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)
- 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 and Dragons (2018-2019) co-published with IDW Publishing with the Sanchez family delving into a game of Dungeons & Dragons
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 Heroism: The comics All New All Different Vindicators are a lot more heroic then the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing originals.
- 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: There exists Jerry J19zeta7 aka "Doofus Jerry". 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 normal, Doofus Jerry is the exact opposite of a normal Jerry. He's an evil, cunning, always successful Manipulative Bastard who's business savvy and ambition makes him a masterful tactician capable of single-handedly taking down the Council of Ricks.
- Ambition Is Evil: Doofus Jerrys hunger for achievement and his desire for greatness is tireless
- He is the literal definition of success
- Armoured Closet Gay: The comic insinuates that Summer is this.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
Rick: grandpa, pick me up from the mall. grandpa, help me with my homework. Grandpa, help me fight a giant kaiju monster because Im a f&#*ing dum-dum
- Rick calling out Morty for always asking for help in issue 31.
- 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 thats 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.
- 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.
- Breakingthe Fourth Wall: After an Offscreen Moment of Awesome car chase the Meeseeks told the reader they should put it on the wiki.
- Crazy-Prepared: Jerry mastered a banishment spell that would allow him to send his family back home, as while he trusted the dungeon master it wasnt enough to do so with his familys life.
- Damned by Faint Praise: Morty considers he fact that Rick would rather kill a bunch of robot doppelgangers of him than him specifically a win.
- Despair Event Horizon: In Issue 22 Rick told Morty how he had since tried several times to kill Doofus Jerry, but to no success. He showed Morty his last attempt, the Neutrino Bomb he had made in the Pilot episode.
- Didn't Think This Through: Knowing that the dinosaurs in his island were specifically breed to be subservient to him, Summer dressed up as Rick to rescue him from the angry workers hed abandoned there. She and Morty didnt realize that a bunch of huge carnivores would eat them until after it had happened.
- 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.
- 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 risked not only his own life but Mortys as well (the aliens on this planet are very germ-phobic and he's inoculated Morty with dozens of infectious diseases to sneak by them) just to deliver a letter to the king telling him that he told him so.
- For the Evulz: Rick creates a Bland-Name Product of Jurassic Park yet when it went under he stole the dinosaur embryos even though they were his.
- 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.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Despite everyone telling him how useless Abjuration is Jerry or Kiir Bravian is shown repeatedly shown to be utterly badass.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons, Summer performed a suicidal charge to allow the others to save a bunch of children from being sacrificed.
Rick: Well, yeah, MUTHAF*CKAAAAZZ. You dont think the old Ricksters gonna get his beak wet?!Jerry: But after all that about myRick: The difference between you and me, Jerry —- aside from the ability to comb my hair —- is planning. I make my own luck.
- Jerry proved to be a very good gambler causing him to receive the interest of a powerful mob family who decided to follow his system. Rick turned him in for gambling fraud which resulted in his hands being cut off, but on the way home not only did he call him out for cheating (which he didnt) 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 Jerrys winnings as well. He also has already fixed the game.
Beth: Mr. Hapsburg, I have sympathy for you too. I know what its like to come from a broken familymy 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.
- 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. Hapsburgs son shut down the company specifically because his father did the same thing to him she tried to get him to reconsider, telling him that St. Equis Hospital was a family and while they do put in a lot of hours and there are sacrifices, they save lives.
- This line says it best:
- Impossible Insurance: When Pickle Rick lasered a mooks legs off at the knees and left him for dead. His insurance called it an act of god and wouldnt cover his disability.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After the Meeseeks escaped prison the guard viciously beat their legless cellmate who had stayed not wanting to get in trouble. After hes finished he realized that the Meeseeks had let all of the other prisoners out of their cells.
- Origins Episode: Issue 34 is this for Krombopulos 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 Krombopulos Michal after his birth town to distinguish them.
- The reason he became a hired assassin is that the night before the mission micheal unable to wait entered the compound and killed everyone himself. The next day after seeing the level of devastation he left they refused to work with him.
- Papa Wolf: Jerry Smith.
Beth: Geez, Jerry really throwing yourself on the proverbial sword there, eh?
- Case in point: upon finding out that Morty was kidnapped by drug lords in Issue 18 he didnt hesitate to pick up a gun and demand that rick take him to go rescue morty.
- In issue 31 when the family was abducted by aliens Jerry didnt hesitate to step up to be the first for the Anal Probing. Even Beth was surprised.
- 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 noticed that Morty had locked himself in his room for a week, but not that Summer had been missing for days.
- Poisonous Captive: Issue 51 reveals that every time Jerry dies he asked death a bunch of pointless questions until he 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: Averted Doofus Jerry never got a chance to sleep with Beth as she had an emergency at the hospital. However Beth was devastated at what she almost did.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Nestor and his father are perfectly human. It's his mom thats the alien.
- 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.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Issue 46 shows that Morty will grow up to look like Jerry.
- Averted as it turns out it was just a robot.
- Stupid Evil: In issue 35 realizing that the workers hed abandoned just wanted to get off the island Summer and Morty convinced Rick to negotiate with them. Yet when they tranked him he started bragging about his Acquired Poison Immunity. Needless to say they just shot more darts at him. He continued to taught them when he woke up.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Rick abandoned his workers on a dinosaur island for twenty years. After they caught him instead of killing him they just demanded a way off (even going so far as to chastise the one survivor who kept threatening torture). Yet they are all eaten 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.
- The Internet Is for Porn: In issue 37 after Morty locked himself in his room for a week Rick and Beth started panicking that hes gotten past the parental controls.
- Too Dumb to Live: Morty takes Hormone-Addled Teenager to far sometimes for example in issue 46 even though he knew it would be a death sentence he made out with Queen Pobblewobble.
- Trauma Button: A homeless man has P.P.T.S.D Post-Pickle-Traumatic Stress Disorder after Pickle Rick cut off his legs.
- Villainous Incest: Upon finding out that Summer was his daughter Doofus Jerry replied that he had done worse things.
- What You Are in the Dark: In Issue 21, Jerry Smith stole Rick's Portal gun and traveled to imension J19ζ7 to hang out with Doofus Rick. They went to Percy Puss Land, a cat-themed amusement park, which Doofus Jerry owned. When he saw the Jerry from an alternate dimension on his surveillance camera, he had both Jerry and Doofus Rick brought to his office. He showed Jerry how much he had achieved (even being the definition of "Success" in the dictionary) and how he was the richest man on Earth. When he accidentally heard Doofus Rick mention interdimensional travel, he offered to trade his successful life to Jerry in exchange for his interdimensional technology. Jerry refused the offer as despite their hardships he wanted to stay with his wife and kids. Yet when Rick offered Beth the same thing by cloning her its left ambiguous as to whether or not she accepted.