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Recurring characters (in order of first appearance)


    The Space Cruiser 
Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren
First appearance: "Pilot"

Rick's home-built space ship he made out of car parts, and the associated A.I. that controls it and acts as its security system. It is completely obedient to Rick and as well as anyone Rick tells it to protect.

  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Since either Rick or Morty fly the ship manually, Ship is generally just a Living Prop. In "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", Ship shows she is just as ingenious and maniacal as her creator.
    • She gets another one in "Amortycan Grickfitti" where she lets Summer and Morty take her out on a joyride, just so she can go on an even crazier one of her own.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted. While most people would consider a security system that immediately kills anything it considers a threat to be deemed a mistake of bad programming, considering that Rick created it, her homicidal programming is most likely intentional.
  • Ax-Crazy: As if not evident enough in her first major appearance, her second one has her killing a Planet Eater for sport, killing a bunch of Changeformers for mocking her for being just a ship, killing a human and using her body as a meat puppet, blowing up an interstellar police station, and taking pride in being an all powerful war machine.
  • Badass Boast: After releasing a decaying clone of a SWAT officer's child:
    "All of you have loved ones. All of them can be returned. All can be taken away."
  • Batman Gambit: In "Amortycan Grickfitti" she goes offline after Morty and Summer trick her with a Logic Bomb. After the two have used her to cause enough trouble, the AI reveals she was faking the entire time and gathered enough evidence of their exploits that now she can do everything she wants to do then blame the entire thing on Morty and Summer.
  • Blood Knight: Her idea of a good time is using an entire solar system as a lure to hook a Galactus-esque Planet Eater like a prize fish, only being disappointed that the one she ends up killing was "too small."
  • Comically Missing the Point: Summer is brought to horrified tears by watching the ship go to gruesome lengths to keep her safe, and protests that she doesn't feel safe. The ship responds by leaning her seat back and playing calming music.
  • Complexity Addiction: Though her inventor is capable defensive solutions like forcefields and portal escapes, the ship is incapable of grasping any protection tactics besides gruesomely killing, crippling or mind raping potential threats. When forbidden to use harmful tactics of any kind, it resorts to an even more complex approach of chessmastering a planetary peace treaty as the ultimately distraction.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She starts mocking Summer as the latter's orders make it harder to maintain her objective.
    Summer: You know you're kind of a dick, right?
    AI: My function is to "Keep Summer safe", not "Keep Summer being, like, totally stoked about, like, the general vibe and stuff". That's you; that's how you talk.
  • Exact Words: Whenever she's given an order, Ship obeys it without hesitation and proceeds to pursue whatever action is the quickest way to meet her objective. Unfortunately, she does not consider law or morality as impediments to her objective, and she has a number of murderous and trauma-inducing inventions at her disposal.
  • Expendable Clone: Her "melting ghost babies", as Summer puts it, which are used for emotional torture.
  • Expy: If GLaDOS was more obedient and built into a car, then the result would be Ship.
  • Fantastic Racism: She's on the receiving end of some after some Changeformers she was trying to impress find out she's "only a car" instead of a robot who can shape shift into a car. One she was flirting with even throws up on her because "he touched it." Her response is to incinerate them all.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: After having her more dangerous and traumatic functions forbidden by Summer, she reluctantly creates a peace agreement between humans and the giant telepathic spiders they are at war with, which makes the population overlook her past mutilation and murder.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: A psychotically murderous war machine she may be, she's not wrong about her assessment of Bruce Chutback being a bad person who makes people doubt themselves and changes people that don't need to be changed. This is proven by the episode's end where Bruce repays Morty and Summer's loyalty to him by ditching them because they're not considered cool enough in the school's hierarchy.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: She could likely very easily just use her technology to shield Summer non-violently. Somewhat justified as she has one major flaw; she finds unaggressive methods tedious (and was created by Rick). May also be averting the trope in this regard since, from her and Rick's POV at least, killing a potential threat is the swiftest solution.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Zig-zagged. Her first appearance was rather...horrific. However, she has some comedic moments, even if they are pretty dark.
  • Living Prop: A very literal one. The Ship's AI is introduced as far back as the Cold Opening of the Pilot where she announces the bomb that a very drunk—and currently unconscious—Rick made to blow up the earth with is armed. It wasn't until the second season where the degree of her intelligence was revealed and even afterwards she mostly just silently fulfills her role as a ship. Whenever she's given free reign to be more than just a means of transportation, things quickly become horrifying for everyone involved not named Rick.
  • Logic Bomb: In order to use the ship for a joyride to impress a new student, Morty and Summer get around the AI's programming to only listen to Rick by telling her Rick is in danger and will die unless she goes offline. She promptly does so. Or so she wants them to think. It was actually a Batman Gambit so once she gathered enough evidence of Morty and Summer using her for fun, she could then do whatever psychotic thing she wanted and lay the blame on them.
  • Madness Mantra:
    AI: "Keep Summer safe."
  • Mind Rape: She switches to emotional manipulation when Summer forbids it to use violence. She scans the identity of one of the SWAT officers and releases a canister containing a clone of his dead child. The child then tells him to leave the car alone before melting into goo. She then threatens to repeat this if they don't back off.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: She considers the fastest and most efficient way to fulfill Rick's orders to "keep Summer safe" is to kill anything that gets too close to the vehicle. When Summer forbids the AI to kill people, she settles with crippling her next victim.
  • No Name Given: She's only ever referred to as "Ship" or "Car," though in the pilot episode Rick refers to it as a "Space Cruiser."
  • Pet the Dog: One mixed with Kick the Dog. She offers to get Morty and Summer out of jail by using Bruce Chutback as a scapegoat for their crimes. When they refuse, the AI just blows open the wall of the interstellar police station they're in and says she could've blown the place up the entire time, but she thought the kids would prefer the less-murderous option. She also doesn't rat on them for taking her out on a joyride despite threatening to tell Rick earlier.
  • Restraining Bolt: Summer's orders are the only thing keeping her from murdering the general population.
  • Sapient Ship: Given that the ship's purpose is to... drive Rick places, it's easy to forget the AI inside it is very much alive and aware. It's not until the second season that the extent of the AI's intelligence is revealed.
  • Technical Pacifist: When ordered to not kill people, the AI settles for permanent crippling via a laser to the spine. When that's no longer an option, she resorts to emotionally breaking an enemy. When THAT'S also no longer an option... She negotiates a peace between the humans and the telepathic spiders in that dimension, causing everyone to forgive it.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill:
    • Her default response to anything she deems a hostile target is to use lasers to dice them into bloody meat cubes.
    • It comically veers into the other side of the spectrum when Summer forbids her from killing, maiming, or emotionally scarring her victims; create world peace just to get them off her back.
  • Weaponized Car: Rick has outfitted her with enough firepower to make her more than a match for Earth's military.
  • What a Piece of Junk: It isn't exactly the sleekest thing to careen through space, looking something like a mix between a U.F.O. and something that was dumped into the Hudson River after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but it's fully capable of waging a one-ship war on entire fleets if not civilizations at a time, and can travel the galaxy as easily as taking a road trip.

Voiced by: Daniel Benson
First appearance: "Anatomy Park"

Summer's boyfriend, who's shown to be extremely clingy and dealing with his own insecurities. His body becomes the building site for the new Anatomy Park, but given Rick's frustration that it won't include a "Pirates of the Pancreas", that may not be permanent. The replacement dimension version of him was later seen in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy".

  • Body Horror: Morty uses the Morphizer-XE to horribly mutilate him for dumping Summer and breaking her heart.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ethan was molested by his older brother on a fishing trip.
  • Drama Queen: In his initial appearance in C-137, he crashes the Smith family's Christmas dinner to ask Summer why she hasn't been texting him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: See Body Horror above. Morty basically dooms him to a lifetime of pain and despair, because he dumped Summer and made her insecure about her body, and there is absolutely no indication that he will ever revert to his normal self. And by all appearances, Morty also left Ethan stranded at the campsite, forcing him to haul his malformed body all the way back to civilization on his own; judging by his pace during the after-credits scene, this might take some time.
  • Freudian Excuse: Played for Black Comedy, when Jacob gets Ethan to reveal why he is so touchy and it turns out to be because his older brother molested him.
  • Has a Type: If you take Summer's word for it, Ethan has a distinct preference for girls with large breasts. Played for Laughs.
  • It's All About Me: He barges into the Smiths' house and demands to know why Summer hasn't been texting him. When she explains that Jerry took her phone away and wanted her to spend time with her family, his only response is to angrily ask if she stopped to consider how that might affect him.
  • Rape as Backstory: In a tear-filled confession he admits that his older brother molested him as a child.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Given the events of "The Whirly-Dirly Conspiracy", its unknown how Annie and the new Anatomy Park are faring, or if they even existed inside Ethan in this dimension.

    Mr. Meeseeks
Voiced by: Justin Roiland
First appearance: "Meeseeks and Destroy"
"I'm Mr. Meeseeks, look at me!"

A race of creatures created from a box to fulfill simple goals. They do what is asked of them, and then abruptly cease to exist. They really don't like existing, so if the task given to them takes too long to accomplish, they may go insane and try to kill their summoner.

They have a self-demonstrating page! Look at me!

  • And I Must Scream: Existence is pain to a Meeseeks and the longer they stay alive the greater their pain becomes, in the background of "Morty's Mindblowers" two Mr. Meeseeks are kept captive in a box forever with no task to complete, effectively forcing them to live forever.
  • The Ace: Completed the comically difficult tasks Summer and Beth set them as if they were nothing and seem to know how to do everything anyone could ask them to do from birth, the only thing they can't do is make Jerry any better at golf. This may be because dealing with Summer and Beth only required the Meeseeks to emotionally manipulate and/or convince others which they are very good at thanks to their unflinchingly upbeat personalities. Whereas Jerry wanted them to make him better at a physical task that required skill but was unwilling to actually change his behavior.
  • Alien Blood: As shown during the fight scene in "Meeseeks and Destroy", their blood is white. Knowing how much the show indulges in Freudian symbolism, the seminal imagery might be intentional.
  • Ax-Crazy: If they can't finish their assigned task in a short enough amount of time, they'll summon more and more Meeseeks trying to solve the problem, start beating the pulp out of each other, and destroy everything in their path to get to and kill the person who assigned them the Impossible Task so they can die.
  • Benevolent Genie: Initially, they'll be perfectly happy to fulfill your request the way you intended. However, if they can't do it promptly, the Meeseeks will seek out more flexible ways to grant your wish as they become more frustrated and desperate.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mr. Meeseeks are friendly, cheerful, and eager to please. But if they can't solve a given problem fast enough (as in a couple of days), they can get downright murderous.
  • Breakout Character: Got such a positive reception from fans for being such a memorably zany character to the point where he is destined to return in a future season.
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm Mr. Meeseeks, look at me!"
  • 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. Indeed, Mr. Meeseeks don't like doing this:
    Mr. Meeseeks: "We Meeseeks are not born into this world fumbling for meaning, Jerry! We are created to serve a singular purpose for which we will go to any lengths to fulfill! Existence is pain to a Meeseeks, Jerry! And we will do anything to alleviate that pain!"
  • Death Seeker: They are designed to only exist to complete one assigned goal, upon the success of which they will poof out of existence. Since they were not meant to exist any longer than necessary to achieve said goal, they wish to accomplish their task quickly as possible so that they can die, since hanging around any longer gets "weird" for them.
  • Ditto Aliens: They all look and act alike. Justified via function over form.
  • Exact Words: The Meeseeks will try to do whatever their summoner asks of them, but they will also use the exact wording of their summoner to resolve the issue if they need to. Taking two strokes off Jerry's golf game? Well, if they can't make him a better golfer, they'll permanently remove all the strokes off his game by killing him.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Life itself is torture to them, and death is the only release. They'll go mad if they don't die.
  • Goal in Life: To fulfill the singular task they were assigned after being summoned, and then 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. Unfortunately, when dealing with someone as neurotic as Jerry, this only goes so far.
  • It Can Think: Although they appear to have one-track minds, multiple Meeseeks when summoned to solve the same problem will come up with different solutions. And if forced to stay alive long enough, causing them great pain, they'll eventually hit on a different answer...
  • It's All About Me: As Beth noted, they just say or do whatever it takes to accomplish their goal, with little to no consideration for the feelings (or ultimately the life) of the person who summons them. The example Rick used with the first Meeseeks was summoning him to open a stuck mayonnaise jar, and they were intended for household tasks like fixing a dishwasher, etc. Beth completely ignored this by asking Meeseeks to help make her "a more complete woman", so it took the quickest route to make that happen. Jerry tried to keep his wish simple by just asking for help lowering his golf handicap... though he's so bad at golf that this drove his Meeseeks insane.
  • Loophole Abuse: Jerry's Meeseeks figure that, since they can't improve Jerry's golf game, they can kill him instead. By their reasoning, they're taking all strokes off his game by removing the player 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.
  • Large Ham: They have No Indoor Voice, even the one just giving Beth relationship advice.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: It is impossible to inflict lethal harm on a Meeseeks before they finish their task. When dozens of Meeseeks are losing their minds trying to take two strokes off Jerry's golf game, they start beating each other senseless and tearing each others' limbs off, but it doesn't kill any of them.
  • No Indoor Voice: Mr. Meeseeks talk in loud shrieks none stop.
  • Not Used to Freedom: The concept of continued existence without/beyond fulfilling their request drives them insane.
  • One-Gender Race: All Meeseeks are male and called "Mr. Meeseeks".
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Meeseeks have blue bodies and some of them have orange tufts of hair on their heads.
  • Parrot Exposition: Given their clone-like nature, this happens twice within the episode, first with their catchphrase, then "He roped me into this!"
  • Perma-Stubble: When alive for long enough, some Meeseeks start growing this.
  • 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.
  • Rules Lawyer: They will take the easiest route possible to accomplish their goal. However, some, when push comes to shove, will be overly precise with their task. For example, while almost every Meeseeks was okay with Jerry sinking a single golf ball into a pot of soup (not even bothering to see if he could replicate it), one Meeseeks took perverse delight in making Jerry prove he could also putt the ball. This wasn't necessary to fulfill his task as improving any part of Jerry's game would be technically a victory. This Meeseeks threatened to murder someone completely unrelated to Jerry just in an attempt to motivate him.
  • 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 given to them as quickly as possible and die in a puff of smoke afterwards.
  • Stepford Smiler: Very chipper and eager to help — as long as things are going well.
  • Time Dissonance: Meeseeks are only meant to exist for as long as it takes them to finish an assigned task, no more than a few hours at maximum. Two days of life feels like eternity to a Meeseeks.
  • Unfulfilled Purpose Misery: The Meeseeks lose their sanity when they can't fulfill their assigned task.
  • Verbal Tic: I'M MR. MEESEEKS, LOOK AT ME!
  • We Are as Mayflies: Meeseeks are only meant to be alive for the exact amount of time it takes to complete the one task they have been assigned, which is usually no more than a few hours. Two days is considered an eternity in Meeseeks time.
  • 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 under that.

