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  • Accidental Aesop:
    • "Lawnmowner Dog" teaches us to appreciate the idiocy of lower lifeforms than humans.
    • "Meeseeks and Destroy" teaches us that adventures aren't always fun, and that looks can be deceiving. It also teaches the opposite from Rick's perspective, that even the silliest or dumbest sounding ideas can be exciting in practice (although he gets a severe Aesop Amnesia in season 3).
    • "Get Schwifty" teaches us not to let religion control your life. True, it could lead to to being a better person, but let it rule over you and it could lead you to do horrible things while believing you are doing good.
    • "Interdimensional Cable II" teaches us about being wary of guilt trips and peer pressure, especially since people who do so are as liable to lie about the details and urgency of their request.
    • "Vindicators 3" is a fine lesson in that you should probably never meet your heroes, or even better, you shouldn't even have heroes to start with. Or that intoxicated people are still very much accountable for their actions (especially when they harm others).
    • "Something Ricked This Way Comes" teaches us that everything comes for a price and/or requires taking responsibility. Trying to evade that is a recipe for disaster.
  • Accidental Innuendo: Morty's enhanced arm. Given that he's a teenage boy with raging hormones, fans immediately started joking about how he got it so muscular.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Do Jerry and Beth really love each other or are they just staying together for their kids' sake? In one episode, they even mentioned they'll remain together till both of their kids graduate college. This is complicated further in season three when they do decide to get a divorce in the season opener... and then reconcile and call the divorce off in the finale.
    • Rick's insistence to constantly have Morty, and then later on, Summer, join him on his adventures. Does he see them as just extra hands for what he wants? Or is he trying to make up for the fact that he was never there for his daughter?
    • Did Rick become a genius to help his wife and daughter? Or did he just really want more of that promotional Mulan McDonald's dipping sauce?
      • Also was Rick's claim at the end that everything he did was an elaborate ruse to get Jerry out of the picture really true, or did he just make that up to hide his true feelings? Seeing as Rick has pretended to have planned things out better than he really did ("Total Rickall") and hidden his feelings for the kids ("Meeseeks And Destroy") in the past, the latter is definitely a possibility.
    • Is Bird Person's defensiveness towards Rick because he genuinely trusts he will ultimately pull through for this family, or is he too blindly loyal (and likely of similar moral compass) to care if anyone else suffers for Rick's benefit?
      • Also is Bird Person's guilt tripping of Morty out of loyalty towards Rick or because he's trying to encourage Morty not to throw away his morals? It has been shown that Morty trying to break away from Rick usually comes at the cost of sinking to lows that he normally wouldn't and Bird Person seems to recognize that Morty isn't too far from Jumping Off the Slippery Slope in those instances. Notably in "Get Schwifty" Morty was willing to leave Rick to die, despite actively trying to do something heroic for once, and chose to consign Earth to and its inhabitants to death rather than do something that at least had a chance of ensuring survival.
    • In that vein, is Beth a good yet flawed mother or does she allow her kids lives' to be ruined just for the sake of rebuilding some kind of relationship with Rick?
    • Is Morty actually dumb? While he was doing poorly in school before Rick showed up, it's quite possible he could just test badly. Given that Evil Morty was able to create technology at least comparable to, if not equal to, Rick's, there's good reason to think Morty has more potential than Rick will admit.
    • Is Jerry really an idiot or is he only seen as stupid due to constantly being compared to Rick? Remember, it's been mentioned that Jerry majored in Civics in college, but he is constantly put down by Rick and this has left Jerry with a need to prove he's just as good or better than Rick.
    • Related to both of the above: We've seen alternate universe versions of both Jerry and Morty that were far more competent than the series' main versions (although one was the show's original Jerry). So, does Rick disparage them because he thinks they're inferior to him, or because he's afraid that they could be a threat to him if they realized their own potential?
      • The appearance of Doofus Jerry seems to be suggest the latter. Doofus Jerry is the evil version of Jerry who conquered his Earth and became the richest and most successful man there, but with no sympathy or regard towards others. He is also really good at fighting, beating Rick and Morty with ease, and even taking down a hired thug in a backalley. He also possesses a vast knowledge of weapons and technology, recognizing all the weapons and gear he saw at the Citadel of Ricks during his trial. He is also very resourceful, quickly entering the Genetic Restructurer to make himself poisonous to Ricks, thereby defeating all of them.
      • This leads to another question - does Doofus Rick really like Jerry or does he just enjoy hanging out with a version of the most powerful man in his dimension ?
    • "Rest and Ricklaxation" has Morty claiming that the relationship between him and Jessica is an All Take and No Give where she prefers someone that will be devoted to her while she doesn't have to be concerned with returning that devotion. Whether or not he was right is hard to tell as her actions afterwards could go either way. She doesn't deny his accusation, was complicit in returning him to normal while claiming her involvement was only because of Rick, and her "welcome back" could be taken as relief that the dynamic was restored. That being said it's implied she was lying about helping only because of Rick and cutting off her date earlier showed that she at least recognized Morty's own emotional needs.
      • Then there's the question as to whether nor not Toxic Rick and Morty represent the negative aspects of Rick and Morty while Detox Rick and Morty represent their positive aspects of if their relationship to each other is more akin to the balance of yin and yang. Toxic Rick was violent, narcissistic and entitled but despite it all genuinely cared about Toxic Morty and ultimately gave up his existence to remerge with Detox Rick to form Complete Rick after Detox Rick shot Toxic Morty with a lethal nano-botic virus. On the other hand, Detox Morty lacked none of complete Morty's cowardice and lack of self-esteem but had a morality far more in line with that of Complete Rick.
    • Police Morty's and J-22 Rick's actions in "The Ricklantis Mixup" have been interpreted differently.
      • Was Police Morty's final actions Suicide by Cop or just another example of his self-preserving behavior? Arguments can be made for both. Addressing the latter, it's possible Police Morty killed his last Rick and he was only pretending to care about Rookie Rick. On the other hand Police Morty showed some genuine affection toward Rookie Rick, and all the murders he committed were against people that threatened or hurt Rookie Rick. In this scenario he kills Big Morty and points his gun at Rookie Rick but lets him get the first shot off to end his misery.
      • Did J-22 kill Simple Rick simply to test if the portal was genuine or because he thought death was honestly a better proposition than any possible outcome for Simple Rick? The former means J-22 is just as bad as the other Ricks he hates, the latter makes him seem more heroic and his eventual fate that much more pitiable and ironic.
    • In "Morty's Mind Blowers", when Beth chooses Summer over Morty when forced to by an alien, does she genuinely prefer Summer to Morty, or or did she make the choice with the expectation and confidence that Rick would rescue Morty in time? Alternatively, if she was willing to sacrifice Morty, was it because she's jealous of his relationship with Rick? Furthermore, is she aware that this isn't her Morty and for this reason she doesn't have any emotional connection with him?
    • Was Jerry fired because his slogan was bad, or because he was awful at pitching it? It's not hard to imagine a better pitch: Either argue that apples, like milk, are a product the consumer is already familiar with, so a simple message is best, or pitch it as a response to "Got Milk?"
      • He found out later that they ended up using the pitch for pears.
    • Rick asking if Minecraft was made forautistic people before claiming he loved it: Is Rick on the Autism Spectrum? Or did he backpedal because he realized what he said was horribly offensive? On the one hand, Rick displays a few noticeable symptoms, but on the other, it's a bit out of character for him to display Political Correctness.
      • Alternatively, is Morty on the spectrum?
      • Dan Harmon is self-diagnosed as on the autism spectrum. Make of that what you will.
    • For Meeseeks, existence is pain. Are they in great pain as soon as they're summoned, and are just very good at hiding it at first, only getting desperate as time goes? Or is it some kind of progression where they're genuinely happy when they're brought to life, but every minute spent living is more painful than the last until they can no longer endure it?
    • Does Rick actually love his family? In one universe, Rick does a "Freaky Friday" Flip on everyone and when he couldn't figure out how to change them back, just hypnotized them into believing they were actually the person whose body they were in. Despite the fact Beth was now Jerry and Summer was now Morty, he still treated them the same way.
    • Has Jerry really manipulated Death a bunch of times or is it just a hallucination brought about by Rick healing him.
  • Ass Pull:
    • After Rick says he's going to do some "scanning", the next day approaches and everything snapped back to normal. It's a subversion, however, since everything Rick did after "scanning" was actually in another universe where Rick cured the David Cronenberg genetic virus with no explanation given.
    • Jerry getting shot 57 times in multiple places gets waved away with the justification of him being in an alien hospital that somehow revived him.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Rick himself to some. He has many of the traits of a standard Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist; however while most fans think he is a wonderfully complex deconstruction of the trope, others think the show too often tries and fails to make him seem genuinely likable. This has also led to a debate on whether he's an Anti-Hero or a Villain Protagonist.
    • Jerry and Beth have started to become this since occupying most of the subplots in Season Two, their arc concerning their dysfunctional marriage either considered entertaining tragicomedy or bland spotlight stealing from two unlikable characters.
      • Beth is a particularly divisive character because of her more Closer to Earth personality, as some prefer her for being more lucid and less pathetic than Jerry, while some find her insufferable for this very reason, considering her an equally if not more terrible human being but with little to none of the show's trademark Comedic Sociopathy targeted at her (if you don't like Rick or Jerry you can at least take amusement in seeing them getting humiliated or dismembered on a regular basis, not so much Beth).
