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Rick and Morty is a comic series based on Rick and Morty published by Oni Press.

The series started following a Rick and Morty from an Alternate Dimension called Dimension C-132, so that the creators could do what they wanted without worrying about Continuity Snarls with the original show.

From the 11th issue onwards, the series changed focus to portraying the off-screen adventures of the original Rick and Morty from the television series.


Spin-Off series include:

  • Rick and Morty: Lil’ Poopy Superstar (2016) – Focuses on Summer having adventures with Mr. Poopybutthole.
  • Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It (2017) – A miniseries based on the Pocket Mortys mobile game.
  • Rick and Morty Presents (2018-) – A series of one-shots about the past of various characters
  • Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons (2018-2019) – Co-published with IDW Publishing with the Sanchez family delving into a game of Dungeons & Dragons
    • Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons II: Painscape (2019-) - A sequel with Rick's old characters invading his world.


Rick & Morty contains *URP* the following tropes, bitch!!:

  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: After being goaded into an argument with Jerry about the 'noble nature' of sports, Rick takes Jerry and Morty to the biggest game in the Galaxy, where parents bet on their children as they fight to the death. Then, after getting into an argument with another fan, Rick bets that Morty could win the next match.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: The "Rick and Morty Presents" spinoff line of comics does this with many of the side characters it focuses on:
    • The All New All Different Vindicators get Adaptational Heroism and Adaptational Nice Guy, as they are a lot more heroic and considerate than the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing originals (with the exception of Noob-Noob, who becomes the Big Bad, Boon, in a case of Adaptational Villainy).
    • In "Auto Erotic Assimilation", the Hive Mind Unity is referred to with gender-neutral pronouns, but in its issue here, where it almost-exclusively uses its main female body from that episode, it's referred to with female pronouns and called Rick's "girlfriend". In the series, Unity is implied to have Single-Target Sexuality for Rick (calling itself "yours, and nobody else's"), but in the comic, it has at least four other ex-boyfriends. While the Unity of the TV series is actually surprisingly benevolent and well-meaning, it gets a major case of Adaptational Jerkass and Adaptational Villainy here, being very selfish and prioritizing its ambition above all else, and manipulating and coercing its ex-boyfriends to help with its plans.
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  • Adding Insult to Injury: After enslaving all of the Ricks in the Council, Doofus Jerry orders them all to address him as the "Miggity Miggity Miggity Mack", disintegrating a Rick who refuses to do so.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: There is a sign at Rickworld that says it has been 23 days since the last robot malfunction murder rebellion.
  • Always Someone Better: Jerry J19ζ7, a.k.a. "Doofus Jerry", is this for every other version of himself. In the same vein that Doofus Rick is looked down upon by other Ricks for being a genuinely nice person and possibly not as intelligent as the others, Doofus Jerry is the exact opposite of a normal Jerry. He's an evil, cunning, always-successful Manipulative Bastard whose business savvy and ambition make him a masterful tactician capable of single-handedly taking down the Council of Ricks.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Doofus Jerry’s hunger for achievement and his desire for greatness is tireless. In his dimension, he is the literal definition of success.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: One issue insinuates that Summer is this, although it's also possible that she's only lesbian in that alternate dimension and Summer Prime really is straight or at least bi.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • In an inversion, Rick calling out Morty for always asking for help in issue 31:
    Rick: grandpa, pick me up from the mall. grandpa, help me with my homework. Grandpa, help me fight a giant kaiju monster because I’m a f&#*ing dum-dum
    • The Facist dimension in issue 29 is caused by centuries of income inequality and poverty that dipshits can use to turn folks against each other. A nearby planet that’s been at war for millennia full of immigrants and refugees who are just trying to find a better life. A history of intellectuals wiped out by lies. Some Weimar republic shit. Even unimaginative graphic design.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other
    • Rick is arguably even crueler to Morty in the comics than he is in the main TV series, but he still gets many Pet the Dog moments that show how much he actually cares, and he even keeps a picture in his wallet of himself with a baby Morty.
