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  • Why wasn't Morty interested in seeing the alternate timeline version of himself in "Rixty Minutes"? Because the last one he saw was a bloody corpse.
  • It really should have been obvious that Rick, Morty, and Jerry weren't out of a simulation yet when Rick and Morty find Jerry on the ship; he's still wearing the tuxedo that he only could have gotten in the simulation.
    • Rick pauses for a second of his frantic escape attempt to question why Jerry is "dressed like a waiter", so it's not surprising that he was completely aware that they hadn't left the simulation yet.
    • Also, Rick briefly gets very playful and giggly with Morty. This is actually because he's starting to suspect this is a simulation of Morty and he's testing to see if Morty will say something about him acting out of character.
  • Ricks recipe for concentrated dark matter consisting of photonic quarks, cesium and a bottle of water, is pretty obviously a bomb.note  Rick's trap was actually a test to see if the low achieving aliens would be aware of basic chemistry. To the extent that they mixed it up without any prior evaluation or safety precautions justified, in Rick's mind, their fate. Of course one can assume that Rick would also be fairly confident as to the result of his "test".
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  • In "Meeseeks and Destroy" Rick bets Morty the chance to lead 1 in 10 adventures if Morty's adventure is a success. 10 episodes is about the length of a Rick and Morty season, implying there will be one Morty adventure per season.
    • If this theory is true, the Morty adventure in Season 2 is probably "Mortynight Run", where Morty convinces Rick to kill Krombopulos Michael and rescue Fart, and in Season 3 it's "Vindicators 3: The Return of World Ender", where Morty is the one who Jumped at the Call and he drags Rick along.
      • "Vindicators 3" showed Morty turning in a punch card, so this appears to be in force.
      • In that episode, they mention the first Vindicator adventure, which involved Rick and Morty, and the second, which did not. It was likely "Vindicators 1" that was Morty's adventure.
  • How did the Meeseeks get their hands on all those weapons (and a horse!) in "Meeseeks and Destroy"? And how did they know where to find Jerry? They were designed for the sole purpose of solving problems of all sorts, so it was probably child's play for them to figure out how to get the tools and info needed to solve their own. According to the commentary, the idea was that they had robbed a mounted cop for his horse and his gun.
  • Rick warns the family to keep the Meeseeks requests simple, so one might think that Beth and Summer's requests, to be popular at school and be a more complete woman, respectively, would be more than they can handle and Jerry asking his Meeseeks to take two strokes off his golf game is the more rational request, right? Wrong! Beth and Summer's requests are broad enough that their Meeseeks simply giving them advice would mean success, whereas Jerry's golfing request is so specific that, unless he figures out exactly what he needs to do, the task is left incomplete.
  • The Meeseeks have some truly annoying voices. This is most likely an intentional design flaw, since their ability to produce an infinite number of servants with no personal needs would cause a person to become lazy and dependent over time.
    • Not to mention the fact that Meeseeks all want to die, and having a more pleasant voice would make people reluctant to allow their Meeseeks to die.
    • On the topic of the Meeseeks' voices, one of their Verbal Tics is to announce themselves, followed by a "Look at me!" They want to receive their assigned task so they can finish it as soon as possible, and this is one way of ensuring their creator doesn't fail to task them as soon as possible.
    • The Meseeks mention that “existence is pain to a Meseeks! And we will do anything to alleviate that pain!” Their annoying voice is most likely caused by the infinite endless pain they feel from the minute they are spawned.
  • The deer that Beth and Jerry ran into with their car? That was actually Bambi! That's why Bambi survived getting shot by the hunter, because before he made it back to Faline, while she was waiting, he ran into the middle of the road and got saved by a vet.
    • Jerry is able to get the Coldstone Creamery involved in an elaborate scheme to save Bambi. Typical cartoon contrivance? Not quite - If you do the math, Jerry spent $480 at the place and was implied to give out enormous tips.
  • A brief glimpse reveals that the TV show the hivemind creates for Rick is identical to Community . What's her name? Unity. Comm-unity.
  • Why did Mr. Needful turn against Summer? Well, she made a wish to help him, and twisting wishes to make people suffer is what he does. It's in his nature.
    • Mr. Needful says "I'm the devil... but Rick IS the devil!" After Rick gets bored and closes shop, he leaves people stuck with cursed items after promising them happiness — Just like the Devil was attempting to do!
    • Why is Rick an atheist even though he met Satan? Rick demonstrated that he was able to both detect "evil" and remove "curses" using science. Therefore even if supernatural beings and effects exist, Rick can always discover the science behind them.
      • This also leaves both Rick and the writers some wiggle room to have a God-like being exist with all the powers and abilities of God, yet from Rick's point of view not be God as it is typically defined.
      • Like the giant Head-like Cromulons
      • Most likely, what it all boils down to Rick's ego. He thinks he's above all that and is completely confident in his own abilities. When the devil asks what he desires, his reply is just "I make my own stuff" He doesn't wish for anything because he can make it himself.
    • It’s also worth pointing out that Summer saves the Devil from hanging himself using a monkey’s paw. Given that that artifact is known for introducing an ironic twist after fulfilling the wish, it’s likely to blame for Summer getting Zuckerberged.
  • Why do the students think that a latino student froze Frank? Because Rick is possibly latino. His last name is Sanchez. It is even confirmed in the commentary for "Auto Erotic Assimilation" that Rick is Hispanic.
  • In "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind," the dome of tortured Mortys isn't to hide a Rick from the Council. It's for when the Council turns up, it reinforces their belief that an Evil Rick is behind this. it doesn't matter it is an inefficient way to generate Morty-waves, because no Morty-waves are needed. Only the horrifying visual is.
    • Why are all the other Mortys, save one notable exception, so much wimpier than ours? Look at their Ricks. Their very decision to join the Council reflects a fundamental restraint and willingness to cooperate that our Rick lacks. C-137's "mave-Rick" ways likely lead him into adventures they would never consider. Consequently, our Morty has been through mind-bending, life-altering experiences and come out of them a stronger person. Look, too, at the way the enforcer-Ricks' Mortys behave—quiet and obedient, where our Morty's seen Rick's feet of clay, and is much more willing to question him and call him out on his behavior. It's even possible ("Ricks don't care about Mortys") that at least some of the council-Ricks barely interact with their Mortys unless they have to, so they haven't received the encouragement and mentoring that our Rick gives Morty (on his better days).
      • It's also possible that the other Rick are much kinder to the other Morty. After all, they are willing and capable of cooperating with each other to achieve a functioning society, that C-137 has absolutely no respect of, it makes perfect sense that they are also more willing to cooperate with their Morty, so finding one who'll treat them horribly leaves them in horror, while for C-137 it's the norm.
      • Evil Morty was giving a form of mentorship to the Morty's of his Morty-dome; don't trust Rick because he doesn't care about you and wants to hurt you. When Evil Rick claims no Rick cares for their Morty, it comes from Evil Morty's perspective. He wanted the Morty-est Morty to come and prove to the Morty's that they can beat Rick. And now there is a hundred versions of Morty who remember the way they were treated, to be later created into an army by Evil Morty (the Rickiest Morty)
    • The fact that it turns out to be Evil Morty who speaks through Evil Rick, lends new meaning to him wistfully calling the agonized screams of the multiple Mortys "my symphony". It is made from sounds of other hims.
      • Not only that, but Rick's last words, screaming at the Morty to kill him? It looks like he's being Defiant to the End, but that' actually Evil Morty instructing the other Morty to kill Ricks.
    • Evil Rick says he kidnapped Rick because they are so much alike, only separated by one other Rick. But Rick refuses to join him. Why? Because Evil Rick's data for the Rick that died and was replaced in Rick Potion #9. The Rick the show follows is probably farther on the good side of the Rick Spectrum as shown by his memories and actual care for Morty.
      • Or Rick is actually that one other Rick, having hopped to the most similar universe, and thus the Rick most like him. In other words, he's the super-weird one because he's evil but actually cares about his Morty.
      • Maybe it's not about how evil a Rick is, but how willing to defy the social order. Most Ricks don't care about conventional society's rules, but they'll restrain themselves for the Citadel society. Both Evil Rick and his counterpart are perfectly fine with treating the Citadel the same way they treat everyone else: poorly. And as we've seen, the Citadel Ricks treat Mortys like shit, but they expect better for Ricks. So their definition of good and evil is not to be trusted.
    • Rick comments on the Dome's poor craftsmanship, a pet peeve of his, and just like in another episode where he complains about such things, it's a clue that something is off. The Dome isn't built the way Rick would have done it because it wasn't designed or built by a Rick.
  • Why does Rick say in "Rick Potion Number 9" that they can only change universes three times, four tops? Because as we see in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", there's a council of Ricks (and possibly others) keeping track of exactly this sort of thing.
    • This would also explain why he went for the extremely specific "Universe where the problem was resolved, and then Rick and Morty died shortly afterwards" instead of the easier alternative of going to a universe where the problem is resolved and then just killing that Rick and Morty himself.
  • The Plutonians have a lot of stealth puns going on in their world. They're lead by the ultra-rich, who control everything. Plutocrats, in other words. And there's vast mineral wealth that they lay claim to. The reason Plutocrats are called that is because Pluto was a god of vast mineral wealth, buried underground. It's layers within layers.
    • It should be noted that this is a case of mixing up two different mythological gods with similar names — Pluto is named after the Roman ruler of the underworld, while "plutocracy" is derived from the Greek god of wealth, Plutus. They are frequently conflated, though.
      • Technically speaking, Plutus was a name for Hades in his role as the god of Wealth, while Hades was his role as Ruler of the Dead and Lord of the Underworld, or the Land of Erebus. Wealth came from underground, be it metals and minerals or seeds. At the time calling the guy in charge of the dead by name was a fearful prospect, and often avoided. So Hades has many names, Plutus is one of then.
  • At the end of "Mortynight Run", Fart says to Morty, "You said yourself that life must be protected, even through sacrifice. You haven't changed your mind about that, I can sense your thoughts." What happens next? Morty sacrifices Fart to protect all carbon-based life. Fart did in fact sense Morty's thoughts, but did not realize where his convictions had changed.
  • In "Total Rickall" we eventually learn the parasites can only create good memories and alter memories to seem good that's perfect foreshadowing that Mr. Poopybutthole isn't one of them considering the first memory he's featured in is the elevator memory which is generally unpleasant between, Beth and Jerry's arguing, Rick's exasperation of not bringing his portal gun,Morty in desperate need of a bathroom and Summer pissing herself the second she learned they were stuck. Notice that while not a bad memory specifically about him it only gets better at the mere presence of Cousin Nicky.
    • Mr. Poopybutthole not being a parasite is also shown in the opening credits, since he is inserted into all the clips and all but one are "bad memories".
