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The Citadel

"As you know, Morty, I've got a lot of enemies in the universe that consider my genius a threat — galactic terrorists, a few sub-galactic dictators, most of the entire intergalactic government. W-W-Wherever you find people with heads up their asses, someone wants a piece of your grandpa, and a lot of versions of me on different timelines had the same problem. So a few thousand versions of me had the INGENIOUS IDEA OF BANDING TOGETHER like a herd of cattle or a school of fish or those people who answer questions on Yahoo! Answers."
Rick Sanchez

The Citadel of Ricks is the home of all the Ricks and Mortys across all dimensions who chose to band together instead of staying in their home dimensions. In some cases, their home dimensions just no longer exist so they had no choice but to join. After Rick C-137 single-handedly killed the Council of Ricks and nearly destroyed the Citadel, it was rebuilt and is now governed by a democratically elected president.

All voiced by: Justin Roiland

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  • Alliance of Alternates: Every member is either a Rick or a Morty from across the multiverse, creating a society meant to regulate each other’s activity to keep the rest of them safe and/or content.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • The Citadel considers C-137 to be this, since he's "the Rickest Rick" and too cool to bother with their rules and regulations. It's implied that he's always their first suspect when something bad happens. Rick C-137 eventually kills the Council of Ricks when they interfere with his attempt to topple the Federation.
      Summer: But if every Rick hates the government, why would they hate Grandpa?
      Morty: Because Ricks hate themselves the most. And our Rick is the most himself.
    • Evil Morty became this after the Council of Ricks unearthed the Android nature of Evil Rick. The former blended in with the other Rickless Mortys and eventually became Candidate, and then President Morty.
  • Badass Crew:
    • The Citadel has its own militia, with one notable group being the SEAL Team Ricks who are sent by the Council themselves.
    • The whole Citadel itself being composed of Ricks (who is badass in his own right) are all capable of kicking ass, as shown when Rick C-137 teleports the Citadel into a Galactic Federation prison and the two sides engage in a big scuffle of lots of bloodshed.
  • City of Adventure: The Citadel is treated as one in "The Ricklantis Mixup", complete with The Eagles' "In the City" in an opening crowd montage.
  • Crapsaccharine World: While the Citadel looks gorgeous on first impression, and has the advanced technology that one would expect from a city created by a bunch of Ricks, it doesn't take much time to figure out that it's a far less pleasant place beneath the surface:
    • Since the Citadel consists entirely of many various versions of the highly egocentric and narcissistic Rick and the wimpy and submissive Morty, Fantastic Racism and Fantastic Caste System are very much in effect, with Mortys being treated as the lowest-class citizens compared to Ricks.
    • Even among the Ricks themselves, there are a privileged few who are placed in positions of power, while the rest work in menial or at least relatively lower-class jobs (e.g. as cops, SWAT teams, or factory workers) despite having the same levels of intelligence as their more well-off counterparts.
    • Corruption runs high in the system, from the cops and SWAT teams to the leaders. Case in point: the Citadel is ruled by the Council of Ricks, six particularly arrogant and self-righteous Ricks who heavily reinforce the caste system, accuse characters of crimes with little evidence, and hold a Kangaroo Court for the protagonists ("our" Rick the first time, and "our" Morty and Summer the second time).
    • The Council themselves were apparently ruled behind the scenes by a "Shadow Council", who planned to make the newly democratically-elected President Morty/Evil Morty their Puppet King; however, this fails when they themselves are usurped by the new President, who plans to take action and make reforms while murdering any Ricks and Mortys who oppose him.
  • Crystal Spires and Togas: Is all gold and shiny surfaces, gleaming like a Golden Age Science Fiction cover. Of course parts of the Citadel turn out to be pretty nasty.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The class-heavy Citadel, with the divide between Ricks and Mortys (and even between Ricks) appears to be a strong allegory for the real-life class systems based on race, where Mortys are representative for minority groups/people of color while Ricks are stand-ins for white people, while the divide between the Ricks in positions of power and those assigned to menial tasks represents the divide between the privileged upper class and the much larger working class.note 
  • Fantastic Caste System: Ricks are the Master Race and Mortys are the Servant Race. The latter are trained to be sidekicks to the former.
  • Fantastic Ghetto: Mortytiwn is one for abandoned Morties that don't have a Rick.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: They formed the Council so they wouldn't be oppressed by the government...resulting in them becoming an oppressive government.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: What leads to the Council of Ricks being overthrown/murdered by Rick C-137 in "The Rickshank Redemption". Rick is originally only planning to bring down the Galactic Federation (which actually would be a good thing for the Citadel, which was created in the first place to hide from the Federation and other oppressive governments). However, the Citadel and the Council in particular earn his wrath by 1) messing up his original plan thanks to SEAL Team Ricks breaking into the Federation right before he can get the info he needs to destroy it, 2) attempting to assassinate him, and 3) capturing "his" Morty and Summer when they're trying to rescue him. The result is Rick C-137 breaking into the Citadel, killing the entire Council of Ricks, and pitting the Federation and the Citadel against each other, resulting in both factions suffering heavy casualties.
  • Ignored Epiphany: The whole messed-up implications of the Simple Rick wafers end up lampshaded by the ad narrator for Freedom Ricks, when one Rick shoots his boss and locks himself up in Simple Rock's prison. Simple Rick was kidnapped for his loving Beth purely, and that meant trapping him in a Lotus-Eater Machine. Wonka Rick just recreates the wafer when Worker Rick accidentally gets Simple Rick killed.
  • Individuality Is Illegal: Mortys are taught in school to follow their Ricks without question, and any attempt at standing out is immediately quashed. Mortys who can't manage this are discarded to Mortytown.
  • Lensman Arms Race: The Citadel polices the Portal Gun technology zealously, being willing to kill anyone, even other Ricks, who might expose the secret. Within the Citadel, the technology is strictly regulated, with attempts to homebrew the fluid that makes it work being illegal. Part of the reason C-137 is on their shit-list is that his reckless adventuring and Bomb Throwing Anarchist attitude risks compromising the formula and the secret to their enemies, such as the Galactic Federation.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Council of Ricks that we meet in "Close Rick-Counters" and "Ricklantis" were apparently governed all along by a Shadow Council of Ricks, who plan to be this to the newly elected president as well. President Morty pulls an Eviler Than Thou by having most of them killed.
  • One-Gender Race: The Citadel is entirely composed of Ricks and Mortys, with their families nowhere to be seen. Indeed, the Council considers one of C-137 Morty's crimes to be "radicalizing a Summer" which suggests that there's some rule forbidding their daughters and grand-daughters from adventures. A throwaway line from Garment District Rick even admits that "a goddamn Jerry" is potentially capable of becoming a President, though that was likely facetious.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Neither C-137 Rick and Morty (i.e. the Rick and Morty the show follows) like their alternate versions but they especially dislike the Citadel. Since they are "the Rickest Rick" and "the Mortyest Morty", this is unsurprising:
    • C-137 considers the Council to be Sell Outs who are Dramatically Missing the Point of their existence, and by "The Ricklantis Mixup", he mocks attempts to reconstruct the Citadel and dismisses them as a non-entity to his Morty:
      Rick C-137: We're done with the Citadel of Ricks. I was never on board with it in the first place. That's why I murdered everyone in charge and left it to rot.
    • C-137 Morty likewise doesn't like the Mortys he meets. He's especially annoyed by Lawyer Morty and the Morty captives in the Evil Dimension who blather on about him being "The One True Morty". All the ones he's met are essentially shallow parodies of himself.
  • Planet of Steves: An entire city-state sized location populated entirely by alternate versions of Ricks and Mortys.
  • Tele-Frag: Rick C-137 teleports the Citadel right into the Galactic Federation prison. It's implied that the former location of the Federation is the Citadel's current location. In "Close Encounters", the Citadel has a brown sky whereas it has dark matter space in "The Ricklantis Mixup".
  • The Worf Effect: The Rick we follow in the show has shown to be an incredible badass, able to build anything, win almost any fight no matter the odds and, if not, then able to survive any fight through determination and technological inventions like backup-bodies and cybernetics to name a couple. Meanwhile, the Ricks from the Citadel, despite being a veritable army of people with these same capabilities, still end up being Mooks that get murdered by the dozens in comparison to other foes like the Galactic Federation and prisoners, and are most definitely outclassed and outsmarted by our Rick.
  • Wretched Hive: Mortytown is the Fantastic Ghetto, filled with Rickless Mortys who are not allowed to go to school to be assigned to Ricks. Most of it is filled with reprobates, criminals, junkies, and crooks, who end up trying to make bootleg portal fluid.


