Rick and Morty is an animated sitcom that is a high-concept sci-fi rigamarole jam-packed with dark comedic themes, which makes it one of the best Adult Swim TV shows. It follows the adventures of 70-year-old Rick Sanchez, the smartest man in every conceivable universe, and his 14-year-old “grandson” as they live their everyday lives in Universe C-137. However, throughout its Season 3 run in 2017, fans have posed the question: are Rick and Morty actually the same person?
Throughout Season 3, Rick and Morty explore some pretty far-out concepts. From creating an Abraham Lincoln/Adolf Hitler mash-up to dating a hive-mind entity, Rick seems to have done it all. Morty joins his adventures relatively late in the game, but there are some theories about Rick's relationship to Morty that suggest Morty wasn't missing out on the experiences. Essentially, theorists posit that Morty will eventually share all of Rick's experiences because they are the same person. That's right, there's a Rick and Morty fan theory that suggests that Morty is actually 14-year-old Rick.
Although this theory explains a few things (like the similarities between the characters in speech and personality), it also raises a lot of questions (like if Morty is Rick, then who is Morty's real grandpa? And why do they have different names if they're the same person?). To find these answers and more, check out all these reasons why Rick and Morty are definitely the same person.
In “Rick Potion #9,” Rick accidentally “Cronenbergs” the entire universe, and is forced to travel to another universe and take the place of a different Rick who had recently died. Morty loses it after seeing his own corpse and Rick tries to calm him down by explaining that there are an infinite amount of universes, and they’re just going to "slip into the place of their dead selves in this reality, and everything will be fine.”
Has Rick done this before? It certainly seems so, given how calm he is about seeing a dead version of himself. He also mentions that this isn’t something he can do every week - that there are only three or four more chances to take the identities of other Rick/Morty’s, which suggests Rick has crunched the numbers on this before.
So, let's break this down. If Rick and Morty are the same person, then Morty's real grandfather would have to be Rick, right? Given how Rick was so calm when burying his own body in "Rick Potion #9," it makes sense that Rick has killed a version of himself before to take on the role of "grandfather."
Meaning Rick used to be a young Morty who killed the "grandfather" to become Rick the grandfather. This would mean that one day, if Morty wanted to become the grandfather, then he would kill Rick, right? Fans who believe that Morty is actually his own grandfather relate him to Fry from Futurama.
Rick and Morty have surprisingly similar voices. Their dialogue has an almost improvisational tone. Keep in mind that Morty is only 14, and likely hasn’t fully progressed through puberty yet. Rick, on the other hand, has 70 years of flask-drinking, Kalaxian Crystal-snorting, and multi-verse jumping to gruff-up his voice.
Sure, Justin Roiland does the voice for both Rick and Morty, but the characters also share similar, intentional speaking habits. Both characters stammer a lot and stutter on their W’s, which suggests it’s something that Morty never grew out of as he aged into Rick.
In the Season 3 opener, “The Rickshank Rickdemption,” Rick is held captive by the Galactic Federation, and an agent is sent into his brain Inception-style to see how Rick invented his infamous portal gun. Rick shows the agent a “flashback" of young Rick and his family, where Rick mentions that he used to wear blue pants. Who else wears blue pants? Morty.
Could this be a subtle hint to a deeper relationship between Rick and Morty? Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland are known to include subtle clues disguised as sight-gags.