    • Bird Person. On one hand, his stoic warrior-esque personality is Crazy Awesome and his death is considered a legitimate gut-puncher. On the other, most of his appearances consist of him guilt-tripping Morty to be submissive to Rick's abuse.
  • Better on DVD: For those who like hardcore swearing, the Blu-Ray and DVD versions, unlike the network versions have all the f-bomb tirades uncensored (and thus carry a TV-MA-L rating.)
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In the first episode, Rick and Morty get chased by a monstrous creature, and it looks like it's going to be a serious conflict in the plot; however, in the next scene, the duo is continuing on with their task, and they never mention the alien afterwards.
  • Broken Base:
    • Rick's constant belching and saying "Morty" is either funny or irritating. It seems to have dramatically toned down come the second season.
    • Even the art style of the show has been controversial. Some praise the show's lush alien backgrounds and lack of Off-Model moments, while others believe the character designs are overly simplistic and compare them to Bitstrips.
    • The episode "Get Schwifty" is becoming one as not many can agree on, especially coming after two well-liked episodes "Auto-Erotic Assimilation" and "Total Rickall". Some think it's terrible, some think it's just alright, and others think it's excellent (with "Get Schwifty" and "SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT" being two of the standout memes of the season).
    • The fandom in general, especially after the infamous Szechuan sauce release in early October 2017, has caused opinions to get rather split about the show and its fans. On one hand, you have people who respect the show and lay off the fandom, so long as the fandom leaves them alone. But on the other hand, you have those who are sick of the meme-spam, irritated by the elitism expressed by some of the fans, who think that all the humor in the show is a giant Genius Bonus and people who don't get it are stupid, and generally are not fans of the show itself.
    • Season 3 is this due to the episodes focusing more on Character Development. Some fans enjoy the new style and seeing the characters becoming more human and three dimensional while others fan dislike the fact that the comedy is taking the backseat, that the characters don't really end up developing in the long run, and have been complaining on how the season doesn't hold up as well as the previous two.
      • "Pickle Rick." Even if one doesn't take into account the public outcry against the fandom that resulted from this episode, it has proven to be quite divisive: Some enjoy the a-plot of Rick being turned into a pickle as an intense, high concept parody of action movies but found the B-plot revolving around the therapy sessions to be dull, some find the therapy sessions a fascinating look at the family's messed-up dynamic but found the a-plot to be a shallow gore-fest, some enjoyed both and considered it one of the series' best episodes, and some consider it one of the series' worst. Likewise, Dr. Wong's speech to Rick at the end is either an insightful and brutally honest takedown of his character or a pretentious slog that only re-states what was already obvious.
      • "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender". The fans that liked it found it a hilarious Take That! on the nearly saturated superhero movie genre, gave Morty some time to shine, did amazing characterization on Rick and introduced cool characters such as Million Ant Man and Supernova. Others rejected it as a mean-spirited attack on a well-loved genre (particularly for its potshots against The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy) that threw away its own plot for the sake of gore and again prove that Rick is right about everything and can do anything better than anyone without even trying.
      • "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy". While widely regarded as the point where Season 3 started to improve, a lot of people were split on it's B-plot. A lot of people admit that they thought the B-plot was awful, due to the fact that Morty is portrayed as a hero for disfiguring Ethan, because he made Summer cry. While this would normally be both a Moment of Awesome and of Heartwarming, fans tend to agree that Morty's punishment for Ethan was way too overboard. The fandom split itself, on one side, there are people who loved the episode, even if they agreed that Ethan didn't deserve such treatment, on the other, there are people who thought that the B-plot ruins the rest of the episode, which is a shame, since the A-plot was rather competently written.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • After the Downer Ending of the second season finale and the ensuing year and a half hiatus, the season 3 premiere was this for watching Rick back in action, taking down both the Galactic Federation and the Citadel of Ricks. Of course not everyone agreed, since the Galactic Federation plotline seemed to be a little too prematurely resolved, and things took a turn for the dark when Rick (supposedly) drove Jerry out at the end.
    • In "The Ricklantis Mixup", after seeing how terrible and arbitrary life is on the Citadel for alternate Ricks and Morty, including the fact that one Rick who refused adventure for Beth's sake has been kidnapped and used to make a snack food, there is something satisfying about Evil Morty assassinating the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing Ricks in power who have been abusing the common Ricks and Mortys, and on the surface at least improving life for the people who elected him.
  • Complete Monster: Sebastian and Lucy, from the comic, Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons, are a duo of sorcerers with the goal of bringing the sun down from the sky. Posing as innocent farmers whose child was kidnapped, they trick the Smiths into attacking a village of innocent ogres. They then use the chaos as a distraction to kidnap an ogre baby and steal a shard to complete their mission of sacrificing six babies of various races to complete the ritual in an attempt to end all life in the world.
  • Contested Sequel:
    • Although "Rixty Minutes" is one of the show's most beloved episodes, its Sequel Episode "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate" is much more divisive. Whereas the serious half of the first one was down-to-earth and emotional, filled with Tear Jerkers and Heartwarming Moments, the sequel applies Informed Wrongness to Jerry for the sake of drama, claiming that he's wrong for not wanting to donate his penis even though there are alternative solutions to the problem that don't require him to sacrifice his genitals. While most fans agree that the serious parts aren't as good, the division lies in the funny part: are the new sketches good enough to carry the episode? Many of them are very popular, such as the Plumbus and Jan Michael Vincent, but the episode's detractors point out that the novelty of improvised comedy sketches being inserted into the episode isn't there since it had been done before.
    • Season 3 returned after a long hiatus of a year and a half, Word of God has even admitted that the reason why they took so long to make season 3 was because they were afraid of this trope happening to it and wanted to make sure that each episode was well written and well constructed before releasing them.
      • Now that the season is over, there is still a decidedly mixed reception for the season. Fans consider "The Rickshank Rickdemption," "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", "Rest and Ricklaxation" and especially "The Ricklantis Mixup" to be among the best and most insightful episodes in the series, with "Ricklantis" and "Rickshank" potential contenders for overall best episode of the entire show, but other episodes are more polarized: "Rickmancing the Stone", "Pickle Rick", and "The ABC's of Beth" all have fans who dislike them for their gimmicks, the imbalances between the A and the B Plot, and the darker tone, while others like it for just that same reason. "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender" irritated fans of superhero movies who didn't like the episode's mean-spirited digs at the genre.
      • The Season Finale, "The Rickchurian Mortydate", was quite the deal breaker for being deliberately anti-climactic, as many felt the resolutions to the episode's plots like Rick becoming an enemy of the country and Beth and Jerry's divorce were rushed and the overall Reset Button to the Status Quo Is God of the first season upset many who had become invested in knowing what would happen to characters like Tammy, Phoenix Person, and especially Evil Morty in the finale. It is considered weaker and dramatically more unsatisfying than the finales of Season 1 and Season 2, with many noting that "Ricksy Business", S1's Finale, did what S3 was trying to do better, i.e. making the finale a Breather Episode rather than a Wham Episode without making it feel anti-climactic.
      • On the other hand, Season 3 is the highest rated and most critically acclaimed of the entire series at this point, the point where R&M went from cult-favorite to mainstream, and the show's experiment with arc-based serial continuity in Season 3 was itself polarizing to some fans who wanted the more one-off nature of Season 1, and felt that the anti-climactic and unsatisfying parody at the end of Season 3 actually did fulfill Rick's dramatic arc: his constant attempts to escape normal life and search for adventure as Doctor Wong pointed out in "Pickle Rick" while also making the finale action's the result of his own actions backfiring, namely his constant taunting of Beth for her Cloning Blues.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A pretty decent chunk of the show's comedy comes from this, but it has enough regulation to keep its effect fresh.
    • Rick threatening to, quote, "9/11" the plane in Mr. Goldenfold's dream is a pretty good example with just how far they went with it.
    • It's as if "Anatomy Park" was designed to be as visually disgusting and horrifying (like the human body actually is) as possible, yet it can still be incredibly funny. Case in point: a human corpse the size of the United States floating through orbit in nothing but a Santa hat.
    • The female-dominated Gazorpian empire in "Raising Gazorpazorp" deliberately plays every single female and feminism stereotype so unapologetically straight that it's hard not to laugh. Although Dan Harmon circa S3 agrees with critics and considers it a Cliché Storm.
    • "Weekend at Dead Cat Lady's House II". Mother of God, "Weekend at Dead Cat Lady's House II".
    Written and directed by Jerry Smith!
    • The "Strawberry Smiggles" ad from the same episode is probably the most explicitly morbid thing they've shown so far, and its juxtaposition as a freaking cereal commercial makes it hilarious.
    • Abradolf Lincler (a fusion of Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler) is so ungodly offensive it's impossible not to laugh at him.
    • In "Something Ricked This Way Comes" Rick manages to make the Devil himself attempt suicide.
    • Arthricia and Rick's jolly slaughter of the rich Cat Folk in "Look Who's Purging Now" leaps headlong into this, with at one point the two literally dancing in their blood.
    • In "Rick Potion #9" a flirtatious innuendo is made out of Ernest Hemingway committing suicide. Downplayed, as it is a Genius Bonus.
    • Rick going Ax-Crazy and gleefully murdering his younger clones while naked at the end of "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez".
    • The creepy "personal space" guy in "Interdimensional Cable 2" pulling off his own skin? Horrifying. Rick shouting "What an asshole!" in response? Hilarious.
    • Pickle Rick using an AA-battery powered laser to shoot through three people's heads, allowing us to see all the gorn? Brutal and terrifying. Rick using that same weapon to bisect three more at the legs, with one of them emitting a Howie scream? Freaking hilarious.
