Rick and Morty has become a cult hit during its two season run on Adult Swim. It’s one of the first shows on the network to receive a full half-hour timeslot, and it has made the most of every minute. Fans line up at Comic-Con to ask the panel questions, and everyone is on the edge of their seats every time news is released regarding the new season. This is so true that even a Rick and Morty Rick-roll was released to troll everyone and it was still loved.
While Rick and Morty may seem like a goofy cartoon on the surface, it’s so much more. Rarely do we see cartoons follow a rigid, linear storyline like Rick and Morty does, even if the show is episodic in nature. The creators, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, haven’t revealed the entirety of the secret plot, but there have been some insights into what they may be thinking. These little glimpses have given fans enough to run with, and countless fan theories have popped-up in regards to the show. While none of them have been confirmed, there are certainly some realistic theories in the bunch.
Here are 15 Fan Theories So Crazy They Might Be True.
15 The Contents of Rick’s Flask
Rick’s flask is one of the most prevalent items in the series. We see it in nearly every episode, but it’s never fully explained as to what’s inside. While an easy conclusion would be booze, the answer could lie in the first episode of the series. In this episode, Rick and Morty venture to find Megatree seeds; items that Rick says he desperately needs for his work. Rick tells Morty to put the seeds up his butt, and tells him that he will be very smart but will lose control of his motor functions when they wear off.
The theory states that the Megatree seeds are what Rick is drinking out of his flask, and the source of his intelligence. We’ve seen Rick inebriated, and he acts completely differently than when he’s only drinking from his flask. In order stave off the side effects, Rick drinks the potion constantly. The evidence that makes this theory even more convincing is the green drool that pours from Morty’s mouth as he withdraws from the tree seeds. This is the same drool we constantly see at the lips of Rick.
14 Morty is Insane
We know from the episode “Close Encounters of the Rick Kind” that Ricks need Mortys to cancel out their smart brain waves with other, less-smart brainwaves. This makes it impossible for the Federation to find him. In the first episode of the series, we are also told that Morty has some kind of disability, and that he shouldn’t be held out of school.
These two factors have led some to speculate that Morty is actually insane, and that these adventures are all just creations in Morty’s head. Some say he’s just mentally handicapped, but this wouldn’t explain all of the bizarre adventures the two of them go on.
The insanity theory can be explained by citing specific episodes and what may “really” be happening during the scenes, but other than that it doesn’t hold much water. The theory of Morty’s insanity would feel like a cop-out and it seems unlikely that the creators of the show will go this route, but you never know.
13 Unity is Beth’s Mother
The identity of Beth’s mother is never fully revealed, and all we really know about her is that she’s no longer with us (at least in the dimension C-137). In the episode entitled “Auto Erotic Assimilation", we are introduced to the hive-mind character Unity, who is presented as a former lover of Rick. The two clearly have an affinity for one another, but we are never told when or where their love affair began.
Since we don’t know anything about Beth’s mother, theories have arisen that have Unity taking control of the mind of a human and having sex with Rick. This human was impregnated, either by accident or on purpose, but Unity left the mind of the human she was inhabiting and therefore left Rick as well. This left Rick with a woman he didn’t know at all, and could be the reason Rick abandoned Beth and her mother.
12 Rick and Jerry Never Left the Simulation
There have been a lot of speculation regarding how Rick will escape his jail cell in season three of the series, and some think a clue may lie in the episode, "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!” In this episode, Rick and Jerry are trapped in a simulation by aliens who are trying to get the recipe for concentrated dark matter. The episode takes twists and turns, and Rick is perpetually trapped in a simulation inside a simulation. The episode ends with Rick getting the better of the group, but some think that the story didn’t end there.
There is speculation that Rick never left the simulation, and will possibly be released from it to begin season three. The main piece of evidence to support this theory is the presence of the Plutonians in this episode. The aliens that live on Pluto make an appearance in a later episode, but a zoomed-in shot can be seen first in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!” The creators could have added this detail as a hint that Rick is still in a simulation, going through his life thinking he is in the real world (or simply playing along, possibly outsmarting them by getting captured).
11 Rick is Morty
One of the more far-fetched theories that has sprung out of the series is that Rick is actually Morty from the future. There isn’t necessarily any concrete evidence to prove this, other than the science fiction nature of the show, but it’s worth exploring as a possible answer. Morty could have grown up with his mother noticeably distraught over the loss of her father, and when he was old enough to play the part he traveled back in time and inserted himself in the family.