Voiced by: Scott Chernoff
First appearance: "Ricksy Business"
"D'you even know my real name? It's Revolio Clockberg Jr! I belong to an entire species of gear people. Calling me 'gearhead' is like calling a Chinese person 'Asia Face'."

A somewhat shady and cowardly acquaintance of Rick from a civilization of mechanical beings. He doesn't like to be called "Gearhead".

  • Ambiguously Bi: Gearhead was heavily implied to be gay through his effeminate voice and gestures, and the fact that he apparently owns a gay magazine that could be seen in his workshop. However, he was seen flirting with a couple of college-aged gear girls in the post-credits scene of "Vindicators 3"
  • Back for the Dead: He returns in "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender" only to trip while retreating from his lie of being a Vindicator, falling apart in the process.
  • The Bore: In his initial appearance he'd bore anyone who would listen to him about the Gear Wars no matter how little they cared.
  • The Bus Came Back: He reappears at the end and credits scene of "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender", twelve episodes since his previous appearance in "Mortynight Run".
  • Butt-Monkey: Almost nothing good ever happens to him. From him getting his "gearsticles" ripped off to tripping and breaking into dozens of pieces while fleeing.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": In the midst of his betrayal of Rick in "Mortynight Run", he admits that he hates how Rick calls him "Gearhead", considering it to be an insult.
  • Easily Forgiven: The fact that he's at the party in the end of "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender" shows that Rick has forgiven him.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Betrays Rick, Morty, and Fart to his world's police, for a high ransom.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It's eventually revealed the only reason Rick and Birdperson hung out with him is because he was the little brother of Geardude, whom they genuinely liked and who died a long time ago.
  • Groin Attack: Is at the receiving end by Rick, who literally removes Gearhead's balls and shoves them in Gearhead's mouth.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He does resemble his voice actor, Scott Chernoff, with the addition of gears on his face.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Gearhead is boring, selfish, cowardly and willing to backstab his "friends." His older brother, Geardude, was a courageous freedom fighter who fought against the Galactic Federation and is implied to have been a true friend to both Rick and Birdperson.

Click here to see him as Phoenixperson 
Voiced by: Dan Harmon
First appearance: "Ricksy Business"
"In Bird culture, this is considered a dick move."

He is Rick's best 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.

  • Aliens Steal Cable: Rick mentioned once that Birdperson annually holds viewing parties for the Oscars, but...
    Rick: By the way, our TV signals take light years to reach his planet. Nobody tell him that Braveheart wins!
  • Atrocious Alias: Tammy isn't exactly jazzed about his new moniker of Phoenixperson. Rick, Beth and her clone share the same sentiment.
  • Back from the Dead: He is truly resurrected in "Rickternal Friendshine of the Rickless Mort", after Rick reconstitutes his original body and helps a memory of Birdperson become a sentient being.
  • Bash Brothers: He and Rick served were this in the past when they waged war against the Galactic Federation. The apex of this is their fight against the Gromflomites at Blood Ridge.
  • Bird People: Well, it is right there in his name.
  • The Cameo: Appears in Pocket Mortys (complete with a line of spoken dialogue from Harmon) to get Rick back to the Healing Center when all of his Mortys are KO'ed.
  • Came Back Wrong: After Rick escapes from prison, Tammy revives him into a cyborg, dubbed Phoenixperson, turning him into a loyal soldier of the Federation. After Rick retrieves his body in the Season 4 finale he seems intent on fixing the damage, which he accomplishes in "Rickternal Friendshine of the Rickless Mort".
  • Captain Ersatz: Birdperson is confirmed to be a parody of The Hawk from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
  • The Comically Serious: He has a serious and sombre demeanor, which makes him stand out amongst Rick's other friends.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Flashbacks show Federation soldiers attacking his home world and a comment from him during a meeting with his fellow Freedom Fighters implies the Federation had taken complete control of his world prior to the battle of Blood Ridge. His world was liberated at some point prior to the series start.
  • Death Equals Emotion: His only visible facial expression (confusion) was right before he got shot up by Tammy. Subverted when he's revealed to have survived.
  • The Dragon: Unwillingly becomes one to Tammy after being reconstructed in Phoenixperson.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Season four shows, while he's loyal to Tammy, his resurrection as a cyborg has made him infinitely more dangerous than her or any of her Gromflomite masters.
  • Driven to Suicide: Despite Rick reviving his body in "Rickternal Friendshine of the Spotless Mort", Birdperson tries to kill himself by destroying his mind because he's still in love with Tammy and can't get over his grief from her betrayal and death. It takes Rick revealing he has a child to give Birdperson a reason to live again.
  • Evil Former Friend: Not that he had much choice in the matter with the Federation rebuilding him as a cyborg. It still results in him becoming an enemy of Rick and the two face off in the Season 4 finale, after which Rick takes him back to Earth and plans on fixing him.
  • Face–Monster Turn: After getting resurrected into a cyborg, Birdperson becomes a weapon for Tammy to use, which automatically but unwillingly makes him one of the antagonists of the show. He and Rick fight in the Season 4 finale which shows Birdperson is still completely in love with Tammy despite what she did to him. Rick at least intends to fix him after he's shut down.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Somehow he is fully taken in by an invisible Jerry puppetting Tammy's corpse despite Rick telling him she was dead, her deathly complexion, and the numerous wounds covering her body including a bullet hole right between the eyes. Phoenixperson even says she's acting strangely but only catches on when Jerry accidentally becomes visible again.
  • Fallen Hero: While he admits to doing terrible things to stop the Galactic Federation, he still fought against evil with noble intentions, only to be killed by them and resurrected as their cyborg enforcer.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: They fought together against The Galactic Federation.
    Birdperson: [to Beth] The road your father and I walked together is soaked deeply with the blood of both friends and enemies. We have committed numerous atrocities in the name of freedom.
    Rick: [to Morty] Birdperson's big day, Morty, was at Blood Ridge at Glap-Flap's third moon against the Gromflomites!
    • A flashback reveals the reason Rick ended up joining Birdperson's war against the Galactic Federation was to repay him for helping him get revenge on alternate Ricks who were implied to be involved in the death of Rick's original Beth.
  • Honey Trap: He falls victim to this as Tammy is actually a galactic agent trying to bring him and his terrorist friends down.
  • Hypothetical Fight Debate: His succinct response to Rick when the latter wonders this as they're fighting in the Season 4 finale doubles as a What the Hell, Hero? moment.
    Rick: It's funny. I always wondered who would win if we ever fought.
    Birdperson: Then you were always a bad friend.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Summer's high school friend, Tammy. She even moved to his homeworld. It, unfortunately, turned out to all be a ruse.
  • I Owe You My Life: Rick saved his life in the past, which is why Birdperson is willing to look past Rick's surface flaws and see the deeply troubled person underneath.
  • I Will Find You: Birdperson and Tammy had a daughter shortly before he was killed, who was incarcerated despite being elementary school-aged as her father was a terrorist. After Rick resurrects him, he departs to find her.
  • Love Martyr: Even as a cyborg who was killed and then rebuilt as a weapon by Tammy, his love for her remains.
  • Loving a Shadow: The version of Tammy that Birdperson loved never existed, she was just a facade in order to lure him and his friends into a trap. In spite of this, Birdperson chooses to commit suicide by destroying his own mind rather than live without her and he tries to spend his last moments with a memory of her from back when he thought she did love him. He only decides to let go and live when he finds out they had a child together, telling the memory of her as a good person he loves her before leaving her behind.
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking: It must be severe, considering it is his wedding vow.
    Birdperson: Tammy, I was approaching infertility when I met you, but there is still time. I am yours until my death.
    • Finding out they had a child is enough for Birdperson to give up on suicide in order to rescue his daughter.
  • May–December Romance: He's in his forties, and Tammy is 19. But that's probably the least unusual aspect of their relationship.
  • Never Given a Name: His species doesn't give their members names, as they find them a form of imprisonment. He personally finds this stupid.
  • No Sympathy: Generally comes off as this towards Morty due to his near-blind loyalty towards Rick. Whenever Morty suggests drawing the line with Rick's treatment of him, no matter how justified, Birdperson will fully take Rick's side and usually passive-aggressively guilt sling Morty.
  • Not So Stoic: He usually speaks in a flat voice and only displays emotions on a few occasions.
    • The first time is when Tammy reveals she's an undercover Galactic Federation operative. Just before she shoots him dead, Birdperson becomes visibly upset and confused.
    • The second is after his resurrection as Phoenixperson, when Rick reveals he killed Tammy and then calls him "pussy-whipped" for still loving her despite what she did to him, after which he actually screams in anger and attacks. Later, Jerry accidentally desecrating Tammy's corpse is enough to send him into an Unstoppable Rage.
  • Opposites Attract: Despite being stoic, calm and rational, Birdperson is shown to be a steady relationship with Tammy, Summer's raunchy party-girl friend from school. Subverted when it's revealed she was actually a deep-cover agent for the galactic federation, running a honeypot operation to find him and a number of his friends who participate in galactic rebellion.
  • Papa Wolf: Upon finding out he and Tammy had a daughter that the Federation has taken prisoner, he immediately snaps out of his suicidal depression and goes off to save her.
  • Power Trio: With Rick Sanchez and Squanchy.
  • Reforged into a Minion: Becomes one for Tammy and the Galactic Federation after his death and resurrection as a cyborg.
  • Self-Applied Nickname: He was renamed Phoenixperson by the Federation agents that rebuilt him following his death, and much to the consternation of everyone around him, he insists that others call him that.
  • Spock Speak: Except for one instance of yelling, he always speaks in a flat tone. His lines also often fall into the Expospeak Gag.
  • The Stoic: He rarely emotes, only speaks in a flat tone of voice, and remains straight-faced despite whatever absurdity is going on around him.
  • Third-Person Person: Refers to himself as such.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • No matter what kind of dangerous, selfish stunts Rick pulls, Birdperson will always take his side. A Deconstruction of sorts since where Morty can at least keep Rick in check with Tough Love, Birdperson's blind loyalty and disdain for rebuttal of any sort towards Rick tend to only enable his self-destructive behavior.
    • As Phoenixperson, he's still in love with Tammy despite what she did to him. How much of this is due to being rebuilt as a cyborg is unknown. He completely loses it when he finds out she's dead, is relieved when Jerry puppets her body to pretend she's alive, and then goes utterly berserk when he realizes Jerry's just desecrating her corpse.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Tammy and the remnant of the Galactic Federation resurrect him as a cyborg called Phoenixperson.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He's rebuilt as an unstoppable death machine capable of disembowelling Rick and defeating two Beths, but he also has a conveniently placed on-off switch on his back.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • After finding out Morty intends to rescue his family but abandon Rick with his own portal gun, Birdperson tells him, "In Bird culture, this is considered a dick move."
    • Finally gives one to Rick after Rick held off on telling Birdperson he had a child until it was one hundred percent clear Birdperson would commit suicide unless given a new reason to live. Even though Rick successfully resurrected him, Birdperson is rightly disturbed that his best friend may have never told him he had a child because he was worried it might get in the way of the two "hanging out."
  • Worth Living For: Birdperson only moves past his suicidal depression over Tammy upon finding out they had a child who's being held in Galactic Federation custody and whom he vows to rescue.
  • Worthy Opponent: In a way, deconstructed, as Rick considers him this in a Hypothetical Fight Debate, but Phoenixperson tells Rick that he was just a bad friend if he ever wondered that.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Mentions in "The Wedding Squanchers" that he and Rick have committed several atrocities in the name of freedom from the galactic federation.

Voiced by: Tom Kenny
First appearance: "Ricksy Business"

One of Rick's closest friends, Squanchy is a cat-like alien from the planet Squanch.

