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|“||WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB!||„|
|~ Rick Sanchez's catchphrase. It translates to "I'M IN GREAT PAIN PLEASE HELP ME".|
|“||I'M PICKLE RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!!!||„|
|~ Rick after being transformed into a pickle - His most famous quote.|
|“||You don't know what I am!! And you don't know what I can do! I'm Doctor Who in this mother---ucker!||„|
|~ Rick to a General (Rick and Morty S03E10: The Rickchurian Mortydate)|
Richard "Rick" Sanchez (also known as Earth Rick Sanchez C-137 to other Ricks) is one of the two titular main protagonists (alongside Morty) of the science fiction adult animated comedy series Rick and Morty. He is the grandfather of Mortimer "Morty" Smith and Summer Smith, ex-husband of Diane Sanchez, father of Beth Sanchez-Smith and father-in-law of Jerry Smith.
Despite being one of the main protagonists and loving and cherishing his daughter and grandchildren he has a very complex set of morals as he is a complete drunkard and negative influence on the family who places them in dangerous situations and looks down on them, especially his son-in-law. He is a parody of Doctor Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown, Bert and the Doctor.
Rick is a man whose current biological body possibly makes him in his late 50s, 60s or older with a sometimes-hunched pose from poring over his scientific endeavors. He has slight eyebags, a unibrow accompanied by a crease on his forehead and the bottom of his lips are usually covered in green drool from his near-constant intoxication. He has grayish-blue hair with a bald spot on the back of his head and dirty gray skin. He dominantly wears a short-sleeve light blue shirt tucked into brown pants held up by a black belt with a gold buckle, a long-sleeve white coat, white socks and black shoes.
Rick's personality is overall complicated. It is implied he suffers intense trauma, self-loathing and loneliness he copes with through his abuse of substances and destructive tendencies. Rick is incredibly paranoid, sardonic, revolutionary, cold, grumpy, nihilistic, violent, anarchic, fatalistic, narcissistic and blunt. These traits are acuter when intoxicated as after getting drunk he acts partially-asleep and crazier than he may usually seem. He has often displayed a more laid-back, carefree and omni-rationalized approach to life compared to the rest of his family, something that makes him rightfully appear uncaring and apathetic.
While he cares very little for even himself he does genuinely love most of his family and the two closest friends from his rebellion days despite the typical attitudes he shows them. He very rarely treats anyone with slight-to-moderate decency, respect or politeness, specializing in belittling, taunting or putting down others and throwing his unwanted two-cents in. One of the few things that really make Rick lose his temper are the theft of his works, having harm come to his family and friends and double-crossing him; strangely enough he rarely holds grudges for specific actions, even the aforementioned ones.
Rick's moral standing is even more complex. He will not hesitate to break any laws to get what he wants although he has no problem staying within legal boundaries if to his benefit. However, Rick does seem to be sickened by unnecessary violence though he will usually not attempt to stop it. He noticeably lacks a firm moral compass in all situations and will take advantage of the slightest potential openings in an instant. Because of his dislike for work Rick had no formal occupation. Most of his vehicles and workshops were self-powered and he typically retrieved anything using his portal gun. However, when money was needed Rick would act as a paid killer, take advantage of golden opportunities (removing curses from items for a price, patenting the cure for "Space AIDS", etc.) or sell his creations to those willing to buy.
The only aspects of Rick relatable to most is that he acknowledges a woman's consent and usually does not resort to double-crossing himself. According to alternate versions from other dimensions Rick actually sits roughly in the middle of all his counterparts in terms of good and evil and is possibly one of the only surviving Ricks to actually care about his loved ones as people and not just tools.
Rick has a relatively negative and gray view of life and lacks religious tendencies. Despite having met (and outwitted) the Devil himself, he is an admitted agnostic who denies the existence of God or any other sort of higher omniponent power. He does manage to enjoy himself every now and then, particularly with his family and friends. Despite this not even they are safe from his habitual reproach upon the mistakes and shortcomings of others which he doles out in a quasi- or pseudo-cathartic manner.
