Even Die Hard Rick & Morty Fans Missed the REAL Evil Morty

Evil Morty is a character within the Rick and Morty franchise that has held fans’ attention for years as he is the only Morty who was capable of outsmarting and manipulating not just one Rick, but the Citadel of Ricks. While Evil Morty is one of the more fascinating aspects of Rick and Morty, there is one thing about him that fans have been getting wrong since his introduction: he’s not the real Evil Morty.

The version of Morty that has been dubbed Evil Morty in the Rick and Morty television series made his first appearance in Rick and Morty season 1, episode 10 “Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind.” In that episode, this Morty pretended to be the sidekick of an Evil Rick who was going around the multiverse, killing Ricks and blaming the main Rick of the series, Rick C-137. In the end, it was revealed that Evil Rick’s Morty was controlling his actions and was the true mastermind behind this scheme, and in the final episode of season 5, fans finally learn why. In Rick and Morty season 5, episode 10 “Rickmurai Jack,” ‘Evil Morty’ is able to copy Rick C-137’s mind to acquire the knowledge he needed to break what was known as the Central Finite Curve and escape a manufactured multiverse created by the Ricks. After ‘Evil Morty’ is successful, he leaves the established multiverse of Rick and Morty behind, killing a ton of Ricks and Mortys in the process.


In Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1 by Tini Howard and Marc Ellerby, readers are given a look into the horrors endured by the Mortys who are forced to participate in the Pokémon-style mobile game: Pocket Mortys. In the game, Mortys are hunted like wild beasts and captured by Rick Trainers who then use their Mortys to fight other Trainers’ Mortys to become the very best, like no one ever was. This comic is told from the perspective of a Morty who is desperately trying to not get caught by a Rick, but in the first few pages of this issue, Morty winds up being captured and brought to a Rick’s hideout where there were a number of other Mortys all locked up in crates. One of those locked away was Evil Morty.

What is interesting about the Pocket Mortys mobile game is that it gives fans a full catalog of every Morty in the known multiverse with all of their official, corresponding titles. This means that if a Morty is called by a certain name, then that is their legitimate Morty title within the Rick and Morty multiverse. This issue tells readers that the Evil Morty locked up in this Rick’s hidden facility is the real Evil Morty, and he certainly isn’t the same ‘Evil Morty’ from the Adult Swim animated series. The Evil Morty in this issue doesn’t have an eye patch, and he doesn’t resemble the regular Morty. Instead, the real Evil Morty has a handlebar mustache and a black turtleneck—basically just the stereotypical evil doppelgänger.

When considering that the Evil Morty of this Rick and Morty comic book issue is the real Evil Morty, that line of logic actually tracks pretty well with the established lore. The ‘Evil Morty’ fans think they know from the series doesn’t actually consider himself to be evil, as he simply wants to escape the abuse of an endless chain of Ricks. While his actions—including mass murder—would be considered evil, this Morty is simply responding to the cosmic atrocities committed by Rick and does what he needs to do to survive. So, not only does another Evil Morty exist—one who is the official owner of that particular title as per the Pocket Mortys catalog—but the Morty who Rick and Morty fans originally thought was Evil Morty was never actually evil to begin with.

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