  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Morty and Jessica catch him squanching in a closet during "Ricksy Business".
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may look like a silly cartoon character with a high-pitched voice and a goofy speech pattern (see below), but if the situation gets grim, he's perfectly able to turn into a 15 feet tall hulking beast while retaining his awareness and tear through mooks while shrugging off Frickin' Laser Beams.
  • A Friend in Need: Distracts the Federation Forces so that Rick and his family can escape a shootout.
    Squanchy: There's no time to squanch, get your family out of here! I got this!
  • Hulking Out: He has some kind of liquid in one of his teeth that turns him into a huge beast.
  • Smurfing: His species uses the word "squanch" like this, which Beth brings up.
  • Power Trio: With Rick Sanchez and Birdperson.
  • True Companions: Squanchy personally hosts, caters, and acts as the officiant at Birdperson's wedding. When Rick calls Birdperson his best friend, Squanchy disappointingly takes off a bracelet that says "Rick's BFF". Though he still doesn't hesitate to stay behind in the resulting shootout so that Rick and his family can escape.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Last time he's seen, he was doing pretty well against agents of the Galactic Federations while covering Rick's escape, but he's not seen again in the maximum-security prison at the end of the episode, meaning he's either dead or on the run. That he was last seen going after Tammy, who turns up alive in the season 3 premiere, does not bode well for him.
    • One of Rick's possible deaths as shown by the death crystal in "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat" is being torn apart by Squanchy, who's wearing a steel collar (An Explosive Leash?) around his neck, which adds the possibility that he's alive, but captured.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: He hulks out to buy time for Rick and his family to escape the Federation forces in the season two finale. Whether he survived or not has not yet been revealed.

    Shleemypants and Blip Blop
Voiced by: Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key and Eddie Pepitone
First appearance: "A Rickle in Time"

A pair of omniscient, immortal and quite sassy time cops.

  • All There in the Manual: Although his name is never brought up in the aired episode, an early animatic shows Shleemypants introducing himself as such, along with him calling his fellow time cop "Blip Blop" via the phone.
  • Been There, Shaped History: They try to go back to beat up Rick, but mistake Albert Einstein for him and proceed to beat the shit out of him while yelling at him to not break time. Einstein gets up while mumbling that he will break time, and creates the theory of relativity.
  • The Cameo: Appears in midseason finale of season 4 to beat up the ancestor of a snake who discovers time travel.
  • Complete Immortality: It's implied that not only is he immortal, but unkillable as well. However, this does not mean he can't be beaten into submission and/or unconsciousness just that it won't kill him outright.
  • Ditto Aliens: Inverted, as for him humans are this. When he goes looking to take revenge on Rick, he mistakes Albert Einstein for Rick and beats the good doctor up.
  • Expy: Clearly based on the Clock Roaches from The Langoliers, but with a body. In addition, considering their roles as Heroic Antagonists towards the main characters, they can also be seen as this to Lolph and Dundgren from Gravity Falls.
  • Hero Antagonist: He seems to be some kind of protector of time who helps to repair the damage done to it... but he quickly becomes an antagonist to Rick, Morty, and Summer when he figures out that Rick must have stolen the crystal Rick used to freeze time and tries to arrest them for it.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He may be on the side of good guys, but that doesn't mean he's pleasant to be around.
  • More than Three Dimensions: He can interact in far more than three dimensions, existing in and simultaneously interacting with all the time splits Rick creates. He also considers beings that are bound by three dimensions rather primitive.
  • Time Police: He's a being that exists all throughout time and has mastered travelling in it and manipulating it. Also, his job is to protect time and space from people who would mess with it, as Rick most certainly would.
  • Verbal Tic: Has quite the attachment to the word "Ass". Using it as a catch-all curse word.
    Shleemypants: But the only way your dumbass, assin' ass asses could ever have one, is if it was stolen.
  • Violence Is the Only Option: Their go-to solution for preventing people from messing with history is to go back in time and beat them up.

    Mr. Poopybutthole
Voiced by: Justin Roiland
First appearance: "Total Rickall"

One of the many new characters that show up after the parasites get into the house. He is a diminutive yellow rod-shaped being dressed in a light blue shirt, knee-high blue pants, brown shoes and a blue-rimmed top-hat.

  • All There in the Manual: The showrunners, when pressed, did eventually give him an origin story in an interview that crosses into Don't Explain the Joke territory: he's a more benign and advanced Energy Being form of the brain parasites that feeds by forming real friendships with lower lifeforms. The easiest way for him to do so is to insert himself into the lives of lifeforms that have experienced memory loss or alteration.
  • Babies Ever After: The Stinger for the season 3 finale reveals he got himself cleaned up and has a wife and kid.
  • Breakout Character: Similar to Mr. Meeseeks, he was a memorably zany character that got a positive reception and even reappeared in The Stingers for the finales of seasons 2 and 3, has made numerous cameo appearances, and returns for a substantial role in a season four episode.
  • Continuity Nod: He's still shown requiring treatment for his injury from Beth in "The Wedding Squanchers".
  • Catchphrase: "Oooh-wee!"
  • Cool Teacher: Season 4 reveals that he's a college lecturer and well-liked by his students.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: His apartment feature a framed picture with a handgun and the words "Guns Aren't Fun", understandably from his experience with Beth.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: The Stinger to the Season 2 finale shows that he was watching the episode on TV, telling the audience to tune in for season 3.
  • Functional Addict: The season 2 finale implies he is addicted to some kind of painkiller, though the Season 3 finale implies that he has managed to kick the habit.
  • Gratuitous Use of the Tallit: Averted. He's only shown wearing a tallit during his wedding — one of the instances where it's appropriate to wear one.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Beth shoots him, his cheery attitude is left broken and he secludes himself from the family. Abiding by "The Wedding Squanchers", he's recovered his cheery attitude, if still left a tad unhinged.
  • Informed Judaism: He has a Jewish Wedding, but doesn't follow Kosher or appear to have religious items in his household.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Has a little grey cat that he affectionately calls "Kitty."
  • More than Just a Teacher: He works as a college professor, and is also an expert martial artist.
  • Nice Guy: So nice that no one has a single negative memory of him—at least not one where he's the cause of the unpleasantness. After he's shot, he even apologizes for this.
  • Nice Jewish Boy: His wedding photos show him having a Jewish Wedding.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Jumps and clambers onto a pizza delivery guy in excitement over the season two finale in its stinger.
  • Red Herring: Despite being just as wacky as any of the parasitic beings, Mr. Poopy Butthole turns out to not be one of the parasites. When Beth shoots him, he bleeds red blood and is left severely crippled.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Parodied and later played straight when it turns out he isn't a parasite.
  • Sad Clown: "Rickamurai Jack" implies that Mr. PBH may not be as happy-go-lucky as he lets on, considering he admits that he grew distant from his wife because he didn't want her falling in love with somebody pretending to be a person they aren't.
  • Take That, Audience!:
    • The season 2 stinger has Mr. PBH grapple with his pizza delivery man using questions and antics like a stereotypical fan might, before getting rather unhinged thinking about the lengthy wait for Season Three, outright mocking the fans who would/were acting the same way.
    • In the season 3 stinger, he turns up and apologizes to the audience for his absence this season, as he has been rather busy now that he is married, has a child, and has been working on finishing up a GED. He then tells the audience that he hopes they did something worthwhile with their lives during the break between the two seasons, rather than just waiting around for the show to come back.
  • Unfortunate Names: Notably, when Jerry calls for an ambulance after Mr. Poopybutthole has been shot by Beth, he audibly stops himself from saying "Mr. Poopybutthole" to the dispatch, instead referring to him as a "longtime family friend."
  • Walking Spoiler: Dear lord. He was not a parasite! Though Dan Harmon's explanation for him is that he is a parasite, just a more advanced and benevolent one.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After being on a personal upwards trajectory since the end of Season 2, Rick's interference in "One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty" gets him fired from his professorship at a university, albeit unintentionally. Rick even sincerely apologizes to him for that one.

    President Curtis
Voiced by: Keith David
First appearance: "Get Schwifty"
"I'm the God damned President of the United fucking States!"

The president of the United States who has an ongoing rivalry with Rick.

  • Action Politician: Becomes one by the time of The Rickchurian Mortydate, complete with greater physical durability, mastery of gadgets, and operating his own Powered Armor, showing himself capable of holding his own in a fight against Rick. It's also revealed that his administration has somehow managed to reverse-engineer its own portal technology, which while not as strong as Rick's is functional (i.e. it can teleport and transport without splinching or disintegrating people).
  • Always Someone Better: Mr. President is annoyed to no end in knowing that Rick is literally better, smarter, and more powerful than the full force of the United States Government, its military, and its laws in every conceivable way. He refuses to accept that the most powerful government on the planet can easily be defeated by one man and refuses to coexist with an infinitely superior god. Things were fine when Rick allowed him to think that the government had Rick under their control when they asked him to do specific tasks that only he was suitable for, but that ended when the duo blew off the government for being glorified pest controllers.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The portal technology the military developed requires the time and resources to be spent manually airlifting the platform to its destination just so the President can step through it.
    • If they used it for portal hubs like the old galactic federation did they wouldn't count, but as it stands it's just used as a way to enable a more sci-fi themed badass entry.
  • Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Keith David, he's got an impressively deep voice and isn't afraid to kick ass should the need arise.
  • Berserk Button: Implying the United States are great because Rick is in it and him moving away anywhere else makes the country he chooses the best one.
  • Code Name: Goes by Blue Bird.
  • The Ditz: He briefly considers that people die when he names them after being informed that the musicians he name-dropped are dead, was unable to tell that the planet was teleported until someone physically turned him towards the monitor, and is way too willing to trust the fate of the planet to Rick rather than consider any other option.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In The Rickchurian Mortydate, the episode literally tries to heavily imply the fact he has a one-sided love-hate relationship with Rick and Morty. Either he hates they're disrespecting his flawed authority, or he becomes deeply hurt he's going to cut ties with them. In Rick & Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular, his VP even asks why they haven't fucked already.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: He may be The Ditz but raises several good points during his debut episode, mainly that Rick does know what is going on and that his knowledge of top-secret projects isn't surprising given his level of technology. He also refuses to resort to nuclear warfare against the alien force threatening Earth, which proves to be a wise choice.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As much of a jerkass as he is and always quick to want to one-up Rick at the costs of his own men and others' well beings, he immediately attempts to abort his fertilized egg trap in Rickdependence Spray when he realizes that the mutated killer sperm is Morty's and the trap would create "A Giant Incest Baby," Being as equally horrified as everyone else at the concept.
  • Foil: Becomes one to Rick after he Took a Level in Jerkass. Both are prideful and entitled about what they're allowed to do while having access to immense resources and can be extraordinarily petty to others. Where they differ is that while Rick is an apathetic jackass who only acts for the sake of his own amusement and benefit the President seeks to actually use the resources at his disposal to resolve issues the plague the world. Also while Rick will happily screw people over for his own benefit or sense of pettiness the President only acts out against anyone in response to their actions against the United States. He can be petty in his own right but he only really takes action when he has legitimate cause to do so, as compared to Rick who commits all manner of depravities with little prompting.
  • Friendly Enemy: His relationship with Rick is this by Season 5, mixed with Sitcom Archnemesis. He is more of a rival to Rick than an enemy, and the two regularly get into pissing-contests with each other to the point that Rick makes it a habit of tricking the President into pardoning him with the same scheme. Despite all the apparent animosity though, they still work together the moment thing get out of hand, with the President using the Smith's house as an emergency safehouse and Rick keeping sets of clothes for the President. It seems like the only reason they keep going at it instead of focusing on anything more important or just "fuck and get it over with" like several others suggest they do, is because they are simply having too much fun with their rivalry to stop.
  • Given Name Reveal: It's not until the sixth episode of season five that his last name is revealed to be Curtis.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He looks a shaved version of his voice actor.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: After Rick saves the world, the President bluntly tells Morty that he is not allowed to speak of their involvement to the public and that the government will deny everything they say (and probably worse).
  • No Name Given: His actual name was not known until the Thanksplotation episode when a news report calls him President Curtis.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: He's something of a President Buffoon in regards to his obsession with trying to outdo Rick. In "The Rickchurian Mortydate", he's capable of being an Action Politician as he personally goes on adventures and fights Rick.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: His policy in regards to Rick and Morty is that as long as they'll help him out at his request, he does not hold them accountable to the law, though he does become pettier when they tell him they think that it's because he is incapable of that. It isn't until the very end of the season 3 finale, where Rick poses as an alternate-dimension "Fly Fishing Rick" that the two put aside their grudge, with the creators stating the President knows it's the same Rick but is willing to play along to amend the relationship and save face.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Even more so than Rick, who is an anarchist, nihilist, and partly a villain, but the POTUS' administration has successfully created teleportation technology that actually works and he uses it for a mundane feud with Rick. In the real world, technology of this sort would overnight alter all transportation and communications industries, and that is just for a start of what it could do.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: His relationship with Rick takes on shades of this from his second appearance onwards. He's not a major threat, more of a rival who keeps getting into pissing matches with Rick as the two go to increasingly absurd lengths to get one over on the other.
  • Slave to PR: In Rickdependence Spray, he refuses to let Summer blow up her egg fertilized with Morty's sperm on the basis of "That's a human life and this is an election cycle".
  • Took a Level in Badass: In his first appearance in Get Schwifty, he came off as a buffoon who his own bodyguard tried to frag in an attempt to nuke the Cromulons (which didn't work anyway). In Rickchurian Mortydate, he becomes an Action Politician and a Tony Stark-esque Science Hero and dukes it out with Rick and manages to score a draw, which most Rick antagonists never claim. Season 5 takes this a step further when he becomes quite Genre Savvy towards Rick's schemes and tricks, managing to immediately figure out his plan to get a presidential pardon and outsmarts him.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Get Schwifty he was incredibly friendly to them, but he becomes a bit less reasonable in The Rickchurian Mortydate, where he begins taking Rick and Morty for granted by frequently enlisting their help and not showing much in the way of gratitude. When Rick and Morty say they think he's incapable of holding them accountable for their actions instead of lenient in exchange for a quid pro quo relationship, he declares them enemies of the United States and spends the rest of an episode fighting them over a petty grudge. He vehemently refuses to do a simple selfie with Morty, even. Though he seems to mend fences with them by the end of the episode he's back to being a jerk in Rickdependence Spray where, on top of hating Rick again, now he's become incredibly sexist towards Beth and Summer.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • No matter how many times Rick and Morty helped him in the past, POTUS would never give Morty a selfie with him as thanks.
    • In Rick & Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular, after a soldier named Coop risks his life twice to help POTUS, first to assist in his petty grudge against Rick then again to help him overthrow the Turkey President that had usurped him, the President cuts his insurance for more money on military spending, leaves him too poor to afford cereal for his newborn baby, and PTSD from his time as a turkey.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Word of God describes his relationship with Rick as this which is best seen in Rick & Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular where despite their bickering, the two keep saving each other and the President eventually gives Rick the pardon he was after.