     Evil Morty
"Mortys have no chance of defeating a Rick."
"This seems like a good time for a drink, and a cold, calculated speech with sinister overtones. A speech about politics, about order, brotherhood, power. But speeches are for campaigning. Now is the time for action."

An evil, eyepatch-wearing Morty that accompanies Evil Rick. He's actually the mastermind behind Evil Rick, controlling him remotely.

  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a black suit with a red tie after he takes over the citadel.
  • Beneath Suspicion: How Evil Morty gets away with his plans. No Rick would ever suspect a Morty could outplay them.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Evil Morty has only two lines in his debut appearance, but he's the one responsible for the dead Ricks and tortured Mortys. He's much more talkative in "The Ricklantis Mix-up", though speeches are a big part of his ploy to gain power.
  • Big Bad: Though he isn’t seen often, he is arguably the main antagonist of the series, as all of Rick’s troubles at the citadel can be traced back to him.
    • Big Bad Ensemble: Shares the position of Big Bad with the series’ other major Overarching Villain Tammy. At least until the latter is killed rather unceremoniously at the end of season 4.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Evil Morty as President Morty. First shown in a minor way where he gives an impassioned speech about unity between Ricks and Mortys, then calmly fires his campaign manager for not having faith in him. Then shown in a major way where it's revealed he's been ejecting his opponents out into space.
  • Board to Death: His first action as President Morty is to murder a powerful and influential group of Ricks who claim he'll only be a puppet while they'll be the ones controlling things from behind the scenes.
  • The Bus Came Back: Evil Morty shows up for one episode of the first season and doesn't appear again until the third, where he comes back in a big way.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Through Evil Rick, he engineers the Morty Dome, a giant dome covered in versions of Morty which are tortured constantly, creating a mental shield which prevents other Ricks from tracking them. C-137 Rick notes that it's barbaric in its scale; five Mortys and a jumper cable would be equally effective. This makes the hypocrisy of his campaign where he claims to speak on behalf of all Ricks and Mortys all the more galling.
  • Darkhorse Victory: Absolutely no one initially believed he would become President of the Citadel, but after a stirring speech, he wins over enough admirers to achieve victory. It was apparently, as the guards note, a very close election in either case, and it's likely the sympathy for a candidate who was nearly assassinated before taking office, likely tipped things in his favour.
  • Deadly Euphemism: After having most of the Shadow Council of Ricks executed, his barber asks if that was "Enough off the top". Evil Morty then looks directly at the last two living members of the Shadow Council and asks "is it?" They clearly get the message and state it is.
  • The Dragon: Evil Morty pretends to be this to Evil Rick, but is actually the one controlling Evil Rick by remote.
  • Evil Costume Switch: While running for president of the Citadel, Evil Morty wears a regular suit. After he's elected and drops all the pretense, he switches to a black shirt and red tie.
  • Eviler Than Thou:
    • Evil Morty turned out to have been this for his Rick, turning him into a cyborg puppet to carry out his plans. Later, Evil Morty's first act as president of the rebuilt Citadel is to kill off the members of the Shadow Council who thought they could control him just as they controlled the original Council of Ricks for the first Citadel.
    • One inversion is that he's doing more good than our Rick is while President of the Citadel. Rick explicitly states that he left everyone on the Citadel to rot. Evil Morty doesn't care about doing good, but he is at least better at pretending to appear good by enacting much-needed reforms.
  • Evil Twin: They both are alternate timelines to the duo. Moreso the Morty.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Evil Morty has an eyepatch, which hides the transmitter he uses to control Evil Rick. He discards it after Evil Rick is killed, to keep from being discovered by the Ricks.
  • Eye Scream: Underneath the Morty's eyepatch, his eye is revealed to be perfectly intact except for a few wires sticking out of the socket, linking to the transmitter on the eyepatch which he was controlling Evil Rick with.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Puts on a false friendly demeanor to his campaign manager and the entire citadel.
  • Foil: Turns out they're this to every other Rick and Morty in their dynamic. Whereas every other Rick and Morty team has Rick as the brilliant and devious leader and Morty as the feckless sidekick and smokescreen for Rick, turns out Evil Rick is the completely non-sapient smokescreen to Evil Morty.
  • Foreshadowing: Rick tells Morty that one Morty can be capable of causing severe danger if left alone. He's proven right when Evil Morty becomes the new leader of the Citadel.
  • Frame-Up: Evil Rick and Morty hack Rick C-137's portal gun to make it look like he was behind the rash of Rick murders and Morty abductions.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: There's nothing (at least physically) separating him from the countless other Mortys out there, yet he's become the single most dangerous antagonist in the entire series because of his cunning and complete absence of empathy. What makes this even more impressive is that Evil Morty accomplishes this without any special abilities or even a Rick to back him up.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Evil Morty has presumably planned his rise to power ever since Season 1. And, now that he's succeeded, who's to say he doesn't have other plans for Rick and Morty (both C-137).
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Evil Morty's exact goals remain unknown even after he becomes President of the Citadel.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: If there's one thing Evil Morty was almost right about, it's his views on the Ricks' treatment of their Mortys. Rick c-137 (the main Rick) is one of the very, very few Ricks to actually care about his Morty; the vast majority of Ricks have little regard for their Mortys and even kill them without a second thought. Of course, this just makes Evil Morty a Hypocrite considering he kills Ricks and Mortys with even less concern than a standard Rick.
  • Kick the Dog: His torture of Mortys was unnecessary overkill and he coldly fires his campaign manager because he lacked faith in him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His second appearance, while highlighting how disturbingly manipulative and vile he is, has him pitted against people almost as bad as he is, including:
    • He kills most of The Omniscient Council of Vagueness that controlled the first Citadel through the Council of Ricks, which included The Wonka Manipulative Bastard that kept possibly the only normal, happy and content Rick imprisoned to make a mass-produced snack, and replaced him with a working stiff Rick he shot in the back of the head while he was experiencing the joy of freedom.
    • A Farmer Rick who grew fruit seen in the first episode has his property being gathered by Mortys he chased off earlier as part of Evil Morty's new policies, judging by the uniforms.
    • The Head Sadist Teacher Rick is fired from a school where they brainwash Rickless Mortys into agreeing with whatever their new Ricks say, and hanging the guilt of the deaths of Ricks over the students' heads.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Evil Morty becomes this full-stop once he manages to take over the Citadel of Ricks and eliminates other Ricks and Mortys that would stand in his way.
  • Lack of Empathy: Doesn't care about Ricks nor Mortys, having multiple versions of both murdered in gruesome ways to advance his plans.
  • Leitmotif: Evil Morty has one in the form of For the Damaged Coda by Blonde Redhead. The song is usually a Musical Spoiler that accompanies the reveal that he's behind something sinister. The first time was the reveal that he was controlling Evil Rick. The second time was when he became President of the Citadel.
  • The Man in Front of the Man: Evil Morty was in control of Evil Rick the entire time.
  • Meet the New Boss: After the overthrow of the Council of Ricks, the Citadel of Ricks holds its first democratic election. They end up (unwittingly) electing Evil Morty, who turns out to be even worse than the Council.
  • Mysterious Past: When asked, Evil Morty avoids the question of who his original Rick was and which was his original reality.
  • New Era Speech: Discussed, then ultimately defied — or possibly subverted, depending on your point of view, given that it can be seen as a pretty solid, if laconic, example of this trope anyway.
    Evil Morty: This seems like a good time for a drink... and a cold, calculated speech with sinister overtones. A speech about politics. About order. Brotherhood. Power. But speeches are for campaigning; now is the time for action.
  • Nothing Personal: He hates our Rick and tortures Mortys, but doesn't seem to hold any grudge against the Mortys on the Citadel, or even the commoner Ricks that voted for him. Under his new policy, Cop Rick gets a break and is allowed to resume his job after being forced to shoot his superior.
  • Out of Focus: Basically disappears from the show's plot until "The Ricklantis Mix-up", when he returns as the president of the Citadel.
  • Pet the Dog: Strangely, while possibly becoming the Big Bad of the series, his victims are typically Asshole Victims at worst, and his policies give more fairness to Mortys (and, surprisingly, Ricks) he rules over. Despite firing his Campaign Manager Morty, he still asked the next time they saw each other if he'd had managed to find another job, and only had Campaign Manager Morty killed after the latter tried to assassinate him (though part of the reason for this were probably also due to him knowing Candidate Morty's true identity); his policy allows a Rick that did the right thing to remain free and remain a cop; and he shuts down a school that brainwashed Mortys, giving them new jobs in the process. He also spares two Council Ricks who didn't agree that he was just a pawn.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He honors his campaign promises, on the surface at least, by enacting reforms in the Citadel for Ricks and Mortys alike.Time will tell if this holds up.
  • President Evil: Evil Morty becomes ruler of the Citadel of Ricks and intends to use his position for his own ends.
  • The Purge: He orchestrated the murder, kidnapping and torture of multiple Ricks and multiple Mortys, and in "The Ricklantis Mixup", he casually pulls a counter-coup on the shadow-council of the Citadel to cement his authority.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Evil Morty in his president attire wears a black suit with a red tie.
  • The Reveal:
    • Evil Morty was the true mastermind; Evil Rick was nothing but a cyborg under his control.
    • The newly elected president of the rebuilt Citadel of Ricks is Evil Morty.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Evil Morty only gets a few lines in his debut appearance, but his actions show that he's one of the most evil characters in the series. The trope still applies in his second episode, where he always speaks in an even and calm tone- even when having his enemies executed on command.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: After ditching the eyepatch, he's distinguished from other Mortys by the sharp suits and dress shirts he wears. Justified though, since he was running for President of the Citadel at the time.
  • Speech Impediment: Averted. Unlike most Mortys, Evil Morty always speaks confidently and never stutters. In fact, apart from his clothes, this is really the only way to differentiate between him and the average Morty.
  • Teens Are Monsters: He's one of, if not the, most evil version of a fourteen-year-old, so it goes without saying that he qualifies for this trope.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: His preferred way of disposing of Ricks and Mortys after becoming President of the Citadel; he doesn't seem to care whether they're alive or dead.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Not that the Council of Ricks were good leaders, but Evil Morty proves himself worse once he takes control of the Citadel.
  • Unknown Rival: He is possibly C-137 Rick's greatest threat, but Rick doesn't even know Evil Rick was a puppet, much less that Evil Morty was responsible for him. Evil Morty on the other hand deliberately hacked into C-137's Portal Gun to frame him for his crimes in front of the Citadel of Ricks, and he has one-upped Sanchez by taking out the Shadow Council governing the public front of the Council that Rick assumes runs the place.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Evil Morty gets away scot-free in his first appearance.
  • Villain Has a Point: Though we're supposed to believe that Evil Morty seizing control of the Citadel is a bad thing, during his campaign, he points out rightly how life on the Citadel is a broken Crapsaccharine World where Mortys and less privileged Ricks are kept oppressed and exploited by an elite minority of Ricks. Plus, even if his reforms are an act, they are making life better for the commoners in the Citadel.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: It's because he's so charming in public that he's able to convince enough people to elect him president. They also didn't know who he actually was either, so he wasn't a "villain" yet.
  • Walking Spoiler: Evil Morty becomes this due to The Reveal above. Especially once he takes over the Citadel.

