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Mortimer "Morty" Smith

Voiced by: Justin Roiland

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"Nobody exists on purpose, nobody really belongs anywhere, everybody's going to die. Come watch TV?"
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Rick's grandson who falls victim to playing the role of his sidekick. Morty is a young high school student who has trouble fitting in, especially given the circumstances he faces at home. He likely has a disability of sorts, and has trouble keeping up with the other kids in class, but he is proven to be pretty badass outside of school at Rick's side. He also has plenty of Hidden Depths, frequently proving himself to perhaps be the only one who has any skills in making heads and tails of the madness and chaos Rick tends to generate around him.


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  • Action Survivor: Though he's usually the Non-Action Guy to Rick, episodes like "Anatomy Park" show that he is capable of taking care of himself without Rick around.
  • Adorkable: While his morality can sometimes become skewered, Morty at his best is a sweet and kind, though shy and self-conscious kid.
  • All-Loving Hero: Morty is a living Deconstruction of the trope. No matter how hard he tries, he inevitably gets dragged into situations in which people (sometimes innocent people) get killed. In "Mortynight Run" he tries to save the life of an imprisoned living gas that Rick names "Fart". Not only does he accidentally kill the assassin but by freeing the gas he causes a dangerous chase sequence that kills several cops and Fart uses its abilities to kill several more as well as a handful of innocent bystanders. In the end, Morty kills the gas when he realizes it plans to lead an invasion that will purge the universe of all carbon-based life.
    • Additionally, his naiveté regarding the multi-verse and the potential dangers within it constantly puts him in harms way, a major example being an adventure in a fairy tale world where an encounter with an anthropomorphic jellybean takes a dark turn when the jellybean attempts to violently rape him.
    • In fact, by Season 3, he has come to see his soft-heartedness and conscience as a weakness (seen when it manifested itself in Toxic Morty). As such, without it, he is energetic, chipper and happy, while also a Patrick Bateman styled sociopath.
  • All for Nothing: In "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Repeat", Morty continuously tries to change the future so that he and Jessica end up together well until his last days when she tells him that she loves him, though he is eventually stopped by Rick from going AKIRA. However, he later overhears Jessica talking about how, after she gets out of school, she wishes to cheer up dying strangers and repeat their names on their tags over and over to console them. Morty is pretty pissed about this.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Averted; Morty was never show to be unpopular or a outcast. He was only shown to be bullied once in the pilot and despite not having any friends no one has a problem being around him, including his crush Jessica, a beautiful and popular girl.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: The pilot has Jerry tactlessly state that Morty has a learning disability right in front of him.
    • In "The Rickchurian Mortydate", Rick asks if only autistic people like Minecraft, which really offends Morty. Rick responds by saying he loves Minecraft, which really brightens Morty up. Take that as you will.
    • Again in "One Crew Over The Crewcoo's Nest", where Rick calls Morty "his getaway driver with Asperger's" when attempting to get into Heist-Con.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: In the episode, "The Ricklantis Mixup", Morty's character trait as being a morally good person is used frequently in this episode to manipulate other characters through emotional persuasion and seemingly good-natured acts.
  • Ambiguously Bi: We don't have much to work with, but one of Morty's memories in "Morty's Mind Blowers" is Mr. Poopybutthole proposing to him, and Morty doesn't seem to be objecting and even looks happy at it. While this is just a Freeze-Frame Bonus, we don't know the context of any of this.
  • Anti-Hero: A Classical Anti-Hero initially, though his traumatic experiences have shaped him into the Good Is Not Soft variety over time as he's grown in confidence. Specifically, Morty usually tries to do the right thing and save lives as peacefully as possible, but he almost always messes up and ends up causing more death and destruction than he would've otherwise. It also doesn't help that Rick has a tendency to force Morty into situations where he ends up having to kill people. So, as a result, he's become more pragmatic and quicker to resort to deadly violence over time.
  • 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?
  • Ax-Crazy: Whenever he gets pushed and loses his sense of morality he becomes a homicidal lunatic.
  • Badass Adorable: He sometimes manages to kick ass.
