7 Underrated ‘Rick and Morty’ Characters

Seth Eislund
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TV Rick and Morty Animated Series

Like many of today’s animated sitcoms, Rick and Morty has a robust cast of characters. Rick SanchezMorty SmithSummerMr. Poopybutthole, and Birdperson are fan-favorites because of their unique personalities and idiosyncrasies. However, there are some characters in the series who are often overlooked. While they might not be as beloved as Rick or Morty, these characters are so zany, bizarre, and unforgettable that they deserve to be seared into the minds of every Rick and Morty fan.

Ants-In-My-Eyes Johnson

Easily one of the weirdest characters in the series, Ants-In-My-Eyes Johnson perfectly embodies the comedic randomness of Rick and Morty. During his only appearance in “Rixty Minutes,” he captivated us with his enthusiasm and peculiar ailments. His penchant for putting outrageously high prices on household items is particularly hilarious.

Ultimately, Ants-In-My-Eyes Johnson’s bizarre characteristics make him one of the most memorable characters on the show. We’ll never know why Johnson has ants in his eyes, but then again, we’re not supposed to.

Stealy

In a galaxy inhabited by shape-shifting parasites, mutants, and gigantic floating heads who love music, it takes a lot to stand out in the crowd. Fortunately, the number-one kleptomaniac in the universe has that covered.

Even though Stealy briefly appears in only one episode, “Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate,” he amuses us while simultaneously acting like an annoying coworker. He snatches office supplies that others hold dear and even chloroforms people who try to prevent his thievery. Stealy speaks to the audience’s immature, younger side while still managing to stay funny. If you need someone to appraise how many brapples a stolen object is worth, Stealy’s got you covered.

Noob-Noob

As the janitor for the intergalactic superhero team (and Avengers rip-off) The Vindicators, Noob-Noob immediately gained our sympathy when he was first introduced in “Vindicators 3: Return of Worldender.”

While Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon has criticized the episode, few can deny that Noob-Noob was perhaps its most memorable character. His prolonged and squeaky utterances of “God damn” left viewers cackling, and the episode’s twist ending immortalized him as one of the most beloved characters in the Rick and Morty universe. In short, when Logic raps about you, you know that you’re doing something right.

Armothy

No other Rick and Morty character has a more tragic backstory than Armothy from Season 3’s “Rickmancing the Stone.” Having witnessed his family’s death at the hands of raiders, Armothy was eventually dismembered from his original body. He ended up hanging on a Death Stalkers rack until Rick Sanchez transferred his consciousness into the arm of Morty.

Armothy is more than just a severed limb, however. He is the greatest close-quarters fighter in the Rick and Morty universe. Armothy has the sheer strength to bash a grown man’s head in with a single blow. He crushes skulls and bisects his enemies with only one hand. Armothy is badassery incarnate, and anyone who opposes him will regret it dearly.

Abradolf Lincler

Created by Rick to be the ultimate “morally ambiguous super-leader,” Abradolf Lincler endures the most tortured existence of any Rick and Morty character. Making his only appearance in “Ricksy Business,” he lives in a state of constant duality, torn between his desire to do good and evil.

Abradolf Lincler is a truly original character, and despite his flaws, you feel sorry for him. He desperately looks at Rick when he unintentionally insults Brad, racking his tormented brain to excuse his actions. Even though he meets an untimely end at the hands of the Testicle Monsters, Lincler is so unique and hilariously compelling that he deserves to be remembered as one of the show’s best characters.

Mr. Goldenfold

While most of the aforementioned characters possess redeemable qualities, Morty’s math teacher, Mr. Goldenfold, is unique in that he is virtually unlikable. An unfit, miserable teacher at Harry Herpson High School, Goldenfold’s hatred of his students is rivaled only in his disturbing sexual fantasies. In the episode “Lawnmower Dog,” Rick and Morty invade Goldenfold’s dreams and discover he’s infatuated with Ms. Pancakes, a reality TV show character, and Summer, both of whom are wearing revealing outfits.

Ultimately, Mr. Goldenfold deserves little pity from fans. Nevertheless, his disturbed psyche and faults as a human being make him unforgettable.

Scary Terry

More than any other character in Rick and Morty, Scary Terry has endured the most interesting growth as a character throughout the entire series. Also appearing in “Lawnmower Dog,” at first, Terry seems to be a one-dimensional Freddy Krueger rip-off. He yells expletives in a gravelly, fearsome voice, trying to murder Rick and Morty. After he fails to subdue his victims, however, his personality changes.

In actual fact, Scary Terry is a nervous creature who is dreadfully insecure about his scariness. And, in a rare turn of events, he transforms from an antagonist into a hero. He conquers his insecurities with the help of Rick and Morty, leading them to ultimately win the day and convince Mr. Goldenfold to give Morty an A in math.

Scary Terry’s transformation is an admirable one, and his trademark quips and catchphrases will forever endear him to legions of Rick and Morty fans.

Seth Eislund
Seth Eislund is currently a student at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He is interested in history, religion, and politics, as well as Monty Python. He blogs at https://medium.com/@seislund.
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