-!SPOILERS FOR RICK AND MORTY SEASONS 1 THROUGH 3!-
Oh, it feels good to be doing a top ten list again. The last one I did was back in February! Damn, time does fly! Anyway, with the latest season of Rick and Morty airing it’s finale a couple weeks ago now, I thought that it would be a great time to do a top ten list that has been on my mind for quite a while. My top 10 favourite characters from Rick and Morty!
Remember that this list is purely my own preference and there is no other person in any possible universe who’s opinion impacted my list. Just mine! Also, I’m going to give myself a few rules. The first one being that I’m not going to use any characters that have only ever appeared in an interdimensional cable short. Another one is that I’m giving myself here is that I’m not going to use neither Rick nor Morty or any alternate version of them. I feel like the list wouldn’t really be as fun then and I do want to give a lot of the secondary and tertiary characters a chance here. But I guess that I might as well mention here that I was very close to putting Evil Morty on my list, just because of how amazing the Ricklantis Mixup was. I ultimately decided against it, though. I also decided not to put in any characters who debuted in season 3 and that I’m not going to use any humans. Just to define a human character real quick, I mean a member of the human species born on Earth to two human parents. So, without any further delays, let’s get started with my list!
Starting off the list in my tenth spot is none other than Scary Terry! This guy appeared in the second episode of the show Lawnmower Dog as the hilarious parody of Freddy Krueger. He takes all of the things that are famous about Freddy and does them to a ludicrous over-the-top level. From the disfigured face to the ridiculous amount of times he uses the word bitch, Scary Terry really does it all. One of the best things about his character, however, is the Monster Inc-style humanisation of him. He eventually goes home to his family and it turns out that running around, screaming at people at stabbing them with his gloves is nothing more than his day job. Rick and Morty feel sorry for the guy to the point that they end up helping him. Oh, and talking about the two of them, the cherry-on-top with Scary Terry is Rick’s fourth-wall-breaking humour about how he’s nothing but a rip-off of a classic horror movie character.
And my ninth favourite character is Unity! The writers of Rick and Morty took a very common concept in science fiction, mind control, and put their own creative twist on it. Every time that someone who has already been taken over by Unity vomits into someone else’s mouth, they also lose control over themselves to her. The best part about Unity is that they were able to essentially give an entire planet of people one personality. In fact, we never really see what Unity definitely looks like, but we are still able to consider her as a character. And what makes her even more unique is that she is the only character in the entire show so far that has successfully been able to bring Rick to his lowest. No matter who he is dealing with, he always seems to have the upper hand, but that all changes with Unity. At the end of Auto Erotic Assimilation, we even see Unity drive Rick to attempt suicide, which only failed because Rick was too drunk to kill himself.
And next up is Fart! This guy appeared in Mortynight Run as Krombopulous Michael’s target. However, Morty decided to save Fart and bring him back to his homeworld. They bonded with each other as they murdered tons of innocent gearpeople, however, Morty ultimately made the call to kill Fart, once he found out about his agenda to, well, commit intergalactic genocide. My favourite thing about Fart has to be how he breaks into beautiful song accompanied by trippy animated visuals. Also, Jemaine Clement does an incredible job at voicing this character, which sounds exactly how you would expect a gaseous being that is vastly superior in intellect to humanity might sound.
And in my seventh spot, I put Revolio Clockber Jr., who is also known as Gearhead! He rarely gets much love from Rick and Morty fans, however, I personally think that he is one of the most creative characters that the show’s writers have come up with. I love his hilarious obsession with gearperson history in the first season finale and his second appearance in Mortynight Run was also fun to watch. I especially liked what I assume is a Men in Black reference as Rick is in a hurry to get away. And, of course, his famous line Calling me Gearhead is like calling a Chinese person Asia face! always cracks me up.
And, look at that, we’ve got three characters in a row now that appear in Mortynight Run. My sixth favourite character is Krombopulous Michael! The plot of the episode required an assassin-for-hire character and the writers of the show could have very easily just made up some cliché, badass killer wearing a face mask. But instead, they came up with one of the most memorable fictional assassins of all time! The things that separates him from the typical movie assassin is that he’s open and friendly. He enjoys talking about his profession, because… say it with me… he just loves killing! This gromflomite murderer was brought back in the season three episode Rickshank Rickdemption due to fan request and hopefully will appear again at some point down the line.