    • Rick takes Jerry to a resort in "The Whirly-Dirly Conspiracy" that is surrounded by an immortality field - all mortal injuries in its area of effect are immediately rectified, and visitors casually slaughter each other for fun. This includes a young brother and sister, who run about laughing as the boy keeps shooting his sister dead. When the collapse of the titular attraction destroys the immortality field, the kids continue playing oblivious to the fact and the girl ends up really dying, with her brother wandering over to her corpse and calling her name when she doesn't revive.
    • Practically everything regarding Tommy in 'The ABC's of Beth", as well as the hints we get about Beth's childhood.
  • Cry for the Devil: Tommy may have become a Cloud Cuckoolander Caligula who rapes the Froopyland inhabitants and eats their children to stay alive, but it's clear that Beth betraying him and leaving him to die broke his mind. He spent decades in a false world that he was unable to leave, gave up hope of ever returning home, and had to do terrible things to survive. When he sees two more human beings, his first reaction is to explain who he is, and to put on a play about how he got trapped. Disturbing as the play is, and his demonstration of the rape and cannibalism, it's obvious that Tommy's mind has reached a breaking point. It says something that Rick is disturbed about what Beth did, and tells her that since she made this problem, she has to fix it on her own. Then at the end, Beth still refuses to take responsibility, while Tommy is cowering from her on learning who she is, and he sets his children on her when she won't apologize. Whether or not Beth killed Tommy, she did murder his children and cut off his finger, without suffering any consequences for her actions.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The series has developed into this as of the third season premiere. Due to the ending's revelation regarding Rick's true intentions, it can be rather hard to find any character that is worth rooting for since not only will life will continue to be miserable for any character no matter what, but at times a lot of their suffering and situations seems to be self-inflicted at times. Morty is the closest character the viewer can get emotionally invested in but there has never been an upside for him. Not helping matters is that anyone who isn't the original Rick Sanchez is a Butt-Monkey or Straw Character especially in regards to many of the villains or secondary characters that appear. It's difficult to take many of them seriously, especially when you know they'll end up undignified for comedic purposes. The series does dabble with other franchises or genres in Season 3, it can often come off as a mean-spirited jab at said source material just to prove Rick's superiority that makes such references come closer to Author Filibuster than anything else.
    • Another opinion is that the characters are largely static in their personalities and aren't meant to be seen as "good" or even "likable" people: Rick is a sociopath that ultimately doesn't really care about anything other than himself and tries to distance himself from any sort of emotion, responsibility or normality; Jerry is a spineless Joe Schmoe but thinks of himself to be better while he struggles in his failing, loveless marriage; Beth is the enabler for Rick even if it means her family suffers for it and never wants to even try to fix her dysfunctional relationship with her husband, up to divorcing him when she had to choose him or Rick; Morty and Summer, while they love Rick, cover up their emotional troubles and trauma. Morty also has a lot of issues with his grandfather, including putting up with his constant disregard for Morty's safety, selfishness, arrogance, and the fact that Mortys only serve as expendable cloaking devices and can be as easily replaced if needed. Ultimately the show is about assholes being assholes and the biggest asshole pulling people around and ruining lives just because he can use them for small gains. Imagine a Lovecraftian It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and you're pretty close.
  • Designated Villain:
    • The Time Police from the season 2 premier. While planning on taking Morty and Summer to time prison is a bit overboard, Rick did steal a time crystal and caused one helluva Time Crash that he just made worse trying to fix. At least he gets his revenge in The Stinger... kind of.
    • The hunter from the same episode is technically within his rights to claim the deer he unsuccessfully tried to bag, and is ultimately tricked into letting it be taken away. He still gets a minor victory by putting a big check on Beth's ego before that happens, and neither he nor his lawyer find out about the deception.
    • The Galactic Federation at least in Season 1. In the first episode of the series, they tried to stop Rick from smuggling mega seeds so they were just doing their job. However, the "designated" part soon came into question for them in the Season 2 finale "The Wedding Squashers" before some posts on tumblr combined with their actions in "The Rickshank Redemption" caused that part to get thrown out the window.
    • Ethan from "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" is portrayed as a shallow misogynist because he dumped Summer for Tricia. Summer and her family all take for granted that his motivations must have been because Tricia had bigger breasts, even though the one interaction we see between the two gives hardly any indication of this, and he's then held responsible for Summer getting turned into an inside-out giant, which was entirely the fault of Summer and Beth for idiotically using the Morphizer-XE to change their appearances without having any idea how it worked. In the end, Morty uses the Morphizer to horribly disfigure Ethan yet is never punished or called out for this completely disproportionate act.
      • Given how hysterical and irrational Summer was acting, Beth being completely ignorant with how to talk with her daughter and Morty's apathy, the way the family handled Ethan might in fact be a way of showing how self-centered and immature the family has become. Summer did mention Ethan mentioning a topic for discussion which was the one we saw Ethan and Tricia talking about. So Summer likely went way over the top and the only reason Ethan looks bad is because the primary lens we get is from the Smith family.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Scary Terry from "Lawnmower Dog".
    • I'M MISTER MEESEEKS, LOOK AT MEEEE!!
    • EVERY SINGLE ALTERNATE VERSION of Rick and Morty themselves are bound to get this treatment, which may have been the main reason why Pocket Mortys was made (and in turn churned out even more Darkhorses).
      • One specific example is Evil Morty, who's only appeared twice so far, but is wildly popular for his memorable reveals, complete with Awesome Music for both (to the point that For the Damaged Coda is now considered to be his Leitmotif), and managing to successfully escape and outsmart the main and alternate versions of Rick in his first appearance, and become president of the Citadel of Ricks without any still-living Citadel member figuring out who he really is or what he really wants in his second appearance.
      • From the same episode, we got Doofus Rick, for being a lovable Nice Guy who bonds with Jerry of all people and compared to the other Ricks in this show, that alone is something pretty special.
      • Pickle Rick isn't from an alternate dimension but became one heck of a Memetic Mutation long before his titular episode aired.
      • Morticia, from the Pocket Mortys game is the first female Morty and that alone has generated a lot of love for her.
    • Krombopulous Micheal, the insectoid assassin from "Mortynight Run" for being so upbeat about his job and doing it with such style.
    • Mr. Poopy Butthole has a lot of fans, too. His reappearance at the end of the season 2 finale was very well-received.
    • Scropon has some fans as well due to his monstrous but very cool looking alien appearance and tragic backstory about his planet being destroyed. He was loved by some of the writers who drew early concepts on him with one such writer making a note saying that Scropon looked cool on one of the earlier concepts.
    • Many critics have noted that Jessica could easily be developed into an interesting character in her own right, going off her casually amiable relationship with Morty, very quick adjustment to the weirdness surrounding the Smith family, and her lack of familial relationship to Rick, all of which could give her a unique perspective on their absurd adventures.
    • Diane Sanchez, Rick's wife from "Rickshank Rickdemption" is immensly popular among fans, despite only appearing in one scene. Mostly because she was a supportive wife and had a very Tear Jerker death scene that was implied to be made up. Maybe.
    • Dr. Wong, the psychiatrist from "Pickle Rick", has gained a decent fanbase for her calm, composed manner as she analyzes the family and how she responds to Rick belittling her profession by deconstructing how Rick behaves: he uses intelligence to justify his misery and goes on adventures to escape the mundane if often more practical, just to prove to himself that he alone dictates his destiny.
    • The Tuskfish Aliens (who are the pink-skinned muscular blue-eyed aliens serving as background characters). For anyone who views an entire species of aliens on the show as extremely popular, these guys qualify. They got quite a bit of fanart devoted to them and are popular for the amount of Mr. Fanservice they provide.
      • Among them, the Hookah alien is quite popular.
  • Epileptic Trees: Currently, there's a very strong theory among the fandom, which may even be hinted at by some of the writers that Evil Morty is actually the Morty from C-137 Rick's original dimension. Doesn't helps Rick has hinted he had Morties before the current one.
  • Escapist Character: Deconstructed with Rick. He possesses untold knowledge about the universe, has all kinds of crazy adventures and outsmarts any enemy he comes across but at the same time he causes severe damage to himself, his family and the world around him. In the third season, Dr. Wong even says this happens because Rick is a megalomaniac who is easily bored with the world.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Rick has a surprisingly large group of fangirls. This is especially notable as these fans often avoid Self-Fanservice with depictions of his character as well as rarely using Draco in Leather Pants to justify his occasionally abusive behavior.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Evil Morty may be, well, evil, but it can't be denied that he earns this trope thanks to his magnificent performance in "The Ricklantis Mixup", where he abandons his quiet persona to become a charismatic leader that takes over the Citadel.
    • Tammy has won quite a few fans over with her single appearance in Season 3. With her getting a well-needed Costume Evolution and becoming the leader of the remaining Galactic Federation, she pretty much became a No-Nonsense Nemesis for Rick, which fans found more appealing than The Mole characterization she had in the previous season. Needless to say, fans were pissed that this was her only appearance in this season.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Believe it or not, some fans like Evil Morty for this reason. It goes even further in "The Ricklantis Mixup", where Evil Morty dresses up in a snappy suit and tie for his takeover of the Citadel.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • "Mortynight Run" drove home the point that the universe doesn't function according to Black and White Morality and that if you don't fully know the details of the situation, it's best to not get involved at all because you can make everything a whole lot worse.
    • "Autoerotic Assimilation" says that just because one has free will, it doesn't mean they will use it to make good decisions, and that racism will exist no matter where or who you are.