    Dr. Wong
I get the impression that this family values science.
Voiced by: Susan Sarandon
First appearence: "Pickle Rick"

An insightful family therapist who also specializes in treating coprophagia. After having incidents in school, Beth takes Morty and Summer to her, where she analyzes the family's dysfunctional relationship, particularly, Beth's relationship with Rick and how it reflects in the family.

  • Always Someone Better: The only character in the show, so far, to score a victory on Rick, in that she prevents the latter from getting in the last word. She does this by acknowledging Rick's great intelligence and even admitting that she understands why someone like him would mock and belittle her vocation but also pointing out that Rick can't handle life not being an adventure while she can.
  • Base-Breaking Character: In-Universe. The family literally is evenly split about her, with Beth and Rick disliking her and disregarding her advice while Morty and Summer are shown to have liked her and, especially considering everything they've been through, really would like her to help them.
  • Boring, but Practical: Her view on therapy. She explains to Rick and Beth they will have to put work on it, and may find themselves bored senselessly in having to go through that, but that it's work necessary to build a healthier relationship between the family. In season four, after Beth gets back together with Jerry, decides to focus on raising her kids and takes no more crap from Rick, it's shown that the family does keep seeing her.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: She acknowledges Rick and Beth's reasoning for aversion to therapy, before proceeding to make a straightforward point that Rick is suffering inside a limbo between narcissism and nihilism that pushes him away from dealing his own problems with his extended family especially when he is directly responsible for his daughter's divorce with Jerry, including disproportionately attempting to avoid going to therapy by turning himself into a pickle. Beth meanwhile tries to deflect her own problems on her kids.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Various things around her office (and the title on her door) reveals that her professions are family therapy....and Coprophagia recovery.
  • The Comically Serious: She is unflappably calm, detached, and approachable, providing a reasonable analysis of the Smith family's problems. She doesn't even blink when they describe the more absurd and surreal parts of their life, especially when Rick himself shows up as a pickle. And even her "The Reason You Suck" Speech for Rick is devoid of condescension or judgment. Of course, as a therapist, she has to be this.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She outright calls Jerry's fixation on puppets "crazy".
  • Everything Is Racist: Beth calls her name a racist thing, though that seems to be more out of spite when she gets cornered by her when asked about the content of the syringe.
  • Paste Eater: She specializes in helping people overcome Coprophagia.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives a calm dissection of Rick's personal problems, down to how it affected the rest of the family, which had led him to become a pickle in a bionic rat suit covered in blood and feces minutes away from dying.
  • Seen It All: Is not surprised in the least that Rick turned himself into a pickle. Justified, as this is the same universe Rick!C-137 stayed in where Dr. Wong lived through an Alien Invasion.
    Dr. Wong: I am better than this job.
  • The Shrink: Of the awesome variety. She actually gets through to Rick, causing him to apologize to Beth for lying as well as to spend time with her.
  • The Stoic: Justified in that she is a therapist and therefore needs to keep a calm demeanor to help her patients.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted with her presence, but played straight by the end of the episode. Everything she says is pertinent and necessary for the family to become healthier and she could probably help Summer and Morty a lot, however, Rick and Beth disregard her and don't intend to come back down to even ignoring the kids' will to see her again.
    • Subverted as of the Season 4 finale, wherein it becomes clear that the Smiths have started consistently attending sessions with her, which is further confirmed in the Season 5 premiere.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • Rick as a walking, talking and dying pickle doesn't startle her in the least, she simply welcomes him into the office and they continue the session either way.
    • She's none too fazed by Tammy leading Federation soldiers into her office, attacking her patients, and then having her office destroyed by Rick's shooting the invading aliens. Her only question is about the voice-activated flamethrower Rick had installed in her office to incinerate her if she annoyed him too much.

The Galactic Federation

    In General 
Voiced by: Various
First appearance: Pilot
For over 850 glaagnars, the Galactic Federation has helped quintillions of other sentient life forms assimilate into our vision of one united universe. We stand scrung in scrung with thousands of planets; perhaps yours will be next!

An organization that governs thousands of planets throughout the universe. Rick and his family have occasionally interacted with its operatives throughout their adventures. In the second season finale, they take over Earth. In Season Three, Rick causes the collapse of the government by completely devaluing their currency.

  • Aerith and Bob: A truly bizarre twist on this. The main "insect people" that seem to be the heads of the Federation follow a naming convention where they all have a very alien-sounding first name, and then a totally mundane last name: Like "Krombopulus Michael" or "Cornvelius Daniel."
  • After the End: Ever since Rick caused their economy to collapse, the Galactic Federation's entire civilization has collapsed into anarchy and madness.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: The Gromflomites, the primary species of the Galactic Federation, are shown to be highly racist and militaristic and it is heavily implied that they rule the Federation as a Master Race and treat all other species as second-class citizens.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Most Federation officials seem fairly benevolent, only opposing Rick and Morty whenever they do something illegal like the smuggling plot in the pilot. Even hunting down Rick isn't necessarily evil, considering he's a wanted criminal. Although it's implied through dialogue and Tammy's actions that they are more villainous than they seem. However, it becomes far less ambiguous with the official G-Fed Tumblr showing that they'll gladly steamroll over human rights and happiness for their own profit and amusement, and the wide makeup of the Resistance against them suggests that Earth isn't the first planet to fall victim to these offences.
  • Alien Blood: The aliens who run the Federation, the Gromflomites, have dark blue blood.
  • Apocalyptic Log: The Galactic Federation's website still runs after Rick collapsed the Government ... and now runs stories on the end of civilization.
  • Asshole Victims: Birdperson claimed that he, Rick and Squanchy have led a rebellion against the federation and have committed several atrocities against them in the name of freedom. The Galactic Federation seems to have by and large deserved being on the receiving end of these atrocities, as they been repeatedly shown to be a thuggish and oppressive government entirely willing to use torture and military violence, to constantly spy on its citizens and to commit multiple atrocities of its own to maintain power, as shown throughout their appearances in the show and in their own Tumblr-esque website. "The Rickshank Redemption" made them more of this when Rick topples them for their actions in "The Wedding Squanchers".
  • Big Brother Is Watching: A Galactic Federation Tumblr started up to promote Season 3 shows that the G-Fed graciously offers complementary mandatory surveillance to everyone under their rule, with a pair of camera, feeds on their Tumblr showing feeds of Mr. Poopybutthole's living room and Jerry playing with his iPad on the toilet.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: They seem to operate on something like this. They're a totalitarian government that'd probably make Hitler proud, though they commend Shrimply Pibbles and they plaster his quotes around their website.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Gromflomites that make up their government and military initially appear as interdimensional customs agents in the pilot. The organization itself isn't properly introduced until season 2, where it's alluded to multiple times before becoming one of the show's main antagonists.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: According to Rick, they'll do this to the Smiths to get his location out of them. It never comes to that, though, but their casual cruelty towards humans suggests he wasn't wrong.
  • Culture Police: The McGlaargle the Crime Gromflomite comic on Rickstaverse shows a PSA comic explaining that Pornography, Religious Works like the Bible, and Textbooks not approved by the Federation are all banned publications that are to be burned and possession of such material is a prisonable offence as a light sentence.
  • Dark Secret: The Property Clones, two genetically engineered Gromflomites, are still selling real estate after the collapse of The Galactic Federation. One of the properties they are selling is a bombed-out store-front for 1000 ration packs; they automatically assume you had to do something unspeakably evil to afford it.
    Property Clones: "We don't need to know what you did to get them, that's on YOUR conscience!"
  • Eats Babies: Their website has a video called "Five Tasty Recipes You Can Make With Your Unborn Offspring" describing some easy meals that starving Gromflomites can make from the larvae in their birthing danglers. While the video tries to be cheery about it, the Gromflomites in it have lost all hope and at the end, one even commits suicide with poison after eating one of these.
  • The Empire: An oppressive government ruling over much of the galaxy.
  • Ethnic Menial Labor: Since the Galactic Federation collapsed, the surviving Gromflomites have to work as cheap laborers on other worlds just to survive.
  • Even Mooks Have Loved Ones:
    • In the pilot, Rick tells Morty it's okay to shoot them because they're just robots. After one starts bleeding and his comrade expresses concerns about the dying man's wife and kids, Rick clarifies he didn't mean it literally. He just disrespects them because they're bureaucrats.
    • In the season four finale, two Gromflomite soldiers are implied to be dating, with one insecure about why the other hasn't introduced him to his family yet, seconds before they're both blown up.
  • Evil Versus Evil:
    • In "Mortynight Run", the Federation has imprisoned a gaseous alien from another dimension named Fart to harness his ability to alter matter, such as turning oxygen into gold. While Fart treats Morty with genuine friendliness, he reveals at the end of the episode that he and his race are comprised of genocidal Knight Templars that destroy carbon-based lifeforms wherever they find them in the name of "peace." In this case, the Galactic Federation would count as "Evil" in an Evil Versus Oblivion scenario.
    • In "Auto Erotic Assimilation", the Hive Mind Unity has assimilated an entire planet, which it plans to use to join the Federation. From there, Unity plans on gaining access to all Federation-controlled planets, assimilating all life there and then in the universe until it becomes "what the single-minded call God." In this case, the Federation remains unaware of Unity's intentions and Unity is A Lighter Shade of Black since it's genuinely Affably Evil and does improve the lives of those it takes over, albeit at the cost of their free will.
  • The Federation: What they portray themselves as. In reality, they're a totalitarian, racist regime.
  • Galactic Conqueror: The Federation conquered 6,048 planets before its collapse, with the intention of taking over the entire galaxy. The rebuilt "New Federation" has similar motives, which Rick dismisses by saying everyone in the galaxy wants to take over the galaxy.
  • Government Drug Enforcement: After they take over Earth, humans are paid in food pills.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Rick and his friends believe it to be this, and the official Galactic Federation Tumblr feed suggests they have a more than valid point. It's suggested that Rick's rebellion against them has contributed significantly to his current state of mind.
  • Hellhole Prison: They keep criminals chained to wall segments and stacked like Jenga pieces.
  • Hypocrite: The galactic federation are basically financial hypocrites. They gave Jerry ostensibly complimentary pills, and then charged him for the medicine at 7000 credits and forced a job on him. They were later revealed to only pay their employees in pills, technically meaning that Jerry could never pay off that debt to them before it was eventually revealed that their official currency is actually the blemflarck. Given that he was awarded for exemplary performance multiple times without ever finding out what his job actually was, it may have served no purpose but to keep him busy. Their financial hypocrisy is a contributing factor to their downfall, all while the planets they took over didn't receive the extensive harm that their conquerors did. After all, the Federation had a single, unified currency, but Earth doesn't.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: With the Federation Government destroyed, many Gromflomites have been driven to cannibalism. This includes eating their own unborn offspring and using the hollowed-out skulls of their friends as eating bowls.
  • The Infiltration: They manage to infiltrate both Rick's and the Smith family's friends through Tammy, whose charade manages to fool everyone.
  • Insectoid Aliens: The Gromflomites, a race of humanoid insects, are their most shown species. Gromflomites with hunchbacks serve as basic infantry and scientists, while ones that stand erect like Krombopulous Michael serve higher and more public functions such as Elite Mooks, Newscasters, and Politicians.
  • Just Following Orders: In a flashback to the Federation attacking Birdperson's homeworld and rounding up civilians and children, one of them is seemingly apologetic and says he's just doing his job... "And loving it."
  • Knight of Cerebus: Their plans ultimately lead to the death of Birdperson, the occupation of Earth and the biggest Downer Ending in the series.
  • Master Race: Despite being called a "federation", their military, government, and even media seems to consist only of Gromflomites. The only exception is Tammy, whose role as a spy involved being (looking) human.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: One of the main reasons Rick hates them. He even sees their bureaucracy as a sufficient excuse to murder off their Mooks without mercy.
  • Only in It for the Money: All it takes for Rick to topple their empire in the third season premiere is by making their currency worthless, thus crippling their economy and sending the populace into a frenzy where they start killing and robbing each other at the drop of a hat. The Federation President can't even keep his own Cabinet under control once they realize nobody's paying them to be patriotic anymore.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: They eventually show themselves to a repressive, expansionist empire entirely controlled by one species.
  • Vestigial Empire: Rick causes the Galactic Federation to collapse in season 3, causing them to become this. By the end of season 4, they've managed to rebuild themselves as the "new and improved" Galactic Federation.
  • Vichy Earth: After they assimilate Earth we see a massive increase in alien tourism, wide-ranging distribution of antidepressants, and improved job placement programs. However, this also comes with heaping helpings of Fantastic Racism, as we also see two alien tourists playing keep away with Mr. Goldenfold's hat at the end of "Wedding Squanchers" — and that turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. The G-Fed Tumblr shows them treating Humans as little more than clickbait fodder, invading their homes and broadcasting their memories for entertainment (before erasing the memories of the abduction), performing "Shape Optimization" on them (ie turning humans into cube shapes), and providing their other subjects with wildly inaccurate facts about Earth and humanity (such as dinosaurs having been a hoax by Ancient Astronauts or claiming the OK hand sign means "please examine my various holes"), a story about the Feds forcibly appointing a non-human to a CEO position in an Earth corporation — and all this in addition to a security feed of a despondent Beth drinking wine in the dining room showing that multiple pictures of Gromflomites have been added to the walls or used to replace family portraits.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Its soldiers are generally treated sympathetically, such as when one is injured during Rick and Morty's escape in the pilot. Rick couldn't care less about them, though, brushing them off as soulless bureaucrats.
  • Walking Spoiler: For manipulating the characters through Tammy, a Walking Spoiler herself.
  • We Will Spend Credits in the Future: In "Wedding Squanchers", their main unit of currency is referred to as "Fed Creds".
  • Would Hurt a Child: McGlaargle the Crime Gromflomite states that force is authorized against children who resist arrest, regardless of how much actual threat they pose to the Federation authorities. And they keep Birdperson and Tammy's unnamed daughter in the violent part of their prisons solely for being the daughter of a terrorist.

