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Rick and Morty is a comic series based on the Rick and Morty cartoon 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.

The main series has a total of 60 issues, with the final issue released on March 25, 2020. 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 (2019-2020) - A sequel with Rick's old characters invading his world.
  • Rick and Morty: Council of Ricks (2020) - One shot about Rick being hired by Prime Rickminister to figure out who is behind the creation of counterfeit Ricks and selling them to planets.
  • Rick and Morty: Go to Hell (2020-) - A series about Rick and Morty going to Hell.
  • Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets (2022) - A series about Morty agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of a new mobile app without first reading what he is agreeing to. The result: Rick And Morty are exploited by an intergalactic corporation run by an old enemy from the show's fourth season.

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.
  • 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.
  • Alternate Universe: Most of the issues take place in this relative to the TV show, with alternate (although still extremely similar) versions of Rick and Morty. While it's unknown exactly what the number is of the universe where TV-show Rick and Morty currently live, it's implied to be a "C" universe; meanwhile, the comicsverse seems to be the "B" universe with that same number, based on Rick's comments in the "Rickoning" final storyline.note 
    • At the very least, Rick and Morty of this universe appear to have many of the same enemies as the TV series (e.g. Supernova, Lucius Needful, Tammy and Phoenix Person), as indicated at the ending of Issue 42. Issue 56 also confirms that comicsverse Rick destroyed this universe's version of the Galactic Federation, too.
    • One clear sign that it's a different universe is that some of the above-mentioned similar enemies and events happen in Season 3 of the show, during which Beth and Jerry are divorced; once they get back together at the end of that season, they have a much smoother and healthier marriage from then on. In the comicsverse, Jerry and Beth never break up and continue to have a rocky, up-and-down (but mostly unhappy) relationship throughout the comic's run, similar to that of the first two seasons of the show.
  • 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 Comics Summer really is straight or at least bi (likely the latter, based on the main series).
  • 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.
    • In Issue 56, when Peacock Jones mentions his vendetta against Rick to his fellow bar patrons, several of them turn out to have similar grudges. One guy hates Rick for collapsing the Galactic Federation, since it meant he had to start working in a Plumbus factory to support his family. Another is mad that Rick destroyed his armada. And as for the bartender? He resents Rick for drinking him dry, then refusing to tip him.
  • 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.
    • For the comic series as a whole, though it's more of a case of "The Antagonists Win" since Rick himself is pretty bad too: the real IllumiRicki successfully destroys the universe of the comics-verse Rick and Morty with their universe-destroying bomb, by all appearances killing them, the rest of their version of the Smith family, and everyone else in it.
  • Barrier Warrior: Rick gives Morty a personal Deflector Shield in Issue 56. Though Morty doesn't actually get to control it in any way, and Rick instead just uses him a Human Shield.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: The asteroid on which Jerryboree is situated more or less qualifies.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After one harrowing, near-death adventure too many, Morty demands that Rick give him something to protect him. Rick just gives Morty a belt that acts as a deflector shield, and then uses him as a Human Shield. Morty is quick to call him out on this.
  • 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.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: After an Offscreen Moment of Awesome car chase, the Meeseeks tells the reader they should put it on the wiki.
  • Call-Back:
  • 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 Comics Jerry 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, Krombopulos 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, Krombopulos 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.
    • A double whammy in Issue 58: Rick knows that he and Jerry alone will not be able to get through Jones's trap to rescue Morty, so he recruits the Ball Fondlers (Rick's, Morty's, and Summer's favorite superheroes, who have a TV show and even movies made about them) and Jaguar (from "Pickle Rick") to help them.
  • 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.
    • Deconstruction 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, Krombopulos Michael heeded Rick's advice and fell in love and got married. When his wife, Krombopulos 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.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: After being defeated, Sleepy Gary helps Jerry get over him by rewriting Jerry’s memories so he believes Gary kidnapped him at gunpoint.
  • 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 on his island were specifically bred to be subservient to him, Summer dresses up as Rick to command the dinos and rescue the real Rick from the angry workers he once abandoned there. She and Morty don’t realize that the huge carnivores will eat the workers until after it happens.
