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    Rick Sanchez

    Character » Rick Sanchez appears in 171 issues.

    An eccentric, often drunk, genius scientist who goes on adventures with his somewhat dimwitted grandson Morty.

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    Origin

    Rick's family is murdered
    Rick's family is murdered

    Rick Sanchez grew up in a dimension that would eventually be dubbed C-137. From an early age, he had a knack for tinkering with gadgets and pursued scientific discovery. One problem that always eluded him was teleportation. One day, he is visited by a variant of himself offering him the chance to travel the multiverse, but Rick refuses. Angry, this variant Rick teleports a bomb into Rick’s garage lab seemingly intended to kill Rick. Instead, it kills his wife, Diane, and daughter, Beth. Overwhelmed with vengeance, Rick eventually invented his own multiversal portal gun, so he could travel to each dimension looking for the variant of himself that murdered his family.

    Creation

    Rick Sanchez first appeared in the first episode of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. It originally aired on December 2, 2013. It is inspired by a short animated parody of Back to the Future, called Doc and Mharti, created by Justin Roiland for Channel 101, a short film festival

    Major Story Arcs

    The Flesh Curtains

    The Flesh Curtains
    The Flesh Curtains

    As Rick traveled the multiverse, he went on a number of adventures, including becoming a black market arms dealer trading for more alien technology to upgrade his Earthling gadgetry. It caused him to grow more and more nihilistic, occasionally acting out and rebelling. He started small, doing drugs and going to music festivals.

    At one such festival, he met Birdperson. Although Bridperson did not condone his nihilistic life, they became lifelong friends. They even started a band called The Flesh Curtains, with Squanchy, a small orange cat humanoid. Rick’s obsessively nihilistic songs forced them to stay on the fringes.

    Being on the fringe, they eventually fell in with a resistance group that was standing up to the Galactic Federation, an imperial bureaucratic government. This included fighting in The Battle of Blood Ridge. Unfortunately, the Galactic Federation eventually got a foothold on the known universe and forced the resistance to go underground and disband. Long distracted from his personal mission, Rick returned to his manhunt for the Rick that murdered his family.

    Citadel of Ricks

    As Rick traveled to more and more universes but came up empty, he grew more and more depressed and nihilistic. He eventually turned to shooting first and asking questions later, eliminating a number of variant Ricks.

    The first meeting of the Council of Ricks
    The first meeting of the Council of Ricks

    As word spread, every Rick in the multiverse started gunning for him. He set up shop in his bombed out garage, drinking and waiting for Ricks to show up and try to off him. Eventually, surviving variants started to band together to decide what to do about Rick. Rick used this as an opportunity to take a large number of them out with one explosion. Any Ricks that survived still try negotiating with Rick. They banded together as the Council of Ricks and had Rick of C-137 use all his alien technology expertise to create their new headquarters, The Citadel of Ricks, and their walled off section of the infinite multiverse, Central Finite Curve, which isolates the specific worlds where Rick is the smartest man on Earth.

    Rick agreed, and as he mapped the multiverse, he found the Earth that his rival Rick came from. His rival’s version of Beth was still alive. She had married a man named Jerry Smith and had two kids, Summer and Morty. Rick decided to return to them, pretending to be their long lost grandfather, so that he could wait for his rival Rick to return one day.

    Instead, he seemingly grew attached to his new family, especially his grandson, Morty, a being infamous among the Council of Ricks for his ability to balance their evil genius.

    Cronenberged

    Looking out over the damage
    Looking out over the damage

    One night, Rick was approached by Morty. They had struck up a report and had been going on adventures together. Morty asked Rick if he could make him a love serum so that his crush Jessica would be into him at The Flu Season Dance. Bored by the challenge, Rick made it very quickly and instructed Morty not to give it to anyone who may have the flu. Unfortunately, Jessica did. The serum bonds with the flu virus and spreads to the nearby population, making everyone except Morty’s blood relatives become violently attracted to him.

    Rick's first attempt to make an antidote fail. The mantis DNA he used transformed everyone into bug humanoids that now wanted to eat Morty after mating with him. His third attempt mutates everyone even further into disgusting asymmetrical blobs of human parts. He calls them Cronenbergs, after the famed director, David Cronenberg, who had dabbled in body horror.

