Fictional Character Case Study – Rick Sanchez (Rick and Morty) Part I

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Basically, Rick buys Morty a sex robot. Morty does what any teen would do and he gets an alien child. But this episode is important because we see Rick’s thoughts about women.

Rick ends up on an adventure with Summer, to try and find parents for Morty Jr. Actually, it’s Summer’s fault that she got involved because she stood in front of a portal while arguing with Rick about women since Rick stated that he doesn’t do adventures with chicks.

Rick and Summer end up trapped and with a broken portal gun, but as always, the story escalates.

We see Rick claiming women to be in a lower position than men, while Summer objects. Soon enough, Rick gets served, as the planet they end up on is actually a female planet. Rick being Rick, can’t stop complaining, ignoring the fact that maybe pretending to be Summer’s slave might save their lives, and ends up insulting the female rulers of Gazorpazorp.

While waiting on their death punishment, Rick does what he does best – apologizing to Summer for “letting her get them into this”, but Summer doesn’t react like Morty – she ignores it, finding a solution to get them out of the problem.

It’s interesting to delve into why Rick seems to despise women. Was he disappointed in his wife? On a few occasions, he mentions cheating in marriage. Was his wife the cheater?

We also see another character trait – Rick is often a nihilist as “nothing matter or has a point to it.”

Episode 8 – Something Ricked This Way Comes

Rick gets to meet the Devil himself!

The Devil wants to get Rick interested in his offers, so he gives him a microscope, but Rick doesn’t use it. Instead, he analyzes it and figures out that if he would’ve used it, it would’ve made him stupid.

There is a theory that in one of the realities the Doofus Rick from the Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind episode uses this microscope, ending up stupefied. But not our Rickest Rick!

Instead, he goes on to fight the Devil by opening up his own shop to take the curses off Devil’s items proving to actually be worse than the Devil and showing his competitiveness again.

Summer shows a bit more character development in these last few episodes, as she is the only one actually capable of making Rick internally ask himself some things.

As soon as she opposes Rick and tells him to enjoy “not caring”, Rick gives up.

We also see him joyfully greet Morty, but then quickly hiding his joy for seeing him again.

This is one of the rare instances where writers of Rick and Morty pulled Rick’s happiness through a brief moment.

In the end, he makes peace with Summer while they go out to kick the Devil’s ass. He accepts Summer as his sidekick (pun intended). This is a good set up for their future relationship and trust-building.

Episode 10 – Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind


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