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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Rick and Morty is a darkly comedic series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Cartoon Network's late-night programming block [adult swim]. Originally, the series was based on Channel101's The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, a Back to the Future parody.This bizarre series centers around the misadventures of Morty Smith, a kind-hearted yet troubled young high school student, and Rick Sanchez, Morty's snarky, morally-unsound alcoholic Mad Scientist grandfather (both voiced by Justin Roiland). Rick constantly pulls Morty and his family out of their normal lives to go on sci-fi acid trip adventures across the multiverse and help him carry out insane science experiments. Morty's parents think of Rick as a negative influence on their son, but they keep Rick around the house anyway just as long as he sort of keeps Morty in school.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The first episode was released online on November 27, 2013, and aired on Adult Swim five days later, on December 2, 2013.In May 2018, after months of contract negotiations following the end of the show's third season (and fears of cancellation), the series was announced as being renewed for an unprecedented 70 additional episodes. The first five episodes of Season 4 aired from November 10, 2019, to December 15, 2019; after a five month hiatus, the last five episodes of Season 4 aired from May 3, 2020, to May 31, 2020. In July 2020, Season 5 was confirmed by the release of a brief sneak peak of an episode, along with a vague release date for the full season at some point in 2021. At the same time, it was confirmed that Season 6 was also in the early work stages.For episode-specific summaries and tropes, check out the recap page.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })For other works based on the show see the Franchise page
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Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other
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Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Jerry and Beth do not have a good marriage, and are sometimes unsure if they're even in love, but one always has the other's back when push comes to shove. The titular characters as well. Rick, despite his abrasive behavior, always wants what's best (well, at least what he thinks is best) for his grandchildren and isn't above having fun with them once in a while. He's abusive as hell to Morty and typically treats him as a means to an end, but there's little doubt he does genuinely care about him. This is a show where you spend 99% of the time laughing/cringing at all the Black Comedy, and saying "D'aww" at least Once an Episode. In ''Get Schwifty", Jerry outright says he's sick of pretending they only stay together for their kids. He married Beth because he loves her and wants her to know that. "Rixty Minutes" shows an alternate timeline where Summer was aborted. Jerry becomes a movie star, and Beth is rich enough to sit at home all day. This leads to a lot of hurt feelings between "our" Jerry, Beth, and Summer. It turns out that in the alternate universe, Jerry's miserable and Beth is a Crazy Parrot Lady. Jerry has a meltdown and drives all the way to her house on a Rascal mobility scooter in nothing but his underwear, police and media on hot pursuit, to confess his love for her. This leads to "our" dimension's Jerry, Beth and Summer to patch things up. In "The Wedding Squanchers" The Smith family become fugitives after Rick is discovered to be wanted for terrorism by the galactic federation. Jerry suggests that they turn Rick in so they can have a normal life but the rest of the family refuses because they love Rick(for the most part). Rick has a revelation and turns himself in anyways. Though later subverted when it turns out he got caught on purpose to not only topple the government but push Jerry and Beth to separate, letting him in his own words "become the de-facto patriarch of the family and the universe. "The Ricklantis Mixup shows a Rick who is "more into working with wood than science," and creates a jewelry box (complete with a cartoon horse on top) for his daughter's birthday, truly demonstrating his love for Beth. This is then ruthlessly invoked as the scene pans out to reveal that this Rick is kept a prisoner, with this memory being played on an infinite loop just so the "happy" chemical his brain secretes can be extracted. This is done by other Ricks, to add flavor to a wafer. Rick is reluctant to see Jerry killed, being genuinely horrified along with the rest of the family when Jerry was almost shot to death in "Interdimensional Cable II: Tempting Fate", keeping him alive despite Jerry betraying him in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", killing his ex-girlfriend's jealous boyfriend in "The ABCs of Beth", and not going through with killing him in "The Rickchurian Mortydate". Morty and Summer start with an initially slightly adversarial relationship typical between siblings, but they develop an intense familial bond that is not only the strongest, but the healthiest familial relationship in the entire Smith family. They both make it very clear to the other that while they don't always see eye to eye, they'll go to any length to protect the other from harm.
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Bizarre Alien Biology
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Bizarre Alien Biology: So many examples that it could have its own subpage. Lampshaded in the pilot, when Rick points out a random alien creature and says it "defies all logic."
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This Was His True Form
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This Was His True Form: The parasites in "Total Rickall" revert to their original appearance when they are killed.
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Non-Indicative Title: The family likes a show from an alternate reality called Ball Fondlers. It's basically just The A-Team, a peppy action show with no fondling of balls or even any innuendo. Rick does do a fondling motion with his hand when suggesting it to Morty and Summer, but that's it.
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Became Their Own Antithesis: Rick argues that the Interdimensional Council of Ricks are less Rick than he is because they formed a government to protect themselves from the governments they pissed off.
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Happy Marriage Charade
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Happy Marriage Charade: Beth and Jerry only got married because Jerry got Beth pregnant after prom. Their fragile marriage is a recurring theme, and they are quite aware of it, but it's usually resolved at the end of the episode, and the marriage seems to improve somewhat over the course of the first season. The first episode of the third season ends with then splitting up, but they end up getting back together (seemingly happier and without it being a charade) by the season finale.
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No Accounting for Taste
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No Accounting for Taste: Beth and Jerry. If they're the focus of an episode's plot line, it's probably about their struggling marriage. Deep down, they still care about each other, but there's so much resentment between them that the only reason they're still together at this point is for the sake of the kids. Well, that and Status Quo Is God. This finally becomes averted in Season 3: the two decide to separate and divorce at the beginning of the season, and while they do get back together by the end, they've both had significant Character Development in the meantime and give the impression that they won't be as miserable together anymore.
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Anyone Can Die: One-off or even recurring characters might as well have countdown clocks over their heads. If someone survives a guest appearance, it's highly probable they'll be killed off for a dramatic moment when they next appear. Overlaps with Death Is Cheap for the main characters, who can be replaced by alternate-universe versions of themselves and thus might occasionally suffer a sudden Plot Armor failure.
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Teens Are Short: Morty is at least a head shorter than the adults in his family, and Summer is slightly shorter than her mother. Rick's teenage version of himself is a head shorter than his adult version and appropriately dubbed Tiny Rick.
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Man of Wealth and Taste: Mr. Needful before he upgrades to his simpler Steve Jobs turtleneck.
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Heroic BSoD: Morty suffers one at the end of "Rick Potion #9" as he tries to cope with his entire world going to hell, and then suddenly finding himself in a world where nothing went wrong except that he just replaced his own self, who had died just moments before.
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Expendable Clone: Evil Rick (who turns out to be controlled by Evil Morty) tortures hundreds of alternate Mortys in order to hide himself in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind". In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", Rick murders a handful of younger clones of himself. With an axe.
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The Season 2 Finale "The Wedding Squanchers" where Rick allows himself to be taken prisoner while Earth becomes a member of the tyrannical Galactic Federation.
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Later parodied in "Total Rickall" when we see a string of Rick's "really weird made-up sounding catchphrases", which are a series of strange Non Sequiturs such as "AIDS!" , "Shum shum shlippidy-dop!", "Graaaaaassss... tastes bad!" and "BURGER TIME!" The context of the scene would lead the viewer to assume that they're the result of the memory-tampering parasites, except that the none of the flashbacks feature the parasites and none of them seem to be pleasant memories, meaning Rick really does have these catchphrases even if they've never appeared on screen before, or since (although he re-uses "Riki-tiki-tavi" and "And that's the way the news goes" in the last part of the episode, after all the parasites have been exterminated).
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Love Potion: In "Rick Potion #9" Morty has Rick make one so Jessica will like him. Unfortunately, due to it being flu season the potion is transmitted through air, quickly causing the school (and eventually the entire world) to be in love with Morty. Rick later points out how Morty essentially asked him to make roofies.
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Does This Remind You of Anything?: The monsters in The Stinger for "Ricksy Business" seem to be getting a lot of pleasure from shoving people into each others' holes. The human teen seems to enjoy it, too. Abradolf, not so much. Also, from the same episode Squanchy was always looking for a place to squanch. We never find out explicitly what that is, but it sure looks a lot like auto-erotic asphyxiation. The mining of Pluto in "Something Ricked This Way Comes" is a pretty clear allegory for oil drilling and global warming.
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What Did You Expect When You Named It ____?: Inverted. One episode featured a Titanic (1997)-themed ship which is designed to hit an iceberg and sink every time it sails. It misses the iceberg completely.
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Your Mom
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Your Mom: Morty discusses his feelings for Jessica with Jerry, and Jerry says that he used to feel that way about a lady named "Your mom"—and then specifies that he's speaking literally and not as an urban diss.
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Magic Tool: The season 2 DVD set actually reveals (what are implied to be just a few) uses of the plumbus tool that seems to be used in nearly every other dimension except for a few Earths in the central finite curve. Just a few of the device's uses include: toilet-cleaner, portable stove, food utensil, sex toy, religious icon, babysitter, and vacuum cleaner. Of course, you no doubt knew all this as everybody has one.
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Cool Old Guy: Definitely Rick. Not only is he capable of making almost any sci-fi gizmo you can think of, he's a total badass both physically and mentally and spends almost all of his waking hours spending his idea of quality time with his grandkids, which ranges from death-defying inter-dimensional adventures to freezing time to play pranks on the neighbors to dancing to booty jams in the front yard. He's even shown to be "cool" in the more traditional sense in "Ricksy Business", co-hosting a killer party and getting, in his own words, "Riggedy-riggedy-wrecked."
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Four-Philosophy Ensemble: With Morty as the Optimist, Rick as the Cynic, Summer as the Realist, Beth as the Apathetic, and Jerry as the Conflicted.
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"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Rick is implied to be this, as he wanted a stadium of men who even remotely resembled his father to watch him have sex with Unity. They're heard chanting "Go son go!" It becomes clearer and clearer as the series goes on that Beth is this as well; a combination of wanting Rick's love and approval and desperately not wanting him to leave her again makes her willing to put up with way too much from him and very reluctant to put her foot down even when she really needs to. Luckily, she seems to grow past this by the end of Season 3.
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Any time Rick appears completely in the nude, doubling as Fan Disservice, such as in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" and "Rest and Ricklaxation".
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Title Drop: Go ahead and count the number of time Rick drops it in the page quote alone.
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Gone Horribly Right: In the season 1 finale "Ricksy Business", Beth and Jerry go to a fancy Titanic-themed cruise line, complete with a crash into a prop iceberg that's supposed to result in the ship sinking in a safe, controlled manner to give the passengers a chance to reenact scenes from the movie. The ship misses the iceberg and doesn't sink. This is treated like a disaster.
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Always Someone Better
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Always Someone Better: The main focus of "The Rickchurian Mortydate" is how the President of the United States cannot accept that Rick is infinitely superior to him and the government. Even brokering the "Blatantly Obvious If You Think About It" peace accord between Israel and Palestine and giving him full credit pissed him off because he can't make Rick submit to him. Near the end of the same episode, Rick himself is forced to admit that, in terms of being The Patriarch to the Smith family, Jerry is better at it than he is.
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Sand In My Eyes: When Evil Rick is looking through Rick's memories, seeing memories about Morty makes Rick start to cry. Evil Rick makes fun of him, and Rick says that he isn't crying, he's just allergic to dipshits.
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Gone Horribly Wrong: In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", Rick sends Beth and Jerry off to an alien couples therapy retreat to fix their marriage. It works by taking the couple's unconscious perception of each other and manifesting it as monsters which they can then observe. Monster!Beth proceeds to use Monster!Jerry's gelatinous form to blend in with the wall and escape her cell. By the time the real Beth and Jerry solve the problem, the entire retreat is destroyed.
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Daddy's Girl
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Daddy's Girl: Beth is willing to abandon her marriage and allow her kids to go on "adventures" that repeatedly expose them to the threat of death and rape (as well as making them complicit in countless murders and other crimes), all so that her daddy won't leave again. Cemented in "Pickle Rick" when she flat-out ignores her children's emotional health in favor of bonding with Rick. Later dialed back in "The ABCs of Beth" when details from Beth's childhood are revisited and she's forced to accept that Rick was a pretty awful father. To be fair, Beth was forced to admit that she was also a pretty awful child as well. One of the "toys" Rick made for her was a sentient knife. Who was worse is debatable, the child that requested items like "silent shoes" and "sleepy darts" so her father would pay attention to her, or the father that made these things for her?
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Flying Saucer
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Flying Saucer: Rick's homemade spaceship uses this aesthetic, albeit with wheels and headlights like a normal car. The Travlorkians fly one to Rick's party.
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Fridge Horror
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Although an observant viewer may have inferred it prior, it's revealed at the end of "Ricksy Business" that Rick's constant drinking and abuse of the occasional Fantastic Drug isn't just for fun; he's actually numbing himself from an intense amount of emotional pain.
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Conditioned to Accept Horror
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Conditioned to Accept Horror: Aside from the immediate threat of death, almost nothing in the multiverse fazes Rick, not even having to bury his own corpse.
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The Bully
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The Bully: Frank Palicky. Frozen to death in his debut scene. And there was NO EVIDENCE that a Latino student did it. (Everyone wants to make this a race thing.) And this was technically true: a Latino student did not do it. A (White) Latino non-student (Rick) did. His almost-instant death upon introduction was meant to parody the concept by immediately having him turn out to be irrelevant to the series as a whole.
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Uterine Replicator
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Uterine Replicator: Female Gazorpians use a combination Uterine Replicator/Sexbot to go and "mate" with the male Gazorpians and then give birth to babies, since the females don't want to do either.
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Visual Pun
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Visual Pun: In "Morty's Mind Blowers", we see Rick owns a device that can magnetically attract whatever is programmed into it. When Morty toys with it, dozens of horrified girls (all redheads) start flying towards the garage: a literal babe magnet.
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The Problem with Licensed Games
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The Problem with Licensed Games: In-universe, lampshaded in Rick and Morty's Rushed Licensed Adventure. It's right there in the title! The characters frequently complain about not being able to perform certain simple actions because the developers were too lazy to implement it (The game is actually not that bad for a free to play Flash game).
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The Stoic
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The Stoic: Subverted in the first episode in which Rick assures Morty that he's seen it all and will keep him safe, only to be interrupted by a fierce alien creature. "Run Morty, I've never seen one of those before! This is bad, we're going to die, Morty!"
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Marshmallow Hell
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Marshmallow Hell: In "Lawnmower Dog", after Rick and Morty free the rest of the family, Summer pulls Morty face-first into her chest when hugging him. Thanks to recently having had a very awkward encounter with a dream version of her (see Brain Bleach above), Morty is quite uncomfortable by this.
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Motivational Lie
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Motivational Lie: In "Get Schwifty", Rick tells Morty that his portal gun only has enough charge for two trips: one to grab their family and one to get off planet. This is to get Morty to focus on placating the Cromulons rather than worrying about his family. Rick blows his own ruse when he casually portals out to pick up some snacks for Ice-T.
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Deadly Game
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Deadly Game: The Cromulons have a show called Planet Music, wherein they travel to planets looking for talent, teleport qualifying planets to their region of space, then force them to compete against each other. Losers and those who refuse to participate are disintegrated by plasma ray.
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Reality Ensues
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Reality Ensues: Being a Deconstructor Fleet, a lot of plot points and punchlines are centered around this. Rick succeeds in besting Satan by opening a new store. Afterwards, faced with the responsibilities of running the shop, he announces he's bored of it and closing, douses it in gasoline and sets it on fire during regular business hours. After Jerry successfully pacifies the Meeseeks in "Meeseeks and Destroy", he tells the chef that he and Beth will take their dinner to go (presumably, to go home and have sex), but the chef replies that that the cops are on their way and will have a ton of questions for him, which makes sense considering that the Meeseeks attacked the restaurant and took people hostage while trying to get to Jerry. Jerry himself even acknowledges this with "Fair enough." In "Ricksy Business", Summer, seeking to get in with the cool kids, blows off one of her nerdy friends and essentially throws her out of the party to get her out of the way...and then finds out that when you do un-squanchy stuff like that, no one wants to hang out with you. Rick's alcoholism and Morty's constant brushes with death, which are usually played for laughs and brushed aside, are occasionally shown to weigh on them heavily. "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate" features the TV show "Man vs. Car", in which a man tries to fight a car. The man is quickly run over, and the chuckling announcer asks, "Wouldn't the cars always win?" Other ways to destroy the Galactic Federation? Why not disrupt their credit economy by reducing their spending power to zero? At the end of "Rick Potion #9", Beth, Jerry, and Summer of the show's original dimension appear to have found happiness despite being the last humans on a post-apocalyptic Cronenberg earth. Skip ahead 2-3 years to "The Rickshank Rickdemption", and the family has devolved to the level of cavemen due to the brutal realities of living on such a world. Furthermore, in "Rick Potion #9", Beth and Jerry don't seem to mind that Rick and Morty have disappeared. (In fact, they feel as if it has made their lives better.) However, by the "The Rickshank Rickdemption", Jerry smashes the portal gun to keep Morty C-137 from leaving and is ready to kill the current version of Summer because she admires Rick. It stands to reason that the original-version Smith family would come to loathe the man who stole their son and destroyed their world, the Season 1 happy ending not withstanding. What happens when you try and outsmart the smartest man in the universe (maybe multiverse?) You lose....badly. As the Federation agent trying to interrogate Rick finds out when he attempts to get Rick to reveal the secret of the portal gun. In the B-plot of "Rixty Minutes", Summer is annoyed that while her parents' alternates are doing amazing things like movies, surgery, cocaine and Kristen Stewart, her alternates all seem to be playing board games with her family. Of course, since time-travel isn't a thing, of course she's not going to see some life-fulfilling self — all her alternates are still teenagers. Generally speaking, one doesn't become a movie star or a surgeon while they're still in high school. After "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", Jerry finally realizes that he can't keep using his bad experiences to deflect responsibilities and consequences. However, this isn't an overnight change, as he still has moments where he relapses in his judgement, like when he uses Morty and Summer to break up with his alien girlfriend in "The ABCs of Beth" rather than just coming clean to her that he's the one who wants to break up. When Morty joins a miniverse forest tribe in "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", he's quickly terrified and infuriated by the tribe's rituals. The tribe lacks personal hygiene and one of their rituals includes eating babies in order to make their fruit grow bigger. Morty is from a time where nature and science have been understood and Morty is well-adjusted to using technology to entertain himself. It happens in the Rickchurian Mortydate. The President of the United States reveals that the only reason the government doesn't prosecute Rick and Morty for their regular lawbreaking — several thousand violations a day— is because Rick is too valuable as the dimension's only citizen that can handle alien threats. When Rick and Morty blow off helping with an alien under the White House who ate a janitor, the President yells at them for lying to him and terminates their relationship, promising to treat them as foreign enemy agents if they interfere violently in government affairs. Sure enough, when Rick murders Secret Service agents trying to escort him peacefully out of the White House, he may win the subsequent tech fight with the President but is labeled as a domestic terrorist. Rick eventually realizes he went too far in Bullying a Dragon and has to fake dimension-hopping to ensure he's not arrested and implicitly apologize. Even if he can break out of prison easily, it's too much of a hassle for him and his family, especially Beth.
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The Quiet One
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The quiet, eyepatch-wearing Evil Morty in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind" turns out to have been remotely controlling Evil Rick all along, meaning that he was the true mastermind behind the serial killings of Ricks. He proves to be this once again in "The Ricklantis Mix-up", where we find out that the newly elected leader of the Citadel of Ricks, President Morty, is actually him.
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Papa Wolf
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Papa Wolf: Rick may be an incredibly flawed individual with practically no regard for the lives or well being of others, but there's one moral misstep he will not forgive you for: messing with his grandkids. Also, when Beth and Jerry disagree or fight in front of Rick, he echoes this trope by typically taking his daughter's side, belittling Jerry in the process. Jerry is a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass with extra Moron and a side of Butt-Monkey who will field any Idiot Ball that is hit anywhere near him, but when his family is threatened, he can step up to the plate to keep them safe.
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Servant Race
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Servant Race: Meeseeks, who are created by one of Rick's devices to serve a single purpose and die in a puff of smoke after they're done. However, if they take too long to get a task done then they'll end up going murderously insane until it gets accomplished.
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Technicolor Science
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Technicolor Science: Many of Rick's inventions and much of the alien tech emit all manner of glowing light and strange energies, but this often just goes with the brightly colored nature of the show. More straight examples of the trope occur when the characters are playing with chemicals. The test tubes seen in "Rick Potion #9" and "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind" are filled brightly colored liquids, and weirdly, this makes them seem mundane in comparison to the rest of the show's science.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall
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At the end of "Meeseeks and Destroy", the family comments on how the Meeseeks destroyed the room. All five then proceed to break the fourth wall.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: At the end of "Meeseeks and Destroy", the family comments on how the Meeseeks destroyed the room. All five then proceed to break the fourth wall. Pluto's society is controlled by the wealthy. In other words, it's a plutocracy. The Moonmen that Fart sings about in "Mortynight Run" turn into asses.
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Adam and Eve Plot
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Adam and Eve Plot: The very first thing we see Rick do in the series is drunkenly plan to exterminate the human race except for Morty and the girl he likes.
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MST3K Mantra
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MST3K Mantra: In-universe example. For every disturbing thing Morty sees or experiences, Rick's advice is "Don't think about it!"
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Take Our Word for It
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Take Our Word for It: In "Meeseeks and Destroy" Summer's Meeseeks makes her popular by delivering a speech to the entire student body in the auditorium. We only hear the very end of the speech, but it was apparently really convincing. Despite the episode name, we never actually see Rick's and Morty's Atlantis adventure in "The Ricklantis Mixup", which instead focuses on the Citadel of Ricks, but in The Stinger, they make a point of gushing on and on about how awesome it was and how they plan to go back many more times.
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Bloodier and Gorier
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The Bloodier and Gorier Season 3 has an average of more like 8 or 9. "Pickle Rick", "Vindicators 3", and "The Rickchurian Mortydate" in particular feature quite a bit of onscreen Gorn.
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Hyperspace Is a Scary Place
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Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: In "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" this is applied, not to hyperspace, but to wormhole travel. During a fight, a shield that protects part of a starship from the crazier aspects of wormhole travel is damaged, meaning everyone in proximity experiences a mind-bending acid trip that, according to the characters, lasted "a thousand lifetimes."
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Punch-Clock Villain
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Punch-Clock Villain: Parodied by Scary Terry, the "legally-safe knock off" of Freddy Kruegar living deep in Mr. Goldenfold's dreams: not only is terrorizing people literally just his day job, after he's done he goes home to a perfectly normal-looking suburban house, complete with an equally-scary wife and infant son.
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Parents as People
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Parents as People: Both Jerry and Beth often show concern for their kids and the effect Rick's antics can have on them, however they are continuously hindered by their own psychological problems and their failing marriage.
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It Only Works Once
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It Only Works Once: Rick tells Morty that they can only do the jump into another reality after irreversibly ruining our own thing three more times, four tops. He knows the viewers wouldn't be impressed if they did it more than that across the series.
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I Love the Dead
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I Love the Dead: One alternate version of Jerry wrote and directed a film called "Last Will and Testameow: Weekend at Dead Cat Lady's House II", a film about how nine cats move their owner's putrefying corpse to make her seem alive. The film also features a guy having a romantic relationship and sleeping with the dead woman, thinking she's still alive.
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Exploited Trope
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Rick exploited this in "Rick Potion No. 9" by simply slipping into one universe where he and Morty suddenly died after curing the Cronenbergs. Apparently, he hasn't managed to find very many universes where they both died in such a way that everything's okay afterward.