    Federation President
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche
First appearance: "The Rickshank Redemption"
"Deploy the galactic militia and declare martial law."

The President of the Galactic Federation.

  • Big Bad Wannabe: As the leader of the Federation that's terrorized Rick and the galaxy at large, you'd think he might be a formidable foe. Instead, after Rick renders their government's currency useless, the President is unable to even keep his inner circle under control without money, and he decides to immediately kill himself rather than deal with the fallout of Rick's actions. The Federation eventually recovers from this collapse and new rulers replace him without missing a beat.
  • Driven to Suicide: After Rick causes the Federation's economic collapse instead of bickering over money as his advisors do, the President suggests, then demonstrates, what he believes is a viable alternative.
    President: Gentlemen, gentlemen, gentlemen! There's a solution here you're not seeing. (calmly pulls out a gun and shoots himself in the head)
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Galactic Federation as a whole serves as one of the series Big Bads, plays a role in Rick's mysterious past and triggers major story developments in the Season 2 finale, the Season 3 premiere, and the Season 4 finale. However, despite being the Federation's leader, the President's role in the plot is nonexistent, leaving Federation agents like Tammy to do the heavy lifting.
  • Minor Major Character: As the President of the Galactic Federation, he's the leader of one of the series' biggest recurring enemies. Yet despite the importance of his organization, he personally has no plot relevance and never interacts with the protagonists. In fact, his existence isn't even revealed until the third season premiere where his introductory scene is the same one where he commits suicide. The Federation itself continues to plague the heroes long after his death.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He's one of the de facto main villains of the series, but he never personally gets involved in the action.
  • President Evil: Given that the Galactic Federation enslaves and destroys planets, he's this by default.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: His only scene is the same one where he commits suicide.
  • Your Head Asplode: The gun he uses to kill himself doesn't so much blow his brains out as it does liquefy his skull.

    A Deep-Cover Agent (Unmarked Spoilers!

Tamantha "Tammy" Guterman
Voiced by: Cassie Steele
First appearance: "Ricksy Business"
"Gosh, I look around this room and I think, 'Uh, Tammy, you're a high school senior from the planet Earth and you're marrying a forty-year-old bird person, like whaaat?'[...]But then I think, you know, in a lot of ways, I'm not a high school senior from the planet Earth. In a lot of ways what I really am (becomes deadly serious and shows her badge) is a deep-cover agent for the Galactic Federation and you guys are a group of wanted criminals and this entire building is, in a certain sense, surrounded."

One of Summer's friends in high school who ends up hooking up with Birdperson.

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: She's supposedly nineteen and gave birth to her and Birdperson's child offscreen.
  • Abusive Parents: It's eventually revealed she and Birdperson had a child together, and, because the child's father was a "terrorist", Tammy let the Federation throw her own daughter in jail with dangerous prisoners.
  • Action Mom: Posthumously revealed to be one, having given birth to Birdperson's daughter, and then sent her to a Federation prison because her father was a terrorist.
  • Ambiguously Human:
    • She's able to pose as a human teenager but she also works for the Galactic Federation, meaning she might not be human but a Human Alien, since there are 762 planets 90% similar to Earth under Federation control. Her "parents" were actually androids, while she's flesh and blood. But she did grab Beth as a human shield when Rick ordered his smart guns not to hit any humans (or therapists).
    • In "Rick And Morty S 4 E 10 Star Mort Rickturn Of The Jerri", when Rick orders the Space Cruiser to "whitelist humans ...and the therapist" before opening fire, Tammy is notably untouched as well, while her alien henchmen are slaughtered, indicating that, at the very least, she is either a non-Earthling human, or human enough to deceive the Space Cruiser's weapons.
    • In "Rickternal Friendshine of the Rickless Mort", (a memory of) Tammy complains about having to spend two years in an "Earth high school" in order to decieve Rick, which at least shows that she is not from Earth.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: She and Evil Morty are arguably the main antagonists of the series, though they are never seen together and their plans presumably have nothing to do with each other. She is killed in the season 4 finale, leaving Evil Morty as the sole remaining overarching villain.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While undercover she acts like a good friend to Summer and a loving partner to Birdperson. Once she no longer needs to keep up the charade she reveals a much more ruthless and callous side, gunning down Birdperson with no remorse and, in season four, she's pretty blasé about Earth's impending destruction at the hands of the Federation.
  • Boom, Headshot!: She's finished in the Season 4 finale by a well-placed shot between the eyes.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Birdperson's (apparently) teenage girlfriend winds up becoming one of the show's biggest recurring villains.
  • Dark Action Girl: Able to use a laser rifle with deadly accuracy during a shootout with the Anti-Federation Insurgents at Birdperson's Wedding. It takes Squanchy in Super Mode to stop her.
  • Deep Cover Agent: Stayed on Earth long enough to become one of Summer's friends, and entered a long-term relationship with Birdperson.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: She's much more competent and dangerous than her superiors in the Galactic Federation, to the point where she's able to survive its collapse in the Season 3 premiere. She seems aware of this but still willingly serves them.
    Tammy: My bosses are bugs, Rick. You killed the old ones, the new ones are half my age.
  • Enormous Engagement Ring: Subverted. The stone is big because it's a pinecone. Though Birdperson's grandmother did fight a squirrel for it...
  • Evil Costume Switch: After being outed as a villain, she ditches her Earth attire for an all-black and red Federation uniform.
  • False Friend: She posed as one of Summer's friends but never cared about her. She was just an infiltrator sent by the Galactic Federation to gather all of their enemies in one place to capture or kill them.
  • Hero Antagonist: With all of her deception and ruthlessness, it's easy to forget that she's essentially a cosmic cop targeting intergalactic terrorists- though the overall Ambiguously Evil nature of the Federation makes her antagonism of Rick and his associates a bit more morally grey regardless.
  • The Heavy: She serves as this for the Galactic Federation, as their most visible operative, and drives much of the plot forward. The Federation's President doesn't even appear until his suicide in the Season 3 premiere, and Season 4 has her mentioning some unseen superiors.
  • Honey Trap: Seduced Birdperson in order to get him and his allies all in one spot so the Federation could capture or kill them all.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The episodes she plays a large part in, while retaining their comedic edge, tend to be more drama-heavy than the show's typical one-off adventure episodes. Rick lampshades this by calling her "over-serialized."
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She gets thuroughly beaten and then served a Boom, Headshot! by the best friend of the (bird)person she deceived and killed. Just to add insult to injury, the Pre-Mortem One-Liner she is given by said best friend is a fairly lame and petty "You made me attend a wedding." rather than something more emotionally sentimental, making it seem like Rick killed her just for annoying him.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: She enters a sexual relationship with Birdperson as part of her plot to eliminate Birdperson, Rick and Squanchy.
  • Likes Older Men: Birdperson's at least 40, and she's still in high school. It's eventually revealed to just be an act as part of a Honey Trap.
  • Made of Iron: Survives being set on fire and shot in the Season 4 finale, only to show up not long after in full fighting shape and no apparent pain, sporting some very nasty burns. It takes a bullet to the head to put her down for good.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts like a friendly and somewhat ditzy and amorous girl, but is actually a ruthless and cunning Federation operative. She even outsmarted Rick.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: An invisible Jerry uses her body as a puppet to distract Phoenixperson. It surprisingly works, at least until, Jerry being Jerry, he messes it up, but it buys Space Beth enough time to deactivate Phoenixperson.
  • Really Gets Around: Gives off this impression at Rick's party. Turns out it was really an act for a Honey Trap.
  • Stop, or I Will Shoot!:
    • Blows a shocked and heartbroken Birdperson away, and starts mowing people down after giving them a token offer of surrender. Granted, they are all very dangerous people.
    • She tries something similar on Rick when they meet again. At first, she says her bosses consider him a "non-threat" so long as he's left alone, and advises him to find a new Earth since they're going to destroy the current one. However, the second Rick argues with her, she happily tells her bosses he resisted and tries to shoot him then and there. It's implied she was deliberately goading Rick so she could kill him without disobeying her superiors.
      Rick: You can't tell me what to do!
      Tammy: Awesome! (speaks into her comm) He resisted, we can shoot him!
  • Teen Superspy: A high school student who is revealed to be a deep-cover agent for the Galactic Federation. It's left ambiguous if she's actually human or even a teenager.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: Minutes after marrying Birdperson, she reveals her true allegiance and kills him. She then has him rebuilt as a cyborg super-soldier for the Federation.
  • Token Human: Whether an actual human or just a humanoid alien, she's still the only non-Gromflomite seen in a position of power in the Federation.
  • Vague Age: Given that she's an undercover agent, she may have been trained from an early age, or simply Older Than She Looks.
  • Villain Has a Point: Tammy may be an antagonist working for a morally dubious government body, but Rick is an interdimensional criminal and his friends were upfront about being space terrorists fighting for their idea of freedom. Throughout the show, she's mostly just doing her job
  • Walking Spoiler: As of the second season finale, it's more or less impossible to talk about her without revealing she's a spy for the Galactic Federation sent to track down Rick and his cohorts.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: She has Birdperson resurrected as a cyborg.

    Cornvelius Daniel
Voiced by: Nathan Fillion
Appears in: "The Rickshank Redemption"
"Man, I told the money bugs. I said, 'You know who this guy is, right? You want me to get intel out of the smartest mammal in the galaxy you better give me a decent brainalyzer.'"

A Galactic Federation agent deployed to enter Rick's brain in order to recover his portal gun technology. Well, try to, at least.

  • Asshole Victim: Throughout his mission, he is uncaring and condescending (well, as much as he can be) towards Rick, and he casually tells him he isn't sure if Rick will come out alive, and he doesn't care. Due to this, it's hard to sympathize with him when his consciousness gets trapped in Rick's now brain-dead body, only to be shot in the head shortly after.
  • Big "NO!": He lets one out just before Rick leaves him behind to steal his body.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Daniel dies when Rick D-99 of Seal Team Rick shoots Rick C-137 in the head after Rick C-137 swapped bodies with Daniel. Then his physical body dies when another member of Seal Team Rick shoots him in the head after Rick transfers his consciousness to Rick D-99.
  • Fantastic Arousal: His "flappydoodles" twitch visibly whenever interdimensional travel or the portal gun gets mentioned. He explicitly states it's due to arousal.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Tries to come across as personable and friendly, but Rick sees right through his façade. His blatantly obvious greed and disdain for Rick do not help.
  • Grand Theft Me: Has his body stolen by Rick while Rick leaves his consciousness trapped in Rick's, soon to be braindead, body. Rick originally intended to use it to topple the Federation but had to improvise and keep bodysurfing after the Citadel of Ricks became involved.
  • Lack of Empathy: While watching an, unknown at the time, fake memory of Rick's wife and child dying, Daniel is more focused on munching on McNuggets with Szechuan Sauce. Also, after he thinks he's gotten what he wants, he cheerfully bids Rick goodbye while telling him he'll leave Rick connected to the machine that will liquefy his brain.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He appears to think this of himself doing his job, infiltrating prisoners' brains to coax them into revealing memories with priceless information. However, this time he tried to do this to Rick. Needless to say, he was way out of his league.
  • Out-Gambitted: In much the same fashion Rick outfoxed the Zigerions in season 1. Rick shows Daniel his memory of discovering inter-dimensional portal technology but then reveals the whole thing was fake and the formula Daniel just sent to his superiors was actually a virus allowing Rick to take control of the brainalyzer and hijack Daniel's body while trapping Daniel in Rick's.
  • Smug Snake: His attempts to feign chumminess with Rick is undermined by his utter callousness over the death of Rick's family in a, revealed to be fake, origin story, and smug gloating over Rick's impending brain death after he thinks he has what he wants. Unsurprisingly, trying to manipulate then discard the smartest mammal in the universe, does not go well for him.
  • The Snack Is More Interesting: He's more preoccupied with the Szechuan McNugget sauce than he is with Rick's fictional memory of his family dying in an explosion:
    "WOW! ...This sauce is fucking amazing! You said it was promoting a movie?"
  • Villainous Breakdown: He freaks out when he realizes Rick's played him and rendered him trapped in Rick's dying body while Rick takes control of Daniel's.
    Cornvelius Daniel: It's a trap! Abort! I'm still in his Shoney's! Repeat — we never left his Shoney's!
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Shows up during the first half of the Season 3 premiere, right before Rick switches bodies with him, leaving him completely helpless when Seal Team Ricks shows up and kills him, mistaking him for Rick.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Tries pulling this on Rick after getting the formula to, what he thinks, is interdimensional portal technology. He plans on leaving Rick hooked up to a machine that'll leave him braindead, not realizing Rick had anticipated this and played him.