    Disposing of C-131 Rick and Morty
    Disposing of C-131 Rick and Morty

    Considering their current predicament too far gone to fix, Rick grabs Morty and absconds to a nearly identical dimension, Dimension C-131. That dimension’s Rick and Morty were about to be killed by a gadget gone bad in Rick’s garage lab. Rick and Morty were able to dispose of the bodies and take their place before anyone noticed they had died.

    With everyone else none the wiser, Rick settled into a new universe away from his rival’s home universe. Meanwhile, Morty grappled with the existential crisis.

    Vindicators 1

    Vindicators come looking for Rick
    Vindicators come looking for Rick

    Worldender, an alien warlord hellbent on destroying planets, came to Earth on Rick’s watch. While his family tried to convince him to save the day, he was visited by a superhero team called The Vindicators. The team was started by Vance Maximus, an Earthling previously deputized into a galactic peace keeping force, and Supernova, an alien woman with great cosmic power. They were previous survivors of Worldender’s attack on other planets. Their plan was to recruit Earth’s greatest heroes, including Rick, to stand against Worldender together. The other members included:

    • Alan Rails - The Phantom Conductor, capable of summoning ghost trains
    • Million Ants - a sentient colony of a million ants
    • Crocubot - A cyborg crocodile
    • Diablo Verde - a green Hispanic fire-breathing ogre
    • Calypso - a powerful voodoo sorceress
    • Lady Katana - a female cyborg swordsman
    • Noob-Noob - the intern responsible for non-essential superhero duties

    Rick originally turned down their invitation for membership not taking them seriously, however, when Morty started to glorify them more than him, Rick decided to join them just to show them up. After helping them destroy much of Worldender’s army, Rick blasted him with a green laser, seemingly killing him.

    During their exit, The Vindicators gave Rick and Morty a beacon so that they could be called if the universe ever needed the Vindicators to reassemble, although they had no intention of inviting Rick again.

    Framed

    Brought in front of the Council
    Brought in front of the Council

    A year after “reuniting” with the Smith family, Rick is arrested during breakfast by agents of the Council of Ricks. He and Morty are taken to the Citadel to be interrogated for the murder of 27 Rick variants due to his history of not cooperating. Although Rick is innocent, his portal gun had been tampered with to show history of him going to the very dimensions where the Ricks were killed. Seeing no other choice, Rick fights his and Morty’s way out of the Citadel to find the real killer and clear his name.

    Lying low on a planet where people are chairs and chairs are people, Rick cracks into his portal gun to track who remotely hacked his portal gun. It led them to a secret dome hideout covered in tortured Morty variants. As Rick explains, Morty variants have complimentary (ie stupid) brainwaves that camouflage Rick genius brainwaves, and all of these Morty variants were the ultimate invisibility cloak.

    Confronting his framer
    Confronting his framer

    They get caught sneaking into the dome and are confronted by the scarred Rick and his one-eyed Morty. While Morty is imprisoned with a number of other Morties waiting to be tortured, scarred Rick monologued about his plans to a tied up and unimpressed Rick. Luckily, he was saved by the imprisoned Morty variants who were radicalized by his Morty. They incapacitated the scarred Rick and called the Council to retrieve the now orphaned Morty variants.

    As an apology and reward, the Council gave Rick a voucher for a free Morty if anything ever happened to his Morty.

    Federation’s Most Wanted

    Rick receives a high-tech invitation for the wedding between his best friend, Birdperson, and Tammy, a friend of Summer’s that Birdperson met during a houseparty that Rick threw with the kids. Rick reluctantly attends the ceremony on a distant planet with the whole family. It turns out to be a trap, when Tammy reveals herself to be a double agent for the Galactic Federation.

    Incarcerated by the Federation
    Incarcerated by the Federation

    She kills Birdperson as armed guards descend on the wedding guests. Rick is able to escape with his family intact, however, they can not return to Earth, the first place the Federation would look for them. Instead, they settle on an impossibly small planet outside of the Federation’s influence. The planet was so small that he was able to eavesdrop on them from the other hemisphere. He overheard Jerry trying to convince the rest of the family to turn him in to the Federation. To spare them, Rick turned himself in instead, charged with “everything.”