  • Being Good Sucks: It's not stated explicitly, but a machine designed to remove all things the user deems toxic from the body removes, amongst other things, his empathy.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: He is often forced by Rick to assist him with his science projects and often rather shady adventures where he is injured and traumatized on a regular basis. Despite this, he seems to enjoy going on adventures with Rick.
    • Vindicators 3 touches on this a bit more, implying that he's usually the one who has to handle the fallout of Rick's "blackout drunk" moments. Considering the moment in question within the episode involved picking off the Vindicators one by one while at the same time blasting them about how they were all a bunch of pushovers and not all that special, one can only assume what other trouble Morty has been forced to clean up.
      Rick: Morty, how many of these-
      Morty: TOO MANY, Rick! Too many!
  • Berserk Button:
    • Not enough to drive him to violence, but still evident enough to piss him off in the first place: Moral Guardian-ish attitudes, which he calls "a one-way ticket to extinction".
    • Blaming him for something he didn't do or when he did exactly what he was asked tends to set him off. As the feline Amish villagers learned.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Morty tends to snap if pushed too far. For example, when the Jellybean king tried to rape him, Morty eventually lost it and beat the crap out of him.
    • Rick mentions Morty having this tendency in episode "Look Who's Purging Now", which Morty dismisses. Later in the episode, a villager kicks Morty and Rick out of his house after Morty gives him the writing criticism he asked for, and Morty remorselessly kills him. When Rick's Power Armor appears, Morty mercilessly kills scores of other villagers, many of who were just hiding. Rick tries to play this off as a chemical in a candy bar they ate earlier — but it no longer has the chemical.
    • He actually tries to kill Rick towards the end of the first episode of season three.
    • Despite being the younger brother, he is rather protective of Summer, and hurting her in any way is very bad for your health. Just ask Ethan what Morty did to him as payback for dumping his sister for a girl with bigger breasts.
    • The Healthy!Morty from "Rest and Ricklaxation" appears at face value to be much nicer and more confident at first, but it is hinted throughout the episode that due to the detoxifier removing the "toxic" empathy from Morty, he's actually a manipulative sociopath. He shows no qualms with telling Healthy!Rick to kill his Toxic self, and it is mentioned several times he literally lacks a conscience or empathy. In fact, near the end, Rick calls him a "Little American Psycho"
    • In "Morty's Mind Blowers" after finding out that, at one point, he actually corrected Rick when he said "taken for granite" instead of "granted", laughed at Rick over it, and Rick wiped Morty's memory of the moment just to save face over a small grammar mistake causes Morty to snap, and pissed him off enough to physically attack him while screaming about how much of an asshole he is, and ignoring Rick's requests to calm down.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To his sister Summer, despite being the younger sibling. Summer and Morty develop very protective instincts towards each other as they faced threats, their parents' complicated relationships, and their grandfather Rick's antics. Morty tries to protect Summer in any way he can, even from her own adoration of Rick. She is just as protective of him and even attempts to get Morty to go free when they face the Council of Ricks together to protect 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. Although, this may just be an excuse for Rick to spend more time with Morty so he can actually avert this trope for his grandson, considering he did spend most of the time without him in his younger days. In addition, to his observation skills, his experiences throughout the series turn into a Manipulative Bastard capable of playing Rick of all people in order to get a day off.
  • 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.
    • On a more general note, Rick and Morty's adventures have been slowly taking their toll on Morty, robbing more and more of his optimism as he faces constant disasters and failures.
  • Brainy Brunette: Due to the increasing amount of time he spent with Rick, he's growing to be a strong male example.
  • Broken Pedestal: Morty slowly loses his respect for Rick as the series goes on. Rick is family and Morty loves him, but he slowly understands that Rick is a selfish asshole that hardly cares about anyone but himself, and he doesn't even fully care about himself either, no matter how people might feel about him. By season 3, Morty has given up on Rick, feeling that he'll never change and will just keep bailing when things get bad for him.
    Morty: (after Summer says he's bailing on Rick) He bails on everybody! He bailed on Mom when she was a kid! He — he bailed on Tiny Planet! And in case I never made this clear to you, Summer, he bailed on you. He left you to rot in a world that he ruined because he doesn't care! Because nobody's special to him, Summer, not even himself. So, if you really want your grandpa back, grab a shovel. The one that won't let you down is buried in your backyard!
