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|“||We were saying, "President" Morty, that we don't care who sits in that seat. A Rick, a Morty, a goddamn Jerry, doesn't matter. We've been running the Citadel before the Council, and you'll find that we're still running it now.||„|
|~ Garment District Rick to Evil Morty.|
The Shadow Council of Ricks, also known as the Brotherhood Counsel were minor antagonists in the adult cartoon Rick and Morty episode "The Ricklantis Mixup"/"Tales from the Citadel". They were a secret cabal ruling the Citadel of Ricks with the public Council of Ricks only being figureheads. The Shadow Council predated the actual Council and consisted of the most powerful Ricks out of the entire Citadel. All but two of its nine members were summarily executed by the Citadel's first President Evil Morty shortly after his election.
They appear during the very end of the episode in a room with Evil Morty who had become the President after surviving an assassination attempt by his recently-discharged Campaign Manager Morty. One of the members, Garment District Rick said to Evil Morty while he was having his hair done that it didn't matter who sat in the chair as the Council would always have control over the Citadel and its new President would instead answer to them rather than make his own choices. Evil Morty, who had turned his back to them responded by holding up his mirror and having the Ricks raise their hands if they agreed before snapping his fingers for the guards in the room to assassinate those who did. Evil Morty then asked the surviving Ricks, who did not share the same feelings and were terrified if they would obey to which they obliged. Their corpses were then seen floating in the space outside the Citadel along with other Ricks and Mortys that were killed both onscreen and offscreen.