    When not incarcerated, Rick is interrogated over his portal gun technology. A Federation interrogator uses a psychic uplink to speak to Rick in his mindscape and look at old memories. Rick bides his time until he can hack into the Federation tech and reverse it, using it to body swap his mind out of Federation custody. His exit was interrupted by SEAL Team Ricks from the Citadel. He started swapping into Rick variants so that he could take control of the Citadel and teleport it to Federation space. In the ensuing chaos, he took control of the Federation mainframe and forced the currency to tank, robbing them of any of their power and ruining their colony on Earth.

    Now able to return to Earth, Rick can reveal to Morty that this was all his plan to end the Federation and cause Beth to leave Jerry for suggesting he be turned in.

    Pickle Rick

    Pickle Rick
    Pickle Rick

    In the wake of her separation from Jerry, Beth wants the whole family, including Rick, to get family counseling. However, Rick does not respect therapy, so he turns himself into a literal pickle to get out of it. An unimpressed Beth notices the serum that would change him back rigged to change him back once they leave, so she steals the serum so he can’t change back until after therapy.

    Unfortunately, a cat knocks Rick off his work table and a sudden rainstorm washes him into the sewer system. With no appendages to make him mobile, Rick used his teeth and tongue to create an exoskeleton from roach and rat parts. Unfortunately, the sewer had washed him to a mysterious secure government facility. The agents within saw him as a threat and forced Rick to defend himself.

    Victorious but exhausted, Rick heads to the therapist office where he gets bluntly honest about why he doesn’t like therapy so that Beth would give him back his serum. Beth gladly gives it to him and even supports his decision to skip therapy after their doctor tries to blame Beth’s inattentiveness for her kids’ problems.

    Vindicators 3

    The first trap
    The first trap

    While working in the garage, both Rick and Morty see the Vindicator beacon turn on. Rick was ready to ignore it, but Morty invoked their deal for Morty to choose 1 out of every 10 adventures. After answering the beacon, they find the team, three members short, had gone on an adventure without Rick and Morty, bruising Morty’s ego. Now, Worldender had returned, and they needed every hand on deck to deal with it.

    Seemingly jealous of Morty’s love for the Vindicators, Rick went on a drunken bender the night before their mission. While blacked out, he killed Worldender and rigged his corpse as the first stop in a series of intricate traps, inspired by the horror franchise, Saw. Rick, Morty, and the Vindicators were forced to solve the traps or else they would die.

    The first trap was to match the members of the Vindicators with their vague origin descriptions. Sick of Rick, Vance tried to escape through an air vent and was brutally killed by a trap. Thankfully, Morty is able to solve the first trap because Rick’s opinion that the Vindicators are interchangeable (thus there were no wrong answers) was so obvious. The second puzzle required them to identify the location The Vindicators refuse to speak about. Crocubot is killed for choosing a controversial planet, but Morty knew the answer to be Israel, which Rick often ranted about when drunk.

    Final party
    Final party

    Rick, who is already embarrassed about his blackout behavior, is even more embarrassed when he learns the third trap is simply shooting a basketball to stop a neutron bomb. Familiar with Rick’s handywork, Morty decides to just disarm it himself, but Million Ant and Alan Rails start to argue over Supernova’s affections, leading to Million Ants killing Alan Rails. The fourth and final trap involves putting the only part of The Vindicators that Rick cares about on a weighted platform. Rick instructs Morty to get on it, believing it to be him, however, Morty is taken to a hidden room with a video apology for Noob-Noob, Vindicator intern, who happened to weight the same as Morty.

    Meanwhile, Supernova ends up killing Million Ants and nearly kills Rick too if not for the rooftop party Rick had planned for solving all four puzzles, which Morty did. Supernova snuck away instead, leaving Rick and Morty behind and The Vinidcators finally done.

