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  • Acting for Two: Both Rick and Morty were voiced by Justin Roiland. In "Meeseeks and Destroy" Roiland plays about forty Meeseeks and again in any episode with the Council of Ricks, in which the characters Roiland plays are literally different version of the same person talking to himself. The ultimate example has to be "The Ricklantis Mix-up" which is entirely composed of dialogue between multiple Ricks and multiple Mortys and as such only has a single voice actor carrying an entire episode, and somehow conveying that two particular voices with slight inflections are somehow multiple characters. This is continued in Rick: A Mort Well Lived, where Roiland voices most of the episode barring the interjection of Summer's B-plot.
  • Adored by the Network:
    • In May 2018, Adult Swim picked up the series for an additional 70 episodes even after Harmon & Roiland threatened to end the show to get more money. This is the largest episode order ever given by the network, and one of the largest orders ever for a show that isn't a daily program. For comparison, it took The Venture Bros. over a decade to reach 70 episodes over six seasons.
    • An entire Couch Gag featuring Rick and Morty was dedicated by The Simpsons.
    • The show gets many creative commercial bumps even when there isn't a new season being explicitly ready to debut.
    • It has gotten several special non-canon special episodes on Toonami from eastern productions. None of these are even dubbed.
    • The promotional commercials for Season 5 tend to be numerous and show different scenes between each other to hype up the season.
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  • Approval of God: A fan of the show is currently making a Mr. Meeseeks Skyrim mod. Justin Roiland has not only voiced approval of this but he has also personally offered to make voice lines for the mod.
  • Casting Gag: A live action Rick & Morty episode was teased in early September of 2021, with Christopher Lloyd cast as Rick, coming full circle with how Rick was conceptually pitched as a more deranged and cynical parody of Doc Brown from Back to the Future.
  • The Cast Showoff: In "Bethic Twinstinct", the two Beths speak in Venusian (read: French) just because their Voice Actor Sarah Chalke is fluent in French.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
  • Colbert Bump: "For the Damaged Coda" by Blonde Redhead got a huge boost in popularity from this show, and has become the iconic and unmistakable Leitmotif of Evil Morty.
  • Content Leak: The seventh episode of Season 5, "Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion", was accidentally placed on Amazon Prime in Canada in place of the fourth episode, "Rickdependence Spray".
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Dan Harmon's said that he feels "Raising Gazorpazorp" is among the weakest episodes in the series and is especially disappointed with the "battle of sexes" Cliché Storm in that episode, noting that he agrees with critics who saw it as an 1980s holdover.
    • Harmon has also expressed regret for "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender".
    • Judging from the "Inside the Episode" commentary for "Rickdependence Spray", the production staff weren't pleased with the episode, admitting that the plot was too tasteless even for them.
    • Justin Roiland considers "Interdimensional Cable II: Tempting Fate" to be this. He even told people several weeks in advance to not get their hopes up for that episode.
  • Corpsing: The episode "Rixty Minutes" has Rick tuning the TV so as to get channels from parallel universes. It's quite evident that several if not all of these shows and commercials were improvised by the voice actors on the spot, and they don't even bother to cover the fact that they cracked themselves up with it.
    • As seen in the first clip, the titular characters are even kind enough to lampshade it beforehand.
      Morty: Huh, seems like TV from other dimensions has a somewhat looser feel to it.
      Rick: Yeah, it's got an almost improvisational tone.
    • Happens twice in the 'State of Georgia Vs. Denver Fenton Allen' Rick and Morty parody skit. The first time is when in the middle of the video Roiland breaks character out of Morty for a moment when he's unable to contain his laughter over the absurdity of the argument with the accused Rick. Then again with Rick when he threatens to murder the judge's kids and he cracks up right at the end of the line about 'knocking their brains out with a hammer'.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Dan Harmon regards Pickle Rick and The Ricklantis Mixup as his favorite episodes of Season 3 and is thrilled that those were the ones with the best reception among the public.
  • The Danza: Thomas Middleditch as Tommy Lipkip in "The ABCs of Beth".