    • "Look Who's Purging Now" shows that no matter how much of a good person one claims to be, they can be pushed to becoming as monstrous as the "evil" people they criticize. Also that people will always be aggressive to each other one way or another and not learn from their mistakes.
    • The fact that the only Rick in the multiverse that's a Nice Guy is The Ditz, Morty being Book Dumb, and Jerry being a loser gives off the impression that either smart people are assholes or nice people are idiots. Rick even brings this up in his improv wedding speech in "The Wedding Squanchers".
    "Look, I'm not the nicest guy around, because I'm the smartest, and being nice is what stupid people do to hedge their bets."
    • This is elaborated more in "The ABC's of Beth" where Rick's speech seems to outright state there's no difference at all between being intelligent and being a morally bankrupt sociopath.
    • In "Pickle Rick", Dr. Wong delivers it: attending therapy and getting help is a choice, despite it being a potential help if your relationship with your loved ones is downright toxic and hateful. She can only offer advice, but can't make him or Beth take it. As she puts it, Rick's choices constantly prefer to go for death-defying adrenaline adventures, rather than Boring, but Practical maintenance.He turned himself into a pickle to get out of therapy, which led to him being covered in rat blood and cockroach limbs and human feces, as well as nearly vegetating. He may prefer to court death over repairing his family, and ultimately the choice is up to the individual.
    • "The ABCs of Beth": Sometimes your parents don't know what they're doing, especially if they're trying to rebuild their life after a drastic change. Also, refusing to take responsibility for your actions means that ultimately collateral damage will ensue, whether to loved ones —in Jerry's case — or to strangers — in Beth's case.
  • Fanon:
    • Rick is often explicitly described as Latino in fan-works, whereas his surname, Sanchez, only means he's of Hispanic origin. While Word of God has confirmed that he is Hispanic, his Hispanic nationality is never touched upon.
    • It's common for fans to call Evil Morty the "Rickest Morty", in the vein of the "Rickest Rick" and the "Mortyest Morty" but this term has never been used once in the show.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • The show developed one with Samurai Jack in a matter of hours after [adult swim]'s 2017 April Fool's prank, where they suddenly aired the Rick and Morty Season 3 premiere on a loop from the beginning of their programming until midnight, delaying the highly-anticipated next of episode of Samurai Jack until the week after.
    • Ever since the spike in popularity that occurred right after said April Fool's prank, it's become commonplace to see Futurama fans bashing the show for... some reason, no one's really sure, though it probably has to do with the fact that both are adult oriented Sci-Fi series with great animation full of writers who've Shown Their Work.
      • Probably for the same reasons as with Xavier, since Futurama fans also consider Rick & Morty edgy and faux intellectual while even in the Futurama story arcs everything was for comedy though many Futurama fans tend to ignore its latter seasons.
    • Though it's hard to tell how serious it is, the fandom of Xavier: Renegade Angel has developed a fierce rivalry with Rick & Morty, bashing R&M and its fans for being edgy atheist faux-intellectuals while Xavier is truly intellectual and deep. Apparently for acknowledging that being intellectual and deep and also preachy is shallow. Whether it's geniune or not, the rivalry somewhat succeeded in causing a resurgence of interest in the 10 year-old show.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • The show often shares fans with Gravity Falls. Understandable, since the shows share many common elements and their creators are personal friends who have made guest appearances on each others' shows.
    • Also with Bojack Horseman, in sharing a similar mix of very dark, yet smartly done humor with many dramatic character scenes that are played surprisingly seriously despite their sharing surreal settings.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • From the first episode: Rick tells Morty to keep shooting the Galactic Federation soldiers, yelling "You have no idea what prison is like here!" It seems like a throwaway gag, but as of Wedding Squanchers, Rick has been thrown into Maximum Security of said prison, and it's revealed to be a place where inmates are kept affixed, immobile, to giant X's. Presumably forever.
    • In "Meeseeks and Destroy", Rick sarcasmtically tells Morty that they will be easily raped in giant prison because, when they drop the soap, it'll land on them and crush their spines. Mr. Jellybean's attempts to rape Morty minutes later are not quite so funny.
    • Anytime Rick says "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub" becomes this once Bird Person reveals what it means in his language: "I'm in great pain, please help me".
    • Every interaction between Tammy and Birdperson when it's revealed that she was fooling him into falling for her so that she could spring a trap on him and all of his anti-government friends at their wedding.
    • Morty questioning who Jan Michael Vincent is in a bit from Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate was funny since he hadn't had work in years before the episode. It's less funny now since he's passed away and now fewer people will know who he is.

    G - P 
  • Genius Bonus:
    • The painting in the living room with the Multiple images of the horse in motion is a reference to Eadweard Muybridge's famous experiment of showing horses in motion, a landmark event in the history of cinema.
    • In "Anatomy Park" when Morty is being attacked by the hepatitis virus, Hepatitis C attacks it and leaves him alone, due to it being benign in the short term (the long term effects are not benign).
    • In "M. Night Shaym-Aliens" Rick lists caesium and water as one of the fake ingredients of concentrated Dark Matter. Any person with basic knowledge of chemistry would know that mixing the two together would cause an explosive reaction, just as Rick intended.
    • Deliberately invoked in "Rick Potion #9" with this:note 
      Jerry: I wish that shotgun was my penis.
      Beth: If it were, you could call me Ernest Hemingway.
      Jerry: I don't get it and I don't need to.
    • Morty's "Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody's gonna die. Come watch TV" line in "Rixty Minutes" is a paraphrased Nietzsche quote:
      "No one is accountable for existing at all, or for being constituted as he is, or for living in the circumstances and surroundings in which he lives. The fatality of his nature cannot be disentangled from the fatality of all that which has been and will be. He is not the result of a special design, a will, a purpose; he is not the subject of an attempt to attain an 'ideal of man' or an 'ideal of happiness' or an 'ideal of morality'—it is absurd to want to hand over his nature to some purpose or other. We invented the concept 'purpose': in reality purpose is lacking."
      Friedrich Nietzsche - "Twilight of the Idols"
    • The entirety of Rick's subplot in "A Rickle in Time" is based around superposition, a principle in quantum mechanics infamous for its abstract and confusing nature. Comedy or not, it's not every day you see a show use cartoony-but-still-decently-accurate quantum mechanics as a plot device.
    • One of Rick's made up catchphrases in "Total Rickall" is "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, beeyitch!" Many viewers thought that this was gibberish, and few realized this was a reference to the Rudyard Kipling story of the same name in The Jungle Book.
    • Rick's summation of the Expendable Alternate Universe in "Rick Potion #9" - "What about the reality where Hitler cured cancer, Morty? The answer is don't think about it." - is one; Hitler had a pathological fear of cancer, and gave Otto Heinrich Warburg - The greatest cancer researcher of the time - a blank check to research it. After the war, Otto's Nazi ties made his theories unpopular, and he died a relative unknown. However, modern researchers are starting to believe he was on to something; given a few more years of unlimited resources, he might have cured cancer. Yipe.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The show is insanely popular in the United Kingdom, where it's been praised for its twisted humour, creepy yet quirky character designs and has been described as "Doctor Who on acid". British music and movie retailer HMV sells an abundance of merchandise and the show was one of Netflix UK's highest rated shows until they lost the rights to the first season and half of season two. After a huge outcry from UK fans, network Channel 4 later snapped up the broadcast and streaming rights to the show, alongside a selection of other shows from the [adult swim] library, though Netflix UK has since regained the rights to all three seasons note .
    • It's also said to have gained popularity in Japan as well, thanks to Morty's Moe-like personality and also appeared on an episode of Toku Da Ne.
  • Growing the Beard:
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Seeing the Vindicators getting killed off in their "third" big adventure can sting a bit if you've had to see your favourite character die in Avengers: Infinity War. Ironically, the founding members all survived in that one.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Rick and Summer beating up a member of the Westboro Baptist Church in an episode that premiered roughly a week after the death of the church's founder, Fred Phelps. Those familiar with the circumstances of Phelps' death might feel otherwise.
    • In the Pilot, Beth yells "It's not like he's a hot girl, he can't just bail on his life and set up shop in someone else's!" Which makes the ending of episode 6 horribly ironic. Can double as "Funny Aneurysm" Moment.
    • "Two Brothers" becomes a thing when the trailer for the 2014 musical comedy Walking On Sunshine opens with the line "Two sisters!" Not to mention the existence of a real-life film, video game, and comic book (all unrelated) going by the title Two Brothers.
    • In "Ricksy Business" Rick claims that the word "Glip-Glop" is an alien swear word. A few episodes later in "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate" the Smith family briefly meet an alien named Dr. Glip-Glop.
    • Rick isn't the only obscene, Fourth Wall breaking, heroic comedic sociopath to beat people up while listening to DMX.
    • Close Your is a Kickstarter-funded game that is remarkably similar to the Roy arcade game in "Mortynight Run".
    • In "The Ricklantis Mixup," one of the Mortys wishes that incest porn had a more mainstream appeal. One day later and Senator Ted Cruz's Twitter page apparently liked an stepmom-incest porn video.
    • The Vindicators preparing to fight a villain known only as "World-Ender" is ironic for two reasons. Steppenwolf, the villain from Justice League (2017) had "The End of Worlds" as his Red Baron moniker and Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War - whom World-Ender was most likely based on - turned out to be a very misguided world-preserver.
    • The "Summer & Tinkles" song sounds very similar to the Cupcake and Dino opening theme.