    Froopyland

    In Froopyland
    In Froopyland

    When Beth learns that the father of her childhood friend, Tommy, is about to be executed for cannibalizing his own son, Beth reveals that she used to imagine that her friend was lost in Froopyland, the fantasy world in her imagination. Rick then reveals to her that Froopyland is a real algorithm based, childproof pocket dimension generated in real time that Rick (or at least Rick’s rival variant) created for her. Her memory of Tommy getting lost inside of it was real, so Beth forced Rick to save him so that his father could be vindicated.

    Upon entering the new world, Rick and Beth find it has been warped into a violent and disgusted place where toddler Tommy had aged into an adult without socialization and poisoned the world with his sexual desires that he never properly learned to control. They saw Tommy as unable to be saved, so Beth killed him and his children, while Rick created a clone to be “found” by the authorities, so that Tommy’s father could be saved.

    Rick's cloning device
    Rick's cloning device

    Venting about their troubled relationship and Beth’s regrets, Rick offered to create a clone of her the same way. The clone could stay behind and take care of the family while Beth traveled and sought adventure. She initially refuses, believing the direction of her life should not be changed, but Rick went ahead and made the clone anyway. One stayed home with the family, and the other went into space. Furthermore, he turned his back and forced his machine to randomize the two Beths so not even he knew who the real Beth was.

    New Galactic Federation

    With Beth and Jerry giving their marriage a second shot with the help of therapy and Summer and Morty fighting over an invisibility belt, Rick was alone for the first time in a while. Unfortunately, he was approached by “Space Beth,” the clone of Beth that went into space. She wants answers about the proximity explosive she had removed from her neck set to go off if she got too close to Earth. Rick admitted that Earth Beth (or just “Beth”) has the same kind of bomb and that he is unsure which of them is the clone. Angry, Space Beth also explains that she has joined the resistance against the New Galactic Federation and become the most wanted rebel in space.

    Fighting Phoenixperson
    Fighting Phoenixperson

    This scared Rick when he realized Space Beth lured Tammy and her Federation goons to Earth and might mistake Beth for Space Beth. He rescues Beth and Jerry from therapy and regroups with the family, however, Tammy catches up with them, kidnapping both Beths, not knowing which is which. With help from the family, Rick is able to kill Tammy and sneak onto the ship. He sends the rest of the family to shut down the superlaser that is threatening to blow up the whole planet, while he frees the Beths. Rick ends up bumping into the Beths as they were able to free themselves.

    Their escape is interrupted by a cybernetically revived Birdperson, now calling himself Phoenixperson. He is under the Federation’s control and fights Rick, both of whom have secret concealed weaponry. Rick was put on the ropes by Phoenixperson until Jerry, cloaked by the invisibility belt and puppeteering Tammy’s corpse, was able to distract him. This gives Space Beth the chance to defeat Phoenixperson.

    The family returns to their home, with Space Beth as some kind of cool aunt. Rick also smuggles the pieces of Phoenixperson back to his lab, determined to fix his best friend.

    Best Friend Rejuvenation Sequence

    Attempting to fix Birdperson
    Attempting to fix Birdperson

    When the Smiths went on a family trip leaving Rick alone, he decided to focus on fixing his friend, Birdperson. He had successfully removed all the cybernetic pieces, but Birdperson is unable to wake from his coma. According to Rick’s A.I., his conscious mind had repressed itself into happier memories. So, Rick uses a neural interface to go look for him.

    After moving through a number of their shared memories, Rick is joined by a sentient memory of himself. They almost catch Birdperson reliving a fond memory with Tammy before he escapes again. They ultimately tracked him to the memories suppressed by the Federation, where he was readying bombs to destroy his own mind, along with Rick. Luckily, Rick and Memory Rick are able to escape the blast.

    They continue to follow Birdperson, who is traveling with a memory of Tammy, looking for a happy place to stay. After traveling through their military history, Rick and Memory Rick learn that Birdperson and Tammy had a daughter, despite her double agent status. They leverage that information to convince Birdperson to live for the good of that child. A new memory of Tammy won’t let them leave though. Memory Rick sacrifices himself to get rid of that Tammy, giving Rick and Birdperson a clear exit.