Former Leaders

    Council of Ricks
"I'm the Rick, and so were the rest of you before you formed this stupid alliance. You wanted to be safe from the government, so you became a stupid government. That makes every Rick here less Rick than me."
Rick Sanchez

A large group of Ricks who sought refuge from governments by becoming a government. The Rick the show focuses on has previously refused to be one of their members.

  • A Lighter Shade of Black: To the Shadow Council. Bad as they are, they do genuinely want to do right by other Ricks and Mortys (If by some very skewed standards) and genuinely believe their own stated rhetoric. The Shadow Council gleefully abuse Ricks and Mortys and make it clear that their personal power and comfort come above all else.
  • Asshole Victim: There isn't much sympathy for them, after what they can actually do to their grandchildren, after Rick sent them off fighting the Galactic Federation at their front doorstep.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: C-137 Rick describes the Council as this.
    C-137 Rick: I'm the Rick, and so were the rest of you before you formed this stupid alliance! You wanted to be safe from the government, so you became a stupid government! That makes every Rick here less Rick than me!
  • Big Bad Wannabe: The so-called Council were merely the public front of the true cabal running the Citadel. To them, C-137 Rick's toppling of the Council was a minor setback and didn't affect the structure at all, until Evil Morty shows up that is.
  • Captain Ersatz: They're based on the Council of Reeds from the Fantastic Four comics, which is composed of dozens of evil versions of Mister Fantastic.
  • Evil Counterpart: To C-137 Rick, by hiding themselves from the government by becoming the government themselves, enforcing the most atrocious rules to handle their Ricks and their respective grandchildren as their resources. Which gives Rick!C-137 a good reason to wipe their Council off by warping the Citadel into the Galactic Federation Prison.
  • Friendly Enemy: Even though they dislike Rick C-137, a couple of them have no problem showing up to his party in the season one finale.
  • Hero Antagonist: Of "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind". They genuinely believe that C-137 Rick killed many different Ricks. And given who C-137 Rick is, it's hard to blame them (even Evil Rick/Evil Morty says C-137 Rick is marginally less evil than him). They did apologize for the mix-up, though.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Lampshaded by Rick as he takes advantage of the simplicity of their interface for the Citadel's mass teleporter to send them all into a Galactic Federation prison.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: It's implied they might be aware of the irony of being a government despite also being Ricks, and/or why they do what they do to other Ricks.
    Summer: But if every Rick hates the government, why would they hate grandpa?
    Morty: Because Ricks hate themselves the most, and our Rick is the most... himself.
  • Hypocrite: They seek to protect themselves and other Ricks from governing forces but have no problem enforcing their own rules on non-member Ricks.
  • Inspector Javert: They arrest Rick in Close Rick-Counters Of The Rick Kind because he was framed for murdering their members. He claims they usually blame him when something goes wrong.
  • Kangaroo Court: Their idea of a trial:
    Councilman Rick: Operating an unregistered portal gun, radicalizing a Summer, conspiring with a traitorous Rick. How do you plead?
    Morty: How is this a fair trial? O-Our lawyer is a Morty.
    Councilman Rick: It's not fair, you have no rights, and he's not a lawyer. We just keep him here because he's fun. Look at him go.
    "Lawyer" Morty: [ Laughs ] Ha ha, yeah!
  • Oh, Crap!: Twice in the same episode. When C-137 Rick finds Evil Rick and when turns out Evil Rick was just a puppet.

