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An Adult Swim original series created by Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty premiered in 2013, based on a series of bizarre Back to the Future parodies.

The protagonists are the eponymous Rick Sánchez, a super intelligent but perpetually drunk mix of Mad Scientist and Byronic Hero; and Morty, his more level headed but Hormone-Addled Teenager grandson. The series itself follows Rick dragging Morty on outlandish adventures across The Multiverse, much to the ire of Morty's parents who view Rick as a bad influence...

In 2015, Oni Comics began publishing a comic book series based on the show.
Tropes used in Rick and Morty include:
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: If there was but one trope to define Morty...
  • A God Am I: Rick claims to have worked his way into the god business.
  • Aborted Arc: The first few episodes hint that Morty has some kind of learning disability but it's quickly dropped.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: In Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind, Rick loves that one of Evil Rick's henchman laughs at his zingers. Much to his dismay, that's just a random noise it makes every ten seconds, unrelated to the jokes.
  • All for Nothing: By the end of Season 3, all of Rick's attempts to change the family dynamic come undone, largely thanks to his own selfishness and lack of impulse control, and Beth outright says that they're back to the Season 1 dynamic.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The ABC's of Beth ends with Rick saying that he can create a clone of Beth that's identical in every way, and that can be remotely terminated, that will live her life while she's off exploring the galaxy. In The Rickchurian Mortydate, an innocent statement by Summer causes Beth to question if she's the clone. Rick says she's not a clone but as Morty points out, what else would someone tell a clone in that situation?
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In Tales From the Citadel, Evil Morty becomes the Citadel's new President.
  • Batman Gambit: The whole point of One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty was so Morty would realize how cliché his heist script was and that he'd back off from pitching it to Netflix.
  • Become Their Own Antithesis: Rick accuses the Citadel of Ricks of this. They wanted to escape the government so they became a government of their own. Candidate/Evil Morty reiterates this belief in Tales From the Citadel, noting that most versions of Rick who fled to the Citadel of Ricks have had to become working class men, never being allowed to use their genius.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Ice-T is actually Water-T. He was frozen and banished from his homeworld for not caring about anything.
  • Body Backup Drive: Operation: Phoenix.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Happens quite frequently.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Jerry Smith, full stop.
    • Morty.
    • Revolio Clockberg Jr., otherwise known as "Gearhead", seems to take a good amount of shit whenever he shows up.
  • Byronic Hero: Rick. Unquestionably brilliant but powerfully passionate and unable to control his impulses or properly connect with others.
  • Casual Interstellar Travel: Very casual. Ships that can traverse the galaxy in mere hours are no more expensive than a second-hand car and about the same size.
  • City of Adventure: The Citadel of Ricks.
  • The Corrupter: Rick to Morty in Season 3. Rick manages to beautifully shoot himself in the foot in the finale however and Morty quickly realizes that being like Rick leads to nothing be trouble and loneliness.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: The Multiverse is a beautiful place but it's filled with creatures and horrors far beyond human comprehension whose power humanity cannot combat against.
  • Crapsack World: The default universe type is apparently "fascist dystopia."
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Rick's opinion on Crocubot. Half-cold unfeeling machine, half-cold unfeeling reptile.
  • Dirty Old Man:
    • Rick is openly pansexual.
    • Mr. Goldenfold has sexual fantasies about Summer and has shown reception to Morty fondling him.
  • Dyson Sphere: The Cromulans built one around their sun.
  • Eagle Land: The Season 3 finale deconstructs this trope, with Rick noting that America's need to be the Big Man on Campus. The President even outright says that the office of the President can't co-exist with powerful entities that won't submit to it.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first episode has:
    • Rick's stutter and belching being more pronounced.
    • The Portal Gun having a charge.
    • The Galactic Federation has interdimensional portals. Later episodes would make clear that the Federation lacks this technology and acquiring it is one of the main reasons that they're warring with Rick.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When Rick sees that King Jellybean tried to rape Morty, he goes into full Tranquil Fury mode.
  • Evil Counterpart:
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: As far as Rick is concerned, every universe is this. It's not even clear if Reality C-137 was Rick's original reality.
  • Gambit Pileup: One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty.
  • Great Offscreen War: The Gear Wars.
  • Honey Trap: Tammy to Bird Person.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Morty.
