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  • Among the items found in Morty's room, there's a figure of Gigantor.

Season 1

  • "Pilot"
    • "Frank Palicky was frozen to death today!" references Suburban Commando.
    • One of the aliens waiting in line at interdimensional customs bears a striking resemblance to Quark.
    • Silhouettes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 characters Servo, Crow and Gipsy can also be spotted in a distant shot of the concourse.
  • "Lawnmower Dog"
  • "Anatomy Park"
  • "In "Rick Potion #9":
    • The title references "Love Potion No. 9," the song by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
    • A box on Rick's shelf is marked "Time Travel Stuff," referencing the show's origins as a Back to the Future parody.
    • The backpacks Rick and Morty carry closely resemble the packs in Planet Of The Apes.
  • In "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!":
  • "Raising Gazorpazorp"
    • The title references Raising Arizona, a movie also about characters caring for a baby not their own.
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    • Beth objects to intervening with Morty's pubescent urges, because that'd "turn him into Ralph Fiennes from Red Dragon."
    • The giant head that dispenses sexbots (themselves resembling a sexed-up RoboCop) is a direct reference to the same giant head in Zardoz.
    • When talking about how the truth hurts sometimes, the female leader mentions bringing up the topic of a woman's foundation not matching her skin, therefore making her look like a clown. This is nearly word-for-word the same thing another character from Season 2 Episode 7 of Dan Harmon's previous show, Community, said.
    • With Morty busy raising his half alien/half human son, Summer suggests Rick needs a new Companion.
  • In "Meeseeks and Destroy," one of the items on the tavern's menu is "juicy time babies," referencing Gravity Falls.
    • The episode's beginning (featured in the first season's intro sequence) has Rick and Morty attacked by evil versions of their family. Rick frees them from the "alien demon ghosts" with what seems a ghost trap from Ghostbusters. The possessed Beth also acts like the Deadites, in that she fakes being good before resuming attacking Morty. Morty is seen holding what looks like a NES cartridge for no real reason.
  • In "Something Ricked This Way Comes":
    • One of the customers in Rick's curse-removal service asked for his undead cat and son, referencing Pet Sematary.
    • The episode is a Whole Plot Reference to Stephen King's Needful Things, only with Rick added in as a hero who thwarts the villain at every turn, completely turning it from horror to comedy.
    • Mr. Needful, once he goes into legitimate business, dons a turtle-neck sweater and hairstyle very similar to Steve Jobs.
    • Mr. Needful busts out a mean fiddle solo in reference to Charlie Daniels' song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."
    • The title itself is a reference to "Something Wicked This Way Comes", with Mr. Needful being pretty similar to Mr. Dark portrayal in the movie adaptation and referencing "the beauty cream that turns you blind" scene.
    • Rick claims that Curse Purge Plus "was all just a bit... like when Bugs Bunny fucks with the opera singer for twenty minutes," referencing the cartoon "Long-Haired Hare."
    • Muscular Rick and Summer beat up a bully who looks amazingly like Randall from Recess.
  • "Rixty Minutes"
    • The name references long-running news show 60 Minutes
    • The TV programs give the same vibe as the videos from Roiland TV. Also, the visual concept of Mr. Jellybean and the name "Rick Sanchez" appear in those website's videos.
    • The basic premise of "interdimensional cable" can be traced back to Roiland's earlier project House of Cosbys, which involved the protagonists (and by extension, the viewers) watching a psychedelic barrage of nonsensical alien TV.
    • Summer's plan to move to the southwest is apparently doomed to end in crystal meth either way.
    • Gazorpazorpfield is a parody of the Garfield series. Also, One of the many, many insults Gazorpazorpfield lobs at Jon is "You weak, pathetic..."
    • One of the shows seen is an alternate timeline Game of Thrones where the entire cast are dwarfs except Tyrion.
  • "Ricksy Business":
  • "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind":