    • The family is playing a game with Pokémon expies, and ask Rick to make the Mons real. Said Mons then proceed to attack all of them and nearly destroy the house.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: What Peacock Jones turns out to be in "The Rickoning" five-part Grand Finale. He kidnaps Morty as part of a plan for revenge on Rick at the end of the first part, but is killed by Summer and Beth near the end of the third part, leaving the IllumiRicki to serve as the Final Boss in the last two issues.
  • Distressed Dude: Both Rick and Morty become this sometimes:
    • Morty is the more common target, since Rick's enemies often try to use Morty against him. Most notably, he gets taken hostage at gunpoint in Issues 9 and 39, and is outright kidnapped in Issues 18 and 57.
    • Rick gets captured by Dictator Morty of Dimension 304-X, and by his former employees of his dinosaur park, requiring his grandkids to save him both times.
  • 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.
    • Peacock Jones, after planning multiple separate times to rape Summer and perving on both her and Beth, kidnaps both of them and chains them up, with clear intentions of sexually assaulting them. The two women use their chains to choke and decapitate him.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: In the final issue, Rick kills off all the members of the IllumiRicki, but spares the two Doofus Ricks who acted as their servants. After Rick's universe is destroyed, it's revealed that these two and other Doofus Ricks are the real IllumiRicki who plotted the whole thing, and the Ricks that our Rick killed were essentially their puppets who acted as the face of the organization.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi: After Rick resurrects him in order to create a parasite antidote, Sleepy Gary runs away with Jerry after rewriting his memories to make Jerry love him.
  • Downer Ending: The main line of comics gets one when The Bad Guy Wins: the Rick and Morty of the comics, who are apparently not the Rick and Morty of the TV series after all—or, at least, not for the final five-part storyline and several other stories connected to it—are killed when their entire universe is ripped apart by the universe-destroying bomb, and it's revealed that Rick was Out-Gambitted by the true IllumiRicki, and the bomb was never defusable to begin with.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Considering the Black Comedy nature of the series, this happens quite a bit:
    • Just after Dictator Morty and Rebel Summer from Dimension 304-X finally reconcile, their Jerry crashes into the room in a tank, which runs over, smushes, and kills them both.
    • Doubles as a Deus ex Machina for how Doofus Jerry is killed. He has the whole Comicsverse Smith-Sanchez family cornered and has basically won, even punching Jerry when the latter tries to fight back and causing him to vomit. Said vomit contains portal juice that Jerry accidentally drank earlier, which opens a portal and releases a giant worm from nowhere that quickly and unceremoniously crushes Doofus Jerry.
    • Rick, Jerry, Jaguar, and the Ball Fondlers fight through all of Peacock's traps to reach the man himself so they can rescue Morty...only to get there and find that Peacock has been Killed Offscreen by Beth and Summer, who garroted and beheaded him with a chain after he kidnapped them.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Rick averts Bad People Abuse Animals by refusing to kill Party Dog after the family defeats his minions, citing that you'd have to be a monster to kill a dog. Since no one else is willing to kill Party Dog, either, Rick ends up summoning Snowball to resolve the issue.
  • 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.
    • In Issue 40, Rick enters himself and Morty into a Deadly Game where the prize is a visit to an insanely fancy resort...all so he can kill an Upper-Class Twit who once bumped into him and didn’t say "Excuse me."
  • 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.
  • Grand Finale: "The Rickoning" five-part storyline serves as this to the main-line series, making up the final five issues (56-60).
  • Groin Attack: The Jerry robots at Rickworld allow the Ricks to do this to them.
  • Has a Type: Rick has a thing for redheads.
  • Hidden Depths: Jerry is shown to be an exceptional gambler.
  • Hope Spot: After the IllumiRicki sends a universe-destroying bomb, with anti-portal technology attached, to Rick's and Morty's universe, Rick kills most of them and tries to force the sole survivor to tell him how to defuse it; he tells them that it requires "Rick's heart" to disarm. It later turns out that this is a lie, and defusing the bomb is Unwinnable by Design. The Doofus Ricks who make up the true IllumiRicki lampshade this, noting that you'd think one of the Ricks would eventually figure out that there's no way to stop a bomb that destroys the universe, since that's the whole point of them.