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I'm a Humanitarian
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The Strawberry Smiggles commercial opens with the cereal's mascot desperately rushing to eat his Smiggles before any kids steal it from him. It doesn't help. Oh, BOY does it not help.
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Black Comedy
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"Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat" has this in the scene where Rick C-137 in a clone body of Wasp Rick is having dinner with the Wasp version of the Smith family. The genuinely heartwarming interactions between the family is juxtaposed with the heavy Black Comedy of them eating Caterpillar Mr. Goldenfold and his babies alive.
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Wraparound Background
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Wraparound Background: Jerry drives through this when he's in a simulation running at low capacity. Rick has the same three people passing behind him as he talks on the phone in the same episode. Neither notice, but Rick knew what he was in from the very start, so it's completely beneath him.
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Like Father, Like Son
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Like Father, Like Son: Morty and Jerry — both are insecure, neurotic, emotional, and tend to put up with a lot.
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Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness
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Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness: This show just barely manages a 2. It follows its own rules fairly consistently, but rarely, if ever, attempts to justify its technology or phenomena with any real or invented natural laws.
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Laser Cutter
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"The Ricks Must Be Crazy" has Rick's ship, which has been put under strict orders to keep Summer safe, stick out a device and scan a person it sees as a potential threat, only for the scanning to actually have been a Laser Cutter that turns him into a fleshy pile of cubes.
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TheUnReveal
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Whatever the secret of the talking cat from "Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty" was, it was apparently so disturbing that almost caused Rick to kill himself.
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In Medias Res
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In Medias Res: Discussed in "Look Who's Purging Now". A man wrote a screenplay using How We Got Here, a version of this trope, and asks Morty for feedback:
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Maintain the Lie
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Maintain the Lie: In "Meeseeks and Destroy", The Stinger has a servant finding disturbing pictures (most likely of exploited children) in King Jellybean's closet and being ordered to destroy them so the people will remember him for what he represented, not what he was. Zeep at the end of "The Ricks Must Be Crazy" is forced to do this, rather than reveal to his people that Rick is using their entire universe to power his car battery, or else Rick would destroy the "broken" battery along with the multiverse inside it.
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Dirty Old Man: Rick. It's first seen in the pilot where Rick spends a large amount of time having sex with beautiful women in another dimension, to the point where his portal gun has no charge left. In "Lawnmower dogs" Rick is seen to have a fetish for BDSM. In "Auto Erotic Assimilation" he makes a lot of rather bizarre sexual requests to Unity, including a giraffe and stands of men who remotely resemble his father.
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Mythology Gag: The o3o expression the characters use is one of the few things from Doc and Mharti that hasn't been changed. At one point, Rick says that a whole world populated by dogs would make an interesting TV show. This is a reference to an actual pilot Justin Roiland made in the past. Certain parts of Cronenberg-Rick might bring back some...memories. The Cloning Blues invoked with the gradual mental degeneration of the Meeseeks brings to mind the defective Cosby clones from Roiland's earlier Web series House Of Cosbys. The alternate-dimension TV channels are also a similar concept to the series' nonsensical final episode involving alien satellite transmissions. There are a few instances where Rick tells someone to "lick [his] balls." It's one of his catchphrases in "Total Rickall" and he plays samples of himself saying "balls" to annoy Morty in "Get Schwifty." In the original "Doc and Mharti" short, Doc repeatedly asks Mharti to lick his balls as part of his science experiments. In "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez", Tiny Rick makes a drawing of Doc.
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Verbal Tic: Rick continually addresses Morty by his name when talking to him. This is toned down in the second episode, but is still present. You could also count the constant belching Rick does in mid-sentence whenever he's drunk, which is most of the time. In "Lawnmower Dog", Scary Terry constantly ends his sentence with "bitch!" "Hi, I'm Mr. Meeseeks! Look at me!" Female Gazorpians are always telling each other "I'm here if you need to talk", to the point that it may just be a casual greeting. Mr. Poopy Butthole is constantly saying "whoo-wee!"
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: In "Ricksy Business", Morty tosses a bag of crystal narcotics outside into an environment full of giant testicle monsters. A tentacle immediately scoops the bag up, after which the monster can be seen tripping balls in the background. In The Stinger for "A Rickle in Time", the two four-dimensional testicle-headed beings (played by comedy duo Key & Peele) find each other in the Ice Age, which startles a mammoth. While the two bicker, a small rodent crawls into the creatures' time displacement bubble and ends up being carried with them through thousands of years of history and meets an unfortunate end when it leaves the time bubble just as it materialises over the sea. In "Mortynight Run", when Rick and Morty are at Blips and Chitz playing Roy, you can see an Alien playing pinball with a Mr. Meeseeks next to him. After the alien beats the game, Mr. Meeseeks disappears. The Gaussian Girl introduction below takes place during a rowdy party. A thrown beer bottle can be seen flying in the background and smashing into a wall, also in slow motion. In "Close Rick-Counters of The Rick Kind", when Rick and Morty arrive in a universe where sentient chairs sit on people using pizzas to order phones, the chairs can be seen staring in utter shock at our equivalent of two talking chairs walking on the street.
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What Did I Do Last Night?
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What Did I Do Last Night?: In "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender", Rick gets so blackout drunk that he single-handedly kills the Worldender character threatening the universe and makes matters worse by creating an even bigger threat. He acknowledges that he officially had too much to drink last night.
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: The stairs up the dais where the female Gazorpians carry out sentencing reads "Sis Semper Calumniam," which means "You are always wrong." In "The Rickchurian Mortydate", the Chinese character on the back of Jerry's robe means "weak/feeble".
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Lampshade Hanging
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"Rixty Minutes", which consists almost entirely of Rick and Morty watching TV (though in staying in the spirit of the series, it is interdimensional TV). The majority of the dialogue heard on the shows was ad-libbed on the spot by the voice actors, something that Rick and Morty both lampshade.
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Awesome, but Impractical
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Awesome, but Impractical: After their first encounter with Rick in "Get Schwifty", the President and the United States Government got to work on creating their own form of portal transportation. It works, but the military has to spend the time and resources to manually airlift the portal platform to its destination just for a few people to transport through. According to Rick, each individual usage of the equipment triples the deficit. Invoked again the same episode. The US Government has developed a pill that will shrink the user to near microscopic levels. Unfortunately, it doesn't shrink their clothes, seems to take a decent amount of time while the user shrieks in agony, and Rick claims it will give them severe and incurable cancer. Rick creates one in a day that circumvents all of these shortcomings. Also invoked in "Vindicators 3". Turns out our heroes weren't called for "Vindicators 2" in which the titular Vindicators destroyed an entire civilized planet just to get one shapechanger villain. Ricks's response?
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Listing the Forms of Degenerates
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Listing the Forms of Degenerates: Why Pancho released tuberculosis in "Anatomy Park"
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Monstrous Germs
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Monstrous Germs: In "Anatomy Park", the various diseases are portrayed as hideous monsters who chase the protagonists around in an homage to Jurassic Park.
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Fantastic Slur: Glip-Glop for Travlorkians. It's like the N word and C word had a baby and was raised by all the bad words for Jews. Rick greets an entire saucer of them by calling them this. When the dog Snuffles becomes super intelligent and enslaves the family, he insists they call him Snowball because "Snuffles was my slave name". Technically it's more of an anthropomorphic slur. Gearhead's real name is "Revolio Clockberg Jr." He states that Rick calling him "Gearhead" would be like calling a Chinese person "Asia Face".
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Hidden Depths
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Hidden Depths: There's a lot more to Rick than just a drunk asshole who's good with science. We have yet to see all of it, but you can tell it's there. Directly referenced at the end of "Ricksy Business", where an embittered Morty says that Rick "isn't that complicated" and Birdperson states that he's wrong.
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Nominal Hero
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Nominal Hero: Rick is just barely a hero by virtue of him caring about his family, and there being even worse people.
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Huge Holographic Head: The Cromulons are an entire race of partially-transparent floating heads.
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Person as Verb
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Person as Verb: After inflicting Body Horror on the whole world, Rick says that he "Cronenberged" the place. When Summer is screwed out the business by her boss, she states that she's been Zuckerberged.
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The Bad Guy Wins
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The Bad Guy Wins: By the end of "The Ricklantis Mix-up", Evil Morty succeeds in seizing control of the Citadel.
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Is the Answer to This Question
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Is the Answer to This Question "Yes"?: In "Get Schwifty", the U.S. President, when asked if he can fly a Blackhawk, asks in turn if the Pope's member can fit through a donut in place of answering with "I'm not sure".
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Deconstructor Fleet
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Deconstructor Fleet: Of Western Animated Fantastic Comedy.
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Logic Bomb
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Logic Bomb: Three regarding golf in "Meeseeks and Destroy". Square your shoulders and keep your head down. Choke up and follow through. Try to relax. Rick makes the first level of the simulation shut down in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" by talking to a crowd of people and making them do increasingly more complex things.
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Insufferable Genius
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Insufferable Genius: Rick, the smartest man in the universe, is not even remotely modest or shy when it comes to boasting about it. Morty's quote at the top of this page, especially the "all you know is that you know nothing and he knows everything" line, sums it up pretty well.
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Uplifted Animal
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Uplifted Animal: Snowball and his dog army.
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Auto-Tune
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Auto-Tune: Used for Snuffles' robot suit in "Lawnmower Dog" as a goofy way of giving him a robot voice.
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Memetic Mutation
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The famous "Rick and Morty forever and forever, a hundred years" moment at the end of the pilot.
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Training Montage
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Training Montage: "Something Ricked This Way Comes" has Rick and Summer working out and taking steroids set to "X Gon' Give It To Ya" by DMX so that they can go beat up Mr. Needful (and after the credits, assorted assholes).
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Not Helping Your Case
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Not Helping Your Case: In "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", when Rick is suspected of having killed several Ricks from other dimensions, he decides to act rude and unhelpful to the Council, then kills several Security Ricks in his escape.
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Note to Self
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Note to Self: In "Total Rickall", when Rick first discovers the mind-altering parasites trying to infiltrate the family, he writes the current number of family members on a piece of paper and tapes it to the wall. Whenever the parasites multiply and try to disguise themselves as new family members, Rick kills the likely suspect. The parasites beat this by implanting a new memory in which Rick wrote the number for a nonsensical reason rather than for a logical purpose, foiling that plan.
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Recursive Reality
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Recursive Reality: In "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!", some aliens try to trick Rick into giving away his formula for concentrated dark matter by trapping him in a multi-layered simulation. In "The Ricks Must Be Crazy" it's revealed that Rick's spaceship is powered by a small universe. It turns out that a scientist in that universe is also developing a smaller universe to use as a power source. Then it turns out that a scientist in that universe is also developing an even smaller universe to use as a power source...
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Sex Sells
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Sex Sells: In the Fan Art Contest promo, Rick promises bonus points for "scantily clad artwork of Summer!" The "Turbulent Juice" commercial in "Rixty Minutes".
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Flipping the Bird: Rick does it frequently. In "The Ricks Must be Crazy", Rick taught his Pocket Dimension that this is the symbol for peace. He thought it was hilarious. Zeep also teaches his Pocket Dimension their equivalent of Flipping the Bird for the same reason. What makes it especially funny is the fact that is the symbol for peace in Rick's dimension. Rick also had some other language-based fun at their expense.
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False Cause
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False Cause: In "Get Schwifty", Principal Vagina forms a religion around the Cromulons, ignorant of the true reason behind their appearance. Beth even discusses it. Principal Vagina quickly lets the power go to his head.
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Easily the most nihilistic and pessimistic cartoon on television. The show has a habit of taking any sense of optimism you would normally expect with a show and smashing it into pieces. With that said, the series can actually still present some positive notes and insightful ideas. However the show subverts this with Jerry and the family as a whole. The creators are quick to point out that Jerry who has had a real tough life and is consistently being dumped on by the universe, is still somewhat content with how his life is going. They point to the scene where Rick is on the verge of suicide while Jerry is happily trimming his lawn. Rick who is an all powerful omni-scientist, who can create almost anything is left feeling bitter and depressed whether by the burden of his knowledge or his really awful outlook on life, while by contrast Jerry who has no prospects and has had many many awful situations heaped upon him is still trucking along. Both creators admire Jerry for his tenacity and optimism. The episode The Rickchurian Mortydate eventually calls out Rick's nihilistic attitude, and shows that for all of their negative qualities and in spite of Rick's rantings about the futility of existence the Smith family finally finds some contentment with their lives. Ultimately they tell Rick either stay or go and to stop acting like such a nihilistic ass to Jerry all the time.
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Throwing Out the Script
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Throwing Out the Script: Parodied, and provides the current page image. Rick's "script" for his best man's speech at Birdperson's and Tammy's wedding in "The Wedding Squanchers" consists of two and a half sentences, then some notes telling himself to crumple up the script and start ad-libbing.
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The Last of These Is Not Like the Others
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The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Lampshaded and averted in "Anatomy Park". In "Rixty Minutes", an alternate reality Saturday Night Live has a bizarre lineup of a piece of toast, two guys with handlebar mustaches, a guy painted silver who makes robot noises, Garmanarnar, three creatures even the narrator is stumped by, a peep hole, and Bobby Moynihan.
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Death Is Cheap
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Death Is Cheap: There are an infinite number of dimensions and an infinite number of Ricks and Mortys populating them, so no version of Rick or Morty is truly irreplaceable. This is even true of the main Rick ("Rick C-137"), and he has all sorts of technology to keep his consciousness alive in the event of his death. Case in point; in "The Rickshank Rickdemption", his original body was killed by Seal Team Rick, all while he jumped conciousness from one Rick to another, then in "Rest and Ricklaxation," he was mauled to death by a monster, but "birthed" a new body with all of his memories shortly prior to that. The show then just follows this new Rick and goes on as normal without skipping a beat. At the end of "Interdimensional Cable 2 : Tempting Fate", Jerry gets shot 57 times by alien bodyguards, with very graphic footage of the bullets going straight through his body and skull. Cue his family screaming in horror as the screen fades to black with Jerry lying face down in a pool of his own blood. What happens next? He opens his eyes to a TV commercial about butthole ice-cream as his family rejoices around his hospital bed. Turns out, getting shot down in a super-advanced alien hospital is no worse than getting a splinter removed from your finger. "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Repeat" reveals that when a Rick dies in one reality, they'll reincarnate as a clone in another Rick's reality where the Project Phoenix wasn't destroyed yet.
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Poorly Disguised Pilot
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Poorly Disguised Pilot: Parodied at the end of the second episode. Rick suggests that the world populated by dogs "could be developed into a very satisfying project for people of all ages", and that he would watch it "for at least eleven minutes a pop".
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Batman Gambit
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Batman Gambit: In "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!", Rick looks genuinely distraught over having been fooled by a simulation inside a simulation inside a simulation, but he was in control the whole time. He knew that if Morty mixed the ingredients together just as he said, that he would have blown himself up, and that the aliens were only trying to get the recipe the whole time. Rick's plan in "The Rickshank Redemption" also counts. He fully anticipated the Galactic Federation trying to snoop through his memories to learn how his portal gun was created, so he crafted a fake origin story where he used a virus that would grant him access to the device searching his subconscious. He then used it to Body Surf into a Galactic Federation agent and several Ricks so he could enact revenge against both the Galactic Federation and the Council of Ricks. He also anticipates Morty getting agitated enough to shoot him with a fake gun, allowing him to get the jump on the leader of the Council. Then he emotionally manipulates Beth into divorcing Jerry by saving Morty and Summer, which grants him Beth's and Summer's respect, in turn allowing Rick to take Morty on more adventures.
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Mr. Seahorse
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Mr. Seahorse: The Season 1 opening title sequence shows a scene where Jerry is getting ready to give birth. "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat" features a caterpillar version of Mr. Goldenfold, who births a few caterpillar larvae.
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But What About the Astronauts?
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But What About the Astronauts?: In "Get Schwifty", the Earth is teleported by alien heads to participate in a game show. Rick casually tells everyone at the Pentagon that all the astronauts in orbit are now dead.
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Boring, but Practical
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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.
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The Man Behind the Man
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The Man Behind the Man: Or rather, In Front Of The Man. In "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind," Evil Morty is this to Evil Rick, who was only his cyborg puppet.
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Aliens Are Bastards
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Aliens Are Bastards: The Gromflomites, the primary species of the Galactic Federation, are shown to be highly racist and militaristic and it is heavily implied that they rule the Federation as a Master Race and treat all other species as second-class citizens.
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TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight
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The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: In the season 3 premiere, Summer starts acting crazy, thinking there must be some way to reconnect with Rick. She goes into the garage, which has now replaced all of Rick's gadgets, and sees a group of dead flies on the countertop. She thinks that maybe if she rearranged the flies, they'd activate a hologram or a door of some sort. When Rick later comes back to the garage, he sets everything back to normal by setting the flies a certain way. Summer's placement wasn't even that far off.
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Crapsaccharine World
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Crapsaccharine World: Despite looking like a pretty innocent cartoon, it's a pretty grim series. That is, if the alcoholic scientist and neglected kid protagonists didn't give it away.
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Karmic Nod
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Karmic Nod: Mr. Goldenfold's reaction in "Something Ricked This Way Comes" upon learning that the "gift" the Devil gave him that made him irresistible to women also made him impotent. Though it's less of a nod and more of an all-out Scenery Chewing.
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Right Through the Wall
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Right Through The Ceiling: When Morty is, uh, playing with the sex-bot Rick bought him.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: In "Wedding Squanchers", Birdperson tells Beth that he and Rick once fought in a vicious war, and are now considered terrorists by the Galactic Federation. However, he never says exactly what he and Rick did during that period. Half of the clips in the opening sequence are these. Says Roiland at a ComicCon... C-137 Rick's and Morty's adventure in "The Ricklantis Mixup." All we know is that Morty hooked up and likely had sex with a mermaid and wants to go back.
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Chekhov's Time Travel
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Chekhov's Time Travel: Defied by the creators, as Rick has a box on his shelf with the text "Time Travel Stuff", but time travel is about the only sci-fi trope they haven't touched yet. Word of God said the box on the shelf is a Stealth Pun, indicating that all time travel stories are "shelved" for the series. (It's for this reason that Rick can't simply go back in time to when Mulan was running in theaters to try McDonald's Szechuan sauce). Time Travel has since been officially reaffirmed as off limits by the authors in interviews; their reasoning is that it makes all problems just too easy.
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Mundane Solution
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Mundane Solution: When Rick is about to destroy the Galactic Federation, his grandchildren suggest two options: Summer suggests that he'll set all their nukes to target each other. Morty suggests reprogramming all their military portals to disintegrate their entire spacefleet. While Rick appreciates the Hoist by His Own Petard nature of these plans and claims that he's "almost proud," he ultimately decides on this and reduces the value of their credit-based economy to zero.
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Skewed Priorities
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Skewed Priorities: When Rick is explaining to Summer that he and Morty are stuck on a planet that is currently undergoing a purge and need her help before they get killed, her first action is to express her opinion of the movie. Rick's morality results in a lot of gags like this. In "Get Schwifty," he uses his portal gun to get snacks but not to get the rest of the family in case Earth is destroyed, because it's "planning for failure." In a flashback in "Total Rickall," aliens are performing experiments on Morty, and Rick runs in to steal their medical equipment.
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Powered Armor
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Powered Armor: In "Lawnmower Dog", Snuffles builds walking, humanoid exoskeletons for himself and all the neighborhood dogs, due to becoming an Uplifted Animal with genius intellect by way of a helmet Rick invented to make him smarter. Models with yellow Tron Lines are combat-capable, sporting shoulder guns; whereas blue denotes civilian. In "Look Who's Purging Now", Rick and Morty have Summer send each of them a set of this so they can defend themselves from the Purgers trying to kill them. Unfortunately, Morty hits his Rage Breaking Point and gets a little kill-happy with his, forcing Rick to knock him out. Rick then lets Arthricia borrow Morty's armor, and the two of them use it to slaughter the rich people who orchestrate the yearly Purges.
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Curb-Stomp Battle
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Curb-Stomp Battle: From "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate", the show "Man Versus Car", which pits a man against a car. Michael Jenkins, in spite of his prodigious size and strength, can only resist pushing against the car for a few moments before he keels over backwards and dies a horrible gory death under the tires. What else were you really expecting?
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Secret Test of Character
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Secret Test of Character: In the pilot, when Morty stops Rick from going through with his plan to wipe out the human race and start over, Rick unconvincingly claims he was doing this and Morty passed. This confession is immediately followed by a "Sure, why not, I don't know." One interpretation in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens" suggested says Rick suddenly started acting uncharacteristically playful with important science stuff as a test to see if Morty would notice and say something. Morty didn't and just played along, confirming Rick's suspicion that he too was a simulation.
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Gaussian Girl
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Gaussian Girl: Parodied in "Ricksy Business". Jessica is introduced this way, only for Rick to scold Slow-Mobius for messing with time to create the effect.
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"I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: At the climax of "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", Morty and Summer have to do this with Rick who's trapped in a younger clone of himself that's taken over his personality. Parodied in "Morty's Mind Blowers". One of the removed memories shows that Rick, Summer, and Beth once had to do this with Morty when he got possessed by an alien worm-creature, telling him how much they love him and encouraging him to fight it...except that it takes so long for Morty to barf up the alien worm that they have trouble actually continuing to encourage him and not just start cracking jokes at his expense instead.
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Baby's First Words
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Baby's First Words: In "Raising Gazorpazorp", Morty tries to raise a Half-Human Hybrid baby where he is the dad and the mother is an alien from a Proud Warrior Race. He tries to make the baby say "dada" but the baby ends up saying "death", "domination" and "destruction".
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The Patriarch
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Near the end of the same episode, Rick himself is forced to admit that, in terms of being The Patriarch to the Smith family, Jerry is better at it than he is.
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Blatant Lies
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Blatant Lies: Shows up in pretty much every episode, especially from Rick, and often Played for Laughs.
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Body Surf
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The ending of Season 2 resulted in Earth joining the Galactic Federation. The opening of Season 3 results in Rick escaping from prison through Body Surfing his mind from his body into a GF agent, and then into another Rick who was part of an assault force tasked with killing Rick himself. He surfs from one Rick to another, eventually destroying both the Galactic Federation and the Council of Ricks in succession. Earth restores itself to normal by the end of the episode.
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Stylistic Suck
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Stylistic Suck: The full version of the flu-hatin' rap from "Rick Potion #9", with lyrics that sound like they're made up on the spot. The Lighthouse Keeper from "Look Who's Purging Now" allows Rick and Morty to use his lighthouse if, in return, the latter listens to him read his screenplay. Said screenplay is a massive Cliché Storm, and is made even worse by the stilted, dull monotone the man speaks with when reading it.
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No Such Thing as Alien Pop Culture
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No Such Thing as Alien Pop Culture: Averted. We get to see pop culture from other planets, other dimensions, you name it.
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Marilyn Maneuver
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Marilyn Maneuver: Jessica in "Rest and Ricklaxation", when she drops from a portal with Rick.
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Establishing Series Moment
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Establishing Series Moment: The cold opening of the pilot has a stinking drunk Rick barging into Morty's room in the middle of the night, dragging him off to a flying machine he built out of "stuff in the garage" and revealing he built a bomb and plans to make Morty and his crush the new Adam and Eve after he nukes the world. When Morty stops him, he tries to pass it off as a Secret Test of Character, then collapses drunk in the dirt.