  • Defictionalization:
    • The balloon-popping game that Jerry plays on his iPad was made into an actual mobile game titled "Jerry's Game".
    • The sad robot that passes butter is now officially a thing too!
    • The plumbus
    • Played with when it comes to the Szechuan Sauce. While it was a real thing, a promotional sauce like that doesn't usually get rereleased post-promotion. That said, McDonalds has considered bringing it back because of it allegedly being Rick's Trademark Favorite Food.
      • Officially payed straight when McDonalds announced that they would be bringing the sauce back on October 7th, 2017, for one day...and bringing it back again for a longer term, due to a severe underestimation of demand that caused a truly absurd backlash.
    • Apparently, Strawberry Smiggles are on their way to becoming a real cereal.
    • There are two versions of Inter-dimensional Cable now.
  • Descended Creator: Justin Roiland voiced both Rick and Morty, all versions of them, as well as several side characters.
  • Development Gag
    • In "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez" Rick draws a self-portrait. It looks a lot like Doc.
    • Throughout the series, there is a box in the garage labeled "time travel stuff" that sits on the shelf in Rick's workshop. Word of God says that this is supposed to allude to a distaste for time travel plots and how those particular story ideas will forever be on the shelf.
  • Died During Production: Producer J. Michael Mendel died on September 22, 2019.
  • Doing It for the Art: It's clear from the commentaries that Justin Roiland has a tight grip on exactly who the show's audience is, regularly checking Reddit, /co/, and Tumblr for feedback, and makes sure the staff go out of their way to appease them.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Dan Harmon has admitted to occasionally getting Justin Roiland drunk to record his dialogue for Rick.
  • Executive Meddling: A positive case. In their initial pitch to Adult Swim, Harmon and Roiland had Morty written to be much more of a Butt-Monkey who was there merely to absorb the abuse Rick throws at him. Some AS executives didn't like this version of Morty, so Harmon and Roiland completely rewrote his character into the current Morty, who's not afraid to stand up to Rick if the need arises.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Most of Justin Roiland's lines are retroscripted, with him ad-libbing off of a loose description of what the character is supposed to say. Played for Laughs in the interdimensional cable episodes, where the In-Universe programming is all improvised in a purposefully awkward way for the sake of comedy.
  • I Knew It!:
    • From as far back as Season 1, a very large portion of the fandom speculated that the main Rick of the show is not originally from the same dimension as the series' main Morty, and Season 3's "The Rickshank Redemption" further hinted this via Rick's questionably-fabricated backstory. Season 5 heavily implies and later outright confirms that this is indeed true: Rick's original dimension doesn't even have a native Morty or Summer; Beth was killed as a child, alongside her mom/Rick's wife Diane, by an alternate version of Rick, meaning that Summer and Morty were never even born in this universe. In fact, "Solaricks" later takes it further by revealing that Morty's real native Rick was the very same aforementioned one who murdered Main Rick's family.
    • In a similar vein, a section of the fandom speculated that the Jerry we've been following since the ending of "Mortynight Run" was actually a different Jerry from the one we see in the beginning of the episode due to an accidental swapping in the Jerryboree. In "Solaricks", this is revealed to be true and the seemingly insane theory is also Lampshaded by Rick.
      Rick: Deep Cut.
  • In Memoriam: An animated title card at the end of each episode in season 6 reads "In Loving Memory of Mike Mendel". Joel Michael Mendel was a TV producer who worked on the show from its first season in 2013 until his death in 2019.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Justin Roiland conceived the idea for Rick and Morty as a successor to his short film parody The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, which itself was inspired by Back to the Future and Scud the Disposable Assassin, another series Dan Harmon had written for.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Various actors from Community who previously worked with Dan Harmon guest-star in the show, among them Jim Rash as Glaxo Slimslom in Season 2, Joel McHale as Hemorrhage and Gillian Jacobs as Supernova in Season 3, and Alison Brie as Planetina in Season 5.