    Shadow Council of Ricks 
"We were saying "President Morty," that we don't care who sits in that seat. A Rick, a Morty, a goddamn Jerry, doesn't matter. We've been running the Citadel since before the Council, and you'll find that we're still running it now."
Garment District Rick

A group of rich and powerful Ricks who truly controlled the Citadel behind the scenes while the Council acted as their puppets.

  • Asshole Victim: They ran the Citadel and kept it as a Crapsack World, so when Evil Morty murders all of them except two, nobody's shedding any tears.
  • Board to Death: Their first appearance has them in a board meeting with the new President of the Citadel. When they say to his face that he'll be nothing more than their puppet, he murders all of the ones who agreed with the one who said it.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: Their members include Ricks modeled off of tropes like the Arab Oil Sheikh and The Generalissimo, a sci-fi attired one, one that references Willy Wonka and two others that resemble Steve Jobs and Elon Musk.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Most of them were on the receiving end of this, as they were effortlessly murdered by Evil Morty. The surviving two were quickly put in their place and realized who's in charge.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The show has never really had a Big Bad that Rick and Morty fight against, so, much like the President of the Galactic Federation and the former Council of Ricks, they were powerful sources of evil in the show's setting but kept separate from the protagonists' adventures.
  • The Illuminati: They are a shadowy cabal of Ricks that are rich and powerful businessmen, and control the Citadel's government from behind the scenes.
  • Know When To Fold Them: Two of the Shadow Council manage to survive by immediately kowtowing to Evil Morty's demands after he murders all of their colleagues.
  • The Man Behind the Man: They claimed to be this to the former Council of Ricks, claiming to be the true power behind the Citadel, and they confidently assert they'll be this to the new President as well. Evil Morty doesn't give them the chance.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: One of them is dressed exactly like Steve Jobs. Funnily enough, he's one of the survivors of the Shadow Council, so he literally wasn't harmed.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Evil Morty murders most of them and then ejects their bodies out into space.
  • Underestimating Badassery: They believed that the new President of the Citadel would be an easily manipulated Puppet King that they could rule through. The vast majority of them end up unceremoniously murdered for making that assumption.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The vast majority of them only get one appearance before Evil Morty kills them all.

Rick D. Sanchez III
"Sorry I'm late, Mr. President. Had a little crisis at work."

The owner of a wafer factory, as well as the chief spokesman and leader within the Shadow Council in charge of the Citadel.

  • Asshole Victim: He and the Shadow Council get purged by Evil Morty; considering that we see him earlier being an utterly evil factory owner, he more than deserved it.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Considering that he kidnapped Simple Rick for the sake of profit, and is a member of the Shadow Council that made life on The Citadel hell for everyone else, he qualifies as this.
  • Expy: Of Willy Wonka. He's even referred to as "Wonka Rick" by the fanbase.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's more polite than the average Rick and is able to appeal to Rick J-22's humanity to calm him down; he's also willing to lock up fellow Ricks in a Lotus-Eater Machine for profit.
  • Mad Artist: The man will go to truly disturbing lengths for unique flavors — milking Simple Rick's happiest memory and mass-producing the flavor for the Citadel is screwed-up enough, but somehow, what he does to Factory Rebel Rick — tempting him with the promise of ultimate freedom just to shoot him and make a ''new'' flavor -- is even worse.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He was a member of the shadow cabal that was the real power behind the Council of Ricks, and they intended to be this again to the rebuilt Citadel's new president. Unfortunately for him and the rest of his group, Evil Morty was one step ahead of everyone.
  • Manipulative Bastard: How he manages to first defuse Factory Rebel Rick, and then co-opt him to serve as the next brain to produce the special ingredient for his wafers.
  • Mouth of Sauron: He is a member of the Shadow Council and the spokesman for them, being seated at the head of the table across the President, and trying to impose himself on President Morty.
  • The Wonka: He is a darker take on the archetype. The owner of a factory of wafers run on fairly cold mechanized logic with promotion only given to a few, and all of it based on Human Resources.


Other Ricks and Mortys

    Rick J19ζ7/Doofus Rick

A Rick whom the other Ricks pick on for being unlike the other Ricks: He's a kindhearted bonehead who strikes up a friendship with Jerry. Then again the guy knows a formula that makes edible brownies from non-edible chemicals without the use of an oven. He also eats his own crap. Allegedly.