  • Kangaroo Court: The Council of Ricks. To their credit, they don't even bother trying to hide it.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Jerry, Rick, and Risotto in The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy. Justified though. One has to stay in the field to stay in a euphoric state.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • "Most timelines have a Rick and most Ricks have a Morty."
    • Whether Rick is a shrimp, a teddy bear, or a wasp, his house still looks exactly the same.
    • The Snake Planet, despite being populated by snakes, is identical to Earth in every major way. They had their own versions of Hitler, Abraham Lincoln, and Back to the Future.
  • Informed Flaw: It's often said that Morty is really dumb but he's quite good at Indy Ploys. When he spends more time around Rick, he also picks things up quickly yet is still regarded as only slightly more intelligent than Jerry.
  • It's All About Me: Beth.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Rick has such a device. Its usage forms the basis of the plot of Morty's Mind Blowers as Morty shifts through all the trauma that he's had Rick cut out or the cut out moments that make Rick look bad.
  • Literal Split Personality: Toxic Rick and Toxic Morty. The machine removed the toxic aspects of their personality alright.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • Rick really shows this off in M. Night Shaym-Aliens!
    • Evil Morty is also quite good at it.
  • The Multiverse: Shows up constantly. The main Rick and Morty are from universe C-137.
  • Mysterious Past:
    • Rick. Beth describes his backstory as "incredibly vague."
    • Evil/Candidate Morty denies answering what reality he comes from and where his Rick is.
  • Never My Fault: Beth in a nutshell, placing the blame for every problem in their marriage on Jerry. When they briefly divorce in Season 3, she blames her kids and Rick. Summer even lampshades this in Total Rickall.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Ever heard of Revolio Clockberg Jr.? He's more commonly called "Gearhead."
  • Our Presidents Are Different: The President is visually based off of Barack Obama but is President Buffoon.
  • Planet of Steves: The Citadel of Ricks. Full of Ricks and Mortys.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: In the Season 4 opener, Rick refers to the Crystal Poachers, who illegally mine Death Crystals, as low-life scavengers. When Morty asks what they makes them, as they were mining Death Crystals, Rick answers, in a "duh" tone of voice, that they're Rick and Morty.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Rick. He's tried to go legitimate but it's just not his style.
  • Replacement Goldfish: With an infinite number of universes, there are an infinite amount of Smith families to slide into. Rick even notes in the Season 3 premiere that the Summer that Riq IV is holding hostage isn't even his original Summer.
  • Robot War: The robots wage one against the Lizards in The Old Man and the Seat. Needing information to find out who used his private bathroom, Rick ends it in the robots' favour.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Dr. Xenon Bloom. The train could be run on automatic. He tries to board but the E.coli swarm rip him apart.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Happens every time that magic is brought into the series.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Justified. Regardless of Rick's intelligence, he's unreliable, boorish, sadistic, and overall just a Jerkass so the Vindicators don't want to call him.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: Summer gets a job there in Something Ricked This Way Comes.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: How Jerry views Rick.
  • Thinking Up Portals: The portal gun.
  • This Was His True Form: The Memory Parasites.
  • Time Police: They look like testicles and are all Angry Black Men.
  • Time Travel Episode: Rattlestar Ricklactica. Rick lampshades it.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In Rattlestar Ricklactica, the family has a moment of horrified realization that yes, it is possible for Jerry to screw up wearing shoes.
  • Took a Level In Dumbass: Jerry wasn't exactly a genius in Season 1 but he was still reasonably intelligent. By Season 3, he's bordering on Too Dumb to Live.
  • Took a Level In Jerkass: Morty becomes quite irritable in Season 3 when exposed to Rick 24/7. Thankfully he realizes this by the end.
  • Twenty Minutes Into the Future: The US government has some tech that can fight Rick on a reasonably equal footing.
  • Ungovernable Galaxy: The galaxy is full of galactic terrorists, sub-galactic dictators, alien mobs, Eldritch Abominations, and Rick who is probably more dangerous than all of them put together. The Federation does fight them; and aside from Rick, they seem quite good at it; but it's also a People's Republic of Tyranny that's mainly interested in wealth.
  • The Unmasqued World: Everyone knows Rick is a super-genius and that aliens and monsters exist but it's otherwise no different from the real world.
  • The Unreveal: So what was in that talking cat's mind? It's so horrifying that Jerry vomits before going into a Troubled Fetal Position and Rick contemplates suicide.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: Frequently. For example, the Morty subplot from Tales From the Citadel is Stand by Me. Even issue #24 is Event Horizon.
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