This would explain his presence in the family and urge to take his younger self on adventures, but it doesn’t explain much else. This theory is unlikely to be true for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that time travel has never been explored in Rick and Morty. Time travel makes things messier, but it also opens the door for all types of possibilities.
10 Not My Rick and Morty
This theory revolves around the episode “Total Rickall”, where the family is infested with an alien parasite that implants positive memories in their brains. This is the first time we are introduced to the character of Mr. Poopybutthole, whom we assume is just another parasite until the end. Beth ends up shooting him, believing that he is a parasite as well, but he starts to bleed out and cry for help as if he is a real person.
While some people take this at face value, assuming that it’s just a funny twist the creators added, others see the bigger picture. Rick and Morty is a show that is heavily reliant on canon. They don’t deviate from what’s real, and whoever dies in the universe stays dead forever. This means that the creators wouldn’t add a character out of nowhere just for laughs.
The overwhelming theory in regards to this episode is that we are following a different Rick and Morty than the ones we usually see. In this universe, Mr. Poopybutthole has been part of the family since the beginning. If this is true, it throws all other episodes into question, and muddies the water of linear storytelling.
9 Rick Left to Create Morty and/or Summer
This theory is focused on the “Interdimensional Cable” episode from the series, where the family (apart from the two protagonists) is obsessed with what they would have become in parallel universes. Most universes seem to have a Jerry and a Beth, but not many tend to have a Summer. This indicates that Beth and Jerry didn’t get together in other universes, and therefore didn’t create a Morty for Rick to bring along with him. Rick had to leave the family in order to be the catalyst that Beth needed in order to stay with Jerry as a positive male figure in her life.
Another variation of this theory has Rick leaving for the purpose of creating Summer. As we know, most universes have a Rick and most Ricks have a Morty. In “Interdimensional Cable,” it is presented that Beth and Jerry are meant for each other. This could mean that they would eventually get married and have Morty regardless, but Summer would have never existed. This means that Rick, knowing what would happen, left the family in order to heighten the chances of Beth and Jerry having Summer.
8 Who Tipped-Off the Federation?
Rick is on the run from the galactic federation, an alien government that he is constantly rebelling against. We know how Rick was eventually caught, and that Tammy was inserted into Summer’s school in order to gather information on the fugitive Rick Sanchez. What we don’t know is how the Federation was tipped-off to Rick’s whereabouts in the first place.
One of the theories references the first episode, where Morty went through the galactic airport with Megatree seeds in his butt. This could have alerted the federation to where Rick was hiding in the universe, prompting them to send Tammy to follow his high school grandson, Morty. She would have narrowed down her search when she found a Mr. Meeseeks in her school with Summer.
Another theory has one of the family feeding information to the federation. Some say it’s Jerry or Beth, as Beth could still be angry that Wick left her. The more interesting theory, though, is that this version of Morty is working with the federation to take Rick down.
7 The Rick We Know
As we know from multiple episodes of Rick and Morty, the Rick and the Morty that are familiar to us are not the only Rick and Morty in the infinite multiverse. Beyond that, our Rick is not above taking the place of another Rick, as we see in “Rick Potion No. 9.”
This has led some to theorize that the Rick we are following is not the original Rick from dimension C-137. It is possible that the Rick we know may have gotten his family killed, and replaced the Rick from the C-137 timeline, who had either died on an adventure or killed himself (very dark but we’ve seen Rick go there in the past).
The primary evidence for this theory is the picture of Rick with a baby Morty (presumably) in Bird Person’s house. When Rick’s memories are being viewed by the evil Rick, we also see a memory of him and a young Morty there. The Rick we know has memories of a young Morty; memories that shouldn’t be there if he is indeed from the C-137 dimension.
6 The Community Theory
This theory, while not a mainstream Reddit theory, is plausible all the same. It was presented by Screen Rant’s own J.M. Brandt. Community creator Dan Harmon is one of the co-creators of Rick and Morty along with Justin Roiland. Community was a cult hit, and many of the fans were sad to see it go.
In the final episode of the series, Chang pitches an idea to the group that involves a character called “Ice Block Head.” The character is voiced by Justin Roiland (the voice of both Rick and Morty) and it talks in the way that multiple characters in Rick and Morty do.
This theory asserts that Rick and Morty is simply the delusion of Chang, the eccentric character from another Dan Harmon show. While it may not be what Rick and Morty is aiming for, it is completely in the realm of possibility that Harmon’s overall idea includes a Community crossover.