    • "Total Rickall" spoiler: Considering the Smiths had to actually check each other for bad memories to be sure that they're real, it stands to reason that at least one of them actually has bad memories of Mr. Poopy Butthole, considering he survived the shootout at the end. Rick is an obvious candidate, for obvious reasons, and Morty and Summer might have some, too, if he's ever joined them on their adventures. The "sorry for not having bad memories of him" was obviously only pointed at Beth, who might've not even known him all that well.
      • Also to reinforce this, neither Mr. Poopybutthole nor Beth had photos of each other in their phones.
    • Another subtle hint about Mr. Poopybutthole is that Mr. Beauregard slaps his hands away from his tray of hors d'oeuvres.
      • And Cousin Nicky gets his name wrong, but that could just be Nicky's style of talking.
    • The first parasite, Jerry's 'Goofy Brother Steve', buys the Smith family airline tickets for a holiday to Paris. Why? Well, why else would a parasite want to leave the house and get on a plane to France?
    • Sleepy Gary vaguely resembles Jerry, as well as the fact that he took Jerry's place as Beth's husband.
    • Why a parasite replaces Jerry as Beth's husband? They create happy memories. And "Interdimensional Cable" revealed that getting married lead to the couple's unhappyness.
    • Thinking about it, some of the parasites are true masters of manipulation. While most of them are just going for generic good memories and taking on any shapes or personalities, some are really targeting the psychological weak spots of various members of the Smith family and trying to exploit those weaknesses. Some examples:
      • Jerry, who is constantly unsure of himself and seeks attention, validation, and approval from others, is closest to two parasites: one taking the form of his kindly, encouraging big brother Steve, and one who poses as his longtime best friend and secret lover Gary. Both stick up for Jerry at various times and give him support he doesn't get otherwise, resulting in him willingly embracing them.
      • Summer craves popularity and to be more than just the mistake child that ruined the lives of her parents. The parasites that target her take on the form of many magical friends, who take Summer away to a world without her real life troubles and insecurities where she can be central human character in a strange world.
      • The parasite Rick is most reluctant to shoot is Pencilvester, who is basically acting like a cheerful, voice of reason type Kid Sidekick. He's basically the parasite's version of Morty! No wonder Rick ultimately fails to bring himself to shoot Pencilvester and has to leave it to Morty.
      • Lastly, this isn't an example of preying on the Smiths, but is another sign of how good the parasites are at turning a situation in their favor: Reverse Giraffe is first seen in Rick's barbecue flashback, but isn't heard speaking until he tries to convince the Smiths to kill Rick and let the parasites out of the house. What voice does he use when he does this? The President's voice, a voice that is (usually) guaranteed to get extra respect and deference to authority, even when that authority is suggesting something as horrible as killing somebody for the greater good. (Particularly when that voice is Keith freaking David and his famous Badass Baritone.)
    • Rick spent the whole episode singling out Summer to the point that him trying to kill her became a running gag, which seems odd since Rick's least favorite member of the family has always been Jerry who Rick didn't accuse of being a parasite or try to kill once in the episode. But then remember why Rick dislikes Jerry, he got his daughter pregnant in high school and ruined her life, and Sleepy Gary had brainwashed Rick into thinking he was Beth's husband so Rick would have spent the whole episode thinking Jerry was just one of his daughters looser friends.
  • The first appearance of Rick's "wubba lubba dub-dub!" catchphrase (you know, the one that means "help me, I am in great pain") comes shortly after his grandson nearly gets raped. There's no way the two weren't related.
  • In "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", Rick mentions that his microverse battery should be putting out 20 terawatts of power. Earth's total electricity generation is currently around 2 terawatts, and his battery is powered by aliens manually cranking generators. This may seem like a case of Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale, but it actually makes sense. Power is a function of energy divided by time, since the battery explicity uses time distortion, Rick is getting all the power generated thoughout the civilization's history, packed into however many years it's been since he made the battery. 20 terawatts isn't implausible.
  • Zeep giving Rick the middle finger, which in his world is a gesture of peace and welcome. Seeing as Zeep is just as smart as Rick and that he did the same thing with his microverse, teaching them a gesture and lying about its meaning, Zeep probably realized the middle finger was actually an offensive gesture in the universe Rick came from.
    • The gesture Zeep teaches his microverse people seems like Peace Sign to American audiences, but the V-Sign was originally an inverse of how Brits flip people off, meaning it's still kinda Flipping the Bird.
    • Why did Zeep repeating Rick's comments about slavery cause him to jump to the realization that he was in a microverse? Because he was being completely hypocritical and disingenuous and recognized that Rick must have been trying to manipulate him as well.
      • That Rick underestimated Zeep's ability to figure out what was going on establishes Zeep as a Formidable Opponent. Well, that and the Mini-Mecha Zeep built that was an even match for Rick's.
    • Everything Rick says about the lives of the people living in his microverse being a lie are put in a new light when you consider that Rick himself is a character in a cartoon and frequently demonstrates that he is aware of that fact.
  • When "keeping Summer safe", the AI in Rick's space car demonstrated a propensity for carrying out its commands in the most direct and efficient way possible. Therefore it should not have been surprising when the auto-navigation landed the car directly on top of Krombopulos Michael.
  • The song that Summer has Tiny Rick listen to in order to get him under control is about using alcohol to cope with depression.
  • Bird Person said he doesn't know what humans eat, yet Tammy was somehow alive. It turns out she might not be human after all.
    • She does, however say that Bird Person knows what she eats, quote: "Bird dick." Meaning she could have been living off Bird Person's spunk this whole time.
  • Despite Tammy's assertion, Rick could use the term Bird Person instead of Bird Man because most birds don't have dicksnote .
  • Mr. Poopy Butthole's watching of the season 2 finale could just be another bit of fourth wall breaking meta-humor, but as one of Rick's long time friends it stands to reason that he would have been set up with inter-dimensional cable and is able to watch a version of his own reality presented as a show on TV. If Mr. Poopy Butthole is actually Medium Aware or is simply goofing off due to the show he was watching remains to be seen.
    • He might be watching a show from our reality - this very show.
  • In "Auto-Erotic Assimilation", Unity has another suitor, a hive mind named Beta 7 whom she blows off in favor of Rick. In Pickup-Artist Terminology (which lists men in order of their attractiveness to women,) "Beta Male" refers to a stable, yet boring chump who's more likely to be friend-zoned than the more dynamic and jerkish "Alpha Male." In the love-triangle between Unity, Beta 7 and Rick, Beta 7 is literally the Beta of that relationship, while Rick is the Alpha.
  • When Evil Rick tries to show how Not So Different he and the main Rick are using his scale of Rick evilness, it's somewhat underwhelming. Although the two are in fact very close to each other on the scale, it doesn't look like they're especially close to being the most evil of all the Ricks. But that makes sense- the Rick we know is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold that genuinely loves his Morty, and this so-called "Evil Rick" is just a puppet for a much eviler Morty. You would probably expect both of those profiles to only be middle of the road in terms of evilness, and that's exactly how they show up on the chart.
  • The reason why Unity find the will to leave Rick again was because he charmed it claiming that he changed by reconnecting with his family, but when Unity saw how badly Rick treated Morty and Summer, it realized that Rick not only will never change but that he lied to it just in order to use it for endless orgies. Unity might be attracted to Rick but it also has some self-respect.
  • In the fourth episode of season 1, there's a good bit of Trope Telegraphing when the Zigerions are about to blow themselves up. Two episodes later, about the same level of telegraphing is applied when alternate universe Rick and Morty blow themselves up, but it's far less likely to be picked up on because the scene is set up as if they're our Rick and Morty, who have too much Plot Armor to be considered for such a gag.
  • Rick being arrested and charged for "everything" makes a whole lot more sense if the Galactic Federation is aware of Rick's ability to cross alternate universes because if there's an infinite amount of universes then there's an infinite amount of Ricks who perform even worse crimes against the government than our own Rick. If Rick's word on the Federation is true than what is to them charging Rick with every possibility of what an alternate version of him does and there's always a chance a worse Rick can take his place so might as well throw on the possibilities too.
  • In "Auto Erotic Assimilation" it's implied Rick had an issue in his relationship with his father. He wanted men who remotely resembled his father cheering him on as he had sex with Unity. So it can be assumed that Rick never got much support from his father.
    • The men who remotely resemble his father all have something in common, they are all wearing collared shirts and ties. His father was exactly what Rick hates, a bureaucratic type of person. He probably got his hatred of authority from his relationship with his father.
  • Why does Beth allow Morty to accompany Rick on his adventures? Because she would rather Morty be influenced by his brilliant grandfather than his idiot father.
    • It might also be partly out of fear. Rick is clearly extremely unstable, and the very first scene of the series showed that one night of drinking too much is all it takes to get him to try and start a nuclear war. Beth probably figures that keeping Rick from the one thing he truly cared about would lead to Rick going even more insane and committing either suicide, mass murder, or both.
    • It looks most like another consequence of Beth's extreme fear of losing her father, she is too happy just to have him around to risk losing him by saying no.
    • "Morty's Mind-Blowers" implies that Beth might just not care that much about Morty, although Summer does start going on adventures with her father too.
  • In "Something Ricked this Way Comes" Rick and Summer beat up a variety of prejudiced and abusive individuals. One of them was a Westboro baptist member protesting their famous slogan "God hates Fags" Rick is later implied to be pansexual so no doubt this gives him an extra amount of hatred for them.
  • Why do Birdperson and Squanchy have such basic, generic names, especially considering their homes are 'Birdworld' and 'Planet Squanch'? Because they're not their real names. Like Gearhead says, it's akin to calling a human 'Asia Face'. However, they're galactic terrorists, it makes sense they wouldn't share their real names with each other or Rick so that they could continue to live their lives on their respective planets (which are likely in Federation territory) in peace, being impossible to find with such generic names. Rick wouldn't need such a code name because his planet isn't in Galactic Federation territory, and he's covered by Morty wherever he goes.
    • Additionally, Tammy can be heard reciting (or whistling, rather) Bird Person's real last name to Summer at one point, making it more likely that "Bird Person" is just Rick's nickname for him, as was the case with "Gearhead".
  • In "Rickshank Redemption", Rick does a now-memetic bit about Mulan Szechuan Sauce, available from McDonald's in 1998. While Rick is recalling the fake traumatic memory of the invention of his portal gun, Cornvelious Daniel comments that the sauce is "fucking amazing". This should be a clear tell that Rick is fabricating the memory and is assuming control of the program, as Cornvelious wouldn't be able to taste something from someone else's memory.
    • Either way it was created from Rick's mind/memories. That doesn't really prove this is a fabricated memory.
  • It should have been clear from the get-go that Rick's memory of creating the portal gun in "Rickshank Redemption" was fabricated when he casually mentions that the memory takes place in 1998- the same year when the Mulan szechuan sauce was available. Why? Because assuming the show's present takes place in our current year, there's no way that Beth, whose age is established to be 34 at the beginning of the series, could have been as young as she looks in the "memory". She would have been born around 1983, making her at least 15 in 1998
  • Another huge hint that the memory is false is that Beth dies in it. Of course, the aliens wouldn't necessarily know that she's alive, at least not in time to call Rick on it.