    • While fighting the Gorpathians together, the Smiths remember loving and happy memories they have of each other.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Rick once abandoned his workers on a dinosaur island for twenty years. After they catch him, instead of killing him, they just demand a way off (even going so far as to chastise the one survivor who keeps threatening torture). By the end, they are all eaten by dinosaurs, and Rick, Summer and Morty get off the island scot free.
    Rick: G-Good work, kids. You just saved me a ton in likely workplace lawsuits. Y-y-y-you want to see some real bloodthirsty carnivores? Get tied up with some labor attorneys.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: The asteroid on which Jerryboree is situated more or less qualifies.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Mr. Hapsburg comes across as a kindly old man who loves horses, but like Rick, he abandoned his wife and child then attempted to have his son Follow in My Footsteps without bothering to know if he wanted to or could.
  • Born Winner: Doofus Jerry is definitely this. He's even the literal definition of success.
  • Breakingthe Fourth Wall: After an Offscreen Moment of Awesome car chase, the Meeseeks tells the reader they should put it on the wiki.
  • Call-Back: The Emerald City Comic Con exclusive cover for #1 of the official comic has cameos from Mr. Meeseeks, the guy from the Gear Wars, one of the anthropomorphic Pop-Tarts, and Gazorpazorpfield (in the form of a tattoo).
  • Chekhov's Gunman: A few people from the series or from previous issues of the comics make unexpected reappearances later on:
    • Jerry is shown to occasionally meet up with Rick J19ζ7, otherwise known as "Doofus Rick", in the latter's dimension for occasional "Best Friend Days". While Dimension J19ζ7 doesn't have a native Beth, Summer, or Morty since Doofus Rick never had his own children, Jerry is not related to Rick by blood, and as such, there is a "Doofus Jerry", who captures Jerry Prime and Doofus Rick and becomes the Big Bad of one storyline.
    • After Rick crosses the galactic crime lord Party Dog in Issue 39, Party Dog assembles the Rick Revenge Squad in Issue 41 to take him down, which is made up entirely of these:
      • Peacock Jones is framed by Rick for the latter's drug trafficking ring and arrested in Issue 19 after trying to rape Summer, and the Meeseeks who acts as a mule for the drugs is also arrested. It turns out that the two of them have become friends in prison, and Party Dog breaks them both out to join the Squad.
      • In Issue 27, Rick and Morty look after the Martian Princess Decoria until she can go home, but she commits a Heroic Sacrifice and dies defending Morty, Summer, and Rick from a spider monster. It turns out that her brother, Prince Detrar, blames them for this and joined the Squad to get back at Rick and avenge her death.
      • In the series, right before he dies, Krombopulous Michael is shown to have a lover whose picture he keeps in a locket. Issue 34, which is about Michael's origin story, shows that this was his wife, Krombopulous Amy, who is told that Rick was responsible for her husband's death and decides to take up killing to avenge him.
    • Party Dog himself is defeated by another Chekhov's Gunman: when none of the Smiths can bring themselves to kill Party Dog (since he's, well, a dog), Rick hops dimensions and gets Snuffles/Snowball from "Lawnmower Dog" to resolve the issue.
    • Peacock Jones becomes this a second time: after the Rick Revenge Squad fails to kill Rick, Peacock is the only one who survives the encounter and escapes in Issue 42. He returns in the "Rickoning" storyline starting in Issue 56 for another revenge attempt on Rick.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • When Morty asks Doofus Jerry where his mother is, he replies that she's in the bedroom, but Morty shouldn’t go in there, lest he sees something he really doesn’t want to. Morty thinks he's talking about the The Golden Girls' buttholes.
    • Deconstructed when Morty doesn’t realize he's talking to a walrus version of Rick. This level of stupidity just disgusts the original Rick.
      Rick: I mean, it’s literally—-No. I’m not gonna walk you through this. You shouldn’t need me to. If it’s not perfectly obvious to you, I need to reassess who I’m taking with me on adventures.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Rick does this a lot, seen most notably with some of the members of the Rick Revenge Squad:
    • A literal one in the case of "Mr. Sick"; he's a Meeseeks whom Rick originally creates to be a drug mule in a trafficking ring he's running. When he abandons this ring and frames Peacock Jones for running it to get him arrested, the Meeseeks is also arrested before he can fulfill his purpose, leaving him unable to die and living for years when he was meant to just live for minutes, turning him into Mr. Sick and giving him the desire to murder his creator so he can disappear.
    • It turns out that, years ago, Krombopulous Michael heeded Rick's advice and fell in love and got married. When his wife, Krombopulous Amy, is informed of his death in Issue 34, all she's told is that Rick had something to do with it (even though, as we know from "Mortynight Run" and as Rick later tells Amy himself, Morty was the one who was actually (inadvertently) responsible). Unfortunately, she turns out to be a master assassin as well.