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Sufficiently Analyzed Magic
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Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Rick is smart enough to analyze magical items from the devil's shop, then remove the curse while still retaining the magical benefits.
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Cold-Blooded Torture
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Cold-Blooded Torture: Evil Rick tortures hundreds of alternate versions of Morty to hide himself from the Council. The fact that it's actually Evil Morty at the wheel here makes this an especially wicked Expendable Clone scenario.
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Spock Speak
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Spock Speak: Birdperson speaks in this manner, and veers into The Comically Serious.
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Disney Acid Sequence
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Disney Acid Sequence: Fart's "Goodbye Moonmen" song is accompanied by bizarre visuals whenever he sings it to Morty.
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Sensitive Guy and Manly Man
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Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Morty and Rick, respectively. Summer's crushes and ex-husbandnote Frank Palicky, Toby Matthews, and Hemorrhage are all more masculine than her actual former boyfriend, Ethan.
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Tranquil Fury
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Tranquil Fury: After putting together what happened between Morty and the Jellybean King, Rick simply wears an expression of silent rage. Rick and Morty both enter into this at different points in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy": Rick when he realizes that Jerry betrayed him to assassins who wanted to kill him, and Morty when he's confronting Summer's now-ex-boyfriend Ethan about breaking her heart.
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Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title
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Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: Many episode titles are puns of other works, like "The ABCs of Beth" being a pun on The ABCs of Death.
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Ambiguous Gender
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Ambiguous Gender: Unity is a genderless entity that is capable of possessing male and female bodies alike. However, during its screentime in "Auto Erotic Assimilation", while it uses and speaks through many bodies of both genders, we see it speaking through female bodies more, and the "primary" body that it uses as the "leader" of the world it's assimilated is also female. It had a relationship with Rick, but since he's pansexual, it doesn't matter to him what gender Unity is; however, when he's having sex with many different redheaded bodies it's possessing, we see more female redheads than males.
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You ALL Look Familiar
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You All Look Familiar: Both parodied when Jerry fails to notice he keeps passing the same simulated background people and played straight when Rick uses the fact to get large numbers of people to work on the same problem at the same time, thereby freezing the program in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens"!
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Teen Pregnancy
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Teen Pregnancy: Beth got pregnant with Summer when she was seventeen, and inwardly resents Jerry for impregnating her and supposedly robbing her of her dream to become a human surgeon rather than operate on horses.
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Improbably High I.Q.
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Improbably High I.Q.: Word of God puts Rick's IQ at 350.
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Adult Fear
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Adult Fear: All over the place. Considering that Morty and Summer are constantly ending up in dangerous situations through their adventures with Rick, and that Jerry's and Beth's unhappy marriage is negatively affecting their kids as well, this is to be expected. A particular example is Morty almost getting raped in "Meeseeks and Destroy". Even Rick was horrified by it. Interestingly enough, when the same thing happens to Summer some episodes later, Rick isn't nearly as horrified, and points it out as her fault for insisting to join him in his adventures. note This may be due to the fact that he was present and able to defend Summer, while in Morty's case he was forced to fend off his attacker on his own and Rick only became aware of what nearly happened after the fact.
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You Do NOT Want to Know
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You Do Not Want To Know: After Rick locks down the house in "Total Rickall":
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Decidedly more gravitated toward the "jerk" part of a spectrum, Comedic Sociopath Rick is shown on occasion to have a bit of leftover humanity in him, occasionally reaching out to Morty in a more thoughtful, sympathetic manner than usual (usually with traumatizing results). Although Rick acts like he doesn't care about most things, his actions repeatedly imply that this is at least partially an act.
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Jerk with a Heart of Jerk
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Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Though with the season 3 premiere, it seems as though Rick is veering into this, though it's hard to tell because he's such an Unreliable Narrator. He manipulates everyone to get what he wants, manipulates Summer and Beth into loving him, manipulates Beth into divorcing Jerry when Jerry crosses Rick, and then in a mirror of the first episode's ending, tells Morty that he is going to help Rick get what he wants and if Morty tries to cross him, he will turn Summer and Beth against him as well. Throughout Season 3, he seems to vacillate between "Heart of Gold" and "Heart of Jerk".
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Would Hurt a Child
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Would Hurt a Child: In the pilot, Rick freezes a teenager threatening Morty with a knife. This ultimately kills him when he tips over and shatters (although in Rick's defense, Rick didn't intend for this to happen). All of the adventures he takes Morty on can be counted to. He isn't above risking Morty's life or having him be a mule for him.
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Intergenerational Friendship
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Intergenerational Friendship: Rick treats Morty and, to a lesser degree, Summer, more like friends than grandchildren.
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Emotion Eater
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Emotion Eater: The Cromulons in "Get Schwifty" feed on the talent and showmanship of less-evolved lifeforms. A giant slug-creature at the alien spa in "Rest and Ricklaxation" has a symbiotic relationship with the spa visitors due to this; it genuinely loves swallowing stressed-out creatures and feeding on their negative feelings for 20 minutes, which in turn relieves these people of said stress.
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Butt-Monkey
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Butt-Monkey: Poor Morty. Putting up with all that crap can't be easy. Taken to an interdimensional scale with Jerry. No matter where he goes or what he does, he never seems to catch a break. Christmas with the family? His parents reveal they're in a three-way relationship. Finally gets to go on an adventure? Dropped off at a day care specifically catered to him. Best day of his life? Simulation running at 5% capacity. The list goes on.
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Executive Veto
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Executive Veto: In-Universe example. The Stinger of "Anatomy Park" had Rick's Pirates of the Pancreas ride axed by the Chief "Imagineerian".
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The Stinger
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Despite the episode name, we never actually see Rick's and Morty's Atlantis adventure in "The Ricklantis Mixup", which instead focuses on the Citadel of Ricks, but in The Stinger, they make a point of gushing on and on about how awesome it was and how they plan to go back many more times.
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Creator In-Joke
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Creator In-Joke: When Rick talks his interest in watching a show about a world of intelligent dogs, it's a reference to Roiland's previous project Dog World that never aired. Earlier in the episode, Rick name-drops a character from the proposed series, Ruffles.
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Broken Ace
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Broken Ace: Dear Lord, Rick. He's smarter than anybody else on Earth, can whip up practically any sci-fi gadget one can think of with minimal effort and is a complete and total badass, but he's also an alcoholic sociopath who's been put through too much trauma to really give a crap about anything anymore. There's a reason his Catchphrase secretly translates into "I am in great pain. Please help me."
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Scenery Porn
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Scenery Porn: Rick takes Morty to a bizarre dimension in the pilot that's very colorful and bizarre with phallic imagery and hanging sacks. Like actual porn.
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Of Corpse He's Alive
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Of Corpse He's Alive: The episode "Rixty Minutes" has a fake trailer of a movie where a bunch of cats manipulate the corpse of their owner to convince people she's alive. She's still very obviously dead; with green soft tissues and a maggot infestation. Strangely enough this is a sequel.
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Harmless Freezing
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Harmless Freezing: Averted with Frank Palicky in the first episode. Rick had insisted he'd be fine, but the frozen Frank fell over and shattered. Played straight in "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind" when one of the Ricks freezes Jerry. When he later unfreezes Jerry, not only is Jerry unharmed, he doesn't seem to have noticed he was frozen. Averted again in the Simpsons crossover. Flanders is frozen, then knocked over and shattered when the spaceship takes off. Played straight again in the season 3 premiere, when the Council of Ricks freeze the Jerry, Beth, and Summer from "our" Rick's and Morty's original dimension.
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "Rick Potion #9," Rick states that they can't replace themselves in another dimension "every week" and should only do it "three or four times, tops." This is an insinuated promise by the writers to not hit the Reset Button too often. In "Mortynight Run", when Jerry gets frustrated playing poker with other Jerry's at Jerryboree, he says "I can't believe Rick did this. This is the eighth to the last straw!" The episode was the eighth to the last one of the season. At the beginning of "Interdimensional Cable Part 2," the Sequel Episode to "Rixty Minutes," someone asks Rick what he's doing, and Rick responds, "A sequel." He then mutters about how he doesn't know whether it's really warranted because he "kind of nailed it the first time." The original episode was one of the most popular episodes of the first season. At the end of "Look Who's Purging Now," Rick mentions the candy bars "that we got in the first act." The Stinger of "The ABCs of Beth" is a string of messages on Jerry's answering machine, the last of which is a message from an antique phone rental place, saying that they intend to let Jerry off the hook for the $70 late fee and allow him to keep the answering machine because 'nobody really uses those anymore except to provide exposition on TV shows anyways'.
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Obnoxious In-Laws
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Obnoxious In-Laws: Rick and Jerry very much act this way with each other, though to be fair, they probably wouldn't like each other anyway. The creators say that Rick hates Jerry due to circumstance as he blames Jerry for ruining Beth's life by impregnating her when she was only 17.
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Break the Cutie
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Break the Cutie: The entire series is a long process of this for Morty. Particular examples include "Meeseeks and Destroy", in which he is almost raped, and "Mortynight Run", when he has to kill Fart to save the universe, and in the process, render all of the death and destruction that he caused throughout the episode pointless.
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Call to Adventure
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Call to Adventure: When the Vindicators activate their distress beacon to summon Rick and Morty, Rick adamantly refuses a "literal call to adventure", but Morty invokes his right to choose one out of every 10 adventures to force him into it.
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Black Comedy Rape
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Black Comedy Rape: An interesting subversion. There are a few passive jokes about rape in the dialogue, but the act itself is always depicted completely seriously. For example, Rick makes a passive comment about Prison Rape during his and Morty's trial in "Meeseeks and Destroy," which is meant as a joke, but Morty almost getting raped in a bathroom later in the same episode is not. Rick's reaction to it cements this.
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Rated M for Manly
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Rated M for Manly: Alien Invasion Tomato Monster Mexican Armada Brothers Who Are Just Regular Brothers Running In A Van From An Asteroid And All Sorts Of Things: The Movie. (Or, just Two Brothers.) The sequel Three Brothers, though never shown, likely matches or exceeds the manliness level of the original. Ball Fondlers.
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Downer Ending
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Downer Ending: "Rick Potion #9" is up there with "Jurassic Bark" and "You're Getting Old" as one of the biggest downer endings in the history of adult animated sitcoms. Rick and Morty accidentally destroy civilization with a plague and have to move to an alternate timeline where they fixed everything, but died shortly afterwards. They had to leave behind their family from the original timeline, but in the post-credits scene it's shown that, in the original dimension, Jerry and Beth got over their marital problems and are happy without Rick and Morty around. It's a fairly disturbing ending, since it still involves real characters dying (only to be replaced just like that). But as Rick says, just don't think about it. The irony to this is if Morty had followed through with helping Rick in the first place, it would've killed them in their own universe, so he inadvertently saved their lives. Rather twisted indeed. The irony here is twofold: As Rick explains to Morty, if he hadn't screwed up as bad as he did (i.e. if he had managed to cure the Cronenbergs instead of abandoning the world to its fate and traveling to a universe where his counterpart succeeded instead), then they (the original Rick and Morty) would be the ones who died and were replaced instead. Rick gets his first downer ending in "Auto Erotic Assimilation", in which he runs into an old lover of his, Unity the hive mind. They get back together until Summer convinces Unity that Rick is a bad influence on it, and it leaves him. At the end of the episode we see him drunkenly prepare to commit suicide via a disintegration ray aimed at his head. However, he passes out just before it fires, and it misses, leaving him unconscious on his desk while uncharacteristically emotional music plays in the background. "The Wedding Squanchers" serves as this for the entirety of Season 2. It turns out Tammy was an undercover agent for the Galactic Federation and was planning on using her wedding to Birdperson to trap as many of Rick's friends as she could. The Smiths managed to escape, but Birdperson was killed and Squanchy's fate is unknown. Rick had a Heel Realization and decided to turn himself in so that his family could resume their lives on a now alien occupied Earth, but only Jerry (who is Rick's most vocal critic and benefits greatly from the Federation taking over Earth) ends up happy because of this. Oh, and Mr. Poopybutthole molested a pizza guy in The Stinger. Season 3's got a hell of a starting point. Pretty much the entirety of "The Ricklantis Mix-up". Factory Worker Rick snaps and attempts to escape the Citadel, inadvertently killing Simple Rick in the process. He's then captured and forced to replace Simple Rick in a Lotus-Eater Machine. Cop Rick's innocence and idealism is shattered when he's forced to kill the corrupt Cop Morty. Campaign Manager Morty is killed after unsuccessfully trying to stop Evil Morty from winning the presidency. Then Evil Morty kills the cabal of Ricks secretly running Citadel, seizing full control of the station. The only non-evil characters that get a decent ending are the Stand By Me Mortys, with the exception of Slick Morty, who essentially committed suicide by jumping into the "Wishing Portal". "The Old Man and the Seat" gets a surprise downer ending: Rick visits his new friend Tony, the guy who was using Rick's special private toilet without his permission (whom Rick refuses to admit is his friend), at work...only to find out that Tony died in an accident after quitting his job to live a happier life. The episode ends with Rick sitting on his toilet, dejectedly watching the message he'd left for Tony to see the next time he came there to relieve himself (which consists of many hologram versions of Rick mocking Tony good-naturedly about how lonely he is and how nobody wants to be around him).
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: From "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind:" Some occurs with "Rixty Minutes". This argument between Jerry and Beth, regarding Summer's birth: An in-universe one for Summer (but not for the audience, who already knows this): Tammy's speech at her wedding reception in the season 2 finale: Not a spoken line, but a song at the end of "The Ricklantis Mix-up." "For the Damaged Coda" begins playing once the newly-elected President Morty has the shadow cabal of Ricks killed, revealing just who we're really dealing with.
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Wham Shot
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Wham Shot: A giant one for "The Ricklantis Mix-up". At the end of the episode, Candidate Morty has finally become President of the Citadel, and he has disposed of some Ricks and Mortys who have disagreed with his rule, even his presidential campaign manager. As their bodies are ejected into space, contents of classified documents that Campaign Manager Morty had are shown to the audience while they are drifting in space: pictures of the Candidate Morty with a familiar eyepatch and a robotic Rick. The real Wham? The Rick that gave Campaign Manager Morty the pictures is floating in space too. Nobody left alive on the Citadel knows who Evil Morty actually is.
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You Can Run, but You Can't Hide
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You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: Parodied in "Lawnmower Dog". Scary Terry keeps saying this as he stalks Rick and Morty. The duo then discuss why they are listening to him, pointing out that since Scary Terry is the villain, he probably wouldn't offer them advice that would actually help them, so they decide to try and hide from him any way. It turns out to be very effective; Scary Terry spends hours searching for them unsuccessfully before giving up in frustration and going home.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: The short that the show was based on, "Doc and Mharti," had the title characters having totally different names, was animated much more sloppily, and was essentially a Shallow Parody of Back to the Future. The short also crossed the line much farther and was much more vulgar than its current incarnation. It also featured a fairly explicit display of "Mharti" giving "Doc" oral sex. The first real episode has Rick spend the first several minutes in an incoherent stupor, constantly repeating Morty's name and stumbling around. While Rick continues to be a substance-abuser, he's much more of a Functional Addict and Magnificent Bastard for the rest of the show. The first episode has no post-credits stinger.
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Dream Land
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Dream Land: In "Lawnmower Dog", Rick and Morty travel into the dreams of Morty's math teacher, Mr. Goldenfold.
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Makes Just as Much Sense in Context
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In "Close Rick-Counters of The Rick Kind", when Rick and Morty arrive in a universe where sentient chairs sit on people using pizzas to order phones, the chairs can be seen staring in utter shock at our equivalent of two talking chairs walking on the street.
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Sarcasm-Blind
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Sarcasm-Blind: Rick, willfully:
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Body Horror
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Both averted and played straight at the end of "Rick Potion #9". After infecting the entire planet with a Body Horror virus, Rick ultimately solves the problem by taking himself and Morty to an alternate universe where their counterparts invented a successful cure for the virus and but died on the same day, so that he and Morty can take their place. Rick tells Morty not to think too hard about it all, but Morty is visibly traumatized by the events.
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Disproportionate Retribution
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Disproportionate Retribution: What does Morty do in response to Ethan breaking up with Summer? Forcibly turn Ethan into a horrible living abomination.
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Mohs Scale of Violence Hardness
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Mohs Scale of Violence Hardness: Level 7. It's very common to see most acts of violence involve a fair amount of blood and occasional acts of dismemberment. There are specific examples that spike into higher levels, but for the most part the series stays at level 7. In "Rixty Minutes", the violence spikes up to level 10 for one scene as a couple of children nonchalantly hold down the Strawberry Smiggles leprechaun, slicing open his belly, and eating his own cereal right out of his own stomach while he's screams in agony.) In "Total Rickall", when the Smith family begins killing all the parasites, the violence falls squarely into level 8. The parasites spectacularly explode into alien blood while transforming back into their parasite forms. The Bloodier and Gorier Season 3 has an average of more like 8 or 9. "Pickle Rick", "Vindicators 3", and "The Rickchurian Mortydate" in particular feature quite a bit of onscreen Gorn.
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Donut Mess with a Cop
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Donut Mess with a Cop: In "Rick Potion #9", several donuts can be seen on the ground next to the dead police officer when Jerry grabs his rifle.
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Drowning My Sorrows
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Drowning My Sorrows: It becomes more and more obvious as the first season goes on that Rick doesn't just drink because he wants to. In "Ricksy Business", Bird Person flat out states that he does it to cope with a dire amount of emotional pain. Rick no doubt feels remorse over his failures as a father and a grandfather as well as the traumas he's seen.
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Smart People Build Robots
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Smart People Build Robots: In the pilot, Rick mentions that he builds robots for fun. In "Something Ricked This Way Comes", he built one for the specific reason of passing butter on the table. Note that this robot is advanced enough to be horrified when Rick told him what his only purpose is.
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Bamboo Technology
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Bamboo Technology: When trapped on a Stone Age world in "The Ricks Must be Crazy", Rick and Zeep design Mini-Mecha made of wood, rocks, vines, and various animal parts.
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Undercover Cop Reveal
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Undercover Cop Reveal: Summer's friend Tammy reveals herself to be an agent from the Galactic Federation during her wedding with Birdperson in "The Wedding Squanchers".
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What Measure Is a Mook?
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What Measure Is a Mook?: Rick tells Morty in the pilot episode that it's okay to shoot the spaceport security guards, because they're "robots". They aren't, but Rick contemptuously refers to them as such because of his hatred for bureaucracy. The last thing the Zigerian leader mentions before mixing together the chemicals that destroy the entire warship in a massive explosion is how all of his staff members have families.
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Book-Ends
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Book-Ends: "Rickmancing The Stone" begins and ends with Jerry hearing the wind blow by and whisper "Loser..."
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Conjoined Twins
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Conjoined Twins: A pair of conjoined twins named Michael and Pichael (the former being a news reporter and the latter being the host of his own cooking show) appear in "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate".
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Affably Evil
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Affably Evil: Krombopulos Michael is perhaps the most cheerful and friendly assassin ever.
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The Internet Is for Porn
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When Morty joins a miniverse forest tribe in "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", he's quickly terrified and infuriated by the tribe's rituals. The tribe lacks personal hygiene and one of their rituals includes eating babies in order to make their fruit grow bigger. Morty is from a time where nature and science have been understood and Morty is well-adjusted to using technology to entertain himself.
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You Monster!
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You Monster!: Morty calls Rick a monster before comparing him to Hitler. He then takes this last part back, saying that at least Hitler cared about Germany. Zeep Zanflorp calls Rick a monster after the latter destroys his pocket universe.
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School Is for Losers
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School Is for Losers: Rick believes this. He is a very intelligent Mad Scientist who cares about Morty, so there might be some reasons.
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Improbable Infant Survival
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Improbable Infant Survival: Played for Black Comedy in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" when Rick takes Jerry to an amusement park that has an immortality field that revives anyone who gets killed. Jerry calls bad parenting when a couple of kids run around with the brother repeatedly blasting his sister in the head. When the immortality field is destroyed later on, the boy shoots his sister again and this time kills her for real.
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It's a Wonderful Plot
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It's a Wonderful Plot: In "Rixty Minutes", Beth and Jerry use one of Rick's devices to learn about alternate versions of themselves, and find out how their lives might have gone differently if Summer had never been born.
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Safety in Indifference
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Safety in Indifference: This is the main reason Rick is as heartless as he is. Even if you ignore the countless amount of people and creatures that die whenever he's around, having access to The Multiverse makes attaching to people borderline impossible, what with the fact that there's trillions of copies of them out there that are, for the most part, identical.
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Lotus-Eater Machine
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In "The Ricklantis Mixup", the ending shows short epilogues for all of the surviving characters except for Rick J-22, who was last seen still hooked up to a Lotus-Eater Machine so his brain fluid can be used to make wafer cookies. Since President Morty killed the factory owner, it's unknown what's become of J-22 or any of the other Ricks working there.
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I Work Alone
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I Work Alone: Rick claims this as a reason he hasn't joined the Citadel of Ricks.
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Badass Family
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Badass Family: The Smiths. This trope is most evident in "Rick Potion #9" and "Total Rickall."
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 Rick and Morty / int_55d919f7
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Lovecraft Lite
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Lovecraft Lite: It's only "Lite" for lack of a better word, but mostly the show's science-fiction is highly Lovecraft-inspired. Humanity is a speck in an infinite cosmos and beings which appear godlike are entirely different to our civilization and alien in intelligence, and to the extent they comprehend us, or we comprehend them, it's as a joke (the Cromulons who see Earth as merely a reality-show contestant).
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Stupidity-Inducing Attack
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Mr. Needful's microscope lets you see things beyond comprehension. It makes you too dumb to understand anything. Unfortunately for him, Rick is too smart to fall for it.
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 Rick and Morty / int_57b80b45
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Fantastic Racism
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Fantastic Racism: Implied in "Meeseeks and Destroy", where the giants seem to be very prejudiced towards "tiny people". Given that the villagers' only idea to get money boiled down to breaking into an innocent giant family's castle and stealing from them, this might be justified. "Rixty Minutes" features a political ad for a universe where there are men with trunks surgically attached to their faces, which allows them to have sex with both men and women. They're fighting for the right to get married. The episode "Auto-Erotic Assimilation" has two instances: Rick spray-painting gang graffiti on a starship bulkhead to make the police think that a certain group of aliens looted it; and the blue-skinned people differentiate race by the shape of their areolas, and feel so strongly about it that a pogrom can be declared with no more emotional weight than a food fight. Tumblr-like Federation videos mention the Galactic Federation "cubifying" some humans to make them more efficient. The normal humans find this disgusting and horrifying, and go so far as to discriminate against "cubified" humans until the Federation passes laws preventing this. The Aliens of the Galactic Federation seem to have disdain towards humans. The humans respond in kind by drawing-and-quartering aliens in School Courtyards and calling it patriotism. Rick is racist towards Gear-people. He calls Revolio Clockberg Jr. "Gearhead" instead of his real name, which by itself could just be Rick being Rick and not caring enough about Revolio to even bother remembering his name, but he also openly calls Gear-people greedy to Revolio's face.
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 Rick and Morty / int_5860c090
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Sitcom Arch-Nemesis
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Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Jerry and Rick toward each other; see Obnoxious In-Laws above.
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Genius Loci
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Genius Loci: "Childrick of Mort" shows that sentient planets exist, as Rick gets a call from Gaia that she is pregnant and that the children are his. The end of the episode shows there's an entire pornographic dating website called Planets Only, which Rick enjoys indulging in.
