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|“||Mortys have no chance of defeating a Rick.||„|
|~ Evil Morty to Morty C-137.|
|“||This seems like a good time for a drink and a cold, calculated speech with sinister overtones... A speech about politics, about order... brotherhood... power. But speeches are for campaigning. Now... is the time for action.||„|
|~ Evil Morty's famous speech after becoming President of the Citadel of Ricks.|
This version of Mortimer "Morty" Smith, named "Evil Morty" by fans and also known as Candidate Morty and President Morty, is a major antagonist of the adult animated TV series Rick and Morty.
He was the creator of Evil Rick Sanchez and the one truly responsible for the deaths of Ricks and abductions of Mortys from different universes; he managed to escape capture and be elected first President of the Citadel of Ricks following the destruction of the public Council of Ricks.
Evil Morty has the same appearance as most other Mortys with a yellow shirt, dark blue pants, black shoes and short brown hair but sporting an eyepatch and with black socks. He removed it after Evil Rick was killed and later wore a regular dark gray colored suit and belt with a red tie; when removing his eyepatch this exposed wiring poking out from under his eye which he promptly pushed back in.
Evil Morty killed his grandfather Evil Rick and modified his body with cyborg implants to control him in order to cover him in case he and his plans were discovered.
For reasons unknown, Evil Morty was intent on killing Ricks and torturing their grandsons Mortys. Using Evil Rick, he successfully killed 27 Ricks and kidnapped their Mortys. Rick C-137 was blamed and hunted down by the Council.
After Evil Rick's death, the Council of Ricks returned the Rick-less Mortys to their families to live out the rest of their lives including Evil Morty. By the time all the Mortys were boarding ships to depart to their lives, the Council of Ricks had discovered that Evil Rick was a remotely controlled robot that acted under the orders of someone else. The last time we see Evil Morty, he removes his eyepatch - which held the transmitter for Evil Rick - and destroys it revealing him to be the controller of Evil Rick. Evil Morty then turned to board the departing ships now looking identical to the rest of the Mortys.
In "The Ricklantis Mix-Up" Evil Morty secretly developed an alter-ego to become the presidential candidate for the newly-democratic Citadel of Ricks. A Campaign Manager Morty was in charge of the Morty Party though he does not take his own candidate seriously at first. But despite mockery from Ricks and even other Mortys his candidate made a rousing speech about the class divide between the various Ricks and Mortys on the Citadel during a debate which earned him praise and support. Afterward Evil Morty promptly fired his Campaign Manager for a lack of faith.
An Investigator Rick gave Evil Morty's former Campaign Manager him a file revealing the candidate's true nature. Horrified at the truth, Campaign Manager Morty tries to assassinate Evil Morty to stop him from getting into office and is promptly arrested. Unfortunately for him, Evil Morty survived the assassination attempt and won the election. After the Shadow Council of Ricks revealed themselves as the true power behind the Citadel and informed Evil Morty he would answer to them the newly-elected president had all of them executed save for two who did not share the same sentiment and had become terrified. Campaign Manager Morty was killed by the Rick Secret Service agents and ejected into space. His body is one of the many bodies floating out of the Citadel's airlocks in the aftermath of the new dictatorship's purge. Also among the dead was Investigator Rick who was killed for uncovering Evil Morty's secret.
- In "The Ricklantis Mix-Up" Evil Morty's plot to take over the Citadel was reminiscent of Frank Underwood from House of Cards.
- Evil Morty's starring episodes, Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind and Tales From the Citadel, both end with "For the Damaged Coda" playing in the background as well as the closing credits. The song has thus become Evil Morty's leitmotif.
- The floating photographs of Evil Morty show the eye patch on the left eye, while the first time he was shown, the eye patch was on the right eye. Similarly, his jacket pocket is on the other side as well. It's uncertain whether this indicates a mirror image (intentional or not) or a Morty from another universe.
- The nickname, "Evil Morty", was never actually used in the show. Instead, it was given to this Morty by the fans, and the show's staff came to like it.
- At the end of "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", Rick C-137 warns his Morty about becoming too smart for his own good, and he defers on explaining that statement to Morty until he is older. This appears to be a veiled reference to Evil Morty going rogue.
- It is still unclear why Evil Morty wanted the memories of the show's main Rick; the most commonly proposed fan explanation is that he is the real grandson of this particular Rick, and is hence a teenage version of the Morty who appears in those memories. This explanation is supported by a few mentions that Morty C-137 apparently had no direct interactions with the main Rick as a baby or a toddler.
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