  • Lying Creator: Dan Harmon did a guest appearance in a Film Theory episode about Rick and Morty, in which he strongly implied that the season 3 finale would reveal new information about Evil Morty. Evil Morty did not appear and was not mentioned.
  • The Other Darrin: On January 24th, 2023, Adult Swim cut ties with Justin Roiland and fired him from the show in the wake of his domestic abuse charges that finally went to trial just a week earlier. The voices of Rick and Morty themselves, as well as any other characters that Roiland used to voice, will be replaced from Season 7 onwards.
  • Playing Against Type: Sapient jellybean or not, Tom Kenny playing a rapist is, uh... different. Between this and his role as a kids' show host with evil intentions towards bullies ("Uncle Howee"), you'll never look at SpongeBob SquarePants the same way again. In "Total Rickall" he also voiced a Nazi in one of the gang's "flashbacks."
  • Production Posse:
    • Dan, Justin, and the initial four other writers (Eric Acosta, Wade Randolph, Ryan Ridley and Tom Kauffman) are all Channel101 alumni. (Later writers who have joined such as Mike McMahon aren't.) The show's composer, Ryan Elder, is too.
    • Many people who worked with Justin Roiland on Fish Hooks have also worked for this series, including Jessica Gao, Ryan Ridley, Jackie Buscarino, Alex Hirsch, Kari Wahlgren, Chelsea Kane, Tara Strong, and John DiMaggio.
    • Some of the guest stars were cast regulars on Community. In order of appearance, we have John Oliver (Dr. Duncan) as Dr. Xenon Bloom, Jim Rash (Dean Pelton) as Glaxo Slimslom, Joel McHale (Jeff) as Hemorrhage, Gillian Jacobs (Britta) as Supernova, and Alison Brie (Annie) as Planetina.
  • Recycled Script: "Rick in King Morturs Mort" is similar in plot to the second Interdimensional Cable episode where a member of the Smith family is coerced into chopping off their dick due to extraterrestrial politics.
  • The Red Stapler: After the Mulan McNugget sauce was greatly mentioned in the Season 3 premiere, it caused lots of fans to demand McDonald's revive the sauce, and possibly also in promotion for the upcoming live-action remake of the movie. Only two days after the episode aired, a top chef at Micky D's has already responded with interest in bringing the sauce back.

  • Shrug of God: On the DVD Commentary, Dan Harmon recalled an experience where he met a fan who theorized that Rick was the only character in the show who ever broke the fourth wall because he was the one aware that he was in a TV show (like Deadpool). Harmon's response was more or less "Sure, Let's Go with That."
  • Throw It In: Rick's parody of a catchphrase "Wubalubadubdub!" originates from Justin Roiland misreading the script. It called for Rick to channel Curly from The Three Stooges and run on the ground in a circle while making the "Woobwoobwoob!" sound. Roiland says he skips over most stage directions and just blurted out the sound. Everyone thought it was funnier than what was written.
  • Trolling Creator: "Never Ricking Morty" is an episode that seems to mock fans who think there will be resolution for longstanding dramatic plotlines involving Tammy and Evil Morty with their vendettas against Rick. Come the season 4 finale, Tammy did make a dramatic return and her storyline was settled and then the season 5 finale also gave closure to the Evil Morty storyline.
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  • The Wiki Rule: Rick and Morty Wiki.
  • Word of Gay: Rick was confirmed to be pansexual by Justin Roiland.
  • Word of God:
    • Stacy from the episode "Rest And Ricklaxation" is confirmed to be either 22 or 23 years old. Also, it was confirmed that Morty unconsciously left his phone on.
    • The US president in "The Rickchurian Mortydate" guesses that he was dealing with the same Rick but decides to play dumb for the sake of his ego.
  • Write What You Know: Beth and Jerry's self-destructive marriage was based on several of the writers' own parents, who stayed together for years despite constantly being on the brink of divorce. In the DVD Commentary, Justin Roiland says he can usually tell which fans are millennials if they're genuinely confused as to why Beth and Jerry stay together.