    Morty: (after showing Summer dimension C-137) These are the parts of Rick's adventures you don't get to see, the parts he leaves behind.
  • Butt-Monkey: Rick's adventures generally leave him either deeply traumatized or incredibly humiliated.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: He refers to his grandfather by his name, unlike his sister (who typically calls him "Grandpa Rick").
  • 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. Season 3 shows that he's getting better at calling out Rick's Jerkassery in ways that are harder to brush off.
    • He also manages to call out Beth in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy". After Summer accidentally misuses the Morphizer-XE and Beth tries to fix the problem without Rick's assistance, an aggravated Morty finally tells her what's up.
    Beth: Morty!
    Morty: Don't, "Morty" me! I tricked Rick into taking dad on an adventure because I thought I could get a break from this kind of sh*t, but no! Like father, like ***-damn daughter! You wanna be like Rick?! Congratulations, you're just as arrogant, and just as irresponsible!
  • Catchphrase:
    • "OoOOOooOOHHhhh!"
    • He often responds to Rick with "Oh geez, Rick".
  • Caught with Your Pants Down:
    • Jerry once walked into his room while Morty was under the covers looking at his laptop. Morty then gave an extended speech about how he should be more careful when entering his room.
    • Summer once caught him jerking it in the kitchen, to which he answers that he's done it all over the house and he's thinking about her friend.
  • Character Development: Compare him with the quivering, useless Mortys in "Close Rick-counters", and you can see that the experiences he's gone through have definitely matured him. Given his Rick is said to be belligerent even by the standards of other Ricks, it probably rubs off on this version of Morty. By Season 2, he's become fairly numb to a decent amount of the insanity around him, though he still has his limits and still maintains a moral compass that Rick for the most part lacks. He also seems more tolerant of Rick's antics only raising an issue if Rick has a direct hand in causing problems. By season 3, he's all but given up on seeing anything redeeming in Rick, and is more exasperated by his antics than tolerant or surprised. At this point, it's less that he willingly goes along with Rick's adventures and more that he's dragged along for the ride, along with the other family members. In addition, he is shown to be a lot more like Rick in some areas, as demonstrated in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" where he not only loudly tells off his mother for being arrogant and trying to solve problems herself instead of asking for help, but then curses out a bystander who heard the commotion. He then gets revenge on the boy who hurt his sister by disfiguring him with Rick's device. In "The Rickchurian Mortydate" he refuses to listen to Rick and sides with the rest of the family against him.
  • Chick Magnet:
    • Enforced in "Rick Potion #9" when Rick gave him a formula to make him irresistible. Of course this went wrong real quick.
    • When he got rid of his own (perceived) toxic traits, Morty was able to ask Jessica out (though she politely left because he was too active for her) and woo two noticeably older women.
    • In "The Ricklantis Mixup", he apparently hooked up with a mermaid offscreen.
  • Child Soldiers: Some of the missions with Rick amount to him becoming this. The pilot episode is especially filled with this, wherein Rick puts a gun in his hand, orders him to kill mooks, and then mocks his trauma.
  • 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.
  • The Consigliere: Due to the extremities of Rick's more immoral actions, Morty fluctuates between this and the Sour Supporter. It doesn't help he's a more ineffective case of the trope, since he regularly finds himself ignored by Rick or shot down by the likes of Beth or Birdperson who blindly enable him. Akin to the trope however, Morty is too indispensable to just throw aside, contradicting or not, and Rick will often feel obliged to at least half-ass an excuse why he is (supposedly) wrong.
  • Cornered Rattlesnake:
    • Morty is often meek and cowardly in confrontation, though can prove quite a threat if forced into a corner. After Jellybean King tried to rape him, he retaliated and rather quickly beat him to a pulp, all the while still terrified for his life.
    • In "Morty's Mind Blowers", when Rick's general dickishness and control is revealed, Morty goes nuts and attacks Rick, taking the latter by surprise and causing an accident that leads to both of their memories disappearing. It is only when Summer comes in and fixes everything, that things return to normal.