    Back in the real world, Birdperson made clear his disappointment in Rick for withholding the information about his child until it was useful.

    Fall of the Citadel

    De-aging Morty
    De-aging Morty

    Morty and Rick have a falling out when Morty connects with Nick, a former partner of Rick’s who lied about abuse at Rick’s hand. The revelation that he was a bad partner, even though Nick was technically lying, still struck close to home for Rick, so he decided to leave, going on anime-inspired adventures.

    He is eventually contacted by a middle-aged Morty trying to convince him to come home, however, it was all a fraud. Morty had taken aging serum from the Citadel to trick Rick into returning. After taking Morty to the Citadel to get returned to his correct age, the newly elected President Morty (previously disguised as a one-eyed Morty who was the real mastermind behind Rick being framed for murder) asked to see them. President Morty was trying to convince Rick to help him take down the wall around the Central Finite Curve, but Rick was not cooperating. President Morty anticipated this and had his brain scanned as he entered his office.

    Detaching part of the Citadel
    Detaching part of the Citadel

    To escape the Citadel Rick and Morty go underground to find pure portal gun fluid after President Morty sabotaged all the portal guns in the Citadel. Unfortunately, Morty is angry about President Morty’s story that this Rick was once the leader of the Citadel, which he created using Morty slaves. So, Rick shared the stolen brain scanner with Morty so he could see Rick’s backstory. With a more cooperative Morty, the two make it to the Citadel’s portal fluid hub. President Morty is there to offer Morty a chance to leave to a world without a Rick, but after learning his grandfather’s tragic backstory, he decided to stay.

    Without a portal gun to escape, Rick turns part of the Citadel into an escape pod, leaving them floating in space, with no help on the horizon. Just about ready to give up, Rick and Morty are suddenly saved by Space Beth, who brings them home.

    Yet Another New Universe

    Rick had been working on fixing the portal gun, however, a glitch caused former users of the portal gun to return to their home universe. Morty was sent to the Cronenberg world, Jerry was sent to a random world after being mixed up at Jerryboree, the Jerry day-care, and Rick was returned to his still bombed out home. Rick tries to collect things from his old home to make it back, but the A.I. of his wife he created to haunt him reminded him that he held onto his revenge plans for too long. Instead, he vowed to finally settle in with his chosen family.

    Rick Prime's message
    Rick Prime's message

    The A.I. also implies to Rick that his rival, “Rick Prime” may have also been teleported back to his home dimension, the Cronenberg world. Rick traveled there to collect Morty and told him everything. They make it back to their old home where they find a clone of Rick Prime and a prerecorded message sowing doubt whether the clone is a trap or not. Thanks to his recent revelation, Rick doesn’t care and leaves.

    They also retrieve Jerry from his original world only to come home and find their world’s original Jerry returned. He had been taking a shower while the rest of the family was reuniting. He accidentally releases a parasitic creature that is going to destroy the world, so the family without the correct Jerry have to find yet another new home universe, where their variants all coincidentally died at the same time.

    Rickbot

    Rick's attempts to settle down with the family and going on classic adventures with Morty did not go according to plan. Eventually, Morty got distracted by yet another too-good-to-be-true group of heroes, The Knights of the Sun, and called Rick boring. After that, Rick created a robot double with a better attitude to spend time with the family while he locks himself in a lab under the garage to return to his hunt for Rick Prime.

    Rickbot's death
    Rickbot's death

    Unfortunately, Rickbot was too good. He created a real Star Wars lightsaber for Morty for Christmas. Morty obviously dropped the lightsaber in the perfect angle where it started to burn through the floor. When he and Rickbot chased it into Rick's underground lab, Rick was found out. After much arguing, Rick returns to his lab, leaving Rickbot behind to help the President with the lightsaber crisis. He eventually tracks down a Rick Prime killer drone but finds it mostly useless as a way of finding Rick Prime.

    As the lightsaber crisis gets out of hand, Morty and Rickbot are nearly lost in space but are saved at the last second by Rick with a portal. The mortally wounded Rickbot admits to Morty that Rick created him with good intentions, and Rick decides to include Morty in his hunt for Rick Prime. It is his real grandfather after all.