  • Adorkable: ESPECIALLY compared to the other Ricks.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He gets picked on by the other Ricks for being the only Nice Guy of the bunch.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: He has invented the Cure for Cancer in his universe.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Like other Ricks, he believes that life is "dangerous and complex and unyielding," but while other Ricks choose to use this as an excuse to inflict cruelty on whoever they need to for the brief aggrandizement of themselves, Doofus Rick does the opposite, reasoning that even just trying to get by is winning in and of itself.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Sure, the other Ricks drag him around for being stupid. He is friendly, somewhat knowledgeable and more personable than any other Rick... too bad he comes from a universe where everyone eats shit. If the other Ricks can be believed.
  • Breakout Character: He's a Rick who's actually nice for once, reasonably making him a fan favorite.
  • Ditzy Genius: Less so than the other alternate versions, but he's still a Rick, as he proves when he shows Jerry how to make oven-less brownies.
  • Dumb Is Good: Played with. He's the only Nice Guy Rick, and he looks, generally acts, and is treated like an idiot by the other Ricks, but if he's dumb at all, it's only by Rick standards — he's still a super-scientist, and his answer to Jerry's question about the collectable coins (which manages to be honest without hurting Jerry's feelings) shows he's a lot savvier than he seems.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Doofus Rick" is the name given to him by other Ricks.
  • Gonk: As he never fathered a Beth, Doofus Rick was given a Morty that is from a timeline where everyone had lionitis à la Rocky Dennis. Doofus Rick himself also has some less-than-flattering physical traits such as a bowl cut, a lazy eye, and buck teeth.
  • The Heart: What this Rick lacks in genius (by Rick standards, he's still far more intelligent than average), he makes up for in empathy. He is able to do what no Rick has ever done, which see through to Jerry's heart and build up his self-esteem.
  • Hidden Depths: As much as the other Ricks bully him for being the dumbest Rick, he's still a genius in his own right. He is able to make ovenless brownies simply by mixing together chemicals. In the comics, he also cured cancer in his dimension though he doesn't seem to think it's that big of a deal.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Downplayed, but he considers Jerry Smith to be impressively smart and successful. Possibly justified, considering the Jerry of his dimension is smart and successful.
  • Informed Flaw: Doofus Rick is treated as a barely functioning idiot by several other characters, but generally seems only a little more naive than the other versions of Rick. This may also be intentional, especially given that it's mainly the other Ricks who treat him like shit, and they tend to do that with basically everyone dumber than them.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Which is probably why he and Jerry get along so well. However, it seems that he's only stupid compared to other Ricks, and is still a genius by normal standards.
  • Lampshade Hanging: You thought the guy eating shit show in "Rixty Minutes" was too implausible? Well, Doofus Rick might be from there.
  • Like a Son to Me: In the comics, it's shown that Jerry and Doofus Rick meet up once a month to have a fun time together, and at the end of the day Rick describes Jerry as the son he never had and would never abandon.
  • Nice Guy: Which makes him an outcast annoyance among the other Ricks.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: The other Ricks mock him for supposedly being from a dimension where people eat their own shit. He claims this is made up, but at the end of the episode, Main!Rick says in a very matter-of-factly way that he does. It's ultimately unclear if this is the truth or not. In interviews and commentary the creators have remarked that the "eats his own shit" thing really isn't true and is just a mean rumor circulating among the other Ricks.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted. In the comics, it's revealed that unlike the Rick-Prime who could solve all the worlds problems but doesn't because he simply doesn't care, Doofus Rick in contrast uses his intellect resourcefully and cured cancer in his dimension.
  • Token Good Teammate: Every other Rick we saw before him is a jerk, even the non-evil ones. This one gets along very well with Jerry, while the other Ricks are so compelled to insult/deceive him that Main!Rick counts on them doing so while he evades them. This suggests the jerkiness of a Rick is directly tied to self-esteem; each of the other Ricks are conditioned to being far and away the smartest person in their universe, whereas Doofus Rick is conditioned to being far and away the stupidest person in the council. It may also have something to do with loneliness, as this Rick never had a family.

    Hammerhead Morty 
A Morty who has a hammer in place of where his head should be. Originally one of the Morties held captive by Evil Rick, he later partakes in the Citadel's battle against the Galactic Federation after Rick-Prime teleports the Citadel into a Galactic Prison.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: He has a hammer for a head.
  • The Bus Came Back: He first shows up as one of the many captured Morties in the Season 1 finale. He later returns in Season 3 "Rickshank Redemption" where he gets used by a Rick in the Citadel's battle against the Galactic Federation.
  • Human Shield: He used by one Rick as a shield against a Galactic Federation guard's gunfire.
  • Living Weapon: During the battle between the Citadel and the Galactic Federation, one Rick uses him to smash several Galactic a Federation prisoners along with being a Human Shield before said Rick gets killed.
  • Uncertain Doom: He sustains heavy injury when he gets used as a Human Shield, but it's unknown if he survived.

    Commander Rick 

    Rick J- 22
"All your lives are lies! Don't you get it?! They told us we were special because we were Ricks, but they stripped us of everything that made us unique!"
Soldier Rick: What are your demands?
Rick J-22: I-I-I want a portal gun. Unregistered, untraceable, with enough fluid to take me off this GOD DAMN PRISON!

A Rick who — despite apparently having the same IQ as the other Ricks — has been reduced to the role of a menial worker at a confection factory. He eventually snaps, killing his boss and holding Simple Rick hostage in exchange for a portal gun — hoping to escape the Citadel once and for all.

  • Almighty Janitor: Intelligent enough to improvise a weapon out of broken factory equipment and devious enough to recognize the "blender dimension" trap on sight, J-22 is clearly just as brilliant as the main Rick... and yet he's trapped in a boring job that could probably be performed by a monkey. And the same goes for just about all the other Ricks doing menial work for the Citadel.
  • Bald of Awesome: Unlike "our" Rick, he's lost a big chunk of his Spiky Hair, leaving him just about bald from the eyebrows up.
  • Going Postal: The action in J-22's plot begins when he finally snaps after years of demeaning work with no opportunities for promotion, tearing a piece of machinery off the assembly line and using it to murder his boss.
  • Hope Spot: After almost being arrested/killed by Rick policemen in a standoff, Rick D. Sanchez III, the factory's owner, escorts him out safely with the other citizens cheering him on. Outside, he is offered a car with the keys, and as he walks towards it while smiling, Rick D. Sanchez III shoots him in the back of the head with a stun gun, which leads to the Lotus-Eater Machine entry below.
  • Improvised Weapon: Uses the industrial "hole-puncher" from the assembly line as a bolt gun to shoot his boss with. In another show of his intelligence, he's even able to modify it with a trigger and an ammo clip in the short time it takes him to run from the assembly line to the office.
  • Legacy Character: After getting the previous Simple Rick killed, he's made into the new Simple Rick.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: He ends up being the new body used to create Simple Ricks wafers, reliving the very moment he was "freed" for the rest of his life.
  • Oh, Crap!: Suffers one of these moments when he realizes that literally everyone on the factory floor saw him killing his boss.
  • Passed-Over Promotion: It's clear from the look on his face that he was hoping to be promoted when the position of supervisor opened up; it's his disappointment over missing out — combined with his frustration at a complete newcomer getting the job — that prompts him to snap.
  • Pet the Dog: Maybe. He pushes Simple Rick through the portal from the portal gun he was given, only for it to kill him via blender dimension trap. J-22's words afterwords could mean either he suspected this outcome, or is simply mad that they tried to do that to a fellow Rick, so it's hard to say if he wanted to save Simple Rick or was simply using him to test the portal.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: J-22 ends up becoming the new source of flavoring for Simple Ricks wafers, though this time the flavor's based on achieving freedom from "the grand illusion" rather than enjoying the simple pleasures in life.
  • Screaming Warrior: Screams his head off while gunning down his boss. Unfortunately, this ends getting the attention of factory security.

