Evil Morty made his first appearance in the episode "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind," but that wasn't the last time the audience got a glimpse at the Morty who has a real vendetta against the Ricks. The last we saw of him was in episode seven of the third season, "The Ricklantis Mixup," where he became the president of the Citadel of Ricks. One popular fan theory about Rick and Morty is that Evil Morty will end up becoming the series's ultimate villain. In both episodes, Evil Morty manages to outsmart any and all Ricks he plots against - he even tricked the Rick Sanchez we all know and love. He has no qualms about whacking off a Rick or two, whether it's because they tried to get in his way or just because it was all a part of his grander schemes. Some fans think that there's a big reason why Evil Morty holds such a grudge against Ricks and it all has to do with their treatment of Mortys. Mortys, as revealed by "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind" are largely interchangeable to most Ricks. One Citadel Rick even offers up a voucher for a replacement Morty. It's no secret that the other Ricks in the Citadel of Ricks consider themselves to be far superior to Mortys and think of them as nothing more than ornamental sidekicks. Under the rule of Rick, Mortys are abused, experimented on, and abandoned. Maybe Evil Morty decided to punish the Ricks for their mistreatment of his fellow Mortys.
Some fans even believe that Evil Morty is going to try and sway regular Morty to his side. Perhaps that's the reason Evil Morty plotted to get our Rick and Morty to his secret lair in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind." It could have been a ruse to get Morty there so he could convince him to switch allegiances, but his plans were stalled by Rick. Then again, in "The Ricklantis Mixup," Evil Morty showed that he didn't mind offing a few Mortys if they started digging up his past, so who knows. All we know is that we're going to be seeing a lot more of Evil Morty as the series continues.
Gravity Falls is a cartoon that aired on the Disney Channel and it is, most definitely, a kid's show. Rick and Morty is a cartoon that plays on Adult Swim and it is, most definitely, not a kid's show. The two shows are both science fiction/fantasy romps, but on the outside, it would seem like that's the only thing they have in common. Yet that might not be the case if you dive a little deeper. In "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind," there's a scene where Rick and Morty are on the run from some Ricks from the Citadel. Rick opens up several portals to throw them off their trail. From one of those portals, you might be able to catch the moment three items come flying out: a pen, a notepad, and a mug with a red question mark. It's a short, easily overlooked moment, but for this argument's sake, it's vitally important. The mug is the link connecting the two shows. Gravity Falls' main location is the Mystery Shack, whose unofficial logo is a question mark.
Need more proof? We can also tell you the exact moment those three items went flying through a portal from Gravity Falls' universe to the Rick and Morty universe. In the Gravity Falls episode "Society of the Blind Eye," we see Uncle Stan working on an interdimensional portal. Once he gets it working, it sucks everything out of his hands and through the portal. The three things he was holding? A pen, a notepad, and a mug with a red question mark, the exact items we saw flying out of the portal in Rick and Morty. There's a reason why these two universes are linked. The shows' creators, Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) are actually really good friends in real life. Since the shows have two vastly different audiences, it's unlikely that they'll ever have a crossover episode, but these little Easter eggs give us hope that the idea isn't dead.
In a series where the main characters routinely hop from dimension to dimension at the drop of a hat, you've got to wonder: has Rick ever had to start over before? Fans of the show believe that it's a possibility that the current Morty that Rick pals around with isn't Rick's original Morty. In fact, the dimension that we the audience first see him in isn't his original dimension either if this theory is to be believed. One piece of evidence the fans use is the fact that Beth, Rick's daughter, says he's been gone for the last 20 years and that his reappearance is a very recent thing. From the show, we know that Morty is only 14-years-old, so how is it that in the episode "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind," Rick has a memory of seeing Morty when he was a baby? There's also the moment in the "Get Schwifty" episode where Morty is looking at pictures on Birdperson's wall and notices a photo of Rick holding him when he was just a baby. How could Rick have held an infant Morty if he'd abandoned his family years before Morty was ever born?
One theory suggests that Rick is actually from a different dimension. It's possible that in that dimension, Rick didn't abandon his family, instead staying on to help raise Morty, which explains why he has memories and photos of himself with Morty as a baby. Another bit of evidence that supports this theory is the fact that Rick kind of cavalierly abandons his dimensions whenever things get too rough for him. This was seen in "Rick Potion #9" when Rick accidentally dooms the Earth to live as horrible monsters, then cuts his losses and takes Morty to a new dimension. It was there that their counterparts solved the monster crisis but died soon afterward so they could take their places. During this switch, Morty was obviously unsettled, but Rick stayed as cool as a cucumber, suggesting that this wasn't the first time he had to cut and run. It could be that Rick did something so terrible that either his entire family died, or banished him from their lives, so he left that dimension and went to a different one where he hadn't messed things up and where the original Rick wouldn't be coming back, probably because he was dead.