  • Cool Loser: Although at first Morty was bullied, later episodes show that Morty generally gets along well with classmates in spite of his nervous demeanour. This trope is at it's high point when he lets go of his "toxic" qualities in "Rest and Ricklaxation" he quickly becomes confident, socially adept, and supremely popular and well liked by everyone in his school. Even able to charm two very attractive older women. Albeit at the cost of his conscience and morality.
  • The Cutie: Morty is considered to be, and can be at his best of moods, a cinnamon roll.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: As a typical 14-year-old boy, Morty is a chronic masturbator. He awkwardly warns Jerry not to come into his room when he's on the internet because who knows what he could be looking at, and only makes a half-hearted attempt to explain away that he's using an alien sex doll robot in his room before just giving up and going back to it. In Season 2's "Total Rickall", a flashback reveals Summer coming home early to find him masturbating in the kitchen. When she demands to know why the hell he's doing it in the kitchen, in embarrassment he angrily declares that he does it in every room of the house (and as she flees, he defiantly shouts after her that he was thinking of her best friend). In "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", after Morty spends a few months trapped on a primitive alien planet without his laptop, he admits to masturbating to "an extra-curvy piece of driftwood".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Having to deal with what he goes through on a regular basis can turn you into this. If he's not freaking out (which is happening less often as the series goes on), he just gives a resigned "whatever" look on his face.
  • Deuteragonist: To Rick's protagonist.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: No matter how close he gets to a female in the show, he never manages to seal the deal. Finally subverted (albeit off-screen) in Season 3, where it is explicitly mentioned by Rick that Morty hooked up with a mermaid in Atlantis.
  • Dumbass No More: Deconstruction. Morty constant adventures and near-death situations turned him from naive, slow in the mind kid to one of the more competent and self-aware characters of the show, they also took a serious toll on him, resulting in his constant sense of disillusionment and insecurity.
  • Expy: Of Marty McFly from Back to the Future. Even their first names are similar.
  • Extreme Doormat: Rick will drag him along their adventures whether he likes it or not. Gradually becomes subverted though, as Morty grows more of a spine as the series goes on and stops doing whatever Rick wants him to as easily as he used to.
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    F-J 
  • Failure Hero: In contrast to Rick's Invincible Hero, Morty almost always fails whenever he attempts to lead their adventures and he usually has to be bailed out by Rick. However, this does slowly erode over time as he becomes more competent.
  • Fetish: Morty had sexual thoughts about Jessica's feet as shown in the season 2 premiere.
  • First-Name Basis: He always refers to Rick by his first name, whereas Summer generally addresses him as Grandpa Rick.
  • Friendless Background: In addition to Beth saying point blank that Rick is his only friend, the show itself supports this idea in a subtle way. We never see any other friends of Morty's, and neither he, Rick, or any of the rest of his family ever mention any. Think about how many times ANY friends of Morty's are mentioned or seen?
    • Despite this, no one seems to have a problem with Morty. Aside from an instance in the pilot, he isn't seen being bullied (except by Rick). People have no issue being around him. Even his crush Jessica likes him enough to spend time with him, possibly even considering him like a friend now.
  • Generation Xerox: In contrast to Beth and Summer both worshipping Rick, Morty has inherited Jerry's healthy skepticism of Rick, going so far as to outright state that he is an asshole that doesn't care about anyone but himself. Roiland has stated he believes an adult Morty will look like Jerry but have Rick's abilities.
  • Going Native: Hilariously Deconstruction when he goes to live with a group of primitive aliens after getting fed up with Rick's feud against Zeep. Months later, Rick runs into Morty again, now part of the tribe and decked out in their native costume. Morty takes Rick and Zeep to the tribe's World Tree and starts to give spiel about it, then abruptly stops and grabs Rick by the lapels:
    Morty: You have to get us the fuck outta here! These people are backwards savages! They eat every third baby because they think it makes fruit grow bigger. Everyone's gross and they all smell like piss all the time! I-I-I miss my family, I miss my laptop... I masturbated to an extra-curvy piece of driftwood the other day!