  • 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.
  • The Illuminati: The final arc introduces one of these made up of various Ricks, called the IllumiRicki. As it turns out, the initial Ricks we meet in this group are just a front, and the true IllumiRicki is made up of the Doofus Ricks who put on the appearance of being their servants.
  • 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.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Morty is ranting furiously at Rick for risking his life just to get the universe's best soda, insisting that it wasn't worth it. Rick lets him try some, and it's so delicious that Morty immediately changes his mind and concedes that it was worth it, though he's still adamant about getting some form of protection.
  • 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.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: Whenever he shows up to rescue his various family members, Rick—in his typical Tsundere fashion—will often claim that he has other motives for coming there and is just saving them because they happen to be there too. Sometimes this actually seems to be true, but other times, it's clear that he's full of it, and still other times, he doesn't bother with the pretense at all.
  • Kill and Replace: Summer attempts to do this to a popular alternate version of herself, though thankfully she doesn't succeed.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: After they escape a bunch of raptors, Morty calls them Idontthinktheysaurus. Summer promptly has a lame reaction.
  • 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.
  • Logical Weakness: The Sleepy Gary spin-off issue shows that the brain parasites can’t imprint knowledge that a person doesn’t have.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The IllumiRicki that the readers originally see—the members of whom Rick eventually kills—are actually just puppets of the real leaders, a committee of several different Doofus Ricks, not unlike how the Council of Ricks is just a front group for the Shadow Council that truly runs things.
  • Origins Episode:
    • Issue 34 is this for Krombopulos Michael. He got his name when he was recruited for a government strike force. Since they already had a Michael, the commander started calling him Krombopulos Michael 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.
    • Issue 44 is explicitly called "Origin of the Vindicators". The TV episode "Vindicators 3: The Return of World Ender" is revealed to be named so because it's the third time the Vindicators have assembled; Vindicators 1 was one of Rick's and Morty's offscreen adventures that they allude to multiple times, and they find out that Vindicators 2 happened without them. This comic issue covers Vindicators 1, showing how Rick and Morty met them and what happened on that adventure (which is explicitly stated by the narrator at the beginning).
  • Out-Gambitted: Multiple cases in Issue #60:
    • The IllumiRicki send their universe-destroying bomb to Rick's and Morty's universe, only for the two of them to immediately show up at their location, where Rick promptly kills all but one of them with the pins they're wearing. Rick claims that he created the IllumiRicki because he knew some versions of himself would eventually form one anyway, so he wanted to do it himself so he'd have more control over and knowledge of what they were up to.
    • Rick himself gets this from the true IllumiRicki, which is made up of several different Doofus Ricks who overthrew the original IllumiRicki long ago. Even Main Rick never suspected this, and because of it, they successfully manage to destroy his universe at the end.
  • 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, Main Jerry 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 with several different family members, most commonly Morty:
      • Rick does not take kindly to people kidnapping Morty and/or using him as a hostage. He slaughters a gang of drug lords and the top subordinates of a galactic gangster when each group tries this, immediately tries to kill an alternate Jerry after he accidentally shoots Morty while holding him hostage, and relentlessly hunts down and battles Peacock Jones after he abducts Morty to get revenge on Rick.
      • Rick also immediately tries to fight Doofus Jerry again, despite having lost to him numerous times already, after the latter easily defeats Morty, and shields Morty from Krombopulos Amy when she wants to kill him.
      • He defeats Peacock Jones and frames him for drug trafficking after Jones threatens to rape Summer, and puts Summer in a pocket dimension to keep Doofus Jerry away from her.
      • He gets super pissed with Jerry after Jerry accidentally causes Beth to get kidnapped by aliens, and promptly goes to rescue her.
  • 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.
  • Powered Armor: The Hollaluog, which was created by a version of Rick who manufactured weapons for the Cold War, and is stated by Brick and Mortary (who sell it in their store) to be "literally unbeatable".
  • Punny Name: An alternate universe Rick and Morty run their own store (which is named after them) called "Brick and Mortary's".
