnake, chimpanzee, cactus, shark, golden retriever, and just a smidge of dinosaur. Should add up to normal humanity. Morty: I don't— that doesn't make any sense, Rick!
Rick also tries it in "Ricksy Business" with Abradolf Lincler: a genetic combination of Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler who was intended to be a morally neutral super-leader. Turns out he's just a jerk who can't deal with his conflicting emotions.
Literal Metaphor: In "Pilot", the "two plus two" part of Rick's rant about school sounds like it's just a metaphor but then it turns out that Morty's math test really consists of simple calculations like that.
Logic Bomb: Three regarding golf in "Meeseeks and Destroy". Square your shoulders and keep your head down. Choke up and follow through. Try to relax.
Louis Cypher: In "Something Ricked This Way Comes" the proprietor of the cursed items shop, who is actually the devil, goes by the name "Lucius" Needful.
Love Potion: In "Rick Potion #9" Morty has Rick make one so Jessica will like him. Unfortunately, due to it being flu season the potion is transmitted through air, quickly causing the school (and eventually the entire world) to be in love with Morty. Rick later points out how Morty essentially asked him to make roofies.
Maintain The Lie: In "Meeseeks and Destroy" The Stinger has a servant finding disturbing pictures (most likely of children) in King Jellybean's closet and being ordered to destroy them so the people will remember him for what he represented, not what he was.
Twice in "Meeseeks and Destroy". Firstly, when a Giant accidentally smashes his head and dies from the trauma, almost leading the Rick and Morty being convicted as murderers; and secondly, when Morty is almost raped in a restroom. It also cuts to a ridiculous Mr. Meeseeks brawl in the middle of the second one.
The Stinger for "M. Night Shaym-aliens" has Rick drunkenly enter Morty's room, telling him he's a good kid and a trooper for putting up with all the crap he's been through. A sweet, if slightly disturbing, gesture. He then pulls a knife and holds it to Morty's neck, screaming at him to tell him if he's a simulation or he'll cut his throat. After a minute of this, Rick passes out on the floor, leaving Morty confused and terrified.
The A plot of "Rixty Minutes" is a series of absurd sketches improvised by the voice actors. The B plot is the family having an existential crisis.
Moon Logic Puzzle: The third episode of the game, Rick lampshades the moon-logical solution of one of the puzzles. How do you give Morty his missing dimension back and make him a 2D sprite again? By cutting a cup from a DD bra and giving it to him, since it's now a single D.
Moral Myopia: Beth spent years putting Jerry down because she though she was better then him but was very offended when she found out she was holding him back as well she
The o3o expression Rick and Morty sometimes do is one of the few things from Doc and Mharti that hasn't been changed.
At one point, Rick says that a whole world populated by dogs would make an interesting TV show. This is a reference to an actual pilot Justin Roiland made in the past.
Certain parts of Cronenberg-Rick might being back some...memories.
The Cloning Blues invoked with the gradual mental degeneration of the Meeseeks brings to mind the defective Cosby clones from Roiland's earlier Web series House Of Cosbys. The alternate-dimension TV channels are also a similar concept to the series' nonsensical final episode involving alien satellite transmissions.
No More for Me: In an alternate universe where chairs and people are reversed, a chair discards the rest of his booze after seeing Rick and Morty walking around.
No, You: When Jerry and Beth are packing away Rick's stuff, he tells them that they shouldn't be messing with it because it's beyond their reasoning. Jerry retorts "YOU'RE beyond our reasoning!" To which Rick counters with "Takes one to know one!"
N-Word Privileges: According to Rick, the word "Glip-Glop" is like the N-Word and C-Word had a baby and was raised by all the bad words for Jews. Not that it stops him for referring to his alien buddies as "My Glip-Glops".
Of Corpse He's Alive: The episode "Rixty Minutes" has a fake trailer of a movie where a bunch of cats manipulate the corpse of their owner to convince people she's alive.
Oh Crap: Rick when told it is flu season, while Morty literally says the phrase in "Rick Potion #9" twice.
Overnight Age-Up: Male Gazorpazorpians reach adulthood in one day. Being half-human, Morty Jr. goes through typical human stages of growing up, including teen rebellion, in that time span. By The Stinger of the same episode, Morty Jr. has grey hair and has written a bestselling novel, whereas none of the other characters have aged nearly so far.
In "Rixty Minutes", there's a universe where Earth is populated by corn people, and one where it's populated by hamsters living in human butts.
All Zigerians are scammers who are prudish towards nudity.