    • Downplayed with Peacock Jones, who, even before meeting Rick, is already a sleazy Casanova Wannabe who expects and demands sex from his female traveling companions and is willing to rape them if they refuse. However, once Rick frames him for his own drug trafficking ring and gets him thrown in jail in retribution for Jones planning to rape Summer, Jones becomes more and more obsessed with getting revenge on Rick, first by joining the Rick Revenge Squad and later by working with the IllumiRicki and targeting Morty.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Morty considers it a win that Rick would rather kill a bunch of robot doppelgangers of him at Rickworld than him specifically.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In Issue 22, Rick tells Morty that he's tried several times to kill Doofus Jerry, but to no success. He decides that no one should have to live in a world dominated by a Jerry, and plans to use a neutrino bomb to destroy everything.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Knowing that the dinosaurs in his island were specifically bred to be subservient to him, Summer dresses up as Rick to rescue him from the angry workers he’d abandoned there. She and Morty don’t realize that a bunch of huge carnivores would eat them until after it had happens.
  • Doctor Whomage:
    • Doctor Tock (who provides the trope's image) is a Hero Antagonist who travels through time and space with the mission of arresting those who abuse time and space. He looks like a cross between the First Doctor's elderly appearance with the Sixth Doctor's multicolored clothes.
    • Peacock Jones is an alien adventurer who travels across space in a magic elevator who seeks out female companions to take on adventurers. He expects and insists upon earning sexual favors in exchange for taking them on his adventures. If they die, he immediately looks for the next sexy companion and carries on. This is a jab at how the newer Doctors usually have had at least one female companion at one point or another to accompany them.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Doofus Jerry could be seen as this, since it means there's at least one Jerry that can take Rick down a peg.
  • Enemy Mine: To defeat Doofus Jerry, Rick is forced to call the aid of the Citadel of Ricks. Unfortunately, this still doesn't work, and Doofus Jerry just defeats all of them.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: In one issue, Rick thinks that Morty's new friend Nestor is an alien. It turns out that Nestor and his father are perfectly human; it's his mom that’s the alien.
  • Evil Is Petty: Rick's old drinking buddy has been dethroned and imprisoned by the new queen that Rick told him not to marry. Rick risks not only his own life, but Morty’s as wellnote  just to deliver a letter to the king telling him that he told him so.
  • Fate Worse than Death
    • According to Rick, no one should have to live in a world where a Jerry can beat a Rick.
    • Averted in another instance: Death and child molestation are the only things worse than Gorpathian Anal Probing.
  • For Want of a Nail: When Summer thinks her popular alternate is popular because she's lesbian, Rick sets her straight: Popular!Summer is so well-liked because her version of Beth is allergic to red wine. Thus, this version of Summer grew up with a mother who wasn't a drunk and was incredibly supportive of her daughter, and has a lot more confidence and self-esteem as a result. Furthermore, Morty doesn't exist in this dimension since Beth never drunkenly allowed Jerry to impregnate her again.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Rick frames Peacock Jones for his own drug operation, getting him arrested and thrown in prison for it, after Jones tries to rape Rick's granddaughter.
  • Groin Attack: The Jerry robots at Rickworld allow the Ricks to do this to them.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Rick seems to have a thing for redheads.
  • Hidden Depths: The Jerry from Dimension C-132 is shown to be an exceptional gambler.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Jerry proves to be a very good gambler, causing him to receive the interest of a powerful mob family who decides to follow his system. Rick turns Jerry in for gambling fraud, resulting in his hands being cut off, and on the way home, Rick calls Jerry out not only for cheating (which he didn’t) but also for gambling in the first place. However, it turns out that by turning Jerry in, Rick not only received reward money, but all of Jerry’s winnings as well. He'd also already fixed the game.
      Rick: Well, yeah, MUTHAF*CKAAAAZZ. You don’t think the old Rickster’s gonna get his beak wet?!
      Jerry: But after all that about my…
      Rick: The difference between you and me, Jerry —- aside from the ability to comb my hair —- is “planning”. I make my own luck.
    • Beth has a lot of issues from Rick abandoning her during her childhood, resulting in her attempts to get him to stick around even though his presence damages the family. Yet when Mr. Hapsburg’s son shuts down the company specifically because his father did the same thing to him, she tries to get him to reconsider, telling him that St. Equis Hospital is a family and while they do put in a lot of hours and there are sacrifices, they save lives. This line says it best:
      Beth: Mr. Hapsburg, I have sympathy for you too. I know what it’s like to come from a broken family—my dad was gone for over twenty years. But I also know we chose our actions and our actions are who we are. I chose to be the type of person who kept things alive, not to shut them down.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In issue 35, Rick tells Summer and Morty about how, when he ripped off Jurassic Park, his investors got cold feet and dropped out. Just as he's complaining about how low it is to just run off and leave someone hanging, he, Summer, and Morty encounter workers that Rick himself abandoned there when the park was shut down.
  • Impossible Insurance: When Pickle Rick lasers a mook's legs off at the knees and leaves him for dead, the man's insurance calls it an act of god and won’t cover his disability.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: After they escape a bunch of raptors, Morty calls them Idontthinktheysaurus. Summer promptly has a Lame Pun Reaction.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Seconds after Rick tells Summer there's no such thing as ghosts, the ship they're on becomes flooded with them.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: In issue 37, after Morty locks himself in his room for a week, Rick and Beth start panicking that he’s gotten past the parental controls.
  • Kill and Replace: Summer attempts to do this to a popular alternate version of herself, though thankfully she doesn't succeed.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When the Meeseeks escapes prison, the guard viciously beats his legless cellmate, who stayed behind, not wanting to get in trouble. Once the guard's finished, he realizes that the Meeseeks, on its way out, let all of the other prisoners out of their cells.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo : Pickles the Drummer pops up occasionally as an extra.
  • Origins Episode: Issue 34 is this for Krombopulous Michal. He got his name when he was recruited for a government strike force. Since they already had a Michael, the commander started calling him Krombopulous Michal after his birth town to distinguish them. He became a hired assassin because, on the night before the mission, Micheal was unwilling to wait, entered the compound, and killed everyone himself. The next day, after seeing the level of devastation he left, the rest of the strike force refused to work with him, so he went freelance.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Like in the main series, while Jerry is cowardly, he'll become this to protect his family:
      • Upon finding out that Morty has been kidnapped by drug lords in Issue 18, he doesn’t hesitate to pick up a gun and demand that Rick take him to go rescue Morty.
      • When Doofus Jerry has the rest of his family cornered and is about to shoot them, Jerry Prime tries to fight him to protect them, despite knowing he has no chance.
      • In issue 31, when the family is abducted by aliens, Jerry doesn’t hesitate to step up to be the first for the Anal Probing. Even Beth is surprised.
    Beth: Geez, Jerry really throwing yourself on the proverbial sword there, eh?
    • Also like the main series, Rick has his moments. He is livid when his Morty is shot by an alternate Jerry in a hostage situation and immediately tries to kill Jerry for this, defeats Peacock Jones and frames him for drug trafficking after Jones threatens to rape Summer, puts Summer in a pocket dimension to keep Doofus Jerry away from her, immediately tries to fight Doofus Jerry again after the latter easily defeats Morty, and goes from admiring Party Dog's lieutenants to killing all of them after they take Morty hostage.
  • Parental Abandonment: There is a gang of Mortys whose Ricks had so much fun at Rickworld that they forgot they left them at Mortyland.
  • Parental Neglect: In Issue 37, Beth notices that Morty has locked himself in his room for a week, but not that Summer has been missing for days.
  • Poisonous Captive: Issue 51 reveals that every time Jerry dies, he asks Death a bunch of pointless questions until Death gets annoyed and resurrects him.
  • Poisonous Person: Rick's old drinking buddy has been dethroned and imprisoned by the new queen that Rick told him not to marry. Rick takes Morty on a mission to restore his buddy's throne, supposedly because Morty's such a great travel companion. Of course, Rick doesn't tell Morty that the aliens on this planet are very germ-phobic and he's inoculated Morty with dozens of infectious diseases to sneak by them. It's not like Morty's going to DIE or anything... probably.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Just like with the TV series, while none of the main characters are actually raped, even attempts or plans to do so are treated seriously with all the disgust and horror they deserve.
    • Doofus Jerry from Dimension J19ζ7 invades the Prime dimension and has the hots for both Beth Prime and Summer Prime, leading to cases with both of them:
      • The comic averts Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi that might come from an alternate Evil Twin of Jerry replacing the Prime version of him; when Beth learns that the man she almost slept with isn't her Jerry, she's horrified and devastated at what she almost did.