  • 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 dimension of the comicsverse family and has the hots for both Beth and Summer, 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 Comicsverse 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. Every character takes every possible opportunity to call him a pervert, creep, or something similar, and Rick even insinuates that Jones is a child molester after the latter kidnaps Morty. He finally meets a particularly gross and undignified end after he captures Summer and Beth with clear plans to rape them later; they use a chain to throttle him until it cuts his head off.
  • Role Swap AU: In the bonus chapter of Issue #3, Rick and Morty visit a universe where they are swapped, with Morty being a scientist and Rick being his sidekick.
  • Rule 63:
    • As Jerry and Doofus Rick are dimension-hopping to get the former back home, they briefly encounter female versions of themselves. Both Ricks tell their respective Jerrys, "Don't think about it!"
    • Rule 63 Cosplay Rick, introduced in Issue 57, is a young female version of Rick from the "SchwiftyCon" universe, whose Morty is a dog.
  • Screw Yourself:
    • Issue 27 ends with this happening between Morty and Spare Parts, an exact clone of him that Rick created and activated to take one of Morty's two dates to the dance. Morty reasons that he knows how to make himself feel good, and the two of them have all the same parts, so...
    • A downplayed example; Rick is shown to have no problem flirting with Rule 63 Cosplay Rick, but it doesn't go beyond the flirting stage.
  • 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, along with a jab at the show's "too smart for you" fanbase.
      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 common 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.
    • All over the place in Issue 57, which features Rick and Jerry going to "SchwiftyCon", a convention in an alternate dimension that entirely revolves around Rick and Morty (which, there, is a "fictional" cartoon about Rick's and Morty's adventures). Particular examples include:
      • Numerous various attendees at the con yelling "Pickle Riiiick!" at random times just like Rick did in the titular episode, which might also double as a Take That, Audience!.
      • The con has a long line of fans waiting to see the creators of the show (Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon), and there's a table next to them for the writer and artist of the comics (Kyle Starks and Marc Ellerby respectively)...which has no line at all. One fan walks up and asks if they created the series, and when they correct him and encourage him to read the comic, he walks away, bored and disinterested, to their displeasure.
      • When Roiland sees Rick and Peacock Jones fighting, he says, "Are they doing a bit? When did this become a thing?" Harmon then asks Roiland if Jones (whom they're assuming is another cosplayer) is one of his characters, and Roiland responds with "No. Mine are good."
      • Roiland and Harmon (of that dimension, anyway) die when the giant Pickle Rick statue hanging from the ceiling is accidentally shot loose by Rick and Jones, falls, and crushes them, complete with a "PICKLE SQUISH".
      • Starks and Ellerby also die when Jerry, while trying to shoot Jones with the gun Rick gave him, accidentally shoots and disintegrates the two of them instead (while they're talking about whether they should put more fart jokes or butt jokes in the next issue, to boot).
  • Serious Business: The recipe for the best cola in the galaxy is the best kept secret in the universe. Morty nearly died so Rick could get 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—initially doesn’t know that she can see out of it, and by the time he learns this, he's repeatedly masturbated while still wearing it, with Summer having to try desperately 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!:
    • A pretty brutal one for Doctor Who via Peacock Jones, an Expy for the Doctor: he rides around in a magical elevator, and is a Casanova Wannabe who only takes his female companions on adventures to seduce them (and makes it clear that this isn't optional; he expects and demands sex to repay him for the adventures), engineers Clothing Damage to get them into sexy clothing, and if all else fails, just resorts to raping them (or at least attempting to).
    • After defeating a giant kaiju with a giant robot, Rick tells Morty that he just pulled a Zack Snyder on the place.
    • Rick has never read anything by H. P. Lovecraft because he figures that the monsters in it are probably super racist.
  • 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.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Morty during the vampire arc, after Summer and he are kidnapped by a vampire. He gets throw into a chamber with three vampire women. They start to do their seductive spiel on her him, but Morty cuts them off and willingly offers himself to the three. Naturally he's turned and by the time Rick, Beth and Jerry find out, he's become a Vampire Monarch of his own harem.
    Morty: (In a bed, upside down, with three female vampires) Aw, geez, Rick. So many places we've seen, what sights. And nearly all of you—mortal.
