Rick Sanchez: Everything You Need To Know
von Rastislav Miklovic
Richard "Rick" Sanchez, also known as Rick C-137, is the main character of Rick and Morty. He is a genius scientist and professional alcoholic who has been absent from the family for 20 years. The reason for his absence is unknown to the rest of the family. Rick is about 70 years old and currently resides in his room in the Smith house.
He’s known for his reckless, rude, sometimes aggressive and nihilistic behavior.
Rick’s life before the return to the Smith house
Not much is known about Rick's life before his current state seen in the show except for a few things that have been vaguely mentioned in the series.
It has been mentioned multiple times that Rick has been absent from the family for 20 years, and it wasn't until one year before the events of "Something Ricked This Way Comes" when Rick finally returned to the Smith house on January 15th.
The voice of Rick
He is voiced by Justin Roiland.
Dad (by Beth)
Albert Ein-douche (by Jerry)
Rick the Alien
Tiny Rick (as a teenager)
Pickle Rick (as a pickle)
The Big R.
Smartest Man in the Universe
The Man in the White Coat
Richard (according to his nemesis)
Place of birth and age
Earth, Dimension C-137. 70 years old.
Diane Sanchez (ex-wife; presumably deceased)
Scientist. Arms dealer. Inventor.
Did you know that Rick used to be a rock star/bassist. In the episode “Get Schwifty”, it was revealed that when Rick was somewhere in his college years or in his 20's, he, Birdperson, and Squanchy were in a rock band called "The Flesh Curtains".
He played as the bassist in said band. However the comics contradict this in issue seven, showing him playing electric guitar. So in conclusion, he might have played both the bass and the electric guitar.
Rick’s political views
Politically, Rick’s social values seem to be completely anti-authoritarian or Anarchist, as he opposes bureaucracy and the Galactic Federation as a total.
When it comes to his economic values, he seems to not have a preference for left wing or right wing economics, even though, at many instances, he has been critical of capitalism with the episode “Never Ricking Morty“ being a major example.
Because of Rick's hyper anti-authoritarianism and seemingly criticalness of capitalism, some speculate he's an Egoist.
Rick is a terrorist
Rick is also shown to be a terrorist on an inter-galactic level. In the episode "The Wedding Squanchers", Rick willingly turned himself over to the Galactic Federation and was sent to one of their maximum security prisons - he was apparently in prison for "everything".
He would later orchestrate a massive escape attempt, leading to the elimination of the Council of Ricks, significant damage to the Citadel, and the destabilization of the entire Galactic Federation's economy. In "The Wedding Squanchers," he alludes to the fact that he participated in an inter-galactic war called Battle of Blood Ridge against the Gromflomites with Birdperson. This shows that Rick is a notorious intergalactic terrorist.
Rick’s relationship with Jerry Smith
Rick has no respect for Jerry and uses any chance he gets to demean or humiliate him, whether it's constantly reminding him of his failing marriage to Beth or mocking his low intelligence. Rick seems to somewhat resent the fact that Jerry had sex with Beth, and got her pregnant (with Summer) at seventeen.
Despite the fact that Rick sees Jerry as an idiot, he still helps him with his requests, providing him with an intelligence enhancer for Snuffles, the Meeseeks Box, and the parallel timeline goggles, and asks that the Rick Officers from the Council of Ricks "unfreeze his daughter's idiot" in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind". However, it may simply be a way of him getting Jerry to stop bothering him or not bother him in the first place.
In "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind" while the alternate Ricks are waiting at Rick C-137's house, Rick accurately predicts that the others Ricks "won't be able to resist" messing with Jerry, meaning that Rick hating Jerry is evident for almost all Ricks in every reality.
Also, in "Mortynight Run", a daycare was set up by a Rick to allow other Ricks to deposit their respective Jerrys.
