Film Theory: Inside the Mind of Rick Sanchez (Rick and Morty)

  • Published: 01 December 2019
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    Season 4 of Rick and Morty is giving us a brand new, deeper look into the mind of our favorite genius, Rick Sanchez. Throughout the run of the show, people have speculated about what's going on with the smartest man in the universe. Today, I have gathered all the data I need to really dissect his brain. I think we may all have judged Rick a little too fast... or did we?

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    Writer: Matthew Patrick and Justin Kuiper
    Editors: Alex "Sedge" Sedgwick and Koen Verhagen
    Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
    Sound Editor: Yosi Berman

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  • stuff
    stuff  28 minutes back

    Happiness is a chemical in your Brain so it kinda is

    • stuff
      stuff  30 minutes back

      My name is Tony and I'm now scared

      • Grace Portugal
        Grace Portugal  1 hours back

        Shaeyt just got real!!

        • victor wittink
          victor wittink  3 hours back

          I have tow of thos simptoms

          • Maverick O’Sullivan
            Maverick O’Sullivan  4 hours back

            I really do like Summer's character

            • CodeguruX
              CodeguruX  5 hours back

              This is mostly why psychology is seen as a pseudo science. In the same way that the human mind acts in predicable behavior patterns, and those patterns given a stock name and labeled for all to see and know, you use it to second guess those that are beyond you. In the same way regular psychology is not applied to people with genetic mental disorders, because they can't accurately predict their behavior. Only in this manner, those born with a genetic aberration allowing for more comprehensive thought process and enhanced mental capacity are very similar, and yet those with lower understanding use regular psychology to attempt to second guess their actions and motives which lead to those actions. As simply put by Rick as a pickle, the reason someone would turn themselves into a pickle, is because they can. Ultimately revealed to be a convoluted method of avoiding family therapy brings it back into scope for the normal human mind. Oh yeah, he just did that because *insert something I can relate to here*. Why does a bird fly, because it doesn't like to awkwardly hop-walk to where it's going? Psychology itself is a bid for control over others. A rather mundane approach at it, but it is none-the-less. By explaining away motives with established mental disorders that have authoritative backing, they can pretty much see themselves as being on par with a real avenue of intellect. When in reality, any good businessman or influential person practices psychological control in an effortless manner. And I would say those two categories of people are the first targets to be scrutinized by any psychological study. Why do this person's actions result in success, when the person analyzing the question is not remotely as successful? Short and sweet, you're blindfolded and throwing darts at a wall without a target.

              • lil trix
                lil trix  9 hours back

                hey look at the cat of rick and morty season 4 episode 4 he is Bill Cipher

                • Champ4Now
                  Champ4Now  10 hours back

                  Do a video on the cat and what rick and jerry saw

                  • Tododeku Bakudeku
                    Tododeku Bakudeku  11 hours back

                    Ok the depression thing I someone with depression agree he acts like me in ways

                    • Dago Norrea
                      Dago Norrea  13 hours back

                      This episode gave me some serious insight into the mind of Bernard Lowe.... maybe even Arnold.... amazing 😉 (what, you were expecting me to say rick... realize who was the guest here. Huge stuff)

                      • TJ Knight
                        TJ Knight  14 hours back

                        *HOW COME THE CAT COULD TALK?*
                        WhAT dID tHey See!

                        • Polumathēs
                          Polumathēs  15 hours back

                          JRR Tolkien used to call human beings "sub-creators". If you think about it, sub-creation can only take from creation, it can never create outright.

                          Or put another way, "original ideas don't even exist."

                          • Bruce Wayne
                            Bruce Wayne  15 hours back

                            Do a theory on the cat and what rick and jerry saw when they scanned its brain.

                            • ceerw buty
                              ceerw buty  16 hours back

                              I don’t get how if ricks wife died and Beth was standing next to her how she didn’t

                              • Nic Williams
                                Nic Williams  17 hours back

                                And only the ricks who don’t stay with Diane get accses to the multiverse

                                • David Palomares
                                  David Palomares  17 hours back

                                  Just wanted new episode of Rick and Morty he matpat if your cool with it figure out what the cat did first thing it happens in Florida that's all I know coment if you see this thank you for doing it for later

                                  • Trivia 承
                                    Trivia 承  18 hours back

                                    Hey probaly has borderline personality disoder

                                    • ceerw buty
                                      ceerw buty  16 hours back

                                      Honestly mat, you just frustrate me these days.

                                  • Shawn Bomb
                                    Shawn Bomb  19 hours back

                                    I can't wait for your theory on why the cat talks

                                    • Menos The Name
                                      Menos The Name  20 hours back

                                      This intro was the best so far.
                                      I get you may feel disgruntled to miss a theory now and then. Even if you tell it's just a theory over and over, I'm sure you get a lot of plop with such a big fan base. And the joke is golden. Hat off, Mat ❤

                                      • Toby Toby
                                        Toby Toby  20 hours back

                                        MAT PAT I HAVE 2 THEORY!!!!

                                        Theory 1
                                        rick has stated and it has been demonstrated that ricks and morties have complementary brain waves. Thing is, c137 morty is changing to be more assertive. So is it possible that c137 rick is more depressed due to this fact that the waves are complimentary?

                                        Theory 2
                                        morty is changing a ton mentally in the span of the show, he is becomeing more assertive. I think rick allowed that.Before, when ever morty got assertive rick would put a stop to it like when he tazzed morty in the Purge ep. It is important then he stay the same so he could use mortys brain waves to hide. Now with the fall of the galactic gov and cinidl, rick dose not need that anymore. Now what rick dose not know is that the cinidel is being rebuilt, by evil morty.