  • Two-Part Trilogy: The story arc involving Party Dog is this. The first part of this trilogy, Issue 39—called "Rick Air"—involves Rick and Morty having an adventure in space, and in the process, crossing and invoking the wrath of galactic gangster Party Dog. In response to this, Party Dog sets up the Rick Revenge Squad, consisting of characters from various other issues (which Mr. Poopybutthole even points out at the beginning) who spend Issues 41 and 42—called "The Rick Revenge Squad, Parts 1 and 2"—attacking the Smith-Sanchez home and trying to kill the whole family. "Rick Air" ends with a "To Be Continued" (instead of "The End" like other standalone stories do) to make it clear that the story is a trilogy; however, it's relatively more self-contained (as the names of the issues imply), with entirely new characters except for the main duo, while the characters of the two "Rick Revenge Squad" issues are almost entirely the same between the two of them, and are either people we've seen before or are related to them in some way.
  • Two-Timer Date: After hearing that Morty can't get a date to the dance, Princess Decoria of Mars, whom Rick and Morty rescued, offers to go with him. Not long after, Jessica asks Morty at the last minute if he can go with her, since her boyfriend, Brad, broke his leg. Morty is so excited at the chance to go to the dance with his dream girl that he accepts without a second thought, only realizing afterwards that he's double-booked himself when Rick points it out. Luckily, considering Rick's capabilities, this is resolved pretty easily: Morty has Spare Parts, a perfect clone of him created by Rick, take Jessica, while he himself takes Decoria.note 
  • 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.
  • Unwinnable by Design: The universe-destroying bomb used by the IllumiRicki. They attach anti-portal devices to them that activate after five seconds, after which point it's impossible to use any kind of portal technology to send them to a different universe. Furthermore, there's no way to disarm the bomb, either; essentially, if you miss that five-second window to get rid of the bomb (which is likely considering it'll probably take you by surprise long enough for those five seconds to pass), your universe is fucked, and the only chance you have to survive it is to evacuate to another one.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Peacock Jones becomes one for the IllumiRicki, who also want Main Rick dead and give Jones advice on how to pursue his revenge quest (and, essentially, do their dirty work for them).
  • Vampire Episode: Issue 37 and 38 see the Sanchez family dealing with vampires when Summer and Morty are kidnapped by one. Summer ends up befriending a few of his minions while Morty is (willingly) turned by the vampire's female servants and even briefly gains his own Vampire's Harem. Meanwhile Rick, Beth and Jerry have to work together to save the two.
  • Victory Is Boring: In Issue 56, Rick quickly loses interest in going on adventures after Morty receives his "literally unbeatable" Powered Armor that lets him No-Sell all attacks and easily defeat all enemies.
  • Villainous Incest: Upon invading the Comicsverse 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 Comicsverse Jerry 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 Rick and Morty Presents

  • Adaptational Personality Change: The Presents 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.

Tropes in Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons

  • Control Freak: The god in Issue 1 calls Rick a Dirty Coward who runs from anything he can’t control.
  • 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.
  • Deconstruction: In Issue 4, Jerry, benefitting from his character's heightened Intelligence and Charisma, explains to Morty that Rick isn't actually "cool", but merely acts "cool". That is, while Rick normally can exploit his Mad Scientist skills to achieve ridiculous feats and impress people, that doesn't make him a good person—in fact, he's a downright lousy person who, as Jerry puts it, isn't good at caring about other people.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Rick threatens to blow up the virtual reality DnD game he created, and thus kill everyone in it, if Morty plays a bard.
  • Evil Is Petty: In Issue 3, a combination of Jerry ignoring his insults and Morty choosing Jerry over him to teach him DnD causes Rick to freeze Jerry.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Ari Strongbow—Summer's character in the 5th Edition universe—has deep resentment towards giant species, including their related kins such as ogres, due to clashes with the giants at her kingdom's borders and losing her brother dying to them.
    • Keth Silverson—Morty's character in the 5th Edition universe—has often been looked down upon for his orcish blood, although he has also exploited the perception of himself as "just another dumb orc" to his own advantage in the past.
  • Good All Along: The ogre "camp" that the family attacks turns out to be a relatively peaceful community, much to Jerry's dismay.
  • 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. Luckily, she manages to return to their home universe intact after being "banished" by Jerry before succumbing to her wounds.