At first glance, it would seem the Jerrys enjoyed their time there but the more grim reality is revealed when a couple of Jerry’s claim they are abandoned as "their Ricks never returned". It's also revealed though that they are free to leave whenever they want as holding them against their will would be illegal.
They just choose not to because they can't handle it out there because they're Jerrys and they don't know how to survive space. This can be seen as Rick at least not wanting Jerry to be killed since a version of him set up a daycare filled with stuff Jerry enjoys.
Despite his apparent hatred of Jerry, in "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate," he was just as horrified as the rest of the family at seeing him shot dead by the guards, though was right back to his usual demeanor towards his son-in-law when he was revived by advanced alien technology. In the episode "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" he actually comforts Jerry after Jerry finds out the best day of his life was a simulation.
In "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", Morty convinces Rick to take Jerry on a "pity adventure" to keep him from committing suicide. Rick later admits to Jerry that he believes when he impregnated Beth, it ruined her chances of being successful, and he detests him for his detachment to his daughter.
Dan Harmon has stated that Rick only hates Jerry by circumstance, and throughout the episode, they seemed to have been having a good time together. Towards the end of the episode, Rick and Jerry's souls spend what feels like decades together when they are detached from reality, flying into a wormhole. At the end of the episode, they both learn to respect each other more.
In “Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri”, Rick saves Jerry and Beth from Tammy Guetermann. He forbade their therapist from entering the ship, since she wasn't in his family, meaning he sees Jerry as such.
Rick’s relationship with Morty
Rick genuinely cares about Morty and values their adventures together, making him one of the few Ricks to do so.
He hesitates to outwardly show any love or appreciation however, making sure Morty doesn't get cocky. In "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!", Rick seems genuinely surprised to find that the Morty he traveled with turned out to be a simulation, calling the Zigerions "diabolical sons of bitches", angry that they simulated his genitalia.
He later becomes very drunk and threatens the real Morty with a knife, demanding to know whether or not he is another simulation before passing out. Morty is possibly the stabilizing influence in Rick's life that keeps Rick from doing things that could end up doing a lot of harm though this does not work on many occasions.
When Rick messes up, Morty is the one who convinces him to fix things.
Though Morty often frustrates him, Rick seems to get very upset at the idea of not being able to have adventures with Morty.
He repeatedly attempts to help Morty escape from his other obligations to free up more time.
To have Morty continue to be his assistant, Rick manipulates Mr. Goldenfold's dreams to give Morty A-grades in math and creates a serum of vole oxytocin to force Jessica into loving Morty.
Rick's (and all Ricks in other realities) reason for bringing Morty along with him is that all Ricks give off a very distinct brainwave pattern due to their genius, making them easy to track by their various enemies. The only way to camouflage the brainwave is to stand near someone with "complementary" brainwaves, which Rick calls "Morty Waves".
Despite this, Rick seems to do things with Morty for reasons beyond needing camouflage, such as watching TV with him in "Rixty Minutes", taking him to an alien pawn shop in "Raising Gazorpazorp", and infiltrating Mr. Goldenfold's dreams in "Lawnmower Dog".
It can also be pointed out that Rick can be spiteful to those that have genuinely upset Morty, such as in "Meeseeks and Destroy" when King Jellybean assaulted Morty, which not only caused Rick to attempt to cheer Morty up but also murder King Jellybean once he figured out what happened.
Rick believes that Morty is "as dumb as he is smart", but still insists that Morty focus on science in "Rick Potion No. 9". He claims that Morty will "be like him someday", and that he has a "special mind". He also takes offense when Jerry insinuates that Morty has some kind of disability.
Rick’s relationship with Summer
Rick initially cared very little for and paid scarce attention to Summer, saying her opinion meant "very little" to him.
As time went on, however, the two began to bond and go on their own adventures, making her - in a sense - Rick's second sidekick. In "Something Ricked This Way Comes", Rick and Summer train themselves together to buff up and assault Mr. Needful for revenge.