The behaviors listed above left their impacts as seen with almost every version of his family: Beth shows a reluctant idolization, devotion and admiration stemming from an overall lack of presence which led to her vehemently coming to his aid at the expense of her marriage and parenthood; Jerry dislikes Rick as much as Rick does him unsuccessfully trying to convince his wife to focus on more important things; Summer hates her family and especially her mother for imitating her grandfather and being unsupportive in the end; and Morty is forced to endure things that sorely test his own sense of right and wrong on a regular basis leaving him increasingly embittered towards Rick's influence every time.
He drinks heavily, and is never completely sober, usually carrying a flask of whiskey with him. His most villainous activities seem to happen when he is most intoxicated.
Little has ever been revealed of Rick's early life. Anything really known is that he married and had a daughter named Beth but left sometime after that due to arguments with Diane concerning the safety of his family and his fixation on scientific experiments. Before this he noticed nigh-psychosis in his daughter when she asked him to build numerous objects which had disturbing implicated uses; to protect the neighborhood and hopefully not have to clean up his daughter's messes he created an imaginary world called "Froopyland" she would play in until one of her friends named Thomas "Tommy" Lipkip came along and got lost thanks to her stranding him out of jealousy which unfortunately resulted in his father Joseph Lipkip somehow being convicted of cannibalizing his own son.
At one point he was part of an intergalactic terrorist group with several of his closest friends including Squanchy and Bird Person fighting to overthrow the oppressively totalitarian Galactic Federation despite its caring and friendly facade; although this wasn't necessarily the motive for rebellions. At another point he heard about the conception of his granddaughter Summer and was present for the birth and early years of his grandson Morty.
Eventually Rick came back into the life of his daughter's family after a twenty-year absence. During this time and previously Rick has been prone to repeatedly jumping through spatial and dimensional barriers, traveling to alien worlds or other unusual places in order to collect materials needed for his experiments and gadgets or make money by doing shady business. His two grandchildren were quickly recruited to help him. Although appalled at first they became corrupted by Rick adopting aspects of his callous and violent persona.
During this period they manage to destroy at least one version of Earth, nearly cause (inter)planetary chaos multiple times, take down groups such as the Federation and Council of Ricks and cause the divorce of Beth and her insecure husband Jerry who Rick never approved of and constantly degrades to which he would blatantly point out his father-in-law's toxic presence despite Beth's attempts at defending her father.
Powers and Abilities
Despite being only human Earth Rick C-137 is easily one of the most dangerous entities in both the universe and multiverse as he has defeated several powerful beings and organizations, sometimes while completely intoxicated. Although in recent times he's had help and luck Rick has survived crazy adventures for decades on end with very few allies and a lot of enemies.
Rick is incredibly intelligent and frequently mentions to be the smartest being in any one universe. He makes countless discoveries and invents numerous gadgets and substances. He seems to specialize in advanced robotics above all else and could easily work through or around most obstacles. Long-term planning, deception and manipulation are effortless tasks for Rick when he saw through a multilayered Zigerion simulation and pretended to fall for it and simultaneously destroyed the Council, collapsed the Federation and triggered his daughter's divorce in one fell swoop.
Rick is also incredibly clever, adaptable, resourceful and capable of turning even a hopeless situation to his favor with nothing but his wits and some basic materials, the best example being him creating a biomechanical exoskeleton made of hostile rat and cockroach parts while he was nothing but a talking pickle. Rick could be surprised when something goes beyond his prior expectations; he could also not accurately predict or interpret the actions of his drunken self, alternate versions and other forms.
Despite his advanced age and unhealthy habits Rick still retains impressive strength and endurance. Rick is shown to have extensive cybernetic and bionic enhancements; however, he has went through and swapped multiple bodies so it is unlikely they were all enhanced. When in bodies not physically aged or even remotely human Rick normally displays near-superhuman physical attributes.