      • Doofus Jerry's amorous desires for Summer don't seem to be put off when he learns that, biologically, she's his daughter, and Rick later puts her in a pocket dimension to protect her, implying that Doofus Jerry indeed might have eventually forced himself on her otherwise.
    • "Creepy sex monster" Peacock Jones is also depicted as a particularly vile villain. He threatens to rape Summer when she refuses to have sex with him (which he demands in return for taking her on an adventure), and Rick frames him for drug trafficking and gets him thrown in prison in response. When he later joins the Rick Revenge Squad, he asks where Summer is with the heavy implication that he plans to attack and rape her, and Beth is frantic and runs off to protect her at the first opportunity she gets.
  • Seen It All: Lesbian Summer has repeatedly had to fend off alternate versions of herself trying to Kill and Replace her for her happy life.
  • Self-Deprecation: Issue 40 features an extended, none-too-subtle dissection of the "Pickle Rick" meme.
    Morty: I-I don't get the point of the transformations, Rick.
    Rick: Wh-what's to get, Morty? They're frickin' hilarious. Funny equals ratings. Ratings equals orbs.
    Morty: Th-They're not that funny, though, Rick. Comedically, it's real low-hanging fruit. I-I-I mean, all you do is turn into something, then yell what it is and then you add your name. It's pretty basic. Like, maybe it's a little absurdist, but it's really just playing to the lowest commone denominator, you know?
    Rick: You ever think maybe you're not smart enough to get the subtle references I-I'm making here, Morty?
    Morty: Yeah, I don't think that's it.
  • Squick: In-universe: When Rick puts Summer in a pocket dimension for her own protection from Doofus Jerry, Morty—who's wearing the pocket dimension around his neck—didn’t know that she could see out of it, and has repeatedly had A Date with Rosie Palms while she desperately tries to block it out and not look.
  • Stupid Evil: In issue 35, Summer and Morty realize that the workers that Rick once abandoned just want to get off the island, and convince Rick to negotiate with them. But when the workers try to sedate him and fail, he starts bragging about his Acquired Poison Immunity, so they just shoot more darts at him until he does pass out. He then continues to taunt them when he wakes up.
  • Take That!:
  • Talking Appliance Sidekick: Rick turns all the household appliances into this in issue 17.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Morty takes Hormone-Addled Teenager too far sometimes. For example, in issue 46, he makes out with Queen Pobblewobble, even though he knows it would be a death sentence.
  • Trauma Button: A homeless man has P.P.T.S.D Post-Pickle-Traumatic Stress Disorder after Pickle Rick cut off his legs.
  • Underestimating Badassery: All of the Ricks (C-137 and the members of the Citadel of Ricks) to Doofus Jerry. C-137 prepares to easily deal with Doofus Jerry, even delighting in the chance to beat him up, only for Doofus Jerry to wipe the floor with him multiple times. When he calls the Council of Ricks for help as a result, they taunt him for needing help dealing with a Jerry...and then Doofus Jerry defeats all of them and takes over the Citadel. In fact, he's so badass that he's only defeated by a Deus ex Machina in the form of a complete accident by Main!Jerry.
  • Villainous Incest: Upon invading the Prime dimension, Doofus Jerry clearly has lecherous desires for both Beth and Summer. When he finds out that Summer's his biological daughter, he doesn't seem all that deterred, noting that he's done worse things. Rick later puts Summer in a pocket dimension to keep her safe from Doofus Jerry.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In Issue 21, after getting fed up with his whole family making fun of him, Jerry goes to Dimension J19ζ7 to hang out with Doofus Rick, and Doofus Jerry sees footage of them and has them both brought to his office. He shows Jerry Prime how much he's achieved and how he's the richest man on Earth, and offers to trade his successful life to Jerry in exchange for his interdimensional technology. Despite being wowed by the amazing opportunity, Jerry refuses the offer, deciding that he wants to stay with his wife and kids.

Tropes in the Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons

  • Crazy-Prepared: Jerry masters a banishment spell that would allow him to send his family back home; while he trusts the Dungeon Master in general, he doesn't trust him enough to leave his family’s life in someone else's hands.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Despite everyone telling him how useless Abjuration is, Jerry, a.k.a. Kiir Bravian, is repeatedly shown to be utterly badass.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Summer performs a suicidal charge to allow the others to save a bunch of children from being sacrificed.
  • Hidden Depths: Jerry C-137 actually turns out to be a great Dungeons and Dragons player.

Alternative Title(s): Rick And Morty, Rick And Morty Oni Press


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