    Rick's Revenge

    Vengeance served
    Vengeance served

    Rick was fracking the Central Finite Curve looking for the Rick that killed his wife. The shockwaves of these attempts, however, went beyond the Curve and got the attention of Evil Morty, living in the infinite. He returned to Rick's new starship to try and perfect the tech and stop Rick from continuing to bother him. Evil Morty suggested Rick filter by probability stasis, but they end up catching a Rick-Prime trap, a clone of Rick-Prime which contained a black blob-like subdimensional prison.

    In this prison, Rick-Prime forced Rick, Morty, and Evil Morty to fight to death with other Ricks who were gunning for Rick-Prime. With Rick, Morty, and Evil Morty as the last players standing, they were forced to fight through a few more death traps before finally combining the black goo with Rick's green teleporter fluid and Evil Morty's yellow teleporter fluid to get them back to Rick's lab, so they can track the Omega Device, the weapon that Rick-Prime used to kill Diane across all dimensions.

    Once at Rick-Prime's facility, Rick-Prime taunted them by using the Omega Device on another member of Rick's family, Uncle Slow Mobius, killing every variant of him across the multiverse. In a fit of rage, Rick and Rick-Prime start to fight to the death while Morty and Evil Morty take care of all the other security measures. Rick-Prime nearly won until Evil Morty took the opportunity to wipes his backup clones, steal his unfinished plans, and set him up to be defenseless for Rick to get his final vengeance.

    Notable Variants

    As the Rick and Morty multiverse exists almost exclusively in the Central Finite Curve, a section of the infinite multiverse where Rick is the smartest person in each universe, there are nearly countless variants of Rick Sanchez. As such, this section is not a thorough list of every variant but a small selection of notable variants.

    Rick Prime

    Rick Prime is the real grandfather of canon Morty and the main nemesis of canon Rick. After offering canon Rick a shortcut to portal technology, Rick Prime is rejected and decides to kill canon Rick's wife and daughter, setting the events of the TV series in motion

    Cronenberg Rick

    Cronenberg Rick was a version of Rick that Cronenberged himself and Morty instead of the rest of the world. After canon Rick and Morty left their Cronenberg world, Cronengberg Rick and Morty arrived to take their place.

    Evil Morty's Rick

    Evil Morty's Rick is an especially abusive Rick whose Morty runs out of patience for. Using his own genius intellect, Evil Morty, beats Rick up and cybernetically enslaves him. Together, they kill Ricks and kidnap Mortys from across the Central Finite Curve as part of Evil Morty's plan to rid the known universe of Ricks. This version of Rick was killed before Evil Morty succeeded and was used as a patsy for Evil Morty's first attempt.

    Doofus Rick

    Doofus Rick is presumably from a world where they eat feces as seen on an Interdimensional Cable channel. He is part of a Citadel task force looking for canon Rick who is suspected for the crimes of Evil Morty. He is relatively kind and gets along with canon-Jerry. Although his intelligence is not respected, he might still be a genius due to existing within the Central Finite Curve.

    The Scientist Formerly Known As Rick

    This version of Rick is a parody of pop star, Prince, and was killed by Evil Morty.

    Rick D. Sanchez III and Simple Rick

    Rick D. Sanchez III is a parody of Willy Wonka. Simple Rick is a Rick that has a fulfilling life with Diane and Beth. Rick D. uses a comatose Simple Rick to distill his happy memories into addictive sugary snacks for all the other Ricks.

    Tall Morty

    This is an unintelligent Rick who was convinced he was a Morty and put into the Morty foster system on The Citadel. He presumably suffered brain damage as he exists in the Central Finite Curve.

    Toxic Rick

    Toxic Rick is a sentient humanoid glob of toxic byproduct created after Rick spent the day at an alien spa.

    Memory Rick

    Memory Rick is a younger version of Rick from his revolutionary days that exists in Birdperson's mind. They go on an adventure while canon Rick tries to undo the damage done to Birdperson's memories by the Galactic Council. He eventually traveled to Rick's mind but was then stranded in Jerry's memory after Jerry and Rick swapped minds.

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