  • Grew a Spine: Morty has been forced to man-up often due to the horrible events of his adventures with Rick.
  • Guilt by Association Gag: When Rick gets in trouble, there's always a chance that Morty has to deal with the punishments too, like with their arrest by the giant police in "Meeseeks and Destroy", or Supernova's death threats in "Vindicators 3".
  • Has a Type: Redheads. His biggest crush is on Jessica, but he's also shown interest in a redheaded, cat girl named Arthricia, his Non-Toxic Version dated and lived with an adult redhead named Jacquelyn, and Morty used an invention to literally attract a bunch of girls to him, all redheads.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Morty has a thing for redheads.
    • His crush, Jessica, has orange-ish red hair.
    • While living as "Healthy Morty" with his self-perceived "toxic" traits removed, he settles into a serious relationship with a curvaceous redhead named Jacqueline.
    • By Arthricia in "Look Who's Purging Now" he's at two for three on redheaded love interests.
    • One of Morty's Mind-Blowers shows that he once used a sort of interdimensional magnet to attract a bunch of women to him. Noticeably, they were all redheads.
  • Hidden Depths: One could be forgiven for thinking of Morty as dumb if they only saw the first few episodes. But later ones show this is not true. Morty has been able to adapt to the insanity of Rick's adventures shockingly easy, though not perfectly all the time. By season three, Morty has been shown to know how to use several of Rick's devices, such as his portal gun, the Morphizer-Xe, and neutron bombs. Plus, he knows his grandfather well enough to easily figure out how to solve most of the traps the genius drunkenly creates for the Vindicators.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Gets one courtesy of his son, Morty Junior in The Stinger of "Raising Gazorpazorp," in the latter's autobiography.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: A self-inflicted example. He actually thinks having empathy is toxic, so when he undergoes a detox in "Rest and Ricklaxation," the resulting "Healthy Morty" becomes The Sociopath.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Jessica does like him back to some degree, but often the zany situations will unavoidably kill off any vibes and advances for Morty.
  • I Choose to Stay: By the end of Season 3, he decides to stop running to other dimensions so he can make an honest go at living with the version of his family he's currently with.
  • Idiot Hero: Stated to be dimwitted by most people around him and according to his Bumbling Dad has a learning disability of some sort. It's mostly due to his young age and naivete of the multiverse. He has been shown to be more intelligent than most of his family. He is even able to disarm a highly sophisticated neutrino bombs (weapons capable of wiping out all life on a planet). Word of God has stated that, as an adult, Morty will be just as capable as Rick. His "learning disability" is most likely just his budding super-intellect, like Rick's. Rick also had issues with high school, and thus dropped out, but you can't really say Rick has a learning disability.
  • I'm a Man; I Can't Help It:
    • One of Morty's biggest flaws. He's a sucker for a pretty face, which often skews his priorities when his life isn't in immediate danger. It has even caused an apocalypse on one occasion. Him getting Rick to buy him a sex bot sets up the events of "Raising Gazorpazorp".
      Rick: Kind of weird that you were that willing to sell my existence out for some trim, Morty.
    • As a horny 14 year-old male, this is one of his reasons for being a rather unapologetic masturbator.
  • Informed Flaw:
    • For all of Morty's supposed stupidity, he never really comes across as any dumber than the average 14-year-old and even seems to be talented at thinking on his feet.
    • In "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender", Vance says something like "he's the learning-impaired kid we bring along for photo-ops", but Morty is the most level-headed character during the whole episode, even being able to dismantle a neutrino bomb.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Morty is 14, and has a close bond with his elderly grandfather.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Definitely in "Look Who's Purging Now".

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  • Kissing Warm-Up: Beth has to tell him not to practice kiss the pillow.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Seeing as how "Healthy Morty" note  lacks his strong empathy for others, it's likely that Morty sees his sense of justice as a burden at times. This really shows in his newfound cynicism after the events of "Rick Potion #9"; despite telling Summer that none of their lives really matter, he nonetheless continues to try and do the right thing as the series goes on.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Morty is younger than Summer, but still proves to be very protective of her because she doesn't realize the scope of Rick's Lack of Empathy the way he does. Morty is even willing to pull a gun on Rick to try to save Summer's life. It's also likely that the trauma of having to leave the original version of his sister (not to mention the rest of their family) behind in a doomed apocalyptic world contributed to Morty's protectiveness of her.