5 Rick is Aware that He’s on TV
There’s a lot to unpack in this one, but the general idea is that Rick has become aware that he is the subject of a television show in our universe. In the episode, “The Ricks Must Be Crazy,” the idea of universes inside a universe is explored. Rick created a universe, and he is essentially God. When one of his subjects learns that Rick is his creator, he does everything he can to prevent Rick from destroying his universe.
Now, jump to the episode “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind.” In this episode, when Rick comes to console Jerry, we see a conspiracy map on the wall behind Rick’s bed. Strings can be seen going from popular characters and items from the show, such as Mr. Meeseeks, Rick’s spaceship, and Rick’s portal gun. He is connecting the dots to something; but what is it?
Some theorize that he has figured out what events turn into episodes. Rick has figured out who his God is, and it’s us. This is why he’s constantly breaking the fourth wall and creating catchphrases. He wants to keep the show interesting so that the creators won’t cancel it, therefore destroying his universe.
4 Rick Knows He Can’t Die
If Rick has indeed become aware that he is living in a universe which is reliant on the entertainment value of Rick and Morty, then he also knows the limitations that are put in place by his creators, or his Gods. We often see Rick as almost bored in the face of danger. He takes his time to get out of sticky situations, and even when Morty is freaking out he seems calm and collected. This is because, if we accept the above theory, he knows that he cannot be killed.
Even when he attempts suicide after Unity leaves him, he moves his head out of the way at the last moment. Rick knows he can’t die, which makes him bold but also bored. There is no excitement for him, as he knows that he will eventually be saved.
This theory also explains why Rick allowed himself to be captured. He could know that the show runners would eventually have to write him out of the situation, and for that reason he’s confident he’d be saved.
3 Evil Morty’s Rick
In the episode “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind”, we are introduced to the characters Evil Rick and Evil Morty. In the end, Evil Rick turns out to be an android, and Evil Morty was revealed to be the brains of the operation. It’s likely that we haven’t seen the last of this Evil Morty, but this theory gives more insight into who he is and how he got this way.
The theory is centered around an idea from earlier: that the Rick we follow is not the original Rick from the C-137 timeline. While we don’t know what happened to that Rick, it is assumed that the Rick we see was the Rick to the evil Morty. We know that this Rick was absent from Beth’s life for 20 years, but in this episode we also see a memory of Rick holding a baby Morty.
The theory states that the Rick we know was in Beth’s life the entire time, but left his Morty because he was getting too smart through all of the experimenting. Something happened to turn this Morty evil, and this theory explains why Evil Morty would want to frame this Rick for his crimes.
2 The Rick and Morty War
If we accept the above theory as true, it explains the motive behind Evil Morty: he was somehow scorned by the Rick we’ve come to know and was turned against all of Rick-kind. Evil Morty started assassinating Ricks and caused instability among the Rick ranks by framing one of their own. When we see our Rick and Morty find the base of their evil counterparts, it is revealed that our Rick toyed with the same idea, although this was on an unnecessarily greater scale.
The theory that extrapolates on the "Evil Morty's Rick" theory says that Evil Morty got the idea from our Rick, but is using it to turn all Mortys against Ricks for good. When the Mortys escape and kill Evil Rick, this is exactly what Evil Morty wants. He is trying to create a war between Ricks and Mortys, including a possible uprising against their oppressors.
The Evil Morty storyline will likely be brought up again, and theories like these provide the most likely reasoning for the involvement of the group.
1 The Ticket Theory
This theory was broken by a YouTuber by the name of The Save Point Guild. The theory relates to the Mr. Poopybutthole theory, but it originates in the episode “Mortynight Run.” In the beginning of the episode, we see the C-137 Rick and Morty drop Jerry off at daycare and walk away with a 5126 ticket. At the end of the episode, when they return to the daycare, the Rick and Morty we’ve been following is approached by another Rick and Morty and asked if they have the 5126 Jerry.
These scenes show us that the Rick and Morty we’ve been following this episode are not the C-137 Rick and Morty we’re used to. To make this even more apparent, in the episode where Mr. Poopybutthole is introduced, we see Rick throwing away the same crystals he was picking up in “Mortynight Run.”
This means that we’ve seen two Ricks and Mortys, one set from a dimension where Mr. Poopybutthole has been a part of the family forever. Keep in mind, that in the C-137 dimension, Rick was captured. If the “Mortynight Run” events didn’t occur in the C-137 dimension, there happens to be a highly-trained assassin who could still be alive and willing to help his friend.
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