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These 16 Rick and Morty Fan Theories Will Blow Your Mind

Updated September 20, 2019 52.9k votes 10.9k voters 563.8k views16 items

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Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty is one of the twistiest, timey-wimey shows on television. Because of its multi-layered narrative structure, there are hundreds of Rick and Morty fan theories (if not more), all supported by quotes from the show. This list looks at some of the most interesting theories that cut through the BS and elaborate on the show's philosophical elements. Some fan theories about Rick and Morty are so good that you might question everything you thought you knew about the weirdest grandfather, and grandson duo on television. Some of these Rick and Morty conspiracy theories might even substantiate your own theories about the show. Take a look at these crazy good Rick and Morty theories and try not to lose your mind.

The big question at the center of almost every Rick and Morty theory is “Who is Rick Sanchez?” And why is he so obsessed with Morty? This list has theories about whether or not Rick and Morty are from the same universe, ponders the upsides of cloning, and even plumbs the depths of the most important substance in the world: ice cream. Also: what is the nature of science? All of these Rick and Morty fan theories have a nugget of truth in them, and they’ll change the way you watch the show forever.

Vote up the fan theories that are actually kind of smart, and then leave a comment with what you think is really going on in the Rick and Morty universe.

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    Rick Is So Smart Because of Super Trees

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    In the first episode of the series we not only learn that super trees and their seeds are important to Rick's research, but that when ingested they make you super smart. It would make sense that Rick's been distilling super tree seeds into the liquid that he keeps in his flask to help his stay one step ahead of all the other Ricks.
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    The Jerriest Jerry

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    Everyone knows that Morty's dad is a big ol' wimp, but what if the Jerriest Jerry was actually a great dad who was waiting for the right moment to step up and be a man? When Rick accidentally turned their original (at least for the sake of discussion) universe into a Cronenberg Universe, the Jerry who was there was just waiting to be the best he could be, making him the Jerriest Jerry.
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    Evil Morty Is Actually a Rick

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    This theory is actually pretty nuts, but it's so crazy it might just be true. One fan believes that Evil Morty is actually Rick who swapped his brain out with Morty in an attempt to easily bring down the Council of Ricks. An even more intriguing twist to this theory is that Evil Morty's old brain is now residing in Doofus Rick (which is why Doofus Rick is so stupid).
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    Rick Committed Suicide

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    Well, one of the Ricks might have killed himself. This theory feeds into the idea that the Rick we know isn't originally from the universe we're presented with at the beginning of the series, but instead he took over for the original Rick who succeeded in committing suicide while he was estranged from Beth.
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