Season 2

  • "A Rickle In Time"
    • The title references A Wrinkle in Time
    • Rick's delivery of the phrase "And awaaaay we go!" is identical to Ralph Cramden's catchphrase in The Honeymooners.
    • The Time Cop is similar in design to the titular creatures from The Langoliers (with the addition of arms). Fittingly, The Langoliers is also about a dangerous aspect of time, namely, "Where does the past disappear to?"
  • "Mortynight Run"
    • The title references Midnight Run
    • The "Goodbye Moonmen" song is very David Bowie-esque. Singer Jemaine Clement is in fact doing his Bowie impression from Flight of the Conchords's "Bowies in Space."
    • The animation in the "Goodbye Moonmen" segment is very reminiscent of the Deranged Animation in The Wall. The Rolling Stones' mouth logo appears among the other psychedelic stuff.
    • Krombopulos Michael is an alien badass assassin who prays before an assassination and has a family, referencing a character from Mass Effect 2.
  • "Auto-Erotic Assimilation"
    • The TV show that Rick asks Unity to create, alter, cancel and then bring back to suit his whims in is a reference to Community, which Dan Harmon was gone through similar turmoil. A brief shot of the screen reveals a set-up that is almost identical to Community, but with an alien cast. Doubles as Fridge Brilliance, because of course the TV show "Unity" creates would be Comm-unity.
    • The opening lines about distress beacons is a direct reference to FTL: Faster Than Light in which distress beacons are nearly always a source of resources for the player.
    • As Rick, Morty, and Summer enter the distressed ship, Rick claims that the ship's crew must have been overrun by an alien, then quickly mentions facehuggers, the fan nickname of the aliens' larval form in the Alien franchise.
    • Unity assimilates entire planets by possessing all of their inhabitants in a way reminiscent of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
  • "Total Rickall"
  • "Get Schwifty":
    • The plot, where a bunch of inhabitants from different planets are forced to compete in a game show where the losers' planets are blown up, was done in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius of all shows.
    • The weapon used to "disqualify" planets looks very much like the Forerunner Dreadnought from Halo.
    • When one of the war room nerds suggests they placate the Cromulons with a work from Vivaldi, Rick calls him Frasier for suggesting a classical piece. May also double as an Actor Allusion, since the lead actor's daughter voices Summer.
  • "The Ricks Must be Crazy":
  • In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez":
    • The title references Big Trouble in Little China
    • The helmets of the brain scanning device are shaped like Devo Energy Domes, the signature headwear of the band.
    • Bill Cipher from Gravity Falls makes a cameo on the screen at the marriage counseling center. It's right after Jerry takes off the helmet. This is also the episode where the creator of Gravity Falls voices Summer's crush of the week.
    • Rick refers to Morty and Summer as his "Helsings" when going vampire hunting, referencing the vampire hunter from Dracula.
    • The vampire's name, Coach Feratu, is a reference to Nosferatu. It's lampshaded in The Stinger when the head vampire tells his followers not to put obvious references to vampires in their aliases.
    • The whole concept of fighting vampires in a high school is a riff on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The head vampire;s look and rising from a pool of blood are directly from the character of the Master.
    • The hooded vampires have ankhs straight off the cover of Vampire: The Masquerade.
    • At one point, Summer holds up a drawing Tiny Rick made with a crudely drawn Rick and the caption "HELP ME MORTY AND SUMMER." Some may notice the poorly drawn Rick looks exactly like Doc from Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, the short Rick and Morty is based on.
  • "Look Who's Purging Now":
  • "The Wedding Squanchers":

Season 3

  • The Season 3 intro includes a clip of Rick looking over two replacement Mortys packaged up like action figures, complete with an accessory weapon. Rick chooses the Morty that comes with The Master Sword.

  • "The Rickshank Redemption":
    • The title references The Shawshank Redemption, which was also about a man escaping prison and taking revenge on his gaolers (including causing one to shoot himself in the head!)
    • One pair of Mortys in the Council of Ricks has a dress and a pink hairband with the other having a pine tree hat, taken from Gravity Falls.
    • Rick makes one to Mulan and talks about the McDonald's dipping sauce used to promote the film. And during Rick's end of episode rant, he calls the sauce his "one-armed man," referencing the illusive figure hunted by the protagonist in The Fugitive.
    • Someone unseen says at one point "He who controls the pants controls the galaxy!", paraphrasing Dune's "He who controls the spice, controls the universe".
    • Summer calls the version of herself from the universe Rick "Cronenberged" a Hunger Games version of herself.
    • The house Rick lives in his memory of creating the Portal Gun closely resembles Walter White's house from Breaking Bad. It also doubles as a hint that the memory is actually faked by Rick.
    • Phoenixperson, Birdperson's revived cyborg self, somewhat resembles The Falcon.

  • "Rickmancing The Stone":
    • The beginning scene in the Death Stalker planet is based on Mad Max: Fury Road, and the villain that Summer kills closely resembles Immortan Joe. The rest of the episode pays homage to the whole series, with Hemorrhage being a parody of Lord Humungus and the Blood Dome being a blatant reference to Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. After she hooks up with Hemorrage, Summer even dresses in Tina Turner's outfit from that film.
    • Some of the gestures that Armothy does in the episode are very similar as to the taunts that John Cena and Hulk Hogan do.

  • "Vindicators 3: Return of the Worldender":
    • The Vindicators are basically douchier versions of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • The entire drama between Alan Rails, 1-Million Ants, and Supernova, is basically a condensed version of the drama between Marvel's Vision, Scarlet Witch, and possible Wonderman:
      • Supernova and 1-Million Ants cheated with each other while Supernova was still married to Alan; in Marvel comics, Scarlet Witch once cheated on Vision with Wonderman while still married to Vision.
      • Supernova and 1-Million Ants somehow conceived a child, even though it should have been physically impossible (as a result their child did die in the womb). In Marvel comics, Scarlet Witch and Vision did manage to have twin sons together even though it was also physically impossible with Vision being a sterile robot, due to her using mutant and magic powers.
      • 1-Million Ants makes a speech about how it was Supernova who 'taught him to be a man', which is similar to how Vision has talked about his relationship with the Scarlet Witch as well.
      • Supernova ultimately betrays and kills 1-Million Ants, which is also similar to the two times Scarlet Witch has killed Vision, although not intentionally and usually due to extreme madness.
    • Saw is explicitly referenced by name when drunk Rick's deathtrap gauntlet is revealed.
    • This isn't the first time Christian Slater played the leader of a group who is the first to get killed by a Rube Goldberg style machine setup. It also happened to his character in Mindhunters.