He has abandoned at least one Summer to die after he was forced to switch dimensions. However, he seems to care for his current version. He tends to acknowledge her input, stating he was almost proud of her suggestion to destroy the federation.
Rick’s relationship with Beth
It appears that Rick loves his daughter, Beth.
For the most part he is kind to her. However, his treatment of her may just be a ploy to stay on her good side so he can continue to stay at her home and continue his adventures with Morty, although during "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind" many Ricks from different dimensions seem to like C-137 Beth, proving that he might have true feelings for his daughter.
Jerry claims that Beth was "raised like a reptile by a mentally ill scientist" in "Raising Gazorpazorp", suggesting that Rick's method of raising Beth was unorthodox.
Rick also treats Beth with more respect than he does the rest of the family. He often will curse at the other members or mock them but he is never seen doing this to Beth. He also has called her "Sweetie" a few times.
While the exact details have yet to be revealed, it can be assumed that Rick was absent from a majority of Beth's life due to his adventures and terrorist acts against the Galactic Federations, most notably with Birdperson and Squanchy. Rick only came back into Beth's life a short while before "Pilot", though he visited at least once during Morty's very early childhood. It is likely that she was unaware of this visit.
During the events of “Total Rickall”, Rick comforts Beth when she shoots Mr. Poopybutthole after thinking he was a parasite.
Beth believed she needed to prove herself to Rick because of how rarely he ever tells her he loves her. He admits this to Jaguar in, "Pickle Rick."
Rick also admitted in the same episode to Jerry that he believes Jerry impregnating Beth ruined her chances of being successful, and detests him for his detachment to his daughter.
Beth's awareness of her mistreatment of her children may drive her farther away from Rick, as she may stop trying to get him to love her, and instead find solace in her relationship with her kids.
In “The ABC's of Beth”, Rick behaves with Beth similarly to how he behaves with Morty and Summer, deriding her and her actions. However, he sympathized with her when she admitted she was similar to him and suggested she go off into the universe to explore it just as he did.
In Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri, it's also revealed that Beth gave Rick the responsibility of choosing for her, something that caused Rick visible stress for having to make such a large decision.
Unsure of what the right decision is, Rick decides to forgo responsibility and switch the two Beths around so he doesn't know which Beth is the clone because he erased his memory.
Rick later goes out of way to save his daughter, successfully freeing both. At the end, neither Beth wants to know who is the original and both share a dislike of Rick.
Also, Rick finally acknowledges his terrible parenting after seeing his own actions in a recording.
Does Rick Sanchez have any friends?
Like the rest of his family, Rick has a good relationship with Mr. Poopybutthole; during the events of “Total Rickall”, their relationship takes a blow when Beth shoots Mr. Poopybutthole after thinking he was a parasite. Rick tended to him after he was shot, telling him to hang on. Although Mr. Poopybutthole survived, he didn't want to speak with Rick or the family. By the time of "One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty", they are at least back on speaking terms as seen when they agree to a heist together.
Rick considers Birdperson to be his best friend, having done lots of things together - like being a part of the same band, committing terrorism against the Galactic Federation together. Birdperson attended Rick's party in the episode “Ricksy Business”.
He showed concern for Rick's well being, telling Morty that "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub" means "I am in great pain, please help me". He invited Rick to his wedding in the episode “The Wedding Squanchers”.
In the same episode, Rick was shown to be very torn apart when he saw Birdperson die. Birdperson also has a picture of Rick holding a baby Morty, alluding to an unknown history with an alternate Morty.
In "Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri", he kills Tammy for killing his best friend. When Rick learned of Birdperson's fate as a cyborg, Rick was upset and tried to cheer him up by revealing his killing of Tammy but this caused him to be attacked. Prior to this, Rick called Birdperson his best friend but did mention he wondered who would win in a fight between them, as Birdperson called him a terrible friend.