    • Although Rick has replaced members of his family before, to include Beth. As far as motivation goes to create the ability to cross into other dimensions goes, finding one where his daughter is still alive would be a pretty good one.
  • In "Rickshank Redemption", C-137 Rick hands Morty a pistol before confronting one of the Council Ricks, who has Summer hostage. C-137 Rick tries to bait Council Rick into letting Summer go, but Morty aims his pistol at Rick for brushing off Summer, at which point both Ricks and Summer berate him, causing him to shoot C-137 Rick. This lets Council Rick's guard down enough for C-137 Rick, who gave Morty a fake pistol with a cardboard note on it, to shoot him. However, C-137 Rick knows Morty has a LOT of pent-up aggression from the episode "Look Who's Purging Now", and reassured Morty by saying he ate a chocolate bar with Purgenol. C-137 Rick probably put the note on the fake pistol because either Morty would read it, and use it as part of C-137 Rick's double bluff, or the situation would spiral into Morty getting angry enough to shoot someone, making an opening for C-137 Rick to shoot. Regardless, C-137 Rick kills Council Rick without harming Summer, and Morty gets an excuse for his actions. Because C-137 Rick loves his grandkids.
  • In "Rickshank Redemption" we see Rick testing the bounds of his simulated world by asking Jerry to (literally) "fold himself 12 times". He then casually mentions to the bug agent that since Jerry was only able to manage 6 folds that he must be subject to a low cost "Series 9000" brainalyzer, which the agent implicitly confirms. Since the first step in any computer hack involves the hacker learning about the environment they are dealing with, this actually constitutes very subtle foreshadowing as Rick is learning the necessary details that he is then able to employ in creating exploit code that gives him full control over the Brainalyzer.
    • Doubly brilliant in that the lower cost Series 9000 probably lacked the same security features or quality assurance found in the higher end models. The bugs basically put the smartest mammal in the galaxy in a mental prison with shoddy locks.
  • A meta example In "Rickshank Redemption" is just before Rick transfers his mind into the body of the alien agent, he tells the agent that he's leaving him with only a few parts of his brain, including "six years of improv workshops: comedy comes in threes!" For the rest of the episode, whenever Rick needs to leave a secured area, he uses the same poor excuse, rather than any of the witty reasons he used in the past: "I'm gonna go take a dump". And how many times does he use this excuse? Three times.
    • Don't forget that in that action Rick also lost his general ability to improvise. It's likely the best/only thing he can think of to do after initiating a new round of mayhem.
    • I interpreted Rick saying I'm going to take a shit as him wanting to check out his new "equipment" has he said he want to give his "new insect dick a test drive" and by saying I'm going to take a shit he has an excuse to drop his pants and see what he's working with.
    • Or he used it because "I'm gonna go take a shit" is such an mundane excuse, that nobody with a digestive system would call it into question.
    • There is every possibility that the transference machinery causes this effect through an adrenaline rush. The human body undergoes all manner of changes during stress, having to empty one's bladder after a mind-switch may just be a side-effect.
  • Why is Rick C-137 so easily able to own the Citadel/Council of Ricks in "Rickshank Redemption" when, in theory, all the other Ricks should be his equal? It was previously stated that Ricks exist along a continuum of personality traits and also that Rick C-137 is the most like himself, aka the "Rickiest". Therefore from the pool of hyper-intelligent, omni-skilled humans known as "Rick", Rick C-137 is still a cut above.
    • In "Close Rick Counters Of The Rick Kind " it's mentioned that Rick C-137 refused to join the Council of Ricks, i.e the ruling group of Ricks who stood out from the rest.
  • The Citadel of Ricks has a surprising number of "blue collar" Ricks doing basic jobs for the council like guarding things or operating consoles. There are also Ricks who make their living doing mundane stuff like selling "Morty dazzlers" or "Morty Insurance". Why would a significant number of Ricks seem to fail to love up to their potential? In "Rickshank Redemption" we see the possibility that Ricks will give portal gun technology to alternate Ricks who haven't invented it yet. It is a common trope for people who have not had to work hard for success to then underachieve.
    • Or, perhaps they're taking a page from Bioshock: "Everybody wants to be a captain of industry. No one's thinking they're going to be scrubbing toilets." Every Rick's a genius, but some have vision, and some are just like every other Rick. So, they get by as best they can.
      • There's a lot to imply that the Citadel is essentially a giant scam: Ricks come to the Citadel because it's presented to them as a paradise, a 'nonstop party where all the guests are the only person they like', but it's still a functional city-state that still needs the trappings of a modern society to function. Candidate Morty even asks Plumber Rick if he came to the Citadel to be a plumber, and the answer is, obviously, no, but because the average citizen on the Citadel is a Rick, that means every Rick is an average citizen. It's downright chilling to think about.
      • What separates the "successful" Ricks from the "regular jackoff" Ricks on the Citadel? Social skills and vision. Since all Ricks are equally qualified for every job because they're all geniuses, the ones who are able to get ahead are the ones who either have unique ideas and passions (like Rick D. Sanchez III, who owns the Simple Rick cookie factory), or the right social skills to endear themselves to their superiors ("Cool Rick", who gets promoted despite being new to the job). This is also why so much of the Citadel's social structure depends on the Citadel removing everything that makes an individual Rick unique: the Citadel needs those work-a-day Ricks to function as a society and there aren't enough suitably prestigious positions for every Rick to have one. It's the same reason why the "I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and so can you" myth is horseshit: yes, anyone could be capable of it, but only one person can actually get it no matter how hard they all work. Without creating a new position so that he can be the Rick to fill it or having the social skills to convince other versions of himself to give a position to him, it's entirely arbitrary.
      • So, why don't blue-collar Ricks just move to planets where their genius is exceptional again? There are references to "unlicensed portal guns", and we see one criminal Rick making bootleg portal gun fluid. That implies that ownership and use of portal guns is strictly controlled by the Council, meaning that normal citizens can no longer freely move between realities. There's a real possibility that the Ricks who move to the Citadel are literally trapped there.
    • Rick C-137 described Ricks in general as having problems with "the Government", so they formed an equally unpalatable (to him anyways) Government (The Council/Citadel) to protect themselves. Also, while Rick C-137 may be a genius, much of the time we see him stealing critical resources he needs or engaging in other criminal activity for money and the Council repeatedly describes him as a criminal/terrorist. It appears likely that the cost of living under Citadel protection is a reduced ability to engage in profitable criminal activities. Combined with Ricks living in a society of "equals", as mentioned above, Ricks lacking the resources to adventure would be forced into mundane vocations.
  • Why does Mr. Goldenfold eat shit? Because he's been in a sewer for God knows how long.
    • This might explain why Dr. Wong specializes in getting people to stop eating shit.
  • Why would Blue Collar Ricks be engaged in menial jobs that could be easily automated, like stamping a design on individual cookies? The industrial Ricks saw wage slavery as a useful tool to keep the other Ricks under control. Blue Collar Ricks would be so busy trying to make ends meet, they wouldn't have time to plot against the upper classes or possibly invent ways to supplant them.
  • Tammy's "parents". They seem like perfectly normal, functional parents at first glance. But a lot of parents wouldn't be that supportive in their teenage daughter marrying a 40-something-year-old, interdimensional animal hybrid. That should be minor evidence that they are actually robots and Tammy is not who she seems.
  • In a Fridge Moment of Awesome, Pickle Rick is able to build a new body, create a machine that is able to put him into a different new body, exterminate a nest of sewer rats and take down an international terrorist with 34 armed guards in the total time it takes his family to drive to the therapist's office and sit through most of a session. Rick can do more in two hours than most people can accomplish in a lifetime!
    • PS: Rick also managed to make it to the therapy session before it ended.
  • The answer to the second "Drunk Rick" question could never have been Dorian V. Despite all of Crocubot's "mechanical and reptilian logic", he failed to remember that Rick and Morty were not summoned for the second Vindicators mission that resulted in Dorian V's destruction, and thus would not have known what happened and why the Vindicators avoid the subject.
  • It makes sense that Rick doesn’t take responsibility for his actions when black-out drunk and basically considers "Drunk Rick" a different person, considering his greatest antagonists for most of his life were literally other versions of himself with different mentalities. For all intents and purposes, it might as well have been a straggler from the Council of Rick.
  • It seems odd that Rick would Throw the Dog a Bone by giving Jerry a pity adventure, considering he's spent most of the series hating Jerry's existence. However, considering the main reason Rick hated Jerry was cause he married his daughter, Rick doesn't have any real reason to outright despise Jerry now that he's a pathetic divorced man. Thus, Rick would be more willing to hang with Jerry since he is already out of his family's life.
  • Why would Rick willingly walk through a scanner when he had cybernetic implants that would trigger it, causing him to be hit with a mental dampener that nearly go him killed? It's because Rick didn't realize he had cybernetic implants because the body he's inhabiting is not his original one, but one he stole from an alternate Rick in The Rickshank Rickdemption.
  • Rick tends to say "Don't think about it!" whenever something incredibly disturbing happens. It's entirely possible he's also telling himself not to think about it. Given that Rick is the smartest man in the universe, thinking about something is much much worse for him than somebody else.
  • Rick's WMD of choice appears to be the Neutrino Bomb, which is generally understood to be a device that emits lethal levels of Neutrino radiation. As explained here, neutrinos are so insubstantial despite billions flowing through a person's body every day, a neutrino will only succeed in hitting one of that person's atoms on average of once a decade. Since even planets are opaque to neutrinos there is pretty much nowhere to hide from such a weapon. As Rick prefers technology to other people, a weapon that is lethal to biologic beings yet leaves technology mostly unharmed is perfectly in line with his character.
  • Jerry's Butt-Monkey status is tuned way up, waaaay up in season 3, after his divorce. By episode 5, Rick finally states that his hatred of Jerry comes from his act of making himself as miserable and pitiful as possible in attempt to get things out of pity. It explains how pitiful Jerry is this season: he is deliberately making himself as pathetic as humanly possible to see if anyone in his family will take pity on him.
  • Season 3 has put a lot of emphasis on the psychology of the main characters, especially Rick. What have we learned so far during the season? He admitted that he sees most of his family as expendable since he can just jump into an alternate universe as he pleases to get a new family (said in "Pickle Rick"). He loves his grandkids but hates the fact that Jerry is their father, seeing him as someone who uses the pity of others to get anywhere ("The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy"). He sees his attachment to his family as a weakness that hinders him (in "Rest and Ricklaxation"). All three involve his family in a way or another; is it any wonder he didn't want to go to therapy, where he could have ended up revealing any of this, with Beth, Morty and Summer also present? Just imagine their reactions. All three revelations open up their own Fridge Brilliance, too:
    • He felt more at ease admitting these things to Jaguar precisely because his family wasn't there to hear him. Unknowingly, he did do some therapy. Just not with an actual therapist.