    • In "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", Ethan breaks up with Summer in favor of another girl with bigger breasts, which causes Summer to go through body image issues. Morty responds to this by calmly telling Ethan what he did wrong before giving him a dose of Body Horror.
  • Knight Templar Parent: He lies to Morty Jr. about the outside air being poisonous for him, although it was really a matter of protecting everyone else from his son's homicidal urges.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: A Running Gag is Rick showing an invention and Morty saying whatever scientific term he knows about the invention to show off his knowledge for hanging out with him, only for Rick to correct him and insult him for getting the term very wrong.
  • Like Father, Like Son: He shares Jerry's nervousness, mediocre intellect, and hidden reserves of murderous rage. However, he is eventually shown to have surpassed Jerry in terms of nervousness (of which he has less of) and intellect (of which he has more of). His tendency towards rage is also present in Beth, who inherited it from Rick.
  • Likes Older Women: Non-Toxic, fourteen-year-old Morty gets into relationships with at least two adult women.
  • Loser Son of Loser Dad: He seems to take after his father, both physically and mentally. One of the reasons Beth puts up with his adventures with Rick is that she'd rather her father rub off on him than Morty becoming another Jerry.
    • Subverted, as it been shown that Morty has outshined Jerry in many ways.
  • Lovable Coward: Very meek and easily intimidated. He's getting better though.
  • Morality Pet:
    • To the hyper-intelligent Snuffles in "Lawnmower Dog".
    • While he might put him through a lot of crap, Rick does actually love Morty and can be quite protective of him. As he insists in "A Rickle in Time", Rick really wants Morty to turn out better than him.
  • Nervous Wreck: The typical Morty is prone to nervousness, timidity, and bouts of panic during their adventures, and this initially included C-137 Morty. However, he rather quickly grows out of this as his time dealing with Rick's shenanigans increases his confidence. This really shows in Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind (season one's penultimate episode) when he ends up trapped in a cellar with dozens of alternate Mortys; while they all cower and panic, the main Morty immediately stands up and gives them a Rousing Speech to fight back against Evil Rick, causing them to dub him the One True Morty.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his flaws, Morty is a good-natured person who has a strong moral compass.
  • Not So Above It All: Though normally very tolerant and the voice of reason, he will often break down and lash out when separated from modern conveniences. For example, in "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", he launches into an epic rant about how the locals suck and how much he hates it there.
  • Not So Different: Morty is gradually becoming more like Rick, choosing violence and murder as an off-hand solution, and becoming increasingly misanthropic and jaded with the universe. And, just like Rick, his ideal version of himself lacks empathy.
  • Odd Friendship: With Rick. Not only is his relationship with his 70 year old+ grandfather more like "two best friends" than "a boy and his grandpa", but they're also Vitriolic Best Buds who almost spend as much time arguing with each other as they do enjoying the other's company. Still, it's clear that they both care for each other.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite being 14, Morty could easily pass for a boy in his pre-teens.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Almost no one calls him by "Mortimer".
  • Only Sane Man: Zigzagged. Despite being "as stupid as [Rick] is smart", he's easily the most responsible person in the family; however out of him and Summer, she is more mundane and grounded.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • In "Look Who's Purging Now", Morty lets out all of his pent-up rage and starts murdering the inhabitants of the purge planet he and Rick were stuck on, a far different take on his usually calm and whipped personality. It's one of the few times we see Rick visibly shocked and concerned about his grandson. It culminates with Rick tazing him into submission when Morty threatens to kill an innocent girl as well as his own grandfather.
    • In '"The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", he uses Ricks' Morphizer machine to subject Ethan to a severe case of Body Horror for dumping Summer. This is more calculative and early than his other bouts of anger (see Rage Breaking Point below). Not only that, but Morty's demeanor before the deed is disturbingly similar to Rick when he's pissed.
