The Rick and Morty pantheon features a diverse collection of the omnipotent and the worshiped that exist in and outside of known reality. Rick is often called upon to do battle with these super entities, some of which are really impressive, extremely powerful, and super weird. Rick’s spiritual apathy is often represented in the depictions of these powerful beings and the devotion they inspire. As a result, their interactions escalate into one form of conflict or another.
Recently, Rick vanquished one of an implied multitude of Zeuses over some misguided paternity issues. However, Zeus isn’t the only god in the Rick and Morty multiverse. Here are a few of the strangest and most powerful gods in the popular animated series.
Unity is a hive mind driven to dominate all sentient life and ascend to godhood. Rick’s relationship with Unity, a former lover with whom he then rekindles a sexual spark, is one of the early indications that Rick sees himself on par with and perhaps even beyond the ken of the most powerful beings in creation.
In Season 2, Episode 7, “Big Trouble in Little Sanchez,” a paragon version of her husband, Jerry, envisions Beth as a goddess. A reflection of Rick himself which exists only in the purified mind of her submissive husband, she appears devoid of personal affections and slaughters anything that displeases her.
Shleemypants is a fourth-dimensional enforcer of the timeline, granted immense powers in doing so. Though there is no component of idolatry, he serves as a guardian of the status quo. He operates within the multiverse as something of a god-like gatekeeper, curbing infractions of the cosmic order. He represents the deist clockmaker version of godhood, mostly apathetic to the destruction or creation wrought by creation’s inhabitants but steps in to restore the gears of machination.
The devil himself has crossed swords with Rick and Morty in multiple media platforms. Lucius Needful is the curator of cursed things that will grant what you desire for a price you are probably not willing to pay. This homage to Stephen King’s mythos is a fairly standard portrayal of Lucifer as a powerful charlatan or nefarious djinn. It’s another example, however, of how Rick can go toe to toe with the most powerful forces in existence, even the Fallen Angel of the Old Book.
The Cromulons are a race of disembodied cranial totems disrupting galaxies demanding to be entertained upon penalty of annihilation. One-part Galactus, one-part Ryan Seacrest, their tribute takes the form of talent contests with Alderaan like stakes. Fickle and all-powerful, Rick treats them with the same opprobrium he holds for all would be supreme beings.
An alien named Tony discovers a toilet isolated in a remote corner of inaccessible paradise created for the sole purpose of Rick’s leisure dumps. When Rick discovers that Tony has been idling upon his throne, he sequesters him in a chemical tank that allows him to experience his own personalized version of heaven complete with a sovereign lord. Poop Jesus, a benevolent god who grants all the fecal disposal wishes of Tony’s dreams, only inspires Rick’s contempt.
The One True Morty is a paradox. His dogma is vehemently anti-Rick, proselytizing independent Mortyness that breaks the chains that bind them in servitude to narcissistic geniuses incarnated throughout infinite dimensions. He is worshiped by lesser Mortys and seems to be actualized in Morty C-137, who delivers them from enslavement. However, the Morty’s weren’t being enslaved by a Rick, but by one of their own who seemed content and maybe even encouraged their zealotry. Rick is scapegoated as an evil that the Morty’s themselves represent, perhaps characterizing an overarching flaw inherent to human worship of other humans.
Finally bringing us to the most powerful deity in the multiverse, Rick Sanchez C-137. “Now I have become Death, the destroyer of worlds,” is an apt depiction, though it only represents a fraction of Rick Sanchez’s achievements. He has created a pocket universe home to billions of sentient beings that serve as his car battery. The Dream Interceptor he crafted grants him access to dreams like the god Morpheus, and his portal gun allows him to traipse through the cosmos instantaneously like a drunken egomaniacal Hermes. The representations of god throughout the show express his vast disappointment with their inability to live up to the standards he has so effortlessly surpassed and the false ideologies that he believes supports them.
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Rick and Morty features a ton of various gods, some of which are absolutely strange, bizarre and powerful.