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Rick and Morty is the sci-fi cartoon that has taken the world by storm. It’s become the most-watched series in the history of Adult Swim and has led to a total pop culture domination. It’s memorable episodes has inspired many fan-crazed memes, outcries, and most of all theories. The are an amazing amount of theories about Rick and Morty out there, and some of them are not totally far-fetched. I mean, anything could be possible with a show surrounds the unordinary life of 14-year-old Morty Smith who goes on extreme adventures to other dimensions with his alcoholic, mad scientist grandfather Rick Sanchez, who has proved himself to be pretty much the smartest man alive. But what if Morty is just as smart as Rick or has the potential to be? That is just what this fan theory states:
Crazy it may sound to some, it’s really not when you add up all of the evidence that we already have. Morty just might not be the awkward, shaky-voiced, character that many know him to be. Rick sees something in Morty and maybe we haven’t been really paying close attention to it. Notice how Rick is always discouraging Morty from going to school, stating how it’s “not a place for smart people”. That quote may sound absurd to most, but think of it as a sign. Rick possibly sees something in Morty that he considers is way beyond an average high school education. When Morty wants to do normal teenage things like asking his crush out or when the subject is on procreation and romance, here comes grandpa Rick, insisting that Morty “break the cycle and focus on science.” Why would Rick be pushing Morty this hard and taking him on his insane adventures if he didn’t think his grandson has the potential to become as genius as he is one day? Not to mention, these adventures are often life-threatening. I don’t think Rick would bother taking Morty along if he thought he couldn’t handle it. If you aren’t convinced by now, what if I said there’s also evidence that ties in with Evil Morty?
Evil Morty. He’s a fan favorite that has been the center of many fan theories, and now this one. Friendly reminder that Evil Morty challenged the Council of Ricks and won in a campaign. This could be a hint that a Morty is more capable than you think, including our Morty. Meanwhile in the same episode, Rick states how “a cocky Morty can be a real bad thing for everyone.” When Morty asks “How is that?”, Rick replies with “Uh, I’ll explain when you’re older.” and then just like that. The episode cuts to the scene where Evil Morty is revealed as the mastermind behind the episode’s plot. I don’t think a coincidence is logical at this point. Rick is aware of Morty’s dangerous intelligence, and Evil Morty just might be a symbol of this. It’s only a matter of time before it’s revealed.
A huge thanks to Alex Ducey for this fascinating theory. You can find his original fan theory here: https://www.reddit.com/r/FanTheories/comments/6wc4yn/rick_and_morty_morty_is_as_smart_as_rick/ I highly suggest you read his full theory. It highlights so much that you probably haven’t thought about before.