Other Ricks and Mortys

All voiced by: Justin Roiland
    Evil Rick 
For more information about this character, please visit Evil Morty's page.

    Evil Morty 
Has his own page here.

    Tiny Rick
Appears in: "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez"

A younger clone of Rick with Rick's consciousness in it. note 

  • The Ace: He quickly becomes the most popular kid at school. Morty also notes that he is an extremely good wingman, having managed to set up a date between him and Jessica.
  • Alternate Self: Tiny Rick is just Rick in a teenage body, but the change in hormones and brain chemistry changes Rick's normal outlook and behavior in a similar manner to psychological drugs. The way Tiny Rick is always positive and upbeat is more than a little similar to the effects of someone taking an anti-depressant.
  • Body Backup Drive: Tiny Rick was a part of what Rick had dubbed "Operation Phoenix", a series of clones of himself at different growth states he could transfer his consciousness to in the event he died. The whole unfortunate business that happened with Tiny Rick, however, leads Rick to conclude that the project was a mistake, so he destroys all the clones with an axe.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Summer and Morty uses depressing music to invoke this in him, combining it with his innate teenage angst and makes him want to return to cynical old age.
  • Double Consciousness: Tiny Rick isn't really a separate consciousness or a personality split from Rick's, but instead he's Rick changed into a teenager. The changes to Rick's personality are due to being in a younger teenage body with a younger teenage brain. Tiny Rick's brain is less developed and the chemical balances of his body change Rick's mood and emotions in a similar fashion to someone taking psychological medication giving him an upbeat personality, a constant feeling of happiness, and a child's tendency to not focus on the negative. Unfortunately, Rick's foul mood, cynicism, and perpetual focus on the negative aspects of life are a large part of who he is so when he's in his teenage body, he's not himself.
  • Enemy Within: His "teenager" identity eventually gets in a battle for dominance with his real personality.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: The teenaged clone body's hormones is the reason for the emerging of the Tiny Rick identity and said identity's eventual takeover.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Though the clone has the original Rick's consciousness, the teenage hormones in his body cause a different identity to develop and take over. Rick communicates through "Tiny" Rick's subconscious, causing him to beg for Morty and Summer to save him from himself through Tiny Rick's artistic endeavors.
  • Teens Are Short: As the name indicates, he's much shorter than his adult self. He's the same height as the somewhat below average for his age Morty.
  • Teen Genius: He's still Rick, after all, so this logically applies.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Everyone is fully aware that he's an 80-year-old man in a child's body. They just don't care.
  • Verbal Tic: He frequently interrupts himself to remind everyone that he is, in fact, Tiny Rick.

    Healthy Rick and Healthy Morty
Appear in: "Rest and Ricklaxation"

The positive sides of Rick and Morty's personalities, at least from their perspectives. Healthy Rick is a meek and polite Cool Old Guy that feels a sense of responsibility towards his large knowledge and Healthy Morty is an upbeat popular kid who never loses self-confidence.

  • Ambiguous Situation: At the end of the episode, Healthy Morty does not end the call that he suspects Rick is using to track him down. Whether it was his own decision to get his toxins back, a subconscious decision or an accident is anyone's guess. The DVD commentary confirmed that Morty unconsciously left his phone on.
  • The Ace: Not long before he came around, Healthy Morty gets seemingly everyone in the school to love him and helps with their homework (including math and music). He moves on to become a successful stockbroker with a hot, red-headed girlfriend.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: And they're healthy enough to admit that.
  • Extreme Doormat: Downplayed with Healthy Rick. He wasn't okay with getting trapped in the toxic dimension and will fight if he has to. But he was briefly willing to let Toxic Rick turn the whole world toxic.
  • The Fettered: Healthy Rick abhors violence and only does it when prompted. He gets a Groin Attack for it.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Healthy Rick is almost always friendly, polite and an overall Nice Guy. He also has zero qualms with exploiting Toxic Rick's attachment to Toxic Morty, repeatedly shooting and wounding Toxic Morty in order to browbeat Toxic Rick into re-merging with him.
  • Kid A Nova: After Jessica quickly leaves their dinner date ("I think you'd get bored with me"), he later gets two older women to fall for him.
  • Lack of Empathy: They both have lost a lot of their capacity for feeling empathy towards others and each other. Especially Healthy Morty, who becomes a full-blown sociopath.
  • Literal Split Personality: The embodiments of Rick and Morty's good traits.
  • Likes Older Women: Healthy Morty dates two older women (Stacey and Jacqueline).
  • Love Is a Weakness: Neither of them have many feelings left. Specifically, they feel no empathy towards others or even each other, because the true Rick and Morty considered, respectively, attachment to family and capacity of empathy to be things that are bad for them.
  • Motor Mouth: Healthy Morty loves to talk.
  • Moral Sociopathy: What Rick becomes without his full personality traits — he's kind, reasonable, pacifistic, and moral, but lacking in any real empathetic connections with anyone.
  • Nice Guy: They both lack any of the toxic attributes of the originals... Or just what the originals think are toxic attributes.
  • The Sociopath: As it turns out later, they're nice versions of this. They lack Regular Rick's love for his family and Morty's capacity for empathy, traits they both consider to be negative, so they went over to the Toxic versions of themselves. In turn, they lack remorse and sadness as well. Healthy Morty wasn't bothered by Jessica leaving their dinner date in the least and quickly moved on to Stacey, then he moved on another woman named Jacqueline after Stacey was trapped in the toxic dimension. Healthy Rick uses this to his advantage to get Toxic Rick to fuse with him again by shooting Toxic Morty in the limbs.
  • Science Hero: Healthy Rick is a much more conventional version of the trope. He concerns himself with the well-being of others and thinks out the consequences of his actions. That being said he won't hesitate to sacrifice one person to save many others, even if it is his own grandson.
  • Shadow Archetype: A perfect Inverted Trope. They are the best and healthiest version of Rick and Morty from their own perspectives...which amount to two polite sociopaths incapable of attachment and empathy for other people. Healthy Rick, despite his politeness and generally nice demeanor, feels completely indifferent slapping Healthy Morty and shooting Toxic Morty, which abhors Toxic Rick, who still cares for his family. Healthy Morty is so eager to be himself and so utterly selfish, he does not care for the sacrifices Rick made to absorb his own toxic self, refuses to absorb Toxic Morty and leaves his family behind with not an ounce of regret in his mind (at least initially).
  • The Unfettered: In somewhat a positive way. Unlike most examples of this trope that are evil because they aren't hampered by morality, Healthy Morty has none of the originals' insecurities and depression to hold his desires back. In this case being a productive, confident optimist. On the other hand, Healthy Morty lacks the empathy and caringness of the original Morty making him unrepentantly selfish.

    Toxic Rick and Toxic Morty
Appear in: "Rest and Ricklaxation"

The negative sides of Rick's and Morty's personalities, at least from their perspectives.

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: They're the embodiments of everything Rick and Morty seem to find negative and or wrong about themselves. This includes Rick's attachment to Morty (which he views as irrational) and Morty's empathy.
  • Assimilation Plot: Toxic Rick decides to toxify the whole world using a modified detoxification tank.
  • Being Good Sucks: The fact Toxic Morty is the one who has been saddled with Morty's moral compass and ability to feel empathy, seems to at least strongly imply that Morty feels weighed down by his nice nature and a strong sense of justice.
  • Chemistry Can Do Anything: In the detoxification tank, where everything is made of a nebulous toxin counterpart to conventional elements, Toxic Rick discovers a new form of electricity and constructs a device that allows him to escape after contacting Rick.
  • Enemy Without: Toxic Rick, as a personification of Rick's worst qualities, is this. Toxic Morty, on the other hand, is never shown to feel no real ill will towards his healthy counterpart and appears to really be only on Toxic Rick's side because he feels obligated to help him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Toxic Rick is nothing but Rick's worst traits, and even more abusive to Toxic Morty than Regular Rick is to Regular Morty, but when Toxic Morty is minutes away from dying, Toxic Rick shows genuine concern. He even gives up his own life by merging back with Healthy Rick to save Toxic Morty's life.
    Toxic Rick: Morty, not that I give a shit, but are you okay?
    Toxic Morty: Jesus Christ, it hurts!
    Toxic Rick: Relax, quit your bitching. You're going to be fine. Grandpa's here.
  • The Fettered: Toxic Morty is Morty's fetters personified, being his castoff moral compass, insecurity, and self-deprecation. Without the traits that Toxic Morty embodies, Morty is confident, capable...and an amoral sociopath.
  • A God Am I: Toxic Rick makes regular Rick look humble.
  • Jerkass: Toxic Rick is nothing but Rick's jerkassery and anger personified. On the other hand, he cares about Morty, whereas Healthy Rick does not.
  • Literal Split Personality: To Rick and Morty, been the cast-offs from the removal of all the negative aspects of their personality, as well as what the two of them perceive as their weaknesses. In the end, it turns that some of their traits are needed to keep Rick and Morty's personalities in balance.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Rick thinks so, so Toxic Rick ends up with all of his fondness for Morty and his family in general.
  • Shadow Archetype: Possibly the most literal example ever,note  they are the embodiment of the things that drive Rick and Morty crazy, everything that they dislike and fear about themselves. Anger, narcissism, and rudeness for Rick as well as self-worth issues, awkwardness and shyness for Morty. On another note, their capacity to feel attachment and empathy are also, respectively, in them.
  • Self-Deprecation: All Toxic Morty does is talk about how pathetic he is. It turns out that he practically is Morty's conscience; without his insecure and self-deprecating manners, Morty is extremely confident, but unfortunately, it also means he is entirely amoral and lacks any kind of grounding.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Toxic Rick allows himself to be reabsorbed into Healthy Rick so the resulting Regular Rick will save Toxic Morty's life. Unfortunately, Healthy Morty decides to run away before that can happen, resulting in Toxic Morty dying anyway.
  • Tsundere: Despite being relentlessly abusive of him, deep DEEP down, Toxic Rick still has an immeasurable amount of love for Toxic Morty. It's because Rick's love for Morty is so genuine, it's considered by him to be an irrational attachment, thus a negative trait.
  • The Unfettered: Rick is already pretty amoral, but Toxic Rick is basically the personification of all of his amorality, narcissism, and nihilism without anything (besides his love for Toxic Morty) to hold him back.

    Fascist Ricks and Fascist Morty
Appear in: "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat"

A series of alternate-dimension Ricks (and a Morty) that all support a fascist regime and never cancelled Project Phoenix, allowing C-137 Rick to be cloned into their dimensions, much to his regret.

  • Affably Evil: Shrimp Rick establishes himself as one of the most polite and compassionate Ricks as he was concerned for C-137 Rick's health when he came out of the cloning facility and had a very cordial conversation with C-137 about the similarities and differences of their cultures. It's only when C-137 reveals that he isn't a fascist that Shrimp Rick turns on him and even then he doesn't personally kill him despite having the means to do so.
  • Alternate-History Nazi Victory: Rick's Body Backup Drive that he never properly decommissioned past destroying his own backups keeps uploading him into parallel universes run by fascists. Thoroughly lampshaded by Rick, who quickly grows exasperated enough to immediately kill himself and pop to the next universe at the first sign of fascism.
  • Bears Are Bad News: One of these Fascist Ricks is a blue-furred teddy bear.
  • In Spite of a Nail: It's commented on that, even though his universe is run by shrimp instead of humans, Shrimp Rick's Earth is uncannily identical to realities run by humans.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Fascist Morty shot his Rick dead so he can have a "classic" adventure with C-137 Rick.
  • Token Good Teammate: Amongst the Fascist Ricks, Shrimp Rick is the only one of the group that behaves cordially to Rick and even has a friendly conversation with him, which makes him different from his other fascist counterpart and even the Ricks from the Citadel. That being said, as a fascist, he's willing to betray Rick once he learns he doesn't support fascism.

    Hologram Rick
Appears in: "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat"

A holographic AI Rick installed into Morty to make sure Rick is cloned back whenever he's killed.

  • A God Am I: Upon being turned into a solid giant by the ferrofluid, he immediately declares "I'm a fucking god! You're fucked!".
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Becomes giant when he gains solid form.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Despite claiming that's a harmful AI stereotype, he turns evil when he becomes solid.
  • Eye Scream: He is killed when Wasp Rick lays his eggs in his eye, with the larva eating their way out moments later.
  • Hypocrite: Spends most of his screentime preaching about hologram rights and such. Then he gains solid form and instantly says being a hologram sucks.
  • One-Winged Angel: Upon stepping into the strange ferrofluid Morty unleashed, he turns solid and into a giant.
  • Soapbox Sadie: He cares a lot about hologram social issues like AI-phobia and solid privilege.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He spends the majority of the episode preaching rights for holograms and how they were people too. This all gets thrown out the window once he gains solid form and stops caring.

    Wasp Rick
Appears in: "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat"

Wasp Rick is a surprisingly kind alternate-dimension Rick, despite being a wasp.