  • Hype Backlash: Butch Hartman actually tried the Szechuan sauce. He liked the sauce just fine, but didn't see what all the fuss was about.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Rick's entire adventure in "Pickle Rick" only happened because Beth forgot to close the garage door.
    • Everything about Rick bringing down the Galactic Federation in "The Rickshank Redemption". Apparently the only logical thing to do with with your most powerful, sensitive, and dangerous information is to keep it right in the same place where you have your most dangerous prisoners and interrogate terrorists that are a threat to your galaxy spanning government. In addition to that, you should definitely give that same location complete and unfettered access to your financial system, so that anyone from within that prison can destabilize the currency whenever they want by pushing a few buttons. Oh, and it should also apparently be the only place capable of doing this, since nowhere else in the entire galaxy spanning civilization simply undoes all this and resets Rick's sabotage. If you felt like the entire episode was massively contrived and an insult to your intelligence, you weren't alone.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: A fair amount of Rick/Morty fanfiction exists for some inexplicable reason. It might be a result of the original video, where "Doc" repeatedly asked "Mharti" to give him a blowjob, or the fact that they showered together in the show. But then again, "Doc" wasn't "Mharti's" grandfather in the original video (as far as we know), and the nudity thing was a result of avoiding nudity-squeamish aliens. Roiland himself has even stated that due to the nature of the series, there may indeed exist a timeline where Rick and Morty are in a loving relationship.
  • Informed Wrongness: Jerry in "Anatomy Park". He's portrayed as being a jerk for not liking the fact that his parents have a guy named Jacob living with them who carries on a sexual relationship with his mother, while his father watches them ("sometimes from a chair, sometimes from a closet, almost always dressed as Superman"). While Jacob seems like a nice enough guy, you can't really blame Jerry for his reaction to the fact that some guy whom he's never met before is now in a relationship with his mother.
    • In Mortynight Run Jerry is treated as a Straw Loser for willingly staying in the daycare made for Jerrys. However this disregards the fact that the daycare is on an extremely dangerous planet in who knows what universe and Jerry has no concept of either the language or currency. The daycare is literally the only safe place for him. It also doesn't help that Summer was put in a similar situation in The Ricks must be Crazy.
    • Zigzagged in "The Wedding Squanchers" when Jerry wants to turn in Rick. While it's a Jerkass move, he and his family are on the lam from galactic police and it's pretty clear everyone but Rick is miserable in this situation. While the family are dead against it, Rick overhears and suffers a Heel Realization. It should be noted what triggers Rick's decision is that Morty and Summer acknowledge Rick's selfishness on the matter, just they refute to Jerry that they don't care if their care for him is unrequited.
    • Jerry again in season 3. In the second episode, Morty ends up declaring that it'd be up to him to fight to get his family back if they really matter to him, and in the fourth Rick berates him for being a predator that "lures his victims with pity", and as such just as bad to his family as he was. While Jerry is far from perfect, however, this blatantly ignores that every time Jerry tried to be more assertive on anything he got nothing but utter contempt from his whole family, and that fighting for his family (specifically, to make their admit the toxic hold Rick had on Beth) was what led to him being kicked out in the first place. (However, it could be argued that his family is supposed to be in the wrong for not respecting his assertive side, especially considering the bad effects of the divorce on all of them.)
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Believe it or not, Rick. His cynical selfishness and alcoholism seem to be his way of trying to cope with the vast and bizarre universe his raw intellect has brought to his awareness. "Don't think about it" is one of his catchphrases for a reason. And according to "Ricksy Business", his other catchphrase "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub" translates from another alien language into "I am in great pain. Please help me". What does that say about his behavior? This is magnified in season 2, where Rick takes being called on his flaws more personally than he had in the previous season, apparently well aware that he's a mess. In "A Rickle In Time", one jab at his alcoholism puts the various reality versions of him out of sync with each other immediately, in "Auto Erotic Assimilation" he attempts to kill himself after being told he drags people down with him and will never change, and in "Total Rickall", he goads Morty into pulling the trigger and killing him because he barely has any good memories and wants to be put out of his misery.
    Dan Harmon: [...] Rick is diseased, he's mentally ill, he's an absolute lunatic because he lives on this larger scale.
    • Rick's daughter Beth, meanwhile, is a textbook example of how trauma can turn someone into a destructive person. Her abandonment issues convinced her to stay with a man she has no respect for just because he got her pregnant out of wedlock, she kowtows to her father's every whim despite his obvious negative influence simply because she's afraid he'll leave her again and and the few times she's shown to actually care about her children's well-being, it's only ever for what she assumes is wrong with them. Unlike her father, she doesn't have the excuse of being a Crazy Awesome mad scientist whose nihilism comes from having seen all there is to see across the multiverse. She's just a bitter person pathetically taking out her anger on anyone who'll stay around her long enough. Rick even calls her out for this in "The ABC's of Beth"; while he admits he is a terrible father, she won't admit that she's exactly like him in the worst way.
    • Jerry, despite being the most pathetic character in the show, isn't entirely innocent either. He completely lacks self-confidence, his wife and her father are constantly treating him like dirt and neither of his kids show him any respect. Early in the series, he pitches an ad campaign that's so lame that he's fired on the spot for it and has been unemployed since. Like his wife, the abuse causes him to be headstrong and lets any success he might have go to his head, even if it means putting his loved ones at risk in the process because he won't admit that he's wrong. He's otherwise pitied everyone he loves into staying with him: Beth only stayed with him after he got her pregnant because she felt sorry for him and, later, he becomes desperate enough to try and mooch off of his daughter just so he can call a hotline where someone can be nice to him for a few minutes. Morty eventually gets fed up with him trying to pull the "sad puppy" act when he and Beth divorce and Rick tells Jerry to his face that his self-pity is almost predatory.
    • Tommy Limpet, Beth's childhood best friend. Beth took him to her private world, Froopyland, pushed him in honey as a means to drown him, and left him to die. Tommy believes, and we have no reason to doubt him, that Beth did so because she was jealous that Tommy had a loving family and caring father. To survive, he raped the inhabitants and ate the resulting offspring for protein, becoming their tyrant and The Caligula. By the time Rick and Beth find him in the present, Tommy is a disheveled, violent Cloud Cuckoolander who has given up hope of returning home and can no longer tell fiction from reality. He even cowers from Beth when she reveals her identity, calling her "The Destroyer," and tells her that she can deny what happened, but it was his reality. It's hard to not sympathize when he sets his children on her after Beth refuses to apologize for what she did.
  • Memetic Mutation: Enough for its own page.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Some of the show's fans find the attempted rape scene in "Meeseeks and Destroy", which is deliberately supposed to be entirely serious, to be funny. It likely doesn't help the Jellybean character originated from Roiland's "Unbelievable Tales" short, where he was Played for Laughs (if incredibly dark ones).
    • Fans love to use Rick's Catchphrase "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub" in a fun and humorous context, forgetting that the phrase means "I am in great pain, please help me". (Although, of course, Morty brings up the valid point that he is most likely using it ironically most of the time.) Several fans sort of wish they hadn't introduced such a dark angle to begin with, just because the phrase is so fun to say.
    • A large criticism of the fandom (and to some, of the third season as well), is that some fans justify Rick's abusive behavior or even consider him a hero. We are meant to see Rick as a compelling individual (i.e. an interesting character who has his points, is funny, and is entertaining) but in no way are we meant to assume that his character traits excuse the negative impact he has on his family and friends. He was a terrible father and continues to be an abusive grandfather to Morty and he uses his intelligence, skill, and Straw Nihilist means to continue to excuse his actions. He is repeatedly shown to gaslight Morty and Beth, and his influence on Morty has already had extremely damaging effects even if the kid isn't completely corrupted yet. Rick's refusal to emotionally open up with his loved ones is to be seen and regarded as tragic rather than heroic.
      • The writers of the show are even aware of Rick's Misaimed Fandom. At one point during the airing of Season Three - specifically after "Vindicators III" came out - the show's page on the Adult Swim website was updated with the headline "Good luck trying to justify Rick's actions!"
      • This segment of the fandom became extremely visible as the third season's Central Theme of deconstructing Rick's abusive influence on the family became obvious. Morty even states in the season premiere that Rick shouldn't be seen as a hero, meaning those fans are essentially ignoring an explicit warning.
      • This is addressed in Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons where its pointed out that while Rick is able to do cool things when you take that away he’s just a snarky, bitter, self-centered old man.
  • Moe:
    • Morty.
    • The ever-Adorkable Doofus!Rick from "Close-Rick Counters of Rick Kind".
    • Aww, Hunter! You know, the policeman's deceased son from "The Ricks Must Be Crazy"?
    • Beth as a little girl from "The Rickshank Redemption" and "The Ricklantis Mixup".
    • One of the Ricks cloned as a baby from "The Ricklantis Mixup".
  • Moral Event Horizon: In "The Wedding Squanchers" Tammy reveals that she's been working a Honey Trap on Birdperson on behalf of the Galactic Federation, and immediately guns him down when he expresses confusion over the betrayal.
    • If the Vindicators as a whole didn't when committed unnecessary genocide just to avoid Rick's help, Supernova definitely crossed it when rejecting 1-Million Ants' attempt to convince her to spare Rick and Morty, down to killing him.
    • Summer of Dimension C-132 note  crossed this by planning on killing a popular version of herself and taking over her life. Upon suspecting that that Summer’s girlfriend had figured it out she immediately started planning on killing her as well. While both Summer C-1239 and her girlfriend Christina manage to live, Summer C-132 gets off as a Karma Houdini.