    • Jerry is a problem to Rick, as there's no way he can escape him; in just about every single alternate universe where Morty exists, he looks like regular Morty, and likely has the same two parents, indicating that Jerry is the father of most Mortys in most universes. Even jumping between universes won't remove Jerry from the picture, and with Rick's disdain towards the guy, is it any wonder he despises him so much? Most alternate universe Beths fell for the same guy he sees as an utter loser!
      • This might also explain why most Ricks treat most Mortys like complete garbage. Morty is a constant reminder of what Rick sees as Jerry ruining his daughter's life. Rick C-137 ended up bonding with his grandson and genuinely caring for him. Most of the other Ricks didn't. This is also probably why Morty C-137 seems smarter and more assertive than the other Mortys.
    • Him seeing his attachment to his family as a weakness: With the reveal in "Pickle Rick" that he sees them as expendable, he doesn't see why he should care about them - yet he does. Even if he can just replace them as he pleases, he cares too much to allow himself to have complete apathy towards them.
  • It makes perfect sense that Toxic Rick is the Rick that cares about Morty. The first thing he does after thinking the spa machine exploded? Call out to Morty, either in anguish because he thought Morty died, or in a panic because he couldn't see Morty.
    • There's very quick moment which also foreshadows this. As he's trying to predict his counterpart's plans, regular Rick pauses for thought and then slaps Morty. That tells Rick that Toxic Rick cares about Morty, because one of them does and it sure as hell isn't him, and that he can therefore use Toxic Morty as leverage.
  • In "Pickle Rick," we find out that the reason Mr. Goldenfold is seeing a therapist is because he eats poop. Earlier in the season, "The Rickshank Redemption" shows him leading some human rebels out of the sewer. Makes his problem not seem as disturbing if he only ate poop out of necessity.
  • Immediately following "Rest and Ricklaxation", which shows how independent and capable our Morty is without a moral compass, we get an episode where Evil Morty manages to take over the entire Citadel of Ricks as their beloved, tyrannical leader
  • The new flag for the Citadel of Ricks shows an M stabbing through an R from the top. A little clue about a returning character who's in charge
  • "The Ricklantis Mixup" seemingly is a misleading title, given the episode pretty much completely ignores the Atlantis adventure C-137's Rick and Morty go on. But what if the titular mixup was showing us what was happening in the Citadel instead of the main Rick and Morty's adventure?
    • There's even a small detail at the beginning that hints at this. Both our Rick and Morty and the Census Rick and Morty hop through portals. Implying that the show quite literally mixed up the portals and followed the wrong one.
  • It might seem stupid of Campaign Manager Morty to try and assassinate Evil Morty instead of just leaking those documents to the press, but remember, Evil Morty doesn't have any features that discern him from any other non-gimmick Morty. Leaking the documents wouldn't prove anything.
  • Part of why Campaign Morty's assassination failed? Remember, Fat Morty thought the trait that set him apart from the other Mortys was that he was left-handed ("I thought I was Left-Handed Morty"), meaning most Mortys are right handed. Campaign Morty shakes Candidate Morty's hand with his right hand, and thus has only his left hand free to shoot the gun. He was shooting with his weaker, non-dominant hand; had he held the gun in his right hand, the shot would have been more on-target, and most likely lethal.
  • The "specialty" Ricks are more than just a joke, when you consider Dr. Wong's speech on "doing the work" in "Pickle Rick." Wonka Rick, Fashion Guru Rick, and all the other Ricks are Ricks who did the work. Any Rick could make an awesome candy factory, but they'd get bored halfway through and burn it down, like Rick C-137 and his successful business he built to screw with the Devil.
  • It’s mentioned in the recap for “The Ricklantis Mixup” that We Will Use Manual Labor in the Future and states that the Ricks in the Citadel could have easily created an automated workforce instead of using blue collar Ricks. But it makes sense, because this is exactly what the Shadow Council Of Ricks ‘’wants’’. They’re a group of the wealthiest and most influential Ricks in the citadel, and by keeping most of the other Ricks stuck in boring, dead end jobs, they won’t be able to pursue their own aspirations and will allow the Shadow Council to retain their status. Automated labor would be detrimental to this goal, so the Shadow Council has probably been keeping the Citadel from embracing it.
  • All the women that came flying to the item magnet after Morty programmed it are probably all named Jessica.
    • Take a closer look: every one of those women was a pretty redheaded girl. Morty has a type, it seems.
      • Just like grandpa...
  • In "The Ricklantis Mixup", the donation-collecting Rick and Morty are surprised to come across C-137 as if they were expecting a different Rick in that reality. "Morty's Mind Blowers" reveals that our Rick and Morty had to move again due to Morty learning a Milkman Conspiracy run by squirrels.
  • Rick is initially described as being 60, but is described as 70 in "Rest and Relaxtion". Continuity error? Not necessarily; he did freeze time except for him, Morty and Summer in "A Rickle in Time" for six whole months, and other universes he visits don't necessarily have to follow the same flow of time(like the microverse and its smaller iterations). It's possible stuff like this are to blame for the supposed age inconsistency for him, along with other Ricks and Mortys in the multiverse.
  • More of a Fridge Heartwarming but while Rick revealing Beth's "childhood toys" is disturbing, this means that:
    • Rick still made the gifts despite how disturbing they are.
    • Rick still kept the gifts after all these years.
  • The reason Jerry was given a Pet the Dog in The Stinger of "The ABCs of Beth" is because for once he owned up to his mistake. It could imply the reason he's a Cosmic Plaything is, as pathetic as his life is, he doesn't admit that most of it was his own fault.
  • In the 3rd season finale, the US government seems to have access to quite a bit more sophisticated tech than we last saw them, however after the Federation's invasion and subsequent collapse/departure from Earth they probably left a lot of their tech behind for the Pentagon to reverse engineer!
    • The President has also been frequently calling on Rick and Morty to solve problems while simultaneously monitoring what they do (even at home). This means they'd have some idea of what kind of weapons Rick had access to, and (being the US government) would insist on developing their own counter-measures. This is heavily hinted at in the episode.
      POTUS: We've been preparing for a Rick-level event for some time now.
  • The final Season 3 episode artfully leaves Beth's clone status ambiguous as everything Rick does in relation to the Smith family getting back together could be an elaborate ruse to convince a Beth clone she is the real Beth while sparing the kids and Jerry the act of killing and recreating clone-Beth....or it could be taken at face value.
    • Especially since Rick's previous attempt to reassure Beth only made her freak out. Clone Beth or not, family re-unification may have been the only method to calm Beth down.
  • The fact that Rick is afraid of pirates at least strongly suggests that he was intending the Pirates of the Pancreas ride to be some sort of scary thrill-ride. It would also explain why his business partners in the Anatomy Park project didn't get the concept of the ride.
  • One major sign of Beth accepting how much like her father she is? The episode after she comes to terms with it, she mentions that the family reuniting will make the show like season one, only more streamlined. That's right, for the first time Beth reveals that - just like Rick - she's aware she's in a TV show.
    • Or, she accepts that she's like her father in many ways, but refuses to cross certain boundaries that he had crossed before. If this is the original Beth and not a clone, it would mean she chose not to ditch her family to go on adventures across space and universes - which is what Rick did when she was young.
  • No wonder Rick and Morty only have a limited number of times through which they can jump and settle into a new universe after destroying the last. Not only do they need to find universes where their selves from that universe died right after solving the current crisis (which is already a very rare thing to happen), they also need to find a universe that has seen roughly the same things unravel as they did in the universe they just left, another very rare case. This severely limits their options. You know what else limits their options? The Citadel of Ricks. Having so many Ricks and Mortys in one place means just as many universes in which Rick and Morty haven't been seen in a long while - which would make it suspicious for the C-137 originals to suddenly show up. Due to the sheer amount of Ricks and Mortys living in the Citadel and how Ricks and Mortys die every day there, it gets increasingly difficult to know which universes still have their Rick and/or Morty alive somewhere in the multiverse. It's also not like they can jump into any universe previously inhabited by a Rick and Morty that joined the Citadel and both died there, as that universe's events had to have differed greatly due to the scientist and his grandson missing for so long. The solution to this would be to completely ignore any home universe of Ricks and Mortys that have left to live in the Citadel, which shaves off a large number of possible universes to run away into. Oh, and for added creepy factor, it also means taking out of the equation any universe that was irrepairably damaged in the exact same way as the one they've just run away from.
    • And that's not all - if the comic books are canon to the show (and if some theories are confirmed in future seasons), then there's an implication that our Rick and Morty aren't the only ones who jump to another universe when the one they lived in gets damaged, further reducing the options when untouched universes are taken by other Ricks and Mortys fleeing their mistakes.
  • Every time Rick swaps bodies with a different Rick on the Citadel, there's a running gag about him going to take a shit. It's a dumb excuse for him to just leave the room with nobody asking questions, but of course he'd need to use the bathroom every time: they're all anal retentive.
  • Rick hesitates when calling them "Morty waves". The gag is that he's trying not to call them "moron" or "idiot" waves to avoid offending Morty, but Rick's never had a problem calling Morty stupid and he ends up just landing on Morty's name to define them. Why? Because he literally doesn't know what else to call them, being incomprehensible to him is exactly the point of Morty Waves in the first place. He knows what they do, he knows they come from Morty, but if he could understand exactly what about Morty's brain actually creates those waves the way the brain of a Rick produces "genius" waves, they wouldn't cancel his brain waves out.
  • Rick says Jessica's lying because she kept asking whether he got a new Morty yet, except Jessica is explicitly there to get the old Morty back. She has no way of knowing that getting a completely new Morty from another timeline is an option. Aww.
  • Why are Mortys so prevalent on the Citadel, and why does almost every Rick have one? Why isn't there a population of Summers, Beths, or even Jerrys? Morty-waves! The vast majority of Ricks in universes without Mortys didn't survive long enough to join the Citadel. They were all tracked down and captured by the Federation. The only Rick we KNOW didn't have a Morty, Doofus Rick, probably survived by never having been a threat to his universe's Federation. Also, most Ricks on the Citadel seem to have been adventuring with their Mortys a bit longer than C-137, since the Citadel is up and running with a thriving Morty exchange when we first see it, only a few months into Rick returning to his family's life.
  • Mortys have a knack for manipulating others: our Morty tricks Rick into taking his dad on a pity adventure, Evil Morty literally remote-controls his Rick and engineers an attempt on his own life in order to boost his approval rating and win the election. The Citadel Mortys are even better at it: Cop Morty feigns sympathy and support to get Cop Rick to leave the building so he can blow the building up, then fake-cries (with real tears!) to get him to drop his guard, and it's apparently a known tendency of Mortys in Mortytown to play up their youth and vulnerability to the point of keeping cribs and mobiles in their homes to make Ricks feel bad when they're caught breaking the law. Why? Because of Jerry. Jerry is sort of naturally weak and pitiful, it's not that he consciously decides to be weak and pitiful, it's that being weak and pitiful works for him, so he only toughens up when he's got nothing to lose, and he has the people skills to know whether or not he's really in danger or not...and he raised Morty, the son of a highly intelligent mother. The end result? A boy who's had a lifetime of training in how to appear vulnerable, with enough brains to consciously weaponize it.