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 Rick and Morty / int_5892169d
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Absurd Phobia
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Absurd Phobia: It turns out Rick is afraid of wicker furniture and pirates.
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De-Power Zone
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De-Power Zone: In "Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty", Rick follows the sorcerer who sold him Balthromaw back to his home dimension, intent on making him cancel the soul-binding contract. When the sorcerer refuses, and threatens retaliation, Rick is confident that the sorcerer's magic will be no match for the "real power" of his technology. Rick then gets a rude awakening when he finds that, due to the nature of the dimension, none of his tech works there. Rick is forced to cobble together a Magitek device in order to fight back.
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Devil, but No God
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Devil, but No God: Zig-zagged: Seemingly played straight when Rick's established as a Hollywood Atheist in the pilot, when he tells Summer "There is no God, gotta rip that Band-Aid off now, you'll thank me later." When the Devil shows up in "Something Ricked", there's no mention of God, and Rick's only reaction is to figure out how to defeat his evil powers with science. On the other hand, there are different episodes that imply that Rick believes in or at least considers/fears the existence of a God, since he says "Jesus Christ, our savior, was born today" about Christmas in "Anatomy Park", and starts praying to God when he thinks he's going to die in "A Rickle in Time" (though he then immediately takes it back and says "Fuck you, God! Not today, bitch!" once he's saved).
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PantyShot
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Panty Shot: Jessica has a quick flash of her white panties in "Rest and Ricklaxation", when she and Rick fall through a portal.
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 Rick and Morty / int_5a3b8032
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The Un-Reveal
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The Unreveal: We never find out which Beth is the original and which is the clone, as when Rick cloned her he turned his back when mixing up the stasis vats so as to not know himself. This is pointed out directly by Morty, Summer, and Jerry where they make it clear that they don't care to know which one is the clone, as both Beths are equally badass and their mother/wife in their own ways. In the end, only Rick is left caring to learn which is which, and once he remembers that he looked away so as to never know, he mutters to himself about what an asshole he is.
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 Rick and Morty / int_5b351f0d
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IntercontinuityCrossover
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Intercontinuity Crossover: With Gravity Falls in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind". After Rick opens multiple portals to distract his pursuers while he and Morty hop between universes, one of the portals spits out a pen, a notebook, and a cup with a question mark◊, the same items sucked into a portal◊ during the stinger of an episode of Gravity Falls that aired over half a year after "Close Rick-Counters".
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 Rick and Morty / int_5c5d0032
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Eyepatch of Power
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Eyepatch of Power: Evil Morty. And boy, is the "power" element literal. He used it as an interface to control Evil "Rick". When he goes into hiding, he simply takes it off to reveal an intact eye with some wires sticking out.
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 Rick and Morty / int_5cbb67eb
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Pocket Dimension
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The nesting Pocket Dimensions in "The Ricks Must be Crazy" have time which runs progressively faster the further down you go. A period of months spent three dimensions down equates to a few hours outside.
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 Rick and Morty / int_5ce7dbb9
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Central Theme
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Central Theme: Nihilism and Cosmic Horror. Embracing the inherent chaos, unpredictability, and cosmic meaninglessness of the universe and finding something to keep yourself tethered to the mortal plane in spite of nihilism. While nihilism is usually portrayed in media with the mindset of "Life is pointless, so why bother?", Morty actually points out a positive note in "Rixty Minutes" when he tells Summer that nobody and nothing is designed to happen, and that it's up to everyone to find their own purpose and enjoyment. The mental conflict between intelligence and human connection. Both Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have stated that the study into nihilism is really to help find a sense of purpose and live a better life by finding on human relationships and experiences, and not preoccupy our minds with unanswerable questions.
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 Rick and Morty / int_5cfaad8a
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Audience Murmurs
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Audience Murmurs: Our Rick claims to a crowd of other Ricks from other dimensions that they're hypocritical for banding together to protect themselves from the government. The other Ricks murmur at this, and our Rick says "yeah, murmur it up, d-bags."
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Kleptomaniac Hero
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Kleptomaniac Hero: The Adventures of Stealy follows a strange creature who steals from everyone and chloroforms people who get in his way. Rick has also been known to steal randomly, as seen in "Total Rickall" and the Simpsons crossover.
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 Rick and Morty / int_5eca52dc
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Distress Call
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Distress Call: In "Auto Erotic Assimilation", Rick insists that you always answers these. Nine out of ten times, it leads to a ship full of dead aliens waiting to be looted. (And a bunch of free shit, Morty!)
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 Rick and Morty / int_5f251b1b
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Poor Man's Porn
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Poor Man's Porn: While living with the tree people, Morty was without access to internet porn and instead used an extra curvy piece of driftwood.
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 Rick and Morty / int_5fe81fea
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Cursed Item
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Cursed Item: In the episode "Something Ricked This Way Comes", the Devil opens up a store selling antique items that all have curses associated with them, such as making someone impotent. Rick quickly undermines this operation by inventing a device that can identify and remove all the curses, allowing people to use the items with no ill effects.
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 Rick and Morty / int_60b21fa3
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The Lancer
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The Lancer: Morty is decidedly a foil for Rick, described by the latter as "as dumb as [Rick is] smart." This is actually one of his key motivations for bringing Morty along on adventures.
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Hellhole Prison
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Hellhole Prison: Two examples. In The Galactic Federation's Prison, the prisoners are chained to slabs and stacked like jenga blocks. In Time Prison, the most feared part of prison still happens but it goes on forever.
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Death Glare
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Death Glare: Rick pulls one off after he realizes that Morty was almost raped in the bathroom. He later kills Morty's attempted rapist.
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 Rick and Morty / int_6282a6d6
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Abusive Alien Parents
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Abusive Alien Parents: Downplayed with the Gazorpians, who raise female babies just fine but literally catapult male ones outside to live on their own. Their society justifies this because the males are shown to be incredibly violent and try to gang rape Summer the moment they see her.
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 Rick and Morty / int_62907b90
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Bottle Episode
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Bottle Episode: "Rixty Minutes", which consists almost entirely of Rick and Morty watching TV (though in staying in the spirit of the series, it is interdimensional TV). The majority of the dialogue heard on the shows was ad-libbed on the spot by the voice actors, something that Rick and Morty both lampshade. "Total Rickall" takes place entirely inside the Smith household (except in The Stinger), though ironically, it has the most new characters of any episode in the entire series thanks to how many parasites spawn.
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Freeze-Frame Bonus
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Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Rick is flipping through the channels in "Rixty Minutes", one channel has Game of Thrones on, except all the cast members are dwarves. Except for Tyrion who is the sole tall person. In the same episode, Weekend At Dead Cat Lady's House II is rated G. "Something Ricked This Way Comes" has an unintentional one where a man is holding a "God hates fags" sign and it changes to "God hates you" for one frame. They changed it to "God hates fags" after the censors approved it, but they accidentally left in that one frame. In "M. Night Shaym-Aliens", there's a brief shot of the back of a Plutonian from "Something Ricked This Way Comes" during the anti-gravity sequence. In "Close Rick-Counters", a notebook, a pen, and a mug with a question mark on it can be seen falling out of one of the portals Rick opened. "Auto Erotic Assimilation" has the hive-mind Unity create a show just for Rick, which turns out to be Dan Harmon's previous show, Community. Also serves as a Stealth Pun.
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Ejection Seat
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Ejection Seat: Rick's car has a "Passenger Purge" button, which dumps everyone in the backseat out of the bottom of the car. Rick being Rick, it's entirely on him to do this in such a way that the passengers survive the landing.
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Even Evil Has Loved Ones
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Rick turning himself in in "The Wedding Squanchers" after overhearing the others talking about him and realizing how much of a burden he is to them. When calling the Galactic Federation to share his location, he asks for his family to be able to have a safe life on Earth.
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Heroic Sacrifice: In the second season premiere, at least one out of 64 versions of Rick was prepared to sacrifice himself (and the other 63 Ricks) to save Morty, though Rick managed to survive anyway through sheer luck.
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But for Me, It Was Tuesday
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But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Rick has a lot of enemies that he doesn’t remember until it comes back to bite him in the ass
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 Rick and Morty / int_65275c7e
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Dead Alternate Counterpart
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At the end of "Rick Potion #9", when Morty is freaking out over having to replace his Dead Alternate Counterpart in another dimension, he asks Rick "What about the reality we left behind?" Rick responds by telling him "What about the reality where Hitler cured cancer, Morty? The point is, don't think about it."
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We Really Do Care
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We Really Do Care: In "Ricksy Business", Birdperson questions why Morty cares if he no longer can have adventures with Rick if he thinks Rick is just a huge asshole, and notes that, if Morty truly is fed up with Rick's shenanigans, fate has presented him with a way out. Morty realizes that Birdperson is right and that he does still want to go on adventures, and wakes Rick up in time to prevent his parents from seeing the house trashed.
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 Rick and Morty / int_657f77e4
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Caught with Your Pants Down
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Caught with Your Pants Down: Generally involving the 14-year-old Morty. In one flashback, his 17-year-old sister Summer walks in on him. Referenced in one episode where Jerry opens Morty's bedroom to ask him a question. At the end of their conversation, Morty gives him a protracted warning that he's asking for trouble by bursting into a teen's bedroom without warning. Invoked by Jerry in "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate." When nearly caught by the doctor browsing confidential patient documents, he drops trou and loudly declares he was masturbating. The season three intro features a butt-faced Morty watching porn where a woman has her faces on her ass and quickly trying to cover it up when a butt-faced Beth comes into his room. The wizard from "Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty", before his final confrontation with the slut dragons, emerges from what seems a medieval portable toilet, hastily closing his robe, while in the toilet there's some kind of magical mirror that apparently shows a Hot Witch.
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Lack of Empathy
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Lack of Empathy: One of Rick's primary character traits; he very seldomly gives a shit about anybody other than himself, to the point where "Just don't think about it" is practically one of his catchphrases. Character Development, however, has shown that not only is this attitude only a little more than skin-deep, but also it didn't occur without provocation. By the end of Season 1, he's officially in Jerk with a Heart of Gold territory.
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Author Appeal
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Author Appeal: In "Something Ricked This Way Comes," the final victim of Rick and Summer's rampage is a dog abuser. Harmon and Roiland are both dog owners. Harmon put his dog on his Vanity Plate, while Roiland named Jerry after one of his dogs. Ice-T showing up in "Get Schwifty," with Dan Harmon doing the voice. Harmon loves doing Ice-T impersonations in Harmontown Dan Harmon does what sounds like an improvised rap in "Rick Potion No. 9." Improvised rapping is a big part of Harmontown. In a Harmontown episode, Harmon tells the story about how he went for years without realizing he had a thing for redheads; A friend looked through his erotica collection and pointed it out to him. In the episode "Auto Erotic Assimilation," Rick has an orgy with a stadium full of redheads. In "Morty's Mind Blowers", Rick has an invention that works like a huge magnet on anything and Morty uses it to attract redheads. In "Interdimensional Cable 2," an alien voiced by Werner Herzog criticizes humanity for doing things like putting an object up to their crotch and saying, "Look, I'm so-and-so penis!" A recurring feature on Harmontown had Harmon singing a song about a man with a chicken noodle soup can for a penis. Also on the podcast, comptroller Jeff Davis would occasionally sing a song called "Pringles Dick," about a man who puts his penis inside a Pringles can. In "Interdimensional Cable 2," the commercial for Little Bits, the restaurant that only serves tiny food, is based on Bytes, the same idea for a restaurant frequently endorsed by Dan Harmon's friend "The Real Abed." The plot of season 3 reflects Dan Harmon's divorce.
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Fake Memories
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Fake Memories: The parasites in "Total Rickall" create happy memories in the minds of their victims, taking the form of a non-existent relative or some such, then assume the appearance of the subject of the memories. They breed by repeating this process ad nauseum. It quickly takes a turn for the ridiculous as the parasites assume ever-more implausible forms, such as fictional monsters like Frankenstein's monster, talking animals, and so forth, all of which the family accepts as commonplace because the memories tell them they are.
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Missing Mom
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Missing Mom: Not much is known about Rick's ex-wife, Beth's mom. Not even her name, which may or may not be Diane. There have been some hints that she's dead in the present day, but it's not confirmed. Rick states that his marriage to her failed, but there are also indications that he still has feelings for her on some level.
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Balloonacy
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Balloonacy: In "Get Schwifty", Principal Vagina's head religion sends undesirables up to the heads by tying balloons to them.
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Aluminum Christmas Trees
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Aluminum Christmas Trees: The Cesium-Water mixture in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" might not be enough to blow up an entire star cruiser, but cesium (and other metals of its type, like the more common, albeit not as explosive, lithium, sodium, or potassium) do combust on mixture with water. Maybe the Plutonic Quarks serves as an amplifier?
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Time-Freeze Trolling Spree
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Time-Freeze Trolling Spree: Rick stops time to be able to clean up after a party they had when Beth and Jerry were away. Instead of just cleaning up they decide to play pranks on people instead.
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Planet of Hats
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Planet of Hats: In "Rixty Minutes", there's a universe where Earth is populated by corn people, and one where it's populated by hamsters living in human butts. All Zigerians are scammers who are prudish towards nudity. Several alternate universe versions of Rick and Morty in "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind", including a cowboy version, multiple alien versions, a robot version, and Cronenberg Rick and Morty. In "The Wedding Squanchers," when searching for a replacement home planet, the Smiths happen upon a large Earth-like planet where everything — strawberries, flowers, birds, mountains, ants, and even atoms — is on a cob. Upon this revelation, Rick hastily makes the family leave and nixes relocating there, for reasons never explained. In "Edge of Tomorty", Rick travels to several different dimensions: one where the whole world is fascist, another inhabited by shrimp-people (which is also fascist), a third world of teddy bear people (which, once again, is fascist), and a fourth where everyone is bug-people (which isn't fascist!), including wasp versions of the Smith family.
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Evil Laugh
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Evil Laugh: Mr. Needful usually has one after saying "you don't pay for anything in this store... not with money". Rick sarcastically joins in.
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Nipple and Dimed
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Nipple and Dimed: Lampshaded by Summer when a Powder Keg Crowd who are divided by their nipples ask Morty and Summer to show them theirs:
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Wimp Fight
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Wimp Fight: Rick gets into one with the Devil in "Something Ricked This Way Comes".
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Raptor Attack
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Raptor Attack: Photography Raptor from "Total Rickall" is your standard oversized Jurassic Park raptor covered in scales instead of feathers. Justified, in that he's an alien parasite in the guise of a velociraptor.
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Big Brother Instinct
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Big Sibling Instinct: Summer plays it straight by showing some Big Sister Instinct towards Morty, and he inverts it with Little Brother Instinct towards her (in his case, sometimes to Knight Templar Little Brother levels). As they both become more and more traumatized through their adventures with Rick, they become increasingly protective towards each other. Morty in particular will not stand for other people making Summer cry.
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Hilariously Abusive Childhood
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Hilariously Abusive Childhood: The horrors that Rick has put Morty through (not to mention the constant verbal abuse) would be enough to drive any full grown adult insane, much less a 14-year-old boy. Morty seems to take it most of the time though.
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Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!
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Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", Zeep tries to convince a scientist within his miniverse not to develop his own teenyverse, as he wants to keep stealing power through the old method. When he catches himself making the same arguments Rick was making earlier, he realizes that his own homeworld is a microverse made by Rick.
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Cosmic Horror Story
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Cosmic Horror Story: The horror that we are insignificant specks in a vast universe, at the mercy of beings whose power and motives are beyond our comprehension. Rick And Morty has Cosmic Horror tropes in spades, and surprisingly, they are usually Played for Laughs. Examples include: Morty convinces Rick to help him get a date with his dream girl, but something goes wrong, then Rick's attempt to fix it makes it worse, then Rick's attempt to fix that makes it worse, culminating in every human on Earth except Morty's family turning into gibbering mounds of flesh and limbs. Rick gives up on trying to fix the world, and just takes Morty to another dimension where Earth isn't completely ruined. This also involves Rick and Morty burying the mangled corpses of that dimension's Rick and Morty in order to take their place. Rick creating an entire universe in a box, so the intelligent denizens living in that universe can perform slave labor to act as a battery for his spaceship. Played for Drama: In "Rixty Minutes," Morty talks Summer out of running away when she finds out her birth ruined her parents' dreams. By revealing the events of "Rick Potion #9," Morty turns what would otherwise be a horrifying statement about mankind's insignificance into a very touching moment.
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Knight of Cerebus
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Knight of Cerebus: Mr. Jellybean, who completely unironically attempts to rape Morty in "Meeseeks and Destroy". Evil Morty. In his debut episode, "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", it's built up that Evil Rick is the main threat and he's just a lackey. Then at the end, it turns out that Evil Morty was the mastermind all along. Throughout the episode he shows little signs of emotion, and only gets two lines, both of which are completely devoid of humor. This clip really sets it in though just how serious the character is compared to the rest of the show, and appears to be hinting at the bigger picture. This is reinforced by his next appearance two seasons later in "The Ricklantis Mix-up", in which he manipulates the members of the Citadel of Ricks into electing him as their new president, with his first act as the new leader being to have almost the entire Shadow Council murdered, and the bodies of numerous dead Ricks and Mortys (and one Morty who was still alive but knew too much) Thrown Out the Airlock.
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The Power of Love
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The Power of Love: Played with in "Morty's Mind Blowers". One of the memories is of Morty being possessed by a demon worm, which Rick, Beth, and Summer discover can be coaxed out of Morty by telling him they love him. However, they can't help but crack jokes at Morty's expense as the spectacle becomes more disgusting and drawn out, leading to the Power wavering and creating extended discomfort for Morty.
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The Unfair Sex
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The stairs up the dais where the female Gazorpians carry out sentencing reads "Sis Semper Calumniam," which means "You are always wrong."
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Jerkass Has a Point
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Jerkass Has a Point: In "Rick Potion #9", Rick calls Morty out for using a love potion to force a girl to fall in love with him, at one point comparing it to roofies. But Morty fires back by noting that Rick still made it for him (and his only initial objection was that it was a waste of his talents), while also noting that Rick wound up turning the whole planet into David Cronenberg-ian monstrosities through his own carelessness and a lot of bizarre assumptions in regards to biology. Later lampshaded by Rick and then defied by Morty in "Vindicators 3":
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The Reveal
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The Reveal: A few major ones throughout the series: From "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind": Evil Rick, the apparent Big Bad of the episode, was actually being controlled by his apparent Dragon, Evil Morty, the episode's true mastermind. In "The Wedding Squanchers": Tammy was actually The Mole for the Galactic Federation, and only pretended to be in love with Birdperson to get close to him so she could eventually kill or arrest him and his friends (who are so-called terrorists rebelling against the Federation). "The Ricklantis Mixup": The newly-elected President Morty, who just had quite a few of his dissenters killed (some of whom were Asshole Victims, others because He Knew Too Much), is actually Evil Morty from the first example.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: Beta 7 acts like a Dogged Nice Guy to Unity. A common slang term for men who act like that towards women is "beta male," as opposed to Rick's "alpha male" personality.
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Insult to Rocks
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Insult to Rocks: In the pilot, after Morty breaks both his legs and Rick observes him in a matter-of-fact fashion as he writhes on the ground, Morty accuses him of being "like Hitler, but at least Hitler cared about Germany or something."
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Driven to Suicide
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This hits Rick at the end of "Auto Erotic Assimilation," when Unity's note to him makes it clear that his manipulative personality ends up bringing down all of his loved ones. It's enough to make him attempt suicide.
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Once Done, Never Forgotten
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Once Done, Never Forgotten: In the episode "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", Jerry mentions in passing that he has wondered about having a vagina. Afterwards Groupon reminds him at every occasion about his vagina fantasies, leading to Jerry proclaiming "I don't want to be known as the vagina guy."
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The Teaser
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All three of the anthology episodes (the 8th episode of each season) has Rick directly mention a previous episode, sometimes by name. And in The Teaser of "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", he calls it a "Rick and Jerry episode".
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Everybody Laughs Ending
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Everybody Laughs Ending: Parodied at the end of "Meeseeks and Destroy".
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Christmas Episode
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Jerry, of all people, looks straight at the camera and shrugs at the end of the Christmas Episode.
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Moon-Landing Hoax
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Moon-Landing Hoax: Suggested in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens" that the aliens faked the Earth Moon Landing when Rick, Morty, and Jerry run past a simulation of it. During their fight scene in "The Rickchurian Mortydate", Rick and Mr. President run past numerous sound stages of faked historical events, including a lunar lander and the planting of the flag on the moon. The government also apparently actually carried out the murder of Tupac Shakur and staged the JFK assassination, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and George Washington crossing the Delaware.
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TheMasquerade
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The Masquerade: Utterly averted. Everybody seems to be aware that Rick's a superscientist, but outside of the family, nobody seems too concerned. The town and school are aware, but react with indifference. Rick's unknown outside of town before "Get Schwifty." Considering Rick's on the run from The Empire, he takes no special precautions to hide his presence.
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All-Ghouls School
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All-Ghouls School: Scary Terry apparently went to school full of similarly scary students.
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All Adult Animation Is
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All Adult Animation Is South Park: Rick and Morty is generally seen as an example of this trope "done right". A lot of the humor is extremely sophomoric, with phallic imagery, burp/fart jokes, pop culture references and violence galore; however, it plays the consequences of a lot of these jokes completely straight for the sake of furthering the story and developing the characters, who even at their flattest are much more fleshed out and three-dimensional than a good deal of the show's contemporaries. The most notable of this is the writers' conscious decision to make the occasional verbal rape joke while playing every instance of the act itself completely for horror, illustrating the difference between making jokes about rape and thinking rape is funny.
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Unwanted Harem
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Unwanted Harem: In "Rick Potion #9", after Morty's love potion backfires and goes airborne, it results in everyone on the planet that isn't related to him biologically desperately wanting to have sex with him. Then Rick adds in some mantis DNA and they want to kill him after the fact.
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Vanity Plate
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In "Something Ricked This Way Comes," the final victim of Rick and Summer's rampage is a dog abuser. Harmon and Roiland are both dog owners. Harmon put his dog on his Vanity Plate, while Roiland named Jerry after one of his dogs.
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Baby Planet
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Baby Planet: In "The Wedding Squanchers", the family is forced to relocate to an Earth-like planet about the size of a small neighborhood. Rick can walk to the south pole in under a minute, and after some practice, Morty can throw a frisbee around the world and catch it himself.
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Idiot Ball
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The Citadel of Ricks doesn't have the immortality field of "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy". Which means that an organization made with the explicit purpose of protecting Ricks from their enemies doesn't have the single most powerful form of protection available. Actually, the immortality field is an Idiot Ball for the whole universe, if not multiverse, since despite everything it could be used for, it's only used for an autogrill.
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Suicide by Cop
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At the end of "Interdimensional Cable 2 : Tempting Fate", Jerry gets shot 57 times by alien bodyguards, with very graphic footage of the bullets going straight through his body and skull. Cue his family screaming in horror as the screen fades to black with Jerry lying face down in a pool of his own blood. What happens next? He opens his eyes to a TV commercial about butthole ice-cream as his family rejoices around his hospital bed. Turns out, getting shot down in a super-advanced alien hospital is no worse than getting a splinter removed from your finger.
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Because You Were Nice to Me
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Because You Were Nice to Me: When the dogs take over the world, Snuffles/Snowball makes Morty his personal pet since he treated him well. Summer wants to support Mr. Needful and his business and compete against Rick because he's been a kind boss to her. Though this changes when she gets "Zuckerberged" by him later on.