Several alternate universe versions of Rick and Morty in "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind", including a cowboy version, multiple alien versions, and Cronenberg Rick and Morty.
Poorly Disguised Pilot: Parodied at the end of the second episode. Rick suggests that the world populated by dogs "could be developed into a very satisfying project for people of all ages", and that he would watch it "for at least eleven minutes a pop".
Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: At the end of "Meeseeks and Destroy" Rick makes an Arsenio Hall reference, making Beth and Jerry laugh, but then Beth says she doesn't get it, as she's too young.
Protagonist-Centered Morality: The collateral damage wreaked by Rick's schemes, whether implied or shown outright, is often absolutely gruesome in its sheer body count, but receives no serious repercussions for it, week after week. He's destroyed an entire reality just through incompetence, and that's probably not the first.
Alien Invasion Tomato Monster Mexican Armada Brothers Who Are Just Regular Brothers Running In A Van From An Asteroid And All Sorts Of Things: The Movie.
Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Averted. Characters surprisingly speak in a realistic manner, filled with stutters, mumbling, and belching. Some of the alternate-dimension TV especially falls into this, with Harmon and Roiland improvising it on the spot.
Played with at the end of "Rixty Minutes" when, ignoring Rule of Funny, the family starts asking Rick a lot of questions about how a world where hamsters live in people's butts could possibly work. Rick takes them there so the hamsters can explain for themselves, which they do.
Rick succeeds in besting Satan by opening a new store. Afterwards, faced with the responsibilities of running the shop, he announces he's bored of it and closing, douses it in gasoline and sets it on fire during regular business hours.
In "Ricksy Business" Summer, seeking to get in with the cool kids, blows off her nerdy best friend and essentially throws her out of the party to get her out of the way — and then finds out that when you do un-squanchy stuff like that no one wants to hang out with you.
Reed Richards Is Useless: Justified in that Rick is a self-centered alcoholic. Exemplified when Rick opens a store that removes the curses from magical items that Satan has been giving people. As soon as Satan admits defeat, Rick loses interest in the whole thing, not even caring that the store seemed to be making a good profit.
Reset Button: An incredibly grim example appears in "Rick Potion #9". When Rick's cure irreversibly turns everyone into monsters, Rick "fixes" the problem by finding a parallel universe where Rick somehow fixed his screw-up just after their parallel selves have died in a freak accident caused by Morty's doing what Rick asked him to do at the beginning of the episode. Rick then makes Morty help him dispose of the corpses, allowing them to resume normal life in place of their dead parallel selves, leaving their own universe destroyed.
Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: The Gazorpgazorpians try to save face by claiming this after realizing that simply crushing Rick with a boulder is too simple.
Rule of Three: Morty could accept the bun being placed between two hotdogs and the old woman walking her cat on a leash. But the Pop Tart living in a toaster oven....ok, something weird is going on.
Sarcastic Clapping: done by evil Rick in "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind". Lampshaded by Rick who points out how cliche the gesture is to which evil Rick explains that in his alternate universe, he is its inventor. This trope is referred to in the show as "Slow Clap."
Scenery Porn: Rick takes Morty to a bizarre dimension in the pilot that's very colorful and bizarre with phallic imagery and hanging sacks. Like actual porn.
Rick unconvincingly claims this was the case with his plan to wipe out the human race and start over. This confession is immediately followed by a 'sure, why not, I don't know'.
One interpretation in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens" suggested says Rick suddenly started acting uncharacteristically playful with important science stuff as a test to see if Morty would notice and say something. Morty didn't and just played along, confirming Rick's suspicion that he too was a simulation..
Serial Escalation: The parallel dimensions in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind" become increasingly absurd variations on a theme, from a world where slices of pizza order human delivery, to a world where phones sit on pizza and order chair delivery on human phones, to - finally - a world where chairs sit on inanimate humans and order phone take-out on pizza. Rick and Morty even visit an Italian restaurant and purchase some edible phones for themselves.
Servant Race: Meeseeks, who are created by one of Rick's devices to serve a single purpose and die in a puff of smoke after they're done. However, if they take too long to get a task done then they'll end up going murderously insane until it gets accomplished.
Sex Bot: Rick buys one for Morty in "Raising Gazorpazorp". As it turns out, the robot is actually a Gazorpazorpian breeding chamber that results in a half-human half-Gazorpazorpian baby.
Shown Their Work: In the Anatomy Park episode, the tuberculosis/scar tissue relationship is described correctly.