  • In the very first episode, Beth tells Rick that Morty needs to go to school because "He's not a hot girl. He can't just bail on his life and set up shop in someone else's." Cut to 5 episodes later...
  • "Morty's Mind Blowers" reveals that Rick can remove memories from his family members if he wants to. Recall in "Total Rick-call" that the way to identify the parasites was that you'd have no unpleasant memories of them, and you have a potential explanation why Beth wouldn't have any unpleasant memories of Mr. Poopybutthole: Rick removed them.
  • Why was Motry so paranoid about Mr. Lunas? Keep in mind his school had already been infiltraited the vampire Coach Feratu. It would be easy for Morty to assume that someone else with a Meaningful Name might also be up to no good.
  • Morty not noticing Ricks predicament in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" makes more sense when you remember him sending Morty for some crystals in "Ricksy Business" which Morty thought would help send them home when actually Rick used them to get high and improvise a dance. Morty probably didn't take Ricks cries for help seriously because he thought it was another one of Ricks wierd dance improvs.
  • Something "Jerry-Built" is something cheaply and shoddily constructed. Rick sees Jerry as a shoddy, sorry excuse of a man who uses what makes him pitiful and badly made to make people pity him.
    • Additionally, the phrase "Jerry-Rigged", it can mean it's something put together cheaply and shoddily with what materials one has on hand. Jerry and Rick seem to get along well enough on their adventure, at least at first, despite not getting along well normally. However, like many Jerry-Rigged contraptions, it's not meant to last and falls apart not long after its formed. "Jerry-Rig", "Jerry-Rick".
  • Its shown that the more in pain or afraid a Morty is, the stronger the Morty Waves that protect Rick are. That's why Rick makes his adventures seem so dangerous and precarious, and lets Morty get in so much danger. To make his Morty Waves stronger and therefore keep Rick safer.
  • It is shown in Issue 46 that the Rick that made Jerry Land also made a themepark for every member of the family including himself.
  • The device at the heart of "The Ricks Must Be Crazy" is consistently called a Microverse Battery, despite it seemingly being a generator instead because Rick is getting the energy generated by the inhabitants. But Rick had to use a lot of energy to induce the Microverse's Big Bang - per the Law of Conservation of Energy, the only energy that will ever be in the Microverse. It's a battery, that Rick charged when he first created the universe, and he uses the inhabitants to draw the stored energy from it.
  • In "Mortys Mind Blowers" all the memories shown portray Jerry and Beth as not being together implying they were all recent memories, this seems weird until you remember they changed universes again after the squirrel incident, all the older memories belonged to that universes original Morty.

    Fridge Horror 
Fridge Horror
  • Why didn't Rick use Human DNA in Rick Potion Number 9? And why did he rescue Morty, but not his daughter or granddaughter? Same reason: To make Morty more dependent on him. As far as Morty knows, Rick is the only family he has left.
  • At the end of 'Anatomy Park', Rick enlarges the hobo's dead body to help Morty and at the end, destroys the corpse with the dynamite he stuffed into the hobo's corpse. The hobo's blood rains upon the whole United States. Blood that came from a hobo that had many dangerous diseases kept inside him. And it gets worse. Given that the cadaver was giant when it was blown up, you can take your panic: giant monster-sized virus, or said virus, normal sized, getting spread out everywhere. Either way, we're still going with the first pick. SWEET DREAMS
    • But it gains some Nightmare Retardant when you find out that since the body exploded, all the viruses in there were clearly and obviously killed in the explosion.
      • Plus it exploded IN SPACE!.
      • Given that Morty was full size, the diseases would be giant, and thus vulnerable to fall damage. They all would've died on impact when they hit the ground. Assuming they didn't burn up in the atmosphere or die in the vacuum of space.
  • At the end of "Rick Potion #9" Rick seems completely uninterested at the fact that he jumped timelines while Morty is freaked out. Has Rick done this before? That would mean the last time he did it, he didn't even bring Morty from his original timeline, but simply changed places with the Rick Morty grew up with and Morty never realized it.
    • Better yet, finding a timeline where one of his counterparts was able to solve the problem is plausible; just look for the most similar one where everyone's not dead. The headscratcher is; How did his "scouting" locate one where both he and Morty died exactly five seconds before they entered it? The only way to interpret that is that Rick has some way of telling when people are about to die. And only uses it to run from his biggest screw-ups.
    • Or simply, due to infinite universes existing, Rick deduced a universe specifically where alternate Rick and Morty have to die for the replacement.
  • Cronenberg-Rick and Cronenberg-Morty aren't going to fit in at all on "our" earth! They think and act like humans, while "our" Cronenbergs are basically an unstable slurry of random genes and animal instincts. Cronenberg-Rick's put himself and his grandson in incredible danger! How would he be so irresponsib—Oh, wait. Yup, that's Rick, alright.
    • Cronenberg-Rick and Cronenberg-Morty came from a universe where everyone was turned back to normal except for them. If Rick and Morty had waited a little while longer, they wouldn't have had to travel to a universe where they were both killed. Poor Morty...
      • It wouldn't matter because Cronenberg-Rick and Cronenberg-Morty came from a universe where everyone was originally a cronenberg. Rick and Morty would not have been able to take their place there and return to their "normal" lives because they lack the memories of being a cronenberg from birth. Plus, if that universe is anything like theirs than Morty's family are still cronenbergs.
    • And unlike our Rick Cronenberg-Rick brought them to a universe where they presumably wouldn't be able to resume their previous lives. That might imply that Cronenberg-Rick ran out of universes to do that with, making Rick's statement that him and Morty only get 3 or 4 these all the more true.
  • Another one at the end of "Rick Potion #9", you remember Leonard and Joyce? Jerry's parents? And their sexual partner Jacob? And how Rick said that the love potion doesn't affect anyone with their family's strain of DNA, then you don't need to be a genius to realize what could- nay, probably happened between the three of them.
  • In 'Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind' Evil!Rick and our Rick are only divided by another Rick and there are Ricks far worse than him, judging by the scale which puts them in the middle.
    • Maybe this is a reference to the shadow council that Evil Morty killed as his last act before taking full power.
  • Maybe the reason Evil! Morty killed his Rick was that he was the Rick-est Morty on the Rick & Morty spectrum.
  • It was said by the Council that 27 Ricks were murdered but Evil Rick has hundreds of Mortys how many Ricks were murdered without the Council knowing?
  • At the end of "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", Rick tries to comfort Morty saying that, since he's the Rick-est Rick, he must be the Morty-est Morty. But the "Rick-est Rick" is a positive statement only to him, he's actually extremely manipulative, self-centred and genocidal, and Morty is shown to have a lot of undealth-with rage. So what does exactly Rick considers to be "Morty-est"?
  • Jerry's description of what he thinks a rapist looks like is pretty specific. Was the Titanic recreation with Lucy not the first time he was in a rape scenario?
    Jerry ("Pilot"): Well, now you can build baskets and watch Paul Newman movies on VHS and mentally scar the Boy Scouts every Christmas. [...]It's personal.
  • Mr. Meeseeks is pretty much an Implacable Man. Nothing can kill it, except for fulfilling its task. They are able to survive being brutally mutilated, having massive chunks of its body, even entire limbs, torn off. And they will do absolutely ANYTHING to complete their goals, consequences be damned, and they have zero qualms with killing innocent bystanders. So...hopefully nobody ever gets the idea to use a Meeseeks to commit murder. It would be like the equivalent of a Terminator. Nothing would be able to stop it. Weapons won't work because it'll just shrug them right off to get to its target. And what if it starts taking too long, and the Meeseeks calls in more Meeseeks to help him out? Many police and loved ones, innocent bystanders, would die in the crossfire. There would be blood spilled all over, and Mr. Meeseeks is guaranteed to come out on top in the end because we CAN'T. KILL THEM. The only hope you'll EVER have of being safe from a Meeseeks is POSSIBLY destroying its entire body...But even then, it's likely you'll have an army of other Meeseeks to destroy...
    • What happens if you steal the Meeseeks-Box, and task a Meeseeks to prevent being assassinated by a Meeseeks?
      • Assuming all Meeseeks are equally competent at carrying out their tasks, they go crazy after about a week of foiling each other's plans and decide to cut the problem off at the source (where the problem is you and the "source" probably represents your head). Unless one of them manages to succeed just by being luckier.
    • Hilariously the game Pocket Mortys confirms this fear, as the Meeseeks Box is used to instantly defeat one opponent, regardless of their stats or hit points.
    • And one of the recent shorts promoting season three shows that when a Meeseeks' body is destroyed, it'll just poof back into existence perfectly intact. There is truly no way to kill these things aside from completing their assigned tasks...
  • All it takes is one snarky comment from Morty about Rick's alcoholism to knock away Rick's certainty in himself. What makes this especially horrifying? That small amount of uncertainty is all Rick needs to make him essentially suicidal.
  • Evil Rick says in "Close Rick-Counters" that his plan is to download the contents of other Ricks' brains, then kill them. But Evil Morty was the one really controlling him. This means that Evil Morty has the knowledge of possibly hundreds of Ricks spanning multiple dimensions.
    • It's a little eerie that Rick did a variation of that in The Rickshank Redemption. He uploaded himself into the brains of other Ricks & then killed them. He's even been in one of their bodies ever since & he's been a lot more callous lately. Their evil behavior could be influencing him.
  • In "Close Rick-Counters," we see glimpses of prime Rick's memories when Evil Rick holds him captive. One of these memories is Rick holding Morty when he was only an infant. While it's really heartwarming to see him cry from such a memory, Rick has been gone from Beth's life for quite a long time. Fridge Horror kicks in when you think about how Rick could have hopped onto another reality, considering his general lack of emotion over crossing into a new one in Rick Potion #9. If this is true, then what happened to Rick's original timeline?
    • On the other hand, it could simply be prime Rick's memory of holding an infant Morty from some other reality.
      • Or maybe Rick did visit when Morty was a baby but was never around after that. Beth did mention he tended to be gone and then come back when she was younger.
  • Another one for "Close Rick-Counters": Was the Morty controlling evil!Rick evil all along? Or did he perhaps only become evil after years of abuse from evil!Rick, killing him rather than becoming a compliant tool like so many other Morties?
    • Considering what Morty did in The Rickshank Redemption, that's a strong possibility.
  • The Jerry daycare in "Mortynight Run", where Rick and Morty pairs drop off their Jerrys when they go on adventures. However, sometimes, a Jerry's Rick and Morty never comes back, leaving them stranded in an alien dimension with no way home, and their only alternatives are either to live in the daycare for the rest of their lives, or brave the dangerous alien city outside. Also, the reasons for why a Rick and Morty never come to pick up their Jerry. Which is worse, them being killed during one of their adventures, or just abandoning Jerry to his fate? Also, how are those universe's versions of Beth and Summer reacting?