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LEGO Genetics
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LEGO Genetics: Played for Laughs in "Rick Potion #9". First Rick tries to use praying mantis DNA to counter-act vole DNA (with the theory that mating once and then killing your mate is the opposite of living only to mate), then he admits genetics is more complicated than that, and so develops another cure: Rick also tries it in "Ricksy Business" with Abradolf Lincler: a genetic combination of Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler who was intended to be a morally neutral super-leader. Turns out he's just a jerk who can't deal with his conflicting emotions.
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Straw Loser
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In "The Rickchurian Mortydate", the Chinese character on the back of Jerry's robe means "weak/feeble".
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Prison Rape
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Prison Rape: In "Meeseeks and Destroy", Rick and Morty are about to be sent to Giant Prison. Rick bemoans that, if someone drops the soap, it will land on them and crush their spines. It would be real easy to rape them, then. The fourth dimensional lifeform in "A Rickle in Time" tells Rick, Morty, and Summer that they're going to Time Prison.
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Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi
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Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi: Played with in Rick's relationship with Unity in "Auto Erotic Assimilation". Unity is a hive mind who possesses the bodies of everyone on the planet it's conquered; therefore, when Rick has sex with it, he's technically having sex with a bunch of alien strangers who were unable to give their consent for their bodies to be used this way. On the other hand, there's no indication given that the original people in these bodies are conscious in any way or aware of what's happening, and they basically are Unity when the latter is possessing them since it seemingly "overwrites" them. None of the characters—not even Summer, who initially disapproves of Unity and its actions—seem to even remotely consider the possibility that this might be a form of rape.
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Played for Laughs
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Played for Laughs in "Rick Potion #9". First Rick tries to use praying mantis DNA to counter-act vole DNA (with the theory that mating once and then killing your mate is the opposite of living only to mate), then he admits genetics is more complicated than that, and so develops another cure:
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Straw Feminist
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Straw Feminist: The female Gazorpians have a society that's practically built on straw. It's so extreme that they'll automatically kill any male who enters their domain, even if he isn't a threat. Their behavior is actually understandable, because female Gazorpians are intelligent and empathetic whereas male Gazorpians are incredibly violent and dangerous, but their hatred spreads to males of all species, which winds up making them pretty intolerant and hypocritical. Summer showed signs of this as well in the same episode as she refused to objectify herself even though her life and her chastity was threatened. Though that was more of a reaction to Rick being a Jerkass.
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Political Correctness Gone Mad
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Political Correctness Gone Mad: In "Something Ricked This Way Comes", when Rick tells Morty that the microscope he got from Summer's boss will make him retarded, Morty tell him that he probably shouldn't use that word because, despite the fact that he was speaking objectively and the microscope would have literally made him mentally retarded, it would still offend "powerful groups who feel like they're doing the right thing". Rick's response? "Well, that's retarded."
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N-Word Privileges
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N-Word Privileges: According to Rick, the word "Glip-Glop" is like the N-Word and C-Word had a baby and was raised by all the bad words for Jews. Not that it stops him for referring to his alien buddies as "My Glip-Glops".
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Curse Cut Short
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Curse Cut Short: The head alien in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" says, "This is going to be such a mind f——!" cut to commercial.
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Doting Grandparent
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Doting Grandparent: Not seemingly as Rick often curses at Summer and Morty and treats them like crap, but he does love them deep down and supports them and protects them from other threats(besides himself). He enjoys spending time with them and treats them more like his friends than his grandchildren
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From Bad to Worse
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From Bad to Worse: In "Rick Potion #9" Rick tries to cure a virus, which made everyone infected want to have sex with Morty, with a stronger virus mixed with praying mantis DNA. The end result turned the infectees into mutated mantis people who still want to have sex with Morty and then bite his head off. And then Rick attempts to make a cure for both of these viruses (composed of the DNA of a myriad of different animals) which, although effective in making everyone stop being madly in love with Morty, Cronenbergs them into hideous, mutated monsters. Rick and Morty end up just abandoning the world to its fate and settling in an Alternate Universe where Rick of that dimension succeeded in fixing everything, only to then accidentally kill himself and his dimension's Morty in a lab accident just as the prime duo arrive to replace them. The Strawberry Smiggles commercial opens with the cereal's mascot desperately rushing to eat his Smiggles before any kids steal it from him. It doesn't help. Oh, BOY does it not help. In "The Wedding Squanchers", the wedding ends with the reveal of Tammy being a deep cover agent for the Galactic Federation, and cops from the Federation storming the building. Birdperson is then killed and the Smith family goes on the run. Eventually Rick turns himself in to spare his family from this life.
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"Fantastic Voyage" Plot: The episode "Anatomy Park" is a mixture of this and Jurassic Park.
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A Wild Rapper Appears!
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A Wild Rapper Appears!: Parodied in "Total Rickall" when Summer goes into a Sugar Bowl music video and suddenly a very aggressive rapper who is incredibly out of place shows up and changes the entire tone of the song.
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New Old Flame
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Rick usually doesn't bother with romance since it distracts him from his work, but he does get Unity, a New Old Flame whom he gets back together with, and who then later leaves him again, in "Auto Erotic Assimilation".
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Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure
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Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: At the end of "Meeseeks and Destroy" Rick makes an Arsenio Hall reference, making Beth and Jerry laugh, but then Beth says she doesn't get it, as she's too young.
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Rain of Blood
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Rain of Blood: The result of Reuben's enlarged corpse exploding in "Anatomy Park".
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Kick Them While They Are Down
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Kick Them While They Are Down: Played for Laughs at the end of "Rickmancing The Stone". Summer develops a relationship with the leader of a band of Mad Max-ian post-apocalyptic humans, but eventually creates a new civilization when Rick reveals that the MacGuffin that was causing the episode's conflict could be used to power everyone. Summer's relationship with the leader falls out, and she leaves him heartbroken. Before Rick jumps through the portal, he steals the MacGuffin and robs them of electricity just because he can.
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Black and White Morality
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"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.
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Arms Dealer
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Arms Dealer: Rick sells guns to various buyers (a Gromflomite named Krombopulos Michael is his best customer) much to Morty's chagrin.
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Summon Bigger Fish
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Summon Bigger Fish: This happens several times in the "Two Brothers" trailer in "Rixty Minutes". Tornadoes push away cat monsters, a UFO sets aside the tornado, and so on.
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Comic-Book Adaptation
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Comic-Book Adaptation: Several. There's the main-line Rick and Morty, as well as several spin-offs: Lil' Poopy Superstar, Pocket Like You Stole It (based off of "Pocket Mortys"), Rick and Morty vs Dungeons and Dragons, and Rick and Morty Presents:. Now has its own page here for these adaptations.
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Louis Cypher
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When Summer is screwed out the business by her boss, she states that she's been Zuckerberged.
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Earth-Shattering Kaboom
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Earth-Shattering Kaboom: In "Get Schwifty", the Cromulons destroy planets with a plasma ray when they fail their music contest or refuse to participate.
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Potty Failure
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Potty Failure: Happens to Summer twice: First in "A Rickle in Time", out of shock of Morty knocking out Rick, and again in "Total Rickall" during the elevator flashback, though both aren't explicitly seen, but mentioned by Morty the first time and Summer the second time.
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The Federation
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Other ways to destroy the Galactic Federation? Why not disrupt their credit economy by reducing their spending power to zero?
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Considering how dysfunctional the entire main cast is, they give and get these a lot.note Since these speeches are often pretty long and it would take up a lot of room to write them all here, see the episode recap pages and/or Quotes page to read the speeches word-for-word. Rick is made of these. Expect at least one an episode as he delivers them to just about everyone he talks to. The main cast members get them constantly, especially Summer and Morty. In "Auto Erotic Assimilation", Blim Blam the Korblok, an alien that Rick has chained up in his basement, finally gets so fed up with having to listen to Jerry and Beth have yet another (particularly vicious) spousal argument that he tears his chains out of the wall and steals a translation device so they can understand him, just to brutally lay into both of them about how awful they are to themselves and each other, ending it by saying that he's sorry that Rick has to deal with either one of them. Invoked mercilessly by Dr. Wong, a psychiatrist whom the family goes to visit in "Pickle Rick". Rick tries to brush it off, but his facial expression afterwards and the fact that he has no reply to what she said suggests he knows she's right. Jerry and Beth each receive one from Rick and Morty, respectively, in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", with Morty admonishing Beth for being just as arrogant and irresponsible as Rick, while Rick tears Jerry a new one for manipulating others by playing the victim and acting pathetic so people will pity him. In "The Old Man and the Seat", Rick inadvertently ends up delivering one to himself after his selfish pride ends up indirectly getting an alien who genuinely wanted to be his friend killed. In "The Vat of Acid Episode", Rick gives Morty a blistering lesson about the concept of "no consequences". He reveals that since the save point remote transports Morty through alternate dimensions rather than time, all of the horrible deeds he committed still happened, just in different dimensions. In addition, every time Morty reset into a different dimension, the remote automatically kills the Morty native to that dimension so Morty can take his place. Rick further presses home that Morty chose to do all this, as he had an opportunity to learn the truth of how the remote truly worked but ignored it.
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Paranoia Fuel
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Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe for Rick in The Stinger of "M. Night Shaym-Aliens" when he bursts into Morty's room drunk and, after an out of character moment of praise, pulls a knife on him and demands to know if he's still inside a simulation.
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Bullying a Dragon
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It happens in the Rickchurian Mortydate. The President of the United States reveals that the only reason the government doesn't prosecute Rick and Morty for their regular lawbreaking — several thousand violations a day— is because Rick is too valuable as the dimension's only citizen that can handle alien threats. When Rick and Morty blow off helping with an alien under the White House who ate a janitor, the President yells at them for lying to him and terminates their relationship, promising to treat them as foreign enemy agents if they interfere violently in government affairs. Sure enough, when Rick murders Secret Service agents trying to escort him peacefully out of the White House, he may win the subsequent tech fight with the President but is labeled as a domestic terrorist. Rick eventually realizes he went too far in Bullying a Dragon and has to fake dimension-hopping to ensure he's not arrested and implicitly apologize. Even if he can break out of prison easily, it's too much of a hassle for him and his family, especially Beth.
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The Alcoholic
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Rick's drinking and substance abuse problem has been acknowledged in canon, but he also often has a notable mix of a lack of empathy and suicidal tendencies.
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Tsundere
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"The Old Man and the Seat" gets a surprise downer ending: Rick visits his new friend Tony, the guy who was using Rick's special private toilet without his permission (whom Rick refuses to admit is his friend), at work...only to find out that Tony died in an accident after quitting his job to live a happier life. The episode ends with Rick sitting on his toilet, dejectedly watching the message he'd left for Tony to see the next time he came there to relieve himself (which consists of many hologram versions of Rick mocking Tony good-naturedly about how lonely he is and how nobody wants to be around him).
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Functional Addict
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The first real episode has Rick spend the first several minutes in an incoherent stupor, constantly repeating Morty's name and stumbling around. While Rick continues to be a substance-abuser, he's much more of a Functional Addict and Magnificent Bastard for the rest of the show.
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ForTheGreaterGood
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In "Mortynight Run", the telepathic entity called Fart remarks that he will cleanse carbon-based lifeforms once he returns through his wormhole. He then remarks on a conversation he had with Morty earlier, that Morty agreeslife must be protected, even through sacrifice and, sensing Morty's thoughts, notes that he hasn't changed his opinion on that. As it turns out, Fart is correct... As Morty sacrifices Fart to save life.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Rick constantly encouraging Morty to "purge" in "Look Who's Purging Now?" causes Morty to go psycho and almost kill Rick. Rick's overthrow of both the Council of Ricks and the Galactic Federation from "The Rickshank Redemption" gives Evil Morty and Tammy, respectively, the opportunity to take over what's left of each. There are a number of episodes showcasing how Morty's misguided attempts to do good end up backfiring horribly. The massive death and destruction Fart causes after Morty frees him in "Mortynight Run" and the hostile snake civilization Morty accidentally uplifts in "Rattlestar Ricklactica" are particular examples.
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How We Got Here
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In "Look Who's Purging Now," Morty criticizes screenplay gimmicks like the use of How We Got Here. Dan Harmon often complains about clichés he hates in screenplays.
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Actually Pretty Funny
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Actually Pretty Funny: Subverted with Evil Rick's bug-like henchman, who randomly makes a laughing noise every few seconds, which our Rick mistakes for approval of his zingers. In "The Rickchurian Mortydate", Rick finds the President's rivalry with them to be annoying, but clearly enjoys watching Morty verbally spar with the President.
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
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"The ABCs of Beth" confirms something that many fans had suspected for a while: that Beth is every bit as amoral as Rick himself. As of this episode she finally comes to terms with that, possibly leaving to wreak havoc across the universe while leaving a clone to watch the kids, or also possibly deciding to stay and put real effort into improving herself and being a better mom to her kids. Oh, and Rick lost an arm. (He got it back.)
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Shallow Parody
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The short that the show was based on, "Doc and Mharti," had the title characters having totally different names, was animated much more sloppily, and was essentially a Shallow Parody of Back to the Future. The short also crossed the line much farther and was much more vulgar than its current incarnation. It also featured a fairly explicit display of "Mharti" giving "Doc" oral sex.
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Dysfunction Junction
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The parasites in "Total Rickall" are able to implant happy fake memories in their targets, then assume the identity of the focus of those memories. The parasite can then in turn inspire more memories, allowing its offspring to assume the forms within. The targets never question this because, to them, the parasites are trustworthy friends who have never done them wrong. Morty manages to snap everyone out of it by realizing the flaw in their deception: the parasites are incapable of fabricating negative memories. Because their family has no shortage of personal issues between them, it doesn't take long for them to weed out the parasites. Except for Mr. Poopybutthole; he was, in fact, just that nice of a guy.
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Conservation of Ninjutsu
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Conservation of Ninjutsu: The council of Ricks lives on this trope. Despite, in theory, being all the same insanely clever scientific genius, the original Rick and Evil Rick are able to easily outsmart them. Taken even further in "The Rickshank Redemption", where they are reduced to mooks, with the original Rick being able to sabotage them repeatedly without effort, despite them expecting him, and the federation security being able to inflict heavy casualties on them, if not about to overpower them. The same security the original Rick could smack around effortlessly by himself.
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Artistic License – Animal Care
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Artistic License – Animal Care: In "Rixty Minutes", alternate reality Beth keeps large parrots like macaws and cockatoos in old fashioned bird cages that are too small for even a parakeet, yet alone large birds.
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Pun
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In "Ricksy Business", Morty tosses a bag of crystal narcotics outside into an environment full of giant testicle monsters. A tentacle immediately scoops the bag up, after which the monster can be seen tripping balls in the background.
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Good Girls Avoid Abortion
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Good Girls Avoid Abortion: In "Rixty Minutes", Summer overhears her parents state during an argument that they planned to abort her, and only didn't do so because of a flat tire on the way to the clinic. Summer is so upset about this (and about the fact that her existence made her parents give up on their dreams) that she almost runs away, until Morty convinces her not to by explaining that everyone is an accident. At the end of the episode we learn that the alternate dimension versions of Jerry and Beth are miserable and regretful.
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Crystal Dragon Jesus
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Crystal Dragon Jesus: The various Mortys in "Close Encounters" offer a Chick Tracts-like booklet that describes "The Path of the One True Morty", which was available in physical form with DVDs of the first season and describes a religion which preaches them to never follow Rick and live a simple, independent life, after which they go to an afterlife filled with space motorcycles and all the Jessicas they can ever want.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin
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Naturally, Evil Rick and Evil Morty. While Evil Rick actually turns out to be a subversion since he was just being mind-controlled by Evil Mortynote And "our Rick" is a borderline Villain Protagonist himself sometimes anyway, this of course means that the latter plays it even more completely straight than it originally appeared.
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Inherently Funny Words
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Inherently Funny Words: Many alien names and terms used by the show fall under this category, but it reaches critical mass with the entire Plumbus skit in "Interdimensional Cable II" which is made up almost entirely of goofy-sounding nonsense words.
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Eye Awaken
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Eye Awaken: Happens with Abradolf Lincler in The Stinger for "Ricksy Business". He even shouts "REVENGE!" right before getting slurped up by some testicle monsters.
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PowerArmor
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In "Pickle Rick", Rick finally shows up to family therapy still in his pickle form, while also wearing his Power Armor that's partially made up of the body parts of rats. Naturally, his family doesn't find anything weird about this, but Dr. Wong, the therapist, also doesn't act as if this is anything remotely out of the ordinary.note This could be because she's used to having some pretty "out there" patients, since many of the people that she treats have issues with eating poop, or possibly also because, by this point in the series, Earth was already temporarily part of the Galactic Federation, and after having aliens of all different kinds visiting their planet for months, a guy who's turned himself into a pickle is relatively mundane in comparison.
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Ambiguously Evil
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Ambiguously Evil: The Galactic Federation. Rick shows a lot of disdain towards the organization and his friends see themselves as Freedom Fighters going against them. The Federation are made out as oppressive and have been seen to be apathetic to civilian casualties. At the same time this information comes from Rick and they do keep their word when Rick turns himself in so his family can return to Earth.
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World of Snark
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World of Snark: Not every single character introduced on the show is a straight Deadpan Snarker, but they all get their moments. At the very least, the main cast certainly have had at least one good sarcastic comeback. Even Jerry.
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What Happened to the Mouse?
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What Happened to the Mouse?: All the people who had bought cursed items and were waiting to be served when Rick got bored and closed. Enjoy your curses everyone. Subverted in "A Rickle in Time." The neighbor that Summer forgot to put a mattress under takes a nasty fall off his roof, and is then forgotten about, until the very end of the episode, which offhandedly reveals that he survived the incident, but is now in a wheelchair. In "The Ricklantis Mixup", the ending shows short epilogues for all of the surviving characters except for Rick J-22, who was last seen still hooked up to a Lotus-Eater Machine so his brain fluid can be used to make wafer cookies. Since President Morty killed the factory owner, it's unknown what's become of J-22 or any of the other Ricks working there.
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Jerk Jock
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Jerk Jock: Morty runs into one in "Rick Potion #9" when trying to ask out his crush, Jessica, to the Flu Season Dance. He's actually pretty self-aware:
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Broken Pedestal
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Broken Pedestal: As of "Pickle Rick", the kids have started to realize that their mother might not exercise the best judgement in regards to Rick.
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Badass Boast
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Badass Boast: From Jerry of all people - "No one's killing me until I catch my wife with another man!"
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Black-and-Gray Morality
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Black-and-Gray Morality: The combination of cynicism, black comedy, and the general Crapsack World that is the universe leaves the series with barely any characters who ever really do the right thing. Morty started off the series fairly optimistic and cheerful, but season 2 and especially season 3 have already worn him down. No character ever gets to live their lives and do everything they want without appropriate consequences. For example, Morty's desire to win the love and affection of his crush resulted in—as Rick describes it himself— a date rape drug being spread throughout the entire planet's atmosphere and transforming all non-family members into Cronenberg-style mutants. There are clearly nefarious characters and entities that clearly fall under black, but almost everyone else is grey.
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Eldritch Abomination
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Eldritch Abomination: In the opening credits, the team is seen fleeing from a Cthulhu-esque creature with a smaller, baby version carried by Summer. It is unknown if this will end up as an episode, and whether or not they stole it from him, or the scene is implying darker subtexts.
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Bait-and-Switch
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Bait-and-Switch: Due to the editing, it at first seems like Rick's emergency plan in "Rick Potion #9" managed to save the day offscreen (after he "[did] some scouting"). As it happens, he was actually scouting for a dimension where he and Morty managed to save the day... and then died soon after. Invoked in the episode "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind". The episode begins with Rick being shot to death and Morty being tranquilized and kidnapped by Evil Rick and Evil Morty, who appear from a portal in the dining room. Then it turns out that these were alternate dimension versions of the main duo, and "our" Rick and Morty (C-137) are just fine. In "Auto Erotic Assimilation" after seeing Unity bomb a city, it seems like Rick's going to realize their relationship is toxic for the both of them and leave. Then Unity clarifies that it moved everyone out of the city without telling him just to screw with him, and Rick has no such epiphany. (In fact, Unity is later the one to realize this and end the relationship.) In "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", when Rick gets the drop on Risotto Groupon, he activates the cybernetics in his arm to reveal what appears to be a large, overly-complex gun, only for it to shoot out a suction dart which he uses to grab Risotto's gun and kill him with it. "The Ricks Must Be Crazy" has Rick's ship, which has been put under strict orders to keep Summer safe, stick out a device and scan a person it sees as a potential threat, only for the scanning to actually have been a Laser Cutter that turns him into a fleshy pile of cubes.
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Villain with Good Publicity
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Villain with Good Publicity: Frank Palicky in the pilot. Despite being a sadistic bully to Morty, Summer had a crush on him, and after his death, the rest of the school held a memorial in his honor. As of the end of "The Ricklantis Mixup", Evil Morty. The members of the Citadel of Ricks (or, at least, those still living) see him as their benevolent newly-elected President who cares about all the Ricks and Mortys living there and plans to make life better for them...unaware that he was once the mastermind of a plot that involved killing a couple dozen Ricks (and framing another Rick for it) and kidnapping and torturing hundreds of Mortys.
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Medium Awareness
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Medium Awareness: All over the place: Rick says a universe run by intelligent dogs would be interesting to watch "at 11 minutes a pop". In "Rixty Minutes", Rick and Morty comment that TV from other dimensions has a "looser feel" and an "improvisational tone." As they say this, the camera is positioned in such a way that although they're looking at the TV, it seems like they're looking at the audience. The same episode runs the concept of alternate universes in two different directions, and one turns out to be significantly funnier than the other. Rick says to the characters stuck in the B-plot "you guys clearly backed the wrong conceptual horse." When Morty and Summer express concerns about their parents in "A Rickle in Time", Rick says that "They're probably living it up in some pointless grounded story about their shitty marriage." The B-plot does indeed involve Beth and Jerry in a grounded story about their marriage. Throughout the series, Rick (and sometimes other characters) will make references to seasons or episodes of the show. For some examples of each: Rick celebrates the "end of Season 1", states that he'll accomplish a certain character arc even it if takes him "nine seasons", and notes that he destroyed a certain technology "a few seasons back". Beth also notes in the Season 3 finale that from now on, the show will be "like Season 1, but more streamlined". All three of the anthology episodes (the 8th episode of each season) has Rick directly mention a previous episode, sometimes by name. And in The Teaser of "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", he calls it a "Rick and Jerry episode".
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Vast Bureaucracy
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Vast Bureaucracy: In "The Wedding Squanchers", we get a glimpse of both the scope (6,047 other planets) and yet the inefficiency of the Galactic Federation, when Earth is added within a day, and the ensuing news report summarizes humans as a species "who love to eat spaghetti and pray to kangaroos."
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Always a Bigger Fish
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Always a Bigger Fish: When Morty was shrunk down to microscopic levels and being chased by Gonorrhea, it ended up getting crushed by Hepatitis C, which even gave Morty a thumbs-up.
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Protagonist-Centered Morality
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Protagonist-Centered Morality: The collateral damage wreaked by Rick's schemes, whether implied or shown outright, is often absolutely gruesome in its sheer body count, but receives no serious repercussions for it, week after week. He's destroyed an entire reality just through incompetence, and that's probably not the first, and he stated that he once made the same mistake Beth did (in which she accidentally shot a genuine family friend whom she thought was an evil parasite) on "a planetary scale". Averted and played with in "Mortynight Run". After Rick sells a gun to K. Michael for an assassination, Morty argues that's as bad as pulling the trigger. Morty then goes and tries to save the life of K. Michael's target, causing hundreds of casualties as a result. Rick doesn't let him hear the end of it.