Smart People Build Robots: In the pilot, Rick mentions that he builds robots for fun. In "Something Ricked This Way Comes", he built one for the specific reason of passing butter on the table. Note that this robot is advanced enough to be horrified when Rick told him what his only purpose is.
Robot: What is my purpose? Rick: You pass butter. Robot: [looks at his hands] Oh my god! Rick: Yeah, join the club, pal.
Status Quo Is God: Horrifically deconstructed at the end of "Rick Potion #9"; after infecting the entire planet with a Body Horror virus, Rick ultimately solves the problem by taking himself and Morty to an alternate universe where their counterparts invented a successful cure for the virus and but died on the same day, so that him and Morty can take their place. Rick tells Morty not to think too hard about it all, but Morty is visually traumatized by the events.
The female Gazorpazorpians have a society that's practically built on straw. It's so extreme that they'll automatically kill any male who enters their domain, even if he isn't a threat. Their behavior is actually understandable, because female Gazorpazorpians are intelligent and empathetic whereas male Gazorpazorpians are incredibly violent and dangerous, but their hatred spreads to males of all species, which winds up making them pretty intolerant and hypocritical.
Summer showed signs of this as well in the same episode as she refused to objectify herself even though her life and her chastity was threatened. Though that was more of a reaction to Rick being a Jerkass
Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Rick is smart enough to analyze magical items from the devil's shop, then remove the curse while still retaining the magical benefits.
The Tag: Some episodes have short, scenes after the credits to have a last minute gag resulting from something in the episode.
Take Our Word for It: In "Meeseeks and Destroy" Summer's Meeseeks makes her popular by delivering a speech to the entire student body in the auditorium. We only hear the very end of the speech, but it was apparently really convincing.
That Came Out Wrong: When Jerry, Beth, and Summer use Rick's goggles to look at alternate timelines of themselves, Summer says that she doesn't see anything. Beth responds and realizes what she said without even pausing to breath.
Well, you should select a different timeline. I mean, if your father and I achieved our dreams, there's a chance you were never born that came out wrong that came out very wrong.
The Show Must Go On: Rick and Summer's party hits a few speed bumps, which are taken in stride.
The Stoic: Subverted in the first episode in which Rick assures Morty that he's seen it all and will keep him safe, only to be interrupted by a fierce alien creature. "Run Morty, I've never seen one of those before! This is bad, we're going to die, Morty!"
Rick gives Morty a pair of grappling shoes that will allow him to walk down a cliff. Unfortunately, Morty tries doing this before Rick tells him that they need to be turned on.
Mr. Needful gives one of his customers shoes that offer superhuman speed, but they're also cursed so the user can't stop once they started, making them worthless as is.
Twenty Minutes into the Future: Real life example. The producers released the episode 'Rixty Minutes a week early on Instagram in 100+ 15 second bits. Time will tell if this becomes an industry standard.
Rick continually addresses Morty by his name when talking to him. This is toned down in the second episode, but is still present. You could also count the constant belching Rick does in mid-sentence whenever he's drunk.
In "Lawnmower Dog", Scary Terry constantly ends his sentence with "Bitch!"
"Hi, I'm Mr. Meeseeks! Look at me!"
Female Gazorpazorpians are always telling each other "I'm here if you need to talk".
Viral Transformation: In "Rick Potion #9", Rick's attempt to cure everyone of Morty's love potion turned them into Mantis Men. His attempt to cure everyone of that turned them into "Cronenbergs".
Weirdness Censor: None of the people Summer invites to the mutual house party seem at all phased by the extra-dimensional oddities Rick keeps company with.
Wham Episode: If fan consensus says this, then "Rick Potion #9" is definitely this.
Wham Line: From "Rixty Minutes": "That out there... That's my grave!"
What Happened to the Mouse?: All the people who had bought cursed items and were waiting to be served when Rick got bored and closed. Enjoy your curses everyone.
What the Hell, Hero?: Morty sometimes tries to take a stand with his grandpa after the situation inevitably devolves into chaos and horror. In "Rick Potion #9", Rick turns it back on him, rightly comparing Morty's love-potion request to a bid for date rape.
Rick tells Morty in the pilot episode that it's okay to shoot the spaceport security guards, because they're "robots". They aren't, but Rick contemptuously refers to them as such because of his hatred for bureaucracy.
The last thing the Sigerian leader mentions before mixing together the chemicals that destroy the entire warship in a massive explosion is how all of his staff members have families.
"Lawnmower Dog" is one for Inception. The act of entering someone's dream is even referred to as "Incepting".