    • Probably with indifference, because nobody really seems to care about Jerry.
    • If you look closely, one of the checkboxes on the clipboard Rick signs is whether Jerry's stay is temporary or "forever." For all we know, the Ricks and Morties belonging to the left-behind Jerries could all be alive and well, having simply booted their Jerry from their lives.
      • This grants another interesting perspective: considering Beth is depicted in many episodes as "looking for the door" in her marriage, what if she'd put them up to the task?
      • there was one person in the daycare that wasn't a Jerry who explained that his earth's Beth remarried, could one Beth have done it twice.
  • Fart's David Bowie-esque "Goodbye Moonmen" song is a nice little tune that could easily have been an extra track on Space Oddity or The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, but then you realize that is actually about his wish to genocide the disease he views carbon-based life as.
    • Soooo, it still sounds like an extra track on a Bowie album? Some of that Ziggy Stardust/Diamond Dogs, apocalypse fun?
    • It also makes his murder of the authorities chasing him far more disturbing. He made them slowly kill each other like dominos just by mentally destroying one's will to live. Imagine several millions of his species invading and destroying mankind simply by breaking them via Mind Rape.
  • So, Blim Blam the Korblok was chained up by Rick so that the latter could cure his "Space-AIDs", but ended up breaking free and leaving the planet due to Beth and Jerry. His Space-AIDs was never cured, and who knows what all species it could infect?
  • Rick's suicide attempt at the end of "Auto Erotic Assimilation" becomes even sadder when you consider that, given Rick's usual mental state, he's probably tried to kill himself a lot. Indeed, the only reason he seems to be alive is that when he wants to kill himself, he's in such a bad state that he's physically unable to actually pull it off; at no point does he decide to keep living. And, because the method he uses is indistinguishable from the rest of his sci-fi stuff, his family presumably doesn't realize what he keeps doing and how close to death he's come. Jerry even sees the machine in a drawer and briefly holds the inanimate "test" specimen without comment.
    • This is seen in the very first scene of the pilot episode when Rick abducts Morty from his bed and flies off with him, telling him he's going to start over. Rick got drunk and that's all that was needed for Rick to want to start life on Earth over. The only person he wanted to save was Morty and his (Morty's) crush, Jessica. He also tells Morty that he isn't interested in Jessica and Morty doesn't have to worry about that. Could that be because Rick isn't planning on staying alive with them?
  • Summer has a flashback during "Total Rick-all" to walking in on Beth drunk alone. Beth smacks her with the wine on accident. It's picture day, meaning Summer will have a bruise in her class photo. Based on the casual way Beth grabs make-up to cover up the bruise, has she done this to Summer or Morty before? Or, since we know Rick is an alcoholic, did he do something similar to Beth when she was a child? It's also possible that Beth was being so casual because she was so drunk and when you're drunk, apathy tends to set in.
  • Rick is frequently drunk and Beth is seen drinking wine whenever she's in a bad emotional situation. It's safe to say that alcoholism runs in the family, meaning Summer and Morty are susceptible to it.
  • Compare the youthful, smiling Rick as seen in the pictures at Birdman's house to the Rick we see in the series just to fully realise how much life has beaten out of him.
  • It’s easy to miss, but in “Get Schwifty” one of the Cromulons mentions their Planet Talent show is in its 900th season. Which means they’ve been at it for (depending on their units of time measurement) the better part of a millennium. And if the format has remained consistent, they’ve annihilated 3,600 inhabited planets. Holy shit.
  • Rick destroyed Zeep's miniverse the moment he arrived back in the microverse. He just destroyed two whole universes and committed genocide on at least two sentient species.
    • That is not correct. Rick mentions when they get back to the "real" world that Zeep has a choice: either the battery will work, or Rick will get a new battery. He turns the key and the car starts, meaning Zeep made his choice to not tell everyone the truth. The Stinger even shows Zeep looking up at the sky and muttering "peace among worlds, Rick!" However, Rick basically stated that he would destroy an entire world of sentient beings if they didn't get back on the "floobleboxes," and Zeep knew it. Imagine meeting your creator and realizing that a. He has zero empathy for you and your kind, and b. he will destroy you if you don't get back to work. Brrrr!
      • You misread. Rick did not destroy the microverse, but he did destroy the miniverse and the teenyverse when he and Zeep got back to the microverse that Rick originally created. So the OP's point still stands: He destroyed two entire universes and any life within them. And it's not the only time he's done this, if we take Toxic Rick's batteries into consideration- that's at least four, and no way to know how many times he's done it.
    • That's not the worst of it. The floobleboxes are completely unnecessary. Any planet's total energy output cannot be greater than the amount of energy it receives. So basically, the output Zeep's people is a fraction of what the planet's total energy output could be. And that is a fraction of what comes from its star. Basically, Rick could have had a much more powerful battery if he siphoned energy from the micro sun. That would require no enslavement and be more efficient. Considering Rick is a super genius, he knows this. But he created that universe and those people, installing himself as a god to them. It actually tells a lot about Rick's psychology in that he created/became the only god he could believe in: a selfish, uncaring monster whose reasons for creating the universe are not only unfathomable to his creations, but ultimately makes them all cogs in an uncaring machine.
    • Tells you a lot about the scientists who made further universes down the road even though they are aware of the little tidbit regarding the sun, didn't they?
  • Several of the married couples on Nuptia 4 in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" get killed. What if they had children who are now orphaned?
  • Was Jerry's traumatic experience with rape when he was younger what made him the low self-esteemed man he is today?
  • Morty and the family's more Jerkass tendencies in the second season could be very well what Unity said; Rick just sucks everyone down with him. And with Morty, he's starting get more and more like Rick.
  • Nothing is likely to come of it since both shows belong to two different networks, but Bill Cipher is on a computer monitor at the couple's therapy center. It seems like an innocuous Easter Egg at first, but bear in mind that the alien doctor speaking with Beth and Jerry has the same eye designs as someone possessed by Bill.
    • In addition, a picture of Bill and a picture of the logo for Journal 3 are shown in a Rickstaverse photo inside a Galactic Federation Prison, alongside Grunkle Stan's notebook, pen, and mug that got sucked through a portal in Society of the Blind Eye/Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind. If anything, this means that not only are the Gravity Falls and Rick and Morty universes are connected to each other but that Bill Cipher could enter Rick and Morty dimension to do whatever ungodly horrors he wants.
    • and if he met Rick? I don’t know what’s worse, if they fight and end up possibly destroying the universe, or if they get along
  • Rick is in prison: he probably won't be given alcohol and uncontrolled detoxification affects alcoholic people in a bad way.
  • When you realize that one of the reasons Rick so gleefully destroys his clones in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" is because he is suicidal, and murdering his clones literally allows him to destroy himself.
    • One has to wonder if Ricks killing Ricks are a common thing.
      • Seeing as the Council of Ricks decided to intervene only after what they called an "untypical high death rate" for Ricks across dimensions, the occasional Rickteside seems to be the norm.
  • The Stinger at the end of "Meseeks And Destroy" shows one of the villagers discovering King Jellybean's perverted history, and deciding to cover it up so as not to disillusion the community. King Jellybean was at least killed beforehand, but what if he was still alive, and said villager was willing to cover for him and let him keep getting away with his crimes for the sake of publicity? It's even more disturbing because this has happened in REAL LIFE, with celebrities having their crimes ignored and hidden for decades or even until their death and so go unpunished and even celebrated. This creepy cartoon is actually the Lighter and Softer variation.
  • After being put in prison, Rick is asked "What are you in for?" His response: "Everything." This could be interpreted as being hyperbole, but it could otherwise mean that Rick has committed every crime in the universe. One wonders what fucked-up things he might have done outside of the episodes released so far. It also can be interpreted as his general remorse with everything he has done in life, not just illegal actions.
  • At the end of ‘Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind’ Rick gets a ‘Free Replacement Morty’ voucher. Considering all the hundreds of now freed, Rickless Mortys, this is at best a cheap gift and at worst means the council burns through Mortys at an alarming rate.
    • For there to be any free Mortys to give away, they presumably need to be Poor Rickless Bastards, which means they burn through Ricks at an alarming rate too. Or they're just trying to offload all of the Mortys that they suddenly found themselves burdened with.
      • Or clones. Remember that Ricks can buy Morties in blister packs with different accessories.
    • Given Rick's self-destructive tendencies, it's entirely possible that a substantial number of these Morties are "available" due to Ricks dying from suicide or accidental deaths. Which raises another question: Are these Morties ones recovered off of their home Earths, like the ones in 'Close Rick-counters', or does the council abduct them from their families?
  • Mr. Meeseeks as beings are in constant pain while still alive, and the only reason they wish to complete their task is to end the pain. Meeseeks are suicidal.
    • Meeseeks and destroy is really an episode about how living with a purpose is far worse than living without one.
    • What slightly lessens the horrifying nature of this (or makes it worse depending on your viewpoint) is that it doesn't specify what sort of pain the Meeseeks are in - It could just be the mental torment from the frustration of being unable to finish what they were instructed to do. If one imagines that they knew, with total certainty, the meaning of life, but were unable to achieve it, one can probably imagine the intense mental strain this would put on someone. Insanity would be near certain.
      • Until you decide you're perfectly happy living your own life and getting your own meaning from it, to hell with fulfilling any meaning determined by someone else.
    • Here's a thought: What happens to a Meeseeks who fails to complete his task, and ends up trapped or imprisoned somehow? Like in that Federation prison where everyone is kept immobilized all the time?
  • In "Pilot" what exactly drove Rick to the point that he was willing to wipe out humanity with a bomb?!!!!
    • Rick is basically one bad day away from wiping humanity then going to another universe to start over. That fact alone is scarier than just about anything the show has produced. Wouldn't blame any viewer if they consider Rick a Villain Protagonist
    • Not only this. The first scene of the pilot is one big fridge horror in itself. While Rick later changed his mind, he passed out right before the call of the detonation. Viewing the show for the first time, you might assume that it's just a joke, fitting for the black comedy of an adult show. But later in the show, it's revealed that there are indeed multiple universes with an infinite number of Ricks and Mortys. So how big is the chance, that this Rick and Morty were alternative versions of the "real" Rick and Morty who were blown up offscreen for real, along with the whole world?
    • Morty's also had to disarm so many neutron bombs that he knows the percentage that will turn out to be duds, too. '40%' would require at least five with two duds.
  • Rick gives a tip to the Galactic Federation under Jerry's name. Who's to say this won't end up reaching the rest of the family's ears? It's unlikely that Beth will believe Jerry when he says it wasn't him. If that's true, Beth will likely never forgive Jerry for taking Rick away from her.
    • Supported by The Reveal in "The Rickshank Redemption" that the entire reason Rick turned himself in and overthrew the Galactic Federation was to sabotage Jerry and Beth's marriage. This was probably his backup plan in case they did not go through with the divorce.