  • Outdated Name: Morty (a nickname for Mortimer) isn't a typical name for modern teenage boys. This is lampshaded by Rick in the episode "Total Rickall" where he tells Morty that he has the name of an "old, Jewish comedy writer".
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Implied. His son is an elderly man at this point and it will most likely die before Morty.

    P-Y 
  • Papa Wolf: Even though Rick warned Morty that Morty Jr. is one of the most aggressive creatures in the galaxy (and is later proven right), Morty will attack Rick if he tries to kill Morty Jr. Morty even stated that if Rick wanted to kill Morty Jr., he have to kill him too.
  • Parents as People: In one episode Morty has a half-alien son and tries to raise him well, but a combination of factors (Morty Jr. reaches adulthood in one day and his hyper-aggressive, and Morty has no experience with raising children) results in Morty Jr. having a pretty bad childhood. While they do reconcile when Morty Jr. is a young man, he still writes a book about his bad childhood literally called My Horrible Father. Upon learning of this Morty is very downcast, only saying that he hopes his son is eating enough.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Says this to Armothy just before they complete Armothy's Unfinished Business.
  • Potty Failure: Morty had an offscreen incidient where he peed his pants in history class.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Morty is normally very in control of his anger, but this tends to slip out. Most prominently in "Look Who's Purging Now" where he was being blamed by Rick for the majority of the episode reaches it's breaking the Cat Folk villager that fostered them during the purge decided to kick them out just because Morty criticized his screenplay, which the villager asked him to critique. Leading Morty to push the villager down some stairs, killing him and later slaughtering scores of the villagers, many of who were hiding, with Rick's Power Armor. It gets to the point where Rick is forced to knock Morty out until the end of the episode.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While not necessarily all the time, he is the slowly collected doormat Blue to his sister's feisty, rebellious Red. But is Red to Rick's Blue.
  • Sanity Slippage: With every passing episode, Morty becomes more and more unhinged. The most notable examples being "Look Who's Purging Now", where he goes on a mass murdering spree in a blind rage and "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" where he horribly mutates Ethan for messing with his sisters body image.
  • 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.
    • "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender" shows that he's been around Blackout!Rick so many times that not only does he guess all of his questions right, but even knows how to disarm a neutrino bomb without so much as a look of concern on his face!
      Rick: Morty, how many of these-?
      Morty: TOO MANY, Rick! Too many!
    • In "The ABCs of Beth" when he finds out that an alien is dating Jerry he not only knows her home planet, he knows about her culture, and is able to introduce himself in her language.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy (an awkward, sweet All-Loving Hero to Rick's Manly Man (a foul-mouthed, aloof Sociopathic Hero).
  • Shapeshifting: Rick implanted him with nanomachines that gives him the ability to transform into a car. It evidently automatically triggers at the sound of a car alarm.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Beth and Jerry don't like the fact that Rick drags Morty out of school to go on his adventures in the pilot. In the second episode, "Lawnmower Dog", Rick intercepts Morty's math teacher's dreams so that he subliminally convinces him to give Morty good grades all the time, even if Morty isn't there.
  • Shrinking Violet: Being an exaggeration of an awkward teenager, Morty is very shy and anxious.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Definitely gives off this vibe during the little interaction we see between him and his peers, especially when it comes to girls. He obviously isn't fond of this aspect of himself, as "Healthy Morty" (a version of Morty lacking his own perceived "flaws") is a perpetually confident and charismatic smooth-operator (to the point of being a sociopath with a complete Lack of Empathy, in fact).
  • Sole Survivor: In a sense, as of Season 3, he's the only remaining member of the original cast. His versions of Summer, Beth and Jerry were left behind in the 'Cronenberged' timeline, and are possibly dead after being frozen by the Rick squad that found Morty and Summer in 'The Rickshawnk Redemption' while Rick himself has lost his original body and has transferred into an alternate Rick.
  • The Southpaw: Not seen very often, but Morty's dominant hand is his left. The most obvious is throwing the frisbee at the end of "The Wedding Squanchers", where he both throws and catches with his left hand.
  • Speech Impediment: Like his grandfather, Morty has a noticeable stutter that cause him to repeat words multiple times in sentences.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks a lot like his dad.