    Rick C-60/Simple Rick 
"60 iterations of the central finite curve, there's a Rick that works more with wood than polarity plating. His name is Simple Rick but he's no dummy. He realised long ago that the greatest thing he'd ever create was his daughter."
Sam Elliot

A Rick with a notable absence of lofty ambitions in science and a great love for his family. His endorphins also happen to be the main ingredient in a popular candy franchise named after him. A version of him first appeared in the false memory of C-137 during his interrogation by the Galactic Federation.

  • Cruel Twist Ending: To his personal story at least. His dedication to his family lead to him getting abducted by the Wonka Rick and placed in a Lotus-Eater Machine, in order to have his brain fluids, which were perfect for use as an ingredient in his candy, drained. And then... he ultimately faces a really messy death, being killed by a trap meant for another Rick.
  • Family Versus Career: He chose family over science. Unfortunately it ended up dooming him through no fault of his own.
  • Good Parents: He loved his Beth to a greater degree than any other Rick seen so far, and gave up on his pursuit of strange science so he could raise her.
  • Human Resources: Essentially what he has been reduced to, as Wonka Rick harvests his brain fluids.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: He is hooked up to a machine that makes him constantly relive his happiest moments.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: He has been forcibly separated from the family he loved so much, as his endorphins are being drained and used for making Wonka Rick's most popular brand of candy. Even worse, he has no idea that this is happening to him as he is reliving the happiest moment in his life on a constant loop.
  • Real After All: C-137 Rick used parts of Simple Rick's predicament to outfox his Galactic Federation interrogator.
  • Token Good Teammate: While most Ricks are immoral at best and outright evil at worst, this Rick is one of the kindest Ricks in the entire Citadel who loves his family and puts them above his job. It's also this kindness that gets him roped into a Lotus-Eater Machine and eventually gets him killed.

    Rookie Rick and Officer Morty
Officer Morty: Lesson one, rookie, expect the unexpected.
Officer Morty: The election's got these yellow shirts more riled up than a picture-day Jessica.
Rookie Rick: That's pretty harsh, sir.
Officer Morty: So report me. Nobody gives a fuck.
Rookie Rick: Look, I'm just saying, it makes me a little sad to hear a Morty cop calling Mortys animals.
Officer Morty: Well, it makes me sad to hear another Rick cop buying into his sensitivity training.
Rookie Rick: Well, I'm glad to know there's more like me.
Officer Morty: Oh, there was one. Why do you think that seat was empty?

A Rick and Morty part of the Citadel's police force.

  • Berserk Button: Do not insinuate that Officer Morty is a sidekick to a Rick.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Officer Morty thinks very low of Rickless Mortys, despite the fact that he's Rickless himself, and goes ballistic when someone claims he's a sidekick to his partner Rick.
  • By-the-Book Cop: It's pretty clear that Police Rick is fresh out of police training and thus often tries to stick to what he learned during that time.
  • Dirty Cop: Officer Morty treats his fellow Mortys like animals and takes bribes from Big Morty, a gang leader.
  • Evil Counterpart: Officer Morty is this to C-137!Morty, being a jaded corrupt cop. Inverted with Rookie Rick, who possesses more empathy than C-137!Rick.
  • Fat Bastard: Officer Morty is more heavyset than the average Morty and also more cold.
  • Fat and Skinny: As said above, Officer Morty is fatter than most Mortys, whereas Rookie Rick has a typical Rick build.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Rookie Rick is the good cop while Officer Morty is the bad cop.
  • Good Is Not Soft: By the book or not, Rookie Rick has no qualms about shooting Mortys in self-defense. Even if the Morty in question is his partner. Even earlier than that, while shooting at Galactic Federation bug targets during target practice, he encounters one who's on crutches and seemingly unarmed. There was a brief pause before he shoots it like the rest.
  • Ironic Echo: After Officer Morty destroys the building with the bootleg Portal Gun fluid with the culprits still inside, he tells Rookie Rick that it's the same old story of "Mortys killing Mortys." After Rookie Rick kills Officer Morty and turns himself in, he tells another Officer Rick that it's the same old story of "Ricks killing Mortys."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Officer Morty may be cold, but he' still shown to care for Rookie Rick and beats up Big Morty and his guards when they threaten him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Officer Morty is arguably the most straightforwardly evil and dark character in the entire series.
  • Morality Pet: Rookie Rick is this to Officer Morty.
  • Redemption Rejection: After Rookie Rick puts his foot down about not taking money from the Big Morty, Officer Morty takes his side, but ultimately decides to kill both the drug lord and his partner to keep his corruption a secret. Rookie Rick was too quick on the draw though.
  • Suicide by Cop: Officer Morty's death could be interpreted like that, what with him shooting a disarmed and pinned down Big Morty before turning the gun on Rookie Rick, giving the latter enough time to react.
  • Swapped Roles: As described in other entries, Cop Morty is bitter, jaded and amoral whereas Cop Rick is naive, caring, and tries to do the right thing.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Officer Morty is not much better than the criminal Mortys running around in Morty Town and it's suggested he killed his previous partners who weren't willing to cooperate before Rookie Rick.
  • Token Good Teammate: In contrast, Rookie Rick might as well be one of the nicest (or at least, the most morally upright) Ricks in the Citadel, even after Officer Morty makes him more jaded.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Rookie Rick is on the business end of two of those, once from a random thug Morty, and once from his partner (assuming his breakdown was insincere). He gets caught off-guard the first time, and catches up the second.