    • Jerry crosses it in "Interdimensional Cable II" when he tries to weasel his way out of an organ donation that he previously agreed to do, which involved donating to an alien civil right leader that positively influenced billions of sentient lifeforms. Jerry knew full well of how vital Pibbles was in preserving peace in the universe but didn't care and went as far as making a vital necessity of Pebbles look like a drug addiction in public; it's made more obvious when he holds the entire staff operating on Pebbles hostage for selfish reasons as he changed his mind again, wanting to donate just so he could improve his own reputation.
    • Rick crossed this in the season 3 premiere where he pretended to be a hero and knowingly got Jerry and Beth divorced just because Jerry suggested turning himself in. Or so he says.
    • Beth in "Morty's Mind Blowers" in one of Morty's erased memories shows that when forced to choose between her children she instantly, without even the slightest hesitation, picks Summer. Both of her children are shocked, Morty is heartbroken, Summer gives Morty a pitying look that almost seems to be begging for forgiveness, and even the alien forcing her to decide is subtly taken aback, as he simply stares at her.
      • She crosses it even further in "The ABC's of Beth", in which it's revealed that as a child, Rick had to create a fantastical pocket dimension called Froopyland for Beth to play in, mainly to protect the rest of their neighborhood from her. The episode's main plot involves Beth and Rick venturing into Froopyland to rescue Tommy, a man who Beth trapped in there when he was a child and left him to die, mainly because Tommy's father is about to receive the death penalty for his son's death, accused of murdering Tommy and eating his remains. Tommy, who has been trapped in Froopyland for at least thirty years, has been forced to have sex with the wildlife and then cannibalize the quickly born offspring in order to survive, driving him insane. What makes this worse is the fact that from what we can gather from what both Rick and Tommy tell Beth, it's heavily implied that she intentionally trapped Tommy within Froopyland and left him to die there, because she was jealous of Tommy and his family, especially his relationship with his father. Towards the end of the episode, Beth becomes determined to get Tommy out, but he refuses unless she apologizes for ruining his life and causing all of his own and his family's suffering. Beth refuses, claiming she was totally innocent, even though all she would have to do to end it peacefully is to own up to what she did. She appears to have murdered Tommy, rather than just swallowing her pride and apologizing. Beth herself seems to be horrified by what she's done and begins to question if she's evil, and this plays into her character arc in the next episode.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Anytime Rick shouts "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!" can put a smile on anyone's face. Until you learn just what that translates to in English.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • The Lucky Charms commercial parody from "Rixty Minutes".
    • "Pickle Rick" has enough gross moments that it's probably a good idea not to eat anything while watching it.
    • "The ABCs of Beth". You will know the scene when you see it. Both Beth and Rick don't wanna see it.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Among fans of Samurai Jack, for a certain incident that occurred on April 1st, 2017...
    • The Szechuan Sauce Riots at McDonald's locations nationwide are shaping up to be another one of these, due in part to the violent overreaction of the fanbase as well as a series of misunderstandings and underestimation on behalf of McDonald's.
    • The show itself does provide a lot of thought provoking commentary and interesting variations of common media tropes...but what does the fandom focus on the most?
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The A.V. Club's review of "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind" gushed over how original and brilliant the idea of an interdimensional council of Ricks is. And it was original and brilliant... when it first appeared in the pages of Fantastic Four.
    • The plot of "Get Schwifty", in which inhabitants are kidnapped and forced to participate in an alien game show with the losers having their planet destroyed? It was done in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, of all shows, in the special "Win, Lose, and Kaboom". It was also done in a Donald Duck comic strip from the 90s, though there it was about space olympics, not music.
    • The Season 3 finale was somewhat hated by people who claimed that "The Ricklantis Mix-Up" should have been the finale instead of the aforementioned episode, due to the former ending on a more personal note, and the latter being both experimental and a Wham Episode. Defenders have already referenced the episode ordering of "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind" (a Wham Episode that contained multiple versions of Ricks and Mortys) and the succeeding "Ricksy Business" (a wacky, character-driven, party-based Season Finale) as having already happened, and criticise haters for being surprised by this Anti-Climax.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Frank Palicky, despite appearing for all of fifteen seconds, is pretty popular with the fans too. In the DVD commentary for the pilot episode, his voice actor expressed interest in reprising the role seeing as how they're in a new universe since "Rick Potion No. 9," and basically pushed the Reset Button, but Harmon and Roiland seemed uninterested.
    • The alien parasites in "Total Rickall" spawn new memorable characters with every flashback like Photography Raptor, Mr Beauregard, Frankenstein's monster, Reverse-Giraffe, Pencilvestyr, Tinkles the Lamb, and Sleepy Gary. They're all dead by the end of the episode.
    • The season 3 finale has a reptilian stripper in the background of the the alien strip club scene. Despite being a nameless background character who's face is partially obscured she still somehow managed to amass a quite a bit of fanart... mostly of NSFW kind.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The Szechuan Sauce Riots caused this among non-fans, including attacks on the fanbase for all being willing to beat up McDonald's employees to get a sauce from a TV show, and for being self-righteous and proclaiming that a high IQ is needed to understand Rick and Morty. Many fans, in turn, resent having to defend both the show and themselves thanks to the embarrassing actions of some very badly-behaved nutjobs who threw fits in public and shrieked context-free memes at confused onlookers. It's more or less died down now, although some kind of addressing of it on the show itself wouldn't go unappreciated.
  • Paranoia Fuel: A lot of things in the series can be this, but the crowning moment of this is in "Total Rickall." These parasites can come in out of nowhere and mess with your memory to add themselves in, for the prime purpose of leaching off you and then multiplying enough to take over your planet. Even if you're aware of it, they can still mess with you. If you take preventative measures, such as counting the number of people in the room and writing the number down, they can alter the memory and make you think you just wrote the number down for no reason. If you get too persistent, they'll use said mind games to convince others around you you're the parasite and to try to destroy you. It is a tad downplayed, however, as they can only make pleasant memories. If they seem too good to be true, they are.
  • Popular with Furries: With characters like Squanchy, Arthicia and Pocket Mortys introducing Rabbit Morty, many Furries have shown interest in the show. But then that interstellar gigantic big-breasted reptile demon stripper thing also sparked interest from Scalies as well.
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    R - Z 
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Beth Smith as she got redeemed in the season 3 première when she divorces Jerry. Part of the reason why fans have hated Beth beforehand was because she and Jerry took too much of the show's screen time bickering with each other but Beth made perfectly clear that this bickering wasn't going to continue on into the third season. If Rick really did set up the divorce like he claimed, then this could be one implication that he actually had some valid reasons for doing so.
    • In the early two seasons Jerry Smith was considered a base breaking character for being too bland for the audience to care about and the constant focus of him and Beth's marriage problems didn't help either. However, the third season has achieved in making Jerry look pretty sympathetic since his divorce and helped give the character some much-needed depth. "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" ends with Jerry promising to drop his self-pitying act and take control of his life, a much-needed bit of Character Development that many fans are really hoping will stick in future episodes and not fall victim to the status quo. Surprisingly enough? It has!, although it did zig-zag about in "The ABCs of Beth", but not as bad as earlier episodes.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Jerry and Beth take this up in season 2 due to Taking a Level in Jerkass, flanderization and how their arguing/dysfunctional marriage take up way too much time when they're onscreen. What doesn't help matters is that sometimes the show seemingly takes Beth's side when she can be just as jerkish, idiotic, selfish, and incompetent as Jerry. It's to the point when Blim Blam, an alien captured in Rick's garage so he can patent a cure for Blam's "Space AIDS", has a "The Reason You Suck" Speech that rings true about their entire marriage, and more than many fans agree with him.
    Blim Blam the Korblok: Um, first of all, hello. Uh, my name is Blim Blam the Korblok. Second of all, cards on the table, I'm a murderer that eats babies, and I came to this planet to eat babies. However, I am also carrying a highly infectious disease that I suppose you could call "Space AIDS" as you put it. And Rick did chain me up so that he could attempt to cure it. At the same time, Rick's motivation to cure my disease was not to save my life or anyone else's, but to patent and sell the cure for billions of Blemflarcks. But you know the reason why I ripped my chains out of the wall? And do you know why I'm never coming back to this planet? Because the two of you are the fucking worst! You both hate yourselves and each other, and the idea that it has anything to do with Rick is laughable. I'd laugh, but I'm biologically incapable - that's how alien I am. And even I'm sitting here listening to the two of you and being like, "What the fuck?!" So, good luck with your shitty marriage, and tell Rick I'm sorry he has to deal with either of you. Blim Blam out! (mic drop)
    • It's so bad that plenty of people actually cheered when Beth and Jerry were about to be divorced (and were disappointed when they got back together). Although, whether being apart ultimately gave them some much needed Character Development or only made their individual flaws stand out all the more is a subject for debate among fans.
    • Revolio "Gearhead" Clockberg Jr. He's hated mainly for being a minor Creator's Pet, having taken the most amount of episodes out of all of Rick's friends. His first appearance in "Ricksy Business" has him take up a chunk of screen time that robbed another of Rick's friends, Scropon of decent screentime and caused Scropon to become a wasted character in that episode. His next appearance doesn't redeem him either, having him betray Rick for the selfish reason of making money and he gets beat up for this. However his third appearance in the Vindicators episode has him shockingly Easily Forgiven by Rick and invited to another one of his parties but in that same episode, he trips in the end credits scene and its doubtful if he is going to be seen again.