Rick appears to be proficient at combat and could effectively use just about any melee or projectile weapon he could get his hands on or make; he is also a magnificent and excellent trap builder.
Being a scientist and inventor among other things Rick both makes and buys an extensive and vast arsenal of various weapons, gadgets, vehicles and other creations, having something for just about any occasion. However, there are a few things he usually keeps with him more often. Most of the items he uses are sophisticated Rube Goldberg machines, something pointed out more than a few times.
Rick's most infamous and coveted invention the portal gun creates a green portal that allows him and others to instantly travel to any part of a universe and other dimensions. Because of this Rick is incredibly difficult to capture or track down. The gun could also be used as a makeshift weapon if needed; opening portals inside objects would slice them in half, they could have something come out of them into the paths of pursuers or others could be transported elsewhere and the gun could be overloaded to produce a black hole-like explosion. Rick and his counterparts are the only beings who possess and could make a portal gun.
A ship shaped like a flying saucer that is the typical form of transportation for Rick in space. It is powered by a small universe full of slaves and has numerous weapons, gadgets and a semi-sentient onboard computer; it is implied the ship has enough armaments to wipe out a large human army without trouble. It also has an unnecessarily cruel and brutal security system which uses various forms of horrific torture involving both mental and bodily harm. Unfortunately, Rick seems to put very little effort into cleaning it, and the interior is always cluttered with junk. A "running gag" in the series occurs whenever somone opens one of the doors - either to enter or exit it - and empty liquor bottles fall onto the ground as a result.
Rick is often seen carrying alien or homemade sidearms when violence is needed.
|“||Rick's not that complicated, he's just a huge asshole.||„|
|~ Morty to Bird Person about Rick.|
|“||So why don't you do us both a favor and pull the trigger?!?! Do it!! Do it motherf***er!! Pull the f***ing trigger!!||„|
|~ Rick showing his suicidal tendencies.|
|“||Well, he's not a villain, Summer, but... he shouldn't be your hero. He's more like a demon or a—super f***ed-up god.||„|
|~ Morty to Summer on Rick's nature.|
|“||Don't think about it!||„|
|~ Rick on living life.|
- Although his actions affect Earth multiple times he somehow manages to evade authorities or keep them ignorant about his activities. The only authorities that actually try to grab him by the throat are the Galactic Federation and Council of Ricks.
- In "The Rickchurian Mortydate" the President explained that the government avoid trying to arrest Rick and Morty because they have saved the world on numerous occasions.
- Unlike the stereotypical genius that hides their intelligence from family members in most fictional works his family is well-aware of his activities and even actively participates in his (mis)adventures, especially his grandchildren.
- According to the Federation in "Wedding Squanchers" Rick Sanchez C-137 has committed over 7,150,792 crimes and offenses.
- Rick seems to have developed apathy towards his family members as Beth stated in "The ABCs of Beth" she is one of infinite Beths with infinite fathers in the infinite universes showing that for Rick the family is replaceable.
- This also hinted through multiple fan theories at him being the one responsible for the existence of Evil Morty since he already went through a number of different versions of his grandson who all died, of which Evil Morty was the only survivor left to seek vengeance on all Ricks from the Central Finite Curve.
- Rick is obsessed with the Szechuan teriyaki dipping sauce McDonald's used to promote the original Mulan in 1998.
- Rick hints at being autistic in "The Rickchurian Mortydate" as while playing Minecraft with Morty he asked if autistic people loved the game and stated that he did. However, this is unlikely and most definitely a stereotype of indie game fans so Rick could've lied.
- "A Rickle in Time" also established that like one of the characters who inspired him most Ricks resembles Albert Einstein. Jerry even nicknamed him Albert Ein-Douche in "Pilot".
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