Morty: But I've been here for months! Rick: Yeah but that's dream-time, Morty. And this is a dog's dream, which is seven times faster than a person dream. And if that doesn't make sense, then everyone's favorite movie doesn't make sense!
Invoked in universe by the Titanic-themed cruise ship that Jerry and Beth go on in "Ricksy Business". People can live out their Jack and Rose fantasies by recreating scenes from the movie.
"Raising Gazorpazorp" cribs much of its plot from the somewhat-comprehensible parts of Zardoz.
"Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind" is this to the Tom Baker era Doctor Who serial The Deadly Assassin, where the president of the Time Lords is assassinated and the Council of Time Lords blames the Doctor. It turns out the killer was The Master.
With Due Respect: "Rick, with all due respect—what am I saying? What respect is due?"
Womb Level: All of Anatomy Park, which exists inside of a homeless man named Reuben. The main attraction of the park happens to be all of Reuben's many diseases.
While Beth doesn't want to believe that Rick is a negative influence on her son at first, she is shown to be more level-headed and less hammy than her husband. Not that this stops her from being just as callous and self-centered as her own father.
Zig-Zagged with the Gazorpazorpian women. Considering the male Gazorpazorpians are hyperaggressive barbarians by nature (Morty Jr's first words were "Death" and "Destruction", even when growing up on Earth), the females literally are wiser. However, their society is still built upon classic stereotypes of women and man-hating feminists. For example the first experience a male has is being flung into space. And the females have the males separate from them (the hellhole that Rick and Summer went to before hitching a ride from the sexbots going into the ship), send all male babies outside to the hellhole and have the female babies in the ship, have sentenced a girl with bad hair to silent treatment, and sentenced Rick and Summer to death(Rick for being Summer's grandfather and farting/making a noise that they never heard of and Summer for treason/having a grandfather). Their infrastructure can also be disrupted by a single spider, as the Gazorpazorpian women refuse to go anywhere near it.
Would Hit a Girl: Rick, in "Rushed Licensed Adventure Episode 3". He usually ends each level by beating up Morty, but seeing as Morty and Summer end up fused together, he ends up beating up Summer too, and doesn't seem to have much of a problem with it.
In the pilot, Rick freezes a teenager threatening Morty with a knife. This ultimately kills him (Although in Ricks defense, there's no indication that he intended to hurt/kill him as the teenager dies when he accidentally tips over and shatters).
He also beats Morty's ass at the end of every "Rushed Licensed Adventure" level.
Wraparound Background: Jerry drives through this when he's in a simulation running at low capacity. He doesn't notice.
Done with Jerry in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens", where he has the perfect day and wins an award right before Rick comes in and reveals that the whole thing has just been one giant simulation. When Jerry tries starting off his next day the same way in real life, it stops as soon as it started in the simulation.
Rick: Sorry Jerry. I'm sorry that the greatest day of your life was just a simulation running at minimum capacity.
Also happens to Morty in "Lawnmower Dog" when Rick shows up to reveal the life of luxury he had been living as Snuffles' pet was just part of a dream.
Rick: Right before I incepted you, you crapped yourself. I mean, real bad, Morty. It's a total mess out there, Morty. Of all the things that you thought happened, you crapping yourself is the only real thing.
You All Look Familiar: Both parodied when Jerry fails to notice he keeps passing the same simulated background people and played straight when Rick uses the fact to get large numbers of people to work on the same problem at the same time, thereby freezing the program in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!"
You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: Parodied in "Lawnmower Dog". Scary Terry uses this to discourage his victims from hiding, which is actually very effective.
You Monster!: Morty calls Rick a monster before comparing him to Hitler. He even compliments Hitler to prove his point.
Your Mom: Morty discusses his feelings for Jessica with Jerry, and Jerry says that he used to feel that way about a lady named "Your mom"—and then specifies that he's speaking literally and not as an urban diss.
Yo Yo Plot Point: Many episodes portray Jerry and Beth's marriage on the verge of collapse before some event in the episode brings them closer together, rekindling their interest in each other and making them determined to give their marriage another try... until the next episode shoves them back into square one and they have to work through their failing marriage all over again. However, unlike many examples of this trope, the failing marriage plot point actually works (for the most part) because Rick and Morty have screwed around with the universe (and then attempted to fix the universe, only to screw up even worse) so many times that it's inevitable for some things to keep getting unresolved. After Rixty Minutes this seems to have changed. They still have arguments, but they've stopped bringing up the possibility of a divorce.