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|“||WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB!||„|
|~ Rick's catchphrase that translates to "I AM IN GREAT PAIN PLEASE HELP ME".|
|“||Because I don't respect therapy. Because I'm a scientist. Because I invent, transform, create, and destroy for a living and when I don't like something about the world, I change it.||„|
|~ Rick's ideology.|
Richard "Rick" D. Sanchez, simply known as Rick Sanchez or just Rick (Earth Rick Sanchez C-137 to other Ricks) is one of the two titular main protagonists (alongside Morty Smith) of the science fiction adult animated comedy series Rick and Morty. He is the grandfather of Morty Smith and Summer Smith, ex-husband of Diane Sanchez, father of Beth Sanchez-Smith and father-in-law of Jerry Smith.
He is also an extremely immoral and reckless alcoholic genius who constantly places his family, especially his grandson Morty, in dangerous situations while looking down on others, especially his son-in-law. He is a parody of Doc Brown from Back to the Future, Bert from Sesame Street and the Doctor from Doctor Who.
Rick is a male human 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 near-constant intoxication. He has spiked 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.
|“||Well, he's not a villain, Summer, but... he shouldn't be your hero. He's more like a demon or a—super f-cked-up god.||„|
|~ Morty on Rick's nature.|
Rick's personality is overall complicated. It is implied he suffers intense trauma, self-loathing and loneliness he copes with through abuse of substances and destructive tendencies. Rick is incredibly paranoid, sardonic, revolutionary, cold, grumpy, nihilistic, violent, reckless, destructive, anarchic, fatalistic, selfish, narcissistic and blunt. These traits are acuter when intoxicated, as after getting drunk enough he is partially-asleep and acting crazier than usual. He has often displayed a more laid-back, carefree and over-rationalized approach to life compared to most, something that makes him rightfully appear apathetic and indifferent.
While he cares very little for even himself, he does genuinely love most of his family and the 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 makes 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 in breaking 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. 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 hunter, take advantage of opportunities or sell his creations to those willing to buy.
The only aspects of Rick relatable to most is that he acknowledges people's consent and usually does not resort to double-crossing himself. According to alternate versions from other dimensions, Rick sits roughly in the middle of 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 defeated supernatural beings, he is an admitted agnostic and atheist who denies the existence of any higher 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 leads to her vehemently coming to his aid at the expense of her family life; Jerry dislikes Rick as much as Rick does him while unsuccessfully convincing his wife to focus on more important things; Summer is exasperated and embarrassed with her family and especially her mother for imitating her grandfather; and Morty is forced to endure things that sorely test his own sense of morality and ethics on a regular basis, leaving him increasingly embittered towards Rick and with a growing cynicism of his own.
He drinks heavily and is never completely sober, speaking in burps and usually carrying a flask with him. His most villainous activities seem to happen when he is intoxicated.
While Rick's backstory remains a mystery, it's clear he always loved science, being able to rewire and fix a television around the age of 12. It is also implied that he had a bad relationship with his father.
A few decades later, Rick married a woman named Diane and had a daughter named Beth. Rick eventually became a scientist, struggling to invent teleportation. One day, he was visited by an alternate version of himself, who offered him the ability to travel to different realities, but Rick refused. Soon after, when Rick told Dianne that he would quit science and was going to get ice cream with her and their daughter, the other Rick sent a bomb through a portal, which killed Diane and Beth.
This prompted him to create interdimensional portal gun in the hopes of getting revenge. Despite killing many of his alternate selves, he never found the one who killed his family. Eventually, other Ricks banded together to stop him, but he managed to kill them all. He finally got rid of them by helping the Council of Ricks build the Citadel of Ricks and Central Finite Curve.
When Beth was still alive, Rick noticed nigh-psychosis in her when she asked him to build things with disturbing implicated uses. To protect the neighborhood and hopefully not have to clean up his daughter's messes, he created an imaginary world she played in until one of her friends named 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 a band and later an intergalactic terrorist group with several of his closest friends, including Squanchy and Birdperson, fighting to overthrow the oppressively totalitarian Galactic Federation despite its caring and friendly facade.
Eventually Rick came into the life of an alternate version of his daughter's family after a twenty-year absence, learning about the conception of his granddaughter Summer and being present for the birth and early years of his grandson Morty. During this time and previously, Rick was 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 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 managed to decimate 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 even cause the divorce of Beth from the insecure Jerry, who Rick never approved of and constantly degraded, 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
|“||You don't know who I am! And you don't know what I can do! I'm Doctor Who in this motherf****r!||„|
|~ Rick Sanchez|
Despite being only human, Earth Rick C-137 is easily one of the most dangerous entities in the universe and multiverse as he has defeated several powerful beings and organizations, sometimes while intoxicated. Although in recent times he's had help and luck, Rick survived crazy adventures for decades on end with very few allies and lots of enemies.
Rick is incredibly intelligent and frequently mentioned as the smartest human being in any one universe. This is proven to be true when it is revealed he lives within the central finite curve which separates all the universes where he is the smartest man in the 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 Zigerian 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 and Morty appeared in the couch gag of Mathlete's Feat. Morty accidentally drove Rick's spaceship into the Simpson family's living room, killing them all. While Morty got the necessary materials to revive them, Rick ransacked the house and incapacitated Ned Flanders. Unfortunately, the Simpsons were recreated as monstrous Rick hybrids due to all the DNA vials being contaminated with Rick's saliva.
In Peterminator, Stewie Griffin "borrowed" Rick's portal gun.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
- Although his actions affect Earth and the universe multiple times, he somehow manages to evade authorities or keep them ignorant about his activities. The only authorities that actually tried to grab him by the throat were the Federation and Citadel.
- 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, his family is well-aware of and 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, as Beth stated in The ABCs of Beth she is one of infinite Beths in the multiverse.
- This also hinted through multiple fan theories at him being the one responsible for the existence of Evil Morty, since he went through different versions of his grandson who all died, of which Evil Morty was the only survivor.
- Rick is obsessed with the Szechuan teriyaki dipping sauce McDonald's used to promote the original Mulan.
- 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.
- A Rickle in Time established that like one of the characters who inspired him, most Ricks resemble Albert Einstein. Jerry even nicknamed him Albert Ein-Douche in Pilot.
- He and Morty became character skins in Fortnite.
- On the wanted poster of Ford Pines from Gravity Falls, there is a code that translates to "RICK WAS HERE".
Ricks and Mortys