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|Rick and Morty character|
|First appearance||"Pilot" (2013)|
|Created by||Justin Roiland|
|Voiced by||Justin Roiland|
|Children||Morty Smith, Jr. (son)|
|Relatives||Rick Sanchez (grandfather)|
Jerry Smith (father)
Beth Smith (mother)
Summer Smith (sister)
Leonard Smith (grandfather)
Joyce Smith (grandmother)
Mortimer “Morty” Smith is one of the title characters from the Adult Swim animated television series Rick and Morty. Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, Morty is an anxious 14 year old teenager based on Marty McFly from Back to the Future. Known for his awkward, anxious, low self-esteem, second-guessing, and doubtful personality, the character has been well-received. He is the good-natured, and impressionable grandson of alcoholic mad scientist Rick Sanchez who can be somewhat easily manipulated.
He is formally referred to as Morty Smith C-137 by the Trans-Dimensional Council of Ricks, in reference to his original universe, "C-137". Book 1 of the Rick and Morty comic series (comprising the first two volumes of the series) follows the Rick and Morty of Dimension C-132 while most issues of subsequent instalments follow the Rick and Morty of "C-137"; the video game Pocket Mortys follows the Rick and Morty of C-123.
Morty is 14 years old and is a student at Harry Herpson High School along with his older sister Summer. Morty seems to be suffering from anxiety and is easily stressed, largely as a result of traumatic experiences during his adventures with Rick. He is often dismissed as idiotic by Rick and others, but is shown to be wiser than his grandfather in terms of understanding people's feelings, and is capable of explosive anger and moral outrage in objection to Rick's attitude and actions.
The character was created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, who first met at Channel 101 in the early 2000s. In 2006, Roiland created The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, an animated short parodying the Back to the Future characters Doc Brown and Marty McFly, and the precursor to Rick and Morty. The idea for Rick and Morty, in the form of Doc and Mharti was brought up to Adult Swim, and the ideas for a family element and Rick being a grandfather to Morty were developed.
The character has received positive reception. VerbStomp described Morty as "Perhaps the picture of childhood innocence, or perhaps the product of parental neglect. Morty is unintelligent, skiddish [...] and distressed, likely due to his traumatic experiences while venturing into new worlds with Rick."
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