Rick Sanchez, a titular protagonist from the Rick and Morty animated series, is a hyperintelligent super genius whose intellect is borderline divine, considering that he occasionally condemned, created, or even resurrected entire galactical species. He and the consequences of his actions span several different realities, making him omnipresent. If these qualities don’t constitute godhood, which ones do? In this article, we’ll examine the potential deity status of Rick Sanchez and if his far too human failings exclude him from godhood.
Let’s begin with a counter-argument to the statement of Rick Sanchez being a god. God is typically synonymous with a grand design or purpose, an antithesis to the chaos of mere existence. Basically, all the qualities our Rick seems to be lacking, considering that his grand designs consist of getting belligerently drunk or pulling an interdimensional scheme of some sort. However, there are deities across various mythologies who aren’t always associated with benevolent qualities, which is where Rick could potentially fit in.
There are several occurances that could make Rick a god, apart from his hyper-intelligence and omnipresence. For example, in the pilot episode, a drunken Rick wanted to destroy the world and start it over with Morty and high-school crush Jessica, being the next Adam and Eve. In Something Ricked This Way Comes episode, Summer works in an antique shop run by the Devil, who gives out and sells cursed items. He even gave Rick a cursed microscope that would diminish his intelligence.
However, Rick develops a technology that detects curses and uses technology to remove them, putting the Devil out of business. In Rick Potion #9, Jerry says that God was turning everyone into monsters when it was, in fact, Rick’s serum turning everyone into Cronenbergs. And these aren’t the only references to Rick being a god or a deity of some kind — there are plenty of other references throughout the show. One of the longer theories began in Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind episode with the statement that our Morty, which accompanies Rick C-137, is the Mortiest of Mortys and the Jesus of Mortys.
This sparked speculations that the Eyepatch Morty is Duffus Rick’s Morty due to the polar opposites between the two characters. Duffus Rick is a moron and nice, while Eyepatch Morty is smart and evil — an antichrist Morty. But if the Duffus Rick is a moron and nice, he’s then a polar opposite of our Rick, which is super smart and, well, Rick, for the lack of a better word — since he isn’t explicitly evil. He just has complete disregard for others and pursues his own goals.
With everything said, Rick is actually a deity — to his car battery. In The Ricks Must Be Crazy, Rick takes out Morty and Summer for ice cream, only to discover that his car battery is dead. It turns out that the entire battery contains an artificial universe inside it, created by Rick, along with a civilization that uses “gooble box” technology granted to them by Rick to generate electricity. But what the civilization wasn’t aware of was that Rick was taking the majority of generated power.
The battery stopped working because a scientist within the microverse battery developed his own microverse battery, rendering gobble boxes obsolete. However, there’s also a scientist within that microverse that created his microverse battery. Once the various inhabitants of microverses realize they’re just slaves used by Rick to make electricity, they rebel against him. So, for all intents and purposes, Rick C-137 is the god of the first microverse, since he created it, and he’s the reason it has intelligent life.
Some of those worlds even worship Rick as a benevolent Prometheus figure. However, all of this implies that even Rick’s own universe was similarly created by a scientist using it to power a toaster. Perhaps another Rick? With the ability to create entire universes teeming with intelligent life, Rick must be a deity of some kind, right? Well, there’s still a question of immortality; in most religions, gods are immortal, in the sense that they’re long-lived and usually don’t die unless killed or sacrificed.
For example, Baldr in Norse mythology was long-lived but killed; Quetzalcoatl of Mesoamerica purposefully set himself on fire out of shame; and strangely enough, his mother prayed to him to conceive and swallowed a small stone that resulted in pregnancy — she died after giving birth to none other than Quetzalcoatl. As far as we know, Rick still hasn’t conquered immortality, or at least longevity as such, which clearly separates him from at least some pantheons.
But then again, there are gods that are constantly dying and returning to life, like Osiris of Egypt, Inanna of Sumeria, Mesopotamian Ningishzida, etc. So, even if Rick’s lack of immortality isn’t really an obstacle to his “ascension,” since he has a constant supply of clones and an infinite number of alternate incarnations, which could equate to eternal life. This means that, by all accounts, Rick could very well be God in the Rick and Morty series. Do his human failings exclude him from godhood? Of course not; just pick up a book about Greek mythology — they make Rick look like a saint.