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Back from the Dead
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Back from the Dead: Bird Person, now rebuilt as a cyborg for the Galactic Federation as "Phoenix Person".
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Mind Rape
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Mind Rape: Being a gaseous creature, this seems to be Fart's only method of attack. Of course, since it can turn a perfectly adjusted person suicidal in less than a second, it's hardly anything to sneeze at.
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Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
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Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: As mentioned under "Black Comedy Rape," the show has a strict rule regarding this subject, both In-Universe and among the writers: comments about rape can be jokes, but depictions are treated 100% seriously, regardless of gender. Even when the would-be rapist is an anthropomorphic jelly bean.
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Wild Teen Party
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Wild Teen Party: In "Ricksy Business", Summer immediately plans one of these while Jerry and Beth are away. Rick decides to one-up her party idea by inviting hordes of his own "friends and acquaintances" to his party, and whoever they know. After Morty has a small mishap with one of Rick's inventions while attempting to woo his would-be girlfriend Jessica, the party becomes literally "out of this world", teleporting the house to another universe entirely. Despite the nonsensical and dangerous events therein, one notably involving a human teen getting "lucky" with a bunch of gargantuan creatures lurking outside the house's perimeter after it had been teleported, the odd mixture of guests find the time to mingle with each other, and have fun, regardless.
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Reed Richards Is Useless
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Reed Richards Is Useless: Rick is a mercurial and self-centered alcoholic with a very strange set of priorities. He has the technology to become extremely rich and powerful, but doesn't seem to care. The fact that he's technically in hiding from the Galactic Federation might be at least partially responsible. His occasional profit schemes tend to be subverted in some way: Rick opens a store that removes the curses from magical items that Satan has been giving people. As soon as Satan admits defeat, Rick loses interest in the whole thing, not even caring that the store seemed to be making a good profit. He gets a bunch of money from an underworld deal so that he can blow all of his profits at Blips and Chitz, an arcade. He drunkenly rambles about cornering the market on Nintendo 3DS consoles, which never goes anywhere, then turns to the audience and asks Nintendo to send him free stuff.
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These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know
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These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: This is the main reason Rick is so mentally disturbed: humanity was clearly never meant to have access to The Multiverse, encounter the horrors therein, and most importantly, face the existential nightmares it causes. Just look at how Morty reacts to having to find and bury his Dead Alternate Counterpart in "Rick Potion #9" and compare it to Rick.
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Cerebus Retcon
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Cerebus Retcon: Although an observant viewer may have inferred it prior, it's revealed at the end of "Ricksy Business" that Rick's constant drinking and abuse of the occasional Fantastic Drug isn't just for fun; he's actually numbing himself from an intense amount of emotional pain. In the same episode, his "Wubba lubba dub dub!" catchphrase, previously portrayed as just a parody of other nonsense-word catchphrases, is revealed to actually be a phrase in an alien language. It means "I am in great pain. Please help me."
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Existential Horror
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Existential Horror: The multiverse, which holds a practically infinite numbers of other Ricks and Mortys, and for that matter other Beths, Summers, and Jerrys, is played as such. Imagine that you are just one of a near-infinite number of yourselves, some of who has died anti-climatically, unmourned, and unremembered, while others still are much more successful and well-off than you yourself will ever be. The fact that you are where you are isn't even down to luck; it just is. Then there is other stuff like the alien parasites that can fill your head with Fake Memories and make you believe you've know them your whole life, to the mere concept of Mr. Meeseeks. Safe to say, the show has plenty to choose from when it comes to existential nightmares.
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No Dead Body Poops
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No Dead Body Poops: Ruben's death causes such a buildup of fecal matter in his sphincter that it overloads the artificial barrier Rick built there, destroying the enlargement ray at the base of his colon.
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Literal Metaphor
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Literal Metaphor: In "Pilot", the "two plus two" part of Rick's rant about school sounds like it's just a metaphor but then it turns out that Morty's math test really consists of simple calculations like that.
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Just One Second Out of Sync
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Just One Second Out of Sync: In "Mortynight Run", Rick and Morty go to a "cross-temporal asteroid" which seems to exist in all timelines at once, yet isn't perceptible unless you know where to look. One version of Rick set up a Jerry daycare there in case other Ricks needed somewhere to dump their Jerrys for a while.
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Destructive Romance
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Destructive Romance: Beth and Jerry's rocky relationship starts off as darkly humorous squabbling before becoming full-on toxic by the middle of season 2, where it's shown just how badly their unhealthy dependence on one another despite being totally mismatched is shown to be more damaging that it first seemed.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: If fan consensus says this, then "Rick Potion #9" is definitely this, given how Rick and Morty abandon their doomed reality for a non-doomed one... and take the places of their dead counterparts. The Season 2 Finale "The Wedding Squanchers" where Rick allows himself to be taken prisoner while Earth becomes a member of the tyrannical Galactic Federation. "The Rickshank Rickdemption" resolves the Season 2 cliffhanger. Rick successfully escapes from the Galactic prison and destroys both the Galactic Federation and the Council of Ricks. Morty shows Summer the doomed reality of Earth C137 from "Rick Potion #9" and Beth is divorcing Jerry. Rick also says that his Pet the Dog moment in "The Wedding Squanchers" was just part of a Batman Gambit and that he doesn't really care about his family, but it's hard to know how seriously to take that. Tammy also rebuilt Birdperson as an evil cyborg. It was also unexpectedly aired on April Fools two years after the last season ended. Phew. "The Ricklantis Mixup" ends with a Morty becoming the President of the initially destroyed Citadel. However, it's revealed that he's Evil Morty in disguise as he seizes complete control of the station. "The ABCs of Beth" confirms something that many fans had suspected for a while: that Beth is every bit as amoral as Rick himself. As of this episode she finally comes to terms with that, possibly leaving to wreak havoc across the universe while leaving a clone to watch the kids, or also possibly deciding to stay and put real effort into improving herself and being a better mom to her kids. Oh, and Rick lost an arm. (He got it back.)
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Lawyer-Friendly Cameo
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Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: In the pilot, during the first establishing shot of Interdimensional Customs, Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot (without legs) and Gypsy can be seen as silhouettes in the crowd of aliens. In a later scene, the silhouettes of Oderus Urungus and Beefcake the Mighty can be seen as Rick and Morty escape from the customs agents. In the episode "Rixty Minutes," the characters in Hamsters in Buttland resemble the 30 Second Movies bunnies.
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Asshole Victim
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"The Ricklantis Mixup": The newly-elected President Morty, who just had quite a few of his dissenters killed (some of whom were Asshole Victims, others because He Knew Too Much), is actually Evil Morty from the first example.
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Artistic License – Education
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Artistic License – Education: Morty's math teacher Mr. Goldenfold hands out a test that only uses addition to his high school students.
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Split-Personality Takeover
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Split-Personality Takeover: In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", Rick transfers his mind into a younger clone body. His teenage hormones cause a different personality to develop and take over. The real Rick communicates through Tiny Rick's subconscious, causing him to beg for Morty and Summer to save him from himself through Tiny Rick's artistic endeavors.
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Laser-Guided Karma
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Laser-Guided Karma: "Meeseeks and Destroy": King Jellybean attempts to rape Morty and Morty beats the crap out of him, and later Rick kills him. "Something Ricked This Way Comes": Mr. Needful/Lucifer scams Summer, then Rick and Summer beat the shit out of him. "Ricksy Business": Lucy almost rapes Jerry at gunpoint and Beth beats the crap out of her, and later she gets run over by a car.
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Art Shift
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Art Shift: The post-Season 1 promos has Rick and Morty (and Mr. Meeseeks) appearing as puppet versions of themselves, and the commercials for "Two Brothers" and "Jean Quadrant Vincent 16" are animated in a more dramatic, realistic comic style. The special shorts all feature this being animated by different teams- "Bushworld Adventures" is handed in Michael Cusack's trademark style of Deranged Animation; "Samurai and Shogun" is animated by Studio DEEN and Studio Twinkle in full CGI, and "Rick and Morty vs. Genocider" is animated by Telecom Animation Film and animator Takashi Sano in the same style as the Tower of God anime.
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Women Drivers
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Women Drivers: Invoked in "A Rickle in Time". Jerry was the one driving when he hit a deer, but insists that Beth say she was at the wheel because he was eating rum-raisin ice cream.
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Crazy Cat Lady
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"Rixty Minutes" shows an alternate timeline where Summer was aborted. Jerry becomes a movie star, and Beth is rich enough to sit at home all day. This leads to a lot of hurt feelings between "our" Jerry, Beth, and Summer. It turns out that in the alternate universe, Jerry's miserable and Beth is a Crazy Parrot Lady. Jerry has a meltdown and drives all the way to her house on a Rascal mobility scooter in nothing but his underwear, police and media on hot pursuit, to confess his love for her. This leads to "our" dimension's Jerry, Beth and Summer to patch things up.
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The Bus Came Back
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However, this is later reused in the episode Edge of Tomorty: Rick, Die, Rickpeat. Just because C-137 Rick considered Project Phoenix to be a failure, he isn't the only Rick to think of it and he seems to be the only Rick that considered it a failure. This becomes a plot point in the episode, as Rick Body Surfs through different dimensions, using the various backups.
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Ret-Gone
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Ret-Gone: Inverted with the parasites; they retroactively insert themselves into the cast's memory.
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Magic Feather
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Magic Feather: A variant occurs in "Look Who's Purging Now", when the normally meek Morty goes on a bloodthirsty warpath during the Purge. At the end of the episode, Morty is worried that he has several demons to work out within himself, only to be told by Rick that a candy bar he had eaten earlier contained Purgenol, which increases aggression. Cue the shot showing that the candy bar is "Now Purgenol-Free".
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Shaped Like Itself
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Shaped Like Itself: While reporting a robbery of a Mortymart in Mortytown (which was committed by other Mortys) to Cop Rick and Cop Morty in "The Ricklantis Mixup", the shopkeeper describes the robbers as "about 14 years old, about my height and wearing yellow shirts." This is lampshaded by Cop Morty.
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Heel Realization
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"The Wedding Squanchers" serves as this for the entirety of Season 2. It turns out Tammy was an undercover agent for the Galactic Federation and was planning on using her wedding to Birdperson to trap as many of Rick's friends as she could. The Smiths managed to escape, but Birdperson was killed and Squanchy's fate is unknown. Rick had a Heel Realization and decided to turn himself in so that his family could resume their lives on a now alien occupied Earth, but only Jerry (who is Rick's most vocal critic and benefits greatly from the Federation taking over Earth) ends up happy because of this. Oh, and Mr. Poopybutthole molested a pizza guy in The Stinger. Season 3's got a hell of a starting point.
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Cutaway Gag
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Cutaway Gag: A major plot point of "Total Rickall". The mind parasites manifest themselves in the form of flashbacks, which are presented as these.
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There Are No Therapists
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There Are No Therapists: Played with in "Pickle Rick". It's averted at first, when Beth is forced into a mandatory family therapy session by the kids' high school after both Morty and Summer have separate problems at school, and they visit Dr. Wong. She makes several comments about the fact that their issues might come from using intelligence to justify their problems rather than dealing with them directly, and notes that building healthy relationships with others is hard work, while also correctly noticing Beth's tendencies to put her father on a pedestal and let him do whatever he wants to her family and house while only ever minimally calling him out on it. However, it's then played straight at the end when, despite both Summer and Morty wanting to return to see Dr. Wong again, Beth and Rick gleefully ignore her advice and the kids' wishes and make it clear that they don't intend to ever come back.
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Big Bad
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From "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind": Evil Rick, the apparent Big Bad of the episode, was actually being controlled by his apparent Dragon, Evil Morty, the episode's true mastermind.
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Never My Fault
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Never My Fault: Beth blames all of her failures on Jerry. After their separation in Season 3, she starts blaming it on her kids, and later, her dad. Rick repeatedly uses his intelligence and/or alcoholism to absolve himself of responsibility for his actions. A particular example of the latter happens in "Vindicators 3: The Return of World Ender", where he refers to Drunk Rick (himself on a blackout-drunk bender) with third-person pronouns and acts like he's someone else completely.
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Parodied Trope
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Parodied with Rick's "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!".Birdperson later tells Morty that this saying translates to "I am in great pain. Please help me."
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Rewatch Bonus
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Rewatch Bonus: Most episodes contain a line or two that seems like a throw away but ends up being crucial or really illuminating upon rewatching the episode. For example, in "Meeseeks and Destroy", Rick assures Summer after one Meeseeks dies off that "Trust me, they're cool with it", which really foreshadows later on what happens when a Meeseeks stays around too long.
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Implied Trope
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Implied in "Meeseeks and Destroy", where the giants seem to be very prejudiced towards "tiny people". Given that the villagers' only idea to get money boiled down to breaking into an innocent giant family's castle and stealing from them, this might be justified.
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Odd Couple
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Odd Couple: Rick and Morty themselves.
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Cerebus Rollercoaster
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Cerebus Rollercoaster: While the series never stops being dark, whether dark elements are played for laughs or treated seriously vary greatly. While most of Rick's actions and the horror Morty goes through because of them are treated as Black Comedy, things like his near-rape experience or replacing himself in an alternate universe are not. The marital troubles between Beth and Jerry can go either way. A self-contained example is the episode "Rixty Minutes", which is simultaneously regarded by fans as one of the funniest and one of the most mature and emotional episodes of the entire show, after an excuse to throw around a bunch of random jokes inadvertently triggers a B plot where Summer learns she was nearly aborted. "Total Rickall" features the appearance of several absurd characters, one being named Mr. Poopy Butthole. But the same episode features Rick goading Morty to fatally shoot him in the head, someone accidentally seriously injuring a long-time friend to the point they required physical therapy, and an implication that Beth also has a drinking problem. "Pickle Rick" alternates between the absurdist comedy of Rick turning himself into a pickle and Dr. Wong pointing out the hubris and self-destructiveness behind such a stunt and the way Beth rationalizes it and refuses to acknowledge the deleterious effect it has on her family.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: Stated word-for-word and lampshaded:
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Screw Yourself
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In "The Ricklantis Mixup", one of the businesses in "Mortytown" is a strip club called the The Creepy Morty. The only denizens of Mortytown are, well, Mortys. So, this is a strip club where Mortys dance...for other Mortys.
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Dumb Is Good
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Dumb Is Good: Doofus Rick - ten times dumber than our Rick, but at least a hundred times nicer. Perhaps having all the other Ricks making fun of him constantly has made him compassionate.
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Family-Unfriendly Death
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Averted with Frank Palicky in the first episode. Rick had insisted he'd be fine, but the frozen Frank fell over and shattered.
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Slow Clap
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Slow Clap: Done by Evil Rick as Sarcastic Clapping in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind". Apparently, he invented it in that dimension, and no one has ever done it there before him.
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Evil Counterpart
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Evil Counterpart: Naturally, Evil Rick and Evil Morty. While Evil Rick actually turns out to be a subversion since he was just being mind-controlled by Evil Mortynote And "our Rick" is a borderline Villain Protagonist himself sometimes anyway, this of course means that the latter plays it even more completely straight than it originally appeared. Played with with Toxic Rick & Morty, the result of the original Rick and Morty being purged of the "toxic" parts of their psyche, leading to Toxic Rick being a self-aggrandizing, abusive Jerkass, and Toxic Morty being a self-loathing ball of neuroses and cowardice, while "Healthy" Rick & Morty are far friendlier and more well-adjusted. Because there's no objective measure of what thoughts are toxic or not, however, the purging instead goes by what the person thinks the toxic parts of themselves are, leading to Toxic Rick & Morty retaining some more positive traits that Healthy Rick & Morty are now missing, such as Toxic Rick retaining his "irrational" attachment to Toxic Morty, and Toxic Morty retaining his moral compass.
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Split Screen
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Split Screen: Used extensively in "A Rickle in Time", representing different timelines. Also occurs during the phone conversations in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" and "The Rickchurian Mortydate".
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Giant Spider
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Giant Spider: In "The Ricks Must be Crazy", the universe Rick, Morty, and Summer are visiting has giant, telepathic spiders.
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Eldritch Location
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Eldritch Location: Parodied with Cob Planet in "The Wedding Squanchers". Everything is on a cob, down to a molecular level. Rick is terrified of the planet, but it's never explained why.
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What Measure Is a Non-Human?
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What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Constantly abused and exploited for comic effect. Of course, it's not like the series places a great deal of emphasis on human life, either.
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Springtime for Hitler
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Springtime for Hitler: Heavily implied that "Weekend at Dead Cat Lady's House II" was this for Jerry C-500a, as at the end he has a complete breakdown and admits he hates everything to do with being a celebrity.
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Depraved Homosexual
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Depraved Homosexual: Played for Drama in "Meeseeks and Destroy" with King Jellybean, who outright attempts to rape Morty. It is also implied that he has done so to other young boys.
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Foreshadowing: In "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" Jerry is still wearing a suit after it's revealed that they were inside a simulation inside a bigger simulation. The suit disappears when it's revealed that they were actually still inside a third layer of simulation. Also, if you watch the episode a second time, the first one minute and twenty-four seconds are foreshadowing of the fact that Rick suspected that simulated! Morty was a simulation all along, and the first line "this is just poor craftsmanship" referring to the possum he's dissecting is a complaint about the simulators - he's probably doing it to determine how many levels down he is. Also, the alien simulation of Morty smiles knowingly as Rick brags that he's going to beat the aliens at their own game. Also also, the aliens say that there's another human in the simulation, not a third human when they find Jerry. The language makes it ambiguous, but it sticks out on a re-watch. Also yet again, Rick lampshades the Contrived Coincidence of Morty going into another room and immediately finding the exact ingredients for concentrated dark matter, because he correctly suspected they were still in a simulation. The recipe was fake, but the aliens cluelessly try it anyway and get vaporized. If you listen closely in the beginning, the aliens note that Jerry was in a different sector of the simulation and had to lower the processing power for him so Rick doesn't get wise. Later on we see that Jerry is in his own room on his own treadmill, which means he was in his own simulation independent to that of Rick's. However, this was before we find out that they were in fact in another layer of simulation, which explains why lowering the processing power in his separate room boosted that in Rick's room, since they're both technically in the same room the entire time. This is also why Jerry's simulation starts glitching out more and more, eventually freezing entirely, at the same time Rick successfully crashed his own. In "Rick Potion #9", Rick's skewed view of love, being "just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed" hints at what his love potion actually is. In the same scene, "I did it. Your parents are gonna do it. Everyone can see that" foreshadows Jerry's and Beth's eventual divorce in Season 3, though they do later get back together. "Rixty Minutes": Jerry and Beth's first trip with the goggles both being realities in dimension C-500 A. In "Close Rick-Counters", when Rick and Morty are on their way to the council, Rick is offered Morty insurance. In the pilot, Rick mentions that he builds robots for fun. In "Something Ricked This Way Comes" we see one - a tabletop model whose only purpose in life is to pass the butter. It's sophisticated enough to be extremely disappointed at not being used for anything else. Fart's song "Goodbye Moonmen" in "Mortynight Run" sounds like Word Salad Lyrics comprised of extraterestrial Technobabble, but it's actually about establishing peace throughout the universe by wiping out all carbon-based life. In "Total Rickall,": The first memory being brought up is from Mr. Poopybutthole, about him and the family getting stuck in an elevator. Jerry and Beth getting into (yet another) argument, Morty almost pissing himself, and Summer having already pissed on her pants on purpose and getting dirty looks from the others for it all mean that this was definitely far from being a pleasant experience. When everyone's going through their cellphones looking for pictures to show who is and isn't real, Mr. Poopybutthole says he doesn't have any of them either. We learn not long after that the parasites can only create POSITIVE memories, so him not having any would go against the nature of the parasites, and it's also notable that ONLY characters that are real check their cellphones for photos. This foreshadows that Mr. Poopybutthole is NOT one of the parasites. In addition, despite Mr. Poopybutthole being inexplicably in the opening credits, it's notable that none of those memories would've been good. In fact, there's only one scene in the opening credits which is a "good memory": Mr. Beauregarde appears in the pillow fight, revealing the true original parasite. Also, Rick's catchphrase montage is the first flashback of the episode to only contain real characters. It's also the episode's first set of negative memories, judging from the collective groan from the room immediately afterwards. This is an early suggestion that the parasites can't create negative memories. Subverted by showing family pictures that only contain the real characters in the background of some shots, which are never used to solve the problem, and might have resulted in false negatives if they were. In "The Rickshank Redemption": Rick says that the day he invented the portal gun was also the day he lost his wife. When we see it happen, we see that one of his project resulted in an explosion that killed her and Beth. This, combined with Beth not having the age she should have according to the chronology, tells us those are not Rick's memories, but a fabrication. Rick materializing butts around as a joke also counts as one, establishing that he can create fake things in his mind. Also of note was that Rick correctly identifies which type of device is being used on him, including model number. It isn't a stretch to think that Rick knows the flaws and shortcomings of this particular device, allowing him to manipulate it easily. In "Auto Erotic-Assimilation", Unity tells Rick it cannot be with him because he is a toxic influence, telling him "I lose who I am and become a part of you". Fast forward to Season 3, Morty has become more hostile and rude to those around him, responding to bad situations with the same violent streak that Rick possesses.
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Continuity Nod: "Rixty Minutes" has a few, one of which is surprisingly Played for Drama: The goggles that let people see through their alternative timeline doppelganger’s eyes is the same one Rick uses to find a replacement universe after everyone gets Cronenberged in "Rick Potion #9". One of the TV shows they watch calls back to the previous episode and the planet Gazorpazorp. Morty reveals his own grave in the backyard to Summer, explaining how he and Rick destroyed their own world in "Rick Potion #9" and crossed over to this reality mere moments after the local Rick and Morty died from one of Rick's inventions. In "Something Ricked This Way Comes," Rick can be seen watching Ball Fondlers, one of the shows he and Morty watched in "Rixty Minutes," near the end of the episode. Cronenberg Rick and Cronenberg Morty are members of the Citadel of Ricks. In "Ricksy Business" there are two of the Councilman Ricks at the party. In "Mortynight Run" there's a Mr. Meeseeks in the background of Blips and Chitz helping someone play an arcade game. When the game starts lighting up from some sort of jackpot, the Meeseeks winks out, his job complete. Also in "Mortynight Run", a Hungry for Apples ad can be seen hanging over a vending machine. In "The Ricks Must be Crazy", Rick, Summer, and Morty visit a universe with a Ball Fondlers movie, which was first shown in "Rixty Minutes". There are also movie posters for French Toast (a piece of toast was part of Saturday Night Live's cast) and Three Brothers (a sequel to the nonsensical Two Brothers). Also in "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", Rick opens a hatch on the leg of his mecha, releasing a snake, similar to the "snake holster" in "Get Schwifty!" "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" has Morty eating Strawberry Smiggles for breakfast. Jerry is also seen playing his iPad game again, there's a picture of Snuffles on the wall of the Smiths' dining room, and Morty has a picture of Jessica in his locker. After the events of "Ricksy Business", in which the Smiths' house gets transported to another dimension, from that point forward there is always a crack shown in the ground around the house from when it resettled after being transported back. The Season 3 premiere shows Summer digging up Rick's grave from "Rick Potion #9" (which she learned about in "Rixty Minutes"), along with a trip to the Cronenberg-ed dimension created in that same episode. Hammer Morty is also seen later in the episode, used by a Rick to kill Galactic Federation guards before being shot. The stinger in "Morty's Mind Blowers" has Jerry finding a box for Jerry's Mind Blowers, which contain tapes labeled "Apples Campaign" and "Sleepy Gary". In the Season 4 premiere, when Rick dies, he is resurrected by Operation Phoenix in another reality, and expresses confusion at first, since he'd (literally) axed that program after the events of "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" back in Season 2.