  • Hidden Depths: Jerry C-137 actually turns out to be a great Dungeons & Dragons player, who has actually been playing for multiple editions, and probably a better potential Dungeon Master than Rick. While Rick only cares about making the most overpowered characters possible and winning all the time, Jerry cares about creating vibrant, memorable characters and helping the rest of the party have fun. He encourages the others to really get into making personas they want to try during their visit, and is generally treated much more pleasantly by the Dungeon Master as a result of this.
  • Munchkin: As you might expect, Rick is a blatant Power Gamer who only cares about making the most powerful characters he possibly can and "winning" the game. He is even explicitly referred to as a Power Gamer by Jerry, who also breaks down the player archetype for Morty.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The group tries to find the infant of a peasant family; however, the peasants turn out to be a cultist couple intending to kidnap an ogre child as part of a ritual to bring forth an apocalypse. It gets even worse when they learn that the ogre "camp" they've flooded is really a relatively innocent settlement.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Jerry gives a variant of this trope in Issue 4, explaining to Morty that Rick actually isn't a cool guy, he's a Jerkass who can do cool things, and that putting him in a situation where he can't cheat like that just brings his real faults into undeniable perspective.
    Morty: Well grampa Rick seems really... different.
    Jerry: Ha! Morty, Rick's never been cool.
    Morty: What? But he's—
    Jerry: Don't get me wrong: he looks cool. All the time. But he's not. He's just able to do cool things. Big difference.
    Morty: B...What do you mean?
    Jerry: You've got eyes. Look at him. There he is. Same as always. Snarky. Bitter. Self-centered as a gyroscope. If you take away what he can do, you see what he is. And it isn't pretty. The thing is, bards are great these days. He could fight. He even has spells... he's just not interested in helping. Never has been. He's only interested in amusing himself. He could feed people. Cure cancer. But he doesn't. He makes death rays and gets high. Right now, I'm not cool. I can just do magic. Though don't get me wrong. I love having high Intelligence and Charisma. It's so easy to understand all know my own mind and say exactly what I mean. The difference between me and Rick isn't that he's cool and I'm not. It's that I'm not good at caring for people. But Rick, he isn't good at caring about them.
  • The Roleplayer:
    • Summer does a good job of playing out her character—Ari Strongbow—in 5th edition universe. This includes playing up her prejudices against ogres, due to giants and their kin being her favored enemy, which also reflects her backstory's tragic loss of her brother to the giants bordering her kingdom.
    • Jerry's commentary and actions show he used to be The Roleplayer in his own D&D-playing days, and that carries over into the current game.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Dungeon Master is a literal character with Reality Warper abilities that Rick describes as an "omnipotent ur-deity"... and who happens to look and speak like the Dungeon Master character from the 1980s D&D cartoon.
    • The D&D 5e dimension is called "the Forgotten Realms", after one of the most iconic and popular of D&D's various campaign settings in the real world.
  • Spoony Bard: Rick hates bards, citing their perception from early editions of the game as an underpowered class as justification for hating them. At the start of Issue 3, Morty even thinks that Rick literally blew up the game-world because Morty expressed an interest in multiclassing to bard at the end of the previous issue.
  • Take That!: Rick's treatment of 4th Edition as "we don't talk about it" is a clear nod to its controversial reputation amongst the greater D&D fanbase.
  • Team Dad: Rather appropriately, Jerry acts as this to the group. In contrast to Rick, Jerry generally has a teamwork-based mentality and laid-back attitude towards character creation, and chooses a Half-Elf (+2 Charisma with +1 in two of any attributes) Abjurer mage (Intelligence-focused class with protection-based spells), to the disappointment of Rick (a Power Gamer) and an ogre mage (a magic-user frustrated with Jerry's ability to negate his spells multiple times).
  • Took a Level in Badass: When Jerry becomes his D&D 5e character, Kiir Bravian, he becomes much more articulate, intelligent, charming and likeable, which is partially explained as the fact that in this dimension, he's running on Kiir's Intelligence and Charisma statistics.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Rick spends 4 months in another dimension building a holodeck for an elaborate Dungeons and Dragons game while the rest of the family waits for a day in their home dimension.