  • Suppressed Rage: According to Rick, Morty tends to bottle up his anger.
  • Superior Successor: Morty is this to both his father and grandfather.
    • Jerry: Morty has the spine that his father lacks.
    • Rick: Morty has the morality, however damaged, that his grandfather lacks.
  • Teens Are Short: Pocket Mortys says that the average Morty is 5'2", while C-137 Morty is confirmed to be an inch taller in "Morty's Mind Blowers".
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: With all the bad luck Morty has in his life, especially with trying to get Jessica's attention and love, the stinger at the end of "The Ricklantis Mixup" implies that both Morty and Rick spent the much of the episode having sex with very willing mermaids. He even comments that he wants to go back and try to develop a relationship now that he knows that "mermaid puss" is an open possibility.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: He's 14 and in high school, but has been mistaken for a preteen and is shorter than his crush and classmates.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • His adventures with Rick seem to be rubbing off on him, as stuff that would send him into a near panic attack early in the show is starting to be met with worry or curiosity rather than blind fear. For example, in "Auto-Erotic Assimilation" a comment after the nipple based race war reignites when Unity loses control of the species it has assimilated indicates that this isn't his first time dealing with race wars and during "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", after having enough of Rick's and Zeep's bullshit inside the Teenyverse, he opts to go off on his own and within a couple of months takes control of a local tribe of savage tree-people. He's still definitely The Woobie, but he's slowly starting to grow into an Iron Woobie.
    • Season 3 demonstrates this best in the episode, "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender", when he's treated as The Load by Rick and the Vindicators for being some stupid kid, but his Seen It All circumstances allow him to figure out exactly what's going on pretty damn fast with little to no concern about the entire problem. Not that it saves the Vindicators, but the Broken Pedestal part is more concerning than their actual deaths to him.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: His adventures with Rick have slowly shaped Morty into a more apathetic person. See Seen It All section. From "The Ricklantis Mixup", this is a development exclusive to C-137 Morty, as all other Mortys that actually have Ricks tend to fall in line and act as the usual optimistic sidekick. The first Rick they meet since destroying the Citadel even calls out C-137 Morty on being unusually aggressive and outspoken.
  • Tranquil Fury: Despite his calm, conversational tone as he's confronting Ethan over smores, his small, threatening glare and the way he ominously sets his hand on the enlarger ray shows that he is well and truly pissed off.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Rick and the rest of his family.
  • The Unfavorite: In his original universe, as neither of his parents try to find him after the world is devastated in "Rick Potion #9". Beth even says she's glad he's gone. Then a memory in "Morty's Mind-Blowers" has Beth forced to choose whether an alien will kill Summer or Morty. Beth immediately chooses to sacrifice Morty.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He's usually a more nervous and meek person but when you push his buttons he'll go into a homicidal, murderous rage. Such as when he is being crowded and attacked by the Amish people in the Purge he let's loose and violently kills most of the purgers even Rick who loves violence and is Ax-Crazy is really suprised and mortified at Morty's rage.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Morty is often the more sensible and reasonable one among his family. He convinces Summer to stay after she learns she was an unwanted pregnancy by telling her that she is no different than anyone else. He later tells Rick that he will be O.K. if Rick leaves but he won't forgive him for breaking his mom's heart.
  • Yandere: Downplayed as Morty doesn’t do anything creepy to Jessica or treats her as a possession. However, whenever he finds a scenario where he might end up with her, he goes to pretty sociopathic lengths to achieve it. He gave her a love potion because he couldn’t handle that she was dating Brad, which ended up mutating her and causing Rick to label him as a creep for trying to roofie her. Likewise, one of Morty’s Mindblowers shows that he’s violently protective of her, as he was willing to torture an alien for releasing a worldwide virus that nearly killed Jessica. He’s also willing to sell Rick, his own grandfather, for some trim as he ignored Summer’s concerns about Tiny Rick overwhelming Rick’s mind because he helped him get close to Jessica. Furthermore, upon gaining a death crystal that let him see a future where Jessica comforted him in his old age, Morty committed several atrocities to ensure it happens, up to avoiding resurrecting Rick and killing many cops and military man while acting like an AKIRA.

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