Next up we have good old Squanchy! He first appeared in the season one finale, but he played his biggest role in the season two finale Wedding Squanchers, which featured Bird Person and Tammy’s wedding, at which Squanchy is the marriage officiant. By the end of the episode, when it turned out that Tammy was actually an undercover operative working for the Galactic Federation, he consumed some liquid he was hiding in his tooth, that allowed him to… basically turn into the Hulk. Unfortunately, there is evidence that suggests he was then killed by Tammy in battle. One of the most fun things about Squanchy is his language, which replaces most verbs with a form of the word Squanch. This word can mean anything from playing video games to engaging in erotic asphyxiation.
And in fourth place, we have Mr Poopybutthole! This awesome guy first appeared in Total Rickall, leading viewers to believe that he was a parasite. However, by the end of the episode, it turned out Mr Poopybutthole is a long-time friend of the Smith family. This is weird, though, because he has never appeared on the show prior to then, leading us to believe that this episode takes place in a universe that we have never seen before. Mr Poopybutthole became so loved among fans that the writers still keep bringing him back now and then and we know from his appearance in the season three finale that he now has a wife and child. And if you still aren’t convinced that he deserves the title of being the fourth best Rick and Morty character, he breaks the fourth wall on multiple occasions and makes it very clear that he knows Rick and Morty is a tv show.
And in the penpenultime (a term geniusly coined by yours truly) spot we have Snuffles… also known as Snowball! This self-aware, little dog only ever appeared in one episode, though I am hoping he will come back at some point. The episode he was featured in is Lawnmower Dog. In this episode, Rick crafted him a helmet that made him intellectually superior to four-fifths of the Smith family and allowed him to take over the world with his fellow canines. The writers did a great job at showing Snowball finally have revenge on humanity, but spare Morty. My only real criticism of how the whole ordeal was executed is that, in my opinion, it was done to early. Lawnmower Dog was the second-ever episode of Rick and Morty. If they had waited and aired the episode later on in season one, or in a later season altogether, Snuffles would have already been an established member of the main cast and his taking over of the world would have been even more entertaining to watch.
And in second place, I had to put Birdperson! He is very popular among Rick and Morty fans for good reason. His monotone voice, spreading bird wisdom is very fun to listen to and he has some of the most quotable lines in the whole series. Furthermore, Birdperson stands out from all of the other wacky characters in the Rick and Morty canon, as he is really the only true friend that Rick seems to have (except for Squanchy, who they started a band with). He is also one of the few returning characters that actually played a big part in the season plot. Throughout season two, Birdperson and Tammy developed their relationship, until it came to a shocking conclusion (not clickbait) in the finale. And despite the fact that he got killed in that episode, he came back in the season three premiere as a walking, talking Jean Grey reference.
My pick for the number one best Rick and Morty character may be quite an unusual and not a very popular one, but this short-lived character really resonates with me. I am talking about the half-famous, half-infamous Abradolf Lincler! He is a genetic mix between Adolf Hitler and Abraham Lincoln, who was created by Rick to be the perfect leader. Of course, there was a bit of a classic Frankenstein-style story there and Abradolf ran away from his creator. However, in the season two premiere, he tried to redeem himself in Rick’s eyes and died trying retrieve what he thought were some special crystals that would allow them to go back home. And Morty sure as hell was mad when he found out that they were actually space-cocaine. And well, maybe Lincler wouldn’t have even been close to being my favourite Rick and Morty character if he didn’t say my favourite line in the show.
Prepare to be emancipated from your own inferior genes!
So, that’s it for my ten favourite Rick and Morty characters. Let me know what your favourites are! By the way, I wanted to also feature the opinions of the hosts of the Interdimensional RSS Feed: The Unofficial Rick and Morty Podcast, so I tweeted out to them, but they are apparently still thinking about it. Either way, I think that if you are a Rick and Morty fan, you should totally check out their podcast. And even if you aren’t, you might enjoy their other podcast, Apathetic Enthusiasm. Also, if you would like to read a short post I wrote up about Pickle Rick, go to my mom’s blog. Anyway, I hope that you all enjoyed this post. Please, let me know what you think of it in the comments! Share this post on your social media if you feel like you want other people to know about it. Talking about social media, don’t forget to like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, follow me on Twitter and subscribe to me on YouTube. But that’s it for now. See thee soon!