Tropes in Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons II: Painscape

  • Big "NO!": Summer's reaction in the final issue when Morty is disintegrated in battle.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Name-dropped by Rick after Breaking the Fourth Wall at the end of the series. Since he still has one of his Three Wishes on his wish ring left, he states that the final wish will be this for the third series.
  • Deconstruction: "Painscape" can be considered this to Rick’s status as a Jerk Sue Invincible Hero, as well as a Spiritual Antithesis to the first series:
    • Like in Chapter I, Jerry’s knowledge and skill allows him to rally everyone together and utilize their skills to hold back the invading horde. Unfortunately, this time, this strategy doesn't work; since Rick tends to create overpowered characters, the longer they remain in the Prime Universe, the more the rules of reality change to suit their needs, until they are eventually able to just No-Sell any and every attack from Jerry and the rest of the army, requiring the intervention of an also-overpowered Rick to defeat them.
    • The flashback also shows how Rick, Munchkin that he is, kept creating D&D characters that he soon discarded for not being strong enough for his standards. Him doing so is what causes the entire conflict of "Painscape", which is made worse by the fact that the characters he created are, like him, overpowered by anyone else's standards to the point of eventually becoming invincible.
  • Gender Bender: Not outright, but implied when Rick goes through the Tomb of Horrors. He tells the fog gate to shove it up "your gygaxian asshole". The fog gate is one of the more infamous traps, as it swaps both alignement and gender. Going through it again changes your alignement back but not your gender, and going through a third time sends you out of the dungeon naked (but back to normal).
  • Genre Savvy: Rick, per usual. This time it's less genre and more module, since the Tomb of Horrors module is so infamous that he already knows every deathtrap.
  • Heroic BSoD: Jerry gets this after learning that the horde of Rick-created D&D characters are invincible due to Screw the Rules, I Make Them!.
  • Munchkin: Rick tends to create overpowered characters whenever he plays the game. In the backstory, his constant rerolls, and throwing out subsequently created characters with miserable results without ever fully developing them and their world, created an army of resentful characters, who launch an interdimensional invasion in the present day out of spite towards Rick.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Rick and Acererak have a good laugh about the fog gate (see Gender Bender). Over a thousand people have apparently fallen for it, and Acererak finds it funny each time.
  • Reset Button: Rick uses the second of his Three Wishes to hit this and return the dimension—where everyone has been brainwashed to be completely obsessed with D&D, the entire world has become overrun by monsters, and his whole family has been killed—to normal, with no one except for him having any memory of what happened.
  • Rule of Three: Invoked by Rick at the end of the series. Since he still has one of his Three Wishes on his wish ring left, he tells the reader that he'll save it for the apparently-forthcoming third D&D series, noting that it's gonna be a trilogy.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The covers are all based on 5e sourcebooks and adventures: Issue #1 is Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage, issue #2 is Tomb of Annihilation, issue #3 is Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes and #4 is the Dungeon Master's Guide.
    • The title is a reference to the setting Planescape, which appropriately enough revolves around travelling across different planes of existence.
  • Three Wishes: Rick is banished to the D&D world that he created but never finished developing, with no apparent way to return home. He instead battles through the world and levels up as much as possible until he eventually finds the magic ring he made up, which grants him these:
    • Since the ring is powerful and, as Rick puts it, "bullshit" enough to do anything, including the impossible, he is able to use the first wish to finally return to his home dimension so he can defeat Bardrick and his other creations who have taken over the planet.
    • By the time he defeats them, the world is mostly destroyed and completely overrun with monsters, with his whole family and a ton of other people dead, so Rick uses the second wish to hit the Reset Button, returning the world to normal and restoring everyone to life with no memories of the sequel series's events.
    • He actually doesn't use the third wish yet, and instead tells the readers that it will be a Chekhov's Gun for the third series.
  • Victory Is Boring: Both Wizard-Fighter-Rogue-CleRick and Bardrick are visibly bored after conquering their respective universes (the unfinished D&D world and the Prime Universe, respectively).
  • Villain Respect: Acererak of all people gets along nicely with Rick after he makes his way through the Tomb of Horrors unscathed.

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