  • "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy"
    • Due to her and Beth's screwing around with the Morphizer-XE, Summer winds up as a giant inside-out woman who looks similar to the Female Titan from Attack on Titan.
    • Beth refers to Summer’s inside out state as “Clive Barkered”, a reference to writer Clive Barker who is known for creating and inspiring depictions of gruesome body horror, most famously in the Hellraiser series of films.
    • In a Blink-and-You-Miss-It moment, the bridge behind the tech support team when one of them gets carried off by the eagle has Bill Cipher's symbol on it from Gravity Falls.
    • Part of the wormhole-induced Mushroom Samba involves a pair of Ricks appearing in the background, resembling the figure from the album art of Tool's 10,000 Days

  • "Rest and Ricklaxation":
    • 8-Ball (or his toxins, at any rate), one of Bill Cipher's Henchmaniacs from Gravity Falls, can be spotted in the toxin dimension.
    • At the end of the episode, Morty tells Jacqueline that she can keep the drones. Rick protests and says she can't, because they form a "little Voltron robot". The drones do so, complete with glowing flame sword.

  • "The Ricklantis Mixup":
    • One of the candidates looks like The Rent is Too Damn High guy.
    • The headmaster Rick watching the Mortys going to their classes is one to The Wall.
    • The headmaster Rick is also clearly modeled on Professor Snape from Harry Potter.
    • The group of schoolboy Mortys resemble the main group from Stand by Me, with the obvious exception of Lizard Morty.
    • Cop Morty and Cop Rick's relationship and character traits as well the general tone and story beats of their subplot resembles Training Day
    • The concept of the episode which is showing the culture of a corrupt broken city through the wide ranging stories of its citizens such as the stories of school children, police officers and politicians as well as the episode's subtext of institutional racism is inspired by The Wire

  • "Morty's Mind Blowers":
    • The episode opens with them being chased by an Expy of Dream/Morpheus from The Sandman.
    • The Floop Floopian getting dragged to his species' version of Hell is reminiscent of Ghost.
    • The Jerry Mind Blower is an E.T. based adventure.
    • Two of memory vials are labelled "Bill C." and "Stanford".
    • The memory where Rick and Morty send blue prints for a interstellar vehicle to a scientist in order to fool her into trading places with them is a parody of Contact. Rick telling her that they've taken forms her mind can accept is also a nod to this.
    • Along with the obvious shout out to Men in Black and Men in Black II, Morty's comment, "Save it for YouTube", is a reference to clickbait review videos in general.
    • In one of the memories where Morty finds out that Rick thought that the "Granted" part of "Don't take thing for granted." was "granite", the armor they wear looks suspiciously like the Battle Armors worn in Dragon Ball Z.
    • The squirrels recognize Morty as a possible "Dolittle," referencing Doctor Dolittle.
    • Rick as a nearly-invincible Mad Scientist who has no way of dealing with squirrels besides fleeing far away from them refers to Doctor Doom.

  • "The ABC's of Beth":
    • The title itself is a reference to horror anthology film The ABCs of Death.
    • Three breasts aside, Keeara is distinctly reminiscent of the Asari characters from Mass Effect: among other things, she's attractive, blue, has an unusually-shaped skull, possesses telekinetic powers, and are known for making deep and lasting "bonds" between sexual partners. Her name also seems derived from Liara, the first Asari party member in the series, while her profession as a warrior-priestess evokes Justicar Samara from the second game. Also, she's voiced by Jennifer Hale - famous for voicing Mass Effect's female Shepherd. Similarly, the Varrix draw both visual and conceptual inspiration from the Vorcha, particularly in their pale, skeletal figures, their regenerative abilities, and their popular image as vermin.
    • After being decapitated by Jerry, one of the Varrix recovers by sprouting spider legs from its severed head and crawling away - much like the eponymous creature in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982).
    • Tommy as a young boy travelling to a land of monsters that see him as their king is similar to the plot of Where the Wild Things Are.
    • The path to Froopy Land is done by drawing a path with chalk. This is a reference to the cartoon ChalkZone.
    • Jerry mentions Chetara from ThunderCats (1985) when describing how hot Keeara is.
    • Both in this episode and the next, Rick and Beth describe the possibility of Beth's clone rampaging as "Going Blade Runner".

  • "The Rickchurian Mortydate":

  • Issue 30
    • On cover B, Summer has a poster of Karamatsu from Osomatsu-san on her wall.
  • Issue 31
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