  • The interdimensional goggles seem cool at first. Imagine seeing the lives of your alternate selves from other dimensions. But imagine if your alternative selves also had them. They could see through your eyes while you work, interact with your loved ones, and have sex.
  • In the promotion for the Rick and Morty Season 1 DVD, Rick summons a Meeseeks and tells it to 'go out into the world and tell everyone about the DVD'. Rick told the Meseeks to tell EVERYONE about the DVD, as in every single person on the planet. Then the Meeseeks is shown wandering a city in our world, spreading the news...
  • The idea of Unity is already pretty horrifying without needing a trip to the fridge, but it's downplayed a bit in the episode in question when it's revealed that the people she has taken over would include sex offenders and engage in race wars without her taking over. However, she's trying to gain membership to the Galactic Federation so she can take over those planets. Given one of the first things she does is declare world peace and given the apparent parallels to Star Trek's Federation, it's likely that achieving a certain level of cultural advancement and eliminating various social problems is required before a planet can enter the Federation. In other words, if she got into this Federation she'd be taking over peaceful planets.
    • To add another layer of horror, all of the 'fun' they're having is through the use of sentient beings, none of whom were likely consulted before being used by an alien hive mind and a sociopathic scientist as a relationship aid. How many of the redheads in that stadium would have said "no" if they could?
  • The destruction of the Council of Ricks in "The Rickshank Redemption" does not immediately garner sympathy, considering the behavior of the majority of its membership, until one remembers that Rick J 19 Z 7 (aka "Doofus Rick") from "Close Encounters of the Rick Kind" was probably among the Ricks caught in the crossfire from the Citadel's Tele-Frag with the Galactic Federation's prison. It's highly likely that he was killed like the other Ricks and Mortys from "Close Encounters of the Rick Kind", supporting Morty's claims about Rick's collateral damage being too destructive to ignore.
    • This may have been averted, as the "Tall Morty" in "The Ricklantis Mixup" seemed to be Doofus Rick, having the same speech patterns and look. Made a sad moment indeed when he asks if he has "graduated to being a Rick."
      • That wasn't Doofus rick, that was "Slow Rick", and he wasn't asking if he was graduating to being a Rick, he was asking if he passed Morty school to become a Morty. Unlike Doofus rick, he is legitimately unintelligent, and kept as a "Tall Morty" more or less for his own safety. They look completely different (Slow Rick is a generic Rick, Doofus Rick has a unique character design).
  • Bird Person's Undying Loyalty, and in fact all of Rick's relationships, comes into question given how dependent Beth and Summer are. Who's to say Rick hasn't conditioned any of his other friends to be so loyal? Unity, a literal assimilating hive mind, states he outperforms her in assimilating people and she can only get out by cutting off contact with him. The only ones that can escape the spell of Rick's (pathologically sociopathic) charisma are inhuman beings that can avoid him and people Too Dumb to Fool who are powerless to go against him, like Jerry.
    • What's worse, "Morty's Mind-Blowers" reveals that Rick can remove memories from his loved ones if he wants to. Who's to say that he hasn't done the same to people outside of his family?
  • In "Pickle Rick," Dr. Wong is not even slightly fazed, annoyed, or otherwise adversely affected by the turmoil of Rick's family. Even when Rick waltzes in, soaked with blood, feces, and you know, being a pickle, she doesn't so much as raise her voice or lift an eyebrow. Just what kind of horrific patients does she have to deal with, to be completely unfazed by this supernatural mess of a family?
    • In a more hopeful interpretation, since alien lifeforms have made their presence known twice over in season two, she's just more openminded to once-thought impossible things.
    • Also on a hopeful note, her behavior is consistent with how a professional psychologist ''should'' behave when dealing with difficult patients. While some less professional psychologists might reciprocate their patients' more toxic behavior, Dr. Wong's utter nonchalance in the face of the Smith family's absurd home life is perfectly in line with what's expected of her.
  • In "Vindicators 3: Return of the Worldender", it's shown the Vindicators will absolutely turn on each other the moment things get rough and they exterminated an entire planet on their previous adventure. Who's to say they didn't kill the other three Vindicators themselves during the adventure?
  • In The Stinger of "Anatomy Park", we learn that Ethan has the new Anatomy Park (Anatomy World if you will) being built inside of him. Now, what happens to it in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" when Morty monstrously mutates Ethan with the Morphizer-XE?
    • Considering the events of Rick Potion #9, those are two different Ethans so it depends on whether or not the new Ethan has an Anatomy Park in him.
  • In "Rest and Ricklaxation", the Healthy Morty is The Sociopath because he believes having a moral compass is toxic, and leaps in intelligence to a well-accomplished stock broker. In "The Ricklantis Mixup", Evil Morty is also The Sociopath who has killed countless Ricks and tortured or killed their Mortys in the past, on top of disposing of anyone in his path to power with no one the wiser. Not only does this seem to imply that any Morty who abandons all senses of morality is potentially Eviler Than Thou to Rick Sanchez, but that being The Fettered and oppressed by Rick is the only thing keeping a Morty from Rick levels of intelligence - something our Morty is getting closer towards casting off as seen in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy".
  • Throughout the show, there are multiple major signs that Rick has repeatedly switched dimensions after making big mistakes so he can start over by pretending to be part of whatever version of the Sanchez family he finds there. There's no way to be sure the Rick we're watching now is the same one the show started with. He may have even killed other Ricks just so he could take their place &, if he hasn't some other Rick could do it to him at any time.
    • For what it's worth, the Citadel of Ricks still identify our Rick as Rick C-137. Granted, they're hardly infallible, our Rick never contradicts them in any way.
      • Fridge Horror again-Morty claims he's from C-137, but is never identified as such by any Rick other than Rick C-137. It's possible Rick could be lying to him.
      • It's fairly well conclusive that our Morty is not C-137. Rick C-137 has memories of baby Morty, when our Beth said that Rick had been gone for 20 years. Best bets are that "Evil Morty" is the real Morty C-137, out to get revenge on Rick C-137.
  • Let's consider a specific sentence from the episode "Pickle Rick", one that Dr. Wong told Rick near the end of the episode. "You seem to alternate between viewing your own mind as an unstoppable force, and as an inescapable curse." Now consider the fact that the characters in Rick and Morty have stated multiple times that there is an infinite amount of universes, with an infinite amount of Ricks. Which means that, while most of the Ricks that we see have embraced science and portal gun technology, there exists Ricks in many universes that have never taken that plunge, instead focusing on their wife and their child, Beth. The Ricks that have gone with the science route usually end up in turmoil and with existential crisis, while the ones who have gone with the family route seem to be living much happier lives in ignorant bliss. However, we've only seen two Ricks in the entire series that decided on family over science: the first, in "Rickshank Redemption", in a memory that may or may not be true, and the second, in "The Ricklantis Mixup". In the first instance, after a Rick rejects the invitation to own a portal gun, he witnesses his wife and child get murdered by a bomb before his very eyes. While that story seems to have been fake to trick the agent, there's no actual proof that our Rick didn't just change the last part of the memory while the rest was the truth, or that he didn't just think of the time this happened to another Rick from another dimension. In the second instance, a Rick that preferred to work with wood rather than technology and was proud to raise his daughter got kidnapped, dragged to the Citadel, and forced into a Lotus-Eater Machine...to make cookies. It seems, then, that the Ricks who have accepted science - the "unstoppable force" - can't stand the simple fact that, for all of their intelligence, some Ricks are happier than they'll ever be because they willingly refused to heighten their intelligence to "inescapable curse" levels. And so, in a fit of self hatred that no show has ever rivaled before, these Science Ricks will go out and ruin the lives of these Family Ricks, out of pure jealousy and spite.
    • This would explain the number of jobber Ricks on the Citadel. The Ricks could easily automate most of the blue collar jobs, or bring in any kind of easily controlled worker population, but they don't. It wouldn't surprise me if, being the sociopaths they are, the Council of Ricks "recruited" Ricks from beyond the Central Finite Curve for no better reason than to keeping thematic.
  • Simple Rick is the only Rick we see who gave up on super-science and adventure so he could stay with his Beth... and was then kidnapped by other Ricks who use his happy memories to make cookies. The question is, when did this happen? Simple Rick's happiest memory is Beth's third birthday. Was Simple Rick kidnapped shortly after? Is this Beth yet another Beth who grew up thinking her father abandoned her?
    • Simple Rick's central thought is the simple love he felt for and from his daughter. There's an entire slave factory not only dedicated to making it, but so important that it has implied sister factories, a small army dedicated to its recovery, and a need for Simple Rick so great that his death requires an immediate replacement. Not only is Simple Rick's based on a Lotus-Eater Machine, it mass-produces lotus-flavored candy for the uncountable number of Ricks who want but cannot get the love of their Beths.
    • Justified in that Old Rick (a.k.a. Assembly Line/Worker Rick) was harvested for his memories mere moments after they happened, which could mean...
    • You have to remember that all the Ricks are the same age, so Simple Rick would have been kidnapped, at earliest, sometime after the Citadel was founded, which was probably at least a few years after Ricks started dimension travelling. Also, the Citadel probably didn't have any Mortys until just a few years ago.
  • Simple Rick was blatantly kidnapped to be milked for cookie flavoring, but a number of other Ricks and Morties in the episode appear to be on the citadel against their own wishes. Notably Cop Morty who broke down in tears over wanting to be a normal boy before performing a Suicide by Cop, and the Rick attempting to concoct portal fluid in a meth lab for the Morty gang. At the end of "Close Rickcounters of the Rick Kind", Evil Morty was shuttled back to his home dimension along with all the Morties he held prisoner, yet he's back on the citadel still Rickless. Could the shadow council have rounded all those Morties back up to repopulate the citadel, along with any aberrant Ricks who never mastered interdimensional travel?
    • Cop Morty was just trying to put Cop Rick off his guard, in the exact same way that Crib Room Morty had earlier in the episode.
  • Worker Rick is forced to act as a replacement for Simple Rick after he gets him killed, which is bad enough on it’s own, but then at the end of the episode Evil/President Morty has Wonka Rick (who owned the factory) killed. Seeing as President Morty has already enacted major changes in the citadel such as changing the Morty school curriculum and getting the teacher fired, it’s not hard to believe the Simple Rick factory might end up shut down. If this is true, ‘’what will happen to worker Rick?’’
  • The People Zoo in "Morty's Mind Blowers" has Meeseeks in it, as a Freeze-Frame Bonus. Meeseeks go crazy after living for only a couple of days, and God knows how long they've been stuck in there.
  • In "Morty's Mindblowers", it's revealed Rick and Morty may have had to abandon another universe because of evil squirrels. This seems disturbing enough, except it's not stated when this took place. It's possible this memory is from before Rick Potion Number 9, meaning they may have had to ditch at least three universes.
    • Not really. Rick reminds Morty what he said about switching universes, implying that this is after Rick Potion Number 9.