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And Fridge Logic gives us the two most blatant examples: The Citadel of Ricks doesn't have the immortality field of "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy". Which means that an organization made with the explicit purpose of protecting Ricks from their enemies doesn't have the single most powerful form of protection available. Actually, the immortality field is an Idiot Ball for the whole universe, if not multiverse, since despite everything it could be used for, it's only used for an autogrill. The Federation has a currency that's regulated after itself. Which means that every slight variation from the value of 1 would have catastrophic results, either skyrocketing the value to infinity or dropping it to 0. And, just to make it sure it will bite them, they have no way to fix it once it happens. And since it's not enough, the one computer that can change the value is in the same secured area that keeps all the Federation's worst criminals. Guess how Rick disposes of them?
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Ambition Is Evil: In the episode "Rest and Ricklaxation", "healthy" Morty may exemplify this as he is sociopathic and wildly successful.
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One episode had a trailer for "Alien Invasion Tomato Monster Mexican Armada Brothers Who Are Just Regular Brothers Running In A Van From An Asteroid And All Sorts Of Things: The Movie", alternatively titled "Two Brothers."
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Not a spoken line, but a song at the end of "The Ricklantis Mix-up." "For the Damaged Coda" begins playing once the newly-elected President Morty has the shadow cabal of Ricks killed, revealing just who we're really dealing with.
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Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Justified / deconstructed. Rick is often involved in various bizarre get-rich-quick schemes despite the fact that he could easily make himself wealthy simply by selling his inventions to the public or use them for more productive purposes...but that would require Rick to give a crap about other people or anything related to mundane adult life. This is best illustrated in "Something Ricked This Way Comes": Rick combats the Devil's shop of Be Careful What You Wish For cursed items by starting a shop of his own that de-curses the items, leaving just the benefits, but as soon as the reality of running a business rears its head and he finds himself at the butt end of a lot of paperwork, he loses interest and sets fire to the place. Not to mention, selling his inventions to people would only get Rick money for Earth C-137. Not exactly a big motive when he travels to all sorts of planets and dimensions, and just wants to do things like spend the afternoon at Blips and Chitz.
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Clock Roaches
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Clock Roaches / Time Police: When Rick attempts to repair the fractured timelines in "A Rickle in Time,", one of these—a Sufficiently Advanced Alien who doesn't like his methods—appears and antagonizes him. The alien's odd appearance is inspired by another, particularly iconic group of Clock Roaches.
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Forgotten First Meeting: Despite Rick supposedly being away from the family for 20 years, one of Rick's memories and a picture in Birdperson's house show that Rick was secretly visiting Morty (who is now 14) when the latter was an infant. Morty doesn't remember this. This has led to some Wild Mass Guessing that "our" Rick and "our" Morty aren't natives of the same dimension, and that the baby Morty in these two instances is a different one than the Morty we follow. It's also possible that this is "our" Morty and Rick did come to meet him personally, but never officially returned into the rest of his family's lives until much later.
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The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized
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The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: After the Galactic Federation is kicked out of Earth, aliens are drawn-and-quartered in the school courtyard and it is considered patriotism.
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The Show Must Go On
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The Show Must Go On: Rick's and Summer's party in "Ricksy Business" hits a few speed bumps, including the entire house being accidentally teleported to an alien planet, but for the most part, everyone just keeps partying.
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Overly Long Gag: The famous "Rick and Morty forever and forever, a hundred years" moment at the end of the pilot. "WHY DID YOU EVEN ROPE ME INTO THIS??" "CUZ HE ROPED ME INTO THIS!!" "WELL, HIM OVER THERE, HE ROPED ME INTO THIS!!" "WELL HE ROPED ME INTO THIS!!" The cereal commercial in "Rixty Minutes". The fake door commercial, enough that Morty has to ask Rick to not change the channel, and then gives up on it himself. Personal space! In the first episode of season 1, Rick goes on a rant saying Rick and Morty will go on for "a hundred years". 3 years and 120 days later, when the first episode of season 3 premiered, Rick goes on another rant and mentions they've got "97 years" left to go.
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iPhony
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iPhony: The logo on Rick's laptop◊.
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My God, What Have I Done?
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My God, What Have I Done?: This hits Rick at the end of "Auto Erotic Assimilation," when Unity's note to him makes it clear that his manipulative personality ends up bringing down all of his loved ones. It's enough to make him attempt suicide. One of Morty's removed memories in "Morty's Mind Blowers" reveals that his mistaken belief that the new school guidance counselor was up to no good and resultant actions against him led the man to commit suicide, causing Morty to react like this.
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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: A character on Pregnant Baby says this when she decides she doesn't need protection since she's already pregnant.
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Eye Scream
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Eye Scream: Ants-in-my-eyes-Johnson is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
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In-Joke
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In-Joke: Rick makes a fake one referring to "Redgren Grumbholdt" at Jerry's expense, and calls Morty and Summer out when they laugh along.
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Dance Party Ending
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Dance Party Ending: A very unique one at the end of "Ricksy Business".
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Multiboobage: In "The ABCs of Beth", Jerry starts dating a Green-Skinned Space Babe named Kiara, who has three breasts.
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Mood Whiplash: Twice in "Meeseeks and Destroy". First, a Giant accidentally smashes his head and dies from the trauma, almost leading to Rick and Morty being convicted as murderers; and secondly, when Morty is almost raped in a restroom. It even cuts to Rick singing karaoke and the ridiculous Mr. Meeseeks brawl in the middle of the latter. The Stinger for "M. Night Shaym-Aliens" has Rick drunkenly enter Morty's room, telling him he's a good kid and a trooper for putting up with all the crap he's been through. A sweet, if slightly disturbing, gesture. He then pulls a knife and holds it to Morty's neck, screaming at him to tell him if he's a simulation or he'll cut his throat. After a minute of this, Rick passes out on the floor, leaving Morty confused and terrified. The A plot of "Rixty Minutes" is a series of absurd sketches improvised by the voice actors, with the framing device being that Rick has upgraded the family's cable to pick up channels from other dimensions. The B plot is the family having an existential crisis after learning of a dimension where Beth aborted the unplanned pregnancy that would have been Summer, and as a result, Beth and Jerry didn't get married and ended up with their dream jobs instead. The mood switches again when the Beth and Jerry from the alternate dimension are revealed to be unhappy in their dream jobs and still in love with each other. "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat" has this in the scene where Rick C-137 in a clone body of Wasp Rick is having dinner with the Wasp version of the Smith family. The genuinely heartwarming interactions between the family is juxtaposed with the heavy Black Comedy of them eating Caterpillar Mr. Goldenfold and his babies alive.
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Amazing Technicolor World
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Amazing Technicolor World: Several planets and alternate realities Rick and Morty visit.
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Naked People Are Funny
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Naked People Are Funny: In "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!", Rick figures out that he and Morty are being monitored by a race of aliens. The aliens also happen to be really uncomfortable with nudity, so Rick and Morty strip to have some privacy.
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Year Inside, Hour Outside
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Year Inside, Hour Outside: The nesting Pocket Dimensions in "The Ricks Must be Crazy" have time which runs progressively faster the further down you go. A period of months spent three dimensions down equates to a few hours outside. The same thing happens in "Lawnmower Dog" as a spoof of Inception, where time moves faster the deeper they go in Goldenfold's subconscious. Snuffle's All Just a Dream apocalyptic scenario at the end goes on for a year, despite everyone involved only being asleep for six hours, which Rick chalks up to the dream being measured in dog years:
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Meta Fiction
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Meta Fiction: "Never Ricking Morty" finds Rick and Morty on a very literal Story Train that represents the story-telling process. The whole episode waxes the creative story process and is aware of itself and the metaconcepts. The two eventually find themselves in conflict with the Story Lord, who attempts to break the fifth wall by taping into possible storylines that haven't happened. Morty questions if anything they're experiencing is canon, to which Rick states that it could have been. The train's story literally derails itself when it's revealed to be a toy that Morty bought from the Citadel of Rick's giftshop, which Rick is very proud to see Morty's participation in consumerism.
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Ascended Extra
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Ascended Extra: Summer started off as a recurring character in the early episodes. She has become more major to the show since "Raising Gazorpazorp", frequently becoming a trio with Rick and Morty in adventures. Beth and Jerry also rise to prominence as the series goes on, with their subplots becoming more important and each of them getting a solo adventure with Rick in Season 3 (Jerry in "The Whirly-Dirly Conspiracy" and Beth in "The ABC's of Beth"). Arguably Squanchy Cat. He appears as an almost throw-away gag for Rick's party, in which Rick seems to not know him very well. By the second season finale, it's revealed that Squanchy was a member of Rick's freedom fighters and rock band.
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Humble Goal
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Humble Goal: When Rick introduces the problem-solving Meeseeks to the family, he tells them to keep their requests simple. Summer asks to be more popular at school, and Beth asks to be a more complete woman. Trying to heed Rick's warning, Jerry just asks to take two strokes off his golf game. Guess which problems are solved easily and which one turns into a huge ordeal.
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Rule of Three
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The parallel dimensions in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind" become increasingly absurd variations on a theme, from a world where slices of pizza order human delivery, to a world where phones sit on pizza and order chair delivery on human phones, to - finally - a world where chairs sit on inanimate humans and order phone take-out on pizza. Rick and Morty even visit an Italian restaurant and purchase some edible phones for themselves.
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Status Quo Is God
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Status Quo Is God: Both averted and played straight at the end of "Rick Potion #9". After infecting the entire planet with a Body Horror virus, Rick ultimately solves the problem by taking himself and Morty to an alternate universe where their counterparts invented a successful cure for the virus and but died on the same day, so that he and Morty can take their place. Rick tells Morty not to think too hard about it all, but Morty is visibly traumatized by the events. The ending of Season 2 resulted in Earth joining the Galactic Federation. The opening of Season 3 results in Rick escaping from prison through Body Surfing his mind from his body into a GF agent, and then into another Rick who was part of an assault force tasked with killing Rick himself. He surfs from one Rick to another, eventually destroying both the Galactic Federation and the Council of Ricks in succession. Earth restores itself to normal by the end of the episode. No matter how many episodes end with Beth and Jerry rebuilding their marriage, expect it to be falling apart again by the next episode. It's played with at the end of Season 3: while Beth and Jerry do get back together and call off the divorce after spending all of Season 3 separated, seemingly playing this straight, there is also the implication that their marriage will be more solid and less unhappy in the future.
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The Many Deaths of You
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In "Edge of Tomorty", Morty uses a death crystal to see possible ways he might die, and sees that there's apparently a future that involves him ending up with Jessica and growing old with her. After an entire episode of going way too far in his efforts to make this future happen, he finds out that Jessica wants to be a hospice care worker after leaving school, and the future he saw just had her comforting him when he was old and dying without any kind of special connection to him in particular.
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Obfuscating Stupidity
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Obfuscating Stupidity: A strange example: Morty's irregular brainwaves literally obscure the normally-distinctive brain emissions that would otherwise allow the numerous multiversal governing bodies to track the various alternate selves of the mad scientist. This is at least part of the reason that every Rick hangs out with a Morty if possible, essentially hiding someone else's intelligence by the former's stupidity.
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And I Must Scream
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And I Must Scream: The Morty-Dome from "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind". Hundreds of Mortys are strapped to a huge dome and have their sides repeatably stabbed in an attempt to hide the rogue Rick who had been murdering other Ricks across realities. They can scream, and in fact their screaming is the reason why this Rick is getting away with it. What makes this worse is that our Rick acknowledges that only five Mortys and a jumper cable could achieve the same effect (and even admitted that he thought of an idea like this before), and that a Morty is behind all of this.
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In "Auto Erotic Assimilation", Rick tries to kill himself after Unity tells him that his reckless and self-destructive nature only ends up causing the people around him to suffer. The DVD commentary to the episode reveals that the chemical he drank before doing it was meant to synchronize all his parallel selves - He wasn't only trying to kill himself, but also all other versions of himself in other dimensions.
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Overthe Top Rollercoaster
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Over-the-Top Roller Coaster: The episode "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" centers on a roller coaster that exists in a theme park protected by an immortality field, meaning no one in the park can die as long as the field is operational. Aside from the fact this means the coaster can be incredibly outlandishly dangerous, it has an added threat: the apex of the highest peak actually barely extends past the immortality field, a fact utilized for an assassination attempt.
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Man Hug: Jerry and Doofus Rick part ways with one. Also Rick and Morty at the end of "Get Schwifity".
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Yo Yo Plot Point: In some episodes, Jerry and Beth's marriage is on the verge of collapse before some event in the episode brings them closer together, rekindling their interest in each other and making them determined to give their marriage another try... until the next episode shoves them back into square one and they have to work through their failing marriage all over again. "Rick Potion No. 9" also justifies the trope by having Rick and Morty jump to another dimension, where Jerry and Beth never repaired their marriage as we saw them do earlier in the episode. "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" lampshades their ever-waffling relationship and explains that they're codependent.
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
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Jerry is a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass with extra Moron and a side of Butt-Monkey who will field any Idiot Ball that is hit anywhere near him, but when his family is threatened, he can step up to the plate to keep them safe.
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Open-Minded Parent: Tammy's parents are incredibly accepting of the fact that their high school daughter is marrying a middle-aged alien. It helps that they're actually robots to help her cover identity. Beth is usually pretty okay with Morty and Summer getting involved with Rick's antics. She also defends Morty's use of a sex robot when Jerry wants to intervene, saying that would mess up his development.
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Tricked-Out Shoes: Rick gives Morty a pair of grappling shoes that will allow him to walk down a cliff. Unfortunately, Morty tries doing this before Rick tells him that they need to be turned on. Mr. Needful gives one of his customers shoes that offer superhuman speed, but they're also cursed so the user can't stop once they started, which would force them to run until they drop dead. Rick manages to remove the curse.
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Weirdness Censor: This happens quite a bit throughout the series (see Unusually Uninteresting Sight) None of the people Summer invites to the mutual house party seem at all fazed by the extra-dimensional oddities Rick keeps company with. Nor do they seem to notice the entire house has been suddenly teleported to another world or dimension. In "Pickle Rick", Rick finally shows up to family therapy still in his pickle form, while also wearing his Power Armor that's partially made up of the body parts of rats. Naturally, his family doesn't find anything weird about this, but Dr. Wong, the therapist, also doesn't act as if this is anything remotely out of the ordinary.note This could be because she's used to having some pretty "out there" patients, since many of the people that she treats have issues with eating poop, or possibly also because, by this point in the series, Earth was already temporarily part of the Galactic Federation, and after having aliens of all different kinds visiting their planet for months, a guy who's turned himself into a pickle is relatively mundane in comparison.
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Bully Hunter
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Bully Hunter: The newly beefed-up Rick and Summer become this in The Stinger to "Something Ricked This Way Comes", taking out a racist skinhead, a schoolyard bully, a Westboro protester and an animal abuser.
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Nuke 'em: In "Get Schwifty", the general constantly advocates nuking the Cromulons. When he finally manages it, it's about as effective as flicking embers into someone's beard.
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Many episode titles are based on a movie title or common phrase with "Rick" and/or "Morty" inserted into it somewhere. It is even lampshaded by Rick in one of the promos.
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Chekhov's Skill: A minor, easy to miss example, but in Season 1, Beth mentions Jerry's education in civics (and implies it was a waste of time). In Season 2, his "Cervine Institute" con exploits the jurisdiction limits of Brad's Law to let Beth save the deer's life. Morty has had to disarm Rick's neutron bombs before. (In the first episode, Rick was going to destroy humanity. Comes in handy in the third season Rick And Morty S 3 E 4 Vindicators 3 The Return Of World Ender). It is revealed that Morty carries a set of wire clippers for just this purpose.
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: One of Rick's biggest Jerkass moves in season three was manipulating Beth and Jerry into getting a divorce. Even if he's right that they're bad for each other, he makes it clear the only reason he did it was to spite Jerry for wanting to turn him into the Federation. He and Beth have a heart-to-heart later on where he offers to clone her so the original can be free to explore the universe and her dreams. Come the Season Finale, he offhandedly says that if she were a clone he'd kill her for becoming self-aware, causing her to freak out and run to Jerry, disavowing Rick once and for all. Rick brings a shotgun to kill Jerry but admits he can't do it after seeing how he messed up.
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Oh, Crap!: In "Rick Potion #9", Rick gets this when he hears it's flu season (since the potion he gave Morty will spread like wildfire if combined with the flu virus), and Morty says this word-for-word twice. "A Rickle in Time" had this, when 32 Ricks were attempting to fix 32 broken collars: Rick and everyone at the wedding reception in "The Wedding Squanchers" when Tammy reveals herself as a deep cover agent for the Galactic Federation and has the building surrounded. Morty has one of these in '"The Rickshank Redemption" When Rick is ranting about how he got rid of Jerry and the government because Jerry threatened to turn Rick in.
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What Were They Selling Again?
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What Were They Selling Again?: Discussed in "Rixty Minutes" after a very confusing ad for "Turbulent Juice" featuring hordes of shirtless men.
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Immediate Sequel: Interestingly played with for the second season relative to the first. This is averted for Rick, Morty, and Summer, for whom six months have passed between the two seasons; however, since they "froze time" for the rest of the world and it's remained frozen during that six months, this is played straight for everybody else once they un-freeze it, since from their perspective, no time has passed and they're not even aware that anything happened at all.
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Informed Flaw: Morty being an idiot. While he's not on Rick's level, to be sure, Morty seldom does anything that could genuinely be called stupid. In fact, in Season 3 we establish both that he's smart enough NOT to mess around with alien devices when he clearly doesn't know what they do AND has taught himself how to disarm Neutrino bombs that Rick makes while black-out drunk.
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Catchphrase
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Catchphrase: Parodied with Rick's "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!".Birdperson later tells Morty that this saying translates to "I am in great pain. Please help me." As of the season 1 finale, his new catchphrase is "I don't give a f***". He also has a fondness for saying "It's gonna be great!" when talking about his inventions. "And away we go!" should probably also qualify. (In Universe) "You don't know me!" Mrs. Pancakes in her self-titled series. With power running low, some of the computer simulations are reduced to one sentence Catch phrases like 'Yes!' And 'My Man!'. Later parodied in "Total Rickall" when we see a string of Rick's "really weird made-up sounding catchphrases", which are a series of strange Non Sequiturs such as "AIDS!" , "Shum shum shlippidy-dop!", "Graaaaaassss... tastes bad!" and "BURGER TIME!" The context of the scene would lead the viewer to assume that they're the result of the memory-tampering parasites, except that the none of the flashbacks feature the parasites and none of them seem to be pleasant memories, meaning Rick really does have these catchphrases even if they've never appeared on screen before, or since (although he re-uses "Riki-tiki-tavi" and "And that's the way the news goes" in the last part of the episode, after all the parasites have been exterminated).
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Be Careful What You Wish For
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Be Careful What You Wish For: Mr. Needful's store offers magical items that ultimately screw people over (for example, cologne that makes you irresistible to women while making you impotent). Rick ends up starting a business where he removes curses with science.
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Extreme Doormat: Downplayed by Morty - he may put up with a lot of crap from Rick with little to no objection, but he does have his limits, as he shows in the very first episode before any Character Development.
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Though there's possible Fridge Brilliance with that: since it's been stated that Rick hates himself more than anyone else, that could be why he favors the grandkid who's less like him.
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Abusive Parents: Due to the above-mentioned species divide, Morty accidentally became one in "Raising Gazorpazorp", as chronicled in his half-alien son's book My Horrible Father. Beth and Jerry aren't necessarily abusive, more neglectful. They didn't pay their children much attention when they were babies, one reason could be because they became parents so young. Jerry tries a little harder at being a good parent than Beth. Jerry also mentions how "they can't all be raised like reptiles by a mentally ill scientist" suggesting that Rick may have been this to Beth when she was a child. He was neglectful of her, to the point where she would draw him into family pictures with a crayon. However, this is turned back on Beth when Rick shows her the box of inventions she specifically asked him for. Some highlights include stickers that cause amnesia, shoes that make no sound (for sneaking up on people), and a sentient switchblade. Rick mentions that Beth was a "scary kid" and that he did everything he could to limit her interactions with other people. He fully admits his inability to be a good parent, but makes Beth take some responsibility for her own actions.
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Fate Worse than Death
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Fate Worse than Death: This is the punishment that the Council of Ricks has in mind for a rogue Rick believed to be responsible for a murder spree.
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Just a Flesh Wound: Rick gets shot in the liver with his laser pistol and yet seems pretty good to go. A few scenes later he puts some science gunk on the wound, which apparently heals it.
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Spoof Aesop: In "Raising Gazorpazorp" Summer saves the day with a seemingly-heartfelt speech that amounts to "Straight men are terrible, but gay men are alright." It only works because the Gazorpazorpians are brutally sexist against men (understandably so given the ways their sexual dimorphism differs from humans, but still).
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SexBot
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Sex Bot: Rick buys one for Morty in "Raising Gazorpazorp". As it turns out, the robot is actually a Gazorpian breeding chamber that results in a half-human half-Gazorpian baby.
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Moral Myopia: Beth spent years putting Jerry down because she thought she was better than him, but was very offended when she found out she was holding him back as well. The entire family is this to Jerry to the point where they come across as Holier Than Thou, due to the fact that they repeatedly call him out for his mistakes despite making those same mistakes themselves. Season 4 has an example of Morty Calling the Old Man Out in The "Old Man And The Seat" for creating a phone app with Rick’s temp even though he was warned not to. Yet Morty "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot of "Rattlestar Ricklactica" if he had both stayed in the car like he was told, and ignored the dead snake astronaut.
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Adjective Animal Alehouse: Maybe. Depends if you could the moving steps in "Meeseeks and Destroy" as animals.
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Squick: So, so often. Some examples: Morty and Rick have this reaction in-universe when Summer appears in BDSM gear and acts seductively towards them in Mr. Goldenfold's dream world in "Lawnmower Dog". Any time Rick appears completely in the nude, doubling as Fan Disservice, such as in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" and "Rest and Ricklaxation". In "The Ricklantis Mixup", one of the businesses in "Mortytown" is a strip club called the The Creepy Morty. The only denizens of Mortytown are, well, Mortys. So, this is a strip club where Mortys dance...for other Mortys.
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Everyone Has Standards: Rick's morality is pretty loose, but occasionally he finds his limits: Despite outscamming the Zigerians, Rick was genuinely affected by their mind tricks and especially their imitating Morty. The Stinger shows him still sort of reeling from the deception. In "Rick Potion No. 9", Rick calls Morty a little creep for wanting to use a love potion on his crush. He even compares it to roofies. Morty, however, answers back by noting Rick still agreed to make it for him, and the only protest he raised back then was that he considered it a waste of his of time and talents. In "Look Who's Purging Now," Rick gets excited to see some "purge" carnage, but something off-screen disgusts him so much that he regrets watching. In "Rickmancing the Stone", Rick repeatedly tries to avoid telling Morty why they're bothering to stick around in the dimension they're visiting...until Morty points out that Rick is about to eat cooked human flesh in his efforts to do so and asks if it's really worth that. Rick decides that it's not, and just tells Morty what's going on.
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Genius Serum: This is heavily implied to be the case with Mega Seeds, and that they are the main source for Rick's Super Intelligence.