                                        To add on
                                        There is no possible way he could have predicted that. We have seen evil morty outsmart rick in the past. This is a big problem bc evil morty is directly related to c137 rick in some way. i think evil morty will find rick without morties complimentary brain waves.

                                        reddit user is llamaman669 if anyone wants to talk more

                                        • why world ? why! ?
                                          why world ? why! ?  20 hours back

                                          "our rick' has no beth, remember he is ground 0 rick and only looks for the multiverses with a more full family..

                                          • Kyrator
                                            Kyrator  21 hours back

                                            Saying we can't make new ideas, just remix old ones is one of the most retarded things I've ever heard. If you want to be able to comprehend anything as a human being you need to be able to relate it to something you have been taught or experienced. You literally cannot have an new idea if you have no comprehension of the world. That's one of me most retardedly phrased things I've ever heard to make a point.

                                            • H4K3R SP4C3
                                              H4K3R SP4C3  21 hours back

                                              i dont know why. but the simplicity of this theory irritates me because of how accurate it is XD.

                                              • William Karbala
                                                William Karbala  21 hours back

                                                That or Dianes Rick died. And this another a rick

                                                • Pete Hamm
                                                  Pete Hamm  23 hours back

                                                  The Morty, Beth and Diane that belonged to this Rick never existed. We already know this. He jumps to Beth's that are other Rick's Beths.

                                                  • Bananen Cupcake
                                                    Bananen Cupcake  24 hours back

                                                    why can I relate so well to rick oof

                                                    • Lizzy CAN’T draw
                                                      Lizzy CAN’T draw  1 days back

                                                      Theirs a new live action Mulan movie coming out... SZECHUAN SAUSE 4 EVERYBODY!!!

                                                      • BorkMyLife ;3;
                                                        BorkMyLife ;3;  1 days back

                                                        Aye summer for the win

                                                        • BorkMyLife ;3;
                                                          BorkMyLife ;3;  1 days back

                                                          When you yourself has depression and you kinda figured he did have depression 😂

                                                          • Sweet Prince
                                                            Sweet Prince  1 days back

                                                            M theory i fink

                                                            • VQM6
                                                              VQM6  1 days back

                                                              That's a lot like real life. I read somewhere that a lot of men go to the toilet not to go but, to get a break from everything. One of the few valid excuses to get away.

                                                              • Kye Rafferty
                                                                Kye Rafferty  1 days back

                                                                Honestly mat, you just frustrate me these days.

                                                                • ShizaanSil
                                                                  ShizaanSil  1 days back

                                                                  this episode reminded me of how a friend of mine made fun of me when i said the character i identify the most is rick. i am also a "shy pooper"

                                                                  • Ricardo Plummer
                                                                    Ricardo Plummer  1 days back

                                                                    Must watch

                                                                    • Darnoc Pokemon
                                                                      Darnoc Pokemon  1 days back

                                                                      Rick's wife couldn't of died and she definitely raised Beth after he left her but We never see her in any universe he visits. There's no way she died in every reality. In the episode where bird person gets married, Rick says he couldn't make his marriage work. Insinuating that they broke up. Surely if he broke up with one, he could move to an identical universe but one where Rick doesn't exist and meet her again.

                                                                      It's more likely that his wife is just as clever as him and is hiding from him in every reality. Like the citadel of Rick but for her. Beth is very head strong and dominant over Jerry, it is likely that her mother was as well making her and Rick clash being both dominant. It's likely he wishes he'd given in more to her to make himself happy.

                                                                      Anyways, just a thought.

                                                                      • mooncake
                                                                        mooncake  1 days back

                                                                        Rick listened to billy Eilish once

                                                                        • LordHollow
                                                                          LordHollow  1 days back

                                                                          At least Rick's change of heart didn't come from him and Tony's mothers having the same name...

                                                                          • Sway
                                                                            Sway  1 days back

                                                                            Well, I love this theory but remember- he is the smartest guy in the universe. So creating a new scenario of fake memory in his head, might be easier for him.

                                                                            • ResurrectionX
                                                                              ResurrectionX  1 days back

                                                                              Omfg 😂

                                                                              • Eric Lemesany
                                                                                Eric Lemesany  1 days back

                                                                                This episode hits really close to home for me. As someone who struggles with a few different mental illnesses, including MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) PTSD, and anxiety, as well as having an above average IQ, I relate a lot to Rick as a character. Thank you Matpat, I really think you handle these episodes that handle deeper topics really well and I appreciate that.

                                                                                • butt butt
                                                                                  butt butt  1 days back

                                                                                  Obviously it’s beths mother

                                                                                  • Sean Horne
                                                                                    Sean Horne  1 days back

                                                                                    Remember, he uses morty’s dumbass waves to cloak his Rick waves

                                                                                    • Trip Irions
                                                                                      Trip Irions  1 days back

                                                                                      And tiny rick

                                                                                      • Moose-Mooose Pusheen fluff

                                                                                        FROZEN 2 PPPLLLEEEAAASSSEEE

                                                                                        • Diego’s Gaming channel

                                                                                          Do a theory about the netfix show the flash and how he is able to fase ,throw lightning, reverse time,stop time and how if it is possible to to the flash

                                                                                        • Luna Burrito
                                                                                          Luna Burrito  1 days back


                                                                                          • chding zuure
                                                                                            chding zuure  1 days back

                                                                                            Rick and morty: comes back Game theory: $$$

                                                                                            • Amina B
                                                                                              Amina B  1 days back

                                                                                              Depression:hello Rick
                                                                                              Rick: *sad Rick sounds