Birdperson would have killed Rick if he hadn't been saved by his family and Birdperson was shut off. In the end, Rick salvaged his incapacitated friend and keeps him in the garage lab, presumably to help him but he is wise to keep the latter shut off until he is calmed.
Did you know that?
- Rick's real name is Richard according to the season 5 sneak peak
- Rick has hinted that he has autism, which is something the creator, Justin Roiland, also has
- Rick's appearance is the parody to Doc Brown from Back to the Future
- Rick (C-137) is one of the only Ricks in existence shown to care about his Morty, as he starts crying when he is shown various memories of Morty, though he outwardly dismisses it as "being allergic to dipshits"
- Wasp Rick also cares about his Morty and family
- Rick has digestive problems, as revealed in “Elders React To Rick and Morty”
- Rick and Morty were originally from The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, Justin Roiland's original Back to the Future parody. Also the names of the characters sound similar to the names "Doc and Marty," the main characters of the trilogy.
- Rick has a fear of pirates
- Rick appears to have a fetish with red-heads
- In “Auto Erotic Assimilation”, he insists that he would like a stadium of red-heads to cheer him on as he has sex with Unity
- According to himself, he has the hardest working liver in the galaxy
- In "Auto Erotic Assimilation," Rick is revealed to be an open pansexual
- It's possible that Rick had a complicated relationship with his father because he wanted a stand of men who remotely resembled his father to cheer him on while he had sex with Unity
- In "Pocket Mortys'', the scientist known as Rick says how he heard that Rick's mother was never satisfied. It's possible they were not very supportive of Rick and weren't satisfied with his achievements
- It is often mentioned that Rick was absent from the family for a long time, and came back later some time before the Pilot
- At the start "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind," it was revealed that the date that he came back was Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, January 15
- It has been shown a few times throughout the series that Rick has seen and held Morty as both a baby and a young toddler despite having been away from the family for some time before that and not officially reappearing until almost year before the show started, causing many fans to theorize "our" Rick is not originally from "our" Morty's dimension or that he had been secretly visiting his grandson
- It's also possible that he did drop in on the family when Morty was a baby but was never around more than that
- In "A Rickle in Time," he briefly mentions that if he dies in a cage, he loses a bet. What this bet is wagering or who it's with is never stated
- A flashback gag in "Total Rickall" shows Rick as being interested in getting a special edition Link Between Worlds 3DS XL and asking Nintendo for sponsorship. However, Rick actually owns a black 3DS that he is seen playing in "Look Who's Purging Now"
- Rick's Global Bank Card number is 1234 1234 1234 1234
Rick may be Ambidextrous. Rick can write with his right hand, shoot with his right hand, and sometimes holds objects with his right, but seems to favor using his left. He is often seen holding drinks with his left, shooting with his left, and even plays guitar with his left in a framed photo in Bird Person's house, with the exclusion of "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", where he plays guitar right-handed
- Rick breaks the fourth-wall more than any other character in the series. In fact, he seems to be the only character fully aware of the fact that he's in a TV show
- In the episode "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez", Rick appears as a 14 year old clone of himself with the same hair color as his normal age. This would imply that he has either had light blue hair his entire life or something changed in his biology to cause it
- Rick's prisoner ID code while incarcerated is AE-3852-I
- In the episode, "Get Schwifty", Rick is shown to be the bass guitarist in a band called "The Flesh Curtains" performed by Rick, Squanchy, and Birdperson. Although the band is never mentioned in the show, Birdperson keeps a photograph of the band on his wall. Rick's guitar playing skill is also evidenced in the episode, "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", as Tiny Rick plays his own Tiny Rick Song on the guitar
- Rick is currently the only character to have his consciousness transferred into a series of different bodies (including different versions of himself in the multiverse, clones of himself, and Cornvelious Daniel)
- Rick has a planet fetish
Jerry speculates that Rick may have more children, due to his promiscuous lifestyle but this is unknown.
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