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Widget Series
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Widget Series: The show explores some well worn sci-fi tropes and warps them to hell and back. The Interdimensional Cable channels take the trope to crazy extremes themselves.
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Take That!
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Take That!: Rick says that a chorus of Morties screaming in agony is better to listen to than Mumford & Sons. In "Lawnmower Dog", Rick tells Morty that entering dreams will be just like Inception, except "it'll make sense." Rick's big rigged escape area in "Vindicators 3" is very blatantly a Saw reference. When Morty points this out, Rick initially denies it and replies "I'm a drunk, not a hack." Then his drunk self contradicts him. The Vindicators episode itself is one long, rather mean-spirited "screw you" to the superhero genre in general, peppered with plenty of vitriolic jabs that would make Garth Ennis proud. According to "Something Ricked This Way Comes", Mark Zuckerberg's name is literally synonymous with betrayal. "Rest and Ricklaxation" fired off a subtle blink-and-you-miss it one at the Sbarro pizza restaurant chain. When the Earth is "toxified" (i.e. making everyone act on their worst traits and impulses), patrons of Salad Works leave the restaurant and enter Sbarro instead, and the lone Sbarro patron leaves the store and eats out of the dumpster. In "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat", Rick complains that Morty has taken all of his normal Meeseeks boxes and left him with only Kirkland-brand boxes. The Meeseeks spawned by the Kirkland boxes are red instead of blue, rude and surly instead of polite and cheerful, and smoke cigarettes. "Rattlestar Ricklactica" is a scathing and over the top satire of the Terminator franchise. Having learned the secrets of time travel, the alien snakes start indiscriminately sending countless assassins and bodyguards into various points in the past, causing chaos in the space time continuum to the point where the Time Police have to intervene.
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Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Most of the human characters (and even some exceptions therein) place their sexual priorities a little too high. To give some perspective, Rick is one of the lightest examples on the show, and he spent almost the entirety of "Auto-Erotic Assimilation" having an orgy involving, among other things, a giraffe, a hang-glider, and a football field covered with redheads and the stadium seats filled with guys that look like Rick's dad. This trope is discussed to hilarious length in "Interdimensional Cable 2" when Jerry is approached by alien surgeons who want him to donate his penis to save the life of an important alien political figure, which of course leads to one of the greatest lines in cartoon history:
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Noodle Implements: In "Auto-Erotic Assimilation", Rick tells Unity that he wants to perform a sex act involving a hang-glider, a crotchless Uncle Sam costume, and a football stadium full of redheads and men who look like his father. Becomes subverted when we get to see what these are used for shortly afterwards. The plumbus and its creation are nothing but inexplicable noodle instruments.
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A Mistake Is Born: Jerry and Beth only got married because they accidentally conceived Summer when they were teenagers.
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Dysfunctional Family: Rick is an alcoholic sociopath, Morty is a neurotic teenager who gets broken several times, Jerry is hopelessly insecure, Beth is thinking about leaving him and is slowly regretting marrying him, and Summer is starting to feel unwanted. Even worse than the Simpson family.
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In "Rick Potion #9", Rick calls Morty out for using a love potion to force a girl to fall in love with him, at one point comparing it to roofies. But Morty fires back by noting that Rick still made it for him (and his only initial objection was that it was a waste of his talents), while also noting that Rick wound up turning the whole planet into David Cronenberg-ian monstrosities through his own carelessness and a lot of bizarre assumptions in regards to biology.
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Ambiguously Absent Parent: The whereabouts of Beth’s mother have not been given a proper explanation. Rick has implied that his marriage to her was not stable, and that they did separate before his disappearance. Beth sheds a tear in "Pilot" when Rick tells her that he wishes her mother was present to eat the family’s breakfast, but it is never confirmed if Beth’s mother is actually dead. In “The Rickshank Redemption”, Rick is shown a memory in which a woman named Diane is his wife as well as Beth’s mother, and she is killed in it; however, this specific memory was fabricated by Rick to fool his interrogator, so Diane may not even have existed. The cover artist for the comic book adaptation has created a character named “Bonnie Sinclair”, who fills the role of Beth's mother in several illustrations, but it is not known if she will ever appear on the show.
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Dramatic Ellipsis: In "Lawnmower Dog", when Rick and Morty go from the completed A Plot to the developing B Plot.
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Girl of the Week
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Girl of the Week: While Morty's main Love Interest is Jessica, and she's usually the target of his affection in episodes that focus on his love life, he has occasionally shown interest in other girls too. With the exception of Arthricia in "Look Who's Purging Now" (for whom his crush is unrequited), he actually has managed to score with most of these girls, including Annie in "Anatomy Park", Stacey and Jacqueline in "Rest and Ricklaxation"note (albeit as "Healthy Morty", with part of his normal personality removed), and a mermaid in "The Ricklantis Mixup." (And, depending on whether or not you count it or not, "Gwendolyn" the non-sentient sexbot/breeding chamber in "Raising Gazorpazorp"). Summer also has a possibly on-again-off-again sometime-boyfriend named Ethan (with their relationship really only shown in two or three episodes), but she gets some of these, as well. She's shown to have a crush on Frank Palicky in the pilot, has a brief relationship of some kind with her boss (the actual Devil) in "Something Ricked This Way Comes", gets together with and even marries Hemorrhage (before divorcing him) in "Rickmancing the Stone", and has a whole slew of these(thanks to a dating app), male and female, in "The Old Man and the Seat". Rick usually doesn't bother with romance since it distracts him from his work, but he does get Unity, a New Old Flame whom he gets back together with, and who then later leaves him again, in "Auto Erotic Assimilation".
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Ink-Suit Actor
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Ink-Suit Actor: When Tricia Helfer and James Callis show up for the season 2 finale, they're voicing characters who are dead ringers for their most famous previous roles. As an added bonus, they turn out to be homicidal cyborgs. Jerry and Beth also strongly resemble their own actors.
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Impossible Pickle Jar: Jerry's inability to open a jar results in Rick giving him the Meeseeks box, sparking the B-plot of "Meeseeks and Destroy".
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Aerith and Bob
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Aerith and Bob: Generally justified due to the many alien species in the series obviously having different cultures from Earth.
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The Multiverse
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The Multiverse: Rick exploited this in "Rick Potion No. 9" by simply slipping into one universe where he and Morty suddenly died after curing the Cronenbergs. Apparently, he hasn't managed to find very many universes where they both died in such a way that everything's okay afterward. There's an entire group of alternate Ricks who have banded together to form a society known as the Council of Ricks. However, the Rick we know refuses to be affiliated with them. This refusal to join the Council makes "our" Rick the "Rickiest Rick there is." By default, that makes Morty the "Mortiest Morty."
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It Makes Sense in Context
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Rick says that a chorus of Morties screaming in agony is better to listen to than Mumford & Sons.
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Backstory Invader: "Total Rickall" is an elaborate Deconstructive Parody of Remember the New Guy?, featuring tons of never-before-seen characters whom our protagonists insist have always been on the show, but only because they've been conditioned to think so via telepathy; the new characters are actually a species of shapeshifting parasites who can implant Fake Memories in their hosts, convincing the hosts that the parasites are long-time friends who have always been around. Rick and the gang eventually figure out how to tell a parasite masquerading as a friend from an actual friend: the parasites can only create happy, pleasant memories, whereas real relationships generally contain a mix of both pleasant and unpleasant experiences. And then that idea is deconstructed when the gang starts killing everyone in the room that they have no negative memories of and end up shooting a real friend by mistake, whom the cast have no negative memories of not because he's a parasite, but because he was just that great a guy. The post-credits scene, however, shows that he actually survived the incident.
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Sadistic Choice: In "Morty's Mind Blowers", at one point a villain held Beth, Morty, and Summer hostage, and told Beth it would spare one of her children, but she had to choose. Without even thinking about it, she immediately blurts out Summer with absolute certainty. Rick shows up at the last minute to kill the villain, but apparently the experience was so traumatizing for Morty that he begged Rick to erase the memory.
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Robot War
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Robot War: The show briefly reveals one called the Robolution is ongoing in a region of the galaxy called the Midland Quasar, and was initially making it's Last Stand. Rick arrives to search for a specific robot who has information on the location of one of his enemies, and in the process kills so many lizard soldiers that they surrender to the Robots.
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Hard Truth Aesop
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Hard Truth 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". 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. Renegade Cut makes the case that the show's overriding themes are "kindness really is weakness" and "intelligence justifies cruelty."
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Berserk Button: Don't eat Eyeholes cereal unless you want the Eyehole Man to show up and beat the hell out of you. Rick does not take betrayal well at all, as Gearhead found out. Morty hates being called a terrible person, especially if he's done nothing wrong.
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Forced Perspective: In "The Wedding Squanchers," the family's first selection for a new home planet looks very Earth-like from a distance... until Rick tries to get closer and bonks the spaceship into the planet, revealing that it is much closer and much smaller than they realized.
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Perfectly Cromulent Word
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Perfectly Cromulent Word: Morty protests that "schwifty" isn't an actual word.
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Used to Be a Sweet Kid
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Used to Be a Sweet Kid: If Rick's younger clone can be considered, Rick was cheerful and nice in his younger days. No doubt the horrors he was exposed to later in life made him into what he is as an old man.
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Overnight Age-Up
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Overnight Age-Up: Male Gazorpians reach adulthood in one day. Being half-human, Morty Jr. goes through typical human stages of growing up, including teen rebellion, in that time span. By The Stinger of the same episode, Morty Jr. has grey hair and has written a bestselling novel, whereas none of the other characters have aged nearly so far.
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The Theme Park Version
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The Theme Park Version: Played with in "Anatomy Park". The "Pirates of the Pancreas" ride is a ride through a pancreas with pirates, but Rick claims that they don't whitewash it and the pirates are "really rapey". Rick is proud of that ride, since it was his own creation. "The Rickchurian Mortydate" later reveals that Rick is afraid of pirates, so it was probably supposed to be his "scary ride."
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Anti-Hero
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Anti-Hero: Rick just barely has enough humanity left in him to avoid being a Villain Protagonist.
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Fictional Currency
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Fictional Currency: The schmeckle. Twenty-five of them are enough for a boob job or a ride down some very tall stairs, and a sackful can bail a village out of poverty. According to Dan Harmon during a Reddit AMA, he said a schmeckle is worth roughly 148 USD. The flurbo. Three-thousand of them is enough for two humans to spend an entire afternoon at Blips and Chitz! The blemflarp. The cure to a highly infectious disease that you could call "space AIDS" is worth billions of them. The repbul. A plumbus is apparently worth six repbuls.
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Viral Transformation: In "Rick Potion #9", Rick's attempt to cure everyone of Morty's love potion turned them into Mantis Men. His attempt to cure everyone of that turned them into "Cronenbergs".
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With Due Respect
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With Due Respect: "Rick, with all due respect—what am I saying? What respect is due?"
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Womb Level
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Womb Level: All of Anatomy Park, which exists inside of a homeless man named Reuben. The main attraction of the park happens to be all of Reuben's many diseases.
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Atlantis Is Boring
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Atlantis Is Boring: A meta version. The writers don't bother following Rick and Morty on their trip to Atlantis, instead going to the Citadel of Ricks to find more interesting stories for the episode. Rick and Morty seem to enjoy their trip, though, and even managed to find a way around the Mermaid Problem while they were there.
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"Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate" features the TV show "Man vs. Car", in which a man tries to fight a car. The man is quickly run over, and the chuckling announcer asks, "Wouldn't the cars always win?"
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What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?
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In the same episode, Weekend At Dead Cat Lady's House II is rated G.
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In "Meeseeks and Destroy", Rick and Morty are about to be sent to Giant Prison. Rick bemoans that, if someone drops the soap, it will land on them and crush their spines. It would be real easy to rape them, then.
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Show Within a Show
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Show Within a Show: Pregnant Baby The Life and Times of Mrs. Pancakes (Rick's a fan, but a season behind watching). There are loads of these in the episode "Rixty Minutes," and again in "Interdimensional Cable 2."
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Big
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Big "NO!": Rick lets one out in the season 2 finale when Tammy shoots Birdperson to death. Also, from "Total Rickall" when Rick sees the room full of parasites: Past!Rick lets one loose in the season 3 premiere when his wife and daughter are killed. This is soon followed up with one from the Galactic Federation agent when he realizes Rick has tricked him and the rest of the Federation.
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Hobos
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Hobos: Reuben from "Anatomy Park" is one. Justified since you don't agree to have a theme park built inside you if your life is going great, though he is a more modern variant.
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Irony
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Irony: The Council of Ricks wanted to escape the government, so they "became a freakin' government" themselves. "Our" Rick lampshades the hypocrisy. Rick favors Morty over Summer despite genuinely caring for both, but it is shown several times that he actually has more in common with his granddaughter than with his grandson. Though there's possible Fridge Brilliance with that: since it's been stated that Rick hates himself more than anyone else, that could be why he favors the grandkid who's less like him. There's also a pragmatic reason for this favoritism: Morty's "dumb" brainwaves "cancel out" Rick's "smart" brainwaves, thus hiding Rick when Morty is with him from those who might try to pursue him. Since Summer is apparently much more intelligent than Morty, she would be far less effective in this regard.
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No, You
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No, You: When Jerry and Beth are packing away Rick's stuff, he tells them that they shouldn't be messing with it because it's beyond their reasoning. Jerry retorts "YOU'RE beyond our reasoning!", and Rick counters with "Takes one to know one!"
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Satan
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Despite the fact that he's personally met Satan and a few demons, Rick is still a Hollywood Atheist. Although "Rickle in Time" gives us the "No atheists in a foxhole" gag, where Prayer Is a Last Resort is immediately laughed off when things start going the right way.
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Hope Spot
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Also recurring are Hope Spots between Morty and Jessica, which usually result in the moment being ruined by Rick's doing.
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Aesop Amnesia
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Aesop Amnesia: When Mr. Goldenfold became impotent from his woman-attracting Deal with the Devil, he learned a lesson about lust and hubris, but when Rick then cures his impotence, leaving him with no negative side effects, he instantly runs home with two armfuls of ladies, screaming, "I haven't learned a thing!"
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Ass Shove: Rick makes Morty shove two mega-seeds up his ass so that he can smuggle them through inter-dimensional customs. One alternate dimension is populated entirely by hamsters who live inside people's butts. It's pretty ambiguous if the people are even living things, since they seem to function like mobile homes. However, the post-credits stinger shows the family visiting the "Hamster in Butts" dimension, where a hamster helpfully shows a diagram of the arrangement. The 'people' are in fact just empty puppets where the hamsters live. The people are like cars or houses, and do not seem to have separate identities. In "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", when viewing photographs of the murders of 27 other versions of Rick, one of the Ricks was killed by having his head literally shoved up his ass.
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Yank the Dog's Chain
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Yank the Dog's Chain: Done with Jerry in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens", where he has the perfect day and wins an award right before Rick comes in and reveals that the whole thing has just been one giant simulation. When Jerry tries starting off his next day the same way in real life, it stops as soon as it started in the simulation. Also happens to Morty in "Lawnmower Dog" when Rick shows up to reveal the life of luxury he had been living as Snuffles' pet was just part of a dream. In "Edge of Tomorty", Morty uses a death crystal to see possible ways he might die, and sees that there's apparently a future that involves him ending up with Jessica and growing old with her. After an entire episode of going way too far in his efforts to make this future happen, he finds out that Jessica wants to be a hospice care worker after leaving school, and the future he saw just had her comforting him when he was old and dying without any kind of special connection to him in particular.
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Nice Guy
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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".
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Non-Standard Character Design
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Non-Standard Character Design: The characters in the "Strawberry Smiggles" commercial have regular-looking cartoon pupils instead of the weird squiggly things all the other characters have.
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Unfulfilled Purpose Misery
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Unfulfilled Purpose Misery: The Meeseeks box summons a creature called Mr. Meeseeks, who obeys one command of their summoner before disappearing. If the task is too hard or takes too long (in this case, helping Jerry get better at golf), they start breaking down but still can't disappear until it's done, so they might find alternate solutions like summoning more Meeseeks or killing their summoner.
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Big Damn Movie
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Big Damn Movie: A game, in this case. Episode one of the game has Rick be fully aware that the sudden problem that starts the plot makes no sense.
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Stronger Than They Look
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Stronger Than They Look: Summer proves to be a pretty good shot with a laser pistol in "Total Rickall." In fact, once she starts going on adventures with Rick, she proves to be a competent fighter anytime they're forced to battle. Invoked with Beth a few times. She is shown kicking just as much Cronenberg ass as Jerry in "Rick Potion #9" and again in "ABC's of Beth" as she walks back into the garage liberally soaked with blood.
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Insane Troll Logic
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Insane Troll Logic: In-Universe. Drunk Rick's second puzzle in "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender" asks the Vindicators to choose a location that they would "never visit"; naturally, they assume he means a place with which they have a dark history. The answer is Israel, and the Vindicators would indeed never go there...because, since they're not from Earth, they don't know what that is.
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Professional Killer
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One not from the antagonists is from Krombopulous Michael, an alien Professional Killer who hands out cards that can be used to track him. Fittingly, it ends up being the cause of his demise.
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Real Trailer, Fake Movie
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Real Trailer, Fake Movie: One episode had a trailer for "Alien Invasion Tomato Monster Mexican Armada Brothers Who Are Just Regular Brothers Running In A Van From An Asteroid And All Sorts Of Things: The Movie", alternatively titled "Two Brothers." In that same episode, a trailer for "Weekend at Dead Cat Lady's House II", written and directed by Alternate Universe Jerry.
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Fan Disservice
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Fan Disservice: Rick wearing BDSM gear in the Dream World in "Lawnmower Dogs". A lingerie-clad Summer jiggling her breasts and hitting on Rick and Morty in the same scene. In general, anytime we get a Full-Frontal Assault from Rick (which is always accompanied by his dick being pixelated out), but especially in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", where he's not only totally naked, but also drenched in blood from killing his own clones with an axe, and proceeds to spend the rest of the episode like this.
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Enemy Without
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Enemy Without: The marriage counselors at Nuptia 4 use a device which manifests the user's unconscious perception of their partner into a living, breathing monster. Jerry's perception of Beth manifests as a giant, Xenomorph-like beast while Beth's perception of Jerry manifests as a pathetic slug-like creature. The two end up working together to escape and cause havoc due to the Smith's codependent relationship. Another case comes up when Rick and Morty visit an alien spa in "Rest and Ricklaxation" and undergo a mental detoxification, which literally removes the worst parts of their personalities (or, at least, what they consider to be the worst parts), manifesting them as physical copies of the pair with all their negative traits cranked up to 11. Toxic Rick soon tries to murder his detoxified counterpart.
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Musical Spoiler
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Musical Spoiler: At the end of "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", The Reveal that Evil Morty was actually behind the events of the episode is punctuated by Blonde Redhead's "For the Damaged Coda" playing in the background. In "The Ricklantis Mixup", this same song starts playing again moments before it's officially revealed that Evil Morty is the true identity of the newly-elected President Morty.
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Piss Take Rap
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Piss Take Rap: "Flu Hatin' Rap" from "Rick Potion #9".
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: Has its own page.
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Rage Breaking Point
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In "Look Who's Purging Now", Rick and Morty have Summer send each of them a set of this so they can defend themselves from the Purgers trying to kill them. Unfortunately, Morty hits his Rage Breaking Point and gets a little kill-happy with his, forcing Rick to knock him out. Rick then lets Arthricia borrow Morty's armor, and the two of them use it to slaughter the rich people who orchestrate the yearly Purges.
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ComedicSociopath
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Comedic Sociopath: Rick definitely fits this, although it is implied he is more empathetic than he lets on and his sociopathic tendencies are some sort of defense mechanism.
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Formula for the Unformulable
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Formula for the Unformulable: Rick has worked out a mathematical proof that both Morty and Summer are "pieces of shit" and is all too pleased to wheel out the whiteboard to show off his work.
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Hot Witch
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The wizard from "Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty", before his final confrontation with the slut dragons, emerges from what seems a medieval portable toilet, hastily closing his robe, while in the toilet there's some kind of magical mirror that apparently shows a Hot Witch.
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Einstein Hair
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Einstein Hair: Rick's. In fact, his 'do causes the Time Police to mistake the real Einstein for Rick from just seeing the back of his head. They give Einstein a beat-down and warn him not to mess with time, apparently inspiring him to create his famous E=MC^2 formula out of spite.
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Body Backup Drive
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Body Backup Drive: Rick attempts this in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez". He deems the experiment a failure after this teenage body, dubbed Tiny Rick, compartmentalizes Rick's true personality, leaving only his hedonistic urges. After he returns to his old body, he dubs "Project Phoenix" a failure and proceeds to kill off the various clone bodies he made. With an axe. While naked. However, this is later reused in the episode Edge of Tomorty: Rick, Die, Rickpeat. Just because C-137 Rick considered Project Phoenix to be a failure, he isn't the only Rick to think of it and he seems to be the only Rick that considered it a failure. This becomes a plot point in the episode, as Rick Body Surfs through different dimensions, using the various backups.
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Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?
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Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: At the end of "Something Ricked" Rick and Summer get their revenge on Mr. Needful by bulking up and beating the shit out of him in front of thousands of people at the n33dful.com product launch.
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Seen It All
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Seen It All: Rick was already in this territory well before the series started. Over the course of the series, Morty gradually becomes this more and more as well: When Summer accidentally sort of causes a race war between two groups of aliens (who look exactly alike, nipple shapes aside) in "Auto Erotic Assimilation", she is horrified. Morty, however, just chuckles and says "Oh, Summer. First race war, huh?" In "Pickle Rick", when Morty sees that Rick has turned himself into a pickle, he isn't particularly impressed or amazed by it (much to Rick's annoyance), and instead is just trying to figure out why Rick would bother with this. "Vindicators 3" has Morty able to correctly guess the answers to Drunk Rick's questions and disarm his neutrino bombs. In fact, he's apparently disarmed so many of them by this point that he knows that there's a 40% chance of it being a dud anyway. In "The ABCs of Beth", when introduced to Jerry's new girlfriend Kiara, Morty is familiar with her culture and able to greet her in her native language.
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Serial Escalation
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Serial Escalation: The parallel dimensions in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind" become increasingly absurd variations on a theme, from a world where slices of pizza order human delivery, to a world where phones sit on pizza and order chair delivery on human phones, to - finally - a world where chairs sit on inanimate humans and order phone take-out on pizza. Rick and Morty even visit an Italian restaurant and purchase some edible phones for themselves. Arguably the entire show, on a high concept sci-fi scale. The first episode starts with the most ridiculous thing being that Rick has created a flying car from garage junk, and introduces the concept of the multiverse. By episode six of the first season, the titular characters have replaced alternate universe versions of themselves who managed to solve a problem our Rick and Morty couldn't, and also coincidentally died around the same time. The Citadel of Ricks in Episode 10 escalates this even further, and by the beginning of Season 2 we're in full-blown mind-fuck territory, if we weren't there already. And it escalates further from there.
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Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic
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Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Averted. Characters surprisingly speak in a realistic manner, filled with stutters, mumbling, and belching. Some of the alternate-dimension TV especially falls into this, with Harmon and Roiland improvising it on the spot.
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Cassandra Did It
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Cassandra Did It: The Parasites try to use this to make it seem like Rick is the Parasite due to his own zany wacky personality and incredibly vague backstory. Beth starts to believe them despite the fact that Rick is her father.
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This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!
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In "Lawnmower Dog", Scary Terry constantly ends his sentence with "bitch!"
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