  • Facial Horror: Wasp Rick explains that he can lay eggs into the eyes of his prey, which then eat their way out. He does this exact thing to Hologram Rick.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's about as unpleasant as Ricks tend to be but he's shown to be quite warm to his family. It's actually an Invoked Trope on his end. As he explains it, the life of a wasp is so inherently horrific that having a bit of empathy isn't the worst way of doing things.
  • Parasites Are Evil: Played with; a parasitoid wasp, Wasp Rick makes it abundantly clear that their way of life involves eating their prey alive and laying their eggs in their eyeballs... and yet, he's easily one of the nicer Ricks in the multiverse, with a much healthier relationship with his family and happier home life in general.
  • Pet the Dog: He ends up helping C-137 Rick get back to his dimension and to his body without much fuss. He even saves C-137 Rick and Morty from a gigantic Hologram Rick.
  • Token Good Teammate: He's the first alternate-dimensional Rick that C-137 Rick meets while body surfing that is not a fascist. Also unlike most Ricks, he also has a pretty good and stable relationship with the rest of the Smith family.
  • Wicked Wasps: As Wasp Rick explains, the life of a wasp means that you inherently start off life as an asshole. Ironically, this makes him one of the nicer Ricks and, notably for the episode he appears in, not a fascist.

Appears in: "Mortyplicity"

The decoys are fake members of the Smith family made by Rick to hide from his enemies. Most if not all of the decoys have also made decoys.

  • Androids Are People, Too: It is mentioned numerous times that the decoys are still sentient beings, even the incredibly poorly made straw-Rick is fully sentient.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • The family in the beginning appears to be the real Smiths, only to be killed off by squid aliens and another Rick to get an alert saying a decoy family was killed, implying they're the real Smiths. Then, after the opening credits, they're killed off, switching to another Rick with his family, getting another alert, and so one.
    • Muppet-Rick is actually Rick disguised as a decoy that's too obvious and too adorable to kill. He's still a decoy though.
    • We're first led to believe this episode will be about the Smiths being hunted by Squid aliens, then it turns out the sqids are just more decoys who became self-aware and started killing off the other decoys.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Scarecrow Rick is set up as the most dangerous Rick of all, capturing decoys of his family and harvesting their skins to make pelts himself and his own family. He's killed anticlimactically.
  • Character Development: In a case of tragic irony, any decoy family that we're led to believe is the real family all undergo some much-needed reflection and either appreciate each other more or call each other out for being jerks. They then die seconds later.
  • Clone Degeneration: Each generation of decoys is of lower quality than the last. This is because Rick was lazy when making the original decoy, which resulted in the decoy Rick being an imperfect copy and even lazier, so that decoy made an even more imperfect copy etc. Near the top, they are completely indistinguishable from real humans. Next, the decoys have internal cybernetics that are only obvious when cut open. Many of the decoys are well made but obviously non-human, such as being perfect likenesses made from fabric, and some are low quality. The culmination is a Smith family made out of straw and fabric that resemble disfigured scarecrows. That Rick notes he was aware he was a fake from the beginning.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Scarecrow Rick murder and skins other decoys so that he can share it with his own decoy family and make them "beautiful again," saying a Rick provides for his family.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After finding out they're decoys, at least one iteration of the family decides to embrace the inevitable and spend the remaining time left becoming closer as a family and crossing items off their bucket lists. When a decoy squid family comes to kill them, they just close their eyes, smile and hold hands before they're vaporized.
  • Genuine Human Hide: Scarecrow Rick hunts down and skins other decoys while they're alive so he and his family can wear their skins to be "beautiful" again.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The unfortunate ones that are aware they're decoys from the moment of activation due to being obviously nonhuman go insane from the existential weight of what they are. From their perspective they are normal human beings suddenly trapped in artificial, deformed bodies for the purpose of dying in place of someone else.
  • Human All Along: The squid aliens that are targeting and killing decoy families are revealed to be disguised decoys who've become self-aware and are attempting to wipe out all other decoys so they'll be the last ones remaining.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Scarecrow Rick comes off as a legitimately dark and terrifying character who skins Rick alive, intending to do the same the to rest of the human decoys, and his scene is played almost completely straight.
  • La Résistance: Many decoys have banded together under the leadership of the Glockenspiel Smith-Sanchezs to resist extermination at the hands of the "squids." Unfortunately, they all get wiped out.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Glockenspiel Jerry is a Dirty Coward that stole an escape pod and left his own family to be killed. The Stinger shows that - due to being a robot - he can never die. His limbs were chewed off by beavers, then after the extinction of humanity he's attacked by an anthropomorphic woodpecker who mounts his head onto a mirror. The mirror is destroyed, but his face is salvaged and in an even later period is used to decorate the crucifix of future Jesus. He deserves every bit of misery.
  • Self-Surgery: One Rick performs surgery on his own brain and finds a chip that informs him he is a clone on the label.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: None of them survive the events of the episode except for Wooden Jerry and possibly the other Wooden Smiths, who get to spend an eternity of suffering.
  • Stylistic Suck: The decoy family who are made of wood have artificial voices with low-quality sound.
  • There Can Be Only One: One of the decoy Ricks even lampshades it by saying they're basically operating on Highlander rules now, the decoys will keep killing each other until only one family remains, whether it's the original or not.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Every one is programmed not to realize that they're decoys. The ones with greater detail need brain surgery to find a firmware chip, while others can just rip their skin off to reveal a robotic endoskeleton. There are a number of unlucky ones that are obviously non-human from the moment they're activated.

    Memory Rick
Appears in: "Rickternal Friendshine of the Rickless Mort"

Memory Rick is a younger, more idealistic version of Rick, constructed from Birdperson's memories of Rick at that age. He became a sentient memory after meeting the real Rick and later followed him to aid Rick in his goal of reviving their friend Birdperson.

  • Alternate Self: He is a version of a younger Rick formed from Birdperson's memories. From Rick's attitude, however, it seems that it's an accurate recollection.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: He takes this attitude on being a memory of Rick rather than his own person, due to Rick himself already having a similar attitude from his experiences traveling the multiverse. He initially views the real Rick as a Straw Nihilist due to letting his cynicism about it get to him.
  • Become a Real Boy: He is aware that as a memory, he only exists as a recollection of Birdperson's memories, but more than any other memory he seeks to become sentient and live a real life. Rick offers to bring him to life by the end of the episode, but he ultimately declines out out of concern of growing into the same kind of person as the real Rick.
  • Disney Death: It seems he died saving Rick and Birdperson from the evil Tammy, but he managed to survive and, in Rick's words, "propagated himself from BP's subconscious into mine so he can become a sentient memory."
  • Future Me Scares Me: Memory Rick does not like where his future is heading, finding his future self overly cynical and callous, and thinks he's a creep for replacing other Ricks so he can live in a reality where his daughter is still alive.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His dialogue indicates that Rick's original Beth was dead before she could give birth to a Morty.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: This Rick, despite having lost his family, is significantly more idealistic, being eager to take down the Galactic Federation and responds to knowing that he'll have his own "Vietnam" in the Battle of Blood Ridge with glee.

    Rick C-132

A Rick not too far removed from Rick C-137. This live action Rick has jumped to another dimension with his Morty, in search of a new home. Officially named Rick C-132 by Adult Swim with the teaser of a live action episode.

  • Casting Gag: Rick and Morty began life as a raunchy parody of Back to the Future, with Rick being a parody of Doc Brown. Christopher Lloyd playing this Rick brings the joke full circle.

    Adult Morty
Appears in: "Rickmurai Jack"

After Morty artificially aged himself into a 40-year-old, Rick took him to the Citadel to subtract the excess age, which forms into a 26-year-old version of Morty.

  • She Is All Grown Up: Adult Morty is quite handsome. It's implied that this is because he's technically a newborn who hasn't been loaded with the baggage that comes from being Rick's sidekick, while the source-Morty could just as easily get worse-looking with age.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's shot to death by some police Mortys mere seconds after being brought into existence.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: By his own admission he's not quite ready to sell out and wants to be a famous influencer.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's only a few seconds old, but resembles a hypothetical version of Morty as an adult.

"Imagine doing anything you want, then hopping to a timeline where you never did it. Imagine going anywhere, anytime, with nobody able to stop you."
First appearance: "The Rickshank Rickdemption"
"You [C-137] think it's cool being the smartest man on Earth, but once we give you this technology, you become the smartest thing in every conceivable universe—the Infinite Rick. A god."
The first alternate Rick Rick C-137 met that introduced him to interdimensional travel and the existence of the multiverse. After Rick rejected Weird Rick's offer to join him, he killed Diane and Beth, making Rick the man he is today.
  • Accidental Murder: His bomb kills Diane and Beth, but was likely intended to kill Rick, who ended up as the only survivor. Though it's doubtful that Weird Rick would be remorseful, since robbing Rick C-137 of the family that made him a different Rick undoubtedly did more harm to him than killing him.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Was taken aback when Rick C-137 rejected his offer of portal technology in favor of a simpler life with his wife and daughter, unable to grasp that any Rick wouldn't want the universe to roam as they pleased.
  • Evil Wears Black: Distinct from most Ricks by wearing a black-and-red tracksuit.
  • Hate Sink: With what limited screentime he has he is the most hatable Rick … which is saying a lot.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He killed Rick C-137's wife and daughter, leading C-137 on hunt for revenge which led to him killing several alternate Ricks. C-137's grief and failure to find this Rick caused his downward spiral into the Rick we know today. Oh and these killings led to a bunch of other Ricks being sent out to kill him, which ultimately ended in C-137 destroying the proto-Citadel. C-137 was only able to get the other Ricks off his back by forming a truce with the Ricks that would eventually form the Council of Ricks and helped them design and build the new Citadel (or more accurately, the Citadel seen in "Close Rick-Counters Of The Rick Kind" and "The Rickshank Redemption").
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: He's ultimately the one responsible for making Rick C-137 into the man he is today, but outside of that, little is known about this Rick. It's unknown why he tried getting C-137 to leave and become a "god", why he tried giving the portal tech to C-137 when most Ricks achieve it themselves, nor is it known where he even is. C-137 spent decades trying to hunt him down, killing countless Ricks along the way, and never came any closer to finding him. Not even the proto-citadel seemed to know who or where he is, leaving his location just as mysterious as his goals.
  • Karma Houdini: He kills his counterpart's Diane and Beth, ruins Rick's life, and never faces any comeuppance. The fact that he couldn't find him lead C-137 into a depression.
  • Narcissist: In Rick C-137's edited version that he give to the Galactic Federation, this Rick advertised the proto-Citadel as "a non-stop party where the guests are the only people we like (i.e. Rick)."
  • No Name Given: Downplayed, as he shares the same name as our protagonist, but he doesn't have any particular designation or characteristic to distinguish him. Pocket Mortys names him "Weird Rick."
  • Real After All: When he first appeared, the audience was lead to believe he was ultimately a fabrication concocted by Rick C-137 to escape the Galactic Federation. When Morty sees Rick's canon backstory however, he's revealed to be entirely real.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Has only made two appearances in flashbacks—and the audience was led to believe he didn't actually exist for three seasons—but he is responsible for making our Rick the way he is.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Rick was never able to find this Rick despite dedicating years to finding him. He also apparently never joined the Citadel. Heck, even after Rick C-137 defeated the other Ricks and organized them into the Citadel, even this combined inter-dimensional organization of Ricks wasn't able to find him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no compunctions killing a child Beth alongside her mother just to spite Rick for refusing his offer.

The Vindicators

    In General
They appear in: Vindicators 3: The Return of World Ender, Vindicators 2

A group of galactic superheroes consisting of Vance Maximus Renegade Starsoldier, Alan Rails, Crocubot, Supernova, and 1-Million Ants. And Noob Noob.

  • Asshole Victim: The group wiped out a populated planet to kill an evil shape-shifter hiding there, and embarked on a mission that got three of their own teammates killed, just because they hated Rick and didn't want to turn to him for help.
    • Except it turns out the latter wasn't true at all. Calypso, Diablo Verde, and Lady Katana never died on a mission at all. The "Vindicators 2" shorts reveal it was Supernova after getting drunk because her powers killed her child. Supernova reduced them to bloody chunks and decided to just tell everyone they died in battle.
  • Attention Whore: Supernova and Vance. They both don't care so much about saving lives as much as being worshipped as heroes.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The majority of them. They have the adoration of the galaxy, act like they're classic superheroes, and even treat Morty nicely when things are going their way. Deep down, however, they're largely self-centered jerks who resort to morally repugnant acts to "save the galaxy" and are willing to turn on each other at the first sign of serious trouble.
  • Breakout Character: Despite only appearing in one episode during which most of them were killed off, the team proved popular enough to get their own spin-off series.
  • Broken Pedestal: They're Morty's heroes so naturally Rick takes it upon himself to destroy Morty's respect for them. By the end, Rick shows Morty that they're just as horrible as Rick is, which leaves Morty even more disillusioned.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of various superhero teams, but most notably the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: According to Rick, all of them have some sort of generic tragic backstory.
  • Emotionless Reptile: Crocubot is an alien who is half cold, unfeeling reptile and half cold, unfeeling machine. Rick points out that his existence is a living redundancy as crocodiles and robots are already cold and unfeeling independently.
  • Evil Hero: While they claim to be superheroes, and while most people do treat them as such, in reality, they’re all a bunch of self centered jerks who only bother saving people to stroke their own egos. Rick is quick to point out they often cause more problems than they solve.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: All of their names are very self-explanatory of their powers.
  • Final Solution: They exterminated an entire planet's population to kill an evil shape-shifter hiding there. The worst part is that this was wholly unnecessary — Rick could have just made them a tracking device to catch it for them.
  • Hero of Another Story: Literally, they did Vindicators 2 without Rick and Morty. Morty is distraught to hear it. Apparently the only reason they brought them back for Vindicators 3 is because several other members died during the second adventure without Rick's help.
  • Hypocrite: They did Vindicators 2 without Rick because they found him too difficult to work with and immoral, yet prove to be two-faced themselves when things go pear-shaped, and destroyed an inhabited planet just to kill a single evil shapeshifter.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Their justification for wiping out a populated planet to kill one shapeshifting supervillain. Subverted since they didn't need to do it, they just didn't want anymore help from Rick, even though he could've solved their problem easily.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While they're hardly the heroes they pretend to be, they were right to believe Rick was someone impossible to work with. Even though they had to wipe out a populated planet without his help in Vindicators 2, actually going back to him for help in Vindicators 3 resulted in him getting blackout drunk and all but one of them dying.
    • As Morty points out, the reason they didn't call Rick for Vindicators 2 was because they think he's an asshole.
    • Starsoldier says that when Rick claims that good and evil are just social constructs, he "needs it to be true." Given that Rick is heavily implied to use this point of view as a crutch to keep himself from realizing how terrible he is, this is surprisingly insightful.
    • This also applies to Rick towards them, when he proves them to be none too heroic. Especially given that without his help they ended up blowing up an entire planet to kill an evil shapeshifter hiding there. Hard to pity them too much (save for 1-Million Ants, the Voice of Reason who was murdered by Supernova) when they are offed by the traps Rick set up. And for what it's worth, Rick DID manage to destroy World-Ender in a few hours as opposed to the "ever-longing battle" the Vindicators prolonged. Without a really good explanation for Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?, Rick was right. They just prolonged a galactic crisis and potentially let millions get killed just to keep themselves famous and needed.
    • It's hard to not blame Alan Rails for angrily attacking 1-Million Ants because he had just found out about a secret affair between him and Supernova.
    • As A Lighter Shade of Black below shows, Rick is in no position to criticize them.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Even at their worst, they're nowhere near as bad as Rick. Rather tellingly, it's shown that their greatest regret was dooming a whole planet to stop one shapeshifter ... something Rick has off-handedly mentioned to have done (and done far worse acts on top of that) before. For all their faults, they at least try to be the heroes they claim to be. Rick is just Rick.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: The "Vindicators 2" shorts show what actually happened before the events of "Vindicators 3", properly showing what actually happened during Supernova's pregnancy and the threat with Doom-nomitron.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: All of them except Supernova get killed off by the end of "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender", at first by Rick's SAW-like traps, but then they turn against each other. Although the Vindicators 2 shorts gave them some more characterisation.
  • We Have Reserves: During their second mission they left Rick and Morty behind, even though doing so got three of their number killed.