  • Signature Scene: As season 3 leads Rick And Morty into a more mainstream audience, some of these scenes have become commonplace:
    • The ending of "The Rick-lantis Mix-up", with Evil Morty's speech and take over.
    • To a lesser degree, Dr. Wong's cold, logical and precise deconstruction of Rick's character and his influence on the family in her "The Reason You Suck" Speech at the end of "Pickle Rick".
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Some fans ship Summer and Jessica, despite them having very little interaction.
  • Shocking Swerve: Tammy being a Galactic Federation undercover agent in "The Wedding Squanchers". There's zero foreshadowing up until the critical moment, which is bizarre considering Bird Person and Tammy DID make an appearance in Season Two prior, which could've planted even a subtle hint.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Has its own page.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons is this to Rick And Morty S 3 E 6 Rest And Ricklaxation in the later detox machine at the alien spa removes toxicity in a user based on that person's definition of toxicity while in the former the Dungeon Master gave everyone exactly what they needed. As a result Healthy Rick and Morty were transformed into sociopaths while the family generally became better people.
  • Squick:
    • Rick and Morty's reaction to the sexy dream version of Summer.
    • Due to taking place inside the human-body itself, the episode "Anatomy Park" isn't for the squeamish or the faint-hearted. The giant naked hobo near the end of the story (in fact the person inside of whom all this is taking place to begin with, just enlarged massively by that point) floating in space and then blown up only further turns it into Nausea Fuel.
    • In "Rick Potion #9" Jessica's flu causes the love serum to mutate into an airborne virus, causing other people to be sexually attracted to Morty, including people who are much older than him. It only gets worse when people then mutate into Mantis monsters and THEN further mutate into hideous random-organ blobs.
    • In "Ricksy Business" - when we find that "squanching" is auto-erotic asphyxia.
    • "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez" has naked Rick chopping up his younger clones with an axe.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Jerry has been falling into this a bit in Season 2 with the examples as follows:
      • "Auto-Erotic Assimilation" has Jerry getting into an argument with Beth over Rick's antics in their house. An alien prisoner of Rick's breaks free and dismisses both sides of their argument as ludicrous. While this would be true of Beth (who was just calling Jerry needy and unable to comprehend her father's brilliance), Jerry raises several valid concerns. Rick does routinely endanger their children by dragging them along on his escapades while Jerry is Forced to Watch because Beth refuses to support him against her father and is willing to defend Rick against all common sense because of her abandonment issues, and Rick is far from a bastion of morality.
      • "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" has the two trying alien couple's therapy, where respective representations of how they see each other are made real. Jerry's view of Beth is basically a super-strong monster that wants to conquer the universe and has a very high opinion of itself. This is good deal more exaggerated than Beth really is but does capture several of her personality traits (condescending, seeing herself as better than others, very dominating towards Jerry). Not to mention Beth becomes a Hypocrite when her ideal version of Jerry is an assertive, strong man that worships her but she actively shoots him down for attempting to become the assertive man she wants through her condescension.
      • Also in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", when the therapist blames their poor marriage as the reason for their alternate selves rampaging the building, the two blame it on the faculty's incompetence. This is supposed to be a case of Never My Fault, though the manner the staff checked on the creatures was incredibly careless and led to them escaping (ie. one staff member checking the room with the door left wide open).
      • "Interdimensional Cable II" has Jerry being condemned for not wanting to go through an organ donation and being shot down when he does the same to those criticizing him after an alternative presents itself. This is passed off as Jerry just being insecure but considering the hospital staff made it out that his organ donation was the only viable option this becomes a case of Never My Fault on their end. However, Beth did tell Jerry that he technically did have a choice in that situation as she told him that if he didn't want to donate to Pibbles, he just had to say no and Jerry's own actions were what caused the alternative option to happen in the first place.
      • "The Wedding Squanchers" has Jerry wanting to turn Rick over to the Galactic Federation so they can return to Earth. The rest of the family calls him out for this but he raises the perfectly valid point that everyone is willing to make themselves subservient to Rick, regardless of how damaging it is to do so. Given what Morty has gone through because of his involvement with Rick it's easy to side with Jerry. This culminates in a Deconstruction of the trope, since Rick himself agrees with Jerry and sacrifices himself so they can have a proper life. And then it gets reconstructed when it turns out Rick did that to get back at Galactic Federation, the Council of Ricks and/or Jerry himself - assuming that you take Rick's rant at the end at face value.
    • On the flipside, for all the crap he's pulled, it turns out that Rick had a damn good reason to be against the Galactic Federation when the latter took over the Earth in his absence in the interim between seasons 2 and 3.
    • Morty has a case of this in "Get Schwifty" when Bird Person calls Morty out on planning to abandon Rick to certain death, describing it as a "dick move." Morty argues that "all of Rick's moves are dick moves", which is rather hard to argue against. Morty has personally seen Rick commit atrocity after atrocity, whether by design or accident, up to destroying Morty's original world through his careless antics, while Bird Person's recollections of Rick have been (by some miracle) mostly positive. It's telling that Bird Person doesn't actually come to Rick's defense and has to appeal to Morty's morality to convince him to save Rick (and even his insistence of taking a bet seems skewed when he's on his own planet safe from any consequences).
      • That being said Bird Person also gets a bit of this in the same episode. Regardless of Rick's generally destructive behavior and his seemingly shortsighted behavior he was for once trying to help others by saving Earth so Morty leaving him to die seems a bit like Disproportionate Retribution. Not to mention Morty's efforts to get his family off planet nearly consigned it to destruction in the first place. Distasteful as many of Rick's actions are in this one instance staying to try and prevent planetary destruction was the better choice to simply taking off and letting Earth and its inhabitants perish.
    • A near identical interaction between them occurs in "Ricksy Business"; after all the hell Rick has put Morty through, Morty considers just letting him face the consequences for once. Bird Person reasons that he is in pain and the idea Morty wouldn't stick through all of this to cover for Rick makes him question how he can sleep at night. It doesn't help that, after helping Morty clear up a single can Birdperson hooks up with Tammy and leaves them to handle everything alone.
    • "Look Who's Purging Now" has a rage crazed Morty saying they should just kill a girl that already double crossed them when she beseeches them for help in ending the annual Purge. This is solidly established as Morty just unleashing all his pent up rage but the fact is he and Rick had been betrayed once already so trusting the girl again would be a bad idea.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The Japanese dub is considered to be truly exceptional. The script translation is spot-on, the songs sung by the characters are translated well, the performances by Yohei Tadano (Rick) and Keisuke Chiba (Morty) are particularly great, and many Americans things Lost in Translation are cleverly changed to keep the show intact for Japanese viewers: for example, children calling elders by their first name is unheard of in Japan, so Morty refers to Rick as jiichan (which is pretty much on the same level as "gramps").
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The montage of Beth performing surgery on the deer in "A Rickle In Time" is set to a soundalike of "Return To Innocence". The soundtrack even calls it "Enigma Parody Song".
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Parodied. The parasites in "Total Rickall" are only capable of creating good memories, so they're this to varying degrees. The best example would be Summer's "friend" Tinkles, a flying lamb from "Never-Past-Bedtime Land". It helps that she's voiced by Bubbles.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Quite frequent, considering minor characters are usually either killed off unceremoniously or forgotten about after their first appearance.
    • Frank Palicky, the school student who bullied Morty in the pilot episode is the first example of such a wasted character on this show. He only had around a minute of screen time with half of it consisting of him being a bully before being frozen by Rick and then accidentally killed by Summer. He would have been a good obstacle for Morty to overcome. Even Frank's own voice actor felt that Frank was wasted and wanted to continue voicing him, arguing that since "Rick Potion #9" transferred the setting to the replacement dimension, it completely justifies bringing Frank back on the show. However, the shows creators were not very interested in bringing him back.
    • Scropon is a huge example on how this show wasted a character that gave out a lot of potential. He appeared in "Ricksy Business" as a friend of Rick's but he when he was given the spotlight, it only lasted for a few seconds and he unable to speak at all in that episode, having Rick explain why Scropon was in grief and he was not seen again for the rest of the episode. Some fans felt that Scropon should have been given the chance to talk to Morty about his life but instead he completely vanished from the episode after the mention that his planet was destroyed. Scropon appeared again in "The Wedding Squanchers" but once again he was regulated to being a background character with no lines not to mention being one of the characters shot during the wedding massacre, leaving his fate unknown.
    • Shrimpley Pebbles was an important character for half the plot of "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate" but he never personally appears until his heart surgery near the end and he never gets the chance to speak due to being under anesthetic and he doesn't even get to put in his own opinion on whether or not Jerry should donate to him. What's more hilarious about this was that some fans mistook an alien in a wheelchair for Pibbles due to that alien being voiced by Werner Herzog. The episode never even reveals whether the surgery on Pibbles was successful or not due to Jerry's interference.
    • Krombopulous Michael as he is popular among fans yet has only appeared in "Mortynight Run". His past, friendship with Rick, and his motives for being an assassin are all vague. Plus its revealed that he had a girlfriend but his relationship with her is never elaborated upon. He even gets killed off simply because Morty fell asleep behind the wheel on Rick's flying saucer.
    • The President of the Galactic Federation would have been a good Big Bad of the show due to his position but he is never seen or mentioned in seasons one and two and in season three, he finally appears but only gets less than a minute of screen time before committing suicide.
    • Jessica had a healthy amount of appearances in season one as Morty's primary crush but she falls Out of Focus in season 2. The Third season did give her a episode "The Ricklantis Mix-up" with a role and hopefully she have a lager role in future seasons.