One big mystery of the show is the question of who is Evil Morty. There are several theories about who he is and where he came from, but one of the most interesting theories includes a very brief scene from the show's opening credits. The credits are mostly clips that actually happen over the course of the season and they change depending on which season it's currently on. There is an exception to this though: the very first and the very last clips. In the first clip, Rick and Morty are running in some sort of desert, alien planet. Rick uses his portal gun to open a portal on the ground and jumps through it. Morty trips and falls to the ground, looking up just in time to see the portal close behind Rick, leaving him stranded on a hostile planet just as two giant monsters reach him. Some fans believe this unfortunate Morty is actually Evil Morty. Being abandoned by his Rick when he needed him the most is the true reason why he's so evil and set on destroying Rick.
Mega trees and their incredibly useful seeds appear in the first episode. Rick shanghai's Morty into going with him to get the seeds, which only grow on Mega trees, which only exist in a certain dimension. The seeds can give a burst of superintelligence once they are dissolved in a human body, but the effects are only temporary and after they wear off, the user loses their motor skills and a significant amount of brain activity for 72 hours. It's already established that Rick is a super genius, but this Rick is often able to outsmart the Ricks from other dimensions as easily as anything else, so it's safe to say that he's one of the smartest Ricks in all the multiverse.
According to one theory, it's suggested that Rick uses the mega seeds as a way to boost his intelligence. In fact, that could be the liquid in the flask he always carries. As more proof of this theory, some fans point to the fact that Rick often drools. This could be chalked up to his constant state of casual drunkenness, or it could be a symptom of him consuming some kind of mega seed juice. This is further supported by the fact that after Morty is exposed to the mind-altering seeds and the superintelligence wore off, he fell to the ground, twitching and drooling.
One popular theory on how Evil Morty came to be is that he is the original Morty for the Rick we follow. An earlier theory suggested that perhaps the universe we first see Rick in is not his original universe. It's possible that, Rick being Rick, he mucked things up for himself so badly that he had to leave his dimension behind and start over in a new dimension with a new family. This would explain why he has memories and photos of himself with baby Morty when he was supposed to be gone during those years, according to Beth. Perhaps, Evil Morty was the Morty Rick abandoned in his original dimension, so that Morty knows, more than anyone else, just how unreliable and selfish Rick really is.
It's also possible that, in that dimension, Rick never abandoned his family and, instead, stayed around for Morty's entire life, training him to be a genius just like his grandfather. In the episode "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind," Rick intimates that Mortys shouldn't get too overconfident, as that can lead to problems. "A cocky Morty can lead to some big problems," said Rick, "It can be a real big problem for everybody." He seems very sure that this is the case, but how would he know unless he's had to deal with a cocky Morty, or maybe even helped raise one? Add to this the fact that directly after Rick said this, it's revealed that the Rick that had been accompanying Evil Morty around was actually a robot, a robot controlled by Evil Morty. Almost seems like the showrunners did that on purpose. A linked history between our Rick and Evil Morty would also explain why Evil Morty took such an interest in this particular Rick, enough interest to try and frame him for Evil Morty's own crimes. It's not just a grudge against all Ricks, this one is personal.
Here's a theory that explains why Rick takes such an interest in Morty: he sees himself in him, literally. You see, this theory suggests Morty isn't actually Rick's grandson, but his clone. Let's list their similarities. First, both have very distinctive speech impediments, most notably their stammer. Additionally, it seems like the longer Morty stays in Rick's company, the smarter he becomes, as evidenced in "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender," when Morty is able to successfully disable a bomb Rick made during a bender. In that same episode, Morty reveals that this isn't the first time he's had to disable whatever haphazard explosive his alcoholic grandfather whipped up.
There's also the fact that when Rick needed to disguise himself as a high schooler, he turned into "Tiny Rick" as opposed to creating a younger version of himself. Why? Simply to hide the fact that young Rick and Morty were totally identical at the same age. Lastly, there are their noses. Both Rick and Morty have long, rounded noses, unlike everyone else in the family; Beth, Jerry, and Summer all have pointed noses. It's just a theory, but that would explain why almost every Rick has a Morty, because they cloned him.