  • Summer has to be on watch for Morty's Mindblowers scenarios, which include her younger brother and grandfather attempting suicide. It's also implied that she remembers her mother choosing her life over Morty's, which horrified her at the time. But Rick doesn't wipe her mind, precisely because she has to be on call. "I don't get paid enough for this shit" suddenly takes on a darker tone.
  • In The ABC's of Beth Rick doesn't just tell Beth about the things she asked him to make for her during her childhood, he pulls a box out from beneath his workbench and shows her the items, meaning he actually made at least some of her macabre gadgets and gave them to her to use on other people. Also he makes it clear that he wasn't going to reign her in, even if she needed to be reigned in.
  • Some of the toys that young Beth "requested" including such things as a teddy bear with realistic organs and a knife that loves stabbing. This, along with Beth's sociopathic tendencies, makes one consider why Beth wanted to become a surgeon. Not because of her smarts but because she likes looking at organs.
  • The ABC's of Beth reveals why Rick has the cloning technology he had to remake Tommy and make Tiny Rick: He was prepared for when Young Beth would murder someone and he'd need to clone them so no one found out.
  • In "The ABC's of Beth", there was no happy ending to the situation with Tommy, no matter what Beth or Rick would try. That's why Rick decided to go home after seeing Tommy's graphic demonstration of him sleeping with, impregnating a Froopy Land resident, and eating the resulting offspring. If Beth had managed to convince Tommy to come home, she would have had to tell his father and the authorities why she had abandoned him in her childhood chicken coop for thirty years. Tommy would have stuck to his story that Beth deliberately drowned and abandoned him because she was jealous of his relationship with his dad. Even if Beth had lawyered up or the statute of limitations had expired, Tommy has lost his sanity living alone, being forced into bestiality, incest and cannibalism to stay alive, and believing his best friend betrayed him. He is also extremely violent, and he would need a lot of rehabilitation. All in all, Beth and Rick cloning Tommy was the least harmful decision because it means Tommy's father never found out the truth.
  • Beth also reveals that she knew all along, thanks to her father telling her, that the Rick and Morty in this universe aren't her Rick and Morty. They're fugitives from another dimension while the father she knew is dead. Rick had absolutely no reason to reveal this to her, except to explain why he's being obtuse about his parenting skills and admitting that Beth is expendable to him. All Beths are the same, in his words, and there are more Mortys that she could have with her original son having disappeared.
  • Had Rick just gone to family therapy with his daughter and grandchildren like he was supposed to, instead of ending up having a solo adventure and allying with Jaguar, Jaguar wouldn't have rescued him and Morty in The Stinger of "Pickle Rick" and they both would've suffered a Cruel and Unusual Death. Remember that Rick was genuinely out of ideas and believed they were going to die. Talk about a Family-Unfriendly Aesop...
    • Though to be fair, Rick's extreme adverse to boredom, as pointed out by Dr. Wong, is a dangerous problem to the family. For all we know, it was completely his fault that they were in that problem in the first place.
  • Evil Morty's Leitmotif, For the Damaged Coda, has the best possible name. It has only ever been played at the ends of episodes, making it a literal coda, and it's the leitmotif of the most damaged Morty of them all.
  • Beth in episode Morty's Mind Blowers show that an alien villain forcing Beth into a Sadistic Choice to choose which one of her children he'll spare and Beth immediately chooses Summer, not even hesitating for a second to resign Morty to death. What does that say about Beth character. This is not the first time Beth show no regard for Morty's life, in the stinger of Rick Potion #9, Beth tells Jerry she doesn't care about what might have happened to Rick and Morty and now that they have gone, she feels finally happy. Why do you think she feel like that about Morty, originally The show for the most part has shown Beth to be loving to Morty, or at the very least not abusive, while she and Summer have had a much more fraught relationship because Summer learning that Beth wanted to abort her and still has resentment about Jerry knocking her up and having a shotgun wedding, I was thinking that maybe it the divorce and how relationship with Rick and Jerry that cause her resentment to Morty, when she said that Beth tells Jerry she doesn't care about what might have happened to Rick and Morty and now that they have gone, she feels finally happy, what if when her relationship with Jerry was fix, maybe she thought she did not need Rick anymore now she had Jerry and maybe she saw Morty as Jerry former weakness and insecurities, and now that are Beth the chose Rick over Jerry is regretting how decision and is blaming Morty because she see him as a mix of the worst traits of Rick and Jerry, she did say in episode Raising Gazorpazorp that she believes that Morty was filled with Jerry's insecurities as a result of Jerry's overly-nurturing method of raising him.
  • Rick doesn't take his entire lab with him when he and Morty bail on the pilot universe. That means all of the memories in Morty's Mind Blowers were extracted from a different Morty altogether. We know from Mortynight Run that any given pair of Ricks and Mortys can have entirely different experiences even if they start out on their adventures in the exact same way. Those memories couldn't all have been extracted from the Morty we know, and since Rick gives the memory tubes nonsense filenames, he can't be certain whether any given memory is actually one that his Morty has had removed. Morty may have remembered a bunch of horrible things that didn't happen to him.
    • Likewise... does Morty remember Mr. Jellybean? Or did he have Rick remove that memory for him?
      • Most likely, he did not have that memory removed. Why? Because he never found out that Rick knew about Mr. Jellybean and killed him. Morty believes that Rick doesn't know what happened and if he DID know, he would just use that knowledge to mock him and "I told you so" him. For the same reason, he probably didn't have him remove the memory of what happened with Fart.
  • There is a feature at Rickworld that allows him to massacre a room full of Morty’s.
    • Rick does it every three months so that he can stand being around his Morty.

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Fridge Logic
  • "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" features a machine that creates physical representations of the way Beth and Jerry see each other, which is activated a great many times in that episode. That is, there exists a machine capable of mass-creating actual living beings, many of which are extremely powerful, based on nothing more than an idea in someone's mind. It's not even necessary for the person to know how to make the organism's characteristics (like Goddess Beth's telekinesis, for instance) biologically possible; the machine just figures it out. The episode does not do this technology justice by any means.
    • Yes, you read that right. The machine created a literal goddess, or at least a close approximation of one.
    • The machine was also proved able to create a functional superhuman army.
  • In "The Rickshank Redemption", it's made really clear that the federation considers Rick the cleverest mammal in the universe, and they aren't surprised that he finds a way to manipulate thoughts in a unique way (creating butts, specifically), so why would they use a obsolete model to deal with him?
  • The immortality field. Apparently, it exists, but it's only used for that autogrill planet. Why only there? At the very least, Rick (and, by extension, the Council of Ricks) should be able to have that technology, and it could have been very useful to them.
    • Just because someone invented a new technology doesn't mean that they're willing to share it. Not only that, but perhaps the resources needed to build it/keep it running are ridiculously high, hence why we only see it in a club for wealthy people. As for why the Ricks didn't have one, knowing their personalities, they probably conclude that if a Rick is not smart enough to keep himself alive, then they shouldn't get to live.
    • In addition to what has already been stated the immortality field has two major drawbacks for Rick. The first and most obvious being that Rick lives to risk everything on a regular basis and come out on top not spend life as a coddled mass of directionless molecules like Jerry. The second more insidious risk is that technology like the immortality field can be turned against its user, its made abundantly clear that everyone does feel pain but because it ends moments later they don't mind it much, anyone who got the jump on a Rick could devise all manner of constant agonizing torture abusing the immortality field to keep that Rick alive until they simply broke.
  • In "Rest and Ricklaxation", after Rick and Morty have purged what they thought their toxic parts of their personalities were, Rick states that he is proud to be Morty's gandpa. One of the toxic parts that Rick got rid of was his "illogical" love for Morty. So he said that objectively, without any emotional attachment to Morty making him say it.
    • Non-Toxic Rick also lost Rick's cynicism and misanthrophobia, leaving him with an appreciation and love for all forms of life. He no doubt still does love Morty, just as he loves everything. But unlike regular Rick he doesn't love him so much he isn't willing to sacrifice him to save everything else.
    • He also doesn't say that he loves Morty, he says he's proud to be his grandfather. Morty's not great with book-smarts but he's got excellent people skills, and with Healthy!Morty's lack of insecurity and self-loathing, that part of him absolutely shines. Healthy!Rick doesn't have his arrogance or narcissism, so he's able to value that aspect of Morty's personality without devaluing him for not being the same kind of genius Rick is. That's the difference: Healthy!Rick appreciates Morty for the qualities he has but feels nothing for him personally, Toxic!Rick thinks Morty's a piece of shit but loves him to (his own literal, actual) death.
  • Wouldn't Tommy be too young to produce sperm when he first started to mate with the indigenous creatures?
    • Maybe Beth kept going to Froopyland during her early-to-mid adolescence. Maybe Tommy was a few years older than Beth, such that he was physically capable of mating when he got trapped in Froopyland. It's even possible that Tommy had an underlying condition that caused a precocious puberty.
    • Also, to echo Beth, "Who gets stuck in Honey?"
      • It's a honey swamp, although the honey itself was probably as breathable and harmless as the rainbow-water, it wouldn't be honey if it wasn't sticky as hell. He probably wasn't strictly stuck, but depending on how far down he fell and how deep the honey was, it probably took him long enough to squirm out that Beth had long since gotten bored and wandered off (if she didn't just shove him in there and abandon him in Froopyland altogether).
  • In Vindicators 3, Rick's little Saw stunt ends with drunk!Rick being emotional and crying over Noob Noob after all the snipping back and forth between him and Morty over Morty's admiration of the Vindicators. But everything except the drunken rant on the video indicates that it really was intended for Morty, at least when Rick started building it. The rocket ride is too big for Noob Noob but fits Morty perfectly, the platform responded to Morty standing on it when anything except what Rick wanted would have caused the planet to explode, and Rick mentions hoping Noob Noob becomes a real Vindicator someday, even though if Noob Noob had been there to get the message, he would already have been one. You can also see the cardboard materials for the rainbow hands he made in the background, indicating that recording the videos was the last part of the prep. He really did intend it for Morty, his train of thought just derailed.
  • In The ABCs Of Beth, Tommy had to resort to impregnating the wildlife of Froopyland and cannibalizing the offspring to stay alive. However, Rick created Froopyland for Beth as her own personal play area, and went to insane levels to childproof it, from bouncy ground to oxygenated water. And yet, despite that, he apparently didn't put any sources of food in Froopyland, which is why Tommy nearly starved to death. One would wonder why that would be the case, unless Rick did it to keep out any potential choking hazards.
  • Many people see what Morty does to Ethan in "The Whirley-Durley Conspiracy" as the start of Morty transforming into an evil Morty. However, those who have siblings who have had their heart broken would see it as an action performed by a loving brother to even the score for their sister's pain (Ethan shamed Summer's body, making her image conscious as a result and leading her to try to alter herself and leading her to become a giant inside out monster. Morty made sure Ethan understood what he did by turning him into a deformed monster himself). Also, it shows that it runs in the family (as Rick did the same thing by killing King Jelly Bean after he attempted to rape Morty).

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