    • Snuffles was the Smith Family dog, which would have made him a main character on the show but during the second episode, he gets Put on a Bus after getting his own time in the limelight and is never seen again outside of family photos and was only mentioned at least once in a later episode.
    • Concerto, the villain of the post credit scene of "Pickle Rick" could have been quite a great villain if his screen time was extended. That whole post credits scene could have been part of a great episode for season 3 and Concerto could have had his villainy and grudge against Rick and Morty explored. Instead he only gets a minute of screen time before having his throat sliced by Jaguar.
    • The Vindicators could have been interesting recurring characters had their backstories gotten fleshed out a little more but instead, their concepts were wasted as a cheap Take That! joke towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the bulk of the group got killed off before we got a chance to really know any of them.
    • Worldender seemes to be this intentionally. In the Vindicators episode, he's stated main antagonist and by far one of the most evil villains to exist on the show as played up by the creators on an Adult Swim clip but by the time he finally makes his on screen appearance, he was already killed off by Rick. His atrocities and motives were not given much focus either.
    • Tammy and Phoenix Person. In the stinger for "The Rickshank Redemption", Tammy becomes the de facto leader of what's left of the Galactic Federation and is shown flying away with Phoenix Person, hinting at a possible confrontation with Rick. Sadly, they never end up fighting Rick and Morty or making any further appearances in all of the season 3. Many fans hoping that they would become the main villain of season 3's finale were left disappointed,thoughs it's possibly they are merely being saved for Season 4 or later.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Rick's My God, What Have I Done? moment at the end of season 2? Turns out it was all fake. Maybe.
    • The subplot of "Something Ricked This Way Comes" had many fans disappointed because its villain, King Flippy Nips, somehow became a Karma Houdini as he did things like send his own son to Plutanamo Bay for opposing the mining of plutonium, excessively mining plutonium to the point where Pluto was put in danger of being destroyed, and even lying to his own people about Pluto being a planet so he could keep up his rich lifestyle. He never gets punished for it, though he'll proably perish anyway along with the rest of his race once Pluto inevitable collapses.
    • Both Mr. Needful and the Federation's memory extractor were perfect set-ups for a deception-within-deception plot, "M. Night Sham-aliens" style, particularly the former, whose whole scheme could have been to set up conflicts between Rick and Summer. Both cases are instead perfectly linear, with no further layers, and easily dealt with.
    • "The Rickshank Redemption" features both the Council of Ricks and the higher-ups of the Galactic Federation as villains. You think that'd make an incredible villain team-up, or a spectacular double threat. Nope, both are merely Mooks for the original Rick to toy with, splitting the screen time in a way that lessens the threats for both of them. They're easily pitted against each other, and Rick eliminates both factions' leadership without breaking a sweat (Summer is the only one in danger during that confrontation). It just feels like a waste of two powerful and interesting enemies. Even the Earth being now under the Federation's control is shown at the beginning, then again at the end to show them leaving, and is never mentioned again.
    • The piano execution scene from the theme song of season 3 just turns out to be a quick post-credits gag in "Pickle Rick". A number of fans found it could've made a very creative episode, and would've loved to see how Rick and Morty got into that situation in the first place and just what Concerto's deal was.
    • There are those who wanted an episode featuring the flying Cthulu monster from the OP which seems to swallow the camera before the "Rick and Morty" logo shows. The idea of Rick bringing down this Cosmic Horror with the power of science would be awesome indeed.
  • Ugly Cute: Scary Brandon, Scary Terry's son in "Lawnmower Dog". Scary Terry himself qualifies after mellowing out, bizarrely.
    • The Gagablagblag aliens that appear occasionally. They can only make that one sound, appear to work menial jobs, and can explode into goo at will. Despite that, they're still oddly endearing.
    • Rick can come off as this to some people, such as the time he got neutralized or his nicer Alternate Universe counterparts.
    • Tommy's Froopyland spawn could be cute as well, looking past their origins.
  • Uncanny Valley: The puppet versions of Rick and Morty seen in announcements and bonus materials for the show fall squarely into this area. The fact that Morty's puppet totally lacks eyebrows unless required for a certain expression doesn't help.
    • There's something very off putting about that life-sized Beth costume in "Mortynight Run" as well. Just... oh my.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Jerry. He's not without his flaws but it can be hard to not sympathize with him as he clearly sees how Rick's influence is damaging his family but is helpless to do anything about it. And that's without getting into him losing his job and his marriage falling apart.
    • One particular case is the climax of "Total Rickall" where the parasites infect the family with false memories and in the climax Beth shoots Mr. Poopybutthole assuming justifiably that he's a parasite, since he is a Remember the New Guy? joke character. The episode plays Beth shooting Mr. Poopybutthole for Bait-and-Switch Black Comedy to guilt-trip Beth into drinking but it comes across as a contrived moment that, however funny in context, comes across as especially mean-spirited on the part of the writers to the character.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Made a little complicated since it's very hard to tell how sympathetic these characters are actually intended to be.
    • Rick, to put it mildly, does a pretty great job of downplaying any humanizing moment he has, and doesn't give a crap about anything besides his daughter and grandkids - and even then he isn't above using them for his own selfish goals and cares little about how traumatizing the calamities he drags them into are for them. Indeed, when Morty says Rick doesn't care about anything but himself, Bird Person doesn't actually deny that, deciding to appeal to Morty's morality and to mention his own positive experiences with Rick.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Unity is a hivemind that takes over the bodies of males and females, leading to confusion whether or not the men it controls identify as female by proxy, or not - and that's even assuming Unity identifies as a female at all. Rick being canonically pansexual doesn't help matters. The lead person she controls is female and has feminine characteristics, but Rick uses gender-neutral pronouns to refer to Unity, so it might not identify as either gender. Perhaps it's best to take Rick's typical advice and "not think about it".
  • Win Back the Crowd: "Rickmancing the Stone", "Pickle Rick" and "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender" were three episodes that divided viewers. The next episode, "The Whirly-Dirly Conspiracy", received unanimous acclaim due to Ryan Ridley's writing, with people likening it to other episodes he wrote, such as "Meeseeks and Destroy" and "Auto Erotic Assimilation". The rest of the season (with the possible exceptions of "The ABC's of Beth" and "The Rickchurian Mortydate") met similar acclaim.
  • What an Idiot!: Has its own page.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Although the show as a whole does have enough ground in reality to be relatable, the alternate dimensions that are explored are almost always filled with things straight from the deepest depths of this trope.
    • Subverted during the Interdimensional Cable episodes, as a number of the sketches feature the writing staff drunk, high, or both. Most notable during the "Octopus Man" bit.
  • The Woobie:
    • Morty. Dear god, his life utterly sucks. The pilot spells out that Morty is a below-average student and possibly has a learning disability, he likely doesn't have a lot of potential to say the least, and contrary to what his parents are led to believe he's not learning anything about science from Rick. The adventures he goes on are never fun, and are usually disgusting, horrifying and traumatizing. The ending to "Rick Potion #9" probably seals the deal with Rick's attempts at a love potion for Morty leaving 99% of the world as horrifying abominations, which forces Morty, along with Rick, to abandon his reality and family for an alternate universe one where everything's normal. "Close Rick-Counters Of The Rick Kind" then reveals that the main reason Rick hangs out with Morty is because he's so stupid that he cancels out Rick's genius brainwaves, thus preventing the latter from being tracked. So not only is he dumb, he starts believing he is nothing but a tool of his grandfather (though it's hinted that he's not, despite Rick not wanting it to be known). Rickless Morties "play video games, date girls" which is apparently pitiable from a Rick's point of view. Morty actually lampshades this in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens" after Rick passes out after threatening Morty with a knife, thinking he was a simulation.
      Morty: What a life.
      • He also lampshades it in the comic series when he tells alternate versions of himself and Summer that it's not Summer's, Rick's, or anybody else's fault that his life is so fucked up across most realities; the universe simply hates him.
    • Speaking of "Close Rick-Counters of Rick Kind", Doofus!Rick; he appears to put up from a lot from the other Ricks, being the Token Good Teammate and all...
    • After the events in "Rick Potion #9", original Summer. Original Jerry and Beth at least have each other, but original Summer has nobody except her parents for company.
    • Jerry. The entire multiverse seems to go out of its way to make him miserable. No wonder his voice actor referred to him as "a pretty sad, pathetic guy". May cross into Jerkass Woobie since he'd rather publicly humiliate his son than admit he's wrong about something, and not to mention the time he tried to bum money off of Summer by softening her up with childhood memories. He becomes a bit more of an Iron Woobie after some Character Development in Season 3.
    • Beth as well. While she can be just as terrible as her father, she is clearly messed up from his abandonment and from her own issues. She even showed a tremendous amount of guilt in shooting Mr. Poopybutthole, as seen when she starts sobbing and pours some wine while shaking the bottle nervously.
    • Summer through a lot of "The Ricks Must Be Crazy". Also the poor policeman who had his dead son brought back to life, only to see him die again in his arms.
    • Mr. Poopy Butthole at the end of "Total Rickall".
    • Scropon. Sure, he is a character who has not spoken, does not have much screen time, and looks very monstrous and terrifying but he definitely needed some hugging after Rick revealed in "Ricksy Business" that Scropon's home planet was destroyed and Scropon was looking and feeling grieved and depressed during the party. It's a shame that his backstory is not further elaborated upon to reveal who was responsible for the planet's destruction or why it was destroyed.
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