     Rick D716, D716-B, D716-C / Reporter Rick 

A group of Ricks who report the news for the Citadel.

  • Clone Degeneration: A dimensional variant. Rick D716 looks normal, but D716-B has a disfigured scar down his right eye. He quips that it "must be nice" when the original introduces himself as just plain Rick D716. Both of them look down on Rick D716-C, whose entire right half of his face is horribly disfigured and whose right eye is lower than the left.
    D716-B: That fucking guy...
    D716: Tell me about it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rick is still Rick, so even when reporting the news, they'll throw in their disdain for the topic.
  • Kent Brockman News: Like many Ricks, these Ricks are clearly biased against Morty, as they openly make fun of the Morty running for President. While showing footage of his campaign, they mock him by thinking his speech was about how he was clearly going to lose.

    Slick Morty, Reptile Morty, Glasses Morty, and Fat Morty
Slick Morty: I say we make our last day count. I say... we go to the Wishing Portal.
Slick Morty: Morty wishes never come true. Not on the Citadel.
Reptile Morty: Then why did you bring us here?
Slick Morty: Because I wish that would change. I wish anything about this life would change.

Four Mortys who journeyed into the outskirts of the newly-constructed Citadel to search for the fabled Wishing Portal.

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Slick Morty's wish in the Wishing Portal is for things to change in the Citadel. Then Evil Morty becomes President and takes over the Shadow Council of Ricks, which is probably going From Bad to Worse.
  • Covert Pervert: Glasses Morty, whose wish is that incest porn had more mainstream appeal. For a friend.
  • Drama Queen: Slick Morty, which is justified since he's part of an experimental line of Mortys with a "drama implant".
    Slick: How do you think it feels, Fat Morty? To know that no matter where I go, I'll always be the one that makes everyone sad... and a little bored.
  • Driven to Suicide: Slick Morty commits suicide by throwing himself into the Wishing Portal, in the hopes that by sacrificing himself, his wish that things would change on the Citadel would come true. Also probably because of his drama implant.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Fat Morty says that he thought he was referred to as "Left Handed Morty".
  • Fat Best Friend: Fat Morty, who thought he was Left Handed Morty.
  • The Jinx: Slick Morty has gotten five Ricks killed through various means, more than anyone in his class, though it's questionable how much of this is actually his fault as opposed to the other Ricks just blaming him.
  • LEGO Genetics: Reptile Morty was spliced with reptile DNA.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Since they're all named Morty, they gave themselves nicknames to differentiate themselves.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Reptile Morty has an extremely long tongue befitting his mutation. He uses it in place of his hand when the group decide to visit the wishing portal.
  • Shout-Out: Their entire premise borrows from the plot of the Stephan King novel "Stand By Me". Three of the four even look similar to the actors that were in the movie. Except Reptile Morty for... well, obvious reasons.
  • True Companions: All four of them go to the same school for Morty re-education, and seem to be pretty close friends.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Slick Morty commits suicide after appearing in a few scenes of his debut episode.

    Campaign Manager Morty 

A Morty in charge of helping his presidential candidate Morty get elected.

  • Conspicuously Public Assassination: He tries to kill Candidate Morty in public, but he fails.
  • The Eeyore: He kept telling Candidate Morty to throw in the towel and quit since he didn't believe that he had a chance. Candidate Morty eventually fired him after he exceeded everyone's expectations and succeeded by going against his advice.
  • His Name Is...: After getting fired by his candidate, he learns that the Morty he was trying to get elected was actually Evil Morty and tries to assassinate him, but fails and gets jettisoned into space before he can spill the beans.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After receiving intelligence that Candidate Morty is actually Evil Morty, he decides to try and assassinate him in public. Not only does he fail to kill Evil Morty, but in doing so possibly got him elected out of sympathy for the botched assassination. He's then spaced before he can reveal the secret to anyone else.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If it weren't for him botching the assassination attempt, Candidate Morty might not have gotten elected president and the entire Citadel would've remained mostly the same. He didn't even have to try and kill him; leaking the photographs to the very establishment media would have been enough.

    Big Morty 

A druglord Morty who runs a strip club known as The Creepy Morty.

  • Boom, Headshot!: How Cop Morty kills him.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: He threatens to kill Rookie Rick, unless he takes the offered bribe money.
  • Mister Big: He's called Big Morty despite being as short as most Mortys. Lampshaded in an exchange with Officer Morty.
    Officer Morty: Not so big now, are you?
    Big Morty: I never was! It was figurative!
  • Porn Stache: He has a wispy mustache that's only half grown in. It helps emphasize both his sliminess and the sliminess of the business he runs.
  • Slime Ball: He's a drug lord who owns a strip club called "The Creepy Morty", sliminess oozes off him even if he doesn't get much screen time.

    Slow Rick/Tall Morty 

A Rick who has the mannerisms, appearance and slowness of a Morty... maybe slower.


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