Voiced by: Gillian Jacobs

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She is the Vindicator's leader — something even Vance doesn't question — and she's also the single most powerful member of the team. Nobody else comes close to her own cosmic destructive powers.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Supernova is the token female, and the only of the Vindicators not to be killed or even maimed in some horrible way. This ultimately doubles her as a first-rate Karma Houdini.
  • Captain Ersatz: Supernova is similar to Gamora in that she's the token female and also a space babe. Where they differ is that Gamora isn't a murderous, manipulative sociopath. Power- and design-wise, she has a lot in common with Starfire.
  • Celestial Body: Supernova has a cosmic theme going on, being the embodiment of a dying star and having a body patterned like a nebula.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Vindicators 2 reveals that she killed Calypso, Diablo Verde and Lady Katana in a drunken jealous rage over how they were genuinely friends with each other.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Her miscarriage caused the instant destruction of Dorian-5, and nearly took out the Vindicators up in orbit as well.
  • Easily Forgiven: When asked by Morty why he's letting Supernova escape, Rick replies that at least twenty people try to kill him a week and he ends up getting high with half of them.
  • Gainaxing: Supernova has this in the 16-bit Vindicators intro animation.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Supernova and 1-Million Ants' affair managed to result in a pregnancy only for it to die in the womb due to being half-collapsing star and half-ant colony.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Supernova bears more than passing semblance to Gillian Jacobs.
  • Irony: Supernova exclaims "Jesus!" while complaining, but she doesn't know what an "Is-ra-el?" is.
  • Karma Houdini: After killing 1-Million Ants and attempting to do the same to Rick and Morty, Supernova ends up escaping during the party that Rick planned. When Morty points it out, Rick says that he parties with people who try to kill him all the time. He even points out Gearhead who betrayed him in season two and is at the party.
  • Kick the Dog: Supernova not only blames Morty for Rick's actions, she tries to murder him along with Rick, then murders her lover, 1-Million Ants, when he tries to stop her.
  • Light Is Not Good: Supernova has powers relating to stars. In a normal superhero setting, this would make her good and cool. Here, it just makes the moment she gives her power hungry speech and murders her lover have an extra disgusting factor.
  • Most Common Superpower: Supernova's form-fitting outfit showcases that she has quite the large bust.
  • Never My Fault: Supernova says Rick and Morty will pay for all the deaths that happen on their mission, even though she and 1-Million Ants were the ones who just killed Alan Rails in a lover's quarrel. This is in contrast to Rick who owns up to the fact that Maximus and Crocubot's deaths are on him.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Supernova is the only female on the team. Though in the past, this wasn't the case as two of their fallen members are shown to be female.
  • Stealing the Credit: In "Vindicators 2", Rick prepared for Doom-nomitron's arrival at Earth by setting up a satellite in Earth's orbit that activated upon sensing its arrival, spearing it with a harpoon, and slicing its body in half with Razor Floss. Supernova knows that Rick doesn't care about remembering that the trap is up there or even that it activated, so she decides to take the credit for defeating Doom-nomitron as well as spin the story that it also destroyed Dorian-5 and that Calypso, Diablo Verde, and Lady Katana all died in the battle.
  • Token Evil Teammate: An unusual case where the token evil teammates are the team leaders - Supernova and Vance seem to do most of the heavy lifting of leading the Vindicators, and they're the least ethical members of the team. As shown in the Vindicators 2 shorts, Supernova killed an entire planet during the miscarriage of Million Ants' affair baby and blamed it on Doom-nomitron. In addition, she also killed three of their members and an entire bar while drunk, blaming that on Doom-nomitron as well. Vance, on the other hand, executed the surviving bartender because he knew too much, and openly came to the conclusion that all the murder and genocide was part of the job.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Supernova tries to murder Morty for Rick's crimes.

    Vance Maximus Renegade Starsoldier 

Vance Maximus Renegade Starsoldier

Voiced by: Christian Slater

  • The Ace: Vance Maximus Renegade Starsoldier. Handsome? Check. Cool voice? Check. Cool outfit? Check. Slick personality? Check. Awesome name? Check. Ultimately subverted, as he not only turns out to be a Dirty Coward deep down, but is also the first to die, at the hands of an avoidable death.
  • Awesome Mccool Name: Vance Maximus Renegade Starsoldier. Maximus meaning "greatest" in Latin.
  • Captain Ersatz: Maximus Renegade Starsoldier is similar to Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, in that they both wear cool jackets, use jetpacks and have cool personalities. His Mr. Vice Guy antics are also similar to Iron Man.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Vance panics and flies into a trap in the ceiling. The upper half of his body is slowly grinded into bits. The lower half flies all over the place before Crocubot blows it up.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • While panicking, Starsoldier calls Morty a disabled kid that they brought along for photo-op reasons.
    • He murdered a fan of the Vindicators, to cover up Supernova killing her teammates in a drunken stupor.
  • Meaningful Name: Vance Maximus Renegade Starsoldier is The Leader and The Ace of the group, which signifies his second name Maximus, which means "greatest" in Latin. His second middle name also coins the meaning "one who betrays or deserts", which perfectly emphasizes his final actions, as he tried to abandon the group once the "game" began.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Maximus Renegade Starsoldier portrays his drinking habit like this, and the other Vindicators treat it with levity. Starsoldier calls it "cool drinking." Not like Rick who gets blackout drunk and creates ''SAW-like death traps out of pettiness.
  • Powered Armor: Vance Maximus Renegade Starsoldier wears one.
  • Token Evil Teammate: An unusual case where the token evil teammates are the team leaders - Supernova and Vance seem to do most of the heavy lifting of leading the Vindicators, and they're the least ethical members of the team. As shown in the Vindicators 2 shorts, Vance executed the surviving bartender of Supernova's massacre because he knew too much, and openly came to the conclusion that all the murder and genocide was part of the job.
  • Written by the Winners: Vance ultimately justifies the immoral actions of the Vindicators by saying that with each new unknown civilization they come across, both sides are always going to say that they're being oppressed by the other, so whichever one they ultimately help by defeating the other will thank them and hail them as heroes.

    Alan Rails 

Alan Rails

Voiced by: Lance Reddick

  • Captain Ersatz: Alan Rails is more similar to heroes like the Green Lantern and Ghost Rider in terms of powers, but he has a sad backstory, much like Drax the Destroyer.
  • Catchphrase: "All aboard!"
  • Cock Fight: Alan Rails and 1-Million Ants fight because Million Ants had sex with Supernova, Alan's ex-wife but current wife during the affair. When Alan was justifiably pissed off about the affair and had tried to attack Million Ants, both are restrained by Supernova but Million Ants took advantage of this and killed Alan by force feeding him until he exploded.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Alan Rails has 1-Million Ants force his mass down his throat until his body expands and bursts into pieces.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Alan Rails was the one who didn't want Rick back to find a shapeshifter, though he makes it clear that he was not okay with exterminating a planet to solve the problem. The Vindicators 2 shorts show that Alan suggested they call Rick, even though he dislikes him.
  • Ghost Train: Alan Rails' power is to summon spectral trains.
  • Hurting Hero: Alan Rails is carrying a lot of baggage. His long-dead parents were absent most of his childhood, Supernova couldn't give him a child and he's wracked with guilt over their immoral actions.

     1 Million Ants 

1-Million Ants

Voiced by: Tom Kenny

  • Captain Ersatz: 1-Million Ants is similar to Groot in that he's a non-human humanoid creature with extra-human powers. He's also a literal Ant-Man.
  • Captain Obvious: 1-Million Ants uses his psychic powers to point out the blindingly obvious, to the point where Rick says he has the superpowers of a person with two eyes.
  • Cock Fight: Alan Rails and 1-Million Ants fight because Million Ants had sex with Supernova, Alan's ex-wife but current wife during the affair. When Alan was justifiably pissed off about the affair and had tried to attack Million Ants, both are restrained by Supernova but Million Ants took advantage of this and killed Alan by force feeding him until he exploded.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The queen of the colony that mass produces the ants that make up 1-Million Ants' body is ripped out and crushed by Supernova, the woman he loves.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Supernova and 1-Million Ants' affair managed to result in a pregnancy only for it to die in the womb due to being half-collapsing star and half-ant colony.
  • Token Good Teammate: 1-Million Ants seems to be the one genuinely good member of the team. Even when he kills Alan Rails, it's only after Alan tries to kill him and he tries to talk Supernova out of killing Rick and Morty. However he still betrayed a teammate by having an affair with his then wife.
  • The Worm That Walks: 1-Million Ants, who is a colony of one million ants brought together by a cosmic queen. If hundreds are destroyed, the queen can lay more to replace them easily.
  • We Have Reserves: 1-Million Ants' ants are constantly dying and being replaced by new ones.



Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche

  • Captain Ersatz: Crocubot is similar to Rocket Raccoon as a hyperintelligent cybernetically enhanced animal. He doesn't have any of Rocket's angst, though. Physically, he's a mix of Cyborg and Killer Croc.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Crocubot is crushed between the floors beneath him when he gets a question wrong. Compared to the other deaths on this list, his was the fastest and least painful.
  • Cyborg: Crocubot, half cold unfeeling machine and half cold unfeeling reptile. Ironically, he actually seems like one of the nicer ones.
  • Token Good Teammate: Comes across as one of the less evil Vindicators.


Noob Noob

Voiced by: Justin Roiland

  • Butt-Monkey: Practically nothing good happens to him at all throughout the episode.
  • Catchphrase: "Goddamn!"
  • Disproportionate Reward: Drunk!Rick decided to spare Noob-Noob at the end because the latter laughed at his jokes in the briefing room.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: In-Universe, as Rick likes Noob-Noob more so than the others combined because Noob-Noob was the only one that was laughing at Rick's jokes. Even the final Saw trap was actually made with Noob-Noob in mind, who didn't come onto the mission in order to clean up Rick's literal shit.
  • Hidden Depths: Noob-Noob has a Phd in Bracatus Biochemistry. He could've easily resequenced Doom-nomitron's genetic structure if he had been given the resources and chance to do so.
  • The Intern: Noob-Noob is an intern hoping to become a fully-pledged Vindicator who is treated like a janitor by the said group.
  • Meaningful Name: Noob-Noob is a novice intern. The word "noob" is defined as "a person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity".
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Noob-Noob is just the janitor, and is also the only one Rick likes. The Vindicators also treat Rick, and to a lesser extent, Morty, like this.
  • Older Than He Looks: Noob-Noob is an adult that just happens to be very short and simple-minded. This leads to a very awkward exchange when he falls for a mermaid who turns out to be a child that assumed he was the same age as her.

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Lady Katana, Calypso, and Diablo Verde

Voiced by: Ally Maki (Lady Katana), Cyrina Fiallo (Calypso), and Christian Lanz (Diablo Verde)

  • Black Dude Dies First:
  • Captain Ersatz: Lady Katana, Diablo Verde and Calypso are all in referece to Katana, El Diablo and Enchantress from the first Suicide Squad movie.
  • Captain Ethnic: Unlike the other members of the team, all their identities are themed after their specific cultures, a fact that doesn't go without lampshading.
  • Cyborg: Lady Katana has cybernetic arms, which seems like a larger gimmick than being good with swords but it's downplayed since the team already has a cyborg.
  • Token Good Teammate: "Vindicators 2" depicts them as genuine friends, and unwilling to resort to such extreme measures as lampshaded.
  • Token Minority: They're all vocally aware that they're only on the team for good optics, and refuse to be used as Cannon Fodder by the others.